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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 7, 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 Environmental Groups Contend Villages Of Lakeview Development Would Be Harmful. Four environmental groups and the city of Riverside have fired a new salvo against Riverside County over its approval of one of the area's largest housing developments. In an opening legal brief filed Friday, the groups said the proposed Villages of Lakeview development will "inflict significant and irreversible harm on the environment and exacerbate already severe hazards to public health." Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_lakeview07.3b746e6.html Avoid Indoor Air Pollution. Imperial, California (NAPSI) - Many Americans may be breathing easier once they learn how simple it can be to keep their homes cleaner and more comfortable. Airborne contaminants such as mold can be a big headache for homeowners. Research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests that cleaning air ducts can go a long way toward reducing them. Posted. http://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10520&Itemid=23 CLIMATE CHANGE Island States Hint At Climate Talks Compromise. Bonn, Germany (Reuters) - Small island states, at risk from rising seas due to climate change, hinted on Tuesday at a compromise in order to kick-start U.N. talks on reaching a binding deal to curb global warming. The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), which represents 43 countries, said it could consider pledges on emissions cuts made voluntarily by rich nations if they were made into legally-binding targets. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USTRE75525E20110607 Free Carbon Permits, Aid Will Protect EU Industry, Envoy Says. Free carbon allowances and state aid to steelmakers and big electricity users will protect European Union companies from competitors without emission caps, the European Commission’s climate envoy said. The 27-nation EU is looking at the possibility of a law to allow state aid to companies that would kick in once electricity prices reach a certain level, the envoy, Artur Runge-Metzger, said today in an interview in Bonn. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-06-07/free-carbon-permits-aid-will-protect-eu-industry-envoy-says.html Massive Wallow Blaze Incinerates Ariz. Forests, but Climate Change Link Remains Unknown. Arizona's third-largest forest fire in history was fostered by drought conditions tied to La Niña, strong winds and parched soils and vegetation. But experts say its role as an example of the consequences of climate change is tenuous. The Wallow fire in Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has spread throughout the south and west of Alpine, Ariz., incinerating close to 250,000 acres. It began on May 29, and authorities believe it was ignited by human activity. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/06/07/07climatewire-massive-wallow-blaze-incinerates-ariz-forest-23395.html?pagewanted=print Calif. Appeals Court Lifts Injunction On State Warming Law -- For Now. A California appeals court has temporarily reversed an injunction that had effectively frozen implementation of the state's climate change law. In a terse, three-sentence decision issued Friday; the 1st Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal stayed a lower court's ruling that found the climate law, known as A.B. 32, needed a more thorough environmental review before proceeding. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/07/2 Density Of Woods Helps Offset Climate Change From Deforestation – Study. Increasing forest density across the globe is helping mitigate climate change caused by deforestation in Indonesia and the Amazon, according to a recent report. The report found that it is not just the amount of space a forest covers, but how large the trees within it are, that determines how much carbon the forest can absorb. "Higher density means world forests are capturing more carbon," says the research, conducted by experts in Finland and the United States. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/07/9 DIESEL EMISSIONS Trucks in Europe Will Face EU Toll Charges for Air Pollution, Noise. The European Union decided to let governments charge trucks for air pollution and noise, a step that may shift some cargo from roads to railways. The European Parliament approved a law allowing environmental costs to be included in truck tolls, which may rise 12 percent to 27 percent as a result. Current EU rules prohibit environmental surcharges on the fleets of companies such as Deutsche Post AG (DPW) except in mountain regions such as the Alps to avoid fragmenting the European market. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-07/trucks-in-europe-will-face-eu-toll-charges-for-air-pollution-noise.