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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 24, 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 Air board asks drivers to cut trips to avoid fine. Fresno, Calif. (AP) -- San Joaquin County officials are turning to local residents to try to save the region from again being fined for ozone pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has asked drivers to reduce trips and avoid idling engines, as weather patterns create the possibility of another air violation this week. Last year, the region became the nation's first air basin to be fined for failing to meet the federal deadline for reducing ozone pollution. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/08/23/state/n065533D64.DTL Hot weather has air officials on ozone alert. Valley warned of potential health risks. The San Joaquin Valley has not been hit with any one-hour violations of federal air quality standards so far this year. That's the good news. The bad news? Valley air pollution coupled with hot, stagnant air – like what's forecast through the weekend – creates perfect conditions for dangerous peaks in ozone levels, and the potential for a one-hour violation. Air quality officials are urging Valley residents to take precautions to avoid ozone spikes, which are not only unhealthy but also costly. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/23/v-print/2509478/hot-weather-has-air-officials.html CLIMATE CHANGE Study probes climate change in Great Lakes cities. A new University of Michigan project will help city leaders in the Great Lakes region plan for dealing with climate change. The Kresge Foundation is helping fund the $1.2 million project, which will last three years. Organizers say much climate change research has been done on global and national scales, but little is known about its potential effects on the local level. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_18745867?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18745867?IADID=Search- www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com More greenhouse gas rules set for Sutter hospital in Santa Rosa. The list of environmental requirements that Sutter Health must meet to build its planned $284 million hospital north of Santa Rosa grew Tuesday. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors tentatively added a condition envisioned to help further offset greenhouse gas emissions linked to the hospital's development and operation. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110823/ARTICLES/110829797/1350?Title=More-greenhouse-gas-rules-set-for-Sutter-hospital-in-Santa-Rosa VEHICLES Hertz to Begin Renting Electric Cars in China. Hong kong — In the West, electric cars appeal to a do-it-yourself environmentalist personality, one who believes in taking individual actions to help address the collective problems of air pollution and global warming. But when Hertz starts renting electric cars in China later this week, it will offer the vehicles with chauffeurs — a nod to China’s resistance to recognizing other nations’ driver’s licenses or the International Driving Permit. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/business/global/hertz-to-begin-renting-electric-cars-in-china.html UCR: Key to cutting gas use might be drivers. Todd Muntz's car can tell him when air pressure in the tires is running low, when it's due for an oil change and even when the next turn he needs to make is coming up. "It's pretty amazing what they can do," he said. "My first car didn't even have shoulder belts," said Muntz, 59, of Riverside. His next car might tell him what speed to drive for current traffic conditions and which route he should take to avoid idling and wasting gas. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_ecogrant24.38fdd5d.html Opel/Vauxhall said to be considering hybrid partner. General Motors Co.'s European unit Opel/Vauxhall is considering taking on a partner in the field of fuel-saving hybrid powertrains in order to share development costs, as the brand rolls out more gasoline-electric cars. "Hybrid technology is becoming increasingly more important. We are not holding any concrete talks but a cooperation would be certainly a good way to cut costs," Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110824/COPY01/308249775/1193 OPINIONS Ways To Reduce Emissions in Face of Bad Air Alerts Triggered by High Temps, Increased Traffic. Temperatures throughout the San Joaquin Valley today will range from the mid to upper ‘90s. I remember when I lived along the Atlantic seaboard, temperatures in the 90s were dreaded due to the oftentimes high humidity associated with them. In California’s Central Valley, high temperatures many times mean high ozone. According to information in the Fresno Bee, “The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued [a bad-air] alert Monday to encourage residents and businesses to help minimize smog-forming emissions.” Posted. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/print/9291 SAYED SADREDIN: Strategies to avoid another ozone fine, and clean valley's air while we're at it. As many of you know, despite significant improvements in our air quality, under an arcane provision of federal law, valley residents and businesses are subject to a penalty of approximately $29 million per year for failing to meet the federal one-hour standard for ozone. In 1996, the San Joaquin Valley air basin racked up 56 days where ozone levels exceeded federal health-based standards for one-hour ozone readings. Last year, there were only seven such days. If anything, valley residents and businesses deserve a reward and not a penalty. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/community/x952942279/SAYED-SADREDIN-Strategies-to-avoid-another-ozone-fine-and-clean-valleys-air-while-were-at-it Public opinion on climate just tipped. One of the hallmarks of tipping points is that you don't know when you're in one. There's growing agreement that peak oil, for example, happened between 2004 and 2008. Still, you're never sure about such inflection points until well after the fact. This week, though, sure feels like the tipping point on public opinion on climate, and so I'm going to stick a fork in it right here, folks. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-08-23-public-opinion-on-climate-just-tipped BLOGS Taking Stock of Campus Sustainability. Colleges and universities across the country have quickly taken to measuring their environmental footprint: energy efficiency, consumption levels, renewable energy targets, number of green buildings, recycling rates, water use and even the prevalence of sustainability curriculums. But in this rush to go green, two of the three sustainability pillars have remained largely in shadow. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/taking-stock-of-campus-sustainability/ A social movement to fight climate change? Dave Roberts writes that a big problem in climate-change politics so far is that the campaign has been “an extremely intellectualized, top-down sort of undertaking, and as we saw with painful clarity during the climate bill fiasco, an elite-driven strategy isn’t going to cut it.” What environmentalists need, Roberts says, is the sort of social movement that organized labor once wielded, and that feminism and civil rights created. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/a-social-movement-to-fight-climate-change/2011/08/12/gIQAnRgCbJ_blog.html California asbestos deposits mapped. Asbestos is in our state rock, and it's in more places than you might think. The U.S. Geological Survey this week released a comprehensive map of all the known places in California where asbestos is found, including mines and exposed natural formations. Off-roaders in the Clear Creek Management Area, in San Benito and Fresno counties, are all too familiar with white asbestos in the form of the mineral chrysotile. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/08/california-asbestos-deposits-mapped.html