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UN urges greatly increased climate action

Good morning, early birds. The UN has urged nations to triple emissions-reduction targets in order to halt the runaway climate crisis, and the government announces plans to settle refugees in regional areas to ease pressure on cities. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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How to fix Australia’s urban planning

Crikey readers on the struggles of modern urban infrastructure, and a quick fix for political lobbying.

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Welcome to the asphalt jungle

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: designing right-wing populism, loneliness, quantum stupidity and a certain zither.

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Canberra

Welcome to For Your Information, where Helen Razer explains a topic of global, local or, occasionally, no significance.

Melbourne should be willing to forego some of its parking revenue in order to encourage the environmentally sustainable business of car-sharing

Mayne: forget bike bans, is Melbourne killing car-sharing?

Melbourne should be willing to forego some of its parking revenue in order to encourage the environmentally sustainable business of car-sharing

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today -- say in a city such as Sydney -- would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today -- say in a city such as Sydney -- would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

An Orwellian five-member panel will be making planning decisions surrounding Sydney public land in future. Cui bono? NSW political reporter <b>Alex Mitchell</b> reports.

Clover Moore is only half the story: shadowy panel devouring Sydney land

An Orwellian five-member panel will be making planning decisions surrounding Sydney public land in future. Cui bono? NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell reports.

Being straight with the truth seems to be an increasingly rare occurrence in the community consultation process, to the detriment of local goodwill and responsible planning, writes <b>Alan Davies</b>.

Infrastructure: does getting the facts right matter anymore?

Being straight with the truth seems to be an increasingly rare occurrence in the community consultation process, to the detriment of local goodwill and responsible planning, writes Alan Davies.

There are reports Tony Abbott plans to scrap the Major Cities Unit. He won’t save much money, but he could deprive his government of expert advice in a critically important policy area.

Abbott pushes city limits: scrapping urban policy unit a mistake

There are reports Tony Abbott plans to scrap the Major Cities Unit. He won’t save much money, but he could deprive his government of expert advice in a critically important policy area.

Recent outcries over public art installations show that not everyone is thrilled by artistic statements in public places, writes <b>Alan Davies</b>.

Should the public expect to like public art?

Recent outcries over public art installations show that not everyone is thrilled by artistic statements in public places, writes Alan Davies.

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