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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:17 Source

Sustainability is possible over the next century, but only if we control climate change.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:16 Source

Republican-led New Jersey has new Energy Resilience Bank - a green bank with a climate adaptation focus + a big opportunity for green securitisation.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:14 Source

The wind industry is reaching point where it no longer needs production tax credits to survive, says GE, the biggest energy supply company.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:11 Source

The proposed expansion of the Abbot Point coal export terminal is running out of friends in the banking world.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:06 Source

I am giving up on petrol powered bikes and even selling my much loved Moto Guzzi V11 Rosso Mandello. After more than three decades of riding petrol powered motorcycles I’m going 100% pure electric.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:04 Source

Fresh from Bill Evans: The Reserve Bank Board meets next week on November 4. November has been a remarkably popular month for the Bank to move rates. In the first six years of the Governor’s tenure every November proved to be a moving month (2006-2011). In 2012 the Bank was certainly ‘in play’ with moves occurring in both October […]

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The Tally Room Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Ovensvalley1-2PPOvens Valley is a safe Nationals seat in north-eastern Victoria, centred on Wangaratta and also covering Bright, Cobram, Glenrowan, Myrtleford and Yarrawonga.

The seat is a redrawn version of Murray Valley, which had existed since 1945. The Nationals’ Tim McCurdy has held the seat since 2010, and has a 19.2% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:37 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:17 Source

By Leith van Onselen Labor member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, has posted a fantastic article in The Guardian warning of the dangers to Australia arising from the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): ISDS clauses enable foreign corporations to sue a host country for laws or policies, or even court […]

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New Matilda Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:27 Source

At a time when women are badly underrepresented at the highest levels of the Australian government, Indonesia is going in the opposite direction.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:14 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:02 Source

Bloxo tackles the forthcoming LNG volumes boom today: After many years of talking about the impending rise in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, 2015 is set to be the year when it all begins. Seven major projects are being built across the country with the earliest (and largest) having commenced construction in 2009 and it is only now […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:39 Source

As reported by John Kelly in September, there has been an ongoing investigation into Tony Abbott’s eligibility to enter Parliament as dual citizenship precludes you from running for office.

Tony Magrathea filed a Freedom of Information application to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Peta Credlin rejected his request stating, “The document you have sought is not an official document of a Minister and therefore there is no right of access to the document under the FOI Act.”

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:32 Source

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Political Owl Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:30 Source

And you thought the nanny state was bad enough in Australia. Well the city of Shangqiu in Henan province has gone a step further. In 2007 it set up the Office of Forbidding Midday Alcohol Consumption to reduce alcohol consumption at government-funded lunches. No nipping out for a quiet glass at your own expense either. Officials were forbidden from consuming alcohol during the day.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:29 Source

Anyone listening to this ought to run a mile, Ken Brinsden of Atlas Mining at the AGM, via AFR: “In some respects, we don’t see them [the majors] as our competition… for us to deliver iron ore to the ship for $20 a tonne, that would be ludicrous. But if we can do it for $45 […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:56 Source

Here in action is the point I’ve been making about Fortescue and the Australian iron ore juniors battle for survival versus Brazil. From Platts: Mineracao Usiminas, the mining arm of Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas, hopes for “lucrative exports” of iron ore in the fourth quarter, after a third quarter without exports, the company said Wednesday. “There […]

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Popular Science Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:44 Source

Forensic scientists often have to reconstruct the events leading up to and following a person's death, in case of foul play. The state of the body can reveal when the person died, how, and where the body was disposed of.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:44 Source

Compared to most natural disasters, a lava invasion does not move all that fast. Nowhere is that more evident than the small Hawaiian community of Pahoa, where a lava flow has been approaching the town since June 27. Now, the lava has finally arrived on the outskirts of town, overrunning private property.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:44 Source

After U.S. government researchers discovered six forgotten vials of smallpox in a freezer this past June, the plan was to destroy the vials. That's still the plan… but the demolition date has been pushed back, Nature News reports.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:42 Source

Hunt said he would have an inquiry into an Emissions Trading Scheme but never, never enact one. It ‘wouldn’t hurt’ to have the inquiry, he said, though it would waste twenty million that might be spent on, say, the children of dead soldiers, or preventing Alzheimers.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:39 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:37 Source

Nomura has the pick of the sell side commentaries today: We have been through a substantial market roller-coaster ride over the last few weeks. But the Fed barely blinked today. While the FOMC statement did note that market-based inflation expectations have declined and that near-term inflation will be depressed by lower energy prices, the broad message […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:18 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

The home-grown ISIL bogeyman isn’t playing very well for the Liberals lately. The boy they shot dead was seventeen. The boy in the recruiting video was a teenager too, red-haired and blue-eyed and clearly naive. It seemed wrong he should go to gaol for twenty-five years, or be targeted for assassination by drone in Iraq or Syria. And the Australian master terrorist Mohammad Ali Baryalei, now dead, killed perhaps by a fighter bomber ASIO gave information to, didn’t kill any of us, though he probably wanted to.

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The Tally Room Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Malvern1-2PPMalvern is a safe Liberal seat in the inner south-east of Melbourne, covering Armadale, Kooyong, Malvern and Malvern East and parts of Chadstone, Glen Iris and Toorak.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:09 Source

The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (Change Series)

As many of my own books as I have coming out next year (hint: heaps) this anthology set in Steve's Emberverse is one I'm looking forward to most of all.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:29 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:28 Source

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North Coast Voices Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:04 Source

The NSW Labor Party realised that it had blundered in excising the Clarence Valley from its ‘CSG Free’ Northern Rivers policy and, yesterday corrected this new policy to include the valley, its water catchment, bio-diverse environment, vibrant communities and local economy.MEDIA RELEASE 29TH OCTOBER 2014Northern Rivers communities welcome new Labor Party policy on CSGCommunity groups in the Northern Rivers have applauded today’s policy announcement from the NSW Labor Party that adds the Clarence LGA to their proposed ban on CSG mining in the Northern Rivers.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:00 Source

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