Below is the List Serve Post you selected to display.
newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 14, 2013. Posted: 14 Jan 2013 14:04:35
ARB Newsclips for January 14, 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 Chinese media urges action on air pollution. Chinese media said on Monday the government had to take urgent action to tackle air pollution, which has blanketed parts of the country at dangerous levels in recent days, and one newspaper called for a re-think of a "fixation" on economic growth. China's media are under tight Communist Party control and usually steer clear of controversy, but news organizations are more free to report on pollution, partly because it can't be hidden from the public. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/us-china-air-pollution-idUSBRE90D0CL20130114 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/13/us-china-pollution-idUSBRE90C01Q20130113 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/air-pollution-in-beijing-reaches-dangerous-levels-and-is-expected-to-linger/2013/01/12/9a0cd9c4-5c9d-11e2-b8b2-0d18a64c8dfa_story.htm l http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/world/asia/china-allows-media-to-report-alarming-air-pollution-crisis.html?_r=0 http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Beijing-warns-residents-after-off-the-charts-smog-4189788.php#ixzz2HyBTtPlv http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/China-a-Twitter-over-air-quality-reports-4189887.php#ixzz2HyCKZ6In CLIMATE CHANGE Report says warming is changing US daily life. Global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and is affecting how Americans live, a massive new federally commissioned report says. A special panel of scientists convened by the government issued Friday a 1,146-page draft report that details in dozens of ways how climate change is already disrupting the health, homes and other facets of daily American life. It warns that those disruptions will increase in the future. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_WARMING_REPORT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/13/emissions-climate-idUSL5E9C9C9320130113 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/climate-change-underway-in-us-report-says/2013/01/11/b5ec843e-5c23-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-climate-assessment-20130112,0,1331482.story http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Report-says-warming-is-changing-US-daily-life-4187326.php#ixzz2Hy81vGUB Turning over new leaf in climate change. In a tidy white lab on the southern edge of Berkeley, scientists are trying to duplicate one of nature's greatest tricks, pulling energy out of thin air. They're designing artificial leaves that can convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into chemical fuel, much like the photosynthesis of flowers and trees. The team has already built a crude prototype from silicon, polymers and platinum that can create a simple and clean hydrogen fuel. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Turning-over-new-leaf-in-climate-change-4189890.php#ixzz2Hy7lZiIF UC Irvine fires latest salvo in war on emissions. It's a popular recipe for reversing global warming: Break the problem into manageable chunks, known as "wedges," and use technology we already have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the decades ahead. But a new study out of UC Irvine says that comforting recipe is wrong. The original prescription of seven wedges – each involving changes in our sources of energy, or the capturing and storing of carbon dioxide, the most troublesome greenhouse gas – must grow to at least 19, and perhaps as many as 31, the study says. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/emissions-383297-wedges-davis.html GHG emissions fell in 2011 for third straight year. California's greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2011 for the third straight year, coming in below the cap that regulators have set for the first year of emissions trading in 2013. Industrial emissions have fallen steadily since businesses began reporting them to the state in 2008, data released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) last week show. In-state emissions from electricity generation, oil and gas refining and production…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/14/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS High court to hear case on Port of L.A.'s Clean Truck Program. The trucking industry is challenging rules that Los Angeles adopted five years ago to reduce air pollution from trucks at the nation's busiest port. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the trucking industry's challenge to the Clean Truck Program at the Port of Los Angeles in a case testing whether cities and states have any authority to limit pollution from trucks that help move long-haul cargo. The industry is fighting regulations that Los Angeles adopted five years ago to reduce air pollution for trucks that move in and out of the nation's busiest port. Similar rules apply to the neighboring Port of Long Beach. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-court-la-trucks-20130112,0,6353552.story FUELS Biofuel created by explosive technology. Chemical engineers at UC Berkeley have created a new, cleaner fuel out of an old concoction that was once used to make explosives. The fuel, which uses a century-old fermentation process to transform plant material into a propellant, could eventually replace gasoline and drastically cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, according to the team of Berkeley scientists. "It's a much more efficient way of (creating renewable fuel) than many of the other products being considered…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Biofuel-created-by-explosive-technology-4191168.php#ixzz2Hy7HhAwH Drive seeks to ease gasoline price spikes. Jamie Court has what he says is a simple way to prevent the gasoline price spikes that have cursed California drivers for years: Require refineries to keep at least three weeks' worth of gas in stock at all times. If a refinery breaks down, the market will still have plenty of fuel. "That's the one thing that's going to cushion the market from price spikes of 25 cents overnight," said Court, president of the Public Watchdog consumer group. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Drive-seeks-to-ease-gasoline-price-spikes-4190744.php#ixzz2HyDNbm6E Stockton plant upgrade to increase yields. Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced Friday it has contracted with Edeniq, a Visalia-based sustainable fuels technology company, to install systems at its Stockton plant designed to boost ethanol yields. Edeniq's Cellunator technology grinds corn and other feedstocks to a certain particle size, maximizing the amount of starch available for conversion to ethanol. The Stockton plant was built in 2008 and can produce 60 million gallons of ethanol per year. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130112/A_BIZ/301120314&cid=sitesearch California could be next oil boom state. California is sitting on a massive amount of shale oil and could become the next oil boom state. But only if the industry can get the stuff out of the ground without upsetting the state's powerful environmental lobby. Running from Los Angeles to San Francisco, California's Monterey Shale is thought to contain more oil than North Dakota's Bakken and Texas's Eagle Ford -- both scenes of an oil boom that's created thousands of jobs and boosted U.S. oil production to the highest rate in over a decade. Posted. http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/14/news/economy/california-oil-boom/ VEHICLES Toyota keeps its sales momentum. The day after Christmas, Toyota announced it would pay more than $1 billion, an all-time record in the auto industry, to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by people saying the value of their vehicles plunged after recalls involving unintended acceleration. That would seem to be more bad news for the beleaguered automaker. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/13/5108865/toyota-keeps-its-sales-momentum.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Toyota-retakes-global-auto-sales-crown-from-GM-4191853.php GREEN ENERGY DWP will allow customers to sell back excess solar energy. The so-called feed-in-tariff program would pay customers 17 cents per kilowatt hour for energy produced on their own equipment. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers for the first time will be able to sell back excess solar energy created on rooftops and parking lots under a new program approved Friday by the city utility's board of commissioners. Described as the largest urban rooftop solar program of its kind in the nation, the so-called feed-in-tariff program would pay customers 17 cents per kilowatt hour for energy produced on their own equipment. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-solar-rooftop-20130112,0,2589261.story Scientist sees the light on solar energy. One day in the summer of 1980, Heinz Frei was working on his postdoctoral project at UC Berkeley, when his mentor walked up to his desk in Hildebrand Hall. George Pimentel, the late scientist whose name now adorns the chemistry lab, had just returned from a Department of Energy solar research conference. He said he was surprised that one presentation after another had focused on ultraviolet light, which represents just a tiny fraction of the energy in sunlight. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Scientist-sees-the-light-on-solar-energy-4189889.php#ixzz2Hy8jMa2d The Public Eye: Environmental group opposes Placer biomass power plant. An Arizona-based environmental group is challenging Placer County's plans to build a small power plant near Truckee that would burn forest waste wood, questioning whether such biomass facilities warrant their reputation as producers of green energy. As government regulators have mandated that more renewable energy sources be used to help combat global warming, the biomass power industry has pitched its power plants to communities as a cleaner, reliable alternative to coal. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/13/5110577/environmental-group-opposes-placer.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS Should California make changes to landmark 1970 law? Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the California Environmental Quality Act in 1970, a monumental year for the nation's environmental movement. That was the year the nation first celebrated Earth Day and that President Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA and the CEQA have some similarities, but California's law is far broader and more powerful. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/13/5108985/should-california-make-changes.html#storylink=cpy Green Desert: Balance of nature and energy are plan's goal. I spent a good chunk of my Wednesday this week listening in to a daylong meeting on the “Description and Comparative Evaluation of Draft DRECP Alternatives.” That’s the 2,000-page “informal document” released in December outlining seven possible alternatives for balancing renewable-energy development and conservation on public and private land in six counties across Southern California, aka, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, or DRECP. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130112/BUSINESS0302/301120044/Green-Desert-Balance-nature-energy-plan-s-goal BLOGS Breathing in Beijing: Coping With China’s Smog. With Beijing’s air pollution soaring to seemingly new, awful records this weekend, the classic parenting dilemma of “What shall we do with the kids?” had a grimly obvious answer: Slap on the antipollution face masks and go shopping for another air purifier. That’s what we did on Saturday, as the Air Quality Index run by the United States Embassy in Beijing, which uses standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, hit a “jaw-dropping” 755 at 8 p.m., as my colleague Edward Wong wrote. “All of Beijing looked like an airport smokers’ lounge,” Ed wrote. Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/breathing-in-beijing-coping-with-chinas-smog/ 2012: The Year of Extreme Weather. The weather reports are in. 2012 was the hottest and the most extreme year on record in many places. While parts of China are enduring the harshest winter in 30 years, the Antarctic is warming at an alarming rate. In Australia, out of control bushfires are partially the result of record-breaking weather (new colors were added to weather forecast maps, to account for the new kind of heat). Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/2012-the-year-of-extreme-weather/ Climate change set to make America hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone. Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place. The National Climate Assessment, released in draft form on Friday, provided the fullest picture to date of the real-time effects of climate change on U.S. life, and the most likely consequences for the future. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/climate-change-set-to-make-america-hotter-drier-and-more-disaster-prone/ Shell’s Arctic drilling flunks even the lax air pollution standards it weakened. In its semi-inexplicable eagerness to get Shell the permits it needed to try to drill in the Arctic last year, the government made an important and ironic concession: The company would be allowed relaxed air pollution standards. The quote the company gave in its effort to be allowed to exceed pollution limits was pretty classic, pointing out that it “demonstrated compliance with a vast majority of limits.” Posted. http://grist.org/politics/shell-arctic-drilling-cant-meet-air-pollution-standards-it-demanded-be-lowered/ Volkswagen unveils mid-size SUV plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept at Detroit Show. Volkswagen unveiled the CrossBlue SUV concept at the North American International Auto Show. Developed specifically for US and Canada, the six- to seven-seat midsize crossover CrossBlue is targeted at the rapidly growing mid-size SUV segment, and would sit in the Volkswagen SUV lineup above the Tiguan and below the premium Touareg. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/01/crossblue-20130114.html Brussels Auto Show 2013: Light-duty vehicles go electric too. Held in the 100,000m2 of the Heysel exhibition hall, the Brussels Auto Show is displaying diverse solutions for businesses to efficiently renew their fleet, and alternative powertrains such as electric vehicles are very well represented. Easy to understand when a lot of businesses exactly know how much mileage they need every day and therefore see if and which electrically powered vehicle will fit to their needs. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5135