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Pollution levels are a function of emission levels, weather, chemical transformations in the air, and transport of pollutants from other areas. Conditions could force the government to extend the production suspensions past year-end. Long-term solutions could involve requiring companies to move their manufacturing facilities or regulating the length of production runs. The government faces a delicate balancing act between protecting public health while preserving the local industrial base

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  Index • The United States • China • Emerging Markets • Japan • The United Kingdom • The Eurozone • Europe • Global Developments • Commodities • Energy • Equities • Credit • Food for Thought The United States 1. Once again let’s start with the US where the latest inflation data remains benign.

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On Thursday, the SEC levied fraud charges against Patrick Carter, his company 808 Renewable Energy Corp, three other individuals, and three other firms for defrauding investors in Carter’s California-based renewable energy company. 808 Renewable was formed in 2009, with a mission to manage combined heat and power renewable energy projects, and with “the goal to help America focus on renewable and green energy solutions in order to reduce dependance on foreign oil,” reads the SEC’s filing. Renewable energy production is a noble goal, which makes allegations that Carter and the case’s defendants raised over $30 million in fraudulent and unregistered offerings from 2009 through 2014 even more of a shame

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