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ARB Newsclips for November 21, 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 Beijing Looks to Markets to Fix Pollution. China's leaders are taking aim at the cheap use of resources that has let its industries boom but has choked its air and tainted its soil, looking to markets to play a larger role in commodity prices as a way to fix pollution. The strategy change, endorsed as part of a wide-ranging policy blueprint at a Communist Party meeting that concluded last week, promises to grant markets a "decisive role" in allocating resources, while more harshly penalizing polluters. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304607104579209672150391040#printMode Pollution Suit Puts Chill on Popular Hot Sauce Sriracha. When Minneapolis donut chef Teresa Fox heard that Huy Fong Foods Inc., maker of Sriracha Asian-style hot sauce, might be forced to shut its factory near Los Angeles, she knew she needed to stock up. The co-owner of Glam Doll Donuts, a hip bakery popular with a late-night crowd, uses the sweet and spicy chili sauce in the icing for her peanut butter and Sriracha-flavored "Chart Topper" doughnut. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304607104579210192185591658#printMode EPA proposes new deadline for air cleanup plans. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new deadline for Alaska to develop a plan to clean up Fairbanks air that's been deemed dangerous to breathe. The federal agency on Tuesday proposed that the state formulate a plan by Dec. 31, 2014, to address a chronic winter particulate problem in Fairbanks with, which can cause health problems for the young, the elderly and the weakened. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/EPA-proposes-new-deadline-for-air-cleanup-plans-4996104.php http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/20/3043054/epa-proposes-new-deadline-for.html#storylink=cpy Panel grants pollution waiver for Ill. coal plants. The Illinois Pollution Control Board agreed Thursday to give a Texas company extra time to install pollution controls at five Illinois coal-fired power plants, saying it would be an economic hardship for the company to do it sooner. The panel voted 3-1 to grant a pollution-control waiver to Houston-based Dynegy Inc., which still must acquire the plants from Ameren Corp., but said it would be several hours before the opinion was available to the public. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Panel-grants-pollution-waiver-for-Ill-coal-plants-4998426.php New state website gives real-time air quality data. A website now available for desktop computers and mobile devices allows people in California to see real-time measurements of air quality. The California Air Resources Board said Tuesday that the Breathe Well site allows people to plan outdoor activities with the help of "sophisticated and comprehensive air monitoring networks." The site can access hour-by-hour averages of data - ozone and fine particle pollution - that is relayed from about 200 monitors statewide. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/health/New-state-website-gives-real-time-air-quality-data-232587771.html Air pollution? Now there’s an app for that. If your lungs and eyes won’t tell you, perhaps your smartphone can. The California Air Resources Board says it has developed a mobile website for smartphones and tablets that makes it possible to see real-time levels of ozone and fine particle pollution in one’s immediate area — or in towns and cities throughout California — on an hour-by-hour basis. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=24641 CLIMATE CHANGE Developing Nations Stage Protest at Climate Talks. The United Nations climate talks here are bogging down over the old divide between rich and poor nations on the question of who should pay when climate-related disaster strikes, with developing nations staging a symbolic walkout early Wednesday in protest at what they consider inadequate financial support from wealthy countries. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/world/rich-and-poor-nations-spar-over-climate-damages.html?hpw&rref=science&_r=0 Activists walk out of UN climate talks. Activists walked out of U.N. climate talks the day before they end, saying two weeks of negotiations have brought no results. Wearing "polluters talk, we walk" T-shirts, hundreds of activists walked out on Thursday from Warsaw's National Stadium, the venue for the meeting. In a statement, the protesters said the Warsaw talks of more than 190 nations were "on track to deliver virtually nothing" while the "actions of many rich countries ...are directly undermining" the U.N. climate efforts. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/21/5933670/activists-walk-out-of-un-climate.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/21/3044579/activists-walk-out-of-un-climate.html#storylink=cpy Is America no longer public enemy No. 1 on climate change? The annual U.N. climate change negotiations often take on the flavor of an environmental war crimes tribunal, with America as the top offender. Not this year. For the first time in at least a decade, activists have not awarded the United States a "fossil of the day" designation, with which it brands environmental miscreants and those seen as blocking progress in the talks. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990838/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY World should act now on CO2 to prevent dangerous temperature rise – scientists. The longer the world waits to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the harder it will be to keep warming under 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not sound surprising, but in a recent perspective paper published by the journal Nature Climate Change, two prominent climate scientists put some numbers on what that wait time will mean for the Earth's temperature. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990826/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS EPA offers grants to replace older diesel engines. Owners of construction vehicles with older diesel engines in six Nebraska counties may apply for a federal rebate to help replace the vehicles or retrofit older vehicles with new cleaner burning engines. The Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available for public and private owners of construction vehicles. Those in Cass, Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties may apply for the money. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/EPA-offers-grants-to-replace-older-diesel-engines-4998038.php http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/11/21/2m-funding-available-to-reduce-diesel-engine-pollution/ EPA Offers Support for Construction Diesel Retrofits. The Environmental Protection Agency has $2 million for rebates to encourage emissions retrofitting on diesel construction engines. The rebates are being offered as part of an ongoing EPA program, the Diesel Emission Reduction Act, that has awarded more than $500 million in retrofit support over the past five years. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/11/epa-offers-support-for-construction-diesel-retrofits.aspx Port of Long Beach Repeals Cargo Fee. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week unanimously repealed a cargo fee that has been on the Southern California seaport’s books since 2008 but implementation was delayed repeatedly and the fee was never collected. The repealed fee would have been a charge on each cargo container to help fund roadway and railway improvements in and around the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/11/port-of-long-beach-repeals-cargo-fee.aspx FUELS House backs bill to speed natural gas pipelines. The House has approved a bill to speed approval of natural gas pipelines, the third bill passed this week to boost energy production in the U.S. The pipeline bill would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny a pipeline application within a year. The bill was approved 252-165. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/House-backs-bill-to-speed-natural-gas-pipelines-4998697.php House passes bill to restrain federal fracking rules. The House yesterday passed 235-187 a bill that would restrain federal rules related to oil and natural gas hydraulic fracturing in states that regulate the practice. Passage of H.R. 2728 closed another chapter in the weeklong energy bill focus on the House floor. Earlier yesterday, the House voted on a bill to speed Bureau of Land Management leasing to energy companies…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/eedaily/stories/1059990832/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Just 10 percent of Calif. car chargers delivered. A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year. By fortifying the state's still-spotty charging infrastructure, the settlement between NRG Energy Inc. and California energy regulators was sold as the key to jump-starting enthusiasm for the non-polluting vehicles. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Just-10-percent-of-Calif-car-chargers-delivered-4997907.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/20/just-10-percent-of-calif-car-chargers-delivered/ Lexus opts for China over LA, Tokyo auto shows for face-lifted CT 200h hybrid’s world premier. While a flurry of new car models are being paraded this week at auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus is using the week’s other big auto show in China to unveil the latest version of its CT 200h. This four door hatchback hybrid is positioned as a sporty luxury compact. The 2014 model is the first major update since it was launched in China in 2011. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/lexus-opts-for-china-over-la-tokyo-auto-shows-for-face-lifted-ct-200h-hybrids-world-premier/2013/11/21/b8f3dd7e-5288-11e3-9ee6-2580086d8254_story.html 3 automakers launch fuel-cell electric vehicles, say market finally is ready. Honda and Hyundai unveiled fuel-cell electric vehicles at the L.A. Auto Show here yesterday, pledging to produce and sell a green car that has proved difficult to move into the mainstream. The debuts came as Toyota showed a concept fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the Tokyo Auto Show. The launch of the FCEV is a "pivotal moment," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, "the moment when our industry begins to roll out the next-generation electric vehicle." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990837/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY LA AUTO SHOW Toyota Shows Off Fuel-Cell Automobile. Hydrogen-powered cars are finally being readied for their Prius moment — at least, that is what promoters of the environmentally friendly technology hope. Toyota, maker of the Prius, the first hybrid vehicle to achieve mass-market acceptance, on Wednesday unveiled a concept version of a hydrogen fuel-cell car that it plans to begin selling “around 2015,” as the company put it. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/business/international/toyota-unveils-fuel-cell-concept-automobile.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print L.A. Auto Show: Honda debuts fuel-cell concept car. Honda unveiled a hydrogen fuel-cell concept car at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday, a vehicle that has the same high-tech drive train that will be in the version of the car that will go on sale in the U.S. and Japan two years from now. But the sheet metal of the sweeping, aerodynamic car is the whimsy of the automaker’s design team, and won’t make it to dealer showrooms. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-auto-show-honda-fuel-cell-20131120,0,3472209.story#axzz2lJHDykNT http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1088639_honda-fcev-fuel-cell-concept-debuts-at-l-a-auto-show L.A. Auto Show: Hyundai debuts new Tucson. Hyundai unveiled its new Tucson hydrogen fuel-cell crossover at the L.A. Auto Show on Wednesday, a vehicle that will be the first mass-market hydrogen-powered car to go on sale in the U.S. when it hits showrooms in February. The South Korean automaker plans to offer the car on a $499 a month, 36-month lease with a $2,999 down payment. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-auto-show-hyundai-tucson-debut-20131120,0,4126357,print.story Hyundai’s Coming Hydrogen Car, & Some Context On Hydrogen Transportation. On Friday, Hyundai North America CEO John Krafcik announced that the South Korean automaker has developed a hydrogen car. The company, along with Toyota and Honda, will unveil its prototype hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car at both the Los Angeles and Tokyo Auto Shows this week. “These things are now ready for prime time,” Krafcik told the Associated Press. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/11/21/hyundais-coming-hydrogen-car-context-hydrogen-transportation/#Ui8BQFf4ADlrB4cb.99 GREEN ENERGY Report: Pa. wind power saves water, protects air. Wind power in Pennsylvania is saving water and avoiding pollution that contributes to climate change and other problems, according to a report issued Wednesday by a group lobbying for government policies that promote the use of wind to produce electricity. The Penn Environment report said the state's existing two dozen wind farms, which are concentrated in southwest and northeast Pennsylvania…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Report-Pa-wind-power-saves-water-protects-air-4995797.php Study: California Wind Power is the Worst For Wildlife. California's newest wind turbines may be killing more than 100,000 birds a year, according to a peer-reviewed study to be published in December. Those mortalities seem to climb the taller wind turbines get. And California wind turbines kill more wildlife per megawatt than identical turbines in other parts of the country. What's more, though some have pointed to replacements of the old-style lattice structures holding up turbines with monopoles as a way of making wind turbines safer for birds…Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/wind/study-california-wind-turbines-deadliest-in-us.html MISCELLANEOUS A Smart Smoke Alarm That Keeps Its Cool. The last apartment I lived in was a certifiable fire hazard. It was mostly my fault — I ripped out the smoke detector my landlord had installed because it was so sensitive that even a steamy shower would set off its earsplitting beeping. Smoke alarms are old-world tech in an era when most of the devices that wind up in our pockets and homes tend to be sleek, efficient and deliberately nonintrusive. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/technology/personaltech/review-nest-protect-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-detector.html OPINIONS Hydrogen and electric cars are nothing to be afraid of: Steve Scauzillo. When I last saw my brother-in-law in Kansas, he was giving me a ride in his modified Mercedes. We had to make a stop at a restaurant so he could fill up his tank. Yeah, that’s right, he adapted both his old-model diesel Mercedes sedans to run on used french fry oil. Tinkering in one’s garage is so American. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20131120/hydrogen-and-electric-cars-are-nothing-to-be-afraid-of-steve-scauzillo BLOGS Hydrogen Cars Showcased At Los Angeles Auto Show Could Be Future Of Transportation. Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as early as next spring. Hyundai Motor Co. will be the first to the mass market in the U.S. It unveiled a hydrogen-powered Tucson small SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show that will be leased to consumers. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/hydrogen-cars-la-auto-show_n_4317569.html Are you cooking up a health hazard in the kitchen? Making dinner could turn your kitchen into a health hazard. Numerous studies are showing that cooking can cause air pollution in your kitchen, some of the same stuff that is in smog. One study even shows that cooking can cause emission levels in your kitchen that would exceed acceptable limits for air quality outside your house. You would not necessarily be able to see it, because some of the substances are colorless and odorless. Posted. http://www.katu.com/news/local/Are-you-cooking-up-a-health-hazard-in-the-kitchen--232788761.html