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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 21, 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 25 sickened by carbon monoxide at tractor pull. Fire officials had to close down a tractor pull event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex after carbon monoxide sickened more than two dozen people. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports the Mid-Atlantic Antique Tractor Super Pull was shut down Saturday after firefighters responding to a report of a sick man recorded carbon monoxide levels four times the permissible level. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19382437?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19382437 http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/359a5d1429924a48867fe0f8ae4ffe24/PA--Farm-Show-Carbon-Monoxide/ CLIMATE CHANGE UN: Concentrations of greenhouse gases hit record. Global warming gases have hit record levels in the world's atmosphere, with concentrations of carbon dioxide up 39 percent since the start of the industrial era in 1750, the U.N. weather agency said Monday. The new figures for 2010 from the World Meteorological Organization show that CO2 levels are now at 389 parts per million, up from about 280 parts per million a quarter-millenium ago. The levels are significant because the gases trap heat in the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jT7hsgJmLMhVXQk-trNgl6PZXRCw?docId=b117c5d49f4f46528445f6f600b69150 AP Newsbreak: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/21/2622262/un-concentrations-of-greenhouse.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19382389?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/21/un-concentrations-of-greenhouse-gases-hit-record/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19382389?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Himalayan nations agree on climate adaptation plan. Four Himalayan nations facing the threat of weather changes have agreed to collaborate on ways to adapt to climate change after a two-day summit in Bhutan. India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan were part of the Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas held in Bhutan's capital Thimphu on Saturday. They agreed to cooperate on energy, water, food and biodiversity issues. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ivjC_wKZjfGv7xILziTb7kw8w2xQ?docId=d7bcbaad80f04041be52e5f6ca3d2d0d AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/20/himalayan-nations-agree-on-climate-adaptation-plan/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/20/2621244/himalayan-nations-agree-on-climate.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/20/himalayan-nations-agree-on-climate-adaptation/ http://www.modbee.com/2011/11/20/1955060/himalayan-nations-agree-on-climate.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/18/international/i073303S64.DTL http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19377596?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19377596?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Congress kills request for National Climate Service. At first look, the proposal is as dull, bureaucratic and routine as an agency request to Congress can be. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wanted to reshuffle its offices to establish a National Climate Service akin to the agency’s National Weather Service. It asked for no new funding to do so. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/congress-nixes-national-climate-service/2011/11/18/gIQAxYvIgN_story.html Studies show climate change's impact on California. A spate of recent research offers new insight into how global warming is changing or could change California, from the mountains to the seashore, in both predictable and unusual ways. The studies show that common trees are fading from their current ranges, premium wine grape varieties are under siege, marine creatures are shifting locales, the hub of the state’s water system faces increasing risks and — surprisingly — birds in the state are getting bigger as the weather warms. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/20/grapes-birds-trees-fish-respond-climate/ California Air Resources Board reveals future carbon-cutting strategy. The California Air Resources Board has today released a comprehensive summary of its proposed Advanced Clean Cars regulation package, setting tough new emissions standards for cars and light trucks from 2015 through 2025. The package continues California’s leadership role in developing innovative and ground breaking standards for vehicles. It is designed to clean the air, fight climate change, and deliver savings to consumers and drive job development in California. Posted. http://www.internationalfleetworld.co.uk/news/2011/Nov/California-Air-Resources-Board-reveals-future-carbon-cutting-strategy/0444004045/ DIESEL EMISSIONS California Tightens Class 7 Truck Emission Rules. The California Air Resources Board’s order of all Class 7 drayage trucks to meet the same emission standards that have been in effect for larger Class 8 trucks is intended to close loopholes in the state’s clean-truck regulations. Also, the practice of dray-offs —–using a compliant truck to pull a container from a port or rail yard and then transferring the container to a non-compliant truck outside of the facility — is now illegal in California. Posted. http://www.joc.com/portsterminals/california-tightens-class-7-truck-emission-standards FUELS The road to new fuel economy standards was not smooth. On an August morning in 2008, a handful of executives from the country's top car companies, several environmentalists and two of California's most powerful pollution regulators met in a windowless conference room in a hotel next to Los Angeles International Airport. For 30 years, the car companies had been locked in battle with California and environmentalists over increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and cutting air pollution. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-fuel-economy-deal-20111119,0,1512018,full.story GREEN ENERGY AP Exclusive: Conn. rethinks costly fuel cells. After spending millions of dollars to run a state complex with fuel cells, partly to boast of their size and also to tout a homegrown industry, Connecticut officials concede privately that the cost is too high and they're looking to get out of a complicated, long-term contract. The state spends $1.4 million every year for the fuel cells at its 10-year-old juvenile center, an amount that Connecticut's energy commissioner, Daniel Esty, called excessive in an email Sept. 6 to the governor's budget chief. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gMFLVLeech_MjmzSzeLWSJmR1acw?docId=95934037298444c5b2ef5d2cbe07f45d AP Newsbreak: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/20/4068311/ap-exclusive-conn-rethinks-costly.html#storylink=misearch http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/20/2621444/ap-exclusive-conn-rethinks-costly.