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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Tweaking the climate to save it: Who decides? CHICHELEY, England -- To the quiet green solitude of an English country estate they retreated, to think the unthinkable. Scientists of earth, sea and sky, scholars of law, politics and philosophy: In three intense days cloistered behind Chicheley Hall's old brick walls, where British saboteurs once secretly trained, four dozen international thinkers pondered the planet's fate as it grows warmer, weighed the idea of reflecting the sun to cool the atmosphere, debated the question of who would make the decision. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/03/1627665/tweaking-the-climate-to-save-it.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/03/tweaking-the-climate-to-save-it-who-decides/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/article_945bbb5c-e071-56a7-a1a7-0a0a4db4f1d8.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/03/2335125/tweaking-the-climate-to-save-it.html#storylink=misearch http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/03/2335125/tweaking-the-climate-to-save-it.html#storylink=misearch http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/03/international/i023434D59.DTL http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/03/3524342/tweaking-the-climate-to-save-it.html http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/03/tweaking-the-climate-to-save-it-who-decides/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17763423 Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming. A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-climate-berkeley-20110404,0,772697.story DIESEL EMISSIONS Soot filters snarl Valley school bus upkeep. Devices that were supposed to make diesel school buses pollute less are costing school districts and bus agencies thousands of extra dollars and creating major maintenance problems. The problems started when the buses were fitted with "particulate traps," which stopped most sooty diesel exhaust from leaving bus tailpipes. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/02/2334990/soot-filters-snarl-valley-school.html#storylink=misearch AIR POLLUTION: Cameras help track soot emissions. A new technique uses cameras to track the rate at which soot escapes from smokestacks, allowing scientists to measure how much pollution is released. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/04/archive/9?terms=air+pollution GREEN ENERGY Activists call for renewable energy at UN meeting. BANGKOK -- Citing the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, environmental activists at a U.N. meeting Sunday urged bolder steps to tap renewable energy so the world doesn't have to choose between the dangers of nuclear power and the ravages of climate change. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/03/1627666/activists-call-for-renewable-energy.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/03/activists-call-for-renewable-energy-at-un/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_8d81f0a9-81a4-5672-a2d5-1ea1ae1ea6e2.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/03/2335126/activists-call-for-renewable-energy.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/activists-at-un-climate-change-conference-call-for-renewable-not-nuclear-energy/2011/04/03/AFxRekTC_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/3/activists-call-for-renewable-energy-at-un-meeting// http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/04/03/international/i030553D17.DTL http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/03/3524347/activists-call-for-renewable-energy.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17763446 http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/apr/03/activists-call-for-renewable-energy-at-un-meeting/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17763446 New studies dispute biomass' 'green' reputation. WASHINGTON ---- Simpson Tacoma Kraft would seem like one of the greener power plants. It boils water by burning sawdust, bark and wood shavings from saw mills and pulp mills, funneling the resulting high-pressure steam into a turbine to generate electricity. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_d9e352e9-bd46-50a8-ac39-645e11ddec99.html Natural gas stations opening in western Colorado. GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Two compressed natural gas stations are set to open in western Colorado, marking the completion of an alternative fuel corridor to the West Coast. A new CNG fueling station is scheduled to open Saturday morning in Grand Junction. It features a slow-fill side for large vehicles like buses and trash trucks and a fast-fill side for passenger vehicles. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/02/1626416/natural-gas-stations-opening-in.html VEHICLES eCarTech Paris 2011: utilities gear up for electric mobility. Discussions at the eCarTec Paris Conference & Exhibition 2011 centred around topics such as "new business models and new players", "energy & infrastructure" and "research highlights". Some interesting EV projections for the French market in terms of numbers and prices were given by Igor Czerny, Senior Executive Vice President at EDF France. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/54920110404.php Valley dealers see spark for electric cars. There are only a handful of plug-in electric cars on the roads in Fresno and Clovis -- but as gasoline prices tickle $4 a gallon, local dealerships say the vehicles are gaining attention from would-be buyers. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/02/2334841/valley-dealers-see-spark-for-electric.html#storylink=misearch Will buying an electric car make an environmental difference? Sure, you might get a carpool sticker and a tax break. But if you buy an electric car, will it make much environmental difference? Experts say that depends on three factors: What were you driving before? How is your electricity generated? And how many other electric cars are going to be sold? Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17767978 http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_17767977?nclick_check=1 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17767978 TrueCar.com Announces the Best Overall Value on the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles. SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 4, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- As the nation experiences heightened gas prices, TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing, trends and forecasts, today announced the best value* for consumers on the most fuel-efficient vehicles, taking into account the purchase price and the average cost of fuel per year. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/04/3526579/truecarcom-announces-the-best.html MISCELLANEOUS How many green jobs can Kern really expect? Aman Sandhu is one of the green economy's success stories. After earning a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Fresno State, Sandhu tried student teaching with an eye toward becoming an educator, but quickly discerned it wasn't for him. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/news/business/economy/x233129924/How-many-green-jobs-can-Kern-really-expect Geary Boulevard underpass gets energy-saving lights. Commuters may not be pleased that one lane in each direction of the Geary Boulevard underpass between Collins and Lyon streets will be closed through the beginning of May for energy efficient lighting retrofits. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=86253 Recyclebank Launches "Green Your Home Challenge" for Earth Month. NEW YORK, April 4, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses, today announced the Green Your Home Challenge, a nationwide contest to educate, motivate and inspire people to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/04/3526440/recyclebank-launches-green-your.html Marcal® Small Steps® Honors Green Heroes With Small Steps for Big Change Awards. ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., April 4, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Marcal® Small Steps® kicks off Earth Month today announcing the five green heroes selected as recipients of its inaugural Small Steps for Big Change Awards. These five eco-crusaders were selected from the many great nominations that we received because the small steps they have taken made an impact in their local communities, helped to improve the environment and inspired others to get involved. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/04/3526538/marcal-small-steps-honors-green.html OPINION The Truth, Still Inconvenient. So the joke begins like this: An economist, a lawyer and a professor of marketing walk into a room. What’s the punch line? They were three of the five “expert witnesses” Republicans called for last week’s Congressional hearing on climate science. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/opinion/04krugman.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse# Leave clean-energy law alone. Assemblywoman Shannon Grove's recent call to roll back the state's landmark air-pollution and clean-energy law (AB 32) feels like, to quote the well-worn phrase, deja vu all over again ("Roll back greenhouse gas law," Local, March 13). To suspend full implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act ignores the well-established and negative health impacts of delaying this important public-health law and thwarts the will of the voters who overwhelmingly rejected the similar Proposition 23 on last November's ballot. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/letters/x529880658/Leave-clean-energy-law-alone EDITORIAL: Perfect marriage of land and need: solar. Eastern Kern County has long been the place for energy entrepreneurs to put their plans into action. Wind and solar projects are in abundance in the Tehachapis and points east, to the great benefit of state and regional economies. As bad as things are now, they'd be worse without this important investment. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/editorials/x529880656/EDITORIAL-Perfect-marriage-of-land-and-need-solar Hydro power: As green as it gets. The Legislature has passed and Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to sign a bill requiring California utilities to get one-third of their electrical energy from renewable sources by 2020. The state has been headed in this direction for several years, largely because of the pollution associated with fossil fuels. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/02/1626956/hydro-power-as-green-as-it-gets.html California powers ahead on green energy. If Washington won't, California will. In Congress, political paralysis is stalling energy and climate change policy, but Sacramento last week adopted a far-reaching plan to wean the state off fossil fuels and push for more clean-and-green sources of power. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/03/EDEI1H58NH.DTL The promise of natural gas in Maryland. THERE’S A MASSIVE amount of natural gas below the eastern United States — enough to meet American energy needs for decades. But to collect it, drillers have to pump a mixture of water and chemicals underground to fracture the shale formations that trap it, which worries environmentalists and nearby residents. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-promise-of-natural-gas-in-maryland/2011/04/01/AFU70UQC_story.html BLOGS As E-Waste Law Kicks In, the Ideal Option Varies. As I report in Saturday’s Times, a new state law took effect on Friday making electronics manufacturers responsible for offering free recycling programs. Many residents of New York City are likely to continue relying on so-called collection events to get rid of their e-waste, however. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/as-e-waste-law-kicks-in-the-ideal-option-varies/?gwh=AB90560917F558590DAAEE7D82A6F83F 9th Circuit Court upholds freeway air pollution monitoring rules. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of caps on motor vehicle emissions that environmental groups had argued failed to address air pollution faced by the 1.5 million people who live next to Southern California freeways. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/03/9th-circuit-court-upheld-controversial-epa-decision-on-motor-vehicle-emmisions.html NREL study concludes aggressive action on vehicle miles travelled, fuel economy and fuel carbon intensity will all be required to meet US GHG reduction goals. Aggressive near-term actions are necessary in three areas—vehicle miles traveled (VMT), vehicle fuel economy (FE), and fuel carbon intensity (FCI)—in order to achieve a “fair share” reduction within the light-duty-vehicle sector toward meeting US goals of an 83% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2050, according to a new study by a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/nrel-20110403.html#more The role of social and decision sciences in communicating uncertain climate risks. A major challenge facing climate scientists is explaining to non-specialists the risks and uncertainties surrounding potential changes over the coming years, decades and centuries. Although there are many guidelines for climate communication, there is little empirical evidence of their efficacy, whether for dispassionately explaining the science or for persuading people to act in more sustainable ways. Posted. http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v1/n1/full/nclimate1080.html Breaking Records (of Sorts) With Toyota Prius. Large corporations and wacky marketing campaigns can make for some cringe-worthy viewing. But credit Toyota Motor Corporation for at least trying harder than most, thanks to a series of more than 200 record attempts centered on the Japanese automaker’s Prius hybrid. Held in cooperation with the grandiose-sounding and entirely irreverent Universal Record Database, the goal was to establish at least 200 bizarre Prius-related records over two days. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/breaking-records-of-sorts-with-toyota-prius/?scp=3&sq=green%20vehicles&st=cse&gwh=574D079C4C637401AEA6293E98DB0CE2