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ARB Newsclips for August 14, 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 1979 smog siege. (Retrospective) June 29, 1979: Sera Segal-Alsberg wears mask designed to filter out airborne particles during Los Angeles smog alert. Segal-Alsberg, an artist-instructor, was en route to teach a class at County Museum of Art. Retired staff photographer Boris Yaro found Segal-Alsberg on Crescent Heights Boulevard in West Hollywood. This photo accompanied a story by writers Sandra Blakeslee and Jan Klunder in the June 30, 1979, Los Angeles Times, reporting: A three-day smog attack, Posted. http://framework.latimes.com/2013/08/14/1979-smog-siege/ Researchers seek CO2 'fingerprint' to monitor carbon capture projects. Technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions and store them underground is considered prohibitively expensive at this point, and no commercial-scale projects have yet been completed on coal plants or in the power sector. However, researchers in the field are developing solutions to problems that may crop up if carbon capture and storage (CCS) is rolled out on a large scale. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985981/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change may be speeding coast redwood, giant sequoia growth. Scientists find that since the 1970s, some California coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever. Finally, some good news about the effects of climate change. It may have triggered a growth spurt in two of California's iconic tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Since the 1970s, some coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever, according to scientists who studied corings from trees more than 1,000 years old. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-redwoods-climate-20130814,0,3829911.story?track=rss http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Climate-change-may-help-redwoods-thrive-4731459.php http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Ancient-redwoods-in-growth-spurt-of-a-lifetime-4730759.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/14/5649537/climate-change-may-help-redwoods.html http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/14/5649406/global-warming-may-be-helping.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23859157/climate-change-may-help-redwoods-thrive?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130814/articles/130819846 Online map helps locals deal with climate change. The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed to help local officials in the Great Lakes region deal with climate change. Headwaters Economics teamed with the university's Graham Sustainability Institute on the project, which was announced Tuesday. The map provides social, economic and demographic statistics on 225 counties in the eight-state region. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP8945bc72a6b44a3586703122058de336.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Online-map-helps-locals-deal-with-climate-change-4730296.php http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23856034/online-map-helps-locals-deal-climate-change?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com National Flood Insurance Program unprepared for climate change, group warns. Federal officials overseeing public flood insurance are under pressure to consider climate influences like rising sea levels as they implement congressional requirements to make the program more resistant to financial and environmental challenges. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report yesterday criticizing the National Flood Insurance Program for failing to consider future risks associated with climbing temperatures. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985982/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY On the road, CEQ's Sutley plays up health risks of carbon emissions. In promoting President Obama's new Climate Action Plan during an event in Rhode Island this morning, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley warned that carbon emissions are as much a public health issue as an environmental one. Joined by two local children with asthma whose outdoor activities are limited during the summer, Sutley told the audience that "as their experiences demonstrate, climate change poses a very real threat to public health…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986016/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Natural Gas Rises 1.8% Natural-gas futures climbed as above-normal temperatures are expected in key consuming regions and forecasters say two tropical cyclones may be forming. Natural-gas for September delivery recently rose six cents, or 1.8%, to $3.345 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Front-month gas prices have fallen in 12 of the past 15 sessions and recently hit the lowest level since mid-February. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323639704579012711106034856.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution+in+china Big Oil seeks waiver on renewable-fuel quota. The oil industry Tuesday pleaded with the Obama administration to lower the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels that are required to be blended into gasoline next year. Failing to drop quotas under the renewable fuel standard could cause gasoline prices to rise and result in "severe economic harm" for the United States, said the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Big-Oil-seeks-waiver-on-renewable-fuel-quota-4729874.php Regulator: New nuke plant now wouldn't make sense. If Georgia was starting from scratch, it could not financially justify the nuclear power plant now under construction. That conclusion from state utility regulators bluntly illustrates how an anticipated boom in nuclear power went bust as natural gas prices plummeted, the economy fell into a severe recession and construction proved pricier than expected. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Regulator-New-nuke-plant-now-wouldn-t-make-sense-4729237.php Calif. Fines Shippers $440K for Violating Fuel Regulation. The California Air Resources Board has fined three international shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from dirty bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law. “Ships en route to California ports emit thousands of tons of diesel exhaust each year,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “Posted. http://www.maritimetoday.com/ShowStory.aspx?StoryID=236286 Canadian enviros target Obama, drawing distinctions between U.S. climate goals, Canada. As their American brethren target Secretary of State John Kerry in a bid to scuttle the long-running environmental review of Keystone XL, a group of Canadian environmentalists and academics today implored his boss to reject the massive oil sands crude pipeline as unacceptable given the White House's second-term commitment to global climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986015/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Vail adds electric vehicle to town's fleet. The town of Vail has added an all-electric Nissan Leaf to its fleet, replacing a 2003 Toyota Prius. The Vail Daily reports (http://bit.ly/169rVjO ) parking supervisors will use the electric vehicle to patrol parking garages and town-owned lots. The Leaf and 15 other town vehicles, including diesel-electric hybrid buses, are aimed at making the town's fleet more energy efficient. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Vail-adds-electric-vehicle-to-town-s-fleet-4730729.