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California Air Resources Board News Clips for December 8, 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 China's pollution data shrouded in official fog. Armed with a device that looks like an old transistor radio, some Beijing residents are recording pollution levels and posting them online. It's an act that borders on subversion. The government keeps secret all data on the fine particles that shroud China's capital in a health-threatening smog most days. But as they grow more prosperous, Chinese are demanding the right to know what the government does not tell them: just how polluted their city is. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_UNCOVERING_POLLUTION?SITE=AZPHG&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/health-fears-distrust-of-govt-spur-chinese-citizens-to-lift-official-fog-on-pollution-data/2011/12/08/gIQASXxReO_story.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19494921?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19494921?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/12/07/2641702/chinas-pollution-data-shrouded.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/dec/08/chinas-pollution-data-shrouded-in-official-fog/#ixzz1fxfqLoEq http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/china-s-pollution-data-shrouded-in-official-fog/article_ee103f03-f23f-5458-a1c2-cfeced82cd09.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/12/07/1978798/chinas-pollution-data-shrouded.html Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday. A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Thursday, meaning burning of wood logs and other wood products is prohibited. It's the second consecutive Spare the Air day and the second so far this winter season on which air quality and weather forecasts have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to prohibit wood fires. Still, cold air allows wood smoke to collect and concentrate. Fine soot particulates can pass deep into a person's lungs, causing serious respiratory health problems, officials said. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111208/ARTICLES/111209582 CLIMATE CHANGE S.F. judge OKs cap and trade for emissions law. A San Francisco judge has given the go-ahead to California's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, ruling that state regulators adequately considered alternatives to a market-based cap-and-trade system. Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith had ruled in March that the Air Resources Board had not looked hard enough at other options, like numerical limits on emissions or a tax on carbon-based fuels. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/08/BA481M9NPV.DTL http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/12/08/11 BY SUBCRIPTION ONLY Climate talks in final push; National interests, economic worries hinder attempt at agreement. Delegates attending a 194-nation climate conference agree the world needs to send less carbon into the atmosphere, but national interests and economic worries have so far hindered attempts to reach an agreement that would oblige governments to curb the emissions that are warming the planet. The talks, due to wrap up Friday or early Saturday, are likely to finalize a massive fund to help poor countries cope with climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/climate-talks-in-final-push-delegates-grapple-with-effort-to-revise-the-rich-poor-divide/2011/12/08/gIQATFUeeO_story.html A global cooling to the U.S. position on climate change. Environmentalists and other nations say U.S. policy changes raise questions about whether it is committed to substantially cutting emissions and aiding developing nations in their efforts to do so. When an energized U.S. delegation arrived in Copenhagen for world climate talks two years ago, environmentalists were encouraged by its willingness to tackle global warming. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-climate-change-20111204,0,7204452.story Jorge Montt Glacier in Patagonia shrinking fast. Santiago, Chile -- Researchers in Chile released a series of time-lapse photos Wednesday showing the dramatic retreat of a glacier in Patagonia. The Jorge Montt Glacier is shrinking faster than any other in Chile, with its snout retreating more than a half mile between February 2010 and January 2011, glaciologist Andres Rivera said. Rivera said that global warming is a factor and that the glacier also is melting especially quickly because it partly rests in the waters of a growing fjord. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/08/MNNQ1M9PDN.DTL&type=printable Review of rich-poor divide underpins climate talks. The head of the group of developing countries says the outcome of U.N. climate negotiations boils down to whether the two-tiered system of rich and poor countries should continue, or whether all nations should be treated more equally. The two-week climate conference is in the final push before Friday's scheduled closing. Industrial countries want to revise the 20-year-old division that has created two levels of responsibility: …Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/dec/08/review-of-rich-poor-divide-underpins-climate/#ixzz1fxgB0xL3 http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/review-of-rich-poor-divide-underpins-climate-talks/image_06624b21-1474-5cf9-a416-2af000ea76da.html Climate Changes Faster Than Species Can Adapt, Rattlesnake Study Finds. The ranges of species will have to change dramatically as a result of climate change between now and 2100 because the climate will change more than 100 times faster than the rate at which species can adapt, according to a newly published study by Indiana University researchers. Posted. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205102637.htm DIESEL EMISSIONS Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. Wins Additional $1.7 Million in Orders Under New Jersey and California Diesel Retrofit Programs. Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) ("Clean Diesel"), a cleantech emissions reduction company, announced today that its Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division has won new orders valued in excess of $1.7 million for its verified (approved) emission reduction products. The new orders were received under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") Mandatory Diesel Retrofit Program and Air Resources Board's Lower Emission School Bus Program in Northern California. Shipments of these new orders have commenced and are expected to be completed in early 2012. Posted. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/clean-diesel-technologies-inc-wins-additional-17-million-in-orders-under-new-jersey-and-california-diesel-retrofit-programs-135241538.html FUELS ‘Alternative fuels are necessary to meet the policy objectives’ – CARS 21 Interim Report. The re-launched CARS 21 High-level Group has published its Interim Report on 2 December 2011, with first recommendations and key messages to better prepare tomorrow’s mobility solutions. Environment, technology, jobs, competitiveness are discussed but the Group agrees that alternative fuels are necessary, not only because of upcoming oil scarcity, but also to meet policy objectives. