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Lebanon gives investigating committee four days to find culprits: Minister

first_imgThe government of Lebanon has given an “investigative committee” four days to determine responsibility for the devastating explosion in Beirut port on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe told French radio Thursday.”This morning, a decision was taken to create an investigative committee which in four days maximum must provide a detailed report on responsibility — how, who, what, where? There will be judicial decisions,” he told Europe 1 radio.”It is serious, and we take it seriously,” Wehbe said. According to Lebanese officials, the explosion was caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tons of the substance in a portside warehouse.”It is an accident… preliminary reports indicate it is mismanagement of explosive products. This is a very serious neglect that continued for six years,’ said Wehbe.Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun have promised to put the culprits behind bars, but trust in institutions is low and few on the streets of the Lebanese capital hold out hope of an impartial inquiry.Human Rights Watch on Thursday supported mounting calls for an international probe as the only credible option.”An independent investigation with international experts is the best guarantee that victims of the explosion will get the justice they deserve,” the watchdog said.In France, prosecutors on Wednesday opened a probe into the blast over injuries inflicted on 24 French citizens.Flights carrying medical aid, field hospitals, rescue experts and tracking dogs have been flying into Beirut airport since Wednesday.And French President Emmanuel Macron was expected in Lebanon later Thursday, the highest-ranking foreign leader to visit since the tragedy.Macron was due to meet Aoun and other political leaders as well as civil society representatives. “Those responsible for this horrible crime of negligence will be punished by a committee of judges,” he added. The provisional death toll from the massive blast stood at 137 Thursday, but with dozens missing and 5,000 wounded, the number of victims was expected to rise as rescue workers continued to comb through the rubble.The Beirut governor estimated up to 300,000 people may have been made temporarily homeless by the disaster, which he said would cost the debt-ridden country in excess of $3 billion.On Wednesday, the government called for the house arrest of those responsible for the storage of a large quantity of ammonium nitrate, a substance used in fertilizers and explosives, in the port of the Lebanese capital. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Osborn opens season with Lincoln County checkers

first_imgBy Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (April 9) – Getting their season started off right with Saturday trips to the winner’s circle at Lincoln County Raceway were Colton Osborn, Jamey Kennicutt, Casey Werkmeis­ter, Jacob Olmstead and Andrew Baumgardner.Starting on the pole and putting on a dominating performance of never relinquishing the lead was Osborn, on his way to scoring the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win. Osborn weathered the storm of a late caution and then cruised to the victory. Runner-up Jeremy Frenier had started seventh.After starting in the second row and snaring the lead on the fourth lap, Jamey Kennicutt rolled to the win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. Kennicutt built a big lead that was erased by a late yellow but hung on for the win ahead of Dillon Schultz.Finishing strong has become a formula of success for Casey Werkmeister and opening night was another night of success for him in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Werkmeister tried to work the bottom of the oval but it was his move to the cushion on lap 14 that paid off for the race-winning move.Leading from the beginning until the checkered flag flew was Jacob Olmstead in winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Olmstead started on the outside of the front row and never looked back.Grabbing the lead near the midway point, Andrew Baumgardner scored the Mach-1 Sport Com­pact victory.last_img read more

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Local Black Stars beaten 3-0 in Japan

first_imgThe local Black Stars crushed 3-0 to Japan’s U23 side in an international friendly on Wednesday.Maxwell Konadu’s side conceded all three goals in the opening 30 minutes.Midfielder Yajima Shinya scored a quick brace in four minutes and striker Togashi Cayman added the third.Ghana missed out on lifting the MS&AD Cup.The match played at the Best amenity Stadium in Saga will be used to raise funds for the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Govt to expand ban on plastic usage by 2020 – Jordan

