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newsclips -- Newsclips for December 27, 2013 Posted: 27 Dec 2013 10:52:11
ARB Newsclips for December 27, 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 Study: Some air pollution can seep indoors. A Utah State University research professor has measured how much air pollution can seep into homes on days authorities are issuing warnings about high soot levels outdoors. The Herald Journal of Logan reports (http://bit.ly/19kAIio) that environmental engineering professor Randy Martin found levels of extremely fine soot to be a quarter of the level outdoors. That means some soot still makes its way indoors. Martin says the best furnace filters can help. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Study-Some-air-pollution-can-seep-indoors-5095665.php S.F. could fight pollution with more greening efforts, study says. The City's most happening hood is also its least healthy. And only one thing can save residents of the Mission district from breathing San Francisco's dirtiest air: going green, and going greener in 2014 than in the past year. Nearly all San Franciscans live within 1.5 miles of a major freeway, according to a recently released study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The resulting exposure to particulate matter makes lung ailments like cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) two of the most common health problems in The City. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-could-fight-pollution-with-more-greening-efforts-study-says/Content?oid=2659187 Valley's stagnant air not going anywhere. Have you been feeling an uncomfortable tightness in your chest? Are your reaching for your asthma inhaler more often? If so, the cause may be related to the valley's terrible, awful no-good air. In summer, the valley's biggest air problem is ozone, an unhealthy component of smog that forms under the hot, summer sun. But this time of year the valley's air pollution scourge is particulate matter, or PMs, a mixture of tiny solid particles and liquid droplets in the air. The size and composition of PM is directly linked to potential health hazards. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x429884910/Valleys-stagnant-air-not-going-anywhere 20th Spare-The-Air Alert Of Season Issued For Friday. More air will be spared on Friday, as a series of “Winter Spare the Air” alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District continues. District officials announced today that wood burning will be banned in the Bay Area on Friday for the fifth day in a row and the 20th day this season. Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, thanked the public for observing the restrictions and acknowledged that there have been a lot of wood-burning bans lately. Posted. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/12/26/20th-spare-the-air-alert-of-season-issued-for-friday/ http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131226/articles/131229695 DIESEL EMISSSIONS "Some Flexibility" in Start of California Shore-Power Rules. In a Monday statement, California regulators officially confirmed that vessels that have tried to comply with new shore power rules will not be penalised if they are unable to do so because of problems outside of their control. "While the January 1, 2014 compliance date remains unchanged, ARB will recognize a fleet's good faith efforts to comply with the requirements during a transition period," the California Air Resources Board (CARB) said in the statement. Posted. http://shipandbunker.com/news/am/352694-some-flexibility-in-start-of-california-shore-power-rules GREEN ENERGY Can we turn unwanted carbon dioxide into electricity? Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground - and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation by at least 10 times compared to existing geothermal energy approaches. The technology to implement this design already exists in different industries, so the researchers are optimistic that their new approach could expand the use of geothermal energy in the US far beyond the handful of states that can take advantage of it now. Posted. http://www.domain-b.com/technology/20131227_electricity.html MISCELLANEOUS As city cycling grows, so does bike tax temptation. Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes. The snow-clearing operation is just the latest attention city leaders have lavished on cycling, from a growing web of bike lanes to the nation's second largest shared network of grab-and-go bicycles stationed all over town. But it also spotlights questions that have been raised here, a city wrestling with deep financial problems, and across the country. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BICYCLE_TAX?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.contracostatimes.com/nation-world/ci_24801579/bicycle-tax-its-tempting-some-cities?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/nation-world/ci_24801579/bicycle-tax-its-tempting-some-cities?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.modbee.com/2013/12/26/3106161/as-city-cycling-grows-so-does.html http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_24799111/california-climate-policy-showing-way-world?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com OPINION California climate policy: Showing the way for the world. The disappointing news from the November 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw has overshadowed California's recent climate policy successes. Since Jan. 1, 2013, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has been operating a market for greenhouse gas emissions allowances. This market caps emissions by large industrial firms and from electricity consumption and will expand to include the consumption of transportation fuels and natural gas in 2015. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_24799111/california-climate-policy-showing-way-world?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com BLOGS The climate champions of 2013. In a year that saw carbon pollution levels hit the milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere and brought record-breaking drought, fires, typhoons, and air pollution, it can be easy to forget there are climate champions out there, pushing back on those climate grinches. Here are a few of the climate heroes that made progress, inspired, or otherwise made an impact in 2013. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-climate-champions-of-2013/ Yes, it's totally possible to drive 100+ miles in a Nissan Leaf in freezing cold. Plug-in electric vehicle drivers can potentially drive their EVs long distances under extreme weather conditions. The catch is that they have to drastically change their driver behavior. Over the past year, FleetCarma has been collecting data from 7,375 Nissan Leaf trips and 4,043 Chevrolet Volt trips. The best that a Leaf driver was able to get was 106 miles from the lithium ion batteries in freezing conditions. A Volt driver managed 38 miles on battery only when the temperature was 32 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/26/drive-100-ev-miles-nissan-leaf-freezing/