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/13/5648869/vail-adds-electric-vehicle-to.html GREEN ENERGY San Onofre closure likely to take 10 years or less, panel is told. Southern California Edison Co., by law, can spend up to 60 years to completely scrap its San Onofre nuclear plant near San Clemente, but less than 10 years is more realistic, lawmakers were told. That was an estimate Tuesday from Michael F. Weber, deputy executive director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-san-onofre-edison-20130814,0,3224063,print.story PUC fails to set rates for CleanPowerSF. San Francisco's plans for creating a renewable power program, nine years in the making, are in jeopardy after the city's Public Utilities Commission voted against setting rates for CleanPowerSF on Tuesday. CleanPowerSF was approved last fall when the Board of Supervisors authorized a five-year, $19.5 million contract with Shell Energy North America, with the goal of creating a customer base to build city-owned renewable power facilities. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/PUC-fails-to-set-rates-for-CleanPowerSF-4730442.php Solar, geothermal projects touted at Vegas summit. Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas. But nuclear power nearly stole the show after a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violated federal law by failing to approve or reject…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/environment/ci_23854881/solar-geothermal-projects-touted-at-vegas-summit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to focus on Earth in 2014. 2014 will be the year of Earth Sciences at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA administrator Charles Bolden visited the lab in Pasadena Tuesday to check out a trio of missions slated to launch next year that will study our home planet. The first to go up will be a project known as RapidScat, a device designed to attach itself to the exterior of the International Space Station. It will monitor wind patterns and storms as they develop around the world. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/08/13/38677/nasa-s-jet-propulsion-laboratory-to-focus-on-earth/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29 Calif. residents shouldn't pay more for San Onofre cleanup -- key lawmaker. Southern Californians should have a say in decisions about what happens at a shuttered San Diego County nuclear plant and who will pay to clean it up, the chairman of a state Senate committee said yesterday. Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Chairman Alex Padilla (D) pressed those involved in the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to use a citizens' advisory panel. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986002/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Court demands nuke waste site decision. A top appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to end the suspense and come to a decision on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. In a 2-1 decision that raises the political stakes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit determined that the commission has "continued to violate the law" by refusing to act, one way or another, on the Yucca Mountain licensing application. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/14/5648462/court-demands-nuke-waste-site.html#storylink=cpy Environmentalists Deliver Climate Change Denier Award To Congressman Issa. A group of San Diego environmentalists on Tuesday delivered a climate change denier award to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th) as part of a national day of action to hold climate change deniers accountable. The coalition criticized Issa for denying the existence of man-made climate change, despite overwhelming evidence and scientific research. Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/aug/14/environmentalists-deliver-climate-change-denier-aw/ OPINIONS Change the lights, cut air pollution. Attention Robert Semple Elementary parents and Benicians. I am writing a second request to Benicia's traffic engineer to have the signal lights at East 2nd Street and off ramp from 780 West and S Street programmed. To move the long delays be adjusting lights to turn green when no traffic on 2nd Street in either direction! These lights frequently stay green with no vehicles in sight! Posted. http://www.timesheraldonline.com/letters/ci_23858494/change-lights-cut-air-pollution BLOGS Why isn’t climate denialism politically toxic? It’s long been a source of frustration for environmentalists that expressions of rank climate denialism are not anywhere near as politically toxic as crazy comments about abortion, birth control, or immigration have historically proven. Climate denialism does not meet the widespread condemnation that greets the sort of statements on immigration and abortion you hear from the likes of Steve King or Todd Akin (who lost his Senate race as a result). Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/08/14/why-isnt-climate-denialism-politically-toxic/?hpid=z4 Are fracking proponents wrestling enough with the environmental risks? In our Wonkblog Crowdsourced discussion of the likely economic and business consequences of an era of more plentiful natural gas, a recurring theme among commenters is that the damage to water supplies could be more severe than enthusiasts of fracking technologies let on. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/14/are-fracking-proponents-wrestling-enough-with-the-environmental-risks/ Global Warming Interactives Show What Temperature Change Looks Like. Global warming has accelerated during the past three decades, which have each been unusually warm. In fact, the most recent decade from 2001-2010 was the warmest since instrumental records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). While the rate of global warming has slowed in the past several years, possibly due to natural climate variability…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/global-warming-interactive_n_3751066.html Electric cars are clean today and will only get cleaner tomorrow. Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. But close examination reveals the latest round of skeptics to be lacking in substance. Numerous peer-reviewed articles have reached the same conclusion: From cradle to grave, electric cars are the cleanest vehicles on the road today. Posted. http://grist.org/business-technology/electric-cars-are-clean-today-and-will-only-get-cleaner-tomorrow/ U.S. Gas Prices Falling; Does It Matter For Green Cars? Gasoline prices rise. Gasoline prices fall. And every time there's significant movement, it's a news story. Last week, for instance, CNBC (via The Car Connection) reported that a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline dropped to about $3.59 last Friday. That's almost 8 cents lower than the cost two weeks previously. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086232_u-s-gas-prices-falling-does-it-matter-for-green-cars Electric NASCAR? Not Yet, Just Dozens Of Teslas On Track. Ask the average NASCAR fan whether they think the sport should go electric, and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in polite company. Fans of electric cars already know they can be fast and with success at events like Pikes Peak, they can win against gasoline vehicles too. But NASCAR is as much about the sound as it is the color, the racing and the speed, and the fans love it. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086241_electric-nascar-not-yet-just-dozens-of-teslas-on-track