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ARB Newsclips for March 7, 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 5 Scientists (and Dr. Oz) Make Clean Air Sense. Scientists are not political big shots, or the rock stars of the environmental movement. They are concerned citizens like you and I who set out to systematically discover and document answers to pressing scientific queries. Doctors, nurses, researchers and professors devote their lives to making the world a better place for our families. More than 2,500 U.S. scientists sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to reject legislation that would gut the EPA of its protective safeguards and ignore the human toll that inaction would take on their citizens. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronnie-citronfink/5-scientists-and-dr-oz-ma_b_1324833.html?view=print&comm_ref=false CLIMATE CHANGE UC Merced Connect: Professor mimics global warming. Climate change is leading to higher temperatures around the world, forcing plants, trees and animals to adapt to new conditions or relocate, often to higher elevations. But the process is gradual, and the effects of climate warming can usually only be observed over the course of years and decades. But UC Merced ecologist Lara Kueppers is experimentally accelerating that process, using infrared heaters to simulate warming in the mountains of Colorado. Posted. http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/03/07/2258987/uc-merced-connect-professor-mimics.html Carbon control takes new breed of specialists. The business of managing carbon — from carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects in the oil and gas sector to taking carbon dioxide out of the air — is an emerging field that’s opening up job opportunities for engineers. “It’s congruent with a lot of other things that are happening in the oil industry,” says Rob Lavoie, a reservoir engineering specialist with RPS Energy, who at one time operated a company that focused on CCS. Posted. http://business.financialpost.com/2012/03/07/carbon-control-takes-new-breed-of-specialists/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Air board program helps business owners replace older diesel trucks. The California Air Resources Board is offering a lease-to-own financing program that encourages small business owners to replace their older diesel trucks with clean, new equipment. Officials said the objective is to encourage early compliance with ARB's on-road diesel vehicle and tractor-trailer greenhouse gas regulations. "This is a program that benefits small fleets and owner-operators," said ARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols. "It provides them with an additional way to pay for a cleaner truck, even if their credit isn't stellar." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/07/v-print/4318862/air-board-program-helps-business.html http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=20559 California Gives Navistar Green Light To Sell Truck Engines. California is allowing Navistar International Corp. (NAV) to sell new heavy-duty trucks in the state as long as the company has pollution credits to offset its engines' lack of compliance with the federal standard for engine exhaust. The decision last week by the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, replaces the agency's order in January prohibiting the sale of Navistar's heavy-duty engines after the end of February in California and nine other states that have adopted California's air-quality regulations. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120306-712027.html FUELS Natural gas drops to a 10-year low; oil rises. The price of natural gas has dropped to the lowest level in a decade as a mild winter ends with an apparently huge surplus of the fuel on hand. Natural gas supplies typically drop in the winter as homes and business crank up the heat. But relatively warm temperatures, combined with a boom in production, has left storage facilities bloated with more gas than normal. The government said last week that supplies were 45 percent larger than average for this time of year. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/03/07/2750475/oil-rises-above-105-amid-improving.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20119173/oil-rises-above-105-amid-improving-us-economy?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20119173?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/world/natural-gas-drops-to-a--year-low-oil-rises/article_005799b2-822e-5a54-9237-3e47bf27fa0c.html#ixzz1oSZTH4kb VEHICLES More natural gas vehicles hitting the market. More natural gas-powered vehicles will hit the market soon, as rising gasoline prices, booming natural gas production and proposed tax credits make them a more attractive option. But they're a long way from being a common sight in U.S. driveways. Chrysler will sell a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup that runs on compressed natural gas starting in July. The truck has both a gasoline tank and a natural gas storage tank, and its engine shifts seamlessly between the two power sources. The truck can run for 255 miles on natural gas and another 367 miles using gasoline. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gKyPscXcQ1f-Rqm8I9aJIsaLZv3w?docId=bf83bc4bba2943d5abc34ea122d0f868 AP Newsbreak: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/03/07/2750214/more-natural-gas-vehicles-hitting.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20119165/more-natural-gas-vehicles-hitting-market?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20119165?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46650554# http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/more-natural-gas-vehicles-hitting-the-market/article_f45b3423-946d-53a1-9c7f-307feac8fe1f.html#ixzz1oSXi6TWS http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/07/2101490/more-natural-gas-vehicles-hitting.html A More Circumspect View of Electric Cars. After several years of excitement over electric vehicles, the auto industry is facing a new reality.General Motors’ decision last week to suspend production of its Volt plug-in hybrid sedan because of slow sales has renewed questions about whether customers were willing to pay extra for new technology. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/business/global/hype-over-electric-cars-subsides-at-geneva-auto-show.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse GREEN ENERGY Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power. Washington—The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth around 7 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the federal government's Space Weather Prediction Center. They say the flare is growing as it speeds outward from the sun. "It's hitting us right in the nose," said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_20120734 http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_20120754/solar-storm-headed-toward-earth-may-disrupt-power Obama talks energy, jobs in NC a day after primary. President Barack Obama will outline incentives to promote development of more fuel-efficient cars and to make it easier for people to buy and operate next-generation vehicles during an election-year visit to a North Carolina truck plant. The morning after Super Tuesday voting, Obama picked up his schedule of weekly visits to politically important states with his trip to a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly, N.C. With the price of gasoline at its highest levels for this time of year, Obama once again will promote policies he says will result in less foreign oil dependency over the long term. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/entertainment/tv/obama-talks-energy-jobs-in-nc-a-day-after-primary/article_9702b650-6bdb-538e-92cd-a11b6330dd55.html#ixzz1oSZ6RMDO Rooftop revolution: How to get solar onto 100 million U.S. homes. That’s from a new report by John Farrell at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance called “Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar.” It’s about the spread of “solar grid parity” over the next 10 years, where grid parity is defined as “when the cost of solar electricity — without subsidies — is equal to or lower than the residential retail electricity rate.” People often talk about grid parity as if it’s some magic moment, but in fact it will happen in different places at different times, depending on local conditions and electricity prices. Posted. http://grist.org/solar-power/rooftop-revolution-how-to-get-solar-onto-100-million-u-s-homes/ OPINIONS The threat of carbon emissions on the world’s oceans. AS THE REPUBLICAN presidential primary race drags on, the politics of global warming seem ever more divorced from scientific reality. The process of scientific inquiry, meanwhile, offers yet more warnings about what might happen if fractured climate politics stymie long-term action. Emitting massive amounts of carbon dioxide doesn’t just change the chemistry of the atmosphere; it makes the oceans more acidic. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-threat-of-carbon-emissions-on-the-worlds-oceans/2012/03/02/gIQAF7WhvR_story.html SADAR: Slap-shot climate science. Perhaps no climate science icon is more recognizable than the “hockey stick” graph originally produced by Michael E. Mann and his colleagues in the 1990s and first published in the prestigious journal Nature in 1998. This icon quickly became the feature diagram in the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report summary document for policymakers. The graph was instrumental in convincing many in government to buy into the idea that human-related emissions of carbon dioxide were causing an unprecedented increase in global temperatures and so drastic action was needed to once again save the planet. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/6/slap-shot-climate-science/ Jack Broadbent: Bad air days in Bay Area send emergency room admissions skyrocketing. It's the end of another Winter Spare the Air season, one that taught us some important lessons about wood-smoke pollution. It was a tough winter for air quality and public health. Dry, cold weather and high pollution levels led the Air District to call 15 Winter Spare the Air Alerts, the most since our wood burning rule was passed. We ended up exceeding the federal air pollution standard on 10 days, and came dangerously close on nine other days. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_20114780/jack-broadbent-bad-air-days-bay-area-send?source=rss BLOGS Meet Jonathan Foley, ‘Climate Pragmatist’. Late in 2010, Jonathan Foley, who directs the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota, wrote “Becoming a Climate Pragmatist,” an essay published online then and the following spring in the institute’s magazine, Momentum. You can get a feel for his work and views in the video above in which he explains 2009 research on “planetary boundaries.” I also encourage you to read his 2011 paper, “Solutions for a Cultivated Planet.” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/meet-jonathan-foley-climate-pragmatist/ New York Seeks Waste-to-Energy Proposals. New York City is soliciting proposals for trying out new technologies that turn garbage into energy. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that the city was looking for a pilot “state of the art facility” that could handle a maximum of 450 tons of trash a day — out of a total of 10,000 tons currently in need of disposal — with plans to double that capacity if successful. The plant, which must be in New York City or no farther than 80 miles away, would be privately built and operated. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/new-york-solicits-waste-to-energy-proposals/ Ford, Odyne introduce monster F750 plug-in hybrid work truck. Odyne Systems is known for making big honking hybrid vehicles, things like the Dueco work truck we first saw in 2008. At the 2012 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this week, Ford is showcasing the biggest plug-in hybrid vehicle with a J1772 connector that we know of: a PHEV F-750. Yes, that's a big one. Odyne adds its plug-in architecture to work vehicles after the fact. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/03/07/ford-odyne-introduce-monster-f750-plug-in-hybrid-work-truck/