first_img…as Green Expo opensAs the inaugural Green Expo kicked off on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, Finance Minister Winston Jordan reiterated that the coalition Government plans to implement a ban on more plastic products by 2020.Jordan was at the time addressing a gathering at the Ramada Hotel, also in Providence, at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Green Expo.He said, “Having banned the use of certain plastic products in 2016, our Government is committed to ban even more by 2020”.The Minister noted the importance of imposing a ban on certain plastic products, as they are hazardous to human and marine life. Various agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been lobbying for a ban to bePublic Information Minister Dawn Hastings cuts the ceremonial ribbon to welcome locals to the inaugural Green Expoimposed on single use plastics.In August, as part of World Earth Day, a number of supermarkets partnered with the EPA to reduce the use of single use plastic bags as they introduce reusable shopping bags.Meanwhile, over 130 exhibitors at the Stadium are gearing themselves for three packed days of questions and sharing samples of their products as the first ever Green Expo gets underway.The expo and summit are being held under the theme “Sustainable economic growth through small businesses innovation, entrepreneurship and transformative Government policies”.The expo, which winds down on Saturday, is opened to the public from 14:00h daily with the intention of promoting innovation and driving Guyana towards the Green State Development Strategy.According to Minister Jordan, “This expo and summit brings together business experts from Guyana and around the world to educate and inspire local businesses to adopt new technologies and good practices that are necessary to build business resilience and competitiveness”.He added that the expo will undoubtedly create opportunities for networking and facilitate trade at the same time to benefit locals.The MP pulled out a pack of straws made of bamboo while explaining to theThe LPG powered cargathering that much can be done with the material, by young entrepreneurs.The Business Minister endorsed the importance of the summit in helping small businesses. “This event that we are opening today (Thursday) is an important one for the country. It is also an important one for businesses, especially small businesses because businesses that understand where Guyana is heading over the next two decades will make better decisions than those who do not,” he added.Further, he pointed out the importance of small businesses understanding how the Green State Development Strategy will affect their sector and as such noted that the Government has made it more affordable to invest in renewable energy solutions by removing import duties on renewable energy generating equipment, which makes the decision to invest in green energy a great one for businesses in the long-term.No gasoline carNevertheless, a car powered by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was on display at the exposition. This vehicle is powered by a new gas being distributed and marketed by Massy services, which happens to be the same type of gas used for domestic purposes.Hekima Paul, an employee at Massy told the Guyana Times that the gas is more feasible and safe. Paul explained that cars are currently being modified to use this type of gas as it is safer for the environment and the user.According to him, persons can save as much as $10,000 in fuel as customers can get 30 miles per gallon. Extra cash can also be saved as the car requires less maintenance, in terms of servicing.Another great feature of the car is that it was designed for impact and in the case of an accident, it will absorb the impact while in some cases, a gas tank might explode, as was explained by another employee, Robert Hong.He said, “If there is a problem where somebody gets into an accident, the driver can electronically shut off the gas from inside the car… to prevent gas from going more to the engine. Regular vehicles do not generally have a cut-off switch for their cars”. (Davina Ramdass)last_img read more

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Analysis: Baines vote lowers the bar for the Hall

first_imgBy Dave Sheinin | Washington PostLAS VEGAS – Harold Baines was a fine baseball player who played for a very long time – a right fielder-turned-designated hitter who earned six all-star appearances, led the American League in slugging in 1984 and amassed 384 home runs and 2,866 hits over 22 seasons.If you’re into advanced analytics, his wins above replacement (Baseball-Reference version) of 38.7 ranks tied for 545th all-time and puts him in the same neighborhood as contemporaries such as Paul …last_img read more

