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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 9, 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 Feds to Help on Pollution. People in Mira Loma and San Bernardino have been fighting for years to reduce air pollution that disproportionately affects children and poor neighborhoods in the Inland area. Both communities are hot zones for microscopic diesel emissions that penetrate deep into the lungs, dramatically increasing the risk of cancer and respiratory problems. Posted. http://www.pe.com/columns/cassiemacduff/stories/PE_News_Local_D_cass09.3f83dc2.html CLIMTE CHANGE EPA set to miss deadline on ozone rules. The Obama administration, facing withering criticism from industry that environmental rules are behind the stalled economy, appears poised to miss another key deadline for new standards to clean up smog, lobbyists and environmentalists contend. After agreeing to work with environmentalists who had sued over the standards, the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed issuing rules on low-level ozone, the main ingredient in smog, four times since 2010. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-na-ozone-20110809,0,6836518.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fscience%2Fenvironment+%28L.A.+Times+-+Environment%29&utm_content=Google+Reader GREEN ENERGY Schools of fish help squeeze more power from wind farms. A new wind farm design mimics a school of fish to exploit wind turbulence, and could dramatically improve power output. Familiar propeller-style wind turbines with large sweeping blades have almost reached their limit of efficiency. But in a wind farm, they must be spaced widely apart to avoid turbulence from the other turbines. This has limited wind farm power output to around two watts per square metre of land at favourable sites. Posted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14452133 Huge San Benito County solar farm proposal has its day in court. A proposal to build one of the world's largest solar farms south of Silicon Valley had its day in court Monday as a long-simmering battle between the Bay Area investors supporting the project and environmentalists who say it will harm wildlife finally came before a judge. At the center of the debate is a $1.8 billion, 399-megawatt solar farm proposed for Panoche Valley, an arid expanse of rangeland and barbed wire 50 miles southeast of Hollister. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_18641569?source=rss http://www.contracostatimes.com/science/ci_18641569 FERC pulls plug on Northern Calif. wave power project. Wave power's prospects in California suffered another setback last week when federal regulators quietly yanked a permit for a pilot project that was to operate off the coast of Sonoma County in the northern part of the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the Sonoma County Water Agency that it will cancel a permit issued in 2009 for a "hydrokinetic" project off the coast because of a lack of funds. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/08/09/8/ Innovations create major gains in wind energy. While many wind turbines built 30 years ago, when high oil prices boosted interest in the industry, have experienced serious issues, the technology has vastly improved and wind farm operators have learned ways to run the turbines more efficiently. In recent years, operators have discovered the importance of turning off the machines in high winds and finding the most effective locations for the farms at the outset. Turbines have also increased in size and capacity. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/08/09/9/ VEHICLES Obama calling for fuel standards for big vehicles. Fire trucks and concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trapping gases under new efficiency standards being announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama. The White House says the standards the president was announcing will save businesses billions of dollars in fuel costs, help reduce oil consumption and cut air pollution. The standards apply to vehicle model years 2014 to 2018. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA?SITE=TXBEA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/obama-to-announce-first-ever-fuel-standards-for-work-trucks-buses-other-heavy-duty-vehicles/2011/08/09/gIQAtgsu3I_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/9/obama-calling-fuel-standards-big-vehicles/ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/08/09/national/w000631D16.DTL http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/aug/09/obama-to-announce-fuel-standards-for-big/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/article_9702b650-6bdb-538e-92cd-a11b6330dd55.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18643948?nclick_check=1 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18643932 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18643941 Truck Makers Face Fuel-Efficiency Rules. The Obama administration will require truck manufacturers to meet new fuel-efficiency standards lowering carbon-dioxide emissions for large trucks and buses by as much as 20% by 2018. The rules, which President Barack Obama will unveil Tuesday, are the first-ever for the commercial-truck industry and will apply to large vehicles such as 18-wheelers, garbage trucks and delivery trucks. The administration will require manufacturers to begin offering more fuel-efficient vehicles as early as 2014 with the biggest reductions coming by 2018. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904140604576496712022208854.html?KEYWORDS=vehicles Liquid flow battery could slash electric car charge times. If we've said it once, we've said it roughly two or three dozen times: electric cars are a long way from mainstream adoption. Their limited range, long recharge times and prohibitive pricing all mean they're more suited to Dharma H Ippie than Joe P Ublic. That could soon be about to change, however, if scientists at 24M Technologies and MIT get their way. They're working on a super-affordable semi-solid flow battery, dubbed Cambridge Crude, that could allow an electric car to be recharged in minutes using infrastructure already in place at petrol stations. Posted. http://crave.cnet.co.uk/cartech/liquid-flow-battery-could-slash-electric-car-charge-times-50004657/ OPINION No clean air without clean cars. WITH summer holidays upon us, Marinites are making travel plans. This year, more than last, many must factor in the high cost of gas. Average Californians now spend 7.19 percent of their income on gas; a 2.54 percent increase from 2010. The price of oil has increased by 25 percent since Jan.1. This increase, in addition to limiting travel, also impacts summer bank accounts. Californians will likely spend more than $15 billion on gas this summer, making it a lot harder for them to enjoy holiday weekends while increasing our dependence on oil. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_18641276 BLOGS Study: Researchers At Ford, U Of M Say Enough Lithium Exists To Power Electric Vehicles Til 2100. A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and Ford has assessed the global availability of lithium and compared it to the potential demand from widespread use of electric vehicles. The result? Don't you worry your pretty little head about it. The researchers concluded that sufficient lithium exist to power electric vehicles through until 2100 or beyond. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/09/researchers-at-ford-u-of-m-say-enough-lithium-exists-to-power-e/ Yosemite Installs Largest National Park Solar Array. Yosemite National Park is known for El Capitan and the breathtaking views captured by Ansel Adams, but visitors may soon remember another sight from their trip. Yosemite has installed the largest solar power array of all the national parks with a 672 kW system that will provide 12 percent of the park's power needs. Posted. http://www.ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3572 New Study Shows That Bike Sharing Programs Actually Save Lives. We have long touted the benefits and general awesomeness of bike sharing. Not only is it a cheap and easy way to zip around cities, but swapping a pedal-powered two wheeler for a gas-guzzling car is one of the easiest ways to curb carbon emissions and make our world a greener place. But now we have an even better reason to promote bike sharing: they actually save lives. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/new-study-shows-that-bike-sharing-programs-save-lives/ UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity. The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100% green energy powered charging stations expected to be completely installed by September that are juiced up with energy from Ecotricity’s solar or wind energy parks across the UK. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/uk-opens-free-solar-powered-highway-ev-charging-network-from-ecotricit/