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ARB Newsclips for August 16, 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 Bay pollution trading impact on poor questioned. The impact on poor communities of cutting Chesapeake Bay pollution through credit trading is being questioned in a report released Wednesday by a nonprofit policy analysis group. The Center for Progressive Reform said that the report finds that even if trading cuts overall pollution, it might still have a negative impact on low-income and minority communities. Pollution trading allows some polluters to buy credits for cuts made by others. Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia already have state programs, but a bay-wide program does not exist. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Bay-pollution-trading-impact-on-poor-questioned-3790492.php#ixzz23jH05X7X CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change poses risks to food, beyond US drought. Downpours and heatwaves caused by climate change could disrupt food supplies from the fields to the supermarkets, raising the risk of more price spikes such as this year's leap triggered by drought in the United States. Food security experts working on a chapter in a U.N. overview of global warming due in 2014 said governments should take more account of how extremes of heat, droughts or floods could affect food supplies from seeds to consumers' plates. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/16/climate-drought-idINL6E8JFAI220120816 Greenland melting breaks record 4 weeks before season's end. Melting over the Greenland ice sheet shattered the seasonal record on August 8 – a full four weeks before the close of the melting season, reports Marco Tedesco, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at The City College of New York. The melting season in Greenland usually lasts from June – when the first puddles of meltwater appear – to early-September, when temperatures cool. This year, cumulative melting in the first week in August had already exceeded the record of 2010, taken over a full season, according to Professor Tedesco's ongoing analysis. Posted. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/ccon-gmb081412.php http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/08/16/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of Maui groups. The Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Native Hawaiian and environmental groups seeking to have more water restored to several central Maui streams so they can grow taro and revive natural habitat. The court ruled the state Commission on Water Resource Management erred when it came up with a plan outlining how much water two companies may divert from the streams. The court said the commission failed to adequately consider how stream flows affect Native Hawaiian customary practices in the area. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/aug/15/hawaii-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-maui/#ixzz23j5KJCQv China gets greener but is far from meeting its long-term clean energy and environmental goals – report. Shanghai -- Despite notable progress, China still faces big troubles on its energy, climate and environmental fronts, the Asian Development Bank says in a country analysis report published yesterday. The report, prepared by a group of experts and the bank's own team, assessed China's environmental performance during the period of 2006 and 2010, saying that the country achieved many environmental improvements even though its economy grew faster than expected. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/08/16/1 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB advises reefer unit owners to purchase their compliance options soon. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recommends taking immediate action to plan and order compliance options to ensure model year 2005 transport refrigeration units (TRUs or reefer units) comply by the end of 2012. Purchase orders must be placed soon for in-use TRU compliance technology to qualify for a compliance extension. The TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) allows compliance extensions if delivery or installation is delayed. Posted. http://refrigeratedtrans.com/2010-emissions/carb_reminds_reefer_owners_of_compliance_technology_deadlines_0816/ Port of Long Beach Sees 75% Emissions Reduction. Port of Long Beach (PoLB), analysis of key pollutants in 2005 compared to 2011 show a 75% reduction in airborne diesel particulates as a result of clean air programs, and air pollution from port-related sources declining for the fifth year in a row, the port authority has said. Program results showed reductions of all the key air pollutants from ships, trucks, locomotives, tractors, and cranes that move cargo. In addition to the drop in diesel emissions…Posted. http://shipandbunker.com/news/am/983137-port-of-long-beach-sees-75-emissions-reduction FUELS EPA to approve grain sorghum for cleaner ethanol. The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say could give farmers a new moneymaking opportunity, boost the biofuels industry and help the environment. A plant in western Kansas already is gearing up to take advantage, launching a multimillion-dollar renovation so it can be the first to turn sorghum _ a plant similar in appearance to corn _ into advanced ethanol. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/epa-to-approve-grain-sorghum-for-cleaner-ethanol/article_a12a00b2-4d99-50d3-bbc5-241ca1e42bf8.html http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-08-15/epa-to-approve-grain-sorghum-for-cleaner-ethanol http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/epa-to-approve-sorghum-for-cleaner-ethanol-experts-say-grain-has-less-impact-on-food-prices/2012/08/15/8861a178-e70e-11e1-9739-eef99c5fb285_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/08/15/2953235/epa-to-approve-grain-sorghum-for.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21322738/epa-approve-grain-sorghum-cleaner-ethanol?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com BP Biofuels, Texas AgriLife Research partner to advance cellulosic biofuel feedstock development. BP Biofuels and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System, have signed a three-year agreement to develop and commercialize cellulosic feedstocks for the production of advanced biofuels. The collaboration will utilize AgriLife Research’s diverse high biomass energy crop breeding program and BP Biofuels’ position as one of the few global energy companies growing commercial-scale biomass crops for liquid fuels. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/08/bptexas-20120815.html Natural gas slowly makes its way to your filling station. Motor fuel retailers are cautiously betting that the filling station of the future will offer a broader range of options than what is available to today's gas-and-go drivers. The change is coming with the integration of tens of thousands of alternative-fuel vehicles into the global motor fleet, including those powered by natural gas, hydrogen, biofuels and electricity. In the United States, truck stop chain TravelCenters of America LLC revved the alternative fuels market this summer when it said it would soon offer liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the same islands where owners of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles have long held sway. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/08/16/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Early August auto sales match July's pace. It may be the dog days of August, but auto sales aren't slowing. Industry analysts and dealers said this week that sales during the first half of August matched July's pace and could go even higher. In July, new cars and trucks sold at an annual rate of 14.1 million. While that's a slight letdown from the pace of 14.3 million in the first half of the year, it's a big improvement over last year's 12.8 million. Sales, in fact, remain a bright spot in the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Unemployment is high at 8.3 percent and consumer spending is feeble. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/aug/15/early-august-auto-sales-match-julys-pace/#ixzz23j4MF1Mm GM China begins prototype battery cell fabrication. General Motors China is fabricating and testing prototype battery cells and complete systems at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai to support GM researchers and engineers in the development of next-generation vehicle battery systems. These systems are expected to be more affordable for GM customers around the world and help GM expand vehicle electrification. Researchers will be able to complete a series of processes, including battery material preparation, battery material coating, battery cell fabrication and battery cell performance testing. GM’s goal is to accelerate the development of batteries with improved energy density, allowing smaller overall system sizes and reducing costs. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/08/gmchina-20120816.html GREEN ENERGY Report: 37,400 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2, But PTC Threat Already Slowing Wind Industry. Top 10 Clean Job States: California, Florida and New York Landed Most Clean Energy Jobs in 2nd Quarter; Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Nebraska and Mississippi Rounded Out Biggest-Gaining States. As many as 37,409 jobs could be created from the more than 70 major clean energy projects announced across the United States during the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest quarterly Clean Energy Jobs Roundup from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)…Posted. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/report-37400-clean-energy-jobs-announced-in-q2-but-ptc-threat-already-slowing-wind-industry-2012-08-16?utm_source=California+Brightspot&utm_campaign=5655433d6f-my_google_analytics_key&utm_medium=email INDUSTRY: Solar company bringing 1,000 jobs to Riverside. A company that markets solar panels and has a very bullish outlook about the future demand for its products is relocating its operations to a historic but long-abandoned Riverside building and hopes to employ as many as 1,000 people there, a spokesman said Wednesday, Aug. 15. SolarMax Technology is remodeling the old Food Machinery Corp. building adjacent to the Metrolink station near downtown Riverside. The company will bring its corporate headquarters, including full sales and office staffs, employees who arrange customer financing and some distribution personnel, to the location by the end of the year. Posted. http://www.pe.com/business/business-headlines/20120815-industry-solar-company-bringing-1000-jobs-to-riverside.ece Vt. wind power protesters found guilty of trespass. Six protesters who blocked a road leading to a wind power project on a mountain in Lowell have been found guilty of trespassing. A jury in Newport returned the verdict on Wednesday night after a one-day trial. The protesters were accused of lining the path to prevent workers and trucks from reaching the area where Green Mountain Power Corp. contractors are building the wind energy project on Lowell Mountain in Lowell, a small town in the northern part of the state. