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ARB Newsclips for September 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 Audits find problems with air monitoring. A federal audit and a new state audit have detected problems in how the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District monitors particulates and ozone. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/199B22K) cited the reports, which were made public Monday, as another piece of evidence showing that the district that has been failing to meet requirements that it accurately track levels of air pollution blamed for contributing to lung and heart problems. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Audits-find-problems-with-air-monitoring-4820874.php CLIMATE CHANGE United Nations official: World is on ‘not on track’ over climate change. One of the United Nations’ top climate officials says international leaders are failing to fight global warming, appealing directly to the world’s voters to pressure their politicians into taking tougher action against the buildup of greenhouse gases. Halldor Thorgeirsson told journalists Tuesday that “we are failing as an international community” and that the world is “not on track” to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/united-nations-official-world-is-on-not-on-track-over-climate-change/2013/09/17/a31785f2-1fb9-11e3-9ad0-96244100e647_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/17/2925584/un-official-world-not-on-track.html#storylink=cpy Meteorology and geography collide in Colorado flooding. Deadly flooding in Boulder, Colo., was due to the chance collision of meteorology, geography and urban development, according to weather and climate experts. As a fleet of U.S. military helicopters conducted search and rescue efforts Monday, more than 1,200 people remained unaccounted for following a week of intense rain and flash floods. At least seven people were reported killed in the extreme weather. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-meteorology-and-geography-collide-in-colorado-flooding-20130916,0,3424825.story U.N. expert says reducing short-lived pollutants is a surer way to meet climate targets. Reducing methane, black carbon and other short-lived pollutants now is a surer way to curb climate change than waiting for a 2015 global warming treaty to do the job, U.N. Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner said. Speaking at a congressional briefing yesterday, Steiner pointed to ongoing economic crises as hurdles on the path toward the 2015 carbon-cutting deal that countries promised to ink. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987345/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Methane emissions drop at natural gas drilling sites, study says. The study indicates that new technology has dramatically reduced air pollution emitted during a key step in the drilling process at natural gas wells across the U.S. Emissions of methane from natural gas well sites across the United States have fallen in a key part of the drilling process, despite the boom in natural gas development, according to a study published Monday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-fracking-methane-20130917,0,4131050.story http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/16/5741108/study-methane-leaks-from-gas-drilling.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Study-Methane-leaks-from-gas-drilling-not-huge-4818706.php http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/us/gas-leaks-in-fracking-less-than-estimated.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/study-finds-methane-emissions-from-onshore-natural-gas-drilling-lower-than-estimates/2013/09/16/6913c4c0-1f09-11e3-94a2-6c66b668ea55_story.html http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/16/natural-gas-industry-fracking-methane-greenhouse-gas-emissions/2811193/ Methane still leaking at Hawthorne well; 37 families remain evacuated. A well in Hawthorne continues to spew methane even after crews were able to stop the flow of water, authorities said. Monday morning, a well-capping company blasted 208 barrels of high-pressured water into the well spout to try to stop the flow of water and methane. They felt they had it under control, but it began leaking methane again, authorities said. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-methane-well-leaking-20130916,0,6186890.story Appalachian miners decry what they call Obama's 'war on coal' Coal allies say Obama's coming plans for combating climate change could slash industry jobs and tax revenue in mining states such as West Virginia. When President Obama laid out ambitious plans in June for combating climate change, coal miners like Roger Horton heard what they considered the latest fusillade in the administration's "war on coal." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-war-on-coal-20130917,0,2795978.story http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/17/5743390/appalachian-miners-decry-what.html Diesel-addicted remote communities hope to receive 'holy grail' of energy storage. In Sandy Lake, Ontario (population 2,650), the diesel fuel that powers this remote community a thousand miles northwest of Toronto costs around $9 a gallon. And even then, in its harsh northern climate, it provides electricity only some of the time. "There's always problems, there's always power outages," grumbles Harry Meekis, capital projects manager for the Sandy Lake First Nation." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987323/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES UPDATE 1-China renews subsidies for green vehicles. China has renewed private-buyer subsidies for "new energy" or electric-powered vehicles for another three years, in part to fight air pollution, but contrary to some expectations did not include gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. China's central government announced on Tuesday it will provide up to 60,000 yuan ($9,800) for the purchase of an all-electric battery car and up to 35,000 yuan for a "near all-electric" plug-in vehicle. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/17/china-autos-green-idUSL3N0HD1IK20130917 GM Developing Car to Rival Tesla. General Motors Co. is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000, officials at the largest U.S. auto maker said, offering a challenge to luxury electric-car startup Tesla Motors Inc. Doug Parks, GM's vice president of global product programs, disclosed the effort on Monday at GM's battery laboratory and test facility in Warren, Mich., but didn't say when the car would be available. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323981304579079492902482638.html#printMode California new car dealers claim Tesla violates advertising laws. The trade group for California’s new car dealers wants the state Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors’ advertising practices, alleging that the upstart automaker is violating various state and federal laws in marketing its electric cars. The California New Car Dealers Assn. claims that Tesla inflates the savings customers accrue from various federal and state incentives …Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-california-dealers-claim-tesla-violations-20130916,0,3708769.story Gov. Jerry Brown, corporate leaders tout electric vehicles. Gov. Jerry Brown joined forces with 40 leading corporations Monday to showcase the states's commitment to electric vehicles, as companies as diverse as Google (GOOG) and Coca-Cola promised to promote EVs with workplace incentives like free charging and car-sharing of plug-in vehicles. The event, called "Drive the Dream," was held at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and organized by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24107581/gov-jerry-brown-corporate-leaders-tout-electric-vehicles?source=rss Zero Motorcycles Commit to 'Drive the Dream' Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced its next level of commitment to the electric vehicle (EV) market in a meeting with Governor Jerry Brown, California’s Plug In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and other California corporate leaders. Hosted at the Exploratorium, “Drive the Dream” further positioned California as a global leader in the plug-in vehicle market…Posted. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/807/17030/Motorcycle-Article/Zero-Motorcycles-Commit-to-Drive-the-Dream.aspx Surprise: Take Cars Off Roads, Air Gets Much, Much Clearer. It stands to reason: Take all vehicles off the roads, and the air will get cleaner. But now we can answer the question, "How much?" And it turns out that the answer is, "A lot." In a new paper, A national day with near zero emissions and its effect on primary and secondary pollutants, published in Atmospheric Environment, researcher Ilan Levy looks at one naturally occurring annual test of the effect of removing all vehicles from the roads of cities. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086988_surprise-take-cars-off-roads-air-gets-much-much-clearer GREEN ENERGY Senate Republicans criticize Obama nominee to lead federal energy panel. President Barack Obama's nominee to be the nation's top energy regulator came under sharp questioning Tuesday from lawmakers concerned that he may be opposed to coal and natural gas. Republicans and at least one Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee said they believe that former Colorado regulator Ron Binz favors renewable energy sources such as wind and solar over traditional fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ENERGY_REGULATOR?SITE=TXMID&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/senate-republicans-criticize-obama-nominee-to-lead-federal-energy-panel/2013/09/17/64cac7bc-1fb1-11e3-9ad0-96244100e647_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/17/obama-energy-nominee-ron-binz-faces-rocky-confirma/ Oakland solar company Mosaic crowdsources the sun. Now you can invest in a solar project even if you don't own a roof. Oakland-based Mosaic has created a financing platform that allows individuals to put as little as $25 into solar projects on commercial buildings. The crowdsourcing platform, founded in 2011, has generated widespread interest: 622 people invested a total of $377,600 to put solar panels on a University of Florida apartment community…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24107073/mosaic-crowdsourcing-sun-solar-company-oakland MISCELLANEOUS Jerry Brown says he will sign bills extending vehicle fees. Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that he will sign legislation extending a fee on vehicle registrations and tire sales in California to pay for programs designed to reduce emissions and promote alternative fuels. Assembly Bill 8, by Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, will extend until 2024 a $3 increase in vehicle registration fees scheduled to expire in 2016. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/17/5742112/jerry-brown-says-he-will-sign.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/17/2924711/jerry-brown-says-he-will-sign.html Solar power in Modesto will shine at Sept. 28 fair. Frank Ploof has a meter at his house that shows how much power he is not buying from the Modesto Irrigation District. Most of his electricity comes from the solar panels he installed on his roof early this year. Ploof and other advocates are putting on a solar fair Sept. 28 in Modesto. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/16/2924834/solar-power-in-modesto-will-shine.html#storylink=cpy Marine species follow water temps, study finds. As climate change heats our oceans, you'd expect temperature-sensitive marine species to flee poleward to cooler waters. So why have some headed to warmer regions toward the equator? Scientists have solved the puzzle. For the most part, these animals are relocating to cooler waters. But since the effects of climate change can vary widely across regions, sometimes those cooler regions are closer to the poles and sometimes they're closer to the equator. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Marine-species-follow-water-temps-study-finds-4819406.php OPINIONS How bad for the environment are gas-powered leaf blowers? To most people, falling leaves are a beautiful sign of the changing seasons. But for many Washingtonians, the rite of fall is just another reason to have an argument. Residents of some localities have even pushed for a ban on gasoline-powered leaf blowers, which they find noisy and say are bad for the environment. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-bad-for-the-environment-are-gas-powered-leaf-blowers/2013/09/16/8eed7b9a-18bb-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html The era of unlimited carbon pollution is over. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency will move against climate change by continuing the job it was created to do, 40 years ago, by a bipartisan Congress. Some will, and already are, treating this as a deplorable event with intolerable consequences. It’s anything but: Not only is it the law, it’s also good for America. The EPA is ready to roll out an updated version of proposed federal limits on how much carbon pollution can be released into the sky by future power plants. Posted. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/environment-era-unlimited-carbon-pollution-96894.html#ixzz2fAl8XWaM BLOGS Encouraging Results Seen in First Nationwide Look at Gas Leaks from Drilling Boom. In 2011, a Cornell research team led by the environmental scientist Robert Howarth published “Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations,” a widely discussed paper positing that gas escaping from drilling operations using hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking, made natural gas a bigger climate threat than the most infamous fossil fuel, coal. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/encouraging-results-in-first-nationwide-look-at-gas-leaks-from-fracking-boom/?_r=0 Tesla selling cars at Fremont factory. Electric car maker Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has opened a retail store at its factory in Fremont, the company said Monday. In addition to letting shoppers get up close to Tesla's much-in-demand Model S, the new Fremont store shows off a stripped-down chassis of the car, with interactive touchscreens provided to answer questions about Tesla’s electric powertrain and battery architecture. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2013/09/tesla-nasdaq-tsla-elon-musk-fremont.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search Climate Change This Week: Biblical Rains, Another Solar Breakthough, and More! Colorado's "Biblical" Flood in Line with Climate Trends reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. He notes that this lethal catastrophic event is consistent with the increasing frequency of extreme rain storms occurring under, and sometimes definitely linked to, continued climate change. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-ellen-harte/climate-change-this-week_b_3937165.html New Fracking Emissions Study Brings Out The Usual Suspects. The latest study on shale gas emissions has caused a bit of a stir, noting that the wells do not appear to be emitting significant amounts of methane, which is an important finding. There are however a number of other relevant points that have emerged. First, the researchers did find significant leakage, but at other points than the wells, most notably in the gas-water separation process. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/2013/09/17/new-fracking-emissions-study-brings-out-the-usual-suspects/ California Emission Regulations: News on the Diesel Particulate Filter. California emission regulations can affect truck drivers and California business. As most independent truckers know by now, most class 8 trucks, with a pre-2007 engine, operating in California, will need to have an approved DPF (diesel particulate filter) installed. Truckers have until January 1, 2014 to update their vehicles, and obtain the proper documents stating that their truck(s) meet CARB (California Air Resources Board) regulations. Posted. http://wallstreetsectorselector.com/2013/09/california-emission-regulations-news-diesel-particulate-filter/