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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 17, 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 Sewage Pile, Illegal Dump On Calif Toxic Tour List. Community activists in Southern California's Coachella Valley have been toiling for years along the eastern rim of this crescent-shaped breadbasket to spread the word about the abandoned waste dumps, shoddy migrant housing and overburdened recycling facilities that are a fact of life in this poor, farmworker community. Their work paid off last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators cracked down on a soil recycling plant that was blamed by air quality officials for a putrid stench that sickened dozens of children and teachers at a nearby school. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_a775c2e0-1fd7-5744-bee5-6a8268a18027.html CLIMATE CHANGE EU to Watch Carbon Prices to Gauge Fallout of Energy-Efficiency Push. Regulators will watch carbon prices to gauge whether new energy efficiency measures cut demand for emission permits, a senior official at the European Union said. EU commissioners are scheduled June 22 to consider a directive to improve energy efficiency as part of their effort to fight climate change. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-16/eu-to-watch-co2-price-to-gauge-fallout-of-energy-efficiency-push.html UN Climate Chief Calls On World Leaders To Step In. Bonn, Germany -- World political leaders must step into climate negotiations in the next few months to unlock disputes over reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the U.N.'s top climate official said Friday. Wrapping up a two-week negotiating session among more than 180 countries, Christiana Figueres said it will take "high-level political attention" to resolve mutual demands between industrial countries treaty-bound to reduce carbon emissions …Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/17/v-print/3708192/un-climate-chief-calls-on-world.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/17/3707970/mexicans-try-to-break-climate.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-climate-chief-says-world-leaders-must-make-political-decision-to-advance-climate-talks/2011/06/17/AGFJufYH_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/17/1736592/un-climate-chief-calls-on-world.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/17/2430796/un-climate-chief-calls-on-world.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18299144 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18299144?nclick_check=1 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/17/mexicans-try-to-break-climate-talk-deadlock/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/article_adb75990-cfc6-5fd0-8f9d-fd7a72e3d382.html Japan Says It Won't Extend Carbon Reduction Pledge. Bonn, Germany -- Japan affirmed Thursday it will not extend its legal commitments under the Kyoto Protocol to cut greenhouse gases after they expire in 2012. Japan has said it aims to reduce carbon emissions 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, but it will not make that pledge part of a binding agreement unless all other major economies join in an emissions-reduction treaty. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/16/1735269/japan-says-it-wont-extend-carbon.html Drilling Down Deep On Fracking And Our Nation's Energy Future. Right now natural gas is the new big thing when it comes to solving our nation's energy challenges. With gasoline hitting $4 a gallon and coal- and nuclear-based power reeling from environmental and safety concerns, many see cheap, plentiful supplies of homegrown natural gas as the latest answer to our energy dreams, especially as hydraulic fracturing technology opens up vast new reserves. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/17/v-print/3708081/drilling-down-deep-on-fracking.html New Online Tool Allows Users To See Climate Change In California. Ever wonder just how hot it’s going to get in your town if the climate changes as scientists predict? Or whether your beachfront house is going to be underwater if sea levels rise? The answers to those questions – and more – can now be accessed through a nifty interactive Internet tool designed by Google, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, several California universities and others. Posted. http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/new-online-tool-allows-users-see-climate-change-california-10856 Emissions Trading Progress On The Pacific Rim. Despite the significant prevailing obstacles to emissions trading initiatives around the world aimed at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and fighting climate change, this week has seen some modest forward progress in California, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. The South Korean government’s push to implement cap and trade in 2015 appears to have passed a major hurdle – achieving bipartisan political support. Posted. http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewarticle.aspx?articleID=2340 Budget Remedies Could Prevent Climate Plans For More Than A Decade. Spending caps proposed by Republicans would make it "virtually impossible" to enact climate legislation for a decade or longer, according to an analysis released yesterday. Automatically triggering widespread funding cuts if federal spending exceeds a percentage of the gross domestic product is a popular theme in Congress and in presidential campaigns. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/17/2 Study Says Humans Outproduce Volcanoes In Terms Of CO2. Volcanoes may be more impressive visually in terms of carbon dioxide production, but in terms of sheer volume, they're no match for the greenhouse gas output of humans. A recent U.S. Geological Survey study that compared volcanic carbon dioxide emissions to those with human origins found that annual output produced by volcanoes was a fraction of the man-made output. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/17/9 DIESEL EMISSION EPA Proposes Tougher Guidelines for SCR Engines. The pollution control systems most engine manufacturers used to meet 2010 emission standards have been effective, but technical developments justify tougher guidelines, says the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed guidance on selective catalytic reduction systems specifies requirements for warning drivers when they are running low on diesel exhaust fluid. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=73993 FUELS French Activist Bove Pushes Green Agenda In Poland. French environmental activist Jose Bove urged Poland's government Thursday to abandon its plans to build nuclear power plants and explore for shale gas. Bove said he was pressing his case on the issues because Poland will take over the European Union's rotating presidency in two weeks. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/article_26aad21b-bccc-5537-a554-4b9a8da6c82b.html VEHICLES Stockton Firm Takes Charge With Electric Trucks. Air quality board OKs $1.4M deal for truck subsidy. San Joaquin Valley clean air officials Thursday approved a $1.4 milliongrant that should bring 50 electric delivery vans - to be built in the Valley - to the streets of Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110617/A_BIZ01/106170305/-1/a_biz&template=printart Germany Steering Towards Electric Vehicles. Joerg Wind, Manager EC Projects and Energy Systems Analyses, presented Daimler's findings on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of different drive trains. The Daimler lifecycle assessment (LCA) finds different propulsion systems apply to different scenarios, supporting plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) for long distances, interurban and city traffic distances, but considering pure electric vehicles (EVs) to be advisable for interurban and city traffic only. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/60520110617.php Nissan’s Ghosn on the Future of the Zero-Emission Car. I attended a media roundtable and a lecture with Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) on Monday. Forbes called Ghosn "the hardest-working man in the brutally competitive global car business." Ghosn was on the Stanford campus to attend his daughter's graduation. Posted. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/nissans-ghosn-on-the-future-of-the-zero-emission-car/ GREEN ENERGY U.S. Market For Solar Thermal Energy Begins To Heat Up. Munich -- Shiny arrays of solar panels are sitting on the roof of a PepsiCo plant in Phoenix, Ariz. They are not making electricity; they are heating up 30,000 gallons of water to be used for soft drink production. Similar technology provides air conditioning to a high school elsewhere in the city. Meanwhile, in New York, solar panels built to withstand hurricane-force winds heat water used to wash the city's famed subway cars at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's depot in Coney Island. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/17/1 Study Says Cable Boxes Are Sneaky Source Of Wasted Energy. Most environmentally conscious consumers have learned to unplug their cellphone chargers when not in use as a way to cut down on energy consumption, but an even bigger drain on your electric bill may be lurking next to your television. In a new study released Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council said that cable and satellite boxes, often called set-top boxes, are cumulatively draining energy at the rate of about $2 billion per year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/17/10 Del. Bill Would Define Fossil Fuel-Burning Fuel Cell As Renewable Source. State lawmakers in Delaware are looking to loosen restrictions on what can be classified as a renewable energy source in their state, paving the way for energy companies to fulfill renewable energy requirements by using fuel cells that run on fossil fuels. The new definition of renewable energy is part of a Delaware bill that recently made its way through a crucial committee test. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/17/11 MISCELLANEOUS Much To Be Gained If California Drivers Just Drove Less. In California in the year 2000, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the annual number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reached 280 billion, up from 242 billion VMT just a decade earlier. That’s an increase in VMT of 38 billion miles over a ten-year time frame or an average 3.8 billion miles yearly. Total number of state registered vehicles went from roughly 17 million in 1980 to 23 million in 1990, and from 23 million to 23.4 million between 1990 and 2000, respectively. Posted. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/print/9084 OPINION Ford Offers A Taste Of Europe. I had been driving the 2012 Ford Focus for four days when I pulled into the driveway of a friend. Parked there was her late-model Audi A3. Like the Focus, it is a five-door hatchback. Both are designed in Europe. And despite the Audi name, the A3 actually starts with the humble Golf platform, with which the Focus competes on the continent. Then, a question entered my mind: Could this new Ford, designed and engineered in Germany, be competition for the Audi A3? Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/17/3708093/ford-offers-a-taste-of-europe.html JARDINE: Harnessing Nature To Power Life: Some folks talk a good game when it comes to protecting the environment. Recycle? Of course. Then they throw the bags of soda cans and plastic bottles into a bin and drag it out to the curb for pickup, leaving it just a few feet away from the 14-mpg SUV parked in the driveway…….That day came a couple of weeks ago, when they picked up their brand new, all-electric Nissan Leaf. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/15/1734249/headline-goes-here.html Taxes And Congress: The Wasteful Ethanol Fuel Tax Credit Survives. It isn't too often that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a pro-environment Democrat from California, and Sen. Tom Coburn, a "drill, baby, drill" Republican from Oklahoma, agree on energy issues. Yet when it comes to the ethanol tax credit, an egregious form of corporate welfare that unites liberals and conservatives in opposition nationwide, they are of one mind. Posted http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/17/1736575/taxes-and-congress-the-wasteful.html BLOGS Partners in Wind Power Bridge a Mideast Divide. Muhammad, a Palestinian engineer who designs and installs small wind turbines for homes in the territories, had recently forged an unusual alliance: he partnered with an Israeli engineer, Yanir Avital, with the goal of manufacturing and selling wind turbines together in both Israel and the Palestinian territories. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/17/partners-in-wind-power-bridge-a-mideast-divide/ Out On a Limb. PG&E green program helps preserve forests already saved by state taxpayers. California’s largest utility company promises its customers green salvation through its ClimateSmart program. For every bit of energy a PG&E ratepayer uses – turning on a vacuum cleaner, powering up a computer or heating up an oven – a little part of a tree or forest is saved to erase the carbon sins of the customer. The voluntary program costs ratepayers an average of $60 a year. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/06/16/out-on-a-limb/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Asbestos-Common Roofing Supply in India. Asbestos pollution may not be an issue in Europe and US but it still remains a big issue in India. Richer nations like the UK and Germany banned asbestos decades ago after it was discovered that it leads to a condition called asbestosis which was first identified in 1906. Asbestos consists of six natural fibers about 1,200 times smaller than a strand of human hair that can be woven like fabric. The material is resistant to fire, heat and chemicals and is therefore well-suited to construction and auto industries. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/asbestos-common-roofing-supply-india/ Debate Over Ethanol Subsidies Heats Up in Washington. Washington currently provides approximately $5 billion worth of annual tax credits to U.S. farmers growing crops for ethanol production. The question of ending the subsidies is fracturing the Republican leadership in Washington, National Public Radio reported. Kentucky Republican Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "This is a very controversial subject. We have members in our conference on both sides of this issue." Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/debate-over-ethanol-subsidies-heats-washington/ US Gas Is Artificially Cheap: What We Don't Pay For at the Pump. California has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Consequently, it has some of the strictest rules for gasoline, meaning it burns cleaner than it does in many other states. But cleaner fuels are more expensive. Clean air requirements, combined with supply and refining constraints, make the price of California gas consistently among the highest in the nation. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-terrycobo/us-gas-is-artificially-cheap_b_878764.html A Better Transportation Vision for Los Angeles. An important report was released today about transportation in Los Angeles. The Vision Los Angeles report is the product of extensive work by business representatives, the environmental community, and local government. Spearheaded by Environmental Defense Fund and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation …Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amartinez/a_better_transportation_vision.html Sciam Op-Ed: Kill Biofuels To Solve The Food Crisis. With the Senate, on a second attempt, successfully passing an amendment to end the 45 cent per gallon ethanol subsidy for American refiners and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol, I thought I'd point to this terrific op-ed in Scientific American on how to solve the food crisis. Posted. http://www.grist.org/biofuel/2011-06-16-sciam-op-ed-kill-biofuels-to-solve-the-food-crisis 1 Million Bangladeshis Use Solar As Sole Source Of Electricity. It's the fastest expansion of solar power ever, says the government of Bangladesh: From 7,000 households in 2002 to 1 million in 2011. Ninety million of Bangladesh's 150 million people have no access to electricity at all, so access to small-scale solar is transformative for this population. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-17-1-million-bangladeshis-use-solar-as-sole-source-of-electricity Ditch the Car, Ride the Train: Today is ‘Dump the Pump’ Day! When you left your house this morning, did you grab your car keys or your bus pass? We certainly hope it was the latter. After all, today is the sixth annual National Dump the Pump day. Created by the American Public Transportation Association, the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, ‘Dump the Pump’ day is a simple way to encourage drivers to forgo their personal metal machines and hop on public transit. A lot. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/ditch-the-car-ride-the-train-today-is-dump-the-pump-day/