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/aug/15/vt-wind-power-protesters-found-guilty-of/ MISCELLANEOUS Lubbock man jailed in biodiesel fuel fraud case. A West Texas businessman indicted on 79 counts in a $42 million biodiesel fuel fraud investigation has reported to jail. Jeffrey David Gunselman was booked into the Lubbock County Jail on Wednesday. No bond has been set. A federal grand jury in Lubbock indicted the former Absolute Fuels chief executive officer on counts of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21323370/lubbock-man-jailed-biodiesel-fuel-fraud-case?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com OPINIONS Golden State high-speed rail is smart. When he was governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger put high-speed rail before the voters, and the project has strong support from a bipartisan group of mayors representing five of California’s largest cities. Business groups across the state, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Orange County Business Council, ardently advocate for it. Does Mr. Will have a better idea about how California can meet the mobility needs of the estimated 20 million new citizens who will call the state home over the next several decades? New freeways and airports? What would those cost? Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/golden-state-high-speed-rail-is-smart/2012/08/15/459d0a26-e56a-11e1-9739-eef99c5fb285_story.html Viewpoints: Implementing AB 32 will increase unemployment, household expenses. With the passage of California's Assembly Bill 32, the Golden State has embarked upon an experiment in energy policy that has no modern parallel. Several recent studies have shown that the consequences to the state could be dire, and that California faces a choice between continuing on its current trajectory toward a future of reduced economic growth and opportunity, or changing course and adopting less draconian climate and energy policies. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/16/4729971/stark-choices-for-states-energy.html Viewpoints: Clean energy law drives innovation, creates jobs, attracts investments. A quality cost-benefit analysis looks at real costs and real benefits, using recognized economic models that have been peer-reviewed. The recent analysis commissioned by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association to look at Assembly Bill 32, our state's landmark clean energy law, misfires on both sides of the cost/benefit equation. And its underlying model takes serious departures from accepted economic modeling. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/16/4729970/clean-energy-law-drives-innovation.html#storylink=cpy A sign of what's to come? On especially hot days, 35-year-old Paco Galvan must choose between his work and his health. He stopped picking pears at noon this week, which will make it that much harder to pay the electric bill. Not that paying the bill helps. The air conditioner in Galvan's house is so weak it cools only one room. It is hard to sleep at night for Galvan and his four children. Not far from his home off Church Street, Analicia Garcia pushed a stroller toward Union Square where her daughter would be dropped off by the school bus Wednesday. Her sons wrestled over a bottle of ice water. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120816/A_NEWS/208160335&cid=sitesearch In America's National Parks, Air Pollution Knows No Boundaries. Summer is a time when American families plan vacations. Many are centered on the natural beauty of our country and the National Parks System. However, what many tourists may not anticipate is that the destination of their journey is being impacted by air pollution in the form of soot and haze, despite laws that were put into place as far back as the 1970s. In 1977, there was strong bipartisan support in Congress to mandate the restoration of air in 156 of the country's national parks and wilderness regions. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/air-pollution-national-parks-_b_1783169.html BLOGS In Fuel Cells, Some Hope for Urban Sanitation. As more and more people around the world flock to cities, urban areas in developing nations are struggling to keep up with the human influx and the waste that people produce. In 2010 roughly 2.5 billion people lacked basic sanitation, according to the World Health Organization. A team of engineers has developed a tool that may prove to be a solution: fuel cells that harness a mix of microbes to clean wastewater while producing their own power. The technology is young, but it shows promise, said Hong Liu, an associate professor of biological and ecological engineering at Oregon State University who heads the team. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/in-fuel-cells-some-hope-for-urban-sanitation/