Below is the List Serve Post you selected to display.
newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for March 15, 2012. Posted: 15 Mar 2012 12:35:56
ARB Newsclips for March 15, 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 Air pollution deaths 'to increase'. Air pollution is set to cause increasing numbers of early deaths in the coming decades, including in rich countries, a "grim" report on the environment warns. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also warned that without changes to government policies, carbon emissions would rise by 50% by 2050, putting the world on course for temperature rises of 3C to 6C by 2100. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5haWtgnnYcKIuOdbkEYjeQvnuxCTg?docId=N1129081331823988592A Study On LAX Air Quality Closer to Completion. The final phase of a landmark study is under way to determine how much air pollution in the region comes from Los Angeles International Airport, officials said today. Two initial phases of the study determined the best techniques and equipment for determining air quality levels and which pollutants can be linked to airport operations. The study was started in 1999, but was suspended for one year because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Posted. http://brentwood.patch.com/articles/study-on-lax-air-quality-closer-to-completion DEP says Pa. plant's pollution upgrades likely OK. State Department of Environmental Protection officials say they'll likely issue a permit for pollution control equipment that will keep a western Pennsylvania power plant operating—and 265 workers employed. The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown ( http://bit.ly/xMPqkD) says DEP officials announced those plans at a meeting Wednesday at a school auditorium near the Homer City Generating Station, the state's second-largest coal-fired power plant. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20179728/dep-says-pa-plants-pollution-upgrades-likely-ok?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20179728/dep-says-pa-plants-pollution-upgrades-likely-ok?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB fines DPF maker $103,000 over illegal diesel filters. The California Air Resources Board has fined a diesel particulate filter $103,000 for selling DPF systems the air quality agency says are illegal. Donaldson Co. Inc. of Minneapolis paid the administrative fine recently. CARB says its investigation showed Donaldson sold 103 systems that didn’t include a back pressure monitor. In a news release, CARB officials described the back pressure monitor as “a device essential to the performance of both the filter and the engine of the vehicle.” Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=23365 FUELS Air Products and FuelCell Energy to partner to market tri-generation stationary fuel cell power plants; industrial hydrogen users and vehicle refueling. Air Products and FuelCell Energy, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work toward the market development of stationary Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plants that simultaneously produce hydrogen, ultra-clean electricity and usable high quality heat. Target markets for these tri-generation stationary fuel cell power plants include industrial hydrogen users as well as vehicle fueling applications. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/03/ap-fce-20120305.html VEHICLES New, more efficient cars could save you gas money. Gasoline prices are headed for record highs this spring. If that happens, a new, more fuel-efficient car may be worth the investment. Gas has jumped 54 cents to an average of $3.81 per gallon this year. By next month, the price could break the all-time record of $4.11 in July 2008. Four years ago, car companies didn't have enough fuel-sipping small cars to satisfy buyers, and that hurt sales. But they've put far more emphasis on fuel economy since then, and there's now a wide selection of efficient cars and SUVs. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/14/2112452/new-more-efficient-cars-could.html GREEN ENERGY Study: Young people not so 'green' after all. They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young. The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today's young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle." Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/15/national/a021436D45.DTL&type=business More than $16 million in auto clean energy loans stalled. More than $16 billion in loans authorized five years ago by Congress to develop fuel-efficient vehicles has yet to be dispersed, with applicants for the money complaining that the Energy Department is crippling plans for greener cars and trucks at a time of rising gas prices. Some companies contend that the loans, administered by energy officials, have dried up because of a political firestorm that followed the bankruptcy last year of the solar-panel company Solyndra, which had received a federal loan from a related program. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/13/v-print/4332141/auto-clean-energy-loans-stalled.html Solar debate heats up as CA farmland is targeted. In the debate pitting photovoltaic power stations against agriculture, all eyes have been on Fresno County, where the abundance of sunshine that make it the No. 1 agriculture-producing county in the nation also make it ideal for solar arrays. This week Fresno County, with 29 projects on 11,000 acres in the pipeline, approved its plan to balance food security with green energy with a decision that falls short of what both sides wanted. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20174668/solar-debate-heats-up-ca-farmland-is-targeted?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com OPINIONS Editorial: U.S. shouldn't skimp on tsunami warnings. The U.S. coastline is under increasing siege from rising sea levels caused by climate change. California, the rest of the West Coast and Hawaii also face the danger of tsunamis – as we witnessed a year ago when the ripples of the devastating earthquake in Japan deluged harbors in Crescent City and Santa Cruz and caused nearly $60 million in damage across the state. So it is the epitome of penny-wise and pound-foolish for the Obama administration to propose cutting the nation's tsunami warning and preparedness programs. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/15/v-print/4338317/us-shouldnt-skimp-on-tsunami-warnings.html Viewpoints: Hetch Hetchy provides a clean source of energy. In recent months there have been numerous articles, in The Bee and other newspapers, about the water implications of draining Hetch Hetchy reservoir. And in San Francisco, there is a misguided ballot initiative, the Water Sustainability and Environmental Restoration Act, that is asking voters to take the first step toward dismantling the dam and fostering water insecurity in the Bay Area. What hasn't received as much attention is the clean energy implications if Hetch Hetchy is drained. Energy security and reliability are at the core of a sustainable future. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/15/v-print/4338324/hetch-hetchy-provides-a-clean.html EDITORIAL: Global warming greed. It’s only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. Politicians from both parties have been so afraid of being labeled a “denier” that they’ll vote for any piece of legislation bearing the trendy green label. The numbers are adding up fast. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) counted a whopping 641 programs in place at 130 federal agencies in 2010 to prop up windmill technology and underwrite solar panel manufacturers. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/14/global-warming-greed/ BLOGS Solar, Wind and Biofuel: A $246B Market in 2011. For those wondering if the clean energy economy will ever really take flight, there’s some renewable light at the end of the tunnel. A report from Clean Edge that’s aptly titled “Clean Energy Trends 2012” says the solar photovoltaic, wind, and biofuel markets grew by 31 percent to $246.1 billion last year. That’s a nice number but still nothing to compare with just the aggregate profits of the fossil fuel guys: over the past decade the top five oil and gas companies alone reported more than $1 trillion in profits and another $71 billion in profits during the first half of 2011. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/03/solar-wind-biofuel-246bn-market-2011/ New Materials Remove Co2 From Smokestacks, Tailpipes and Even The Air. Scientists are reporting discovery of an improved way to remove carbon dioxide — the major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming — from smokestacks and other sources, including the atmosphere. Their report on the process, which achieves some of the highest carbon dioxide removal capacity ever reported for real-world conditions where the air contains moisture, appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/new-materials-remove-co2-smokestacks-tailpipes-and/