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/07/us-eu-environment-trucks-idUSTRE75640Z20110607 VEHICLES Advanced Battery Technologies Inks Deal In China. Advanced Battery Technologies Inc. signed a $14.7 million deal to supply batteries to a Chinese electric vehicle maker. The company said Monday that it signed the contract through its Chinese subsidiary, Wuxi Zhongqiang Autocycle Co. The deal calls for Advanced Battery Technologies to provide batteries for 24,000 electric vehicles, including bikes and scooters, to Wuxi Hao Jie Vehicle Co. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/07/advanced-battery-technologies-inks-deal-in-china/ Ford, GM, Honda See Mixed China Sales In May. Foreign automakers are seeing mixed sales trends in China as the world's biggest market for new vehicles cools after years of torrid growth. General Motors Co. said Tuesday that its total sales in China fell 3 percent in May from a year earlier to 190,674 vehicles. Its sales in the first five months of the year edged up nearly 5 percent to 1.08 million. GM's flagship joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corp. fared well. Its sales climbed 11 percent to 92,519 on robust demand both for fuel-efficient Chevrolet models and for pricier Buicks and Cadillacs. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_1dd18005-51be-5440-b65e-19617e2007b7.html Ford Says Its Global Sales Will Increase 50% By 2015. Ford Motor Co. said global sales will rise 50 percent by 2015 to 8 million annually, driven by expansion in Asia and growing demand for small cars. The automaker expects that by 2020, 55 percent of vehicle sales will be small cars and a third of sales will be in Asia, spokesman John Stoll said in an e-mail. Ford CEO Alan Mulally confirmed the target during an interview with CNBC this morning. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110607/RETAIL01/110609907/1254 GREEN ENERGY Ethanol Company Completes Grain Elevator Purchase. Green Plains Renewable Energy has purchased a grain elevator in Missouri with the capacity to store 2 million bushels of grain. The purchase of Horizon Grain of Hopkins, Mo., was announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Green Plains President and CEO Todd Becker says the deal makes sense because Horizon Grain is 45 miles from one of the company's ethanol plants in Shenandoah, Iowa. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/07/ethanol-company-completes-grain-elevator/ Santa Barbara County Looks At Fracking For Oil. Los Alamos, Calif.—The petroleum industry claims a controversial drilling technique used in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country has been safely used for decades. But critics worry it can contaminate groundwater, cause air pollution and trigger small earthquakes. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors wants to learn more about fracking, or hydraulic fracturing—a method of extracting hard-to-reach gas and oil by pummeling rocks deep underground with high-pressure water, sand and chemicals. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18221203 http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_4d23db77-d5aa-5b25-9c39-2267264ff1de.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/07/santa-barbara-county-looks-at-fracking-for-oil/ A 'Sludge' Battery Could Propel Future Electric Cars. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a revolutionary electric car battery that could slice half the size and cost off current models. Professor Yet-Ming Chiang knows plenty about those current models -- he helped invent them. His work in materials science helped spin off A123 Systems Inc., now one of the most powerful firms in lithium-ion batteries. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/07/4 Planning To Shut Down Nuclear Energy, Germany Also Creates Clouds For Solar. Munich -- The German solar industry was left to lick its wounds yesterday after the country's new government-proposed energy legislation emerged. It favors wind in the race to replace the power generation capacity that will be lost by the shutdown of all German nuclear reactors. The 39-point update of the German Renewable Energy Act envisions accelerated cuts in preferential tariffs for solar power that increase with capacity installed, while subsidies for wind energy were cut by less than expected. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/07/5 Dubai Looks To Create Emissions Credits. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is looking to create tradable emissions credits, part of an effort to rely more on solar power for the city's energy needs, as well as to increase energy efficiency. Dubai's government-run utility Dubai Electricity & Water Authority is one of the companies looking to receive credits, which could reach an estimated $211 million in value over the next decade, according to Waleed Salman, chairman of the Dubai Centre for Carbon Excellence. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/07/10 MISCELLANEOUS GE and Partners Secure Financing For 800 MW Thermal Plant in Riverside County. GE Energy Financial Services, Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (CPV) and Diamond Generation Corporation (DGC) announced that they secured financing for an 800 megawatt (MW) thermal power plant in Riverside County, California. The three companies are co-owners of the Sentinel Facility, a $2 billion project which will produce enough power for 239,000 homes when completed. CPV owns 25 percent, DGC owns 50 percent and GE 25 percent. