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Desalination out of Desperation

Pipe: Aviation - Tue, 2014-12-16 00:00

Severe droughts are forcing researchers to rethink how technology can increase the supply of fresh water.

Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is imported from sources that are increasingly stressed. The Colorado River is so overtaxed that it rarely reaches the sea; water originating in the Sacramento River delta, more than 400 miles north, was rationed by state officials this year, cutting off some farmers in California’s Central Valley from their main source of irrigation. San Diego County, hot, dry, and increasingly populous, offers a preview of where much of the world is headed. So too does a recent decision by the county government: it is building the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, at a cost of $1 billion.


Is a Two-Degree Limit on Global Warming Off Target?

Pipe: Climate and Health - Tue, 2014-12-16 00:00
Science and observation have raised questions of whether the limit of a two-degrees Celsius temperature increase, a basis of climate negotiations, is stringent enough.

Is a Two-Degree Limit on Global Warming Off Target?

Pipe: Climate and Health - Tue, 2014-12-16 00:00
Science and observation have raised questions of whether the limit of a two-degrees Celsius temperature increase, a basis of climate negotiations, is stringent enough.

2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Road Test

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 23:52
As before, it offers a spacious cabin, ample feature content and thrifty if not class-leading fuel economy. For 2015 it's available in three trim levels: LE, ...

Schlitten von VW, Audi, Mercedes, BMW und Ford: Mit diesen Automarken geht's bergab

Pipe: Europe - Mon, 2014-12-15 23:20
Ein baugleiches Modell von Mercedes und BMW, Billigware von Audi: Was taugen die Rodelschlitten von Autoherstellern? Vier Drittklässler haben mit ihnen eine Rutschpartie unternommen. Ein schonungsloser Fahrbericht.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder SL

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 22:33
Plus there's the added bonus of better than expected fuel economy for an SUV, always a plus for a long road trip. This would be a great vehicle for a ...

Yamaha rolls out new bikes

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 22:22
The new bikes are equipped with the Blue Core engine that gives better fuel economy and pick-up while being more environment-friendly. The bikes ...

2015 Subaru Outback: All-New SUV Wagon Lands In Australia

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 20:33
Subaru's fifth-generation Outback has arrived in Australia for 2015, bringing new styling, more features improved fuel economy - and huge price cuts.

Ford shares fall over concern about truck prices

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 19:56
Ford, the second largest US automaker, said last week it shipped more than 5,000 2015 F-150 models, with fuel economy improved by as much as ...

Class 8 Update: As Economy Builds, Almost Everybody's Buying

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 19:33
Fleet managers report that the latest diesels deliver good fuel economy that helps pay off higher purchasing costs. And while still not perfect, ...

Airbus forecasts China becoming civil aviation market juggernaut: >5,300 new aircraft over 20 years; Nº 1 in domestic traffic in 10; top international market

Pipe: Advanced tech - Mon, 2014-12-15 19:30

Airbus forecasts that China will need more than 5,300 new passenger aircraft and freighters from 2014 to 2033, with a total market value of US$820 billion. That represents 17% of the world total demand for over 31,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years.

According to Airbus’ 2014-2033 Global Market Forecast, new deliveries of passenger and freight aircraft for China will be 5,363 over the next 20 years, including 3,567 single aisle aircraft, 1,477 twin-aisles and 319 very large aircraft.

China will become the leading country for passenger air traffic, for both domestic and international markets as the passenger traffic in China will grow well above the world average.

Domestic air traffic in China will become the world’s number one within 10 years. China will overtake the United States of America in 2023, in terms of the number of passengers and in 2027, in terms of RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometer). In the next 20 years, the forecast average annual growth rate for the domestic Chinese market is 7.1% but will grow even faster over the next 10 years at 8.3% on average per year. By 2033, the domestic Chinese market will remain the largest flow, representing 11.9% of world traffic in terms of RPK.

During the period between 2013 and 2023, the average annual growth rate for international traffic from/to mainland China will be 8.1%, according to the forecast. Four out of the 20 largest flows (RPK) will be from/to PRC. The average annual growth rate for markets between emerging Asian countries and PRC is 7.5%, for routes between PRC and the USA is 6.6%, while the routes between Western Europe and PRC is 5.6%.

Domestic passenger traffic in Mainland China has more than quadrupled over the last 10 years, and it will become the world’s number one aviation market within the next 10 years. Airbus’ share of the in-service fleet of aircraft over 100 seats on the Chinese mainland has reached 50 per cent in 2013. In the next 20 years, the greatest demand for passenger aircraft will come from China.—John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers

Drivers of China’s dynamic air transport growth include the country’s long-term economic development. The average annual economic growth in China is forecast at 7.4% between 2013 and 2023. China will become the world’s biggest economy in 2023, with its GDP accounting for 19% of the world’s total.

The urbanization of China is one of the major driving forces for the country’s economic growth. The urban population in China’s mainland was 711 million in 2013, representing 54% of the total population. The urban population will grow to 1,014 million in 2033, representing 71% of the population.

Average wages in China have increased five-fold in the past decade and they will continue to rise in the years ahead and fuel higher levels of disposable income and private consumption, which is expected to account for 41% of Chinese GDP in 2023.

World Briefing: Denmark: A Claim to the North Pole

Pipe: Homepage Latest Headlines - Mon, 2014-12-15 19:21
Scientific data shows that Greenland’s continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Denmark a claim to the North Pole and any energy resources beneath it, Denmark’s foreign minister has said.

In Climate Talks, Soft is the New Hard - and That's a Good Thing

Pipe: Climate and Health - Mon, 2014-12-15 18:35
Why the soft approach in the Lima climate talks is the only approach.

Bipartisan Alternative Fuel Vehicle Bill Passes Both House and Senate

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 17:07
... a disparity in the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program that has been disadvantageous to most bi-fuel alternative fuel vehicles.

Chrysler Leads The Way In Fuel Efficiency Technology with New stop/start technology

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 16:56
... 300; when equipped with a V6 engine, both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions provide Best-In-Class highway fuel economy.

arbcombo -- California December 31, 2014 Allowance Price Containment Reserve Sale

Pipe: Advanced tech - Mon, 2014-12-15 16:30
As of the reserve sale application deadline of December 11, 2014, no covered entities or opt-in covered entities have submitted an application for the California Cap-and-Trade Program Sale of Greenhouse Gas Allowances from the Allowance Price Containment Reserve (December 2014 reserve sale).

Tourists in Jaipur face threat of zoonotic diseases

Pipe: India - Mon, 2014-12-15 16:04
Tourists are endangering their health and safety by interacting with elephants that are not screened for any zoonotic diseases, with no vaccination and treatment records with the mahouts, observed PETA.

newsclips -- Newsclips for December 15, 2014

Pipe: Advanced tech - Mon, 2014-12-15 15:19
This is a service of the California Air Resources Board s Office of Communications.

Yamaha unveils upgraded version of FZ, FZS bikes

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Mon, 2014-12-15 15:15
KATHMANDU, Dec 16: MAW Enterprises, the sole authorized distributor of Yamaha in Nepal, has introduced the Yamaha FZ Fi Version 2.0 and ...