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Breakfast boost for school children

first_imgChildren are delighted to be able to receive breakfast at school. (Image:Breakfast for Better Days)Many disadvantaged school children will reap the benefits of a partnership between Kellogg’s South Africa and Clover which ensures they eat a nutritious breakfast every morning.Clover has committed to provide the milk requirements for Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days initiative. The campaign provides thousands of learners with a balanced breakfast every school day.Clover has joined forces with packaging solutions company, Tetra Pak to support the Kellogg’s project.“This initiative is aligned with our motto of protecting what’s good, and our vision of making food safe and available everywhere,” said Gisele Gurgel, marketing director at Tetra Pak. “Supporting Breakfasts for Better Days will give back to communities with the 3goodness of long life milk.”Clover is providing 550 000 litres of milk for the project until the end of 2016, making sure children have the most important meal of the day so they can concentrate on their school work.Breakfasts for Better Days is in its third year of dishing up a breakfast of cereal and milk to 25 000 school children across Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape provinces. It has been endorsement by the Department of Basic Education. Food Bank SA distributes the food.One billion servingsThe Breakfast for Better Days initiative is part of Kellogg’s global target to feed a billion servings of cereal and snacks by end of 2016.“We are delighted that Clover and Tetra Pak have come on board to be part of our initiative to fuel the minds and bodies of learners across the country,” said Sylvia Radebe, head of communications at Kellogg’s South Africa.“Almost one in five learners goes to school without breakfast every day, and we aim to change that statistic.“We are planning to extend the feeding programme and the commitment from Clover and Tetra Pak means we will be able to broaden our footprint.”“This is an amazing initiative started by Kellogg’s and being able to be part of a team that shares a positive vision and joint effort towards making a difference in so many children’s lives, is truly something special,” said Sherian King, a marketing manager at Clover.“Not only is it a great brand fit, but the shared values and optimistic views for the future all work together to deliver something great.“It is so important to alleviate the distraction of hunger so that children can focus during the day. This is just one step towards their success, and we are glad to be able to help where we can.”For more information on the Breakfasts for Better Days initiative, visit www.bfbd.co.zaProviding Breakfast for Better DaysLaunched globally in 2013, this initiative believes in the power of breakfast to feed better days and better lives.According to the Kellogg’s website, it is expanding breakfast programmes around the globe, maximising product donations and advocating for the important role breakfast plays in the diet.In the first year of the initiative, Kellogg’s donated more than 400-million servings of products, of which 230-million servings were breakfast foods.last_img read more

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Welcome to the Enterprise Green Communities Blog

first_imgImage 2 of 2This is “glamour green”–crawling around in really short basements! Peter:Hello, everyone. I am really looking forward to this forum with all of you out in the field and with the stellar staff at Enterprise, most particularly Amy. Between the two of us (check out our backgrounds upper right on this page), we will be covering all sorts of green building issues and opportunities, sharing our unique perspectives and hopefully adding yours to the mix by way of comments as well. We know our stuff, but so do you! Join in with questions or expertise as often as you like.We thought we would start off this blog with a sampling of topics we have in mind, but sure hope that you will pipe up with topics you would like to see covered!– What is Green Building? Getting everyone on the same green page.– Building Assessment: Is this where green rehabs start?– Homeowner Education: How is a green HO manual different than a conventional one?– Radon Mitigation: Dealing with the invisible…– High Performance Scopes of Work: Greening your trade contracts.– Web-based project management software: What makes this green? Amy:Welcome to the Enterprise Green Communities NSP blog. Our hope is that this becomes an open forum for NSP recipients, sub-recipients, and project teams to discuss some of the challenges and successes you are experiencing as it relates to your green initiatives across the country. With the newness of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, we are all in the same place – learning lots of new regulations, interpretations, and minute details. Enterprise Green Communities is hoping that the existence and continual use of this blog will help you through every step of the green initiative you are building into your Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Peter Yost, with GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, will be co-authoring this blog with me, teaching us all about the science behind green building. I will be co-authoring and consistently checking in, answering questions, and joining the discussions in the hopes of learning from you and hopefully, helping a little.last_img read more

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3 days agoMan Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Phil Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tactics “spot on” against Liverpool on Sunday.Solskjaer’s decision to play with five in defence nullified Liverpool’s attacking threat at Old Trafford for the majority of the game, before Adam Lallana equalised in the final minutes.”Tactically, Ole got it really spot on,” the England women’s manager told Optus Sport.”Five at the back, they defended the middle of the pitch really well, the three centre-backs, in particular, defended the goal really well, every cross that came in from wide areas they were set.”Just that cross at the end when it gets fired across the box. Rojo just lost a little bit of concentration and it got punished.”Liverpool did finish really strong and United will feel like that’s two points dropped.” last_img read more