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/ge-cpv-dgc-secure-financing-thermal-power-plant-riverside-county/ Proposal Filed To Put Speed Limits On Big Ships In Channel. A coalition of environmental groups filed a petition asking that a mandatory speed limit be imposed on ships passing through the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in an effort to curb the number of whales hit by ships. The petition, filed Monday by the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Center, Pacific Environment and Friends of the Earth, demands that ships slow their speed to 10 knots when passing through any of California's four National Marine Sanctuaries. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/06/proposal-filed-to-put-speed-limits-on-big-ships/ Green Burials Are Gaining Traction In The Washington Area. Live eco-conscious, die eco-conscious. People who drive hybrid cars, recycle, compost and eat vegetarian are showing increased interest in leaving this world in an equally Earth-friendly way: a green burial. “Baby boomers who define themselves as environmentalists don’t want to go out with a final act of pollution,” says Joe Sehee, executive director of the Green Burial Council, headquartered in Santa Fe, N.M. “A lot of people find solace in returning to the earth naturally.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environment/green-burials-are-gaining-traction-in-the-washington-area/2011/04/26/AGLfhZKH_story.html OPINION Viewpoints: Case For High-Speed Rail Grows Only Stronger. The last time many Californians thought about high-speed rail was in the voting booth. On that day, Nov. 4, 2008, more than 6 million of us voted to tell the state to get going, to build high-speed rail in California. Now, 2 1/2 years later, the second guessing is in full swing. In recent weeks some have suggested that we should put the project on hold. We couldn't disagree more. California will need high-speed rail in the coming years to do something about the gridlock on our roads and at our airports. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/07/v-print/3681606/case-for-high-speed-rail-grows.html BLOGS Oil Drilling Off Cuba Raises Specter of What-If. Florida voters have long opposed offshore oil drilling along their coasts, and given that Florida is a swing state in presidential elections, they have gotten their way. But it looks as if drilling is coming to nearby Cuban waters as early as the fall when the Spanish oil company Repsol is due to drill an exploratory well. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/oil-drilling-off-cuba-raises-specter-of-what-if/?scp=7&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Ethanol Subsidies: Dumping Corn In The Ocean Would Be A Better Idea. Imagine if the U.S. Congress were to mandate subsidies for the dumping of 40% of the U.S. corn crop into the ocean every year. That would certainly boost prices, which would be a boon for corn farmers and a menace to everyone else. Such a program would lead to widespread inflation, more hunger and political instability in poor countries around the world, and slower global economic growth. Posted. http://blogs.forbes.com/henrymiller/2011/06/07/ethanol-subsidies-dumping-corn-in-the-ocean-would-be-a-better-idea/ Germany -Stepping Away From Nuclear into a Leadership Role on Renewables? In announcing that it intends to close all nuclear power plants by 2022, the German Government now faces a major challenge to find the energy to replace nuclear and meet its ambitious carbon emission targets at the same time. But Angela Merkel has been one of the rocks of European politics in the last 6 years. As Germany's first female Chancellor she has steered the country through interesting times. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/germany-stepping-away-nuclear-leadership-role-rene/ Three Energy Developments That Are Changing Your Life—And Not In A Good Way. Here's the good news about energy: Thanks to rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions worldwide, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that global oil demand will not grow this year as much as once assumed, which may provide some temporary price relief at the gas pump. In its May "Oil Market Report," the IEA reduced its 2011 estimate for global oil consumption by 190,000 barrels per day, pegging it at 89.2 million barrels daily. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-energy/2011-06-07-three-energy-developments-changing-your-life-not-in-a-good-way Carbon Sciences To Produce First Samples Of Diesel Fuel From Methane And CO2 Using Catalytic Dry Reforming Process. Carbon Sciences, Inc., a technology developer focusing on the conversion of carbon dioxide and methane to fuels, plans to produce samples of diesel fuel in an end-to-end process demonstration. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/06/csi-20110606.html