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Ford CEO Alan Mulally Talks Straight with Bloggers at Detroit Auto Show

CEO Alan Mulally said Ford will continue to improve fuel economy across their range, asserting that the internal combustion engine won’t be going away anytime soon. “The number one thing we can do is improve fuel mileage every year” via a need to “continually improve the internal combustion engine,” he told bloggers this week.

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John Deere Joins $200 Million Push For Next-Generation Electronics

John Deere partners with federal agencies, academic institutions and 17 other companies to form the Manufacturing Innovation Institute in North Carolina. The focus of the institute will be on developing the next generation of semiconductors that could shrink the energy use of an electric vehicle fast-charging station down to the size of a household microwave oven.

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Urbanity: A Look at Urban Evolution in 2050

As a lead-up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Jan. 18-25, Masdar sponsored a blogging contest called “Engage: Cities and Sustainable Development.” The following post, a fictional piece set in 2050 that examines the potential of sustainable urban development, was the winner.

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EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Now Open for Public Comment

After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”

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Solar Market Heading for a ‘Second Gold Rush’ in 2014

It’s going to be a good year for the solar panel installation industry, according to a new report published by Deutsche Bank Market Research. And the upswing, which is expected to be challenging at first, is poised to only get better in 2015.

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Home Depot Tracks Top Adopters of Energy Efficient Bulbs

With the last leg of the gradual incandescent light bulb phase-out already in effect, Home Depot released a data-driven map that uses sales numbers to create a per capita look at U.S. adoption of energy efficient bulbs.

It’s the Numbers, Stupid! Data-Driven Policies Will Lead to Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

From the first cities in ancient Mesopotamia to modern metropolises, urban locales have served as cultural and commercial hubs for societies across the globe. As of 2008, the world’s urban population finally surpassed that of the rural — and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the 9 billion people then-living on this planet will reside in cities.

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The Smart City of 2020: An Ecological Partnership

What will tomorrow’s sustainable city look like? Most likely, the focus will be not on how we can bend the environment to meet our needs, but how we can live within the means of tomorrow’s environment.

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Volkswagen Rounds Up 2013 with Environmental Awards

Volkswagen’s Think Blue Factory in Chattanooga has been getting noticed lately for its success in eco-friendly operations. Given its recent awards, it’s no surprise that the facility is to become Volkswagen’s model for sustainable development.