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California Air Resources Board News Clips for September 2, 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 Obama halts controversial EPA regulation. Washington (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders. Obama overruled the Environmental Protection Agency and directed administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the proposed regulation to reduce concentrations of smog's main ingredient, in part because of the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty for businesses at a time of rampant uncertainty about an unsteady economy. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gO5p7VJR33dSckCBKxCtNC8px9oA?docId=e973aea6f4694cfa84948931c2df278f AP Newsbreak: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/02/us-usa-obama-epa-idUSTRE7813TB20110902?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/obama-directs-epa-to-withdraw-controversial-proposed-regulation-on-smog-standards/2011/09/02/gIQApB0hwJ_story.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-pulls-back-proposed-smog-standards-in-victory-for-business/2011/09/02/gIQAisTiwJ_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/2/obama-halts-epas-proposed-air-quality-regs/ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/science/earth/03air.html http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-ozone-20110902,0,6899709.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/09/01/bloomberg1376-LQWG9I6K50YV01-6DD19E2E8A3PO1K8APPHKS92GO.DTL http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_0321c16f-653e-55ab-bec3-003329222c8c.html http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/62554.html San Joaquin Valley's August ozone under the limit. But valley air pollution district's figures disputed. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District announced that last month had no violations of the limit for ozone, a component of smog, as measured by the hour. Officials credited the new Air Alert campaign, which urges residents and businesses to cut down on driving and take other steps when the ozone risk is high. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/09/01/1841658/august-ozone-under-the-limit.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/09/01/2520692/valley-air-sets-cleanliness-mark.html http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=19253 http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/article_7e52ac7e-d57e-11e0-94d0-001cc4c03286.html Air-quality researchers tackle health implications of ultra-fine particles. Three studies by a University of California, Davis, air-quality research group are adding to the growing body of data suggesting that very fine and ultra-fine airborne metal particles are closely linked to serious human-health problems, including heart disease. UC Davis air-quality expert Thomas Cahill and colleagues report the findings of the three studies in the September special issue on aerosols and health of the journal Aerosol Science and Technology. Posted. http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9995 Pa. withdraws from 5 federal pollution lawsuits. Pennsylvania has withdrawn from five federal environmental lawsuits. The state's decision to end its participation in the federal cases has raised concerns from local, state and national environmental organizations, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://bit.ly/ouf5Bj reports Friday. Neither the governor's office nor the Department of Environmental Protection announced that the state had ended its participation in the one lawsuit concerning ozone, or publicly discussed the reasons for withdrawing from the other lawsuits, the paper reports. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18812890 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18812890?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com CLIMATE CHANGE Market, Politicians Going Separate Ways on Climate Change: View By the Editors - Hurricane Irene’s residue is likely to include a confusing debate over whether insurers or property owners are responsible for storm-caused water damage. There’s no lack of clarity, however, over whether the insurance industry believes in climate change and its ties to lethal weather: It does. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-09-01/market-politicians-going-separate-ways-on-climate-change-view.html Climate change threatens mental health too: study; Droughts, floods have psychological impact. Climate change doesn't just wreak havoc on your physical surroundings -- it affects your mental health too. Flooding, drought and superstorms cause actual psychological fallout, according to Australian researchers. "The damage caused by a changing climate is not just physical," they said in a report released this week by the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Sydney. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2011/09/02/2011-09-02_climate_change_threatens_mental_health_too_study_droughts_floods_have_psychologi.html Conservatives just as wrong on climate economics as they are on climate science. Just a quick note to follow up on my two posts about conservative pundits and their flailing attempts to respond to the charge that Republicans are anti-science. The fact that conservatives are so proudly flat-earth on climate science has preoccupied the press and pundits to the point that it's obscured another conservative pathology, one that is, if anything, more consequential: their discredited take on the economics of climate policy. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-skeptics/2011-09-02-conservatives-just-as-wrong-on-economics-as-on-science The ‘radical’ faces of climate change. Those of us who believe the overwhelming number of scientists who document and report on the existence of climate change tend to use those scientific conclusions to convince skeptics. There may be a better way. There are a number of institutions respected for their credibility and cautious approach to facts that have adopted this science and acted on the conclusion that climate change is occurring, that it is caused by us, and that the consequences are alarming. Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-skeptics/2011-09-02-the-radical-faces-of-global-warming Study: Reducing Soot is Fastest Way to Slow Climate Change. Soot second only to carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming emissions. A new study finds that reducing carbon-rich soot emissions could be the fastest and most economical way to slow climate change and protect human health. Those dust-like particles released in the exhaust of diesel-powered vehicles and wood fires rank second only to carbon dioxide as a major cause of global warming. Posted. http://www.voanews.com/english/news/environment/Study-Reducing-Soot-is-Fastest-Way-to-Slow-Climate-Change-129070528.html GREEN ENERGY It’s not easy being green. Q: I’m really confused about the whole green building movement. There seem to be conflicting messages, especially when it comes to products advertised as being green. They appear to be the same products I saw 10 years ago. If it’s so important to be environmentally friendly, why didn’t companies push this agenda decades ago? After all, we’ve been concerned about the earth since the 1970s, right? I want to be a responsible person but don’t want to get hoodwinked. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/products-that-claim-to-be-green-can-have-unexpected-problems/2011/08/28/gIQANVZpwJ_story.html OPINIONS INNIS: No health benefits without affordable energy. New air-quality rules will further impoverish poor communities. The Environmental Protection Agency insists that its air-quality initiatives will protect minority and poor Americans from pollution that disproportionately affects their health and impairs “environmental justice.” Their argument is not convincing. Public health, pollution control and justice are important goals. However, the EPA’s proposed rules actually undermine those objectives by impairing access to affordable, reliable energy - thus impairing people’s health and welfare. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/1/no-health-benefits-without-affordable-energy/ Obama blows smog in everyone’s face. President Obama has yanked back the EPA's proposed new restrictions on ground-level ozone (i.e. smog). That's a huge win for Big Business, which had claimed it couldn't weather an economic downturn AND keep from suffocating people at the same time. But it's an equally huge loss for everyone else -- especially since the reason the EPA was revising the smog standards in the first place was because the allowable limit was well above safe levels, according to the agency's science advisors. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-09-02-obama-blows-smog-in-everyones-face BLOGS Obama decides against tougher ozone standards. President Obama decided Friday not to raise federal ozone standards for air pollution, causing a rift with environmentalists but winning praise from industry groups and congressional Republicans. In his decision, relayed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Obama cited the need to remove uncertainty for businesses that would be affected. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/09/obama-decides-against-change-in-ozone-standards/1 http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/02/140142406/obama-withdraws-proposed-regulation-on-smog A balloon and hosepipe as the answer to climate change? It's just pie in the sky Increasingly bizarre attempts at geo-engineering simply deflect attention from the fact we need to cut greenhouse gases. It's atmospheric liposuction: a retrospective fix for planetary over-indulgence. Geo-engineering, which means either sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere or trying to shield the planet from the sun's heat, is an admission of failure, a failure to get to grips with climate change. Is it time to admit defeat and check ourselves into the clinic? Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/02/giant-balloon-and-hosepipe-geoengineering Can New Refrigerators Help Cool Global Warming? News of global warming continues to worsen, with epic storms and melting Siberian permafrost. As assaults continue on the already beleaguered atmosphere in the form of massive, dirty energy projects pushed through by a new cadre of increasingly ignorant politicians, there are, indeed, a steady stream of efforts, some tiny, some substantial, that are actually trying do something about the problem. One of these came out of Washington last week in the form of a new set of energy efficiency standards for refrigerators. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/new-refrigerators-cool-global-warming/