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By Marin Katusa Casey Research

first_imgBy Marin Katusa, Casey Research Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas company just made a multibillion-dollar bet that Canada will choose to export its shale gas riches. Even though the odds of securing permission to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Canadian west coast are still pretty poor, the costs of such an endeavor immense, and the timeline in question very long, Petronas is putting $5.5 billion on the table – far more than it has ever spent on an acquisition before – to secure a large foothold in the British Columbia shale gas scene. It’s yet another sign that things are getting serious in the global race for resources. The race for resources drives much of our thinking within the Casey Research energy group. It’s more than a common theme – we believe that it is one of the strongest forces at work in our world today, and that it plays a role in determining the tone of many international relationships and domestic policies. Countries that have resources, from Russia to Australia, are altering fiscal structures and ownership rules so as to glean as much benefit as possible from their riches, while still reserving sufficient supplies to fuel their futures. Countries that lack natural-resource wealth, such as Japan and South Korea, are racing to lock up projects and partnerships abroad that can supply their future resource needs. And a race it is, because they are not alone. There are few countries in this world with natural supplies of all the energy commodities they need – Australia, Russia, and Canada are among the few that do – and everyone else has to constantly wheel and deal to secure imports. Now the easy deposits of many energy resources are disappearing, but global demand continues to rise. The result: stiffer competition. Petronas’ deal is a perfect example. Petronas is buying Calgary-based Progress Energy Resources (T.PRQ) for C$4.8 billion in cash. Including convertible debt the deal is valued at about C$5.5 billion. In announcing the deal, Petronas also said it has chosen Prince Rupert, BC, as the home of its planned LNG export terminal. So the company is spending billions of dollars to acquire 1.9 trillion cubic feet of proven and probable gas reserves… but there is no guarantee that they will be able to export any of that gas in the foreseeable future. Pipelines have become a highly contentious issue in North America – just as US citizens are embroiled in a debate over the Keystone XL pipeline which would transport oil sands crude south, Canadians are arguing the merits and liabilities of the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would move oil sands crude to the west coast for transport to Asia. One of the big arguments against Northern Gateway is the danger of sending tanker traffic through the coastal waters of northern BC, where an oil spill would be near impossible to clean and would irreparably damage a pristine ecosystem. The same arguments will surface with natural gas. The LNG terminal that Petronas envisions in Prince Rupert would send loaded tankers through those same sensitive waters, an idea that is far from accepted in the region at this point. The pipelines ferrying natural gas to that terminal would cross mountainous terrain burdened with heavy winter snowpack and dramatic summer melts that regularly cause hillsides to slide and rivers to swell their banks and take out bridges – all points that opponents will use to argue that the potential risks outweigh the benefits. In short: Petronas and its peers face a steep, uphill battle in their quest to permit pipelines and LNG terminals on the west coast. But as we wrote last week, the potential for big profits will also play a role. Remember, natural gas in its gaseous state is a landlocked commodity. Its low energy-to-volume ratio renders it uneconomic to ship, which means pipelines are the only option. To move natural gas over oceans it has to be condensed into LNG, increasing the energy-to-volume ratio dramatically and making it economic to load onto tankers and send around the world. Many major global economies rely on LNG to meet their natural gas needs; and demand is on the rise. In 2011, global LNG trade grew by 9.4% compared to 2010, with Asia generating most of the demand increase. Japan is the world’s top LNG importer, having bought 79.1 million tonnes in 2011; South Korea is in second place with imports near 36 million tonnes. India, China, and Taiwan are all also major LNG buyers, helping to lift Asia into top spot as a regional LNG import market: Asian LNG buyers accounted for 63.6% of the global market in 2011. That level of demand from a part of the world fairly short on supply means high prices. LNG in Asia is currently worth between $17 and $18 per million British Thermal Units (MMBtu) – six to seven