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ARB Newsclips for January 30, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE 10 US cities vow to slash emissions from buildings. Mayors from 10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from their buildings. Businesses and homes are a major source of carbon-dioxide pollution in cities, with most of it coming from the burning of fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/APc9e0ba9c855041dfbb9867efbc60baf6.html?KEYWORDS=green+energy http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jan/29/10-us-cities-vow-to-cut-emissions-from-buildings/#ixzz2ru6ReasE EPA, Texas reach deal on clean air plan. Federal and state environmental officials said Wednesday that they have reached an agreement on portions of the Texas clean air plan that, for years, have been points of contention. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed Wednesday that the conditional agreement on state permits will allow some operating flexibility to major air pollution sources, such as refineries. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jan/29/epa-texas-reach-deal-on-clean-air-plan/#ixzz2ru4x15bv Industry groups plan "unified strategy" against EPA carbon pollution rules. Forty industry groups launched a new partnership on Thursday to form a "unified strategy" to respond to forthcoming federal regulations targeting carbon emissions from the country's fleet of power plants and other carbon-intensive facilities. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/usa-energy-carbon-idUSL2N0L410520140130 http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-usa-energycarbon-20140130,0,7579068.story Butte board delays action on carbon reduction plan. An "action plan" to reduce the release of greenhouse gases in Butte County was tabled this week because nobody is clear on what it will cost, or why ag interests are not getting credit for the environmental good they accomplish. The Climate Action Plan is part of Butte County General Plan 2013. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/breakingnews/ci_25023022/butte-board-delays-action-carbon-reduction-plan India Proposes Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Monitoring System. India is pushing a global emissions monitoring system in Cancun talks that could become the centerpiece of a compromise with the United States if other developing countries sign on. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is said to expect a "quid pro quo" from the United States to make the deal work, new documents show. Posted. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/india-proposes-global-greenhouse-gas/ EU Environment Panel Backs Fast-Track Approval of Carbon Fix (2). The European Parliament’s environment committee agreed to accelerate the adoption of a rescue plan for the bloc’s emissions market, which the European Commission wants to start as soon as possible. Carbon prices rose as much as 3.6 percent after the panel voted 43 to 13 to shorten the measure’s usual three-month scrutiny period in the Parliament. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-30/eu-environment-panel-backs-fast-track-approval-of-carbon-fix Councils' climate change planning warnings to be curbed. NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard will release a draft circular aimed at stopping local councils from imposing planning requirements based on climate change projections prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to The Australian newspaper. Some NSW councils place warnings of coastal erosion risks on their planning approval certificates for homes based on projections that sea levels will rise in the future. Posted. http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/30/science-environment/councils-climate-change-planning-warnings-be-curbed For Already Vulnerable Penguins, Study Finds Climate Change Is Another Danger. Life has never been easy for just-hatched Magellanic penguins, but climate change is making it worse, according to a decades-long study of the largest breeding colony of the birds. The chicks are already vulnerable to predation and starvation. Now, the study at Punta Tombo, Argentina, found that intense storms and warmer temperatures are increasingly taking a toll. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/science/earth/climate-change-taking-toll-on-penguins-study-finds.html?hpw&rref=science DROUGHT California bans fishing in several rivers in midst of drought. California wildlife officials have banned fishing in several rivers to protect salmon and steelhead trout during a severe drought that follows the state's driest year on record. Fish populations are in danger as low levels in many of the Golden State's waters could prevent them from migrating and spawning, according to a statement from the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-california-drought-fishing-20140129,0,7096313.story#ixzz2ruI6sPtk DIESEL EMISSIONS Deadline to report for CARB compliance delays coming Friday. Fleets have until Jan. 31 to report any ”good faith” efforts toward compliance of the California Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Rule that would earn them a delay until July 1 to comply with the emissions regulations. Posted. http://www.ccjdigital.com/deadline-for-carb-compliance-delays-for-truck-owners-coming-friday/ FUELS Automotive trio test new renewable fuel to reduce carbon emissions. Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have partnered on an initiative to fleet test a second generation bio fuel that will provide optimal driving performance, while reducing CO2 emissions. The 'sunliquid20' is a 20% cellulosic ethanol solution, which comes from Clariant's sunliquid demonstration plant in Straubing, where 4,500t of agricultural residues are converted into cellulosic ethanol annually. Posted. http://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/news/newsclariant-haltermann-mercedes-benz-test-new-renewable-fuel-to-reduce-carbon-emissions-4167945 GREEN ENERGY INSIDE WASHINGTON: Greens hit Obama on energy plan. President Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy policy, delivering a blow to a monthslong, behind-the-scenes effort by nearly every major environmental group to convince the White House that the policy is at odds with his goals on global warming. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_VS_ENVIRONMENTALISTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/30/3161621/inside-washington-greens-hit-obama.html#storylink=cpy VEHICLES China PM calls for national roll-out of electric vehicles. China’s premier said the government should use electric cars and buses in order to help improve pollution levels in the country’s major cities. The use of coal in power stations, homes and factories is often cited as the main culprit for China’s dire air quality, but the explosive growth in car use and urban transport has also contributed to pollution that has become a major concern in fast-expanding megacities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. Posted. http://www.rtcc.org/2014/01/29/china-pm-calls-for-national-roll-out-of-electric-vehicles/ World's first Porsche -- an 1898 all-electric car -- to go on display. What does a three-horsepower, all-electric car that’s more than a century old have in common with some of the modern world’s most capable and powerful sports cars? They’re both built by Porsche. On Monday, the German automaker announced it was putting on display in its Stuttgart, Germany, museum the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-autos-worlds-first-porsche-electric-20140129,0,5710649.story#ixzz2ruJGMsli MISCELLANEOUS Waxman, leading liberal, to retire from U.S. Congress. Democratic U.S. Representative Henry Waxman of California, a leading liberal who helped craft President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul, said on Thursday he would retire from Congress at the end of this year. After 40 years in Congress, Waxman, 74, said he is ready to move on. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/usa-politics-waxman-idUSL2N0L419Q20140130 http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2014/01/30/henry_waxman_the_white_knight_of_cap_and_trade_retires.html OPINION Our Voice: Make electric vehicles a viable alternative in the valley. If electric vehicles are to contribute to cleaner air in the Coachella Valley, there must be reliable charging stations. If you have “range anxiety” about getting stranded in our 54-mile valley or when taking a trip to the coast, you won’t likely be an electric vehicle customer. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301290014 BLOGS Global Warming May Open New Shipping Routes (VIDEO). A study released Monday shows new shipping routes might open around the North Pole by 2040 if global warming continues as predicted. Posted. http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/549274.htm Carbon Briefing: Who killed the EU’s transport fuel standards? Is the fuel that powers our cars set to get a lot dirtier? After 2020, the European Union is to drop the Fuel Quality Directive, a measure designed to help clean up transport fuels. Posted. http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2014/01/who-killed-the-fuel-quality-directive/ Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions. Members of UK retail industry body the British Retail Consortium including McDonald’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have pledged to reduce their absolute carbon emissions from retail operations 25 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels as part of a raft of environmental targets covering waste, transport, resource efficiency in buildings, water and refrigeration. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/01/30/uk-retailers-pledge-25-reduction-in-co2-emissions/ Why the U.S. Embassy Releases Pollution Data in Beijing But Not in Delhi. The United States government measures air quality levels in both its Beijing and Delhi embassies, but it only publicizes the results from its Beijing monitor. Why? In 2008, the decision by the American Embassy in Beijing to publicize the readings from its pollution measure changed the debate about air quality in China. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/why-the-u-s-embassy-releases-pollution-data-in-beijing-but-not-in-delhi/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 White roofs are better than green roofs, and everything’s better than black. We’re all on board with the idea that black roofs are so out. But scientists are still establishing what the best alternative is. The most popular alternatives to black are white and green, i.e. painting the roof white to reflect heat or growing plants on it. You’d think a green roof would be best — imagine growing vegetables in your very own sky garden! Posted. http://grist.org/list/white-roofs-are-better-than-green-roofs-and-everythings-better-than-black/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.