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No, cutting your car’s carbon emissions won’t cost you more

The Conversation, 22 September 2016
The Australian government has started looking into carbon dioxide emissions standards for light vehicles, as part of new measures to meet the nation’s 2030 climate targets. However, some are already questioning the use of standards, with media reports pointing to higher costs for new car buyers and the possibility of the government bungling the introduction of standards.
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Has Sydney’s existing airport train found its Waterloo?

Crikey, 16 September 2016
A solution to the technical dilemmas posed by a southerly extension of the NW Metro project may be found by running it through the already planned new inner South Sydney station at Waterloo, and then onto Green Square, taking over the existing Sydney Airport rail link.
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Create to regenerate: cities tap into talent for urban renewal

The Conversation, 21 September 2016
The creative industries – ranging from game development to architecture, media, design and the arts – are a hot issue in urban development. Creative businesses, almost by definition, are innovative. They drive new ideas, people and technologies into the market from the experimental edge. It follows, then, that strategies to make a state, city or town more creative can fuel cultural development, urban regeneration and economic growth.
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STC seminar- 11 October- “Cycling- high value, low cost strategic approaches”

STC seminar- 11 October- “Cycling- high value, low cost strategic approaches”
at Large meeting room, 43 Below Bar, 43 Barrack St Perth (or via Hay St Mall)

Presenter is Jon Offer, Special Projects Engineer at City of Stirling. Jon is passionate about making the world a better place for cyclists and has worked extensively with Stirling’s councillors and executive team to achieve ‘quick wins.’

Jon will discuss the City’s approach to formulating its Integrated Cycling Strategy.

Drink and food available.

Short STCWA AGM at 6.30pm.

August ties July as hottest month ever on record

Renew Economy, 13 September 2016
In what has become a common refrain this year, last month ranked as the hottest August on record, according to NASA data released Monday. Not only that, but the month tied July as the hottest month the world has seen in the last 136 years. August came in at 1.76˚F (0.98˚C) above the average from 1951-1980, 0.16C above August 2014, the previous record holder. The record keeps 2016 on track to be the hottest year in the books by a fair margin.
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Is the Oil Industry Dying?

Museletter, August 2016
Talking about “peak oil” can feel very last decade. In fact, the question is still current. Petroleum markets are so glutted and prices are so low that most industry commenters think any worry about future oil supplies is pointless. However, the glut and price dip are hardly indications of a healthy industry; instead, they are symptoms of an increasing inability to match production cost, supply, and demand in a way that’s profitable for producers but affordable for society. Is this what peak oil looks like?
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Gold Coast light rail study helps put a figure on value capture’s funding potential

Brisbane Times, 20 September 2016
Value capture actually can work when it comes to funding new transport infrastructure. My research on the Gold Coast light rail provides the figures to demonstrate the size of the gains to nearby land values, which were around 25 per cent of the A$1.2 billion capital cost in stage one of the project.
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SRSrocco Report, 12 September 2016
The Death of the Great Bakken Oil Field has begun and very few Americans understand the significance. Just a few years ago, the U.S. Energy Industry and Mainstream media were gloating that the United States was on its way to “Energy Independence.”
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Is urban cycling worth the risk?

Financial Times, 8 September 2016
If you live in a big city, you may have thought about cycling to work. You will have weighed up the pros and cons: the health benefits, the low cost, the speed – versus the fact that you might be hit by an 18-tonne articulated lorry. On balance, you may have decided you didn’t want to take the risk. You would be in the majority.
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The ‘Tesla of buses’ just made a big move to eliminate diesel buses forever

Business Insider, 13 September 2016
Chances are, you haven’t heard of Proterra. The Silicon Valley-based start-up has one focus: to eliminate the need for a diesel bus, forever. It’s something the company has been working quietly on since 2004, and has made moderate progress since. It sold its first three, all-electric buses in 2009, ramping up sales marginally throughout the years since.

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