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Peter Newman

Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University
Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and works in CUSP which has 95 PhD students working on all aspects of the green economy. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, an advisor to three WA State Premiers and was on the Board of Infrastructure Australia from 2010 to 2014. He was a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. He has written 17 books and 286 refereed articles. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' was launched in the White House in 1999 and their most recent book is 'The End of Automobile Dependence'. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of WA’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the first state sustainability strategy in the world. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In 2014 Peter was awarded an AO for contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system.

Driverless vehicles and pedestrians don't mix. So how do we re-arrange our cities?

Dec 01, 2019 03:39 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Videos showing autonomous or self-driving vehicles weaving in and out of crossroads at speed without colliding suggest this technology will solve traffic problems. You almost never see pedestrians or cyclists in these...

Autonomous transport will shape our cities' future – best get on the right path early

Mar 21, 2019 13:23 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from autonomous vehicles. Disruption is not a dirty word. Traditional transport models are being...

Can your actions really save the planet? 'Planetary accounting' has the answer

Oct 26, 2018 07:21 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

The climate is changing before our eyes. News articles about imminent species extinctions have become the norm. Images of oceans full of plastic are littering social media. These issues are made even more daunting by the...

Why trackless trams are ready to replace light rail

Sep 27, 2018 15:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

I began my life as an activist academic in 1979 when the Western Australian government closed the Fremantle railway, saying buses would be better. Patronage immediately fell by 30% and I ran a four-year campaign to save...

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Economy

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do

South Africas urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity. The countrys...

Currency manipulation and why Trump is picking on Brazil and Argentina

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How to protect the NHS in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US

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Market-led infrastructure may sound good but not if it short-changes the public

The privatisation of services in Australian cities has weakened public control of key infrastructure. This is likely to accelerate as governments look to market-led proposals to provide infrastructure. For nearly three...

Comeback city? Lessons from revitalising a diverse place like Dandenong

In the 1990s, central Dandenong in Melbournes southeast was in decline. But, over the past decade and a half, this trend has been halted and in some areas reversed. Our research has identified key elements in this...

Politics

Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump are not close but there is no feud, new book suggests

The relationship of Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump behind the cameras is probably one of the most speculated aspects of the Trump family dynamic since they occupied the White House. It was then not surprising that the...

Michelle Obama did not favor the initial draft of Barack Obama's official portrait, artist reveals

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Rick Perry's belief that Trump was chosen by God is shared by many in a fast-growing Christian movement

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The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

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UK election 2019: why the BBC's approach to the IFS is a threat to its impartiality

During the 2015 election campaign, the BBC Reality Check page asked: Why should we trust the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)? Its a pertinent question in this election, too, as it has become almost a ritual for the BBC...

Science

Volcano eruption: Volcanic rock claimed to be releasing carbon responsible for global warming

From the various sources of carbon in the world today that are responsible for the world going through global warming, there is one unexpected source. A study claims that volcanic rocks are also contributing to the global...

Climate change: Scientists develop carbon dioxide-eating bacteria

As people continue to take to the streets and protest in order to bring awareness to climate change. Now, a breakthrough has been made as a group of scientists from Israel have developed a strain of bacteria that could...

Asteroids: Scientists find craters while studying near-earth object

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Geminids 2019 meteor shower to appear in the skies next week

Among the amazing phenomena that could be seen up in the sky is in the form of meteor showers. Many celestial being enthusiasts might look forward to the upcoming meteor shower by the Geminids next week. It is...

Asteroids: Meteorite crashes could be what formed tectonics on Earth

From what is known about meteors or asteroids, is that these rocks have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. However, experts say that these meteorite impacts could have been responsible for jump-starting...

Technology

‘The Sims 5’ expansion packs would feature familiar themes

The content roadmap of The Sims 5 is not too difficult to predict since the popular life simulation video game series has had familiar post-launch content packs over the years. This also makes it easier for avid fans to...

‘PUBG Mobile’ v0.16.0 arrives on December 11 without Erangel 2.0

The 0.16.0 update is the most awaited content for PUBG Mobile right now. Luckily, gamers will no longer have to guess when the patch is arriving, but they should also not expect the Erangel 2.0 map to launch with...

iPhone 12 paves way for Touch ID’s return

Apples next premium line of smartphones, now widely dubbed as iPhone 12, is anticipated to be the highlight of a new decade for the tech industry. Apple fans will be more excited about it as several sources claim that the...

Why Pixelbook Go is not ‘Pixelbook 2’, Google explains

Many Chromebook fans were expecting Google to release a follow-up on its high-end product, Pixelbook, this year. It has been in the market for over two years now. But the company, instead, announced Pixelbook Go that it...

iOS 14 could no longer support iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

The range of compatibility of iOS 14 is one topic that Apple fans are most curious about, aside from its new features and stability improvements. Apple has yet to address this matter, but there are speculations that the...
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