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ARB Newsclips for July 4 - 5, 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 Europe must tackle air pollution, warn UN scientists. The health effects of air pollution have been underestimated and Europe should review its laws to tackle the problem, UN scientists have concluded after a major review of new evidence. Sixty international scientists, commissioned by the World Health Organisation, analysed eight years of studies to see how minute specks of soot, gases such as ozone and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and other pollutants from road and rail traffic, industry and indoor fires harm human health. Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/04/europe-tackle-air-pollution-un CLIMATE CHANGE Industry panning Obama's climate change push. President Barack Obama's push to fight global warming has triggered condemnation from the coal industry across the industrial Midwest, where state and local economies depend on the health of an energy sector facing strict new pollution limits. But such concerns stretch even to New England, an environmentally focused region that long has felt the effects of drifting emissions from Rust Belt states. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23598277/obama-climate-change-push-draws-industry-criticism?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/04/3373650/obama-climate-change-push-draws.html Climate change turning desert green. Findings by the CSIRO reveal that rising levels of carbon dioxide make plants in arid regions like Broken Hill grow bigger leaves. Research scientist Dr Randall Donohue says outback foliage initially expands to trap more water during dry periods. He says the process is extended when increased levels of carbon dioxide actually begin to fertilise the plants. Posted. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-04/climate-change-turning-desert-green/4798930 VEHICLES GM, Honda to work together on hydrogen fuel cells. General Motors and Honda will work together on hydrogen fuel cell research in the latest in a series of auto industry tie-ups designed to bring the technology to market sooner. Together, engineers from both companies will research and design next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrains and storage technologies. The goal is to generate technology in “the 2020 time frame,” GM said. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013307040025&nclick_check=1 GREEN ENERGY Solar Plane: Making clean tech sexy, adventurous. In noisy, energetic New York City, the pilots of a spindly plane that looks more toy than jet hope to grab attention in a surprising way: By being silent and consuming little energy. This revolutionary solar-powered plane is about to end a slow and symbolic journey across America by quietly buzzing the Statue of Liberty and landing in a city whose buildings often obscure the power-giving sun. The plane's top speed of 45 mph is so pokey, it would earn honks on the New Jersey Turnpike. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_SOLAR_PLANE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/spindly-all-solar-planes-green-tech-exploration-getting-a-thrill-while-saving-the-planet/2013/07/05/2b5f133e-e54b-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23603709/solar-plane-making-clean-tech-sexy-adventurous?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/05/3374827/solar-plane-making-clean-tech.html#storylink=misearch State Wants More Info On Solar Project's Effects. Staff of the California Energy Commission (CEC) say they need a lot more information from the builder on a project's impacts to wildlife, archaeology, and other resources before they can sign off on it. The proposed Palen Solar Electric Generating System would be built a quarter miles from Interstate 10 halfway between Indio and Blythe in Riverside County. The requests for more information came in the form of the CEC's Preliminary Staff Assessment on the project, now available on the CEC's website. The CEC is evaluating radical changes in the design of the project since a prior approval in 2011. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/concentrating-solar/state-wants-more-info-on-solar-projects-effects.html MISCELLANEOUS California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to deliver keynote at Intersolar North America opening ceremony. Intersolar North America, the most attended industry exhibition and conference for solar professionals to exchange information and develop business connections in North America, will welcome California Gov. Edmund G. Brown as keynote speaker for Intersolar's 2013 Opening Ceremony on Monday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m at the InterContinental Hotel. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/05/5546718/california-gov-edmund-g-brown.html Scenes from a Melting Planet: On the Climate-Change Novel. That town is Spicewood Beach, a subdivision in the hill country outside of Austin, Texas. In February, 2012, according to the Times, the town’s well ran dry. Four thousand gallons of water still have to be hauled in many times a day. Of course, no single weather event can be linked to the increased concentration of human-produced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And yet the increased frequency of extreme weather is a scientifically proven result of those gases. Posted. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/07/scenes-from-a-melting-planet.html BLOGS Climate Change: Summer Bummer For Your Fourth Of July? The Fourth of July in the United States means backyard barbecues, beach outings and fireworks displays for millions of Americans. But thanks to climate change, some of your favorite activities face an uncertain future. Temperatures are rising, drought and wildfire risks are growing and coastal areas face the threat of devastating storm surges. Some of your favorite foods and beverages even face threats due to water shortages and greater losses to U.S. bee populations. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/04/climate-change-summer_n_3541976.html June green-car sales jump 35% over 2012 numbers. June marked the second-fastest year-over-year growth rate for US green car sales for 2013 so far and helped put sales of green vehicles – pure electrics, hybrids and diesels – for the first half of the year about 19 percent ahead of 2012 levels. Americans bought 57,614 advanced-powertrain vehicles last month, up 35 percent from June 2012. Only January's 58 percent year-over-year growth rate was faster than last month's, which represented a bit of an acceleration from May's 30 percent growth rate. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/03/june-2013-green-car-sales-jump-35-over-2012-numbers/