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ARB Newsclips for December 27, 2012. This is a service of the California Air Resources Boardís Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION ĎUntamed Motorizationí Wraps an Indian City in Smog. When an acrid blanket of gray smog settled over Indiaís capital last month, environmentalists warned of health hazards, Indiaís Supreme Court promised action and state officials struggled to understand why the air had suddenly gone so bad. The heavy smog has dissipated for the moment, but it has left behind a troubling reality for one of Indiaís most important cities: Despite measures to improve air quality, pollution is steadily worsening here, without any simple solutions in sight. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/world/asia/indian-city-overwhelmed-by-air-pollution-new-delhi-journal.html EPA: cleaner air in Ashland area. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the air quality has improved significantly in the area around Ashland. The federal agency this week has re-designated Boyd County and a portion of Lawrence County to "attainment" for fine particle pollution. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/EPA-cleaner-air-in-Ashland-area-4148290.php#ixzz2GHBmqfoh EPA Provides Additional Compliance Time For Boiler, Incinerator Air Pollution Standards. The Environmental Protection Agency has adjusted air emissions limits for boilers and incinerators while giving industry additional time to comply with the standards. In final rules signed Dec. 20, EPA aimed to provide industry with flexible compliance options by revising March 2011 regulations that were published under a tight court-ordered deadline (54 DEN A-1, 3/21/11). Of the three final rules EPA issued, the air toxics standards for major source boilers are projected to be the most expensive, costing industry as much as $1.6 billion per year. Air toxics standards for area source boilers are expected to cost $490 million annually, and related performance standards for solid waste incinerators will cost up to $275 million per year. Posted. http://www.bna.com/epa-provides-additional-n17179871574/ CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change could cut Western water runoff by 10%. Another climate change study is projecting declines in runoff in many parts of the West, a scenario that would put more pressure on the regionís water supplies. Using new model simulations, scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory expanded on 2007 research that predicted a drier future for the Southwest. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-water-supplies-20121226,0,5925540.story Britain suspends exploratory drilling of Antarctic lake. In a move that clears the way for U.S. and Russian teams to take the lead, Professor Martin Siegert said technical problems and a lack of fuel had forced the closure on Christmas Day of the 7-million-pound ($11 million) project, which was looking for life forms and climate change clues in the lake-bed sediment. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/27/us-britain-antarctic-idUSBRE8BQ0CI20121227 Climate Change Gets Real For Americans. Something remarkable has happened that may etch this year into history for centuries to come. Twenty-twelve's importance comes not through elections, economic shifts or the new movements in art. No, 2012 may well be remembered for something far more elemental. This was the year that climate change got real for Americans. The scientific debate over climate change was settled years ago. The basic conclusion that the planet is warming, through fossil fuel based carbon dioxide release, is not in doubt. But that conclusion relied on technical arguments about things like greenhouse gas molecules and the interactions between the Earth's ocean, air and glacial systems. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2012/12/26/168091109/climate-change-gets-real-for-americans HIGH SPEED RAIL High-Speed Rail Land Use Will Become An Issue In The Central Valley. Real estate attorneys are seizing a monumental opportunity as California lumbers ahead with its high-speed rail plans in the central San Joaquin Valley. With 1,100 or more pieces of property in the path of the proposed route between Merced and Bakersfield, lawyers who specialize in eminent domain cases could see business spike over the coming months as the state's High-Speed Rail Authority starts trying to buy land for rights of way. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/26/high-speed-rail-land-use_n_2364834.html FUELS Lebanon to seek pre-qualification gas exploration bids in Feb. Seismic surveys of Lebanon's waters suggest they contain several trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil said in September that one southern bloc alone could hold 12 trillion cubic feet and this was enough gas to produce electricity for Lebanon for 99 years. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/27/lebanon-gas-idUSL5E8NR90520121227 US Jan natgas futures off 2 pct before expiry, forecasts milder. U.S. natural gas futures lost ground early Thursday, with the front January contract pressured ahead of expiration by milder extended weather forecasts. Still, the cold outlook for the next week should stir decent demand for heating. Traders noted that heating demand picked up this week with falling temperatures, first in the Midwest and then in the East. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/27/markets-nymex-natgas-idUSL1E8NR0SG20121227 Ethanol Makers Get Creative With Corn. Someday soon, your breakfast muffin might include fiber from the same company that makes ethanol fuel for your car. U.S. ethanol producers are finding creative ways to earn more money as demand for their flagship product stagnates. These companies are using corn not only to make ethanol but also ingredients for products ranging from baked goods and nutrition bars to industrial coatings to fish food. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324339204578173361347165722.html?user=welcome&mg=id-wsj Chevron's CEO: Affordable energy is crucial. Chevron CEO John Watson notices something important as he visits his company's operations around the globe: Governments everywhere find high energy prices much scarier than the threat of global warming. And that means the world will need a lot more oil and gas in the years to come. To meet that demand, Chevron is in the midst of an enormous cycle of investment aimed at extracting oil and gas from wherever it hides in the earth's crust. http://www.modbee.com/2012/12/27/2510485/chevrons-ceo-affordable-energy.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy http://online.wsj.com/article/AP7fbe8dc010cb413fb62e063beb709b1a.