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California’s runaway train

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Political, environmental and planning disputes have held up California’s long discussed high-speed rail project, which should finally break ground this year. But without a CEO, it’s also lacking leadership.

Fuelling change

US [ENERGY]

It’s not easy living in an economic boomtown – just ask the residents of Midland and Odessa, two Texas cities where the quality of life is suffering owing to a massive influx of people.

They both straddle the Permian Basin, a hotspot for oil and gas exploration that produces 17 per cent of US…

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