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ARB Newsclips for October 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 WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer. What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_MED_POLLUTION_CANCER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-10-17-10-08-24 Related stories: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/17/us-cancer-pollution-idUSBRE99G0BB20131017 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/air-pollution-really-is-cancerous-according-to-world-health-organization-agency/2013/10/17/25845d82-370f-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/air-pollution-cancer-article-1.1488490 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24328345/who-agency-air-pollution-causes-cancer?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/17/who-agency-air-pollution-causes-cancer/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24328345/who-agency-air-pollution-causes-cancer?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/10/17/cancer-air-pollution-carcinogens/3002239/ South Los Angeles residents fuming over oil field. They confront the South Coast Air Quality Management District at a town hall, criticizing inconclusive information on whether air levels are toxic. The South Coast Air Quality Management District's top brass faced a frustrated crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday, during which more than 100 South Los Angeles residents criticized the agency's inability to say whether fumes from an oil field are hazardous. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fumes-20131017,0,2223463,print.story Vatican warns of pollution in Sistine Chapel. The head of the Vatican Museums has warned he will be forced to limit the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel if its new air conditioning and air purification systems don't significantly reduce pollution levels. Antonio Paolucci told a conference Thursday that he was confident the new system, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2014, would curb the dust, humidity and carbon dioxide that are dulling Michelangelo's frescoed masterpiece. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/10/17/2979013/vatican-warns-of-pollution-in.html#storylink=cpy Assemblymember Manuel Pérez & Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative Hold Stakeholder Meeting on Salton Sea Air Quality. This morning, Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, together with the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, held a stakeholder meeting at UCR Palm Desert to discuss Salton Sea air quality mitigation issues. Nearly 50 people attended the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, representing a range of entities, including local government agencies, community advocates…Posted. http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/imperial-valley/5625-assemblymember-manuel-perez-clinton-foundation-health-matters-initiative-hold-stakeholder-meeting-on-salton-sea-air-quality.html CLIMATE CHANGE The EPA and the Supreme Court Fight Climate Change. Even as it decided yesterday to critically examine one of the weapons that the Environmental Protection Agency uses in its fight against climate change, the U.S. Supreme Court stood firmly behind the Obama administration’s basic plan: using the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases as harmful pollutants. That’s because the court refused to consider a broader challenge to the EPA’s fundamental authority in this area. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-16/the-epa-and-the-supreme-court-fight-climate-change.html Climate Change to Cost East Asia 5.3% of GDP, ADB Study Says. Climate change will lead to more flooding and drought in East Asia and could chop 5.3 percent off annual gross domestic product by the year 2100 if measures aren’t adopted to tackle it, according to the Asian Development Bank. Rising temperatures in China, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea will spur more flooding and tropical storms in coastal areas and make northern agricultural regions more prone to drought, the ADB said today in its “Economics of Climate Change in East Asia” report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-17/climate-change-to-cost-east-asia-5-3-of-gdp-adb-study-says.html Energy giant sees 'impressive' GHG reduction from natural gas by 2030. Global energy firm Siemens AG entered the international electricity fuels debate this week by declaring that a wide-scale shift to natural gas for power generation would result in a 5 percent cut in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, or as much as is emitted annually by the 28 countries of the European Union. On the other hand, continued heavy reliance on carbon-intensive fuels will result in a 25 percent increase in greenhouse gases globally…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988956/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Almost all land ecosystems at risk of major shifts due to global warming – study. More than 80 percent of the world's ice-free land is at risk of profound ecosystem transformation in the next century, a study from researchers at the Potsdam Institute in Germany has found. The report, published this month in Earth System Dynamics, used nearly 20 climate models to study more than 150 climate scenarios, adjusting for various degrees of warming. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988948/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Disease, insect threats linked to climate change more dramatic than expected – study. Scientists' predictions that insect epidemics would eat away at North America's forests have already come to pass, "in some cases more rapidly and dramatically than expected," a new study finds. The new review of climate change's impacts on North American forests, prepared for the upcoming National Climate Assessment…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988971/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS GM to sell Impala powered by natural gas, gasoline. General Motors says it will start selling a Chevrolet Impala sedan next summer that runs on both natural gas and gasoline. The company says both fuels are needed because there are few natural gas filling stations in the U.S. GM says the Impala will be the only factory-produced full-size car that runs on both fuels. Natural gas is plentiful in the U.S. and is cheaper than gasoline. AAA says gas costs about $3.35 per gallon. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GENERAL_MOTORS_NATURAL_GAS_IMPALA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT California's Top Oil Regulator on Fracking, Climate Change, and Fossil Fuels. Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, leads the eighth-largest economy in the world, and this powerhouse is wading into the national debate over hydraulic fracturing, the oil and natural gas boom, and what it means for the economy and environment. Mark Nechodom, who as the state's Department of Conservation director is Brown's top oil and natural gas regulator, recently, spoke with National Journal about the state of the energy play in the Golden State. Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/new-energy-paradigm/california-s-top-oil-regulator-on-fracking-climate-change-and-fossil-fuels-20131016 VEHICLES Audi adds diesel to compact SUV. Audi's best-selling sport utility vehicle, the Q5, gets even better in 2014 with the addition of a six-cylinder, diesel engine that is fuel-thrifty yet muscular. The federal government mileage ratings for the new-for-2014 Q5 TDI with turbocharged and direct-injection V-6 - 24 miles per gallon in city driving and 31 mpg on highways - rival those of many SUVs with smaller, four-cylinder, gasoline engines. It's even rated 1 mpg more in highway driving than the gasoline-electric hybrid Audi Q5. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BEHIND_THE_WHEEL_AUDI_Q5?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT L.A. Auto Show: German diesels top Green Car award nominations. Two German diesel sedans and three Japanese cars are the finalists for the Green Car of the Year Award to be handed out at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The finalists for the Green Car Journal award include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. Whereas previously the field has been dominated by hybrids and electric cars…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-green-car-award-nominations-20131017,0,2123602.story Tesla Tops California Green-Car Credit Sales in Past Year. Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:US), the electric-car maker led by Elon Musk, was the top seller of California zero-emission vehicle credits in the past year as Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) led hybrid-car credit trades, according to a state tally. Tesla transferred 1,311.52 ZEV credits from Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30 this year, 32 times the number of Suzuki Motor Corp. (7269), the next biggest seller, according to a California Air Resources Board report yesterday. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-10-16/musk-s-tesla-tops-california-green-car-credit-sales-in-past-year Lawmakers tackle alternative fuel vehicles' role in reducing air pollution. The way alternative fuel vehicles could be tapped to address the Wasatch Front's air pollution problem not only presents complex questions in the arena of how to pay for it, but also poses a conundrum when it comes to public policy ramifications. Utah lawmakers were puzzling over the twin challenges in an interim meeting of the Public Utilities and Technology Committee Wednesday after hearing a report delivered by Ron Allen, chairman of the Public Services Commission. Posted. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588525/Lawmakers-tackle-alternative-fuel-vehicles-role-in-reducing-air-pollution.html GREEN ENERGY Cosumnes Oaks students use energy-efficient house as learning laboratory. Cassidy Goldman and the rest of her class at Cosumnes Oaks High School spent hours during their junior year watching construction workers build a small two-bedroom house on their campus in Elk Grove. They watched crews erect a solar panel that pivots toward the sun, build framing that allows for extra insulation and install photovoltaic cells on the roof to help heat water. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/16/5828101/cosumnes-oaks-students-use-energy.html#storylink=cpy New solar thermal plant to blaze trail for future projects. In sunny southwestern Arizona, a new energy project that bottles the rays and saves them for later is now online, paving the way for future solar thermal generators in the United States. The 280-megawatt Solana power plant near Gila Bend, Ariz., began commercial operation last week after passing initial output tests. The facility is one of the largest examples of concentrating solar power (CSP), a system where mirrors direct the sun's light to heat up a working fluid. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988970/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS No More Formaldehyde in Shampoo as J&J Girds for Rules. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) baby shampoo contains an ingredient that might give parents pause: formaldehyde. Deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the U.S. government, formaldehyde is one of 164 potentially harmful chemicals targeted under a new California law that imposes stricter safety standards on a range of products made by such companies as J&J and Procter & Gamble Co. (PG)…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-17/no-more-formaldehyde-in-shampoo-as-j-j-girds-for-rules.html OPINIONS Viewpoints: Legislation could hurt California’s crusade to reduce toxic chemicals. Federal oversight of the more than 80,000 chemicals used in the United States is essentially nonexistent. The 34-year-old law meant to regulate chemicals – the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA – makes it nearly impossible to pull harmful chemicals off the market. It also doesn’t require companies to understand the environmental and health consequences of a chemical before it is marketed. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/17/5827527/viewpoints-legislation-could-hurt.html#storylink=cpy San Onofre nuclear power plant bill should be paid. For Northern Californians, the decision last summer to shutter the San Onofre nuclear power plant that serves San Diego and Los Angeles is easy to ignore. But decisions about who will pay for the plant that is now closed will have effects that reverberate throughout the state. When San Onofre was built, electricity customers made a deal with Southern California Edison and its partners, including San Diego Gas and Electric…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/San-Onofre-nuclear-power-plant-bill-should-be-paid-4901960.php Response To Readers: Combating Climate Change With Nuclear Power And Fracking. With more than 7,500 views and 180-plus tweets, I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read the original HBS Working Knowledge piece, The Case for Combating Climate Change with Nuclear Power and Fracking, and, in particular, for sharing your thoughts with one another. I don’t expect the article has changed minds, but I do hope it encourages people to open their minds to consider new possibilities. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/2013/10/16/response-to-readers-combating-climate-change-with-nuclear-power-and-fracking/ BLOGS Air Pollution Linked to Lower Birth Weights. Air pollution, even at relatively low levels, is associated with a significant increase in the risk for low-birth-weight babies, a new study has found. European researchers pooled data from 14 studies that included more than 74,000 mother-child pairs in 12 countries. The scientists also estimated concentrations of airborne particulate matter at the mothers’ home addresses during their pregnancies. Posted. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/air-pollution-linked-to-lower-birth-weights/?_r=0