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ARB Newsclips for November 7, 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 Nevada mine pollution deal brings residents $19.5M. Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination. Atlantic Richfield Co. and its parent BP America Inc. acknowledged no wrongdoing under the agreement, which also calls for them to pay $2.6 million in attorney fees to the legal team…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TOXIC_MINE_NEVADA_SETTLEMENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Cook with a gas stove? You could be breathing polluted air, study says. A big polluter could be blazing inside your kitchen, its blue flames glowing under your tea kettle or frying pan. A new study says cooking with a gas stove can expose you to unhealthy levels of air pollution. About two-thirds of Southern California households that use natural gas burners without proper ventilation breathe levels of air pollution so high that they would exceed federal health standards outdoors, scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-gas-stoves-air-pollution-california-20131106,0,6918914.story#axzz2juFHzW1s Prescribed burn scheduled Friday in San Luis Obispo County. A prescribed burn is scheduled Friday in San Luis Obispo County. The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is working with local ranchers to burn a 400 acre area, located nine miles northeast of Pozo and 12 miles northwest of California Valley. The burn is part of CAL FIRE's Vegetation Management Program. The goal is to get rid of hazardous brush and improve ranging for livestock and wildlife. Posted. http://www.ksby.com/news/prescribed-burn-scheduled-friday-in-san-luis-obispo-county/ How Biking In Traffic Affects Your Body. Ever wondered what all those fumes are doing to your lungs while bike or walk in heavy traffic? I certainly have, especially when biking up a hill behind a bus. (Argh, not again!) So I had to check out this Globe and Mail story about a recent study of just my situation—biking in traffic exhaust. A team of exercise physiologists at the University of British Columbia and the University of Fraser Valley, both in Canada, asked healthy volunteers to come to their lab, sit on stationary bicycles, and pedal away while wearing face masks that pumped at them either filtered air or air containing diesel exhaust. The researchers measured the volunteers' oxygen use, heart rate and other physiological responses. Posted. http://www.popsci.com/article/science/how-biking-traffic-affects-your-body CLIMATE CHANGE DOE awards $84M for 18 carbon-capture projects. The Energy Department has awarded $84 million to 18 projects across the country to help limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. The projects focus on so-called carbon-capture technologies intended to limit pollution blamed for global warming. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the grants Friday. He says any serious effort to protect future generations from the worst effects of climate change must deploy technology…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ENERGY_CARBON_CAPTURE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Brazil greenhouse gas emissions lowest in 20 years. A Brazilian network of environmental groups says emission levels of greenhouse gases in Latin America's biggest country fell last year to their lowest in two decades. The Observatorio do Clima, or Climate Observatory, is comprised of more than 30 non-governmental organizations focused on climate change. It says in a report released Thursday that greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 1.48 billion metric tons in 2012 compared to 1.43 billion metric tons in 1992. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_BRAZIL_GREENHOUSE_GASES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT DIESEL EMISSIONS Redding Council Votes to Gear Up in Battle With State Over Exhaust Emission Rules. With a 5-0 vote, the Redding City Council agreed Tuesday to confront the California Air Resources Board over looming diesel engine emission standards that opponents say will deal a crippling blow to the north state’s already fragile economy. The vote authorized Mayor Rick Bosetti to write CARB and invoke Redding’s “coordination” authority. Coordination is a process that requires federal agencies (and state agencies that receive federal funding) to work with local governments before implementing policies or plans that impact the local community. Posted. http://anewscafe.com/2013/11/06/redding-council-votes-to-gear-up-in-battle-with-state-over-exhaust-emission-rules/ FUELS Strong dollar drives oil down to near $94 a barrel. The price of oil fell to near $94 a barrel Thursday, as an unexpected rate cut by the European Central Bank strengthened the dollar and an OPEC report depicted abundant global supplies. By mid-afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery was down 57 cents to $94.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, it added $1.43 to close at $94.80 a barrel. That was still about 9 percent below its Oct. 2 close of $104.10. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Oil Industry May Invoke Trade Law to Challenge Export Ban. The U.S. oil industry, riding a domestic energy boom, is preparing to challenge restrictions on crude exports, possibly by arguing that limits designed to keep petroleum in America may violate international trade rules. “Export issues are something we’re going to have to address,” John Felmy, the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute trade group, said in an interview. “It’s a debate we have to have.