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ARB Newsclips for January 27, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Beijing's mayor urges "all-out effort" to curb air pollution. Beijing's mayor pledged on Thursday to cut coal use by 2.6 million tonnes and set aside 15 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) to improve air quality this year as part of the city's "all-out effort" to tackle air pollution, state news agency Xinhua said. The announcement by Wang Anshun came as the capital was blanketed in its worst smog in months. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/us-china-pollution-idUSBREA0Q0DF20140127 Smog-hit China's switch to high-grade raw materials to boost big miners. Chinese steelmakers and power plants are being forced to shop around for higher-quality raw materials to meet tougher air pollution standards, a move that will be a boon for global mining giants that produce premium-grade iron ore and coal. Beijing, under heavy public pressure to cut pollution after a series of hazardous smog crises in many major cities last year…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/china-steel-pollution-idUSL3N0KJ2C920140126 Beijing’s Bad Air Would Be Step Up for Smoggy Delhi. In mid-January, air pollution in Beijing was so bad that the government issued urgent health warnings and closed four major highways, prompting the panicked buying of air filters and donning of face masks. But in New Delhi, where pea-soup smog created what was by some measurements even more dangerous air…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/world/asia/beijings-air-would-be-step-up-for-smoggy-delhi.html A menacing air in the Central Valley. From Stockton to Bakersfield, the sky is thick with chemical-laced particles. Residents know there's a risk just being outside. On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed “unhealthful for all groups.” This winter, though, the most polluted on record, schools have not only raised red flags. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-central-valley-air-20140125,0,7934435.story#ixzz2rcEB5Exq http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/25/6100938/dry-winter-brings-bad-air-to-central.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Dry-winter-brings-bad-air-to-Central-Valley-5174759.php http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/01/25/41800/dry-winter-brings-bad-air-to-california-s-central/ Over 4,000 rally for clean air in Salt Lake City. More than 4,000 protesters gathered in Salt Lake City on Saturday to press the government to step up the fight against air pollution in Utah. Some demonstrators wore surgical and gas masks and others waved placards during the rally on the steps of the Capitol. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1bpwF5n) Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker reaffirmed his commitment to implementing air-friendly policies…Posted. here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/25/6101373/over-4000-rally-for-clean-air.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Over-4-000-rally-for-clean-air-in-Salt-Lake-City-5175314.php California air pollution drops over past decade. While overall air quality in California has improved significantly over the past decade, about a third of the population lives where pollution is in excess of federal health standards, according to state officials. The California Air Resources Board presented an assessment of smog and soot levels on Thursday in Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1mR1yI9). Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/24/6098767/california-air-pollution-drops.html#storylink=cpy http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/California-air-pollution-drops-over-past-decade-241871621.html Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown plans official Mexico trip. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to travel to Mexico this year so California can partner with that nation on ways to reduce air pollution. The Democratic governor made a passing reference to such a trip in his State of the State address this week. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Calif-Gov-Jerry-Brown-plans-official-Mexico-trip-5172807.php Hold Your Breath When Visiting These Heavily Polluted Cities. Car exhaust makes you cough, but pollution in these five cities can kill you. With the world's worst air quality around, here are the five cities that will literally take your breath away. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Hold-Your-Breath-When-Visiting-These-Heavily-5176599.php Gusty winds prompt air officials to issue dust caution. Gusty winds have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through Friday for the western and southern portions of the San Joaquin Valley due to kicked-up dust. “Winds may add to the burden of particulate matter already in the air basin and produce areas of localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10),” …Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/24/3151245/gusty-winds-prompt-air-officials.html#storylink=cpy 30th Bay Area Spare The Air Day This Season Issued For Saturday. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday issued a wood-burning ban for Saturday, the 30th such ban in the region during the air district’s winter season. The district’s Winter Spare the Air alert bans the burning of wood indoors or outdoors because of a high-pressure weather system that has caused the buildup of air pollution to unhealthy levels. Posted. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/24/30th-bay-area-spare-the-air-day-this-season-issued-for-saturday/ Bill to Preserve California’s Beach Bonfires Advances to Assembly. The debate surrounding the popular Southern California pastime of beach bonfires has been reignited. A bill to protect beach bonfires on California beaches passed out of an Assembly committee with unanimous bipartisan support -- 16-0 -- on Thursday. Posted. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Southern-California-SoCal-beach-beaches-bonfire-health-air-quality-241865211.html CLIMATE CHANGE Most Latinos want government action on climate change, poll finds. Latinos overwhelmingly favor government action to fight climate change, voicing a level of support exceeded only in their views on immigration reform, according to a new poll commissioned by an environmental group. Nine in 10 Latino voters surveyed said it was important for the U.S. government to address global warming and climate change…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-latinos-climate-change-poll-20140124,0,5872856.story#ixzz2rcGwAvHM http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/25/6101022/most-latinos-want-government-action.html Ancient forests stabilized Earth's CO2 – study. An image of a meandering path dug into an otherwise flat surface looks as if it could be a model of an oceanic trench, while another picture appears to be a deep crater connected to a strange canal. In fact, these features are much smaller, nanoscale in size, but their implications are putting a new twist on the climate history of Earth. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993454/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Scientists identify 'corridors' to help climate-threatened species move. Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center have published maps that overlap biodiversity with tropical forest habitat and identify "corridors" to help species move and adapt in the face of a changing climate. Corridors are passages between protected forests that allow plants and animals to migrate and disperse. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993456/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY UC Berkeley researchers devise challenge for lowering carbon footprint. After releasing research that examined household carbon footprints nationwide, two UC Berkeley researchers are encouraging city and suburban residents to measure and make efforts to lower individual carbon emissions. Led by Daniel Kammen, a director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory on campus, the research…Posted. http://www.dailycal.org/2014/01/26/uc-berkeley-researchers-devise-challenge-lowering-carbon-footprint/ DROUGHT Pollution makes a comeback with warm, dry winter. So much for a winter reprieve from air pollution. The unusually dry and warm weather that has made us the envy of the frigid East has a toxic downside. Southern California is in the midst of an unusual smog event – an elevation of soot and other harmful tiny particles at a time of year when our air should be at its cleanest. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/air-598755-particles-pollution.html Drought Impacts Air Quality Across California. Warm and dry weather is being blamed for worsening air pollution in some areas of California, but overall air quality in San Diego County remains in the good to moderate range, according to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD). Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jan/27/drought-impacts-air-quality-across-california/ FUELS Getting carbon out of your portfolio is tricky. If you are like millions of Americans and own a broad stock index fund, you own parts of Exxon Mobil, Peabody Energy and other companies that earn money selling oil, coal and other fossil fuels. For some, that's great. Fossil fuels give us light, keep us warm, help grow our food, deliver our products and jet us around the planet. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ON_THE_MONEY_DIVESTING_FROM_FOSSIL_FUELS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Analysis: Politics, legacy loom over Obama decision on Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama will lay out an agenda on jobs, the economy and the environment during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. But he is unlikely to mention the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a politically charged project that could shape his legacy in each area. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/us-usa-obama-keystone-analysis-idUSBREA0Q08F20140127 China's Guangdong to cut oil, coal use, slow carbon emissions growth. China's southern Guangdong province plans large investments in natural gas and clean energy to cut coal and oil use in a bid to slow rampant growth in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a provincial climate change plan released Monday. Guangdong, whose GDP is estimated to have surpassed $1 trillion in 2013, plans to cut coal's and oil's share of its energy mix to 60.6 percent in 2015, from 73 percent in 2010…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/china-guangdong-climate-idUSL3N0L12L320140127 Inside the Complicated Relationship Between Natural Gas and Climate Change. The abundant fossil fuel is helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but not enough to prevent a climate crisis. The abundant fossil fuel is helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, but not enough to prevent a climate crisis. Conventional wisdom tells us natural gas is helping us combat global warming. Like most bits of conventional wisdom, it's not that simple. Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/power-play/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-natural-gas-20140126 EPA sends Tier 3 rule for curbing sulfur in gasoline to White House. U.S. EPA has sent a proposal for limiting sulfur in gasoline to the White House Office of Management and Budget for interagency review, setting the stage for finalization for the much-delayed Tier 3 rule. Tier 3 would cut the amount of sulfur in gasoline from 30 parts per billion to 10 ppb, while slashing emissions of smog-forming pollutants and soot from vehicles. That would also align with the fuel standards in California. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059993501/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY U.S. biodiesel companies post record production. U.S. biodiesel companies produced a record amount of fuel in 2013 on the back of the renewable fuel standard and the reinstatement of a key tax credit at the beginning of the year. The industry was responsible for about 1.78 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, compared with the previous record of about 1.1 billion gallons in 2012, according to numbers released Saturday by U.S. EPA. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059993502/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla Completes L.A.-to-New York Electric Model S Drive Chargers. Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s Elon Musk said the electric-car maker has expanded its U.S. network of rapid chargers to let owners of battery-powered Model S sedans drive their cars from coast to coast for the first time. Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer and co-founder, said last year the company would set up “Superchargers” in most major U.S. and Canadian cities to permit long-distance trips solely on electricity provided at no charge. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-26/tesla-completes-l-a-to-new-york-electric-model-s-drive-chargers.html Hydrogen cars arrive in Washington — but are we ready for them? It sounds like science fiction — a car that runs on hydrogen gas, spits nothing but water vapor out the tailpipe, and can take you from Washington to New York City on a single tank. But after a long and bumpy road from futuristic concept car to real-world production vehicle, the first mass-produced hydrogen-powered cars will hit dealerships this spring in the United States…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/hydrogen-cars-met-with-mix-of-excitement-and-skepticism-in-washington/2014/01/26/5b4b3e28-842a-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html Clean Energy hopes natural-gas-powered autos fuel its first profit. The builder and operator of natural-gas filling stations is betting that fleet sales of clean-energy vehicles will increase enough to produce the firm's first annual profit since its 1997 founding. Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the Seal Beach company that builds and operates natural-gas filling stations for some of the nation's biggest bus and truck fleets, is banking on corporate customers to buy more clean-energy vehicles this year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-stock-spotlight-clean-fuels-20140127,0,7041215.story#ixzz2rcI7iQmR US probes Camry hybrids for power brake problem. U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that power-assisted brakes can fail at times in Camry gas-electric hybrids. The probe covers about 30,000 of the midsize cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 59 complaints about intermittent loss of power-brake assist. The agency says the problem happens without warning. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/27/6104493/us-probes-camry-hybrids-for-power.html#storylink=cpy Tesla's Musk sees Model S' China sales rivaling U.S. levels. Tesla Motors' Elon Musk said sales of electric Model S cars in China should match U.S. levels as early as next year, with demand from the world's largest auto market eventually requiring a local plant. The electric-car maker said last week the Model S will be priced at $121,280 in China when deliveries begin. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tesla-s-Musk-sees-Model-S-China-sales-rivaling-5175447.php US Electric Vehicles sales report for December 2013 + annual statistics. The monthly EV sales report is provided by InsideEVs and is updated with latest information available. Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) in the US increased in December 2013, compared to the limited numbers reported in November. 2013 statistics show that an impressive number of 95,859 EVs were sold in the US last year – a big increase compared to 2012. Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/5720 Silicon Valley Short on Electric Vehicle Charge Stations. Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some Silicon Valley companies has not kept pace with soaring demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace, along with incidents of "charge rage." Cars are getting unplugged while they are actively charging, and employees are insisting that charged vehicles more out of the way. Posted. http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=12300CTY4H0U An electric-friendly desert? The last time Rick Walsh and Pat Dowd stopped at a gas station was in October. The Palm Springs couple charge their plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt off the solar panels on the roof of their super energy-efficient home, but they’d like to see more electric car chargers in public places. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301250008 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Jerry Brown asks California Supreme Court to intervene on high-speed rail. The Brown administration, which previously downplayed the significance of court rulings against California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, asked the California Supreme Court to intervene Friday, saying the rulings “imperil” the project. The request comes after a Sacramento Superior Court judge in November ordered the state to rescind its original funding plan for the project. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/24/6099861/jerry-brown-asks-california-supreme.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY China says U.S. should stop new dumping probe on solar products. China's commerce ministry called on the United States on Sunday to stop anti-dumping investigations into imports of solar power products from China, expressing "serious concern" and vowing to defend its producers. U.S. trade officials on Thursday opened investigations into imports of certain solar power products from China and Taiwan, a move that could have a major impact on the nation's fast-growing solar market. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/us-china-us-solar-idUSBREA0P03U20140126 Green bond issuance to more than double this year: HSBC. Global "green bond" issuance should more than double this year to a record $25 billion as increased information on how the money will be used attracts more investors to the fledgling market, investment bank HSBC said. Proceeds from green bonds are typically used on projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, increase energy efficiency or expand the use of renewable energy. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/27/us-bonds-hsbc-idUSBREA0Q12O20140127 Renewable power around the world. Iceland leads a list of selected countries in renewable energy as a percentage of total energy supply. The United States is 26th with only six percent. Read related story. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/renewable-power-around-the-world/2014/01/25/070b5518-8584-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_graphic.html Fissures in G.O.P. as Some Conservatives Embrace Renewable Energy. In conservative politics, solar power is often dismissed as an affectation, part of a liberal agenda to funnel money to “solar cronies” of the Obama administration and further the “global warming hoax.” So one would not expect to see Barry Goldwater Jr., the very picture of modern conservatism and son of the 1964 Republican nominee for president, arguing passionately on behalf of solar energy customers. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/us/politics/fissures-in-gop-as-some-conservatives-embrace-renewable-energy.html Germany's solar power tax plan a 1st in Europe. Germany is set to become the first nation in Europe to charge owners of renewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel's effort to contain rising power bills. Merkel's Cabinet backed proposals to charge operators of new clean-energy plants 70 percent of the so-called EEG-Umlage, a fee paid by power consumers that they're currently exempt from, according to an economy ministry document. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Germany-s-solar-power-tax-plan-a-1st-in-Europe-5173667.php Renewable energy advocates push for change. Moving to a cleaner economy will require greater investment in education, broader rollout of energy efficiency, green building programs and a level playing field that allows renewable power to compete with the fossil fuel sector, local policy makers, business leaders and others said Friday. The wide-ranging discussion, featuring more than two dozen representatives from industry, government and schools…Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140124/articles/140129724 MISCELLANEOUS Lawmakers propose nation’s first statewide ban on plastic bags. California would become the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags if a bill proposed by a trio of state senators on Friday is adopted. S.B. 270 would end the use of plastic carry-out bags at grocery stores and pharmacies on July 1, 2015 and at convenience and liquor stores one year later. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140124/lawmakers-propose-nations-first-statewide-ban-on-plastic-bags Inn on First wins “cool” business award. The Air Resources Board announced the winners of the fourth CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards, “recognizing small businesses that make notable, voluntary achievements toward reducing their carbon footprint.” Napa’s the Inn on First, along with nine other California businesses, were acknowledged as “Climate Leaders.” Posted. http://napavalleyregister.com/business/inn-on-first-wins-cool-business-award/article_b0870e48-84a8-11e3-abf9-001a4bcf887a.html OPINIONS 200 Ways to Accomplish Not Too Much on Climate Change. A report this week argues that even without Congress, the federal government can still do a lot of good in fighting climate change. But it's hard to read the report without sensing that the opposite is true. The report, by the Center for New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, makes 200 individual recommendations to the White House and federal agencies, ranging from faster rulemaking on clean energy and increasing technical assistance for states…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-24/200-ways-to-accomplish-not-too-much-on-climate-change.html The Mother of All Collective Action Problems. I am in the unpleasant position of believing that climate change is a real problem, and also believing that we are very unlikely actually to do anything about it. The collective action problem is just too hard. As recession-plagued Europe pulls back on its carbon-reduction efforts, Michael O’Hare seems to be in the same camp. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-24/the-mother-of-all-collective-action-problems.html Global Warming Battle Is Over Market Share, Not Science. Last week, the New York Times reported that venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average component Coca-Cola Co. was awakening to the impact of climate change on its business. The increase in unpredictable weather, droughts, floods and other climate-related events was disrupting the company’s product supply. Some of their “essential ingredients” are now under threat. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-27/global-warming-battle-is-over-market-share-not-science.html A Scientist Warning About Climate Change. Because the urgency of climate change has finally begun to move from the realm of science to the agendas of policy makers, the president should invite Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. In the past year, we saw the clearest statements ever from the world’s scientific societies about the threats from human-caused climate changes. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/01/26/who-should-be-invited-to-the-state-of-the-union/president-obama-should-invite-a-scientist-warning-about-climate-change Letters: Combating ignorance on climate change. Re "Climate change foot-dragging," Editorial, Jan. 21 Yes, the politics around climate change — denying the overwhelming scientific evidence, misinforming about weather's relationship to climate and resisting executive branch action — create a short-term battleground for localized interests and a long-term offense against every living thing. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-le-0125-saturday-climate-change-20140125,0,5283238,print.story California's drought, times three. The state is facing three distinct water crises, each requiring its own emergency and long-term responses. Southern Californians are facing not one drought but three, interconnected yet distinct, each bringing its own hazards and each requiring its own emergency and long-term responses. The first drought is regional, caused by the lack of rain in our own mountains and our own backyards. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-new-drought-20140126,0,7229717.story#ixzz2rcHGqUOs Dan Morain: An insider questions so-called science behind toxic flame retardants. Grant Gillham is a special kind of consultant, the sort chemical company executives would hire to kill legislation that seeks to ban the profitable but toxic substances they produce. A former Air Force AWACS pilot, Gillham worked for Republicans in the Capitol in the 1990s, left in 1998 to campaign against a tobacco tax initiative, and later represented Lorillard Tobacco in California and other Western states. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/26/6099722/dan-morain-an-insider-questions.html#storylink=cpy California drought lessons - what works, what doesn't. Past droughts show us that this crisis is not only a challenge, but also an opportunity for making California's water system better able to support its cities, farms and environment. The challenge is to avoid making hasty decisions that provide some short-term relief at a much higher long-term cost. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/California-drought-lessons-what-works-what-5177161.php PD Editorial: No drought in California's water wars January 27, 2014. One thing isn't wilting in California's drought: water politics. If anything, the stakes are higher than ever in this third straight dry year. And, on Wednesday, we witnessed contrasting approaches from two practiced political brawlers, Gov. Jerry Brown and House Speaker John Boehner. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140127/opinion/140129750 California’s Agricultural Backbone Imperiled by Drought and Climate Controversy. As the “Golden State” of California suffers from the worst drought and “winter heat” in its history, its agriculture, key to the state’s well-being, will suffer severely as this climatic overhang persists. While most observers focus on California as the genesis of advanced technology emanating from Silicon Valley or entertainment spectacles from Hollywood, as well as all aspects of lifestyle enhancement…Posted. http://voices.mydesert.com/2014/01/25/californias-agricultural-backbone-imperiled-by-drought-and-climate-controversy/ BLOGS On Bad Air Days in India, Staying Inside Doesn’t Help. Air pollution in this massive city is about twice as bad as it is in Beijing, infamous the world over for its bad air. But Indians’ poor lung function results from more than just outdoor air pollution. Indians are exposed to high levels of toxic bacteria because more than half of the country’s vast population defecates outside. The ensuing infections stunt growth, reducing lung sizes. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/on-bad-air-days-in-india-staying-inside-doesnt-help/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 India and China, Besieged by Air Pollution. The United States space agency published a map in September that showed how rates of premature deaths from air pollution vary around the world. It indicated that northern China has one of the worst rates, attributed to the density of a deadly fine particulate matter, known as PM 2.5, that often results from coal burning. Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/india-and-china-besieged-by-air-pollution/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/on-bad-air-days-in-india-staying-inside-doesnt-help/ Top 5 Climate and Energy Stories for 2014. The U.S. energy picture has shifted dramatically in recent years. The country is currently enjoying booming domestic energy production from multiple sources. And yet, signs of uncertainty abound, especially with mounting climate risks and some energy sectors thriving more than others. We will be watching President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday to hear the approach that the administration will take on energy and climate. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/manishbapna/2014/01/27/top-5-climate-and-energy-stories-for-2014/ Why Climate Change Is Ignored. Two realities threaten the well-being of future generations. The first is global warming. In the words of the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the earth's surface than any preceding decade since 1850." Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-mandle/why-climate-change-is-ignored_b_4669250.html?view=print&comm_ref=false BMW NA chief: US won't get enough i3 EVs to satisfy demand. Nothing boosts the mystique of a new product like a "sold out" sign, and it appears likely that BMW will go that route with its first plug-in sold in the US. The German automaker won't likely import enough of its new i3 plug-in vehicles to meet US demand, Bloomberg News says, citing BMW North America chief Ludwig Willisch. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/27/bmw-na-chief-us-wont-get-enough-i3-evs-to-satisfy-demand/ Honda ramps up U.S. wind power capability. Honda's plant in the United States has become the first major car manufacturing site in the country to source a significant volume of electricity from on-site wind turbines. Around 10 percent of the overall electricity consumption of the Russell's Point plant in Ohio will be met by the turbines, which are expected to produce 10,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/01/27/honda-ramps-us-wind-power-capability