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/71120111208.php VEHICLES Air board's new rules aim to boost electric cars in California. The state unveiled a new set of clean car regulations Wednesday that aim to sharply increase the number of electric cars on California's roads, boost fuel efficiency and reduce air pollution. The proposed rules largely parallel President Barack Obama's goal of doubling the nation's auto fuel economy standards for new cars from the current 27.3 mph to 54.5 mph by the year 2025. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/08/4107854/air-boards-new-rules-aim-to-boost.html http://www.detnews.com/article/20111207/AUTO01/112070443/1361/California-proposes-rules-to-boost-electric-vehicles-by-2025 Exxon Mobil predicts surge in hybrid vehicles. Exxon expects to see more and more hybrids on the world's roads, with gas-sipping models like the Toyota Prius making up half of all vehicles by 2040. The largest publicly traded oil and gas company says in its annual energy outlook that the use of hybrids _ vehicles that rely on both gas and electricity for power _ and other efficiency gains will keep energy demand in check for the U.S. and other major industrialized countries for years. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/business/exxon-mobil-predicts-surge-in-hybrid-vehicles/article_69b4650c-7b3b-5207-80a9-9698cd73c0b8.html#ixzz1fxifs0Ko http://www.modbee.com/2011/12/08/1979039/exxon-mobil-predicts-surge-in.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19496285?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com China’s EV industry urged to transform its business model. In China’s EV industry, solid business models needs to be established to address the existing technology and manufacturing gaps. The industry requires more involvement of related stakeholders to perfect the EV value chains and a more balanced strategy to stimulate demand and supply, says a new report supported by the World Bank. A new report called “The China New Energy Vehicles Program: Challenges and Opportunities” financed by the World Bank analyses the development of the electric vehicle industry in China. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/71020111208.php BMW designers lean on plastics for zero-emission cars. Plastics are playing a larger role in making cars lighter and commercializing electric vehicles, but for one prominent automotive designer, more still needs to be done. In an interview at the recent Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design, said he was excited by the creative possibilities opening up with the new lightweight materials, including traditional plastics, carbon fiber reinforced plastics and aluminum. Posted. http://www.plasticsnews.com/headlines2.html?id=23896&channel=349 GREEN ENERGY Solar Plant Sold to Berkshire Unit. First Solar Inc. is selling one of its large California solar farms to MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., ending the solar-panel maker's search for a buyer. The sale places MidAmerican Energy, a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., in the solar-power business for the first time. MidAmerican operates fleets of wind farms and conventional power plants. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203413304577084171694555562.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change&_nocache=1323364980077&user=welcome BY SUBSCRIPTION http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-buffett-solar-20111208,0,6937593.story http://www.siliconvalley.com/green-energy/ci_19493822 OPINIONS Noxious pollution creating the great pall of China. China has to find a way to continue its rapid growth without choking to death. Literally. When I landed in Beijing last week, the sky was a brownish miasma through which distant landmarks were only faintly visible. The moment I stepped outside the city's vast international airport, I noticed an acrid hint of burning coal in the all-too-palpable air. The next day, when I went to see the Great Wall, China's most famous cultural treasure was wreathed in a gauzy shroud of pollution. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111208/A_OPINION0608/112080312&cid=sitesearch BLOGS California Air Board Moves to Increase Presence of Zero-Emissions Vehicles. California has the worst air quality in the country, according to the state’s air resources board, and 40 percent of the contributing pollution comes from passenger cars and light-duty trucks. In its effort to improve the state’s air, the board, commonly known as CARB, proposed a package of new rules on Wednesday intended to cut vehicle emissions while aggressively increasing the number of advanced clean cars on the state’s roads, as well as fueling stations to serve them. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/california-air-board-moves-to-increase-presence-of-zero-emissions-vehicles/ California leads venture funding for electric vehicle technology. California is fast becoming a global center for electric-vehicle innovation and jobs. Businesses in the state collected $467 million in electric vehicle venture capital investment during the first half of this year, or 69% of the global total, according to a study by Next 10, a nonprofit founded by Silicon Valley venture capitalist F. Noel Perry. California also is now tied with Michigan, the traditional center of the U.S. auto industry, in the number of patents filed for electric vehicle technology. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/electric-vehicles-venture-funding-jobs.html http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/12/arbacc-20111208.html Is the Chevy Volt headed for a recall? The latest article we've found about the Chevrolet Volt/NHTSA crash test fire incident mentions a word we've not heard uttered before: recall. GM is obviously trying to figure out what caused the post-crash fire. That's not all that's happening. According to a memo posted to safercar.gov, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating weld points near the crashed Volt's battery to try and understand if a damaged pack can somehow affect these welded areas. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/12/08/chevy-volt-recall-possible/ Oil Industry Lobbyists Play Dirty Against Clean Fuel Standards. Oil industry lobbyists have been working to convince European governments to drop environmental standards that would result in proper accounting and cleaning up of dirtier fuel sources, such as Canadian tar sands. In 2009, California implemented similar provisions now being considered in the European Union with the adoption of the state's clean fuel standard, known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, phasing in cleaner fuels while phasing out dirtier ones. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/smui/oil_industry_lobbyists_and_can.html How We All Benefit From California's Advanced Clean Cars Program. Today, California released its formal regulatory proposal that demonstrates state leadership in driving clean car technologies into the state and across the nation. The package of standards, as described earlier in a blog here, will have large benefits in terms of saving consumers money, cutting dangerous air pollutants, and also reducing our dependence on oil. How do you and I benefit from the program? Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/smui/how_we_all_benefit_from_califo.html Is Anything Going to Happen at Durban? The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Now delegates from more than 190 nations are in the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in coastal city of Durban , South Africa, (from November 28 -December 9, 2011) Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/anything-going-happen-durban/