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ARB Newsclips for November 4, 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 RPT-World Bank urges better cookstoves in developing states to curb deaths. Simple measures to reduce pollution from cooking stoves in developing nations could save a million lives a year and help slow global warming, a World Bank study showed on Monday. Tighter restrictions on diesel emissions, for instance from car exhausts, could also avert 340,000 premature deaths annually by reining in soot and other heat-trapping pollutants that are also stoking climate change, it said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/03/climate-health-idUSL5N0IO0EI20131103 Power Plants Try Burning Wood With Coal to Cut Carbon Emissions. Even as the Environmental Protection Agency considers requiring existing coal-fired power plants to cut their carbon dioxide output, some utilities have started to use a decidedly low-tech additive that accomplishes that goal: wood. Ranging in size from sawdust to chunks as big as soup cans, waste wood from paper mills, furniture factories and logging operations has been used with varying levels of success. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/04/business/power-plants-try-burning-wood-with-coal-to-cut-emissions.html AIR POLLUTION: Freeway emissions to be tracked. For the first time, permanent air quality monitoring stations will be placed near Southern California freeways to measure pollution from traffic. The information will be a factor in determining whether an area meets federal air quality standards. No later than Jan. 1, the South Coast Air Quality Management District will install the air-monitoring stations just off Interstate 10 near Etiwanda Avenue in a Fontana warehousing district. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20131101-air-pollution-freeway-emissions-to-be-tracked.ece Report: Idling buses, cars outside schools dangerous. When children walk into their school building, they may pass through some of the dirtiest air on their travel from home to class. A recently published study by a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and three other community organizations not only proves this is the case, it also points the way to reduce the exposure – simply turn off the engines of idling buses and cars. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/04/report-idling-cars-outside-schools-dangerous/3430749/ Long Beach nonprofits battle clean air issues. When Emmanuel Ibarra can’t breathe, the asthmatic kindergartner often seeks relief at The Children’s Clinic on Atlantic Avenue. On a recent visit, the boy wheezed and coughed as a doctor listened to his chest and back. To loosen the mucus that filled his underdeveloped lungs, Ibarra’s cousin Jennifer Castellon tapped his back while he breathed in and out of a machine that doled out medication in mist form. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/business/20131103/long-beach-nonprofits-battle-clean-air-issues Fairfield County Saw Fewer Unhealthy Air Quality Days During Summer. Fairfield County residents experienced 10 fewer unhealthy air quality days this summer compared with last summer, preliminary data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows. Connecticut measured 17 unhealthy ozone days between April and September 2013. In 2012, the Nutmeg State experienced 27 days during the same time period. Posted. http://stamford.dailyvoice.com/news/fairfield-county-saw-fewer-unhealthy-air-quality-days-during-summer FIREPLACE BURN DAYS Wood-burning rules now in effect. With crisper fall days in the forecast, San Joaquin Valley air quality officials say residents need to check before lighting up a fireplace blaze. The Valley Air Pollution Control District's annual wood-burning program begins today. On days with high levels of tiny particle pollution in the atmosphere, the district may prohibit residents from lighting a fire. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131103/A_NEWS/311030314/-1/A_NEWS14 No-burn days ahead for wood-burning fireplaces. Wood-burning fireplaces could face shutdowns again this winter. Spokesman Sam Atwood at the AQMD says there could be ‘no burn’ days through the end of March to cut down on fine particulate pollution. “We will forecast unhealthful air quality and on those days, will ask that residents not burn wood in their fireplaces. It’s a major source of pollution that impacts our public health goals.” Posted. http://www.inlandnewstoday.com/story.php?s=30990 Burn ban lifted in Tehama County. Due to the reduced threat of wildfire with the weather change, the Tehama-Glenn Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire, and the Tehama County Fire Department (TCFD) announced Friday that as of 8 a.m. Monday Nov. 4, the burn ban for Tehama County and the State Responsibility Areas of Glenn County will be lifted. The city of Red Bluff is also lifting its own burn ban beginning Monday. Posted. http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/business/ci_24441045/burn-ban-lifted-tehama-county POLLUTION: Check air quality before lighting that fireplace. With recent highs in the 80s, few people are ready to spark up the fireplace. But the South Coast Air Quality Management District already is warning residents to be aware that burning wood in home fireplaces on polluted days is a violation that can result in fines, not to mention making the air worse. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20131101-pollution-check-air-quality-before-lighting-that-fireplace.ece 'Don't Light Tonight' advisory issued for Yolo-Solano region. The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District has issued a "Don't Light Tonight" advisory that will run until midnight Sunday. Residents are asked to refrain from burning wood during this time. Ironically, the district only just announced Thursday that its Don't Light Tonight program 2013-14 season was launching on Friday. The program will run through the end of February 2014. Posted. http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_24439642/dont-light-tonight-advisory-issued-yolo-solano-region CLIMATE CHANGE Global Warming Seen Taking Toll on Economy, Health, Crops. Global warming is expected to take an increasing toll on the economy, food production, fresh water supplies and human health as the century progresses, according to a draft study for the United Nations. A temperature increase of 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) since industrialization may lead to losses of as much as 2 percent of global economic output, an analysis by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed. Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 degrees. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-04/global-warming-seen-taking-toll-on-economy-health-crops.html Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies. Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/science/earth/science-panel-warns-of-risks-to-food-supply-from-climate-change.html?_r=0 Top climate scientists ask environmentalists to support nuclear power in climate battle. Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution. Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change sent letters Sunday to leading environmental groups and politicians around the world. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/top-climate-scientists-ask-environmentalists-to-support-nuclear-power-in-climate-battle/2013/11/03/79a345b0-4473-11e3-95a9-3f15b5618ba8_story.html Pacific Ocean warming faster than it has in 10,000 years, study finds. Scientists have struggled to explain a recent slowdown in the rise of global surface temperatures while skeptics have seized on the 15-year lull to cast doubt on the science of climate change. A new study offers one explanation of where much of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is going: the ocean. Scientists found that parts of the Pacific Ocean are absorbing heat faster than they have over the past 10,000 years. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-pacific-ocean-warming-faster-10000-years-climate-change-20131101,0,2144238.story#axzz2jhzPE6KR Experts say nuclear power needed to slow warming. Some of the world's top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won't be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they're asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution. Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change sent letters Sunday to leading environmental groups and politicians around the world. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/nov/03/experts-say-nuclear-power-needed-to-slow-warming/#ixzz2jhcFSJlL Report: Warming likely to make bad things worse. Many of the ills of the modern world — starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease — are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts. The report uses the word "exacerbate" repeatedly to describe warming's effect on poverty, lack of water, disease and even the causes of war. Posted http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/03/report-warming-likely-to-make-bad-things-worse/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/03/3587740/report-warming-likely-to-make.html Pacific Climate Pact's Green Energy Goals No Easy Feat. From streamlined permitting of clean energy projects to electricity grid integration, the regional climate change action pact inked by California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia this week is an impressive wish list of renewable-friendly goals, but experts say bridging jurisdictional divides and turning those goals into concrete, cohesive energy policies won't be easy for lawmakers and regulators.. Posted. http://www.law360.com/environmental/articles/485120?nl_pk=f73ac890-26a3-449e-837c-961a6627164d&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=environmental BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY How media pushed climate change 'pause' into the mainstream. Second in a two-part series. Click here for the first part. In late September, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest science summary, IPCC scientists highlighted the certainty of human's role in recent climate change. They also updated estimates of sea-level rise and pointed out that the last three decades were likely the warmest 30-year period in the past 1,400 years. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989863/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Cuts in black carbon, methane could slow rapid polar and Himalayan melting – report. Reduction of short-term climate pollutants like methane and soot could make a real difference in slowing melting of the Arctic and glacial regions like the Himalayas, according to a report released yesterday by the World Bank and the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative. It could also have significant health benefits for people living in areas where these pollutants are released. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989866/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Fracking probe expands in Central Valley. Near almond orchards and the city of Shafter, state water authorities tested suspicious fluid in an oilfield sump — at a well named for the 1930s cartoon character Betty Boop. They found the fluid laced with boron, salts and a cocktail of notorious chemicals related to gasoline and diesel. It came from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/02/3587611/fracking-probe-expands-in-valley.html#storylink=cpy Will 2014 be the year when cellulosic biofuels arrive at your gas pump? With luck, by the end of next year, there will be seven fully operational cellulosic ethanol facilities in the world. That's more than double the three that are up and running now: KiOR in Mississippi, INEOS Bio in Florida and Beta Renewables in Italy, and it offers the most promising future to date for a sector that has had a difficult time getting on its feet. "I think the future is bright; I think the industry can be built very quickly…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989882/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES US Electric Vehicles sales report for October. The monthly EV sales report is provided by InsideEVs and is updated with the latest available information. Ford has not yet reported its results, but it looks like October 2013 will not only surpass September 2013, but also December of 2012 and be the 2nd best month of all-time for US EV sales. While the numbers for October have only just started to come in (and will be updated), it appears as though the month…Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/5643 DOD plans big bet on electric vehicles, but not much on natural gas. The Department of Defense is accelerating its adoption of electric vehicles in order to trim its fuel bill and reap the strategic benefits of weaning itself from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels. According to a recent report from Colorado-based firm Navigant Research, DOD is expected to acquire more than 92,400 electric vehicles (EVs) for nontactical purposes by 2020. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989883/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY This Little LED of Mine. Nancy Finkelmeier tried to make the switch more than a year ago. After hearing that the long life of compact fluorescent bulbs would help her avoid changing the lights in her 15-foot ceilings so often, she got rid of her traditional incandescent bulbs in favor of the new ones. But there was a problem. “I don’t like that cool blue light that it emits,” said Ms. Finkelmeier, a retired nurse from Cincinnati. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/business/energy-environment/this-little-led-of-mine.html?_r=0 Aiming for Truly Sustainable Buildings. Over the last decade, the most widely recognized seal of approval for green buildings among New York City buyers has been LEED, a label that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Many property developers strive for LEED certification to appeal to residents with an image of eco-friendliness, as well as to charge premium prices and earn tax credits. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/realestate/aiming-for-truly-sustainable-buildings.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1383586816-Le55fZM+IcABI10sgPPR5g Green Building Council honors UC system. The U.S. Green Building Council's Northern California Chapter hosted its annual Green Building Super Heroes Awards Gala Tuesday at the Julia Morgan Ballroom San Francisco honoring several distinguished leaders -- including the University of California system -- propelling the sustainability movement in Northern California and beyond. Mary D. Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board…Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/business/ci_24440438/green-building-council-honors-uc-system Diablo Canyon faces state deadlines to change its cooling system. An important milestone looms for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Plant manager PG&E and state officials will decide soon whether the plant will spend up to $12 billion to change its cooling system, which damages the ocean ecosystem by killing fish larvae and discharging billions of gallons of unnaturally warm seawater. Some options, such as building 600-foot-tall cooling towers, would permanently alter the landscape around Diablo Canyon and certainly face stiff local opposition. Posted. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/11/02/2763083/diablo-canyon-faces-deadlines.html#storylink=cpy MISCELLANEOUS Free emissions test offered to Fresno drivers. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley CAN will provide Fresno drivers with free vehicle emissions tests Saturday at the Fresno County Fairgrounds during the "Tune In & Tune Up" event. Drivers who have owned their car for at least six months are eligible for the free test from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If the vehicle doesn't pass the test and can be repaired…Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/01/3585247/free-emissions-test-offered-to.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/01/3006905/free-emissions-test-offered-to.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS COLUMN-Shell plants LNG at truck stops along the interstates: Kemp. In the decade to 2013, shale gas and oil transformed the U.S. and global energy markets. The next revolutionary development over the decade to 2023 is likely to be the widespread use of gas as a transport fuel, starting in the United States. Freight trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) rather than diesel could become a common sight on the U.S. interstate highway system under plans being developed and financed by Royal Dutch Shell. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/04/lng-north-america-idUSL5N0IP2I120131104 Earth Talk: Can’t close doors on pollution. Dear EarthTalk: Can you discuss pollutants in car interior materials, and also pollution inside cars originating from gasoline and diesel exhausts outside the car? . . . The interior of your car may seem like a safe haven from air pollution, but it may actually be quite the opposite. Chemicals emanating from the steering wheel, dashboard, armrests and seats mix with the airborne pollution being generated under the hood to form a witch’s brew of toxins for those riding inside. Posted. http://smdp.com/earth-talk-cant-close-doors-on-pollution/128825 BLOGS A Closer Look at Climate Panel’s Findings on Global Warming Impacts. Justin Gillis has provided a look at the forthcoming report on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation options from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, based on a leaked final draft (dated Oct. 28) that was posted on the blog of Donna Laframboise, a longtime critic of the panel. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/a-closer-look-at-climate-panels-findings-on-global-warming-impacts/ California won't meet 2050 emissions goals, report says. Barring a sweeping policy change or the introduction of new technology, California will fall short of its goals to drastically curtail greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The good news is that California remains on pace to cut emissions to their 1990 level by 2020, a goal set out in a 2005 executive order issued by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/11/california-wont-meet-2050-emissions-goals-report.html Adapting to Climate Change Does Not Mean Accepting It. At the end of last week a new IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report was leaked projecting that climate change would reduce the world's food productivity throughout this century. We also saw the Obama administration issue an Executive Order on Climate Preparedness as part of its Climate Action Plan. The Obama Climate Action Plan includes elements to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/adapting-to-climate-chang_b_4212460.html