The Green Wrap-up 29.January, 2013

The first conservative line of defense against climate action is outright denial that climate change exists. The second is that the climate is changing, but it’s not our fault and won’t be so bad and isn’t worth worrying about. Both those are getting tougher, what with all the crazy weather and increasingly shrill warnings from scientists, so it looks like cons are now falling back to their third line of defense…
Nissan has “almost” sold all of its model-year 2012 Leafs in the US on a jump in demand for the all-electric model during the latter part of the year, Nissan spokesman Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen.
Rooftop solar power appears poised to move into the mainstream of US energy infrastructure as creative financing options, such as solar leasing, community solar and feed-in tariffs are gaining traction and building upon huge increases in solar photovoltaic (PV) production capacity and ongoing technological advances.
When the Ford Focus Electric was first unveiled, I thought it would be one of the best-selling electric vehicles on the market. But things turned out otherwise (so far), with relatively soft sales. Is it because Ford didn’t push it hard enough? Because the price difference with the Nissan LEAF is too high, especially now that Nissan is cutting its EV’s price tag? Distribution issues?
Lord Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more “blunt” about the threat posed to the economy by rising temperatures.
This gorgeous, minimalist Shoal Bay House by Parsonson Architects is a modestly designed, attractive home that is the perfect spot to enjoy a weekend retreat with family or friends. It is located on the east coast of southern Hawkes Bay, a great place to enjoy the beaches of New Zealand.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): The design is so simple, yet thoughtful! With a retreat like this, you don’t exactly have to rough it to go green on your vacation. Designs like this are imperative for making green living more accessible for folks who care about the environment, but want to hang on to little luxuries.
Thick smog has enveloped parts of China for the second time this month, pushing levels of tiny particulate matter that can penetrate deep into the lungs more than 20 times higher than World Health Organization safety levels over a 24-hour period.

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