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ARB Newsclips for May 4, 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 Nevada tribe fights coal plant in pollution battle. Kami Miller's heart flutters irregularly, she needs an inhaler to breathe and she's been diagnosed with thyroid problems. Even more troubling, her 12-year-old son already has the same health woes. For the Miller family, there is little doubt why they and their fellow tribe members living on the tiny Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation outside Las Vegas are struggling with a litany of medical problems. Posted. http://hosted2.ap.org/azmes/788acee4e023427bbfc19d9278ac9378/article_2012-05-03-coal%20plant-moapa%20paiutes/id-d913b53bed76472a8d59e50561943098 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate activists seek to highlight flood risk in Sacramento region. Activists plan to stage two demonstrations Saturday to highlight the potential for climate change to increase flood risk in the Sacramento region. In Sacramento, participants are being asked to meet at 10 a.m. on the Guy West Bridge over the American River near California State University, Sacramento, and wear blue-colored swim, snorkeling or dive gear. And in Davis, organizers plan to converge with umbrellas on the levee at 9 a.m. on the west edge of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, alongside Interstate 80. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/04/v-print/4465235/climate-activists-seek-to-highlight.html Scientists drill into Clear Lake to see future. Drilling deeply into ancient sediments beneath Clear Lake, UC Berkeley scientists are seeking vital clues to the future of plant and animal life by investigating how changing climates have altered life in the distant past. The drilling will end next week, and then the 17 scientists on the project will begin analyzing thousands of tiny pollen grains brought up in drill cores from far beneath the lakebed to learn how plant species large and small met the challenge of survival during past periods of climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/04/MNAQ1OBS11.DTL As Japan shuts down nuclear power, emissions rise. The Fukushima crisis is eroding years of Japanese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, as power plants running on oil and natural gas fill the electricity gap left by now-shuttered nuclear reactors. Before last year's devastating tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, Japan had planned to meet its carbon emissions reduction targets on the assumption that it would rely on nuclear power, long considered a steady, low-emissions source of energy. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/03/international/i234558D07.DTL http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/as-japan-swings-away-from-nuclear-power-higher-oil-dependency-erases-greenhouse-gas-gains/2012/05/04/gIQA90Cc0T_story.html Federal coal sales in Powder River Basin draw suit. Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit seeking to derail efforts by the federal government to lease an estimated 2 billion tons of coal near two major Wyoming mines. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., targets four recent and proposed coal lease sales in the Powder River Basin. That's an area of Montana and Wyoming that produces more coal than any other region of the country. The Sierra Club and Wild Earth Guardians say mining and burning coal from the federal leases would release huge amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, exacerbating climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/03/financial/f143638D82.DTL FUELS U.S. Announces Compromise on Fracking Disclosure. Washington — The Obama administration on Friday issued a proposed rule governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands that will for the first time require disclosure of the chemicals used in the process. But in a significant concession to the oil industry, companies would have to reveal the composition of fluids only after the drilling of a well is completed, not before, a sharp change from the government’s original proposal, which would have required disclosure of the chemicals 30 days before a well could be started. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/us/new-fracking-rule-is-issued-by-obama-administration.html?_r=1&ref=science&pagewanted=print VEHICLES EV confab this weekend is about more than cars. The electric car might not be enjoying a good moment as the Electric Vehicle Symposium, EVS26, powers up for its run this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. GM stopped production for five weeks on the Chevy Volt, and sales of new all-electric cars such as the Volt or the Nissan Leaf are dismal. It's further evidence that transitioning American drivers to electric vehicles (EV) is simply a hard sell. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/environment/la-me-gs-electric-vehicle-symposium-cars-public-transit-20120503,0,2383543.story?track=rss GREEN ENERGY San Onofre nuclear plant may resume partial service in June. Southern California Edison says the plant may have to run at a reduced capacity forever. The plant was shut down three months ago because steam generator tubes began leaking radioactive steam. The problems at the San Onofre nuclear power plant are serious enough that the facility will not be able to operate at full capacity when it reopens, perhaps as early as June. The announcement comes as officials continue to investigate problems in the reactors that have forced the plant to remain shut for three months, the longest closure in San Onofre's history. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0503-san-onofre-20120504,0,2811016.story San Onofre technology outmoded, Rep. Rohrabacher says. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, tours the troubled nuclear plant and says a new generation of nuclear plant is achievable that could address critics’ concerns. San Onofre's shut-down nuclear power plant should not be relicensed in its current state but should be replaced by a new generation of nuclear plants that remove the objections cited by critics, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Thursday. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/onofre-352566-san-new.html MISCELLANEOUS Rio de Janeiro stripping away 'visual pollution' Officials in Rio de Janeiro are trying to make one of the globe's most beautiful cities even more stunning. Some 50 workers began tearing down billboards in front of iconic Guanabara Bay on Thursday, launching a campaign to remove distractions from the view of the emerald green Atlantic rain forest on the mountainsides and the white-sand beaches where visitors from around the world will be tanning during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/03/international/i082934D84.DTL OPINIONS Another View: California cap-and-trade will be costly. Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, is responding to the April 29 Viewpoints article, "Cap and trade has lessons for California." That commentary argued that a cap-and-trade system for utilities in the Northeast "has boosted the economy of every state that has participated." Reducing carbon emissions in California will cost consumers and businesses money, but that can be mitigated by a well-designed market mechanism, also called cap-and-trade. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/04/4464809/california-cap-and-trade-will.html Viewpoints: Don't let utilities undermine solar economy. A radiant bright spot is shining through the sea of gloomy economic news in California. The clean energy industry is supplying the state with more than 35,000 high-paying jobs and positioning California at the front of the line for private investment dollars. California's trademark sunshine and spirit of innovation are sparking a solar power explosion within the clean energy sector, and forward-thinking state policies are making our state's solar industry a global leader. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/04/4464816/dont-let-utilities-undermine-solar.html BLOGS A Fresh Look at Clouds, and Heat, in the Greenhouse. Here’s a deeper look at some of the points explored by Justin Gillis in his article earlier this week on the persistent questions, and hints of answers, surrounding how clouds will respond as concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to rise. Much of the heated discussion of the article on the Web focuses on its treatment of the skeptical stance of Richard Lindzen, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology climate scientist who has long been a hero of those fighting efforts to restrict greenhouse gases. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/a-fresh-look-at-clouds-and-heat-in-the-greenhouse/ A Student’s Conversation With Michael Mann on Climate Science and Climate Wars. Casey Doyle, a student at Warren Wilson College who writes for the Swannanoa Journal, the publication of the school’s Environmental Leadership Center, had the opportunity to speak with the climate scientist Michael Mann when he visited the campus to speak about his book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/a-students-conversation-with-michael-mann-on-climate-science-and-climate-wars/ New Clues to California’s Climate Future From the State’s Oldest Lake. Clear Lake is one of the largest lakes in the state, and one of the oldest in North America. For half a million years or more, pollen and dead bugs have been collecting on the bottom. That gives scientists a unique opportunity to look deep into California’s past to learn what’s grown here through ice ages and warmer “interglacial” periods. Dr. Cindy Looy, an assistant professor in Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology, is leading a project to core Clear Lake, unearthing sediment that’s been collecting on the lake bed for up to 200,000 years. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/