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ARB Newsclips for February 8, 2012. 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 Smoky air can harm dogs and cats, too, says vets and pollution experts. You've heard of the no-wood-burning alerts on bad air days this winter to protect people in the Bay Area, but there are others to guard from the smoke as well -- cats, dogs and horses. Fido and Fluffy can have lung and bronchial ailments aggravated by wood smoke on Spare the Air days, veterinarians and air pollution officials say. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19914479 http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_19914479?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19914479?IADID=Search- IndoorDoctor Says Winter Can Be the Most Effective Time to Test Indoor Air Quality. IndoorDoctor, a New England-based indoor air quality testing firm, has seen a steady rise in indoor air quality concerns during winter months. Simply put, more people spend their time indoors when it's cold outside. "As homes become more energy-efficient indoor air pollution will accumulate with greater concentration," says environmental engineer and company president Jeffrey Bradley. Posted. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46311667 CLIMATE CHANGE South Korean Lawmakers Vote for Limits on Greenhouse-Gas Emissions. Lawmakers in South Korea voted to impose greenhouse-gas limits on the nation's largest companies, overruling industry opposition and laying groundwork for the third emissions-trading program in the Asia-Pacific region. A special committee of the National Assembly on climate change passed legislation today to establish a so-called cap-and-trade system in 2015. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-02-08/south-korea-moves-closer-to-setting-limits-on-carbon-emissions.html Airlines seek swift end to row over EU CO2 scheme. British Airways, Qantas and other airlines are calling on governments to find a swift resolution to a political dispute over the European Union's carbon scheme, because the deadlock may create competitive distortions. Since the start of 2012, EU law obliges all airlines using EU airports to be included in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), the 27-nation bloc's main policy to fight global warming as it caps emissions on over 11,000 power and industrial plants. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/us-carbon-aviation-idUSTRE8171T520120208 VEHICLES Safest small cars. Choosing the safest auto available is never more important than when shopping for a small car, where every advantage is essential. That’s because the laws of physics dictate that a smaller and lighter vehicle will tend to fare worse in a crash than a larger and heavier model will. Fortunately, those shopping for a compact or subcompact car for themselves or younger members of the family will find an ample selection of model-year 2012 vehicles from which to choose that are rated as “Top Safety Picks” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Posted. http://www.pe.com/cars/cars-headlines-index/20120208-safest-small-cars.ece Electric car maker Fisker: Layoffs in Del., Calif. Fisker Automotive, an electric car maker that received a half-billion-dollar loan from the federal government, said Monday that it has laid off workers in Delaware and California. The layoffs include 26 workers at a former General Motors plant in Wilmington that Fisker is retooling to manufacture its Nina plug-in hybrid sedan. Another 40 contractors and employees who were working in design and development of Fisker's Karma luxury car in Anaheim also have been cut. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/ap/business/electric-car-maker-fisker-layoffs-in-del-calif/article_21864614-a1fe-58dc-8f94-506844b5b2d9.html#ixzz1loQvzrm1 California’s ‘Clean Car’ Rules. Help Remake U.S. Auto Industry. With the passage of strict new auto emission and air pollution standards, California has again demonstrated its role as the U.S.’s environmental pacesetter. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, explains how her state is helping drive a clean-car revolution. How likely is it that your next vehicle might be an electric car? California just increased the odds. Posted. http://e360.yale.edu/feature/californias_clean_car_rules_help_remake_us_auto_industry/2492/ Electric Car Tops Out Greenest Vehicle List. For the first time in the 12 year history of the Greencars.org Greenest Vehicle List, an electric vehicle has topped the list, based on the 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings provided by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The Mitsubishi i-MIEV battery electric vehicle claimed the top spot from the Honda Civic Natural Gas which, up until this year, had held the top spot for 8 years running. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/08/electric-car-tops-out-greenest-vehicle-list/ GREEN ENERGY Sacramento loses clean-tech jobs in 2010, for first time since 1999. Sacramento's green economy employed 200 fewer people in 2010, the first industry wide job decline since 1995, according to a new report. Even so, the local clean-tech sector weathered the recession better than the overall capital region economy. Next 10, a San Francisco nonprofit that promotes the growth of California's clean economy, said the local clean-energy producers, green builders, agriculture tech companies and other clean industries employed a total of 14,500 people in 2010, a 1.4 percent decline from the year earlier. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/08/v-print/4247026/sacramento-loses-clean-tech-jobs.html Green economy lost jobs as recession raged. The green economy that California officials hoped would add jobs during the depths of the recent recession actually lost positions instead, according to a new report. And yet, California clean-tech companies still fared better than the state's economy as a whole in 2009, the year covered by the report. Employment in California's "core green economy" shrank 3 percent between January of 2009 and January of 2010, according to the "Many Shades of Green" report, released late Tuesday. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/08/BU7M1N4D35.DTL&type=printable MISCELLANEOUS Consumer Confidential: 'Lorax' rakes in green; bogus fish sales. Here's your walk-like-an-Egyptian Wednesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --How do you sell merchandise for a green movie? With green businesses, of course. The Lorax, perhaps the most famous anti-industrial crusader from children's literature, is getting just such treatment. Universal Pictures will begin promoting "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" this month. The animated movie is about a creature who "speaks for the trees" and fights rampant industrialism. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-consumer-confidential-20120208,0,7750642.story http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/08/4247471/forget-the-happy-meal-lorax-gets.html OPINIONS Europe's Carbon Trade War. Beijing tells Brussels what it can do with its airline emissions tax. Does the world need a new trade war? Probably not, though our friends in Brussels seem to think so: Over intense international protest, they've plowed ahead with a new tax that requires airlines to purchase carbon emissions permits for the entirety of any flight that lands in or takes off from Europe. That goes even if only a fraction of, say, a Chicago to Frankfurt flight cuts over European airspace. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204136404577206843756874580.html BY SUBSCRIPTION House transportation bill is a "greedy oil party" lie. Re "Solutions to crumbling roads, bridges elusive," (Online, Feb. 2): Thanks for your article. Unfortunately, the House bill referenced is yet another attempt to destroy the environment and mask it as a transportation bill. President Obama had a real transportation bill and the House of the Greedy Oil Party (aka Obstructionist Party) denied passage of the bill in its entirety and then subsequently each individual component/part. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/07/4246627/solutions-to-crumbling-roads-bridges.html Will consumers shell out for cleaner cars? Re "Buyers want cleaner cars," (Letters, Feb. 7): Shannon Baker Branstetter states that consumers want cleaner cars, but do they want the changes, based on current technology that these cleaner vehicles may bring to their want and needs in their transportation choices. Smaller, lighter, less power, limited range, smaller load carrying or towing capacity are just a few of the concerns. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/07/4246677/cleaner-cars.html Smog checks unscrupulous. I recently had my smog checked at a reputable local smog-check facility. My car failed. The failure had nothing to do with emissions or exhaust leakage or anything mechanical. It was simply the "check engine" light, which had came on in time to its 60,000 mile suggested tune-up. One of the criteria for a clean smog test is that the "check engine" dash lights are not activated. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2012/feb/08/rob-patterson-smog-checks-unscrupulous/ Commentary: California air board tightens screws on the automakers. It didn't take long. A scant seven months after the Obama administration proposed a 54 miles-per-gallon fuel economy average for cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. by 2025, the state of California has countered with an even more draconian set of mandates for the auto companies. This time, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) isn't setting fuel economy targets per se. Rather, it's telling the companies what kinds of technologies will be acceptable. Posted. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120208/OPINION01/202080316/1008/opinion01/Commentary-California-air-board-tightens-screws-automakers Investing in the New Economy. Our country is built on the promise that anyone can come up with an idea that changes the world. We've seen it time and again, a subtle improvement or a whole new creation that captures the world's imagination -- spawning new industries -- from Facebook to the iPhone to the clean energy revolution. Investing gives individuals and institutions the opportunity to tap into the growth potential of these companies and industries, while giving them access to needed capital. It's how the system works. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phaedra-ellislamkins/green-jobs_b_1262652.html?ref=business BLOGS What’s a Science Teacher to Do? It used to be sex ed that got science teachers into challenging situations once in awhile. Evolution, too, of course. Increasingly, the “C” word, climate, is creating challenges for educators trying to explore the heat-trapping properties of carbon dioxide and the implications for climate as concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases rise. Here’s an excerpt from a post at Real Climate that asks, “So What’s a Teacher to Do?” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/whats-a-science-teacher-to-do/?scp=4&sq=climate%20change&st=cse A Fresh Take on Chaotic Weather. The crazy weather continues. People in Europe are freezing to death in one of the coldest winters on record. It snowed on Monday in Libya. Libya! That is a country better known, weather-wise, for suffering the highest temperature recorded on earth in modern times (136 degrees Fahrenheit, in 1922). Meanwhile, the United States is enjoying a bizarrely mild winter, in stark contrast to last year’s. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/a-fresh-take-on-chaotic-weather/ California, Clean Energy, and the Obama Promise. President Obama made a strong State of the Union commitment not to walk away from the promise of clean energy. Was it a shrewd long-term strategy or a political liability that will result in even more “Solyndras” here in California? On the one hand, Obama’s clean energy focus has helped expand the clean energy job market, into a sector with more than 2.7 million jobs …Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2012/02/07/california-clean-energy-and-the-obama-promise/ GM looks to spur Chevy Volt sales with California leasing incentives. General Motors appears to be looking to spur sales of its Chevrolet Volt by offering potential California customers a chance to lease the $40,000 extended-range plug-in vehicle with no cash down, GreenCarReports.com said, citing a California Chevrolet dealer. GM is offering a so-called "Quad $0" lease program on the Volt, in which leasing the car requires no down payment, no security deposit, no first-month's payment and no cash due upon sale, the website said, citing Randall Baum at Quality Chevrolet in Escondido, CA. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/02/08/gm-looks-to-spur-chevy-volt-sales-with-california-leasing-incent/ Infographic: A lifetime of fuel costs, gas vs. solar. When you drive a plug-in vehicle for the first time, it's common to get the "EV grin" that advocates have talked about for a long time. But, once that initial thrill quiets down a bit, something else can happen – you start to think about the bigger picture. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/02/07/infographic-a-lifetime-of-fuel-costs-gas-vs-solar/