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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for December 17, 2013. Posted: 17 Dec 2013 14:21:12
ARB Newsclips for December 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 Air quality takes a turn for the bad. Air quality briefly soared into the "very unhealthy" range in Stockton for the third day in a row Monday, another consequence of a historically dry 2013. "Very unhealthy" is the most severe among five levels established by air quality officials. From 10 a.m. until sometime after noon, officials recommended that everyone avoid outdoor activity - not merely those who are elderly or sick, but also those who are considered healthy. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131217/A_NEWS/312170313&cid=sitesearch Otay Mesa Pollution Permit Gets Hearing. The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing this evening on revisions to a pollution permit application for a proposed power plant in unincorporated Otay Mesa. The developer of the Pio Pico Energy Center has applied for a federal pollution permit used by regulators to ensure that natural gas turbines will not significantly degrade air quality in the area. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/17/tp-otay-mesa-pollution-permit-gets-hearing-public/ Wood-burning ban continues with 7th 'Spare the Air' day. A wood-burning ban in the Bay Area has extended to a full week after a seventh-straight "Winter Spare the Air" alert was issued for Saturday. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert -- its 11th since the district's Winter Spare the Air season began Nov. 1 -- because of an ongoing cold weather pattern that is trapping pollution close to the ground. Posted. http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2013/12/16/wood-burning-ban-continues-with-7th-spare-the-air-day http://www.sanramonexpress.com/news/2013/12/16/bay-area-sees-unprecedented-10th-straight-winter-spare-the-air-alert http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_24735090/10th-consecutive-spare-air-alert-called-tuesday-bay?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_24739071/spare-air-today-is-today http://www.universityherald.com/articles/6237/20131216/spare-the-air-campaign-continues-bay-area-ban-on-man-made-fires-because-of-cold-weather.htm Chico wood fires banned today; fires discouraged elsewhere. The advisory that triggers an indoor wood-burning ban for Chico has been issued for today by the Butte County Air Quality Management District. Residents in Gridley are also discouraged from starting fires. In a press release, the agency said residents of Chico and Gridley are being asked not to use wood stoves or fireplaces today because of expected poor air quality. Burning EPA-approved wood stoves or manufactured logs is OK. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/breakingnews/ci_24738288/chico-wood-fires-banned-today-fires-discouraged-elsewhere CLIMATE CHANGE Claims Made That Climate Change Impacts On Los Angeles Only Partially Mitigated By AB 32 Implementation. Air Resources Board To Finalize Updated AB 32 Scoping Plan In Early 2014. Under a business-as-usual scenario, research indicates that Los Angeles County is on track for less snowfall, hotter temperatures and an increase in the number of extreme heat days by mid-century, and these changes are inevitable. Posted. http://lbbusinessjournal.com/long-beach-business-journal-newswatch/2013-claims-made-that-climate-change-impacts-on-los-angeles-only-partially-mitigated-by-ab-32-implementation.html Dems aim to elevate work on global warming next year – Boxer. Senate Democrats will do what they can to push climate change to the top of the political agenda in the new year, starting with "big announcements" that could come even before the New Year's Eve ball drops, Sen. Barbara Boxer said today. The California Democrat will hold a long-promised hearing Jan. 16 on President Obama's Climate Action Plan featuring U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059991994/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Trucking companies give drivers a way to own their own truck. A few years ago, the Gardena resident asked his oldest son to be his partner in the drayage trucking business, which involved ferrying containers to and from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles with a 1996 Peterbilt truck. Jorge Jr. jumped at the chance to work with his father, a man who supported a family of five children with trucking. But the ports enacted a Clean Trucks Program in 2008 to reduce the number of polluting trucks…Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/business/20131216/trucking-companies-give-drivers-a-way-to-own-their-own-truck http://www.presstelegram.com/business/20131216/program-helps-drivers-at-ports-of-la-and-long-beach-own-their-own-trucks FUELS Britain Opens Door to More Shale Gas Drilling. The British government signaled on Tuesday that it was intensifying its efforts to encourage the development of shale gas production, with plans to award a new set of shale drilling licenses next year despite persistent opposition from environmental groups. “Today marks the next step in unlocking the potential of shale gas in our energy mix,” Energy Minister Michael Fallon said in a statement on Tuesday. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/business/international/britain-opens-door-to-more-shale-gas-drilling.html?pagewanted=print Shell aims to lower oil sands emissions with LNG trucks. Oil sands operator Shell Canada Ltd. announced yesterday that it is teaming up with manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. to test natural gas-fueled trucks in northern Alberta. The company said it hopes to cut its emissions profile at oil sands sites by equipping mining trucks with engines that run primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG releases less greenhouse gases and harmful particulates than diesel when burned and is typically less expensive than oil-based fuels on a per-gallon-equivalent basis. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059991959/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS UW balloons measure particles in atmosphere. The balloon looks more like an enormous jelly fish when it lifts off. Helium buoys the top as the rest of its fabric skin hangs limp. It's not a hot air balloon as we know it, where a pilot uses heat to control elevation. This balloon fills with gas until it becomes a 100-foot ball floating high above the Earth's surface. Instead of carrying people, it hauls pricey instruments. And instead of floating around the state, the balloon bursts about 20 miles up in the sky, parachuting down instruments that measure particles, ozone, temperature, altitude and pressure. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/UW-balloons-measure-particles-in-atmosphere-5066974.php OPINIONS Climate Change Denial. Re “The Little Treaty That Could” (By Degrees, Dec. 10): When I read that “some of the same people who deny global warming now took money from the chemical industry back then to challenge science,” it occurs to me that our culture has to consider whether this equates to simple political process or prostitution. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/science/climate-change-denial.html BLOGS Amid China’s Bad Air, a Reminder That Smoking Still Kills. As the recognition of the danger of outdoor air pollution in China grows, health authorities are trying to use that knowledge to raise awareness of an even deadlier health threat: smoking. China has about 350 million smokers, and despite efforts to reduce consumption, tobacco is still widely consumed, and about half of adult males are regular smokers, according to surveys. Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/amid-chinas-bad-air-a-reminder-that-smoking-still-kills/?_r=0 EPA says average MPG of new cars sold in 2012 hit record. The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual report for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions trends, and it shows that 2012 was a banner year for both with average fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon and average CO2 emissions of 376 grams per mile – both all-time records since the figures were first tracked in 1975. Even better, early figures show that 2013 will continue this trend, and Automotive News reports that the industry is on pace to meet the 54.5-mpg target in 2025. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/ Ozone layer will take five more decades to fully recover. Remember when the world came together to save the ozone layer — even Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher? The Montreal Protocol, a treaty that went into effect in 1989, curbed the use of CFCs and other chemicals that tear up the planet’s UV-absorbing sheath of ozone. But that was nearly a generation ago — and things still haven’t been fully patched up in the lower stratosphere. Posted. http://grist.org/news/ozone-layer-will-take-five-more-decades-to-fully-recover/