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Aviation to consume half of UK’s 1.5C carbon budget by 2050

Carbon Brief, 24 October 2016
Aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions could consume around half the carbon budget available to the UK in 2050, even if the sector’s emissions growth is constrained. If aviation emissions increase with rising demand for flights, the sector could claim as much as two-thirds of the budget for 1.5C, Carbon Brief analysis of the latest official climate advice shows.

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Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?

Crikey, 25 October 2016
Recreating the character and community of the inner city in the middle and outer suburbs would require much more than building a similar physical environment.
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Spectacular cost blowouts show need to keep governments honest on transport

The Conversation, 24 October 2016
Last week Fairfax Media revealed that the Parramatta Light Rail, a vital part of the New South Wales government’s plan to cement Parramatta as Sydney’s second central business district, is set to cost not A$1 billion as budgeted, but a whopping A$3.5 billion. People could be forgiven for thinking that such cost blowouts are rare. But as a new Grattan Institute report shows, they are not nearly rare enough.
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Cyclist fined for passing a stationary car

The Age, 22 October 2016
It’s something that hundreds of cyclists do every day. Most of the time, it goes unnoticed. But seasoned cyclist Laurie Duncan was shocked when he was slapped with a $152 fine for passing on the left of an unmoving car in Melbourne’s CBD.

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Bike lock developed that makes thieves immediately vomit

The Guardian, 20 October 2016
A man approaches a bicycle, handheld electric saw at the ready. He powers it on, starts to drill, and is shot in the face with a noxious spray that makes him vomit uncontrollably. This is the dream of the inventors of SkunkLock. “Basically we were fed up with thefts,” said Daniel Idzkowski from San Francisco, one of the inventors of SkunkLock. “The real last straw was we had a friend park his very expensive electric bike outside a Whole Foods, and then went to have lunch and chat. We went out and his bike was gone.”
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Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Warns of Oil Shortage

Wall St Journal, 19 October 2016
Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said Wednesday that the world’s oil industry would soon emerge from a crippling two-year slump but warned of an impending shortage of petroleum that could send crude prices up sharply.
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Hottest months on record have something in common

REnew Economy, 19 October 2016
On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its global temperature data for September. It shows that the month was a scant 0.07°F (0.04°C) below September 2015’s record, making it the second-warmest September on record. That ends a streak of 16 consecutive record-setting hot months in NOAA’s dataset, a record-setting streak itself. The run of planetary heat has rewritten the record books.

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Blackout report blows away big myths about role of wind energy

Renew Economy, 19 October 2016
The latest report into the South Australia blackout by the Australian Energy Market Operator has blown away two of the biggest myths about wind energy that its critics were using as reasons for the state-wide outage. Within hours of the lights going out in South Australia, mainstream media, state and federal Coalition parties, and anti-wind interests in business and politics were blaming the “intermittency” of wind energy and its inability to generate power when the wind blew too hard.

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Renewable Energy Superpower Report Launch, Perth- 27 October

Date and Time- Thu, October 27, 2016- 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM WST
Location- Social Sciences Lecture Theatre Room G130, UWA

The Renewable Energy Superpower report highlights the feedbacks anticipated by the global transition to clean energy and the opportunities this presents for Australia.
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13 October 2016- Statement by Member for Belmont
MRS G.J. GODFREY (Belmont) [12.55 pm]: I inform the house that Tuesday, 25 October marks a significant milestone for the travelling public of Western Australia. Thirty years ago the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, officially opened Perth Airport’s international terminal and the iconic air traffic control tower on the airport estate.
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