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-06/oil-industry-may-invoke-trade-law-to-challenge-export-ban.html Colorado cities’ fracking bans could be canary in a coalmine. Three Colorado cities voted Tuesday to ban fracking, the kind of test that might be coming to states from California to North Carolina as oil and gas drilling surges from coast to coast. The Colorado vote, happening in a state with a long history of energy development, was a trial of whether the oil and gas industry could overcome passionate opposition to the drilling practice that’s helped create an American energy boom. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/07/3015294/colorado-cities-fracking-bans.html#storylink=cpy Biofuel producers brace for major EPA changes as big lobby groups clash. U.S. EPA will soon release its proposed biofuel targets for 2014, and producers are anxiously waiting what could mean a sea change for the industry next year, and beyond. If the renewable fuel standard (RFS) gallon amounts resemble the numbers in a leaked draft circulated last month that indicated a significant reduction for the corn ethanol and advanced biofuels targets, then it could mean a shift in strategy for the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990127/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Emissions from Canada's oil industry are increasing. Canada's oil industry is producing more greenhouse gas emissions per barrel than it did five years ago, despite Alberta regulations aimed at curbing them and growing political pressure on the industry from foreign governments concerned about climate change. In an environmental report card released Tuesday, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said industry per-barrel emissions were up 21 percent since 2008…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2013/11/07/stories/1059990094 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla Model S electric car hit by third fire. Another Tesla Model S electric car has caught fire, this time in Tennessee, and company shares are falling. Tesla says the fire happened Wednesday afternoon near Smyrna. The company says it was caused by a crash and was not spontaneous. Spokeswoman Liz Jarvis Shean says Tesla has sent a team to Tennessee to investigate the fire. She says the company has been in contact with the driver, who believes the car saved his life. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20131107/tesla-model-s-electric-car-hit-by-third-fire OPINIONS China’s Dirty Air. Air pollution has reached appalling levels in China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter. But we all knew this was coming and should not be surprised. The Chinese economy has grown spectacularly by following models of advanced economies. Economic catch-up can be a matter of choosing what and when from a proven menu, though too often that approach underestimates the costs connected to a particular development tool. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/opinion/chinas-dirty-air.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&rref=&hpw=&adxnnlx=1383841723-UjwCbg1IzO9/a6pRRmppeA If You Think China’s Air Is Bad ... For visitors, China’s water problem becomes apparent upon entering the hotel room. The smell of a polluted river might emanate from the showerhead. Need to quench your thirst? The drip from the tap is rarely potable. Can you trust the bottled water? Many Chinese don’t. What about brushing your teeth? Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/opinion/if-you-think-chinas-air-is-bad.html There’s good news on greenhouse gas emissions, but work remains. THE COUNTRY’S greenhouse gas emissions have been dropping significantly. Get excited. But not too excited. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported last month that the greenhouse gas output from power plants, the nation’s biggest emitters, dropped by an astounding 10 percent between 2010 and 2012. Last year alone, greenhouse emissions over the whole economy declined by 4.5 percent. In a separate report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the recent progress on emissions came even as the economy and the population grew. The country has been using less energy to produce more wealth and, in the process, is producing fewer emissions. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-good-news-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions-but-work-remains/2013/11/06/aa52a6d0-4106-11e3-a624-41d661b0bb78_story.html BLOGS China’s Top for Expats (When You Don’t Count the Pollution). China is a great place for expatriates – if you don’t ask about the air. The country ranked No. 1 overall among 37 countries as a destination for expats in an HSBC Holdings PLC survey released earlier this week, edging out Germany, Singapore and the Cayman Islands. Its surveys ranked China No. 2 out of 37 countries in terms of beneficial economics and No. 3 in terms of what the bank calls “expat experience,” or general quality of life. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2013/11/07/chinas-top-for-expats-when-you-dont-count-the-pollution/?KEYWORDS=air+pollution