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ARB Newsclips for October 29, 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 'Check Before You Light' advisory resumes Friday. An annual program aimed at reducing wintertime air pollution will go into effect again Friday. The Butte County Air Quality Management District's "Check Before You Light" advisories will begin being issued Nov. 1, asking residents to forgo indoor wood heating fires on days when air quality is forecast to be bad. Each afternoon through February, the district releases a forecast for the following day. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_24407807/check-before-you-light-advisory-resumes-friday Agencies to measure “rotten egg” gas at Salton Sea. Recently installed hydrogen sulfide monitors at the Salton Sea will allow the South Coast Air Quality Management District to measure the concentrations of the gas that has the tell-tale odor of rotten eggs. “We’ll be able to tell the community on a short-term basis about the strength of the odor and compare it to other episodes,” said Sam Atwood, district spokesman. Posted. http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/agencies-to-measure-rotten-egg-gas-at-salton-sea/article_7756939a-4061-11e3-8428-0019bb30f31a.html CLIMATE CHANGE West Coast states and BC to link climate policies. The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province official are joining forces in a new effort to fight climate change. In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WESTERN_STATES_CLIMATE_DEAL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-28/western-u-s-states-british-columbia-sign-climate-change-pact.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-usa-environment-climate-idUSBRE99S01V20131029 http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-brown-climate-20131029,0,140122.story?track=rss#axzz2j62fhLTR http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/28/5857873/west-coast-states-and-bc-to-link.html http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/West-Coast-states-and-BC-to-link-climate-policies-4934233.php http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_24406734/california-oregon-washington-and-british-columbia-sign-climate?source=email http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/5786-governor-brown-joins-oregon-washington-british-columbia-leaders-to-combat-climate-change.html http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989567/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Brown University won't divest from coal companies. Brown University has decided not to divest from coal companies, saying that it would not be "the right tool" to address climate change and that teaching and research are more effective strategies. The university said the Corporation, its governing body, opted against divestment after "expansive and robust discussion" at its Saturday meeting and after months of deliberation. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/28/5859405/brown-university-wont-divest-from.html#storylink=cpy Climate change expert says Earth is having its ‘Independence Day'. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Earth’s climate system is a “complex, interactive system consisting of the atmosphere, land surface, snow and ice, oceans and other bodies of water and living things.” And, yes, the scientific community pores over all kinds of data related to this system every day. Posted. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/environment-and-nature/20131028/climate-change-expert-says-earth-is-having-its-independence-day CO2 emissions may be curbed not by policies but by real limits to oil and coal extraction, experts say. Even as governments worldwide have largely failed to limit emissions of global warming gases, the decline of fossil fuel production may reduce those emissions significantly, experts said yesterday during a panel discussion at the Geological Society of America meeting. Conventional production of oil has been on a plateau since 2005…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989568/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Dirty Diesel, Clean Profits. How innovation and regulation sparked America’s diesel export boom. In 1992, Mexico City had just eight days with air rated “good” by the city’s air quality monitor and in 1999 it was named “the most dangerous city in the world for children” by the global environmental policy organization, World Resources Institute, because of its smog. But by 2012, Mexico City saw 248 “good” air quality days…Posted. http://nation.time.com/2013/10/29/dirty-diesel-clean-profits/#ixzz2j7quxXVE FUELS California Fracking Study May Take 18 Months, Brown Says. Governor Jerry Brown said it may take as long as 18 months for California, the third-largest oil-producing state, to complete an environmental review of the oil and gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. Technological advancements have ignited a boom in the development of fields that were once deemed uneconomical, particularly in shale formations. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-29/california-fracking-study-may-take-18-months-brown-says.html ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles By 2025? Eight Governors Pledge Action. Last Thursday, the governors of eight [blue] states pledged to cooperate toward a goal of putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. The cooperative programs are meant to make it easier for their citizens to buy and use zero-emission vehicles. While the steps cited so far in the memorandum of understanding are not binding, California governor Jerry Brown called it a "serious and profoundly important commitment" in a statement. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1087991_3-3-million-zero-emission-vehicles-by-2025-eight-governors-pledge-action VEHICLES BMW Joins VW in Backing Germany’s Electric-Vehicle Goal. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) backed the German government’s goal to have 1 million electric cars by 2020 on the country’s roads, a week after Volkswagen AG (VOW) said the target is achievable under broader terms for alternative drives. Developing the European Union’s electric-vehicle market will need the backing of authorities, though official support in the bloc is lagging behind initiatives in the U.S. and China…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-28/bmw-joins-vw-in-backing-germany-s-electric-vehicle-goal.html GREEN ENERGY Energy center cuts past climate hype. Cut through the hype. That’s the mantra of Scott Anders and his research on energy policy in the highly politicized age of solar energy, electric vehicles and climate change. Anders directs the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, or EPIC, founded in the aftermath of California’s 2000-01 energy crisis in which market manipulation triggered astronomical power prices and rolling blackouts. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/28/beyond-the-political-climate/ MISCELLANEOUS Mercury from Gold Rush mining still washing downstream in floods. The destructive environmental legacy of Gold Rush mining in the Sierra Nevada could last for thousands of years in the form of ongoing erosion of mercury-laced sediments, according to new research. Mercury, a toxic heavy metal, was used in copious amounts in California's hydraulic gold mining operations in the mid- and late 1800s. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mercury-gold-sierra-nevada-20131028,0,2647821.story#axzz2j88vo6VT OPINIONS Jokes, Lies and Pollution in China. After my physical exam this year, the doctor showed me his findings. Next to an irregularity he had noted concerning lung function, I was surprised to see the words “air pollution.” It was first time this had ever appeared in my health report. This reminded me of the uproar in China in June of last year regarding PM 2.5 — the airborne particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less that are particularly harmful to our health. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/opinion/international/jokes-lies-and-pollution-in-china.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print China's pollution indicative of broader problems. China won't be able to solve its environmental crisis until it respects the human rights of its citizens. The crisis is severe, as the recent reports from Harbin, a city of 11 million people in northeastern China, indicate. Harbin was shut down by air pollution that was 50 times the level the World Health Organization considers safe. It was so thick that the city's official news site said: "You can't see your own fingers in front of you." Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/10/28/2998374/chinas-pollution-indicative-of.html#storylink=cpy Climate Change And Natural Gas Combine To Reduce U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions. File this as yet another “everything you think you knew was wrong” story. Ten years ago, anyone who would have said that, absent regulation, U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide would drop by 11 per cent in the succeeding decade would have been dismissed as the environmental crackpot of the year. Imagine the scorn if that person added, further, that climate change would be one of the causes. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmichaels/2013/10/29/climate-change-and-natural-gas-combine-to-reduce-u-s-carbon-dioxide-emissions/ Best Electric Vehicles Cities — ChargePoint’s Refreshing Ranking. I’m a big fan of ranking… just like the rest of you. However, I generally hate that most rankings are presented in absolute terms rather than relative terms. For example, there are many rankings of the “best electric car cities” based on the total number of electric cars, total number of public electric car charging stations, etc. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/28/best-electric-vehicles-cities-chargepoints-refreshing-ranking/#YPScu6vQ65EiXiFV.99 BLOGS Will Sandy’s Lessons Fade as a Sleepy Atlantic Storm Season Ends? With the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s coastal assault here, The New York Times and other media have run a batch of helpful articles tracking how coastal communities are, and are not, responding to the lessons from the extraordinary surge raised by that storm — a 1-in-700-year event, by some calculations. With sea levels rising for centuries to come, amplifying the impact of any coastal storm…Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/will-sandys-lessons-fade-as-a-sleepy-atlantic-storm-season-ends/?pagewanted=print Electric Vehicle Myths 1: This Time For Sure! Eight states have just announced a plan to mandate the sale of a certain amount of electric vehicles by the automobile industry. Most stories (Wald of the Times an exception) about this plan ignored the fact that it duplicated a plan announced in 1990, which called for electric vehicles to comprise 10% of auto sales by 2003. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaellynch/2013/10/28/electric-vehicle-myths-1-this-time-for-sure/ States That Are Deadbeats on Electric Cars. As PluginCars.com reported last week, the announcement on Thursday that eight governors are teaming up to support electric cars was timed to coincide with a review of zero emissions mandates by the California Air Resources Board. The message to automakers was clear: with the right incentives and charging infrastructure, electric cars can find a sizable market throughout the United States—so stop making excuses, and get ready to ramp up EV production. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/states-are-deadbeats-electric-cars-128659.html All across Europe, bicycles outsold cars last year. It may have taken a full generation for Queen's 1978 oddball anthem Bicycle Race to take effect, but by golly, folks in the band's native UK, not to mention the rest of Europe, are getting the rather operatic message. Last year, Europeans bought more bicycles than light-duty vehicles in 25 of the 27 EU member nations, reflecting the dual realities of a sputtering economy and rising fuel prices, NPR reports. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/10/29/bicycles-outsold-cars-all-over-europe-last-year/