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ARB Newsclips for February 6, 2013. ARB Newsclips for February 6, 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 Air pollution linked to low birth weight. Mothers who breathe the kind of pollution emitted by vehicles, coal power plants and factories are significantly likelier to give birth to underweight children than mothers living in less polluted areas, according to international findings published Wednesday. The study is believed to be the largest to examine how newborns' bodies are affected by air quality, an issue that has raised particular concern in China and other developing nations. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Air-pollution-linked-to-low-birth-weight-4254514.php#ixzz2K8eQMTlT WILDOMAR: Residents express frustration with air officials. Several Wildomar residents who blame their housing tract for several illnesses expressed frustration Tuesday night, Feb. 5, when regional air quality officials shared the result of air and soil tests on three homes that found nothing unusual. Several questioned the thoroughness of last month's investigation by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and said more comprehensive testing should be done. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/southwest/southwest-government-headlines/20130205-wildomar-residents-express-frustration-with-air-officials.ece CLIMATE CHANGE Greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants down 4.6 pct. Greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants fell 4.6 percent in 2011, as more generators were switched to cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable sources from coal, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency's second inventory of greenhouse gas emissions reported by the country's largest industrial polluters showed that power plants …Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/05/usa-climate-emissions-idUSL1N0B5ESY20130205 Obama Urged to Be ‘Go-Getter’ on Climate Change. President Barack Obama can only deliver on a pledge to curb greenhouse-gas emissions by adopting a “go-getter” strategy to push rules on power plants, appliances and gas drilling, according to a new report. The World Resources Institute said that by 2020, federal and state regulation may cut carbon-dioxide pollution by 17 percent from 2005, though it said reductions won’t happen without a determined effort for strong rules by regulators. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-02-06/obama-urged-to-be-go-getter-on-climate-change.html U.S. could fall short of 2020 climate goal, new study says, but target remains in reach. The United States is not on track to meet its international commitment to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent compared with 2005 levels by 2020, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the World Resources Institute. The new findings, which examine the impact of the country’s energy and transportation sectors as well as sources such as methane releases from landfills, provide the clearest picture yet of the challenges the United States faces in curbing its carbon footprint. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-could-fall-short-of-2020-climate-goal-new-study-says-but-target-remains-in-reach/2013/02/06/128f8f82-6f08-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html British researchers say their new Antarctic base can slide across ice on hydraulic stilts. British researchers have unveiled a futuristic Antarctic research base that can move, sliding across the frozen surface to beat the shifting ice and pounding snow that doomed its predecessors. The British Antarctic Survey said Wednesday that the Halley VI Research Station is the sixth facility to occupy the site on the Brunt Ice Shelf — a floating sheet of ice about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the edge of the South Atlantic. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/british-researchers-say-their-new-antarctic-base-can-slide-across-ice-on-hydraulic-skis/2013/02/06/0ac6cb30-7061-11e2-b3f3-b263d708ca37_story.html Report: Warming bringing big changes to forests. Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday. The compilation of more than 1,000 scientific studies is part of the National Climate Assessment and will serve as a roadmap for managing national forests across the country in coming years. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/05/report-warming-bringing-big-changes-to-forests/ Global warming vs. time: why some problems can't wait. Global warming appears to be speeding up as ice melts faster and faster on Greenland and at the poles, Cobb writes. Problems such as global warming and resource depletion will not wait for a long-term schedule. America believed it could put off the question of slavery. It did for 73 years from the drafting of the U.S. Constitution to the beginning of the Civil War. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0204/Global-warming-vs.-time-why-some-problems-can-t-wait Climate talks cool off in Australia. Despite record-breaking heat waves, flood and drought, climate change politics in Australia seem to be cooling down. Tony Abbott, leader of the country's conservative coalition and front-runner for the upcoming 2013 election, called the election a "referendum on the carbon tax." The pricing mechanism was introduced last year by the minority Labor government. According to the coalition, the carbon tax is to blame for the hikes in energy prices. What's more, Abbott's approach seems to be working, with many voters pointing at the carbon pricing for high energy bills. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/06/10 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS China to roll out cleaner fuel standards- government. China will introduce national V standards for automotive diesel fuel by June and similar specifications for gasoline by end-2013, the government said on Wednesday, as it moves to clear up the smoggy air of many Chinese cities. Ahead of these moves, Beijing will soon launch national IV fuel standards for automotive diesel, similar to Europe's IV quality with a sulphur content of 50 parts per million (ppm)…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/china-fuel-standards-idUSL4N0B65WX20130206 Cyprus to grant new gas drilling license. Cyprus will give France's Total SA a license to drill for offshore oil and gas deposits, a move the cash-strapped country hopes will yield much-needed revenue. Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said Tuesday the licensing deal, which will be signed Wednesday, covers drilling in two of 13 blocks on the southern coast that make up the country's 19,700 square mile (51,000 square kilometer) exclusive economic zone. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/02/05/3161448/cyprus-to-grant-gas-drilling-license.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy First-time reports from industry reveal massive methane emissions. U.S. EPA's addition of oil, gas and coal methane emissions to its online greenhouse gas tracking tool revealed an 82.6-million-metric-ton increase in carbon dioxide equivalents over numbers from the previous year, when those figures were not available. EPA published data yesterday for 2011, adding 12 new sources from the reporting program since last year's 2010 figures. Although carbon dioxide is a much more abundant greenhouse gas than methane, the latter makes a far bigger impact on climate change with more than 20 times the global warming potential of carbon. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/02/06/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES New UPS electric fleet touted as clean-air boost. Big Brown is going green. United Postal Service's trademark brown vans will be joined by 100 fully electric vehicles in what is being touted as the largest rollout of zero-emissions, all-electric delivery vehicles in California. UPS debuted its electric fleet in a Tuesday morning ceremony at its Shore Street distribution center in West Sacramento. Built in Stockton, the trucks will cover routes in Sacramento, Ceres, Fresno, Bakersfield and San Bernardino. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/06/5168748/new-ups-electric-fleet-touted.html#mi_rss=Business#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2013/02/06/2565491/new-ups-electric-fleet-touted.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Turbocharged cars' gas mileage may be lackluster after all. As the technology makes a comeback, Consumer Reports finds that most turbos don't deliver on advertised fuel economy or outperform non-turbo rivals with bigger engines. GM and Ford disagree. While electric vehicles continue to grab the green-car spotlight, an older technology has quietly emerged as a player in the fuel economy wars: turbocharging. Once the province of performance cars, turbochargers now power economy cars, family sedans and even full-sized trucks. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-turbo-20130205,0,2222557.story Ford increasing EV-certified dealerships in US to 900; 3,405 plug-in vehicles sold in total so far. Ford will have one-third of its US dealers in all 50 states—more than 900—certified to sell the Focus Electric battery electric vehicle (BEV) and C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by spring. The 900 dealers represent about one-third of all Ford dealers in the US—triple Ford projections for the time frame—and are an increase up from 200 in November 2012, the second full month the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids were available. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/02/ford-20130206.html GREEN ENERGY COLUMN-Murkowski's energy report shows scope for compromise: Kemp. Abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure energy is in the U.S. national interest. So finds a report on the future of the country's energy system published on Monday by Senator Lisa Murkowski, the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Energy 20/20: A Vision for America's Energy Future" is a thoughtful attempt to discuss some of the energy choices and opportunities the United States will face by the end of the decade. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/column-kemp-us-energyreport-idUSL5N0B67QI20130206 OPINIONS Saudi Arabia focuses on renewable energy. President Obama warned in his inaugural address that America can't resist the "long and sometimes difficult" transition to renewable energy. "We must lead it," he urged the nation. "We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries." But it already could be too late. While the United States still searches for a coherent national energy policy, countries you wouldn't expect are at the forefront of a green transformation. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Saudi-Arabia-focuses-on-renewable-energy-4244307.php#ixzz2K8g5yakm BLOGS A New Path on Emissions. In his second inaugural address, President Obama promised to take on climate change as a priority in his second term. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he said at the start of one of the longest passages devoted to a single subject in the speech. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/a-new-path-on-emissions/ ‘Plug-In Ecosystem’ Available at Indiana Mall. Electric car owners who visit the Clay Terrace mall in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel can connect to a charging station that taps into energy from the sun. On Jan. 30, the mall cut the ribbon on a “Plug-In Ecosystem” that combines solar power, a large storage battery and both Level II and Level III chargers. For the time being, the electricity is free. There should be no shortage of electric vehicles to charge at the station, which is close to Whole Foods and Starbucks outlets. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/plug-in-ecosystem-available-at-indiana-mall/ Chevron VP: forget cellulosic biofuel, build better cars. The oil industry is mounting a concerted push to roll back biofuel mandates, both in Washington and Sacramento. At the federal level, oil lobbyists have joined with environmentalists and ranchers — a Coalition of the Unlikely — to block new rules increasing the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline. They’ve attacked federal mandates for the production of cellulosic ethanol (derived from grasses and woody plants) as nothing more than wishful thinking, since very little of the stuff has been made to date. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2013/02/05/chevron-vp-forget-cellulosic-biofuel-build-efficient-cars/ Climate Change: The Case for Heat. Could the heat coming from your refrigerator be contributing to global warming? Anyone who has given a public lecture on climate change has almost certainly gotten this question: Whenever you operate a motor or turn on a light, you generate heat. How do you know that that heat is not a significant source of global warming? It's a good question. To answer it, let's start with a review of one of my favorite topics. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-chameides/climate-change-the-case-f_b_2625524.html?view=print&comm_ref=false