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ARB Newsclips for May 17, 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 EPA taking comments on ND air pollution matter. Environmental groups say the federal government should order two coal-fired power plants in western North Dakota to use more sophisticated pollution-control technology, but state officials say the matter already has been settled and no more debate is needed. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is taking written comments through June 17 on an appeal of North Dakota's regional haze plan approved last year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/EPA-taking-comments-on-ND-air-pollution-matter-4521655.php#ixzz2TZadJVkb Environmentalists say lawsuit could trigger nationwide PM 2.5 standards. Environmentalists say a suit filed this week that charges U.S. EPA has not done enough to ensure that Utah is cleaning up fine particulate matter could force the agency to require more stringent action on fine particulates in other states. The lawsuit from WildEarth Guardians filed Wednesday builds on a January decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that said EPA must re-examine how it implements standards for fine particulates, or PM 2.5. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2013/05/17/stories/1059981390 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Preliminary results of air quality study stoke beach fire ban debate: Should they be regulated as a pollutant? In one night, a single beach fire can emit the same amount of harmful particulate matter as a heavy-duty truck driving 564 miles, according to the preliminary results of a study by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). Read the full report below. The research comes before a public meeting Friday in Huntington Beach to discuss a regional ban on beach fires. Air samples were collected in Huntington Beach, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island and Dockweiler State Beach in March. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/05/16/37302/preliminary-results-of-air-quality-study-stoke-bea/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29 CLIMATE CHANGE Blue crabs in Maine? Something fishy about global warming. Warming oceans are changing the mix of species in the world's fisheries, according to a new study. Marine-ecosystem models have indicated that this could be an effect from global warming. Warming oceans are changing the mix of species in the world's fisheries as fish try to remain in waters in their preferred temperature range, according to a new study. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0516/Blue-crabs-in-Maine-Something-fishy-about-global-warming http://science.time.com/2013/05/16/why-warming-oceans-could-mean-dwindling-fish/ From 'Potent' Pollen to Double Whammy Allergy Seasons: How Climate Change Could Affect Seasonal Allergies. Climate changes and rising carbon dioxide levels don't just affect the environment. Experts say they also affect your nose. Warmer temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels mean certain plants will thrive, and those are the plants that tend to make us sneeze during allergy season. Allergies may seem like a minor nuisance, but according to the CDC there are an estimated 50 million Americans living with allergies, and $18 billion is spent every year dealing with the affliction. Posted. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Allergies/potent-pollen-double-whammy-allergy-seasons-climate-change/story?id=19192495#.UZZlD8pglNs State struggles to adjust to problems posed by 'the new normal' As California continues its groundbreaking push to lower its greenhouse gas emissions, it wants to remind the public and other governments why it's taking action. State and federal projections of sea-level rise underscore the need for California to keep reducing its emissions, officials told state legislators at an oversight hearing in Sacramento yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981360/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Melting glaciers are big contributors to sea-level rise – study. The melting of the world's glaciers contributes as much to rising global sea levels as the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets combined, according to a new study. The research, published yesterday in Science, found that glacial regions caused roughly 29 percent of the rise in global sea levels between 2003 and 2009, even though glaciers hold a tiny percentage of the world's land ice -- about 1 percent. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981348/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Drought to persist in Southwest, Texas; wildfires will menace Calif. – outlook. Drought conditions will worsen before they get better, said experts today at a briefing on this summer's drought outlook. California, Texas and the Southwest will continue to be immersed in drought conditions, an environment set by low snowpack, a short-lived rain season and high temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's summer drought outlook. New drought patches may emerge in Oregon and Idaho, as well as the few spots in the Southwest that have been spared to date. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981362/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Proposed New Fracking Rules Draw Fire From Industry. The Interior Department proposed relaxing some of the requirements it wants to impose on energy companies that conduct hydraulic fracturing on federal land, but the industry remains opposed to the new rules, saying they are unnecessary. The department said Thursday it is replacing a proposed rule issued in May 2012 with a new version that grants additional flexibility to oil and natural-gas companies. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324082604578487482397534830.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fracking-standards-20130517,0,6391538.story http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/government/draft-fracking-rules-for-public-indian-lands-bend-to-industry.html?utm_source=feedly Hydrogen energy the chloroplast way: solar-to-fuel with the artificial leaf. With atmospheric carbon dioxide recently hitting a record 400 parts per million, the discovery of alternative renewable energy sources has taken on added urgency. One effort is the so-called “artificial leaf,” a photosynthetic system that uses light energy to split water molecules and produce hydrogen. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have recently published details of their new nanowire-based system that mimics the way plant chloroplasts transport charged particles. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/hydrogen-energy-the-chloroplast-way-solar-to-fuel-with-the-artificial-leaf/2013/05/17/d7223be6-be91-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html Shale drilling boosts Ohio gas and oil output. Officials say drilling in Ohio's Utica shale region nearly doubled the output of oil and natural gas there since 2011, although some industry experts remain cautious about the long-term potential for production. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the shale region of eastern Ohio increased the oil output year-over-year by 93 percent and the natural gas output by 80 percent in that time. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Shale-drilling-boosts-Ohio-gas-and-oil-output-4525012.php#ixzz2TZL7dyDf VEHICLES Mercedes-Benz launches new S-Class with hybrid, diesel, gasoline models; 59 mpg PHEV model to come. Mercedes-Benz’s new generation flagship S-Class, introduced at an elaborate event at Airbus in Finkenwerder, marks a number of technology firsts in numerous areas from comfort, to driver control, to efficiency. As one example of the last, the new S-Class is the first car in the world to completely dispense with conventional electric bulbs, making exclusive use of energy-saving LED technology both inside and outside. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/05/sclass-20130516.html HIGH-SPEED RAIL Judge to hear lawsuit over high-speed rail bonds. State officials on Thursday agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's use of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial seeking to prevent the state from spending bond money to begin later this month. Opponents of the $68 billion bullet train project and attorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority submitted their agreement to a Sacramento County Superior Court judge. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23259005/judge-hear-lawsuit-over-high-speed-rail-bonds http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/special-sections/rail/x480781390/Judge-to-hear-lawsuit-over-high-speed-rail-bonds?utm_source=widget_182&utm_medium=latest_entries_widget&utm_campaign=synapse GREEN ENERGY California: Energy Death Valley. California is rich in both conventional and renewable energy resources. It is the country’s most populous state and has the second largest energy consumption in the nation, second only to Texas. California has large energy resources, but also one of the lowest per capita energy consumption rates in the country. The state is frequently hailed as a leader on energy policy and California’s policies are leading to higher energy prices. Posted. http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55273 BLOGS The Other Climate Science Gap. Much has been made this week of the gap between what the public thinks about the consensus among climate scientists over the human factor in global warming and the actual level of consensus. The discussion has centered on a new study reviewing how anthropogenic global warming was characterized in more than 12,000 climate science papers between 1991 and 2011. More than 97 percent of the papers stating a cause for warming, the authors found, pointed to humans. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/the-other-climate-science-gap/?ref=science Smoke Permeates Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms. Staying in a nonsmoking room in a hotel that allows smoking elsewhere does not prevent exposure to tobacco smoke, a new study reports. Writing in Tobacco Control, researchers examined a sample of 10 hotels with complete smoking bans and 30 with designated smoking rooms. They analyzed air and surfaces for tobacco smoke pollutants, took finger wipe samples to measure the presence of tobacco carcinogens, and tested the urine of nonsmoking occupants after they had stayed in the rooms. Posted. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/smoke-permeates-nonsmoking-hotel-rooms/ Experts Affirm the Benefits and Importance of California's Clean Energy and Climate Leadership. In the face of daunting challenges, California stands strong as a national leader on climate action, according to experts who testified today at a state Senate committee hearing on climate change and implementation of the state’s clean energy law, AB 32. Also known as the Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32 is California’s groundbreaking effort to mitigate climate risks and lower statewide greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/stanenhaus/international_experts_affirm_t.html Climate Change Impacts Ripple Through Fishing Industry While Ocean Science Lags Behind. With a limberness that defies his 69 years, Frank Mirarchi heaves himself over the edge of a concrete wharf and steps out onto a slack, downward sloping dock line bouncing 20 feet above the lapping waters near Scituate, Mass. He shimmies laterally along the pylons, steadying himself with a grip on some steel rigging, until he reaches the roof of the pilot house on his boat, a groundfish trawler called the Barbara L. Peters, after his mother-in-law. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/ocean-climate-change-fishing-industry_n_3275505.html The Next Big Thing in Green Power: Community Ownership. Any socially transformative movement gets to a point where it needs to be fully embraced by the people it impacts. The green power movement within Canada is at just such a point. Previously, the development of new renewable energy projects was out of reach to all but the most committed hobbyist or has been on a scale requiring government-level planning. But there are growing ways for individuals to have a voice in shaping the energy market in Canada within their own communities. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ron-seftel/green-power-cooperatives_b_3281440.html California Now Has More Than 150,000 Solar Roofs. And that number keeps climbing. According to the California Solar Statistics website, the number of California roofs generating power from the sun reached 150,428 as of Wednesday, with a total generating capacity of 1,560 megawatts -- about equivalent to three typical coal-fired power plants. Los Angeles County now leads the state in the amount of rooftop generating capacity, with 171.4 megawatts of rooftop solar installed. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/photovoltaic-pv/california-now-has-more-than-150000-solar-roofs.html?utm_source=feedly Australian Scientists Develop Printable A3-Sized Solar Cells. Solar energy sounds like a dream, but buying and installing the equipment necessary to harness the power of the Sun can be expensive. But what if you could print your own solar panels? The researchers at Australia's Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) — a collaboration between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)…Posted. http://mashable.com/2013/05/17/print-a3-sized-solar-cells/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedly&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29