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California Air Resources Board News Clips for May 3, 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 Kaweah Delta Named Air Partner. Kaweah Delta Health Care District has been named a Valley Air Living Partner by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Healthy Air Living Partners have expressed an interest in reducing emissions at their businesses and organizations to improve air quality in the Valley. Kaweah Delta will kick off its commitment to clean air throughout the month of May by asking employees to walk, bike or take public transportation to work in an effort to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. Posted. http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20110503/NEWS01/105030319 Republicans Seek To Spare Smoggy Calif. Areas From Punishment. Worried that their constituents will soon pay more dearly for their air pollution, four California Republicans have introduced legislation to temporarily exempt the San Joaquin Valley from stricter smog limits and a $29 million fine from U.S. EPA that grows larger by the year. Many smog-choked areas of California have failed to meet the standards despite having some of the nation's strictest restrictions on industrial pollution and emissions from cars and trucks. Posted. http://eenews.net/EEDaily/print/2011/05/03/3 CLIMATE CHANGE New Report Confirms Arctic Melt Accelerating. Stockholm—Arctic ice is melting faster than expected and could raise the average global sea level by as much as five feet this century, an authoritative new report suggests. The study by the international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, or AMAP, is one of the most comprehensive updates on climate change in the Arctic, and builds on a similar assessment in 2005. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ihWDFhEac_olGsCtkv7NRBEMbMmw?docId=a3c4094d7ce14e9e8ab59faadecae3e5 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-climate-report-confirms-arctic-melt-accelerating-sharply-raises-sea-level-rise-projection/2011/05/03/AFQQGufF_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/3/new-report-confirms-artic-melt-accelerating/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/05/03/international/i063450D31.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17981529?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17981529 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17981529 http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/article_3d59fd61-2876-5781-b0f9-96d802f79b47.html Conservatives Win Big; Climate Policy Likely To Remain Unchanged. Canada's ruling political party won a resounding victory in national elections last night, ensuring the country's climate policy will continue on its current course. That means no national emission cap as long as the United States is not enacting such a limit, and ongoing support for production in the country's vast oil sands region, which is more carbon intensive than traditional oil drilling and provides the U.S. with its top source of oil. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/03/3 Climate Cycle Shift May Accelerate West Coast Sea Level Rise. Changing wind patterns could accelerate sea level rise along the West Coast, new research suggests. The cause is an apparent shift in a climate cycle called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, said researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The climate pattern cycles between two phases every few decades, driven largely by changes in broad-scale wind patterns. Each phase produces its own recognizable fingerprint of sea level rise and sea surface temperatures along the West Coast. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/03/4 When It Comes To Carbon Footprints, Location And Lifestyle Matter. Tips to reduce your carbon footprint frequently include buying compact florescent light bulbs, taking your own bag to the grocery store or buying local produce. But how much difference do these actions make? A new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that who you are and where you live make a big difference in which activities have the largest impact. Posted. http://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/yournews/45805 FUELS Hydraulic Fracturing Hearings Planned for BR Area. The state plans to hold public hearings on whether a potentially oil-rich shale in the Baton Rouge area will be tapped on a large scale through a process used to develop natural gas from north Louisiana's Haynesville Shale. High oil prices are sending petroleum explorers in search of shale oil using a process called hydraulic fracturing that has raised concerns from environmentalists. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/may/02/hydraulic-fracturing-hearings-planned-for-br/ GREEN ENERGY Cutbacks In Solar Rebates Cast Shadow Over Green Power. Bill Donnelly is going as green as he can. He drives a Prius. By next year, he hopes to have an all-electric vehicle. And to keep his car and home running, he wants to install solar panels on the roof of his home in the South Carthay neighborhood of Los Angeles. But Donnelly, 63, has put his solar plans on hold, at least until he finds out how much the L.A. Department of Water and Power will kick in. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/fi-lazarus-solar-20110503,0,1298227,print.column At Oregon Gym, Members Burn Calories While Generating Electricity. Portland, Ore. — Reddening, a rivulet of sweat running across her cheek, Amy McCullough hunched over the stationary bike, pumped her legs like crazy and began producing serious power — enough watts to run a flat-panel TV and a ceiling fan. She thrust her arms upward and exclaimed: "Oh, 180!" And with that, her electrical output drooped. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/05/02/1670893/power-workoutat-oregon-gym-members.html Solar Plane Set To Try First International Flight. (CBS/AP) Last July, a team of Swiss adventurers made history when their solar-powered manned aircraft flew continuously for a 26 hours. Now, they're about to take the next step - and it's a big one: nothing less than an international flight. The Solar Impulse team says the flights to Belgium and France, slated for Tuesday, are a big challenge because the plane will need to navigate across international air traffic networks. Posted. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/02/scitech/main20058907.shtml Clean Technology Investments Up 54%, Driven By Calif. And Solar. New York -- Venture capital investments in renewable energy and clean technology companies soared in the first three months of the year, an indication that such investors are still bullish on the industry's future. Data released by Dow Jones and an analysis by Ernst & Young show venture capital investments in clean tech grew by 54 percent over levels during the same period last year, from $743 million to $1.14 billion during the first fiscal quarter of 2011. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/03/6 Korean Power Company To Spend Billions On 'Green' Technology. State-run Korea Electric Power Corp. committed to spending the equivalent of $2.8 billion to develop green technology like carbon capture and storage and smart grids, its officials said. "Should KEPCO win in the global 'green race' with its challenges and aspirations for green growth, it would be able to lead" Korea's effort for an expanded gross domestic product by 2020, KEPCO CEO Kim Ssang-su said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/05/03/10 MISCELLANEOUS Brown Appoints SF Official To State Toxic Panel. Debbie Raphael, who spearheaded San Francisco's efforts to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals, was appointed Monday to head the state agency that monitors toxics substances in California and is in the process of developing its own regulations to limit the use of dangerous chemicals. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/03/BA841J5K3O.DTL&type=printable Which Is Better, A Window A/C Or Central Air? The boxy air conditioners that fill so many urban windows must consume a tremendous amount of energy. From an environmental perspective, aren’t central air conditioners better? Not necessarily. Air conditioning accounts for more than 15 percent of the energy use of the average home, consuming about 183 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the United States per year, according to a 2001 analysis by the Energy Information Administration. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/which-is-better-a-window-ac-or-central-air/2011/04/26/AF17HEdF_story.html OPINION Roadshow: As Gas Prices Rise, Some Drivers May Be Slowing Down. I often think that I am imagining it when I see cars flying by me going 85, 90, 95 and even 100 mph on Interstate 280 by De Anza Boulevard. I am not a slow driver by any means, but I get blown off the road by people driving at these very unsafe speeds. Am I imagining things or do other people tell you about that, too? Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17976316 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_17976316 Forum: Quarry A Bad Deal For Both Sides Of County Line. As a Fallbrook resident and a grower in Riverside's De Luz Valley, I oppose Granite Construction's proposed Liberty Quarry. The mountaintop quarry, at 1,300 feet elevation, would be in Riverside County, but the approximately mile-long quarry access road would be blasted up the mountainside at the Rainbow exit in San Diego County. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/article_f317b587-9508-55fb-8bc0-68d0432517d0.html Try a Greener Way to Dry Clean. Does the “earth-friendly” sign at a dry cleaner really mean it’s better for the planet and your health? You’ve seen the signs at the local dry cleaners boasting “earth-friendly” or “organic” dry cleaning. But just like the questionable food labels “all natural” and “fat free” at the grocery store, those signs that make grand, green claims can often be misleading. Posted. http://burlingame.patch.com/articles/a-greener-way-to-dry-clean-5 BLOGS Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% In First Quarter 2011. Venture capitalists spent the first quarter of the year dousing the clean-tech industry with attention, giving more money to fewer companies and hiking investment 54%. Green companies raised $1.1 billion in the first three months of 2011 compared to $743.3 million in the same period last year, according to Ernst & Young and data from DowJones Venture Source. The number of deals fell to 69 from 79. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/05/cleantech-venture-capital-jumps-54-q1.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Report: Homebuyers Willing To Pay Premium For Solar. Okay, I’m a little slow on the uptake on this but I’ve been pursuing a recent report from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory on the effect of installing a rooftop solar array on the sale price of homes in California.(It makes for dense reading and unless you’re really into “hedonic pricing models” and “difference-in-difference model,” you might want to stick with the two-page summary.) The upshot: California homes that sport solar panels sell for a $17,000 premium for an average newish 3.1-kilowatt photovoltaic array. Posted. http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-04-28-report-homebuyers-willing-to-pay-premium-for-solar Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Investment Strategies: Lessons from the Past? Are the same strategies and market dynamics that characterized the growth of the telecom industry in the late 1990’s surfacing in the emerging smart grid and electric vehicle infrastructure market? For much of the telecom boom, Cisco Systems was admired for their ability to identify, invest and acquire promising technology from early stage ventures – effectively outsourcing their research and development. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/electric-vehicle-infrastructure-investment-strategies-lessons/ Pressure Builds to End $4 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies. In these days of federal budget-cutting (and high gas prices), it was only a matter of time before subsidies for oil companies came under closer scrutiny. That moment has come. Chatter has been building for a few weeks and things came to a head this past Saturday, when President Obama used his weekly address to make the case for putting an end to the $4 billion that U.S. taxpayers contribute to the oil industry. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/pressure-builds-4-billion-taxpayer-subsidies-oil-companies/ Michigan County Embraces Giant Wind Farms. While many communities are imposing moratoria on commercial wind farms, one mid-Michigan county is putting out the welcome mat to not one but potentially three major wind developments. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/michigan-county-embraces-giant-wind-farms/ Arctic Ozone Levels Reach All-Time Low. In the past, massive ozone loss over Antarctica has grabbed the headlines. But this year, measurements by several different sources show record levels of stratospheric ozone loss over the Arctic. Scientists say the main reason for the record ozone loss this year is that unusually cold stratospheric temperatures, which have endured later into the season than usual. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/arctic-ozone-levels-reach-all-time-low/