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/ap-exclusive-conn-rethinks-costly-fuel-cells/article_e7d1f1b0-3885-553d-95ad-aadc1cb5b038.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/20/national/a092623S27.DTL http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_19377596 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19378520?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19378520?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com W. Pa. program offers cheaper wind energy. A Pittsburgh nonprofit says it's offering renewable wind energy at bargain prices. Citizen Power Inc. says the 100 percent wind energy plan provides residential customers who sign a two-year contract with the lowest electricity rates now available to customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( http://bit.ly/ubpaps) reports Sunday that the nonprofit is partnering with a Texas energy company to provide the service. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19378473?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Energy pioneer. Meet Dale Stocking - environmentalist, and guinea pig. Last spring, the city set an ambitious goal of making 8,500 homes more energy efficient by winter 2013. Stocking urged approval of that proposed ordinance. And after it passed, he decided it was only fair to start off by sealing his own drafty house. "I wanted to see, what are we requiring the citizens to do, and is it rational?" the 72-year-old Stocking said last week, sitting at his dining table of his two-story midtown English Tudor. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111121/A_NEWS/111210314&cid=sitesearch VEHICLES O.C. hybrid car company raises $58 million more. Anaheim luxury hybrid car maker Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc., has raised another $58 million in equity funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, bringing its total funding to $1.22 billion even before its first cars are sold. Fisker has now received $688 million in private funding in addition to a low-interest $529 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fisker-327739-company-solyndra.html Honda Civic Natural Gas named 2012 Green Car of the Year. GreenCar Journal announced the Honda Civic Natural Gas as the 2012 Green Car of the Year winner at a press conference Thursday morning during the Los Angeles Auto Show’s press days. The cleanest running internal combustion vehicle certified by the EPA, the all-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas is the fifth generation of this alternative fuel vehicle and the only assembly-line produced natural gas passenger model manufactured for sale in the United States. It runs on a clean fuel that is almost exclusively domestically sourced and typically priced about 30 percent less than gasoline. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/19/honda-civic-natural-gas-named-2012-green-car-year/ At least 15% of California vehicles to be zero-emission by 2025. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has developed the Advanced Clean Vehicle Cars programme, seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, smog and sooth causing pollutants for model years 2015 through 2025. The proposals foresee that one in seven new vehicles sold in 2025 will be a zero-emission or plug-in hybrid car. Reaffirming its leading position in promoting clean vehicles and developing tough emission standards, California has presented a package of regulations setting strong requirements on carmakers. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/69720111121.php BLOGS OECD Says Czechs Should Cut Carbon Emissions While Smog over Prague Thickens. The Czechs got more than one reminder Friday that burning copious amounts of fossil fuels is a poor path to achieving long-term economic growth. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based think tank, just released its latest semi-annual report on the Czech Republic and among the results was a reprimand on the country for its over-reliance on fossil-fuel driven economic activity. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/11/18/oecd-says-czechs-should-cut-carbon-emissions-while-smog-over-prague-thickens/?KEYWORDS=fuels New Delhi, Now More Polluted Than Beijing. India has recently pulled far ahead of China on one dubious development marker – air pollution in the country’s capital. The air quality in New Delhi on Monday afternoon was significantly worse than the air quality in Beijing, according to real-time air monitors run by the Indian and U.S. governments in both cities. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/new-delhi-now-more-polluted-than-beijing/?scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Is Global Warming an Election Issue After All ? Conventional wisdom has it that the next election will be fought exclusively on the topic of jobs. But President Obama’s announcement last week that he would postpone a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election, which may effectively kill the project, makes it clear that other issues will weigh in—and that, oddly enough, one of them might even be climate changThe pipeline decision was a true upset. Everyone—and I mean everyone who "knew" how these things work—seemed certain that the president would approve it. The National Journal runs a weekly poll of “energy insiders”—that is, all the key players in Washington. Posted: http://www.celsias.com/article/global-warming-election-issue-after-all/ Harmonizing Low Carbon Fuel Standards. In a draft of the first Review Report for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), the staff of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) notes that the harmonization of LCFS programs globally will be important “for ensuring that global GHG emission reductions actually result from these programs”. Harmonizing LCFS programs means bringing key elements of different LCFS regulatory frameworks into accord with one another, while recognizing that these elements will not necessarily be (or need to be) identical, staff notes in the report. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/11/lcfs-20111121.html California ARB considering amendments to Low Carbon Fuel Standard; handling high carbon-intensity crude oil (HCICO). The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will consider at its December 2011 meeting amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation. The LCFS intends to reduce, on a full-fuel lifecycle basis, the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels (measured in gCO2e/MJ) used in California by an average of 10% by the year 2020. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/11/lcfs-20111120.html