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ARB Newsclips for January 29, 2014. 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 China looks to halt New Year's fireworks to curb air pollution. Fireworks are as integral to Chinese New Year as pine trees are to Christmas. But with smog blanketing many Chinese cities these days, environmental activists, meteorologists and government officials are urging people to start the new year off without a bang. Tradition holds that noisy pops and colorful flares ward off evil spirits and bring good luck for the new year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-china-fireworks-20140129,0,2905534.story#ixzz2roI5khPJ Los Angeles City Council committee asks LAX to study ultrafine air pollution. Los Angeles officials moved Tuesday to consider steps to reduce tiny pollutants produced by jets and vehicles at LAX even though the particulates — called ultrafine particles — are not yet regulated by the state or federal governments. Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Los Angeles International Airport, led the charge at a meeting of the council’s Trade…Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20140128/los-angeles-city-council-committee-asks-lax-to-study-ultrafine-air-pollution http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140129/los-angeles-city-council-committee-asks-lax-to-study-ultrafine-air-pollution Silicon Valley companies agree to clean pollutants. Federal environmental regulators say a settlement has been reached in a long-running pollution cleanup case at an old circuit board manufacturing facility in Silicon Valley that has been designated one of the nation's most polluted places. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it reached a $2 million settlement with CTS Printex, Inc. and ADN Corp. that will require the companies to finish cleaning…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25018087/silicon-valley-companies-agree-clean-pollutants http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/28/silicon-valley-companies-agree-to-clean-pollutants/ Is The Central Valley's Air Pollution Affecting Our Cells And Genes? Here in the Central Valley – in one of the most polluted air basins in the country – we know that poor air is bad for our health. We feel it in our eyes and throat, and when we struggle to breathe. But what if air pollution is affecting us at a deeper, cellular level? That's exactly what Dr. Kari Nadeau discovered a few years ago. She’s a Stanford School of Medicine professor with an expertise in asthma and allergies. Posted. http://kvpr.org/post/central-valleys-air-pollution-affecting-our-cells-and-genes Black carbon found among emissions that can increase heart attacks – study. Tiny specks of pollution floating in the air have heart-stopping consequences over the long term, even in amounts below emissions limits in some countries, according to a recent study. Researchers looking at 100,166 people in 11 European cities across five countries for more than a decade found a strong link between exposure to particulate matter and cardiac complications like heart attacks. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993616/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Rise in wildfires may significantly degrade air quality, health in the future. As the American West, parched by prolonged drought, braces for a season of potentially record-breaking wildfires, new research suggests these events not only pose an immediate threat to people’s safety and their homes, but also could take a toll on human health, agriculture and ecosystems. Posted. http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/60806 CLIMATE CHANGE Obama touts 'responsible' energy development measures, climate goals. President Barack Obama told lawmakers on Tuesday his energy strategy had boosted the economy and reduced carbon emissions, but he did not address the question of whether he will approve the politically charged Keystone XL oil pipeline. In his annual State of the Union address, Obama touted the role natural gas had played in cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/29/us-usa-obama-energy-idUSBREA0S06N20140129 DROUGHT California Farms Going Thirsty as Drought Burns $5 Billion Hole. Near the confluence of the Merced and San Joaquin rivers, the heart of the California farm belt, Bob Kelley watches the driest year ever erode water supplies and prospects for the dairy business his family began in 1910. The amount of water available for the 2,800 acres (1,133 hectares) of corn and alfalfa Kelley grows to feed more than 6,500 cows may drop as much as two thirds... Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-29/california-farms-going-thirsty-as-drought-burns-5-billion-hole.html PUC water goal: Cut use by 10%. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission this week will ask its customers to reduce their water use voluntarily by 10 percent, the latest sign of the drought affecting the state. SFPUC residential customers already boast the lowest per capita water use in the state - an average of 49 gallons per day - but because of this year's "exceptionally dry winter," spokesman Tyrone Jue said, the utility wants its customers to cut back. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/PUC-water-goal-Cut-use-by-10-5181495.php Valley GOP leaders regroup after drought-relief maneuver fails. San Joaquin Valley congressional Republicans took aim this week and missed their stated goal of helping California cope with drought. Now, having unsuccessfully tried a long-shot, last-minute farm bill maneuver, the GOP lawmakers are regrouping. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/28/3737399/politics-leaks-into-efforts-to.html#storylink=cpy California drought: 17 communities could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state says. As California's drought deepens, 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said Tuesday. In some communities, wells are running dry. In others, reservoirs are nearly empty. Some have long-running problems that predate the drought. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25013388/california-drought-17-communities-could-run-out-water?source=rss FUELS Obama calls for new incentives for cleaner fuel. President Barack Obama is proposing new incentives for trucks to run on natural gas and other alternative fuels. In his State of the Union address, Obama is also calling for a new tax credit to spur infrastructure for advanced vehicles that run on cleaner fuels, like hydrogen, natural gas or biofuels. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/28/obama-calls-for-new-incentives-for-cleaner-fuel/ VEHICLES 6 Vt downtowns get grants for EV charging stations. A half dozen Vermont communities are getting grants to install a total of 13 charging stations for electric vehicles. The grants range from more than $6,000 to $30,000. They'll go to Barre, Bennington, Burlington, Middlebury, Morristown, and St. Albans. Shumlin said Tuesday that the charging stations will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower the cost of transportation for families and businesses, and modernize our infrastructure. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/29/3159192/6-vt-downtowns-get-grants-for.html BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY State of the Union: What Obama didn't say about energy, environment. President Obama’s discussion of energy and environmental issues in his State of the Union address was notable not just for what he said, but for what he didn’t say. The president largely stuck to issues he had discussed before, such as how a good portion of the country’s economic recovery, including the limited revival of manufacturing jobs, stems from the domestic fossil fuel boom, especially in natural gas. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-state-of-the-union-energy-environment-20140128,0,4240812.story#ixzz2roFYwp8R BLOGS Obama’s Speech Softens Tone on Climate Change. Is the president going a little soft on climate change? It’s an interesting State of the Union address when oil and natural gas producers and their lobbyists sound happier with the president’s speech than environmental groups that have been Mr. Obama’s staunchest allies. After upbeat comments about America’s energy boom, President Barack Obama gave a big shout out to natural gas Tuesday…Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/01/29/obamas-speech-softens-tone-on-climate-change/ ACEEE's greenest car for 2014 is Smart Fortwo electric, Tesla Model S just average. Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) looks into the soul of the American automobile market and figures out which vehicles are evil. This is how it comes up with a "meanest" vehicle rating. Wait, no, that's not right. In reality, ACEEE rates vehicles using Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board fuel economy data…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/28/aceees-greenest-car-2014-smart-fortwo-electric-meanest/ Despite coal's dominance, renewables making gains in US. For electric vehicle drivers concerned about "dirty coal" taking away the environmental benefits of electrified transportation, we've found some good news. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just released its annual report on sources of new energy capacity for domestic electric power plants. Renewable energy accounted for 37.16 percent of new power plant capacity. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/29/despite-coals-dominance-renewables-making-gains-us/ Age related CO2 Emissions. This article provides a methodological contribution to the study of the effect of changes in population age structure on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. First, I propose a generalization of the IPAT equation to a multisector economy with an age-structured population and discuss the insights that can be obtained in the context of stable population theory. Posted. http://urbandemographics.blogspot.com/2014/01/age-related-co2-emissions.html New catalytic converter design cuts emissions and precious metal use. Scientists have developed a new type of catalytic converter that uses up to 80 per cent less precious metals while still delivering lower emissions than traditional designs. Developed by researchers at the Imperial College London, the new catalytic converter is smaller and much cheaper than conventional designs because of its reduce use of metals such as platinum…Posted. http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/index.php/2014/01/29/new-catalytic-converter-design-cuts-emissions-and-precious-metal-use/ One-two punch of drought, global warming. California being in the clutches of drought—as it is today—is nothing new. From prehistoric droughts to so-called "megadroughts" that strangled the state some 1,000 years ago, to more recent extreme dry periods in the late '70s and early '90s, drought happens. This time around, however, California has more than 38 million residents with water needs and is grappling with a troubling trend that's in play around the world: global warming. Posted. http://phys.org/print310209074.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.