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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 4, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Smog Contributes to Dangerous Heart Rhythm Disorders. Study found detectable changes in heart's electrical system after exposure to polluted air. The role that air pollution plays in heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) that can cause sudden death may be underestimated, according to researchers. A small study of 25 healthy people without heart disease found detectable changes in the heart's electrical system when the participants were exposed to polluted air. Posted. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/heart/articles/2011/01/04/smog-contributes-to-dangerous-heart-rhythm-disorders_print.html CLIMATE CHANGE Finding the Fingerprints of Climate Change in Storm Damage -- a Very Long Detective Story. Hurricanes could become more prevalent with climate change, but the economic pain they deliver might not be recognized as man-made for 260 years. That means smashed homes and ruined roads may not be attributable to greenhouse gases for centuries, according to new research that suggests climate policies like adaptation should be designed without financial evidence of climate-enhanced windstorms. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/04/04climatewire-finding-the-fingerprints-of-climate-change-i-22773.html?pagewanted=print GREEN ENERGY California First State To Adopt New National Efficiency Standard For Light Bulbs. Californians will see the light – and a resulting energy cost savings – earlier than the rest of the United States. The California Energy Commission says Golden State consumers will be the first in the nation to save money under a federal law improving the energy-efficiency standard of light bulbs. The standard outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 says that a 100-watt bulb manufactured on or after a set date must use 28 percent less energy than a traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb. In effect, the bulb cannot use more than 72 watts. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/04/v-print/3297072/california-first-state-to-adopt.html EPA To Enforce New Emission Rules On Power Plants. The Environmental Protection Agency this week starts regulating greenhouse gases from power plants and other big polluters for the first time. The rules only apply to new construction and major expansions, but they've become hugely controversial. Critics say they will drag down the economic recovery. Old Dominion Electric Cooperative was trying to get permits for a massive new coal-fired power plant in Virginia. But last fall, it delayed the project. David Smith, the utility's director of environment, says there were two main factors: the recession, which was cutting demand for electricity, and uncertainty about EPA's greenhouse gas rules. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2011/01/03/132612887/epa-to-enforce-new-emission-rules-on-power-plants In California and Arizona, Governors Emphasize Renewable Energy Goals. In his inaugural address, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. reiterated a campaign pledge to seek development of 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in the state by 2020. In Arizona, Gov. Janice Brewer, elected to her first full term in November, said the state will develop a robust solar industry that is “the envy of the world.” In New Mexico, meanwhile, new Gov. Susana Martinez, after being sworn in Jan. 1, created a small-business task force to identify rules that it concludes would harm business growth and job creation. Posted. http://solarhbj.com/news/in-california-and-arizona-governors-emphasize-renewable-energy-goals-01270 Green Skeletons Lurk In GOP Closets. It may be heresy to conservatives, but a trip down memory lane shows nearly all of the top-tier Republican presidential contenders want to save the planet from global warming. On the campaign stump, in books, speeches and nationally-televised commercials, aspiring GOP White House candidates such as Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have warned in recent years about the threats from climate change and pledged to limit greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46699.html OPINION Brown’s Speech: Blunt, Sober And Necessary. Gov. Jerry Brown sounded very much a grown-up in his inaugural speech Monday, and in the best sense of the term. His bluntness about the severity of upcoming budget cuts – few if any programs are likely to be spared – appeared to be a message both for the public (expect pain) and the Sacramento establishment (expect change). Coupled with Brown’s repeat of his promises to only raise taxes with voter approval and to shun accounting gimmicks, his overriding goal is to finally have California adopt an honest budget that is sustainable going forward, ending what he called years of “denial and delay.” Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/04/browns-speech-blunt-sober-and-necessary/ BLOGS Did Climate Change Cause Haiti Quake? At the American Geophysical Union meeting late last month, University of Miami geologist Shimon Wdowinski argued that the devastating earthquake a year ago may have been caused by a combination of deforestation and hurricanes (H/T Treehugger). Climate change is spurring more, stronger hurricanes, which are fueled by warm ocean waters. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=80278#ixzz1A6incTqs Duraflame Loses, Courts Says They Must Obey The BAAQMD's Wood Burning Rule. The following is a press release from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, it's in regards to Duraflame's attempt to exclude themselves from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's wood burning rule....The California courts have unanimously affirmed the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's authority to make manufactured logs sold and used in the Bay Area subject to the Air District's wood burning rule. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/incontracosta/detail?entry_id=80272#ixzz1A6kddXTa