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ARB Newsclips for March 12, 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 China wrestles with cost of cleaner environment. Facing public outrage over smog-choked cities and filthy rivers, China's leaders are promising to clean up the country's neglected environment—a pledge that sets up a clash with political pressures to keep economic growth strong. An array of possible initiatives discussed by officials and state media ahead of this week's meeting of China's legislature include tightening water standards and taxing carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/03/12/china-wrestles-with-cost-of-cleaner-environment Other related articles: http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22770216/china-wrestles-cost-cleaner-environment?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/12/3209236/china-wrestles-with-cost-of-cleaner.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/mar/12/china-wrestles-with-cost-of-cleaner-environment/#ixzz2NLOXPVPS DIESEL EMISSIONS Yamaha Settles Suit with the California Air Resources Board over 2007 Rhinos. California air officials say a Japanese producer of motorized vehicles will pay $2.2 million to resolve allegations that the company sold uncertified vehicles in California. The California Air Resources Board announced Monday that Yamaha Motor Corp. USA and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. of Japan have agreed to a court-approved settlement to resolve allegations of illegal importation and sale of uncertified off-highway vehicles. The allegations stemmed from an alleged failure of 2007 Yamaha Rhino off-road models to meet the state’s anti-smog certification requirements. Posted. http://sxsnews.com/index.php/2013/03/yamaha-settles-suit-with-the-california-air-resources-board-over-2007-rhinos/ VEHICLES Auto review: Ford's C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid that doesn't skimp on power. As cars go more and more green, all of the automakers are battling to be the most fuel-efficient; After all, who wants to pay for gas more often than you have to? One company that has made large strides in this area in recent years is Ford, which has garnered a lot of attention for their 2013 offerings - including the new Ford Fusion, and the brand new C-MAX - which comes in both regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_22772160/auto-review-fords-c-max-energi-is-plug#ixzz2NLTOtWJf MISCELLANEOUS Broad smoking ban sought in housing. People living in townhouses, condominiums and other attached units would be prohibited from smoking indoors under a ban proposed by a state lawmaker - the most sweeping antismoking legislative proposal in the country. The law would ban all tobacco smoking inside any multiunit residence - apartments, condominiums, duplexes, townhouses. Single-family detached homes are not included as they don't share walls or ventilation systems. Marijuana smoking is not addressed either. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Broad-smoking-ban-sought-in-housing-4345722.php#ixzz2NLCH7pYC OPINIONS Think ethanol is environmentally friendly? Think again. America's prairies are disappearing at the fastest rate since the 1930s' "Dust Bowl." Given the pace at which U.S. farmers are converting grasslands into cornfields for ethanol production, this should hardly be surprising. Driven in large part by government biofuel mandates on oil refineries, U.S. farmers converted more than 1.3 million acres of grassland into corn and soybean fields between 2006 and 2011, according to a newly published study by scientists at South Dakota State University. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/12/5255922/think-ethanol-is-environmentally.html#storylink=cpy China ahead of U.S. on climate change. Finally, a nation that is contributing heavily to climate change is taking a major step to reduce its emissions. Unfortunately, this global leadership is not coming from the United States. It's coming from China. China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, so the news (reported by Xinhua, a state-owned media service) that it's going to introduce a carbon tax is huge. The tax is unlikely to be on the scale that experts suggest would make a serious dent in climate change: …Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/China-ahead-of-U-S-on-climate-change-4346134.php#ixzz2NLHA2rfQ MORALES: High-speed rail will create jobs in valley. The Modesto Bee's March 6 editorial, "Valley high-speed rail hiring policy adds to concern," takes an unfair swipe at the California High-Speed Rail Authority's goal of creating and maximizing job opportunities for Central Valley residents and ignores long-standing state and national policies encouraging employers to help economically disadvantaged people — including veterans — re-enter the job market. Since unemployment in the Central Valley is the highest in California and well above the national average, it is vital that there is an emphasis on creating jobs in the valley. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/03/11/2616505/high-speed-rail-will-create-jobs.html Will California's cap and trade stifle low-carbon innovation? When the state of California recently launched the milestone auction of greenhouse gas credits under its AB32 cap-and-trade program, the environmental world — and forward-thinking companies — applauded. The program's long-term certainty should provide confidence for investing in carbon-reducing projects, level the playing field across fossil fuel and low-carbon energy choices, and boost California's climate leadership. At Chevrolet, we are encouraged by California's pioneering, economywide effort. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/print/51147 Proposed fracking leases threatens county drinking water - GUEST OPINION. I want to thank the Waterford Township Board of Trustees and Supervisor Gary Wall for delaying their vote to sell a mineral lease to the oil and gas industry for $75,000 pending further study of the business of “slickwater-horizontal-hydraulic drilling,” or as the oil and gas industry calls it:, “fracking.” It was inspiring and amazing that more than 200 people packed the township auditorium to offer comments and…Posted. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/03/12/opinion/doc513ceb6bd7be9838990878.txt?viewmode=default BLOGS Will China ever get its pollution problem under control? Earlier this year, when Beijing was choking on record levels of smog, observers wondered whether China would ever get its pollution problem under control. It’s an insanely difficult question, with huge implications for everything from climate change to the global economy. So here’s one stab at an answer, in the form of a big recent analysis (pdf) from three Deutsche Bank economists. The bad news: Most of China’s current attempts to curb pollution are failing badly…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/11/will-china-ever-get-its-pollution-problem-under-control/ Lawmakers Release Carbon Emissions Tax Plan. Almost exactly four years after unveiling his doomed cap-and-trade proposal to deal with global warming, Representative Henry Waxman, Democrat of California, released a new plan on Tuesday to address climate change and federal budget woes: a tax on carbon emissions. Mr. Waxman, joined by Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, both Democrats, distributed a relatively simple proposal to impose a fee on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories, refineries and other major sources. Posted. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/12/representatives-release-carbon-emissions-tax-plan/?partner=rss&emc=rss A New York Times Column on Climate and Energy. I was excited tonight to see that Justin Gillis has launched a monthly column on climate change, the energy challenge and related issues in Science Times (his new home). The column, taking the “By Degrees” name from the paper’s 2009 series on responses to global warming, won’t capture everything that the closed Green blog covered, but demonstrates the paper’s (and of course Justin’s) commitment to this super wicked issue. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/a-new-york-times-column-on-climate-and-energy/?ref=andrewcrevkin Some Resilience Seen in Northern and Tropical Flora in a Warming Climate. Separate comprehensive studies published in the last couple of days in Nature Climate Change and Nature Geoscience find that from the northern tundra to the tropical forests, plant communities are showing substantial capacity to tolerate global warming. The work builds on earlier research on the responsiveness to climate change of both tropical and Arctic plant communities. Given trajectories pointing to centuries of warming this is no reason to relax, of course. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/resilience-seen-in-norther-and-tropical-flora-in-a-warming-climate/ Guess which polluter nation just shamed U.S. on climate? Both China and the U.S. have fought against global climate change regulations. One of the big GOP complaints about doing something on climate change is that it hardly matters if China isn’t playing ball. Well, guess what? China just approved a carbon tax, while the United States remains mired in denial and partisan gridlock. It’s the subject of Tuesday’s editorial. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/opinionshop/2013/03/11/guess-which-polluter-nation-just-shamed-u-s-on-climate/ Will California's cap and trade stifle low-carbon innovation? When the state of California recently launched the milestone auction of greenhouse gas credits under its AB32 cap-and-trade program, the environmental world — and forward-thinking companies — applauded. The program's long-term certainty should provide confidence for investing in carbon-reducing projects, level the playing field across fossil fuel and low-carbon energy choices, and boost California's climate leadership. At Chevrolet, we are encouraged by California's pioneering, economywide effort. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2013/03/11/will-californias-cap-and-trade-stifle-low-carbon-innovation