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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 10, 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 Health study targets major Calif. rail yard. Southern California air quality regulators announced a major study Thursday focusing on the San Bernardino rail yard, a national trade gateway that has been found to pose the greatest health risk of any rail yard in the state. The two-year Loma Linda University study on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard will cost an estimated $846,000, to be funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The study will include reporting on environmental health risks, and surveys of respiratory diseases and health issues among children and adults. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9NOK7A80.htm Study: Trucks, cars valley's big polluters. Cars and commercial traffic barreling down Interstate 10 likely spew about two-thirds of the greenhouse gases generated in the Coachella Valley, undermining efforts by local residents and industries to roll back carbon emissions. The findings are in the Coachella Valley Association of Governments' long-delayed regional greenhouse gas inventory, which is to be released today. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011106090310 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate talks make little headway, as poor countries accuse rich of ducking emissions pledges. AMSTERDAM -- Developing countries said Friday that rich nations are refusing to negotiate an extension of their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, charging that they sought to "maintain their privileges and levels of consumption" at the expense of the poor. Two-week climate negotiations among 183 nations in Bonn, Germany, which reached their halfway point Friday, were stalled for three days this week in a fight over the agenda. Structured in four bodies, formal talks only began in two of them on Thursday as countries haggled over what should be discussed. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/climate-talks-make-little-headway-as-poor-countries-accuse-rich-of-ducking-emissions-pledges/2011/06/10/AG1HVgOH_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/09/2421588/expiry-of-emissions-pact-in-2012.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18246517 Fight over RGGI appears headed for a stalemate in N.H. New Hampshire's governor vowed yesterday to veto a bill that would remove the state from the nation's only operating cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases. In an unexpected move this week, the state Senate approved an amendment to a larger bill that would pull New Hampshire out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, which caps the carbon dioxide emissions of utilities in 10 Northeastern states. The state House moved earlier in June to pass a parallel amendment, which was attached to a bill affecting state shorelands. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/10/10/ Analysts see expanding market for carbon footprint-measuring software. NEW YORK -- The market for carbon emissions management software and related consulting services will expand eightfold over the next five years, according to a new analysis by a clean-tech market research firm. From an estimated $705 million globally in 2010, the industry will grow in value to $5.7 billion by 2017, says market intelligence firm Pike Research. Despite the slow pace of international climate change negotiations, Pike analysts believe that corporations will show strong demand for software applications that let them manage their systemwide greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years, creating an enormous market opportunity for information technology (IT) firms and carbon management consultancies. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/10/9/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Unplugged Supertankers and the Diesel Death Zone at LA’s Port. ENVIRONMENT - Residents of the South Coast Air Quality Basin are caught in a Catch 22 with regard to the new Plains All American supertanker berth: No air quality agency regulates the plugging into shore-side power by the supertankers that will soon dock in Los Angeles; not the South Coast Quality Management District (AQMD) nor the California Air Quality Board (CARB). Despite neighborhood protests, the Port of Los Angeles has agreed to allow dirty docking of more than three-a-week of these supertankers for the next 15 years, and 40 annually forever after. As a result, these massive ships will run their auxiliary engines night and day while at dock instead of plugging in and using electric power (also called alternative marine power--AMP). For the first 10 years of operations, fully 85% of all tanker calls (up to 170 a year) will not plug in. Posted. http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories/1774-unplugged-supertankers-and-the-diesel-death-zone-at-las-port FUELS Coburn amendment targeting subsidies draws wrath of ethanol groups. The rhetorical pitch of ethanol subsidy debates rose today as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) filed an amendment that would end industry tax breaks by month's end, spurring cries by industry groups that the move would put Americans under the thumbs of hostile governments abroad. "Sen. Coburn clearly doesn't see the danger of letting Iran, Venezuela and Libya control our economy, but there are other senators who do," said Tom Buis, CEO of ethanol group Growth Energy, in a statement describing domestic ethanol as "the only viable alternative we have to foreign oil." Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/06/10/5/ VEHICLES Are EVs greener than ICEs? Ricardo’s report says “Yes”. The report “Preparing for a Life Cycle CO2 Measure”, presented at the LowCVP Annual Conference on 9 June 2011, was prepared by Ricardo in collaboration with the partnership’s expert membership which includes major manufacturers and oil companies. Ricardo results show hybrids and EVs will have lower life cycle CO2 emissions, but emissions embedded in the production will be more significant. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/60120110610.php GREEN ENERGY Merkel Must Change Wind Energy Aid Law, German Opposition Says. June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Germany's opposition Social Democrats and Green Party called for Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to make changes to planned renewable energy subsidies to promote onshore wind and repowering projects. Onshore turbine operators will see aid slide by an additional 1.5 percent in 2012, the Environment Ministry said in a draft law published June 6 on its website. The bonus for repowering, replacing turbines with new models with higher generation capacity, will be limited to units that started by 2001 and pose a problem to the network, it said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/09/bloomberg1376-LMIPPH07SXKX01-21O4OE3R9URSGORJIRRV729SO8.DTL Google looks to make renewable energy more cost-effective than fossil fuels. Internet giant Google is looking for ways to make clean, renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels, the company's CEO announced earlier this week. Larry Page, the founder and CEO of Google, said the company is recruiting five new employees to its Renewable Energy Engineering department in Google's California headquarters, employees who will seek to capitalize on Google's investments in clean energy companies. Page made the announcement at the company's annual shareholder meeting. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/06/10/14/ OPINION EPA unveils new mileage stickers as drivers ask why fuel economy 'may vary'. Michael Nier of Boca Raton, Fla., is one of many Florida drivers questioning how the federal government arrives at the Environmental Protection Agency fuel mileage numbers. "I've asked many people in the car industry," Nier says, "and not one of them knows the answer." When a gallon of regular gasoline was $2 a gallon, the question was merely interesting. As gas approaches $4 a gallon, the question is downright compelling. At lower prices, fuel mileage may be an incidental consideration when we buy a car or a truck, but at near-record prices, gas mileage may be the driving factor in a purchase decision. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/10/1726427/epa-unveils-new-mileage-stickers.html BLOGS Americans Still Split on Global Warming, Poll Shows. Judging from an annual survey by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities, the American public is roughly as fractured in its attitudes toward climate change today as it was last year. In the first of four reports based on the poll, the researchers estimate that 64 percent of American adults now believe that the planet is warming, up slightly from 61 percent last year. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/americans-still-split-on-global-warming-poll-shows/?scp=9&sq=climate%20change&st=cse How will UK achieve 50% Carbon Cut by 2027- By getting Someone Else to Make our Stuff. Not for the first time, the Prime Minister was happily promoting the irreconcilable. “By stepping up, showing leadership and competing with the world,” he announced last week, “the UK can prove that there need not be a tension between green and growth.” It could have been worse. After the Treasury and the business department tried to scupper the UK’s long-term carbon targets, David Cameron stepped in to rescue them. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/uk-carbon-cuts/ Tri Delta Transit Fined $17,000 for Polluting Buses. Tri Delta Transit has been fined $17,000 by the state's Air Resources Board for failing to meet state air quality standards for its vehicles. The agency, which is also known as the Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, provides local bus service in Bay Point, Pittsburgh, Antioch, Oakley and Discovery Bay. Diesel exhaust includes a number of harmful gases, as well as 40 other known cancer-causing compounds, according to the state's air board. "In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems," said the statement announcing the fine against Tri Delta Transit among others. Posted. http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/quality-of-life/tri-delta-transit-fined-17000-polluting/ Are green buildings bad for your health? Brace yourselves! The greens are sneaking dangerous materials into your home and office with the help of the EPA's energy retrofits program! Or at least that's what Fox News is reporting. The reality is a bit different. In a study commissioned by the EPA, the Institutes of Medicine analyzed the effects climate change may have on people inside, where they spend most of their time. Climate change — which Fox News has vociferously and systematically doubted — will cause more people to use air conditioning, which can generate indoor air pollution. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=90691 Why you’ll soon have solar panels, in 3 easy graphs. By the time new coal-fired power plants come on-line in the U.S., solar will already be cheaper. If you want to understand what kind of revolution this will bring about in power production, check out this analysis from Jonathan Koomey of Stanford University: Here's an interesting thing for people to contemplate: As solar reaches grid parity based on retail prices we'll start to see big changes in what is now called the peak demand period in most regions (summer afternoons, when air conditioners run full blast). The system is now set up to meet that peak demand with lots of inefficient gas combustion turbines that we can either retire or repurpose once [solar photovoltaic] comes in full force. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-10-why-youll-soon-have-solar-panels-in-3-easy-graphs