Sunday, February 26, 2017

Southern Ocean plankton faces extinction from global warming: Aussie study

Manila Bulletin News: "Deppeler said that the extinction of the phytoplankton would have significant consequences for the Southern Ocean habitat.

“They draw down carbon as they photosynthesize, and capture it in the deep ocean when they sink to the seafloor. The level of atmospheric carbon would be around 50 percent higher without the uptake provided by Southern Ocean phytoplankton,” she said.

“Changes to phytoplankton communities therefore could have significant implications for our environment and climate."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Australia - Noosa - tens of thousands ride free holiday buses

Noosa News: "TENS of thousands took a free ride on the festive holiday buses, making use of the complimentary transport period unique to Noosa.

In its third year, the free holiday buses proved popular with more than 40,000 people choosing to use the free holiday bus during the 10-day period between Boxing Day and January 4.

...."They have enjoyed the benefits of leaving the car behind, and when the next peak period came around they opted for the bus again, instead of the car.

"These people have realised that it makes sense not to sit in a long queue of traffic and then spend ages looking for a park, often without success.

"While we can see we now have many locals getting into the habit of using the free buses during holidays, we really want to encourage even more locals and visitors to use buses and other non-car transport.

"This will help to reduce congestion into our main shopping, dining, entertainment and beach areas."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Record-busting heat in eastern Australia as climate warming goes extreme

Climate Code Red: "The southwest Queensland town of Birdsville is forecast to reach 45-48 degrees from now until Thursday and could extend this run to 10 days by next weekend. This spell would smash the existing record of six consecutive days over 45 degrees from 2014 and 2004. Overnight minimums during this time should remain above 30 degrees, beating the 2012 record of six in a row. Birdsville's hottest day on record was 49.5 degrees on 24th January 1972."

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Green cars may come from brown coal

The Guardian: "Victorian government plans to work with a Japanese company to produce hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley are “a way of making brown coal look green”, according to one expert.

The proposed plant, which would be run by Kawasaki Heavy Industries as part of their Kawasaki Hydrogen Road project, would produce liquid hydrogen that would then be exported to Japan to be used in hydrogen-powered vehicles."

Monday, December 5, 2016

Melbourne structuring #publictransit fares to promote sprawl

Myki fare hikes favour some users, punish others and increasingly encourage driving: "Policies that discourage public transport use and encourage more driving are not good for a growing city. The cost and scarcity of parking in the CBD may mean public transport wins there, but in most parts of Melbourne, cars dominate, despite endless traffic jams."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Perth report shows that fares reduce #publictransit use

The West Australian: "The report said the daily cost of public transport was also a “demotivator for mode shift”, especially from car commuters who had free parking at work.

In releasing the report, Committee for Perth chief executive Marion Fulker said a business-as-usual approach to transport and urban planning would be disastrous.

“If we do, we’ll continue to make the same mistakes by increasing the number of people living further away from their place of work and end up with a congested and unproductive region,” Ms Fulker said."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sex Party MP Fiona Patten calls on government to make public transport free for kids

the age : "Young people should travel free on public transport so they can more easily reach school or work and avoid run-ins with ticket inspectors, Sex Party MP Fiona Patten says."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A free bus buzz is back for Christmas

Noosa News : "NOOSA'S congestion-busting buses are set to hit the streets for the Christmas rush with councillors being asked next week approve a $40,614 budget for the December 26 to January 4 service.

The funds if approved will come out of the public transport levy which has a balance of $546,000 for the 2016/17 financial year.

"The primary aim of the service is to reduce traffic congestion during peak Easter and Christmas holiday periods, as well as encourage greater use of public transport,” the report before council said.

The proposed Easter free bus should be April 8 to 17."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Car-culture cultists admit that cars not the best way to get to their sacred ceremony

Supercars: "Motorsport fans are being encouraged to use the G:link to travel to the Castrol Gold Coast 600 next weekend, with free public transport providing the perfect way to get to and from the race safely."