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ARB News Clips for June 6, 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 Earth Log: Air pollution control district defends bad-air alert system. Remember all the fuss last year about the $29 million annual dirty-air fine -- $12 a year in your vehicle registration fees? A local activist and the Valley air district's leaders again are debating the dirty air part of the equation. Last Friday, an intense ozone episode triggered a one-hour violation in Parlier. One more of these peak violations in Parlier this summer would extend the annual fine through 2014. Violations at the Fresno and Clovis monitors also would do the same thing, so it will be a nervous summer. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/06/05/2862997/earth-log-air-pollution-control.html#storylink=misearch EPA, enviros strike deal on soot; final standard due in December. U.S. EPA will issue final air standards for soot that comes from automobiles, smokestacks and various industrial sources by mid-December, according to a legal settlement reached between the agency and environmental groups last night. The settlement is a victory for public health advocacy groups such as the American Lung Association, which sued the agency for dragging its feet on new national ambient air quality standards for fine particles. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/06/1 By SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE U.S. cities trail Latin America in climate change efforts. Major U.S. cities are among the world's wealthiest and technologically advanced, but they lag behind their counterparts in Latin America in preparing for climate change, a survey finds. Nearly all, or 95%, of major cities in Latin America are making plans to deal with the adverse impact of climate change, compared to 59% of such cities in the United States. According to a survey of 468 cities worldwide released this week by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2012/06/us-cities-trail-latin-america-in-climate-change-preps/1 http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/06/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate change will create severe power and food shortages for Latin America and the Caribbean. Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, crop losses and hydropower plant problems brought about by climate change will cost the Latin American and Caribbean region $100 billion by 2050, a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study finds. Hardest hit will be the region's agricultural sector, which stands to lose between $26 billion and $44 billion annually in yields of staple crops like wheat and soy. A close second is the hydropower industry, which faces $18 billion in losses as precipitation cycles intensify and rainfall exceeds hydropower's storage capacity. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/06/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Quebec announces $2.6B climate change plan. Quebec has announced the first part of a two-phase plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by the end of the decade. The C$2.7 billion ($2.6 billion) plan was presented by Premier Jean Charest on Sunday, and it will primarily focus on the transportation sector -- which accounts for nearly half the province's emissions -- by improving public transit, carpooling, taxi sharing, walking and bicycling. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/06/9 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Regional cap-and-trade system announces first-period results. Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in nine East Coast states fell by almost a quarter during the first three years of a pioneering cap-and-trade system called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the program announced this week. The program sets a ceiling on carbon dioxide emissions from electric power providers and requires the companies to pay for their emissions by buying allowances in four annual auctions. As an incentive to cut emissions, companies that pollute less can sell their unused allowances to other companies during the auctioning events. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/06/10 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Pollution, Poverty, People of Color: The factory on the hill. From the house where he was born, Henry Clark can stand in his back yard and see plumes pouring out of one of the biggest oil refineries in the United States. As a child, he was fascinated by the factory on the hill, all lit up at night. In the morning, he'd go out to play and find the leaves on the trees burned to a crisp. "Sometimes I'd find the air so foul, I'd have to grab my nose and run back into the house until it cleared up," he said. During World War II, Posted. http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/pollution-poverty-and-people-of-color-richmond-day-1 http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/pollution-poverty-and-people-of-color-richmond-day-2 http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/pollution-poverty-people-of-color-series-summary FUELS Greener US Navy dealt a setback. Milwaukee -- The U.S. Navy's energy security plan for a greener fleet that relies less on imported oil and more on domestic renewable biofuels has been dealt a setback in Congress, as Republican senators voiced concern about the price of biofuels not being competitive with petroleum. The move doesn't stall the program completely but could delay efforts to speed development of commercial-scale biorefineries. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/05/4539339/greener-us-navy-dealt-a-setback.html VEHICLES Honda Fit EV gets highest EPA fuel economy rating. Honda says its 2013 Fit EV has received the highest fuel efficiency rating ever from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Japanese automaker says the subcompact electric car received a combined adjusted mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 mpg. The Fit consumes 29 kilowatt hours of electricity per 100 miles and has an EPA rated annual fuel cost of $500. Honda says the EPA estimates its combined city and highway driving range rating at 82 miles on a single charge. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iB5OaYESE7wucWOEnOhyQScyuWtg?docId=3554c68bd9194d91857a6ec25578a73d AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/hondas-fit-ev-receives-fuel-economy-rating-equating-to-118-mpg-highest-rating-ever/2012/06/06/gJQASWOMIV_story.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20794215/honda-fit-ev-gets-highest-epa-fuel-economy?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20794215/honda-fit-ev-gets-highest-epa-fuel-economy?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.modbee.com/2012/06/06/2230224/honda-fit-ev-gets-highest-epa.html http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/06/21 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL Calif. governor floats plan for letting bullet train roar past enviro lawsuits. Environmental lawsuits should not halt California's high-speed rail line unless it's proved to cause far more harm than good, the governor's office proposed yesterday. Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) administration floated draft legislation that would curb the state's environmental law as it applies to initial construction of the train. The language, circulated among green groups, would require judges before they stop development to weigh the project's impact on the state. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/06/4 BY SUBSCRIPTON ONLY GREEN ENERGY Morocco promotes solar energy with plane landing. It was no coincidence that Morocco was chosen as the destination for the first intercontinental flight by a solar-powered aircraft, the pilot said early Wednesday after stepping out of the fragile craft following a 20-hour flight from Madrid. Bertrand Piccard told reporters and government officials who came to meet him at the runway of the Rabat airport in the middle of the night that it was Morocco’s ambitious solar energy plans that brought him here. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/6/morocco-promotes-solar-energy-with-plane-landing/ Solar Panel Payments Set Off a Fairness Debate. In California’s sun-scorched Central Valley, the monthly electric bill can easily top $200. But that’s just about what George Burman spent on electricity for all of last year. When the sun is shining, the solar panels on his Fresno condominium produce more than enough power for his needs, and the local utility is required to buy the excess power from him at full retail prices. Those credits mostly offset his purchases from the electric company during cloudy days and at night. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/business/solar-payments-set-off-a-fairness-debate.html?_r=1&src=rechp&pagewanted=print OPINIONS PULLMANN: Teaching global warming in kindergarten. The Public Broadcast Service recently reported that increasing numbers of educators are teaching about the controversy over climate change. This has the scientific establishment doubling down on efforts to feed children their mantra: There is no debate. There is no man behind the curtain, Dorothy. The “consensus” has spoken. Except not among the hoi polloi. Eighty-two percent of science teachers report they have faced skepticism about climate change from students, according to the most recent poll from the National Science Teachers Association. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/5/teaching-global-warming-in-kindergarten/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS BLOGS Indian steel companies are getting away with causing grave damage to the environment. They are not even adhering to the country’s already lax environmental laws – despite using large amounts of minerals, water and electricity. This was revealed in a report recently released by the Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi-based research and advocacy group. CSE, which has in the past assessed how environmentally-friendly sectors including auto, cement and chemicals are, for the first time took a closer look at the steel industry. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2012/06/06/indian-steelmakers-breach-green-rules-report/ Tesla sells out top-of-the-line Model S Signature series. Tesla Motors has sold out of the top-of-the-line version of its Model S battery-electric luxury sedan and is taking deposits on its Model X crossover vehicle, Edmunds.com's Inside Line reports. The Model S Signature version, which starts at $92,400 and tops out at $105,400, is no longer available for pre-order on Tesla's website, Inside Line says. The company continues to take deposits on the base Model S – starting price is $57,400 – and has started taking orders for the Model X, which is set to arrive by the end of next year. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/06/06/teslas-sells-out-top-of-the-line-model-s-signature-series/ Conflict in the Air: U.S. Will Keep Reporting on Pollution in China. Since 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing has issued hourly pollution readings of small airborne particles known as PM 2.5 on the Twitter feed @beijingair, a service has since spread to U.S. consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Now, after years of private complaints, China has publicly demanded the U.S. stop the practice. Vice Minister of Environmental Protection Wu Xiaoqing told a press conference Tuesday that foreign embassies posting information about Chinese air quality was a violation of Chinese law and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Posted. http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2012/06/06/conflict-in-the-air-u-s-will-keep-reporting-on-pollution-in-china/#ixzz1x2ArGaVR