Age (Australia)

  • Potential bonanza in Chinese nuclear sector

    THE villagers at Xinwuli, Hunan, direct us through a 1000-year-old maze of cobblestone paths to the family home of one of their minor celebrities, Li Zi'an. Li's mother, a dignified woman named Chen, shuffles out on her spindly legs to greet us. "I don't know what my son is doing, only that he's working in Guangzhou and this spring festival he didn't come home," she says.

  • Right track but wrong assumptions

    THE Eddington report contains the right approach to reducing greenhouse emissions from transport, but the assumptions it makes deserve to be challenged. They are, in some cases, far too timid, in other cases over-optimistic and, in general, heavily biased towards business as usual. Eddington's approach, which is correct, is to propose a bundle of changes that could lead to a reduction in emissions from transport. These changes are: reducing travel demand, boosting public transport share, improving vehicle technologies, and increasing vehicle occupancy.

  • Obama wants Gore in key position

    DEMOCRAT presidential candidate Barack Obama has said he would consider putting former US vice-president Al Gore in a cabinet-level position or higher if he wins the presidency. His offer came as polls showed him closing the gap with rival Hillary Clinton in the next primary state to vote, Pennsylvania. A woman at a town hall meeting in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, asked Senator Obama whether he would consider asking Mr Gore, now a climate change campaigner, to join his cabinet

  • New Yorkers fired up by mayor's congestion tax plans

    NEW York drivers are fuming after Mayor Michael Bloomberg edged closer to securing a congestion tax in the city. It now rests with state politicians to endorse the plan by Monday. If it passes, the Bloomberg congestion tax would introduce a daily charge of $US8 ($A9) for drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street. Mr Bloomberg has pushed the plan for more than a year. He won his way after the Democrat-dominated New York City Council this week voted strongly in favour of the measure, pioneered in London.

  • Theory fails to hold water

    RESEARCH from the US has poured cold water on the common belief that drinking eight glasses of water a day will improve your health. Experts have claimed drinking more water can clear toxins, keep organs healthy, ward off weight gain and headaches and improve skin tone. But these claims are not backed by solid evidence, the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found. Dr Dan Negoianu and Dr Stanley Goldfarb said that most people did not need to worry about drinking eight glasses of water a day.

  • In La La Land, you just privatise to manage water

    IF THE Victorian Government is the main tenant in La La Land, then the Productivity Commission's latest report, Towards Urban Water Reform: A Discussion Paper must be the rent book. Its drift is plain. There is no problem with water supply that a competitive market couldn't fix. "Ultimately, it is possible to envisage an evolution to a fully decentralised urban water market involving many retailers and wholesalers offering different forms of product (for example price and security). However, an important caveat is that such arrangements do not operate elsewhere in the world."

  • Cyclones hit Woodside output

    Oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum said first-quarter output fell 4% from a year earlier due to the impact of cyclones, maintenance of some fields and the sale of assets. Quarterly output of 17.2 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) also fell 4% on the previous quarter.

  • Coal terminal in Qld gets green light

    One of Australia's largest coal terminals has been approved for central Queensland. Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has signed off on the environmental impact study for Wiggins Island Coal Terminal, an expansion of Gladstone port's coal terminal. It follows the Queensland government's approval earlier this year. Premier Anna Bligh said the terminal would open in 2012-13, employing 500 people in construction and 130 in operation.

  • Palestinians to go hungry as Gaza fuel dries up

    THE United Nations was to halt food hand-outs for up to 800,000 Palestinians yesterday because of a severe fuel shortage in Gaza brought on by an Israeli economic blockade. John Ging, the director of operations in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports Palestinian refugees, said there had been an inadequate supply of fuel from Israel to Gaza for 10 months until it was finally halted two weeks ago. "The devastating humanitarian impact is entirely predictable," Mr Ging said.

  • ACCC to probe green beer claims

    A LEADING brewer's attempts to cash in on demand for green products has landed it in hot water after marketing claims that its beer is better for the environment were challenged. The competition watchdog has been asked to investigate ads calling Cooper's Australia's greenest beer and encouraging drinkers to walk to the pub to save greenhouse gas emissions.

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