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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 14, 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 Google Science Fair Winner Stands Up For Air Quality. Naomi Shah, winner of the Google science fair in the 15-16 age group, isn't just a budding research scientist. She's also an environmentalist. And her project, which focuses on the effects of air quality triggers on asthma sufferers, highlights why other people should be environmentalists too. Shah noticed that medical practitioners immediately prescribe steroids and other inhalers, instead of addressing the quality of the air asthma sufferers are breathing. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-14-google-science-fair-winner-stands-up-for-air-quality CLIMATE CHANGE Administration Grossly Underestimated Carbon Cost, Says Study. The social cost of carbon, the economic value of avoiding the negative consequences of climate change, could be close to $900 per ton of CO2 in a worst-case scenario -- nearly 45 times the $21 per ton established two years ago, according to a study by the group Economics for Equity and the Environment (E3). Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/07/14/14climatewire-administration-grossly-underestimated-carbon-69396.html?pagewanted=print Utility Shelves Ambitious Plan to Limit Carbon. A major American utility is shelving the nation’s most prominent effort to capture carbon dioxide from an existing coal-burning power plant, dealing a severe blow to efforts to rein in emissions responsible for global warming. American Electric Power has decided to table plans to build a full-scale carbon-capture plant at Mountaineer, a 31-year-old coal-fired plant in West Virginia, where the company has successfully captured and buried carbon dioxide in a small pilot program for two years. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/14/business/energy-environment/utility-shelves-plan-to-capture-carbon-dioxide.html?_r=1&ref=earth Business Briefs: Fresno Ranks 13th In Clean-Jobs Study. A Brookings Institution analysis of jobs in the "clean" or "green" economy has ranked the Fresno area 13th among the nation's largest metropolitan areas for its share of clean jobs. The study, "Sizing the Clean Economy," reports that Fresno had 9,301 jobs in clean-economy industries, including organic food and farming, hydropower, conservation, energy-saving building materials, air and water purification and alternative energy. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/13/2463768/business-briefs-fresno-ranks-13th.html#storylink=misearch Bay Area Green Driving Campaign Aims To Reduce Greenhouse Gases. The Bay Area will begin planning California's first regional campaign aimed at getting motorists to change their driving habits to fight climate change. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's administration committee on Wednesday authorized the start of a $2.4 million public education campaign encouraging drivers to observe the 65 mph freeway speed limit and avoid sudden starts and stops. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18470614 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18470614 Luminant May Shut Power Plants Over Clean-Air Regs. The major electric power provider for much of North and West Texas is considering how to respond to new federal clean-air regulations, including closing or reducing operations at some of its coal-fired plants and coal mines, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Energy Future Holdings Corp. said it was considering the shutdowns or slowdowns, as well as seasonal or temporary shutdowns. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18472532 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18472532 http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/13/luminant-may-shut-power-plants-over-clean-air/ Power Company Puts Carbon Capture Project On Hold. American Electric Power Co. said Thursday it was putting a hold on its plans for a commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage project in West Virginia because of uncertainty surrounding U.S. climate policy and what the company described as a weak economy. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/14/1774668/power-company-puts-hold-on-carbon.html Soils Appear To Amplify The Warming Power Of Greenhouse Gases – Study. Soil microorganisms absorb carbon dioxide only to convert it into much more potent greenhouse gases, negating almost 17 percent of the Earth's ability to absorb heat-trapping emissions, a new study suggests. The study, published in this week's issue of Nature, measured the release of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) gases from soils in forests, grasslands, wetlands and agricultural fields, including rice paddies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/14/2 Climate Change Could Make Oceans A Less Efficient Carbon Sink. Carbon dioxide emissions hit a record high in 2010, while a new study shows that the ocean is having a harder time absorbing C02. Humans depend on the ocean to take up about a quarter of the world's carbon per year and slow the effects of climate change. But the analysis, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, found that rising water temperatures are hindering the absorption capacity of this natural carbon sink. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/14/3 VEHICLES Charging Stations Along I-5 In Wash. Due This Year. Washington state transportation officials on Wednesday announced a new initiative to place electric vehicle charging stations at key intervals along the West Coast's busiest highway - a development that should allow drivers to cruise the 580 miles from the southern border of Oregon all the way to Canada by the end of the year. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GREEN_HIGHWAY?SITE=FLPEJ&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environment/electric-car-charging-stations-along-interstate-5-in-washington-to-come-this-year/2011/07/13/gIQAcc1ADI_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/13/2463618/charging-stations-along-i-5-in.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/13/charging-stations-along-i-5-in-wash-due-this/ Navy Engineers Testing Diesel-Powered Hybrid Vehicles. Testing of diesel-powered hybrid vehicle technology for possible deployment to Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide officially started June 15 by Navy engineers in San Diego and Bangor, Wash. The program kicked off with the May 12 delivery of two vehicles to the NAVFAC Southwest Coastal Integrated Product Team (IPT) in San Diego. A second pair of trucks was pressed into service in June with the recycling team in Bangor, Wash. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/14/navy-engineers-testing-diesel-powered-hybrid/?print=1 New-Vehicle Emissions Fall 14% Since 2007, Study Says. Emissions from recently purchased new vehicles have fallen 14 percent over the past three and a half years, according to a University of Michigan study. The decline underscores consumers' shift to smaller vehicles and industry efforts to reduce pollution and boost fuel economy, says Brandon Schoettle, a University of Michigan research associate who helped create the index. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110714/OEM/110719938/1135 Growing EV Industry Still Divided Over DC Charging. The plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) arena will soon get more crowded as automakers Mitsubishi and Toyota are in the final stages of preparing to compete head on with the Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt in North America. While the new entrants agree that there is great enthusiasm for PEVs, their contrary views on fast charging of vehicles reinforces the split that is complicating investment in infrastructure. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/growing-ev-industry-still-divided-over-dc-charging-107369.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+PluginCars GREEN ENERGY Green Jobs Flourish In Sacramento Area. The green economy accounts for about one of every 22 jobs in the Sacramento area, according to a report by the Brookings Institution. In a nationwide study of more than 100 metropolitan areas, the Washington, D.C.-based institution said local solar installers, government agencies, recyclers; organic farms and other clean companies employed a total of 37,319 people, or about 4.5 percent of the capital region's workforce. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/14/v-print/3768448/green-jobs-flourish-in-sacramento.html White House Environmental Official Coming To Conn. President Barack Obama's environmental policy adviser is coming to Connecticut to visit a fuel cell company in South Windsor and a city park in Hartford. Nancy Sutley is set to visit UTC Power and Keney Park on Thursday. She's chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/14/white-house-environmental-official-coming-to/ Calif. Governor's Campaign Promise Of Renewables Might Be Hard To Fill. When Jerry Brown ran for California's highest office for a third time, he touted his age and experience as weapons for fighting special interests. But he may not have been referring to the right enemy, at least when it comes to his campaign goal of building 12,000 megawatts of distributed renewable energy generation, close to electricity-sucking cities and skirting the need for new transmission lines. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/14/7 Las Vegas Leads In Green Construction. Las Vegas has one of the highest concentrations of environmentally sound construction and architecture jobs, but is below the national average in overall green jobs, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution, a policy think tank. Green construction employment is seven times higher in southern Nevada than the national average, with 2,507 such jobs last year, and has grown 48 percent annually since 2003. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/14/10 Republicans Cite Jobs In Attacking Federal Environmental Regulations. Republicans in the House of Representatives are waging an all-out war to block federal regulations that protect the environment. They loaded up a pending 2012 spending bill with terms that would eliminate a broad array of environmental protections, everything from stopping new plants and animals from being placed on the endangered species list to ending federal limits on water pollution in Florida. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/14/1774586/republicans-cite-jobs-in-attacking.html A Long-Elusive Definition For 'Green' Jobs In US. Everywhere you turn, "green jobs" are touted for their ability to pull the nation out of its economic slump. But what exactly is a green job? Is the U.S. creating any? Do they pay? For the first time since the term was coined, someone has answers. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/13/2463817/a-long-elusive-definition-for.html#storylink=misearch OPINION Battle Against Air Pollution Is Far From Lost. Are the days of crystal blue skies in the Coachella Valley over? One would think after the recent Desert Sun article “Pollution in paradise.” We shouldn't accept the premise that brown skies are our future. The article focused on the poor quality of the air throughout Riverside County but there also was good news. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107130370 Keep Our Desert Sky Clear. The azure sky above the Coachella Valley is one of the things that attracts tourists, snowbirds and full-time residents to our desert. So it might come as a surprise that the American Lung Association's “State of the Air” report gave Riverside County an F for ozone and particle pollution — the same grade the county has received since the annual report first came out in 1999. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011107130371 Secondhand Smoke Kills. Editor: While my family can afford to live in a home and free of secondhand smoke exposure, there are many Kings County residents who cannot. I am aware of the harm of exposure to secondhand smoke, as I have asthma, and being exposed can land me in the hospital with an asthma attack. Unfortunately, children and our vulnerable seniors who live in apartments are at risk of exposure to secondhand smoke. Posted. http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_6e88251a-ae2f-11e0-92a5-001cc4c002e0.html Crisp: Climate-Change Views — Then And Now. My moderate hoarding tendencies throughout the latter days of this age of print make moving from one house to another a challenging and enlightening exercise. Recently, I excavated from a congested closet a 150-pound database of fine writing in the form of every issue of Harper's Magazine published since mid-1985. For someone weaned on print, paper invites browsing in a way that web browsers don't. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/13/crisp-climate-change-views-151-then-and-now/ BLOGS ‘Green’ Economy Is Real But Needs A Push, Study Suggests. Like so many buzz phrases, “green economy” is an expression that is generously tossed around with little regard for its meaning. In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama stressed the importance of nurturing America’s green economy to “strengthen our security, protect our planet and create countless new jobs for our people.” Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/14/green-economy-is-real-but-needs-a-push-study-suggests/?scp=6&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Car2go, Daimler-Backed Sharing Program, to Go Electric in San Diego. San Diego will soon be home to an all-electric, one-way car sharing service from Car2go, the Daimler subsidiary. The first of its kind in the United States, the program would allow members to rent the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive by the minute in a city that is becoming a focal point for E.V. launches. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/car2go-daimler-backed-sharing-program-to-go-electric-in-san-diego/?scp=6&sq=vehicles&st=cse