China sets target for electric car quota but delays rollout

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 1:05 AM
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 1:03 AM


            FILE - In this April 26, 2016, file photo, a staff member stands next to an e.Cool electric SUV by Chinese automaker Changjiang on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. China has stepped up pressure on automakers to accelerate development of electric cars by raising the first-year target for a planned system of production quotas but delayed its rollout until 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
FILE - In this April 26, 2016, file photo, a staff member stands next to an e.Cool electric SUV by Chinese automaker Changjiang on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. China has stepped up pressure on automakers to accelerate development of electric cars by raising the first-year target for a planned system of production quotas but delayed its rollout until 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China has stepped up pressure on automakers to accelerate development of electric cars by raising the first-year target for a planned system of production quotas but delayed its rollout from next year until 2019.

China has the world's most aggressive government plans to promote electric cars. Communist leaders see them as a way to clean up China's smog-choked cities as well as a promising industry.

Electrics will have to make up at least 10 percent of each automaker's output, up from 8 percent in an earlier proposal, and those that fail to meet their targets can buy credits from competitors that do, under regulations released late Thursday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The minimum rises to 12 percent in 2020 and the ministry will announce annual targets after that later.

The launch was postponed from next year until 2019 following warnings few automakers can get enough vehicles to market so early.

"The final rule reflects a triumph for pragmatism over dogma," because few brands "will have a serious fleet of EV offerings on sale until closer to 2019-2020," said Bernstein analysts in a report.

Beijing's support for electric vehicle sales has made China the biggest market for the technology.

Sales of electrics and gasoline-electric hybrids rose 50 percent over 2015 to 336,000 vehicles, or 40 percent of global demand. U.S. sales totaled 159,620.

The quota system will shift the financial burden to the auto industry and reduce the drain on the Chinese treasury, which has paid for research grants and subsidies to electric car developers and buyers.

China's status as the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold gives Beijing leverage to compel global automakers to support its development plans.

Industry leaders including General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co. have announced they are launching or looking at joint ventures with Chinese partners to develop and manufacture electric vehicles.

Chinese automaker BYD Auto, a unit of battery maker BYD Ltd., is the world's biggest electric vehicle maker by number of units sold. It sells hybrid sedans and SUVs in China and all-electric taxis and buses in the United States, Europe and Latin America, as well as in China.

Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely Holding Group, announced plans this year to make electric cars in China for global sale starting in 2019.

A deputy industry minister said in early September that Beijing is developing a timetable to phase out sales of traditional fuel vehicles. He gave no target date but China would join Britain and France, which plan to ban sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 to curb pollution and carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.

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This story has been corrected to show that electric vehicles must make up at least 12 percent of each automaker's output in 2020, instead of 2010.

Explosion reported near Port Authority in New York

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:51 AM

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An explosion has been reported near the Port Authority in New York, police said Monday morning.

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Bullied boy's confessional video resonating across the globe

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

How to Talk to Kids About Bullying

Holding back tears, a Tennessee boy asked a simple question. 

"Just out of curiosity -- why do they bully? What's the point of it," said Keaton Jones. 

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Keaton's confessional video about bullying has been watched more than 17 million times. His mother posted it on Facebook after Keaton asked to make a video about bullying. She was picking him up early because he was afraid to go to lunch. 

"They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends," he said. 

He said that the bullies poured milk on him during lunch. 

At the end of the video, which is not even 90 seconds, Keaton shared a message that has been resonating with people around the world. 

"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it, It's not their fault," he said. "If you are made fun, don't let it bother you. They suck."

Tears were streaming down the 11-year-old's face. 

The video was shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook. It's all over Twitter. People are demanding change and celebrities are tweeting in support of the middle school student, including members of the Tennessee football team. 

Along with messages of support, the video has also resulted in memes, shared to Keaton's mom's Facebook page.

The family said they have been overwhelmed with the response, and his sister said on Twitter that the messages have brought joy to Keaton.

Members of the Tennessee football team are working to organize a meeting at his school to stop the bullying and raise Keaton's spirits. 

Even with all the attention, Keaton's mom said there's still a lot of work to be done. 

"I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, and he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance and attention," Kimberly wrote on Facebook. 

Haunting video of starving polar bear goes viral, breaks hearts

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:39 AM

Heartbreaking Video of Starving Polar Bear Goes Viral

heartbreaking video of a skeletal polar bear scavenging for food in a desolate landscape is going viral online. The clip of the bear, which was released by the National Geographic channel, is gut-wrenching.

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Photographer Paul Nicklen, who has been with National Geographic for 17 years, says recording the video was even more heartbreaking. He’s spent his life filming bears and estimates that he’s come across about 3,000 of them, but the animal in his latest video was unlike the rest. In an article about the clip, Nicklen recalled, “We stood there crying — filming with tears rolling down our cheeks.”

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Nicklen says he’s often asked why he didn’t do something, but he explains, “Of course, that crossed my mind. But it’s not like I walk around with a tranquilizer gun or 400 pounds of seal meat.” He added, “When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death. This is what a starving bear looks like.”

The internet has definitely felt the gut-punch of the video, which sparked an outcry. Actor Kumail Nanjiani offered one off-hand solution to the problem:

Unfortunately, animals seem to have a very bleak future in front of them. The No. 1 threat to the world’s 22,000 polar bears is climate change, according to a World Wildlife Foundation report. The bears spend the winter months on the ice, where they do a lot of laying around and a whole lot of eating seals; they fast during the summer. But as the winter months have become warmer, it takes longer for the ice to reappear each season, meaning that the animals have less time to eat, and they have to fast for a longer stretch of time. In short, no ice means no seals, which could soon mean no polar bears.

Buzzfeed News also uploaded a video of the tear-jerking scene that has made the rounds online.

Government agencies monitoring about climate change are also warning that we could possibly lose polar bears as early as 2050, per a Washington Post report.

Can you find the camouflaged soldier hidden in this viral photo?

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

Can you find the camouflaged soldier hidden in this viral photo? (Photo credit: British Army / Twitter)
British Army / Twitter
Can you find the camouflaged soldier hidden in this viral photo? (Photo credit: British Army / Twitter)(British Army / Twitter)

The British Army wants you to test its woodland camouflage. Do you see a soldier in this image?

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The British Army asked Twitter users to scan the photo — which reportedly was shot in Wales on the Section Commander’s Battle Course — to find the soldier in the scene.

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A hint, in case you’re having any difficulty: The soldier is not standing up.

To make things a bit difficult, the soldier is wearing a woodland camouflage pattern designed to blend in with the misty forest terrain.

>> This coffee riddle has baffled the internet – can you solve it?

Is the British uniform good enough for you? If you haven’t found the answer yet, it’s here — the soldier lying prone, enveloped in mist, with just the perfectly round helmet giving any indication that it’s not all forest floor.

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