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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 11, 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 European Pollution Regulations Face Challenge. BRUSSELS — Ships and planes that belch greenhouse gases in Asia and North America could affect the climate in Europe as severely as in some other parts of the world. So does that give the European Union the right to regulate the emissions from airlines and shippers using its ports and airports? Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/business/energy-environment/11green.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse&gwh=22FDB0DB5A8370923A8FEB4D9C2AD785 Goldman Environmental Prize goes to Texas man who took on refineries over pollution. They call Port Arthur gasoline alley, cancer alley, and the armpit of Texas. For most of his life, Hilton Kelley has called it home. The city has had the same distinctive odor since he was a boy, Kelley said. Adults jokingly called it the smell of money, because the nearby oil refineries and petrochemical plants did most of the hiring. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/goldman-environmental-prize-goes-to-texas-man-who-took-on-refineries-over-pollution/2011/04/07/AFH9z1GD_story.html NAS reviewers slam EPA's formaldehyde assessment. U.S. EPA's long-awaited study of formaldehyde's toxicity got panned today by a National Academy of Sciences' panel that sharply disagreed with the agency's conclusions and declared the effort in need of "substantial revision." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/04/08/archive/4?terms=air+resources+board CLIMATE CHANGE World stumbles toward climate summit. BANGKOK -- Nineteen years after the world started to take climate change seriously, delegates from around the globe spent five days talking about what they will talk about at a year-end conference in South Africa. They agreed to talk about their opposing viewpoints. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/08/1636989/world-stumbles-toward-climate.html Future farm: a sunless, rainless room indoors. DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS (AP) - Farming is moving indoors, where the sun never shines, where rainfall is irrelevant and where the climate is always right. The perfect crop field could be inside a windowless building with meticulously controlled light, temperature, humidity, air quality and nutrition. It could be in a New York high-rise, a Siberian bunker, or a sprawling complex in the Saudi desert. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/11/future-farm-a-sunless-rainless-room-indoors/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/11/1639661/future-farm-a-sunless-rainless.html http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9MHFP6O1.htm European Commission to propose carbon tax law next week. The European Union next week will once again consider a carbon tax on greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and heating. This would introduce a climate change component in E.U. tax rules for the first time, after years of negotiations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/11/archive/9?terms=climate+change Climate change skeptics surprised by early data. LOS ANGELES ---- A team of 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.nctimes.com/news/national/article_86f312ce-d8a9-58bc-bf7a-7f7c6f31cb70.html FUELS Ore. city offers incentives for solar energy installation. PENDLETON, Ore. — A cowboy grasping the reins of a bucking bronco has long been the image of this farm and ranch town. It’s the emblem of the annual Pendleton Round-Up, a celebration of the city’s colorful past, when pioneers on the Oregon Trail settled the prairie. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ore-city-offers-incentives-for-solar-energy-installation/2011/04/10/AFVeRtGD_story.html Two Dinuba firms rely on fuel cells. DINUBA -- Two major companies in Dinuba are using fuel cells to generate power with almost no pollution, joining a growing cadre of California businesses with their eyes on both the environment and their bottom line. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/04/09/2344179/two-dinuba-firms-rely-on-fuel.html#storylink=misearch Shale gas isn't cleaner than coal, Cornell researchers say. Cornell University researchers say that natural gas pried from shale formations is dirtier than coal in the short term, rather than cleaner, and "comparable" in the long term. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/04/11/archive/2?terms=climate+change GREEN ENERGY Panel to probe clean energy programs' employment results. Lawmakers likely will debate the effects of the stimulus and clean energy investments at a hearing this week on the government's efforts to generate green jobs. