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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for September 27, 2013.

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 14:35:44
ARB Newsclips for September 27, 2013. 

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Boxer asks EPA to ensure safety of L.A. neighborhood near oil
field. California senator wants the agency to address chemical
odors wafting through University Park neighborhood from Allenco
oil field. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked federal
environmental officials Thursday to ensure the safety of a
low-income South Los Angeles community where residents worry that
their dizziness, headaches and nosebleeds may be linked to
noxious odors from an urban oil field. Posted.

New mayor aims to stanch Mexico City's stench. For many, the
first experience of Mexico City is a sprawling airport and an
appalling stink. It wafts from the manholes and leaves the
morning air smelling fresh as a septic tank. On bad days, it hits
travelers as they step off airplanes and follows them through the
terminal. It can overpower a pleasant bike ride along the
cobblestone streets of the capital's downtown, or interrupt an
alfresco meal in the trendy Condesa neighborhood. Posted.

Dust Be Gone: Paved Roads Mean Less Pollution, Better Health in
the Eastern Coachella Valley.  Residents of Thermal scored a
major victory in their 16-year fight for clean air when Riverside
County was awarded the funding to pave the roads of 31 trailer
parks in the unincorporated communities of Eastern Coachella
Valley.  The $4.1 million project is scheduled to begin as early
as next summer, and should be completed within two years. Posted.

Regulating dunes dust to cost more.  In an unprecedented move,
California State Parks and Recreation Department was ordered to
pay more to help curb dust blowing downwind from the Oceano Dunes
State Vehicular Recreation Area.  Earlier this month, the San
Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) board
approved charging State Parks more than $50,000 a year in
administrative fees for ensuring the agency is complying with
measures to control “fugitive dust” at the dunes.  Posted. 


Climate panel: warming 'extremely likely' man-made. Scientists
can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the
dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a
new report by an international scientific group said Friday. 
Calling man-made warming "extremely likely," the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest
words yet on the issue as it adopted its assessment on the state
of the climate system. Posted.





Bloomberg: NYC air quality cleanest in decades. Ahh, smell that
New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead. Mayor Michael
Bloomberg on Thursday said the city's air quality has hit its
highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led
to fewer deaths and hospitalizations. "New York has the cleanest
air now of any major American city," Bloomberg said at a news
conference as part of a week of climate-related events. Posted.


EPA chief: Climate change is about public health. The new
administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
told a University of Michigan audience that climate change is
about public health. Gina McCarthy spoke Thursday to a few
hundred students and others during the law school's Environmental
Law and Policy conference. Her speech was part of a three-state
tour to discuss EPA's plans for reducing carbon emissions from
power plants and other sources. Posted.

Islands fight to stay above water amid climate change. Rising
seas, disappearing glaciers, melting ice, storm surges: The
threat of climate change still feels distant to many people. Not
for residents of small, low-lying islands in the Pacific. Global
warming has arrived, and it's turned their nations — Micronesia,
the Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati and others — into slowly
sinking ships. In some regions, the freshwater has turned

Climate Change Action Could Save 500,000 Lives Annually, Study
Says. More than 500,000 lives could be saved globally each year
by 2030 if the world took action to curb climate change, adding
up to massive health benefits that far exceed the costs of
forcing a reduction in fossil fuel emissions, a new study
concludes. The research, published Sunday in Nature Climate
Change, said the benefits were especially striking for China,
with its large population now exposed to some of the worst
pollution in the world. Posted.


ARB approves new state funding for cleaner cars, trucks, and
buses.  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced
that it has approved an additional $72.5 million to help fund
clean vehicle programs in the state. The goal is to reduce
emissions of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases from cars,
trucks, and buses.  “The incentive programs provide critical
early investments needed to accelerate the transformation of
California’s car, truck and bus fleets to the cleanest advanced
technologies,” ARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. Posted. 


Canada PM won't accept US rejection of Keystone XL. Canada's
prime minister said Thursday he "won't take no for an answer" if
the Obama administration rejects the controversial Keystone XL
pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Prime Minister Stephen Harper
addressed the Keystone XL project, a flashpoint in the debate
over climate change, during a visit to New York City. The
long-delayed project carrying oil from Canada's oil sands needs
approval from the U.S. State Department, and Harper's remarks are
some of his strongest to date. Posted.

Shell Oil silent on Arctic drilling safeguards. Six months after
federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore
drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain
what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume
exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return
to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred
by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the
air and a drilling rig that escaped its moorings. Posted.

California getting more of its oil by rail. The oil boom in North
Dakota has fueled a shift for California away from in-state,
Alaskan and foreign sources. The move comes at a time of
heightened scrutiny of oil shipped by train. Oil extracted from
massive new fields in North Dakota and other states is rolling
into California in growing quantities aboard long-haul freight
trains, paralleling a surge in crude moving on rail across North
America. Posted.


French carmakers back German bid to delay CO2 curbs – sources.
Germany has enlisted French carmakers' support for a last-ditch
bid to delay new EU vehicle emissions limits by four years as it
battles to win more time for its luxury auto industry, government
officials and diplomats said. Berlin wants to re-open and water
down draft carbon dioxide goals agreed in June by introducing the
phase-in period, under a proposal circulated by diplomats on
Friday and seen by Reuters. Posted.


California solar policy costing all utility customers: report.
California's non-solar homeowners are paying a growing share of
maintaining the power grid under a controversial state policy,
while ratepayers with solar rooftops are paying less, a report
commissioned by the state's utility regulator said on Thursday.
The report, which was issued by the California Public Utilities
Commission but performed by an outside research firm, forecast
that in 2020, the policy of "net metering" would cost $1.1
billion a year. Posted.

Las Vegas: Palazzo's eco-friendly atrium goes green(er). Amid the
autumnal change of colors, the waterfall atrium at the Palazzo is
going green. The open space at the Palazzo seasonally changes its
eye-catching displays, but this fall, the emphasis is on the
environmentally friendly efforts underway at Palazzo and its
sister property the Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip. The
display’s centerpiece -- a 1934 Hudson automobile draped in
lichen, grapevines and other plants -- is an ode to the resorts’
alternative transportation initiatives. Posted.

Eagle conservation effort at Solano wind energy project is first
of its kind. Wind energy is known to be environmentally friendly,
except for one persistent concern: The spinning turbine blades
often kill birds, especially raptors such as eagles. Now, a wind
energy project in Solano County may become the first in the
United States to commit to protecting golden eagles under federal
law. To make amends for the golden eagles likely to be killed by
its turbine blades…Posted.


California rolls out new environmental regulatory regime at green
Richmond business. State regulators gathered at a green
stamp-making business Thursday to unveil what they tout as the
nation's best approach to identify consumer products containing
hazardous chemicals and prod manufacturers to find nontoxic
substitutes.  The new program, run by the California Department
of Toxic Substances Control, goes into effect Tuesday. State
regulators said it would spur new business growth while reducing
environmental toxins from common products…Posted.


What Does California's New Toxic Substances Law Mean for You?
Sometimes--though not often enough for my liking--companies that
manufacture consumer products grow a conscience, cave to public
pressure, or both, and vow to discontinue using toxic substances
in their shampoo, window cleaner, or toothpaste. It's a step in
the right direction, though it often comes long after countless
people have been exposed to dangerous carcinogens and suffered
the related health consequences. Posted.

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