New data from Uber indicates that Australians retain some of the habits they have picked up since the pandemic began, roughly a year ago.
AAP have story:
People were still avoiding public transportation and opting for ride-share vehicles as Australia started to recover from the pandemic, new data show.
One year after the country’s first locally acquired cases, Australian habits during the pandemic have stalled, Australia’s latest Uber Movement Index shows.
Across all states and territories, the number of people ordering lunch via an app increased by more than a quarter over the previous year.
There was also a more than 400% increase in pick-up orders from restaurants and cafes.
Similarly, data released on Friday showed bookings around workplaces and social travel times nearing or above pre-pandemic levels, even though fewer people were traveling.
“Bookings across social travel and weekdays have recovered to about 104% and 94% year-over-year respectively through January 2021, while taking the average across Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong,” the general said. Uber’s Australia and New Zealand manager, Dom Taylor, said.
Domestic travel is also improving despite border closings and limited flights, the report suggested, with popular holiday spots seeing traffic similar to pre-Covid levels.
Travel to and from Hobart airport has more than tenfold grown in the last three months of this year, and movement around Darwin airport has increased compared to last year.
“It’s impressive to see how much that could change in six months, because countrywide restrictions have been largely reduced,” said Taylor.
“One year has passed and we are seeing the nation reconnect in various ways.”
Cboundary changes are full of surprises. We were warned of heat waves, storms and firestorms of high intensity. What we don’t see coming is a cynical, cyclic economy of blackout bullshit. As climate impacts intensify, power grids filled with fossil fuel infrastructure collapse. The blackouts are usually caused by wind and sun – and are used to extend the life of existing fossil fuel generators. Opportunity costs increase, climate impacts worsen, and blackouts increase. It’s an accelerating spiral of death.
Last week Texas suffered blackout likely to be the worst on record in the US. Millions of people were without electricity for days, initially on a rough scale on par across eastern Australia it will be dark at once. The outburst of winter weather froze a vital component in power plants, the supply of gas was limited by frozen pipelines and, as a result, a third The state’s thermal power plant is offline (mostly gas). An unspecified proportion of wind turbines has been disabled due to ice sheet and low temperature shutdowns, but “gas and coal are actually the biggest culprits in the crisis”, Eric Fell, North American gas director at Wood Mackenzie, said. Bloomberg.
Regardless, the windfarm is to blame. “Cold weather freezes Texas wind energy due to deep freezes gripping large parts of the US,” was one Reuters title. “Turbine Frozen and Soaring Demand Rolling Outages in Texas”, write The New York Times. “The windmill froze, so the power grid went out,” said Tucker Carlson of Fox News. Fox to blame renewable energy for 128 blackouts for two days. The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said: “This shows how the Green New Deal is going to be a deadly deal.” He joined Republicans Ted Cruz, Dan Crenshaw and Lauren Boebert, each of which took advantage of the crisis to attack renewable energy (most of them in receive the end of the tantalizing numbers of the fossil industry).
The narrative is confusing. Image of a helicopter cleaning a wind turbine (taken from 2015 test in Sweden) first wrong served as if in Texas. They are simultaneously frozen but also released by helicopters (how ironic!). The details don’t matter; the goal is to fill in the initial information gaps with imagery and narrative arrangement words.
It’s a record-by-record repeat of 2016 goes out in South Australia, where statewide power supplies were cut off during a devastating storm. That event soon to blame about wind power by conservative politicians and media. Despite the role of the wind in the sequence of events associated with the soon-to-be fix software setup, it was presented as proof that technology would bring darkness to Australia, as I write in my book that delves into the technical, cultural, and political details of that pivotal moment.
Since then, South Australia’s renewable energy growth has been slow but steady next. Clean energy has been reduced from 40% to 60% of generation, and the remaining gas fleet is shrinking. And the Australian market operator has published scenario examine how the country can grow to around 90% without impacting on reliability:
These steps are impressive but at the national level too slow to achieve grid emissions subtraction aligned with the 1.5C target – essentially, near zero emissions electric power by around 2030.That goal requires coal and gas power plants to shut down properly before their scheduled retirement age; conversation that was still plagued by a terrifying blackout. Meanwhile, the Australian coal and gas plants are located failed simultaneously during an increasingly intense heat wave.
Even the prospect of closing coal plants on time is being challenged reason that it would cause a South Australian-style blackout. The Australian prime minister threatened to build a 1,000MW gas-fired power plant that uses public money as a kind of punishment for being deemed to lack strong power, even though it belongs to the network operator forecast confirming that new renewables will more than offset factory closings. Even though Australia’s renewable industry is making step, investation slow down. Unless 2016 baggage is removed, decarbonization will be limited in rate.
The era of blackout bullshit is a clamping movement of worsening climate impacts on the one hand and aging fossil infrastructure on the other, with a firestorm of pro-fossil misinformation burning through conservative media and algorithmically reinforced social networks. Climatic impact amplifiers, such as the collapsing network below deregulation and the free market ideology, don’t get the fame they deserve. The technical details of wind and solar integration are ignored. It was a wall of exhausting and unstoppable noise.
US renewable sector, backbone from Biden’s 100% clean electricity plan by 2035, could end up struggling on an already steep hill plagued by a campaign of frequent and aggressive blackouts. “We can’t have another Texas” would be his cry. Malcolm Turnbull’s “Blackout bill [Shorten]”Can be used again for Biden.
It can be avoided. The benefits of renewable energy must be widely shared extensively, through programs such as community ownership and investment. Climate profession it has to be real, rich, and diverse. Deeper efforts to combat misinformation, including from traditional media, must be undertaken. And climate resilience must be incorporated into any transition plans. Decarbonization must proceed more rapidly, and can, with full awareness of the threat of the fossil fuel death spiral.
Dreamscape South Australia, 35mm slide, Eyre Peninsula
Silence is the antagonist of photographers because it challenges you to break the silence by pressing the (relatively) hard shutter button on the camera. You press a button, want to make a photo. But still photos cannot record that silence, can never reproduce that still sound. Feeling a little like a mercenary, you sneak away from the scene, losing, because calm has won the day, knowing that you and your camera can only represent a part of what it’s like to be there.
Canberra [Australia], February 5 (ANI / Xinhua): The Government of South Australia (SA) has been urged to bring international students back to the state on charter flights. The Chief Executive of the Australian International Education Association Phil Honeywood recently called on SA to follow in the Northern Territory (NT) footsteps to revive its international education industry. NT in November last year used charter flights to bring 63 students to Darwin from Singapore. They are the first international students to enter Australia since borders closed in March 2020. Honeywood lauded the initiative and said the SA should follow suit, describing the state’s current plans to have international students take seats on commercial flights that are not filled with returning Australians to the “lottery.” “As the number of returning Australians continues to change, it becomes a kind of draw for any state government that tries to take so-called vacant seats,” he said, according to News Corp Australia on Friday. “Charter flights are a viable alternative that the NT government has proven and maybe we really need to have that as an option.” Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak international education was worth about 2 billion Australian dollars (USD 1.5 billion) per year to the SA economy. James Stevens, Member of Parliament for the federal government of South Australia, said a “large” industry was in jeopardy if the government did not proceed with plans for more international students to enter the country. As of Thursday afternoon, there were 28,838 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the number of cases acquired at home and abroad in the past 24 hours was one and eight, respectively, according to the latest figures updated on Thursday evening from the Department. health. (ANI / Xinhua)
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