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/2011/04/11/archive/15?terms=climate+change VEHICLES Altering vehicle's exhaust pipes might be illegal. "Without actually seeing an example of (what's) being described, the Air Resources Board cannot state that it is a clear safety issue," replied Karen Caesar, information officer with the California Air Resources Board, which is charged with reducing air pollution. The board is part of the state's Environmental Protection Agency. Posted. http://www.pe.com/columns/on_the_road/stories/PE_News_Local_D_traffic11.19c0d70.html Manufacturers highlight their electric vehicle projects at the Seoul Motor Show. As apparent in its theme, this year’s show was all about “green mobility” with an abundance of electric and hybrid vehicles on display. Marking its eighth year, the event, held at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Goyang, brought together 139 automakers and auto parts manufacturers and featured almost 300 vehicles, including 5 world premiers and 22 models unveiled for the first time in Asia. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/55520110411.php MISCELLANEOUS Science Group Launches Web Feature that Estimates Clean Air Act Benefits. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today launched a new web feature that tracks the estimated net benefits of the Clean Air Act from when it became law in 1970. The “ticker” is based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates of the law’s net health and economic benefits. Posted. http://www.ucsusa.org/news/media_alerts/clean-air-act-ticker-0529.html OPINION A Forecasting Expert Testifies About Climate Change. In “The Truth, Still Inconvenient” (column, April 4), Paul Krugman begins with a “joke” about “an economist, a lawyer and a professor of marketing” walking into a room, in this case to testify at a Congressional hearing on climate science. I am the marketing professor, and I was invited to testify because I am a forecasting expert. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/opinion/l11krugman.html?scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=cse&gwh=B27EC132D20AB056F955158CA3688667 Cap and Trade is Not Right for Canada. A market for trading emissions caps only makes sense for Canada if it happens in the U.S. as well. Today's media are fixated on getting election coverage out in record time. The consequence: issues get left behind. During Peter Kent's previous career as a journalist, reporters had more resources to dig into the issues. Posted. http://www.themarknews.com/articles/4669-cap-and-trade-is-not-right-for-canada BLOGS On Quake History and Climate Warnings. After reading about Japan’s aging, and largely forgotten, stone tablets warning of tsunami risk, a Dot Earth reader, “Mesa” from Telluride, Colo., posed an important question about the human capacity to act sensibly when facing future risks (some abbreviation expanded): So, if people don’t adjust behaviors for events that actually happened 100 years ago and may repeat, what’s the argument for them adjusting behaviors for things that might happen 100 years in the future? Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/09/on-quake-history-and-climate-warnings/?scp=5&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse&gwh=89FDED1F919B0AD09E5C47793A2E84A2 Energy of Innovation (The TV Show). It’s not American Idol, by any means, but I was invited to sit on a panel helping a Washington, D.C., audience weigh the attributes and faults of seven finalists in a nationwide search for talented innovators pursuing energy breakthroughs. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/energy-of-innovation-the-tv-show/?gwh=781CB86E5575228D36714D1EE2087EB7 EPA is safe, for now. Well, the government isn’t being shut down, and the castrate-the-EPA riders have been stripped from the budget bill. For now, at least, the world is safe for those brutes at the EPA to keep oppressing helpless rich, powerful industry giants who only want to kill the planet a little. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-11-epa-is-safe-for-now Natural Gas From Fracking Emissions Can Double Those From Coal. Here's the second study of the year showing that the greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning natural gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing are much higher than acknowledged. In fact, according to a soon to be published study seen by The Hill, using fracked natural gas results in emissions up to double those of using coal. Posted. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/natural-gas-fracking-emissions-double-coal.php http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-11-natural-gas-from-fracking-is-worse-for-climate-than-coal-says-ne New Lithium-Air Batteries Could Go 500 Miles on a Single Charge. Researchers at the materials research division of Risø DTU in Denmark are developing a new lithium-air (Li-air) vehicle battery that is lightweight, holds a lot of energy, and could enable car-makers to fully electrify larger vehicles. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/new-lithium-air-batteries-could-go-500-miles-on-a-single-charge/ Aerodynamic Trucks Save Fuel and Money. As gas prices rise, more attention is again being paid to making transport trucks more fuel efficient. New trucks with hybrid or electric drive may be an option. For existing fleets, however, the quickest payback probably comes from making the vehicles more aerodynamic. Posted. http://www.ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3475