Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Labor promises fare-free #publictransport for NSW children

Labor has vowed to allow all school children to travel for free on NSW's public transport system in an election pledge it estimates will cost the state about $44 million a year in foregone revenue.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/labor-promises-to-extend-free-public-transport-to-all-children-20181112-p50fi3.html 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fare-free #publictransport would help low-income reach jobs and services

Free public transport would benefit everyone, especially those on low incomes.
IN THE RECENT SA State Liberal Budget, one of the key budget measures announced was a significant cut to bus services in South Australia.
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But are the low numbers using bus services because they are not needed, or because the public transport system in South Australia isn’t accessible enough?
https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/its-time-for-free-public-transport-in-sa,12038

Helping poor people is just one of dozens of benefits of fare-free public transport. Actually the money saved on cars costs would save government much more than lost revenue. Noise, pollution, congestion, collisions, CO2, and many other problems could be reduced.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Call for #freepublictransport to help children

STUDENTS whose parents have health care cards should have access to free public transport to get them to school, Victorian charities say.

Friday, February 23, 2018

SA Election 2018: SA Best promises free public transport for over 60s 24 hours a day

Adelaide Now : "EVERYONE over the age of 60 will have access to free public transport, 24 hours a day, under a policy announced by SA Best today."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When exactly, will heat kill you. 35C is enough if humidity is 100%.

(CCRC) - UNSW: "In a recent study with Matt Huber, we showed that it doesn't take that many degrees of global warming to permit peak heat summertime heat stress to (occasionally) become unsurvivable, in many parts of the world that are currently highly populated."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Brief Overview - Nature Bats Last

guymcpherson.com: "According to James Hansen, the godfather of climate science, we’ve had humans on the planet up to about 2 degrees Celsius above the 1750 baseline, when the planetary temperature was about 13.5 C. Hansen reported this conclusion in a legal brief filed on August 12, 2015. I suspect 2 C above the 1750 baseline is the maximum temperature at which we will have habitat for humans on Earth. We’re currently at least 1.6 degrees above the 1750 baseline. No species persists long without habitat, not even the clever ones.
A synthetic paper written by Oliver Tickell and published in the Guardian on August 11, 2008 concluded via headline, “On a planet 4C hotter, all we can prepare for is extinction.” That 4 C number seems a tad high to me. The paper goes on to explain that humans will persist up to 6 C above the 1750 baseline, thus about 19.5 C. I doubt there will be a tree on the planet, or much other complex life, with a rapid rise to 17.5 C. But we don’t know, because we’ve never experienced Earth with humans at anywhere close to 4 C above baseline, much less at 6 C above baseline, about 19.5 C."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

F6 planners told to ignore public transport, build roads, documents show

smh : "The NSW government has been instructing transport officials to ignore public transport alternatives to motorway projects, according to explosive internal documents obtained by Fairfax Media."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Before tunnelling, ask the public and consider public transport: retired judge

smh : "When Premier Gladys Berejiklian committed to a new tunnel under Middle Harbour this month, she did so without first inviting the public to express a view on the route, public transport alternatives, or the broader impact of the new road."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sport events prove that best way to move people is fare-free

Herald Sun: "The AFL’s decision not to issue tickets for the free event at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium has led to a major headache for the State Government, which usually allows people travelling to big events to ride free."

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."