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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 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 Leaking oil spreads stench over Concord. CONCORD -- A crude-oil leak sent heavy-diesel and sulfur fumes over a Concord neighborhood, and authorities say the smell could linger through the day. The leak from a 7-mile-long ConocoPhillips pipeline that runs under the former Concord Naval Weapons Station began Monday, and the smell is still hanging over the area of Holly Drive, Creek Place and Myrtle Drive, said Steve Morioka, assistant director of Contra Costa County Health Services' hazardous materials program. The agency received reports of "a heavy refinery odor" Monday morning, Morioka said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/09/BA1C1LS2F3.DTL&type=printable CLIMATE CHANGE Pew Center Turns to Industry Funding for Climate Change Research. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which seeks market-based solutions to global warming, is turning to corporate sponsors after losing $3.5 million a year in support from a charitable trust. The center will announce the change and its new name, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, at a press briefing today, said Eileen Claussen, founder and president of the group. Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) and Entergy Corp. (ETR) are stepping in with long-term funding for the group, Claussen said. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-09/pew-center-turns-to-industry-funding-for-climate-change-research.html IEA: Time running out to limit earth's warming. The International Energy Agency warned Wednesday that the world is hurtling toward irreversible climate change and will lose the chance to limit warming if it doesn't take bold action in the next five years. In its annual World Energy Outlook, the agency spelled out the consequences if those steps aren't taken and what needs to be done to cap global temperature increases at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. That's the threshold beyond which some scientists have said catastrophic changes could be triggered. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/9/iea-time-running-out-to-limit-earths-warming/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/iea-economist-warns-that-world-must-take-action-to-greatly-reduce-emissions-by-2017-_-or-else/2011/11/09/gIQAhi4Z4M_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/11/09/1939622/iea-time-running-out-to-limit.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19296295?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/09/iea-time-running-out-to-limit-earths-warming/ VEHICLES New Hybrids Will Pump it Up. In the future, some hybrids won’t use batteries and won’t look like almonds. Several companies are developing hydraulic hybrid drivetrains that bring the benefits of hybrids to heavy-duty vehicles like buses. The technology, which uses pressurized fluid instead of electricity to turn the wheels, promises significant fuel savings at lower cost than traditional hybrids. Posted. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/11/hydraulic-hybrids/ Irish electricity distributor goes ‘car’ electric. ESB Networks, the licensed electricity distributor in the Republic of Ireland, has just been delivered with Electric Smith Edison vans supplied by Electric Vehicles Ireland, the Irish importer of Smith Electric Vehicles. The order, including 10 electric vans and trucks, was the single largest order of electric vehicles ever placed in Ireland. Two weeks ago, ESB Networks Ltd. was delivered part of the single largest order of electric vehicles ever placed in Ireland. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/68920111109.php GREEN ENERGY State's solar energy output reaches milestone. California has installed enough rooftop solar panels to generate more than 1 gigawatt of electricity, a milestone only five countries worldwide have reached. And California has the potential to add perhaps 79 gigawatts more, according to a report to be released today by an environmental group. That's more than twice as much electricity as the state used Tuesday afternoon when demand reached its daily peak. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/09/BU6D1LS4E6.DTL&type=printable http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/09/v-print/4040698/states-solar-energy-doubled-in.html OPINIONS World has five years to combat irreversible global warming: report Without rapid action, International Energy Agency warns 'door will close' to fight rapid climate change in five years. Time is running out to reverse the effects of global warming, according to a new report. In a sobering analysis of the planet's energy future, the International Energy Agency said that governments around the world have five years to reverse the course of climate change before it's too late. "The door is closing," Fatih Birol, the IEA's chief economist, told the Guardian. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/world-years-combat-irreversible-global-warming-report-article-1.975007 Editorial: School retrofits make megawatts of good sense. The six-county Sacramento region has 60 million square feet of school facilities. The region's older schools are ripe for upgrades that would reduce energy and water bills – money that could be spent on classroom learning. Aging school infrastructure is a challenge, but also a great opportunity. Done right, it could reduce operating costs to school districts, create local jobs and get students, teachers and parents engaged in science learning. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/09/4040386/school-retrofits-make-megawatts.html Think before lighting the fireplace. With the first storms of the season and the cooler, sometimes foggy nights also comes the urge to light up the fireplace for some ambience and warmth. There's nothing like a crackling fire, inefficient though a fireplace might be as an actual home heating source. Still, thousands of us will do it, and because we do, we also are helping degrade the air. That's why it's important to burn only when weather conditions permit. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111109/A_OPINION01/111090306&cid=sitesearch BLOGS The Developing World, Leading on Climate Change? In what may turn out to be one of the abiding ironies of global geopolitics, leadership on climate change seems to have suddenly passed from the developed to the developing world, as has public anxiety about the damaging effects of a changing climate. As recently as the Copenhagen summit in late 2009, the West blamed large developing countries such as China and India for scuppering the chances of a “grand agreement” to curb the emission of greenhouse gases. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/the-developing-world-leading-on-climate-change/ Hewlett-Packard tops Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics. Hewlett-Packard Co. has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics released Wednesday. The Palo Alto-based manufacturer of printers, computers and other consumer electronics scored 5.9 out of a possible 10 points on the 17th iteration of the guide from the international environmental organization. Hewlett-Packard took the No. 1 position due largely to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations as well as its suppliers, and a procurement policy that excludes paper from companies linked with illegal logging and deforestation. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/11/greenpeace-guide-to-greener-electronics.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 DoD report concludes use of renewable fuels contributes to national security interests, but at a price penalty. Increased use of renewable fuels by the US Department of Defense (DoD) contributes to US national security interests, achieves Service energy security goals, and offers some limited military utility, according to a new report released by DoD. However, the report also finds that the projected supply of drop-in renewable fuels will not be sufficient to meet anticipated DoD demand for renewable jet fuel products, and that price premiums for drop-in renewable fuels and the budgetary implications associated with meeting renewable fuel goals may be considerable. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/11/dod-20111108.html Stop pretending it’s not climate change. 2011 is further proof that a new era of extreme weather is dawning -- and it's about to get much, much worse. “All I know is this didn’t happen when we were kids.” That’s how Brian Williams tagged a recent NBC Nightly News report on this year’s extreme weather. Floods, droughts, wildfires and tornadoes dominated the news many nights in 2011. Posted. http://www.salon.com/2011/11/09/stop_pretending_its_not_climate_change/singleton/ Panasonic Bets the House on Solar and Fuel Cells. As consumers become more aware about electronic waste, conflict minerals and the overall depletion of natural resources, they will start to focus more attention on electronic gadgets and appliances the way they express concerns over their food and clothing. To that end, Panasonic is shifting its strategy as it moves closer to its 100th anniversary in 2018. Panasonic is now determined to become the number one green innovation company in the electronics industry. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/11/panasonic-eco-ideas-house/ Toyota's 2015 hydrogen vehicle still estimated to cost $50,000, not $138,000. Stop the Internet presses! Toyota's fuel cell car is going to be really expensive! That's the meme going around after Toyota Europe vice president for product planning and marketing, Alain Uyttenhoven, recently told Automotive News that, "We could expect a fuel cell vehicle to retail at about 100,000 euros ($138,000) in Europe." Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/11/09/toyotas-2015-hydrogen-vehicle-still-estimated-to-cost-50-000/