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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 7, 2013. Posted: 07 Jan 2013 12:57:51
ARB Newsclips for January 7, 2013. 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 Annual Buildup of Air Pollution Chokes Tehran. Already battered by international threats against their nation’s nuclear program, sanctions and a broken economy, Iranians living here in the capital are now trying to cope with what has become an annual pollution peril: a yellowish haze that engulfs Tehran this time of year. For nearly a week, officials here and in other large cities have been calling on residents to remain indoors or avoid downtown areas, saying that with air pollution at such high levels, venturing outside could be tantamount to “suicide,” state radio reported Saturday. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/world/middleeast/tehran-is-choked-by-annual-buildup-of-air-pollution.html?_r=0 A solution to La Jolla's smell problem proves elusive. Excrement from seabirds and marine mammals creates a stench that officials would like to effectively combat. But many obstacles stand in the way. There's a political stink rising in this seaside community, blown ashore from the rocks of La Jolla Cove, where myriad seabirds and marine mammals roost, rest and leave behind what animals leave behind. The offal accumulation is offending noses at trendy restaurants, tourist haunts, and expensive condos perched on some of the most pricey real estate in the country. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-la-jolla-stink-20130106,0,3547171,print.story Judge sides with EPA on deadline for toxics rule. A federal court today rejected an industry request to set a deadline for U.S. EPA to finalize reconsideration of its landmark mercury and air toxics limits. In one of industry's three legal challenges to the rules, known as MATS, petitioners in White Stallion v. EPA said last October that EPA was not moving quickly enough to finalize the rule. Consequently, EPA might not meet an April 2013 construction deadline for new power plants. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/01/07/14 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Agencies issue joint statement on controversial coal plant's future. The heads of U.S. EPA, the Interior Department and the Department of Energy released a joint statement Friday promising closer cooperation to reduce pollution from the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona while also protecting economic development. Supporters of the 2,250-megawatt coal-fired power plant within the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon say EPA-mandated controls could force it to shut down. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/01/07/16 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Pulling Carbon Dioxide Out of Thin Air. WHETHER streaming from the tailpipes of cars or the smokestacks of so many power plants and factories, carbon dioxide emissions keep growing around the globe. Now a Canadian company has developed a cleansing technology that may one day capture and remove some of this heat-trapping gas directly from the sky. And it is even possible that the gas could then be sold for industrial use. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/business/pilot-plant-in-the-works-for-carbon-dioxide-cleansing.html?src=twr Study: Alaska got colder from 2000-2010. The overwhelming majority of Alaska is getting colder and has been since 2000, according to a study by researchers with the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. But the authors stop short of saying the lower temperatures contradict that idea that the earth, and Alaska in particular, is warming. Instead, they conclude that the findings show a temporary variation. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/01/07/3124329/study-alaska-got-colders-from.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Sewage plant by the sea? Calif city rethinks plans. When this quaint fishing city looked at places for a new sewage treatment plant to replace the aging one next to the beach, it proposed to stay put and rebuild by the water. The location did not sit well with state coastal regulators, who were concerned about the threats of erosion and rising sea levels fueled by global warming. Days before the California Coastal Commission was set to hear the case, the city turned into an unlikely ally. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/01/05/3122932/sewage-plant-by-the-sea-calif.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Cap-and-trade complicates Shasta Lake electricity dealings; effect on rates unclear. What effect, if any, state laws aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions will have on the city's electric ratepayers remains unclear as officials are in the early stages of navigating a complex set of rules associated with cap-and-trade. Tom Miller, assistant city manager and electric utility director, updated the council this week on the city's dealings with the state program. The city hasn't yet entered any auctions to sell pollution permits issued by the state. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2013/jan/04/cap-and-trade-complicates-shasta-lake-dealings/?print=1 As planet warms, more lava could find its way to the surface. The effect of volcanic eruptions on climate has been one of the more hotly contested topics in the global warming debate. Seized upon briefly by climate skeptics as an alternative to human-caused warming, eruptions are now understood by mainstream science to result most often in net cooling for a period of up to several years. Few researchers, however, have considered that an inverse relationship might also exist -- that over time, climate might have an effect on the planet's igneous activity. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/07/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Hawaii may feel stronger climate change impacts. Anticipating beach erosion, sea level rise, decreased rainfall and the depletion of fisheries, scientists say Hawaii will feel the impact of climate change earlier and more acutely than other states. In response, Hawaii's government pushed forward an act to prepare for the coming problems. In 2007, the Hawaii Legislature adopted Act 234, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 in a cost-effective manner. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/07/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Approval of truck stop is appealed. A proposed 12-acre truck stop off Interstate 5 at Flag City near Lodi remains on an environmental review merry-go-round. A court-ordered environmental impact report of the proposed Love's Travel Stop found that air pollution from the truck stop could be adequately reduced but that it would generate "significant and unavoidable traffic impacts." Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130105/A_BIZ/301050314&cid=sitesearch California CU Helps Trucker Stay Green on the Road. Mid Cities Credit Union recently helped walk a small business owner through the steps to get financing for a new truck and become compliant with a California greenhouse gas emission measure. Julio Contreras, a member of the $24 million credit union in Compton, Calif., was able to obtain a State Treasury California Capital Access Program, or CalCAP, Air Resources Board loan. Posted. http://www.cutimes.com/2013/01/02/california-cu-helps-trucker-stay-green-on-the-road?t=lending FUELS As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs. In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat corn feed. Meanwhile, in rural areas, subsistence farmers struggle to find a place to sow their seeds. On a recent morning, José Antonio Alvarado was harvesting his corn crop on the narrow median of Highway 2 as trucks zoomed by. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/science/earth/in-fields-and-markets-guatemalans-feel-squeeze-of-biofuel-demand.html?ref=earth EPA fracking study may dodge some tough questions. An ongoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study on natural gas drilling and its potential for groundwater contamination has gotten tentative praise so far from both industry and environmental groups. Glenn Paulson, the EPA’s science adviser, describes the project as “one of the most aggressive public outreach programs in EPA history.” The final report won’t come out until late 2014. Posted. http://www.timesherald.com/article/20130106/NEWS03/130109738/epa-fracking-study-may-dodge-some-tough-questions China starts building new nuclear power plant. A utility company says it has started building China's first new nuclear power plant since Beijing lifted a construction moratorium imposed on the industry to review safety following Japan's Fukushima disaster. China's decision to press ahead with nuclear development runs counter to moves in other countries such as Japan and Germany, which plan to scale back or shut down their nuclear power industries. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jan/06/china-starts-building-new-nuclear-power-plant/#ixzz2HJUgDsHg California Energy Commission to award up to $2.45M for renewable natural gas for transportation fuels. The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) has released a Program Opportunity Notice (PON-12-506) for the award of up to $2.45 million to accelerate research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of advanced technologies to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuels. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/01/cec-20130105.html Greenhouse gas levels from unconventional oil production vary widely – study. When it comes to carbon emissions, crude oil sources are not created equal. The watery tight oil pumped from the Bakken Shale has a different emissions footprint than the gooey sludge from Canada's oil sands. A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace concludes that policymakers should acknowledge these differences to develop guidelines that keep the dirtiest fuel sources underground to mitigate global climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/07/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Study finds that aluminum reduces electric vehicle cost against steel counterpart for same targeted range. A recent study found that an aluminum electric vehicle can cost up to €635 (US$829) less than that its steel counterpart despite the higher cost of aluminum, given equivalent range targets. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/01/fka-20130107.html GREEN ENERGY Wind turbines wearing down faster than expected, study asserts. Wind turbines installed in Denmark and the United Kingdom are wearing down faster than manufacturers expected, a new study claims. The study is billed as the largest of its kind and looked at 3,000 onshore and offshore turbines in operation between 2000 and 2011. But it was published by the U.K.-based Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), a think tank that has campaigned against wind farms, which prompted the wind industry to accuse it of bias. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/07/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Solar Mosaic: Kind of a big deal for clean energy. You know what’s fun? What’s fun is watching young people figure out how to change the world they've inherited. Case in point: Billy Parish. When I first met him, he’d just dropped out of Yale. Not because he couldn't hack it. Because he didn't think it was as important as fighting climate change. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/solar-mosaic-kind-of-a-big-deal-for-clean-energy/ Could Chuck Hagel, likely defense secretary nominee, turn out to be a climate hawk? Chuck Hagel, who's expected to be nominated as secretary of defense this week, has long been confused about climate change ... and yet concerned about it too. He has a history of obstructing climate action, but also a record of elevating climate as a national security issue. If he's confirmed to head the Department of Defense, he might ultimately show himself to be a climate hawk -- though not one who hews to green orthodoxy or any party line. Posted. http://grist.org/politics/could-chuck-hagel-likely-defense-secretary-nominee-turn-out-to-be-a-climate-hawk/ Climate change is here, it is real and it is bad. Climate change is here. Climate change is real. There is no use denying it is made worse by greenhouse gas emissions. The real questions to ask are: why should we care? 1. Disasters cost too much money. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the biggest threat to our economy, both long term and short term, is climate change. Posted. http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/communities-health-and-science-today/2013/jan/5/climate-change-here-it-real-and-it-bad/#ixzz2HJhvfb57