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EIA: The China Syndrome Print

Econbrowser, 29 June 2010

Last time out, we looked at the supply of oil in the EIA's recently released International Energy Outlook (IEO), which many consider the EIA's definitive annual forecast. This time, we look at the demand side, specifically China. Oil demand does not grow linearly with GDP. Rather, the bulk of oil demand growth occurs in the two decades during which societies typically acquire motor vehicles, after which per capita oil demand flattens. For example, per capita oil consumption in the United States is today lower than it was in 1979, even though per capita income has increased substantially since.

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Tracking the Himalaya’s Melting Glaciers Print

Environment 360, 15 July 2010

For those who know the Himalaya well — I have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest five times in the past three decades — the warming of this great mountain chain is something that we have come to experience personally. The Sherpas who live atop “the roof of the world” and the climbers who often return are acutely aware of how much temperatures have risen at high altitudes in recent years, and how extensively the snow and ice on the massive Himalayan glaciers has thinned and retreated.

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Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement Print

Wall St Journal, 17 July 2010

A hulking yellow machine inched along Old Highway 10 here recently in a summer scene that seemed as normal as the nearby corn swaying in the breeze. But instead of laying a blanket of steaming blacktop, the machine was grinding the asphalt road into bits.  "When [counties] had lots of money, they paved a lot of the roads and tried to make life easier for the people who lived out here," said Stutsman County Highway Superintendant Mike Zimmerman, sifting the dusty black rubble through his fingers. "Now, it's catching up to them."

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Germany targets switch to 100% renewables for its electricity by 2050 Print

The Guardian, 7 July 2010

Germany could derive all of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050 and become the world's first major industrial nation to kick the fossil-fuel habit, the country's Federal Environment Agency said today. The country already gets 16% of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable sources – three times' higher than the level it had achieved 15 years ago.

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Hospital visitors told 'think before you park' Print

Joondalup Weekender, 8 July 2010

JOONDALUP Health Campus has launched a “think before you park” publicity campaign in an effort to stop non-hospital patrons using bays to the exclusion of patients and visitors.
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