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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for January 29, 2014.

Posted: 29 Jan 2014 12:21:03
ARB Newsclips for January 29, 2014. 

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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.

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

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.


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.

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

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 


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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