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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 22, 2011. California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 22, 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 As Congress Debates EPA Regulation, New Report Shows Biggest One-Year Increase in C02 Pollution From U.S. Power Plants in 2010 Share. A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the U.S. rose 5.56 percent in 2010 over the year before, the biggest annual increase since the EPA began tracking emissions in 1995. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/18/3413511/as-congress-debates-epa-regulation.html#ixzz1Ehxgn9UK Groups sue over air pollution at national parks. FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—A group of environmentalists has sued the federal government in an effort to force a declaration on the source of air pollution over national parks and wilderness areas in the West. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17160195?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com CLIMATE CHANGE UN sees rising risks from climate, toxic chemicals. GENEVA -- Climate change is a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, says a new U.N.-commissioned report. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/21/1566281/un-sees-rising-risks-from-climate.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/21/3418871/un-sees-rising-risks-from-climate.html#ixzz1EhzafR00 http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/21/2280609/un-sees-rising-risks-from-climate.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/21/un-sees-rising-risks-from-climate-toxic-chemicals/ US has modest goals for S. Africa climate talks. JOHANNESBURG -- The U.S. does not expect this year's climate change conference in South Africa to yield a binding international agreement to stop global warming, the top U.S. negotiator said Monday. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/21/1566064/us-has-modest-goals-for-s-africa.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/21/AR2011022100894.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/21/2280368/us-has-modest-goals-for-s-africa.html#storylink=misearch Climate change said threat to food safety. EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The safety of the world's food supply is under threat from climate change and the damage is going to get worse unless action is taken, a U.S. researcher says. Posted. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/02/21/Climate-change-said-threat-to-food-safety/UPI-16751298328966/#ixzz1Ei0dxIXj What are the main man-made greenhouse gases? The strength of the Earth's greenhouse effect is determined by the concentration in the atmosphere of a handful of greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/04/man-made-greenhouse-gases Scott's Antarctic creatures may give climate clue. (Reuters) - Tiny Antarctic marine creatures first collected by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott in 1901 may help scientists understand future climate change, a study showed on Tuesday. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/22/us-climate-antarctica-idUSTRE71L3BE20110222 DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB announces second year of grants for hybrid trucks and buses. SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has initiated its second year of grants totaling $19 million for hybrid vehicle technology that significantly reduces smog-forming and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Posted. http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2011/2/22/CARBannouncessecondyearofgrantsforhybridtrucksandbuses.aspx FUELS In Europe, the Promise and Fears of a New Fuel. LONDON — Energy companies across Europe are probing the ground for natural gas trapped in shale rock, hoping to replicate an American boom that has given consumers in the United States a major new supply of affordable fuel. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/business/energy-environment/21iht-renoshale21.html?_r=1&scp=9&sq=climate%20change&st=cse 9 Easy Ways To Increase Your Gas Mileage. Improving fuel economy not only saves drivers money, it also benefits the environment by releasing fewer emissions into the air and reduces a nation's dependence on oil and oil imports. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/21/investopedia50889.DTL#ixzz1Ei90tRaA Is Natural Gas Good, or Just Less Bad? LONDON — Natural gas is billed by its supporters, including President Barack Obama, as a clean fuel that could play a big role in a low-carbon future. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/business/energy-environment/21iht-renogas21.html?scp=9&sq=green%20energy&st=cse GREEN ENERGY Green energy no 'gimmick,' London says. Unconventional gas resources and renewable energy will help the British economy meet its ambitions for a sustainable future, a British diplomat said in Japan. Posted. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Resource-Wars/2011/02/22/Green-energy-no-gimmick-London-says/UPI-22441298385065/#ixzz1Ei2UH4vu Climate and Clean Energy Funds Could Be Casualties in Broader Budget War Ahead. Tea party fervor drove the House spending bill through a week of debate that finished with its pre-dawn passage on Saturday. But now that the bill moves to the Democratic-led Senate, it looms as a warm-up to more intense partisan bargaining to come. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/02/22/22climatewire-climate-and-clean-energy-funds-could-be-casu-64378.html Scientific groups call for new sources of rare earths. WASHINGTON -- Technologies for green or renewable-energy batteries, solar cells and advanced electric motors are dependent on critical chemical elements that are threatened by major supply shortages, two influential American scientific groups said in a report Friday. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_17445119?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1 Eye on the environment: County honors 12 companies for environmental efforts. In his book "The Truth About Green Business," author and business consultant Gil Friend explains why some businesses go beyond mere compliance with environmental mandates and implement exemplary programs benefitting the environment. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/19/county-honors-12-companies-for-environmental/ VEHICLES New BMW brand for line of electric vehicles. BMW is creating a new sub-brand -- "BMW i" -- for its coming upscale electric vehicles, or as BMW puts it: "premium sustainable mobility." The company also announced BMW i's first two production vehicles, both due in 2013. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/02/new-bmw-brand-for-line-of-electric-vehicles/1 Nissan Unable to Meet Leaf Demand; Delays to Continue. The Nissan Leaf is the first mass-market electric vehicle available for purchase. The only problem is that so far, delivery is taking a lot longer than expected, and it isn't expected to get better any time soon. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/22/idUS9649962320110222 California will see surge in electric vehicles, report says. California metropolitan areas, including Sacramento, will see significant increases in the number of plug-in electric vehicles on their roadways through 2017, according to a new report by Pike Research. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/18/v-print/3414000/california-will-see-surge-in-electric.html US opens investigation into Toyota hybrid SUVs. The government has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of stalling engines in more than 40,000 Toyota Highlander hybrids. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/02/22/national/w071006S22.DTL#ixzz1Ei8HrfrH MISCELLANEOUS NASA to launch newest Earth-observation satellite. LOS ANGELES -- NASA is set to launch its latest Earth-orbiting satellite on a $424 million mission to analyze airborne grit spewed by volcanoes, forest fires, smokestacks and tailpipes. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/21/1566485/nasa-to-launch-newest-earth-observation.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/02/21/2280816/nasa-to-launch-newest-earth-observation.html#storylink=misearch http://www.keyt.com/news/local/NASA-Climate-Change-Satellite-to-Launch-from-VAFB-116618728.html OPINION DAN MORAIN: Green firm finds gold in capital. In the world of alter-native power generation, Bloom Energy is golden. It certainly has figured out how to get some the public's green. Time magazine declared the Silicon Valley company's fuel cell technology, called Bloom Boxes, to be one of the top inventions of 2010. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/02/21/1566742/green-firm-finds-gold-in-capital.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/22/3421150/commentary-green-energy-firm-bloom.html#ixzz1Ei1wZmqm The Dirty Energy Party. President Obama has decided that the failure of last year’s comprehensive climate bill does not have to mean the death of climate policy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/opinion/22tue1.html?scp=7&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Bottom-up energy innovation takes off in Marin. Most folks are gung-ho on the amazing power of wireless communications technology. Yet in my Marin County town, citizens are up in arms, blockading trucks and opposing the mandatory installation of SmartMeters - pulsing wireless signals about real-time energy usage so Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knows exactly how much power I consume, and when. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/21/EDUS1HQ736.DTL#ixzz1Ei7efWDM BLOGS ‘Dirty’ Energy Dwarfs Clean in China and India. Many experts agree that for the world to rein in rising greenhouse gas emissions, the galloping economies of China and India would have to figure out how to base their future economic expansion on technologies and fuels that are “cleaner” than the fossil fuels the United States and Europe used in their own industrial revolutions long ago. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/dirty-energy-dwarfs-clean-in-china-and-india/ A Stopgap for Global Warming. There are many signs that the world is heading into a period of warming -– one that could melt glaciers, flood small islands and coastal cities, threaten some animal species and make crops difficult to grow in previously productive agricultural regions. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/a-stopgap-for-global-warming/ U.P.S. Finds a Substitute for Diesel: Natural Gas, at 260 Degrees Below Zero. The final frontier for alternative motor fuels, powering big tractor-trailers, has been crossed. The alternative is natural gas, but not in the now-familiar form of compressed gas. Instead, a growing number of the biggest trucks are running on liquefied natural gas. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/u-p-s-finds-a-substitute-for-diesel-natural-gas-at-260-degrees-below-zero/ Why it’s a good idea to put sugar water in your gas tank. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could solve our waste problem and our fuel problem simultaneously, by turning one into the other? Okay, we're nowhere near the stage where you can just scrape your plate into your car, but there are an increasing number of procedures for turning useless crap into fuel. Most recently, students at Oklahoma State University devised a way to turn waste soda into ethanol. Posted. http://www.grist.org/article/2011-02-22-why-its-a-good-idea-to-put-sugar-water-in-your-gas-tank A Green Makeover for Planters Nutmobile. The Nutmobile, the peanut-shaped traveling ambassador for the Planters brand, is going green. Its newest iteration runs on biodiesel and sports a wind turbine, solar panels, LED interior lighting, recycled parts and wood floors reclaimed from a 19th century Pennsylvania barn. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/a-green-makeover-for-planters-nutmobile/?scp=1&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse Get Out the Kleenex—Climate Change Lengthens Allergy Season. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows a link between warming temperatures and a longer ragweed pollen season. Posted. http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/02/22/get-out-the-kleenex%e2%80%94climate-change-lengthens-allergy-season/#ixzz1Ei002wTx