Jakarta’s rivers, much like the roads snaking across the capital, are always clogged, dirty, polluted and not a welcome sight. People quickly associate rivers with garbage, plastic bags, dark muddy water and illegal settlements.
That trend could help states meet their emissions goals under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan if it survives court challenges, according to new U.S. Energy Information Administration data and a New York University analysis.
The U.S. power grid is undergoing an extreme makeover from the hulking power plants that generate most of the electricity all the way down to tiny meters attached to millions of homes. And the nation's midsection is no exception.
The morning was off to a slow start. "Spot-billed duck," said Terry Townshend, 45, a British bird-watcher and five-year Beijing resident, as he sat in the driver's seat of his rental car peering through binoculars. "Common coot."