Automobile Magazine on why Tesla Model S is automobile of the year Elon Musk's Tesla Model S has incredible speed, an airy, modern interior, a smooth electronic dashboard experience, and impressive control of the road. Oh, and it's electric. With charging stations being installed everywhere, this is an electric car with freedom. "What we can say with this award is that Tesla deserves to succeed. It has managed to blend the innovation of a Silicon Valley start-up, the execution of a world-class automaker, and, yes, the chutzpah of its visionary leader."
The New York Times on the conflicts of Midwest wolf-hunting season Wolf-hunting was legalized in Wisconsin and Minnesota to manage a rebounding wolf population after the government took the species off the endangered list. Animal rights group worry that four decades of restoration work will be undone with hunting, but some packs have cost the state hundreds of thousands in livestock reimbursement payments. "Without controls, what we’ve seen in the state is a feeling of needing to take it into their own hands for folks that are frustrated."
Bloomberg BNA with the local environmental issues at stake this election Several states have ballots on energy and environmental issues this election. A vote in California pits organic farmers against big food companies by asking whether genetically modified foods should bear a label. If passed, it will be the first state to do so. In Michigan, voters will decide whether the state constitution should require 25 percent of utility sales to come from renewable energy.
The Guardian on Malaysia's big eco-city plans Malaysia has plans for a "smart metropolis" that will feature renewable energy, public transport, waste diverting, and green spaces for social integration. It will be approximately the size of Luxembourg and is expected to have a population of 3 million by 2025. Growing populations in Asia are supposed to explode in cities, with most people living in slums. Malaysia's plan hopes to create a blueprint to "improve people's mental wellbeing and encourage social cohesion."
Reuters on the struggles of solving the environmental protests in China It looked like protesters in Ningbo, China won when the city suspended a petrochemical project due to pollution concerns. But after everything tones down, the China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation may go forward with the project anyway and disguise the facility by renaming it. It won't solve the underlying issue that the Chinese are quicker to protest pollution, which has made companies more aware of potential backlash.