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change VEHICLES California Air Resources Board OKs 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) says it has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord as the first car for sale in California that meets the board's SULEV20 standard, which is one-third cleaner (in terms of smog-forming pollution) than the previous lowest state standard. According to CARB, the 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces 20 mg of combined smog-forming emissions per mile, and the model has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50% reduction from current required levels. Posted. http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8401#.UNyZ3IaUXJs GREEN ENERGY China's Hanwha SolarOne gets $475 mln credit line from Beijing bank. Hanwha SolarOne's total long-term debt of 2.76 billion yuan ($442.3 million) is already more than five times its market value, and the company, like many of its China-based rivals, has reported losses for the last six quarters. The Bank of Beijing credit, which Hanwha SolarOne said will be used to manage and grow its business, can be accessed over the next 12 months. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/27/hanwhasolarone-creditline-idUSL4N0A12L220121227 Camarillo, Channel Islands high schools get solar panels. Camarillo and Channel Islands high schools have flipped the switch to their new solar panels, completing a green technology project that benefits all six of Oxnard Union High School District's campuses. The photovoltaic panels by SunPower Corp. are located on the rooftops of both schools and as car ports in the teacher parking lot of Channel Islands High School. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/26/camarillo-channel-islands-high-schools-get-solar/#ixzz2GHCLhifH 2012, The Year of New Practical Thermoelectric Power Generators. Power Practical, an alternative-energy company, is trying to solve an increasingly age-old problem. Over the past decades computers have gone from the size of a room to the size of a Pop-Tart, and in the process have become both more powerful and efficient. But now that our devices are portable, how do we keep them charged? Sure itís usually easy at home or at work. Still, there will always be those times when our battery dies and we have to wait to do something important. Posted. http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/2012-The-Year-of-New-Practical-Thermoelectric-4148395.php#ixzz2GHEnERcl MISCELLANEOUS EPA head Jackson to resign post. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who pushed through the most sweeping curbs on air pollution in two decades, announced Thursday morning that she will resign her post. Jackson, who will step down shortly after President Obamaís State of the Union address next month, has not accepted another job, according to several individuals who have spoken with her. Many expected that she would not remain for the administrationís second term; Jackson herself joked about it recently. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-head-jackson-to-resign-post/2012/12/27/50637f50-4fda-11e2-8b49-64675006147f_story.html OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/science/earth/lisa-p-jackson-of-epa-to-step-down.html?hp&_r=0 http://www.latimes.com/la-epa-administrator-jackson-announces-resignation-20121227,0,2601982.story http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Obama-s-EPA-chief-resigning-4148963.php http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL1E8NR32420121227 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323530404578205363670277362.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution China begins longest bullet-train line. China began service Wednesday morning on the world's longest high-speed rail line, covering a distance in eight hours that is about equal to that from New York to Key West, Fla., or from London across Europe to Belgrade. Bullet trains traveling 186 mph began regular service between Beijing and Guangzhou, the main metropolis in southeastern China about 1,428 miles away. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/China-begins-longest-bullet-train-line-4147869.php#ixzz2GHC2SPMG 25 years later, VTA light rail among the nation's worst. A quarter of a century ago, Santa Clara County's first light-rail train left the station as excited supporters heralded a new wave of state-of-the-art transportation to match the region's burgeoning high-tech industry. But there was no grand celebration this month as Silicon Valley marked 25 years of light rail. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/traffic/ci_22264605/25-years-later-vta-light-rail-among-nations BLOGS Capturing Climate Change Digitally. The changing palette of colors in a forest signals more than the arrival of a new season. For those who know how to look, the colors also reveal how much carbon dioxide the trees are absorbing from the atmosphere during photosynthesis, a new study suggests. By analyzing thousands of photographs of a forest canopy less than 40 miles outside London, the researchers were able to estimate carbon uptake over a two-year period based on the leavesí hues. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/capturing-climate-change-digitally/ Changing the Campus Climate on Climate Change. Going green is nothing new at Bethany College, we like to say. Our school colors are green and white, and the splendor of our mountaintop campus, especially in the greening season of spring, is unmistakable. But there's a more urgent reason that we have chosen a green path. Along with some 700 colleges and universities throughout the nation, Bethany has joined the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). About 400 of the signatories to the Climate Commitment have already filed action plans signifying their institutions' goal of becoming climate-neutral in two years. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-scott-d-miller/college-campus-going-green_b_2332566.html State air pollution rules to change. Efforts to craft new state air pollution rules will begin in January following legislation passed earlier this year aimed at reducing regulatory burdens on industry, according to the Charlotte Observer. The state's air-quality division has been meeting with interested parties and will begin formally preparing half a dozen new rules next month. The rule changes are in response to state legislation that exempted polluters from state oversight if they are covered by federal regulations and don't pose an "unacceptable risk" to human health. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/morning-edition/2012/12/state-air-pollution-rules-to-change.html