times the price of natural gas in North America. That price difference is precisely why Petronas is maneuvering to buy reserves in North America. The gamble is simply worth its while – if Petronas is able to build pipelines and an LNG terminal on the west coast, the company will be able to take a commodity worth a few dollars here and sell it for many times more in Asia. The lure of that payout has drawn many players to this expensive, drawn out, and highly uncertain game. With this deal, Petronas joins a growing list of international energy companies including PetroChina, Mitsubishi, and CNOOC that are spending billions on remote natural gas plays in Alberta and BC, all of which share the same dream of selling the gas in Asian markets. While these Asian energy giants take on the risk, Canadian gas explorers pretty much get to just enjoy the benefits. Depressed North American gas prices have brought most gas explorers to a standstill – investors and banks alike are not interested in funding projects where the cost of production is almost the same as the value of the product. But being bought out or finding a partner with deep pockets is a perfect solution. As Progress’ CEO said, “Our asset base requires extensive capital to develop its large potential and ultimately access international LNG markets. Petronas offers the size and scale that will enable our company to continue to grow and not be limited by the same cash flow challenges faced by many producers in the North American natural gas market today.” Since Canada’s gas explorers are stuck in neutral, you might think that Asian energy firms would be making minimal offers, trying to acquire these resources on the cheap. Instead, Petronas offered C$22.45 a share for Progress, 77% more than Progress’ closing price the previous day. Are they trying to earn goodwill with Canadians? Perhaps, but there’s a more likely explanation for their generosity: pressure from behind. If they made a stink bid and Progress voiced displeasure, the dispute could draw attention from Petronas’ peers, which are also on the lookout for good natural gas deals. One of these peers might then swoop in and make a better offer, leaving Petronas empty-handed. This is the impact of the race for resources. These Asian energy giants are racing with each other to secure resources for the future. The constant pressure to stay ahead in the race means companies will offer whatever it takes to secure a deal quickly, before anyone else trips up their efforts. Shale gas riches have positioned North Americans as beneficiaries in the global race to secure natural gas supplies. However, complacency is a dangerous thing. Just because North America has gas doesn’t mean it has all of the energy resources it needs for the future. President Obama’s recent executive order on Russian uranium was a reminder that the US relies on imports to feed its nuclear reactors, and with the Megatons deal coming to an end, the United States is being thrust into the global race for uranium just as that race is heating up. Scarcity is a powerful force and it leaves those in control of limited resources wielding great power. We think a scarcity of uranium will increase Russia’s power; control over some of the last big, easy oil deposits has earned Saudi Arabia great global influence. Petronas’ deal with Progress is a sign that shale gas could generate similar prowess for North America, and is a strong reminder that the global race for resources will provide some with money and power while leaving others in the dust. North American energy resources don’t guarantee the US a comfortable position in the gas and oil sectors. 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first_imgRecommended Link It wants to make its cities more livable.But let’s be clear about something. China isn’t trying to kill its auto industry. Instead, it wants to jumpstart its electric vehicle (EV) market.EVs run on electricity instead of gasoline. They burn cleaner than vehicles with internal combustion engines. That’s why China’s government desperately wants to get traditional vehicles off its roads… The global electric vehicle market is already booming… By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchChina just made history.Two weeks ago, the Chinese government said it wants to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels.It didn’t say when this ban will go into effect. But experts think it could happen as soon as 2040.That’s a long way away. You might be wondering why you should even care about this now.Simple. A lot of money is going to be made between now and then.Tomorrow, I’ll show you one of the best ways to profit from this historic decision. But you should first understand why China’s doing this. — Pollution is so bad that people put on respirators before they go outside. Not only that, the local government shut down schools, factories, and