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ARB Newsclips for January 16, 2013. ARB Newsclips for January 16, 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 Wednesday declared 'Spare the Air' day. Wednesday’s predicted cold temperatures and lack of wind prompted Bay Area air quality officials to declare it a “Spare the Air” day, banning wood or solid fuel fires. It is the fourth Spare the Air day since Jan. 1. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District designates such days as a way to reduce air pollution. The 24-hour fire ban encompasses the greater Bay Area, including south of Windsor in Sonoma County. The ban was imposed due to ongoing stagnant weather conditions, which can trap air pollution close to the ground. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130115/ARTICLES/130119660 Fight over power plants has parallels to fuel-economy push in Obama's first term. When he entered the Oval Office four years ago, President Obama gave environmentalists something they had long sought: a presidential commitment to much stronger fuel economy standards. The same advocates now hope Obama's second term will bring a similar fervor for reining in carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's current fleet of power plants, which contribute 40 percent of America's carbon output. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2013/01/16/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE 2012 was among the 10 hottest years on record globally. The average global temperature in 2012 was among the 10 hottest since official record keeping began in 1880, with most of the world — from North America to far northeastern Asia — experiencing higher-than-usual temperatures, according to related reports issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Last year’s average global temperature was about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-higher-global-temperatures-nasa-noaa-20120115,0,2352695,print.story http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22383457/earth-was-warmer-last-year-but-not-like?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22383457/earth-was-warmer-last-year-but-not-like Calif., Australia discuss linking emissions trading in the future. California and Australia have both thrown their weight behind carbon trading, but a joint collaboration will be some time off, regulators said at a forum put on yesterday by the two governments. Linking greenhouse gas markets could lower costs for businesses that have to reduce their emissions, as well as gather momentum for wider acceptance of a cost on carbon, participants said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/16/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Burning Fuel Particles Do More Damage to Climate Than Thought, Study Says. The tiny black particles released into the atmosphere by burning fuels are far more powerful agents of global warming than had previously been estimated, some of the world’s most prominent atmospheric scientists reported in a study issued on Tuesday. These particles, which are known as black carbon and are the major component of soot, are the second most important contributor to global warming…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/science/earth/burning-fuel-particles-do-more-damage-to-climate-than-thought-study-says.html?_r=0 EPA changed course after gas company protested. When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas. At first, the Environmental Protection Agency believed the situation was so serious that it issued a rare emergency order in late 2010 that said at least two homeowners were in immediate danger from a well saturated with flammable methane. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/EPA-changed-course-after-gas-company-protested-4197588.php#ixzz2IALinXYl http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22383607/epa-changed-course-after-oil-company-protested?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22383607/epa-changed-course-after-oil-company-protested http://fresnobee.com/2013/01/16/3135077/epa-changed-course-after-oil-company.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ap-exclusive-epa-reversed-course-on-tainted-texas-water-wells-after-gas-company-protested/2013/01/16/197a363c-5fb6-11e2-9dc9-bca76dd777b8_story.html Militants occupy BP gas complex in Algeria. Islamist militants attacked and occupied on Wednesday a natural gas field partly operated by BP in southern Algeria early Wednesday, killing two people and holding foreigners hostage while surrounded by Algerian forces. A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was in revenge for Algeria's support of France's operation against al-Qaida-linked Malian rebels groups far to the southeast. It said it was holding dozens of foreigners hostage. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22384159/algeria-8-foreigners-kidnapped-at-gas-plant http://fresnobee.com/2013/01/16/3135202/algeria-8-foreigners-kidnapped.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22384159/algeria-8-foreigners-kidnapped-at-gas-plant VEHICLES 2 Makers Press the Case for Electric Cars. The greenest cars on the market — electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids — have attracted very few buyers so far. But instead of scaling back, major automakers are eager to bring more battery-powered models to their showrooms. Two of the biggest producers, General Motors and Nissan, served notice at the annual Detroit auto show that they are in the electric-car business for the long haul. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/business/cadillac-elr-and-cheaper-nissan-leaf-extend-push-into-electric-cars.html?ref=science HIGH-SPEED RAIL California high-speed rail cost figures coming in, but no one will see them yet. More than four years after California voters approved a bullet train, the biggest project in state history, sealed envelopes containing the actual cost for the first leg of the high-speed rail line will finally be hand-delivered to state offices this week. But you won't see the bid prices yet -- and neither will the officials planning the project. They'll be filed away in sealed containers, with the supporting documents locked up in fireproof cabinets. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_22380751/california-high-speed-rail-cost-figures-coming-but?source=rss GREEN ENERGY Clean energy group begins to define and measure industry's global economic clout. A new report from a business group promoting energy security and innovation estimates that "advanced energy" products and services generated $1.1 trillion in global economic activity in 2011, making it larger than the pharmaceutical industry. The report, released yesterday by the Washington, D.C.-based Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), found that in the United States, companies working to build cleaner and more efficient energy systems drove a $132 billion marketplace in 2011, with an estimated 19 percent growth rate for 2012. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/16/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Edison Wants San Onofre Documents From State Investigation Kept Secret. Southern California Edison wants most of its testimony kept secret in a state investigation into what went wrong with the San Onofre nuclear plant. In calling for the secret testimony, Edison and SDG&E said they may be required to submit confidential and proprietary information for the state investigation. Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/jan/15/edison-wants-documents-state-investigation-san-ono/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29 MISCELLANEOUS COLTON: Diesel business moves in. Diesel Injection Service will commemorate its relocation to Colton within the San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone with a grand opening celebration Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colton Mayor Sarah Zamora, Councilmember Isaac Suchil, the Colton Chamber of Commerce and company officials are scheduled to christen the new facility, at 1690 Ashley Way, Colton, with a ribbon cutting. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20130116-colton-diesel-business-moves-in.ece BLOGS Why has climate legislation failed? An interview with Theda Skocpol. On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama often said his top two priorities were climate change and health care. By the end of his first term, however, only health care legislation had been signed into law. The effort to pass a climate bill was a total bust. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/16/why-has-climate-legislation-failed-an-interview-with-theda-skocpol/ At a Climate Protest, Science and Religion. Science and religion went hand-in-hand on Tuesday as leaders from both worlds gathered in front of the White House to protest what they cast as government inaction on climate change. “This gathering today is to affirm that God has gifted us in many ways, one of which is a good mind to figure out how things are going,” said Bob Coleman, the chief programming minister of the Riverside Church in New York City. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/at-a-protest-science-and-religion-team-up/ Johnson Controls Offers Start-Stop Battery System. Forget high-voltage hybrids and instead look to the practicality of 48-volt systems, says Johnson Controls. Alex Molinaroli, president of the company’s power systems business, said on Monday that a combination 12- and 48-volt system will power efficient start-stop vehicles first in Europe and eventually in North America. The company has named the battery system Micro Hybrid, a term that has generally been used for minimalist hybrid systems. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/johnson-controls-offers-start-stop-battery-system/