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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 31, 2013 Posted: 31 Jan 2013 14:57:52
ARB Newsclips for January 31, 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 NASA pollution monitoring aircraft to fly over Bay Area on Thursday. Specially equipped NASA aircraft will be hovering over Bay Area skies Thursday and Friday collecting air quality data to better understand our region's air pollution. A partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, NASA will fly its aircraft over the Interstate Highway 680 as well as other portions of the region to gain air quality data as part of a Central California study to better understand how air pollution moves and flows in the atmosphere, according to BAAQMD spokesman Ralph Borrmann. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_22488898/nasa-pollution-monitoring-aircraft-fly-over-bay-area http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22488901/nasa-pollution-monitoring-aircraft-fly-over-bay-area http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_22488901/nasa-pollution-monitoring-aircraft-fly-over-bay-area?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=8974888 China's love affair with cars chokes air in cities. Endless lines of slow-moving cars emerge like apparitions and then disappear again into the gloom of the thick smog that has shrouded Beijing this week and reduced its skyline to blurry gray shapes. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles have emerged as the chief culprit for the throat-choking air pollution in big cities especially Beijing, which has suffered even more than usual these past few days. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jan/31/chinas-love-affair-with-cars-is-choking-city-air/#ixzz2JZi43OgA 6 Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality. Just outside my window the ground is covered with a light dusting of fresh snow. Last check, the outdoor thermometer read a chilly two degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the doors and windows tightly closed is a necessity as the winter months settle in. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) people spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors. Newer homes are designed to be well insulated and energy efficient. Posted. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-tips-to-improve-indoor-air-quality.html CLIMATE CHANGE Research: ‘Cap and trade’ negates individual’s emission reduction efforts (Video). In a discussion paper published Jan. 29, 2013, by the University of East Anglia Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science, Dr. Grischa Perino indicates that the present carbon emission cap and trade schemes practiced in Europe, Australia, and the United States all but negate an individual’s efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/research-cap-and-trade-negates-individual-s-emission-reduction-efforts?cid=rss Rethinking the Cap and Trade Offsets. Despite losing a court case earlier this week, environmental groups are determined to seek improvements to California’s cap-and-trade program, which they say may lead only to a change on paper. Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), enacting the Global Warming Solutions Act, was signed in 2006 to allow the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to plan for a 2020 greenhouse gas emission limit with programs like cap-and-trade. Posted. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/rethinking-the-cap-and-trade-offsets-342168.html FUELS Ethanol industry turns to plant residue, scraps. Ethanol producers have talked for decades about using plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive, but now companies finally are building full-scale refineries. About 70 cellulosic ethanol projects are under way, reflecting billions of dollars of private investment. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jan/31/ethanol-industry-turns-to-plant-residue-scraps/#ixzz2JZilWzNX VEHICLES Automakers go green off the road at their manufacturing facilities. New vehicles will increasingly feature better gas mileage as automakers look to meet federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas reduction targets, but fuel consumption isn't the only thing driving automakers' environmental performance. Just as automakers have been striving to put less-polluting vehicles on the road, they have been taking steps to reduce their pollution off the road, too, by targeting their waste streams, manufacturing operations and energy supplies. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/01/31/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Worrying About the EU Cap And Trade System. This concerns me deeply: the way that various people are worrying about the carbon price in Europe being too low. We’ve even got this sort of silliness in the Financial Times for goodness sake. The EU carbon market has been miserable for most of the past few years, with prices staggering downwards from their c.€30 levels on the scheme’s launch in 2005. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/01/31/worrying-about-the-eu-cap-and-trade-system/ The cost of not using renewable energy. A clever new study [PDF] from the World Future Council attempts to do something I haven’t seen before: quantify the cost of not using renewables. The idea is pretty simple. When we use finite fossil fuels to generate energy, rather than the inexhaustible, renewable alternatives, we make those fossil fuels unavailable for non-energetic uses (think petrochemicals) in the future. In other words, when we burn fossil fuels for energy, we are needlessly destroying valuable industrial capital stock. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-cost-of-not-using-renewable-energy/ BLOGS Lawmakers to hold hearing on fracking. State lawmakers will hold a hearing next month to examine the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in California. Unlike other major oil-producing states, California does not require energy firms to disclose where they use the controversial procedure or what chemicals they inject into the ground. Regulators released draft rules for fracking last month that would mandate such disclosure but allow oil companies to keep secret the names of certain chemicals they claim to be proprietary. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2013/01/california-lawmakers-to-hold-hearing-on-fracking.html Sacramento's Phil Serna to serve on CA Air Resources Board. Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna has been named a member of the California Air Resources Board by Gov. Jerry Brown. Serna, who was elected to the board of supervisors in 2010, is also currently the chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. He previously ran his own consulting firm and served as vice president of governmental affairs at the Home Builders Association of Northern California. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/01/sacramento-supervisor-phil-serna-appointed-to-air-resources-board.html Another Victory for California's AB 32 Clean Energy and Climate Law. A process adopted by the California Air Resources Board to help the state’s largest polluters meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets under the AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act has surpassed a legal challenge. In a 34-page ruling released on Friday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith rejected the demand by Citizens Climate Lobby and Our Children’s Earth Foundation to change the “offset methodology”…Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/pmiller/another_victory_for_california.html Five takeaways from the Washington Auto Show’s energy efficiency policy summit. As the District prepares to kick off the 2013 Washington Auto Show, organizers hosted a policy summit this week to discuss industry prospects and consumers’ response to the automakers’ latest green technology. The two-part conference began with a panel discussion from auto industry experts about consumer, policy and economic pressures on the auto industry. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-small-business/post/five-takeaways-from-the-washington-auto-shows-energy-efficiency-policy-summit/2013/01/31/e548496a-6b01-11e2-ada3-d86a4806d5ee_blog.html