airports back in December because the smog was so suffocating.This isn’t just a major problem in Beijing, either. It’s a problem all over China. Thanks to this explosive growth, China now accounts for 40% of global EV sales.It’s the world’s largest EV market by far. And yet, EVs make up just 1.4% of the total Chinese auto market.In the Netherlands, EVs make up 5% of the market. In Norway, they’re 24% of the market.In other words, China’s EV market is going to get bigger… a lot bigger. Opportunities like this don’t come around often… — It’s helped pay for hundreds of thousands of charging stations. It’s offered generous subsidies to people who buy EVs. Soon, it will require at least 8% of all cars built in China to be electric.So far, these policies have been working.Last year, China sold 507,000 electric vehicles and hybrids. That’s 53% more than it sold in 2015.Meanwhile, sales of “pure” electric vehicles in China jumped 65%. That’s 10 times faster than China’s economy grew last year. Recommended Link China’s been trying to stimulate its EV market… China has a nasty pollution problem… It’s happening all over the world.The British government also plans to ban sales of diesel and gasoline-fueled cars by 2040. France has a similar deadline. Norway and the Netherlands have been even more aggressive about getting gas-guzzling vehicles off their roads.Major car companies have also jumped on board the EV revolution.Take Volvo. It aims to launch 10 more EV models by the end of next year. By 2025, it aims to have 30 EV models.Jaguar is going electric, too. Soon, it will have an “electrified” option for all its models.The British carmaker isn’t doing this to be trendy. It’s doing this because EVs, according to its CEO, are “the future.”But that doesn’t mean you should wait to bet on this megatrend. How Marijuana Can Save Your Retirement Five years ago these investments were illegal. Today marijuana companies like these could fund your retirement. But we’re in the early stages. The market is about to explode. The catalyst will be this new law… Making recreational pot legal in the whole country. It’s the biggest event in the history of pot. And you have a rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor BEFORE the law gets passed. Click here for more information. Welcome to the “Everything Bubble” We’re in the midst of a historic series of bubbles… a stock market bubble, a bond market bubble, and a student loan bubble. Doug refers to this as the “Everything Bubble.” And when it pops, he believes it will create perhaps one of the greatest speculative opportunities of all time for investors who take action right now. For the full details, click here. Investors are starting to realize this. That’s why Tesla (TSLA) is up 77% since the start of 2015.That’s an enormous gain for such a short period. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise.After all, Tesla’s the largest U.S. electric carmaker. It’s one of the most obvious ways to play the EV revolution. But that doesn’t make it the best.Tomorrow, I’ll show you an even better way to profit from this unstoppable trend. As you’ll see, this opportunity is less risky AND has far more upside than buying a high-flying stock like Tesla.Regards,Justin SpittlerDenver, ColoradoSeptember 18, 2017 Reader MailbagToday, one reader writes in to praise Doug’s new novel Drug Lord. If you missed our special preview, you can catch up here and here.Thanks for the preview of Drug Lord, but I wanted to say I just finished the book yesterday and thought it was excellent. Just like Speculator, it was hard to put the book down until finished.I look forward to Assassin coming out as soon as you can get it finished. I foresee a movie deal in your future. Would be interesting to see who you cast as Charles Knight! Thanks for the entertainment.–EddieWe want to hear from you.If you have a question or comment, please send it to [email protected] We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. The EV revolution isn’t just happening in China, either… Last year, the industry grew 35%. That’s 11 times faster than the global economy grew in 2016.And it’s just getting started…You see, EVs still make up just 0.2% of the global auto market.By 2020, Bloomberg says they’ll make up 2% of the global market. That means the industry’s set to grow tenfold over the next few years.By 2030, EVs will account for 24% of the global market. By 2040, they’ll account for 54% of the market. By then, the International Energy Agency says there could be more than 600 million EVs on the roads.China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also recently said that the next 10 years will be “critical” for the EV industry. Just look at this picture of Beijing, China’s capital and third-biggest city.You can barely make out the buildings in this photograph.last_img read more

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