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newsclips -- Newsclips for January 31, 2014 Posted: 31 Jan 2014 13:07:38
ARB Newsclips for January 31, 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 Burn suspension lifted. Due to the recent rainfall, CAL FIRE will lift the burn suspension for the State Responsibility Area within Eastern Madera County as of 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County will be allowed with a valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permit. Posted. http://www.sierrastar.com/2014/01/30/66214/burn-suspension-lifted.html CLIMATE CHANGE California challenges cities to compete to cut carbon emissions. The California Air Resources Board thinks a little friendly competition might inspire Californians to scale back their driving, cut electricity use and take other steps to reduce carbon emissions. The agency on Thursday announced a second round of the CoolCalifornia City Challenge, where cities compete to see how much they can cut their emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-california-climate-competition-carbon-emissions-20140130,0,2052535.story#axzz2rziax8rx Green groups: Obama not doing enough on climate. The White House has rebuffed repeated protests by some of President Barack Obama's top environmental allies that his climate strategy won't work. The heads of 18 environmental groups went public recently with a complaint they have privately pressed the White House on for months: Obama's support of expanded oil and gas production doesn't make sense for a president who wants to reduce global warming pollution. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_VS_ENVIRONMENTALISTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_25033471/green-groups-obama-not-doing-enough-climate?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_25033471/green-groups-obama-not-doing-enough-climate?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Green-groups-Obama-not-doing-enough-on-climate-5191986.php FUELS LCA study finds carbon intensity of corn ethanol decreasing, gasoline rising; ethanol estimated 43-60% lower than oil by 2022. The carbon intensity (CI) of corn ethanol—i.e., the greenhouse gas emissions produced via the production of a volume of the fuel—is declining, while the average CI of gasoline produced from petroleum sources is gradually increasing, according to a recent report prepared by Life Cycle Associates, LLC for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140130-lca.html GREEN ENERGY Wind energy installation sets record amid uncertain future. Wind energy construction in the United States is at an all-time high, but the industry warned Thursday the start of new projects this year is uncertain as Congress considers whether to extend a two-decade-old tax credit that expired at the end of last year. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301300007 MISCELLANEOUS Air district offers grant funds. The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District on Thursday opened the application period for its 2014 Clean Air Funds program. The District will award more than $500,000 to projects in Yolo and Solano counties that will reduce air pollution from mobile sources. Posted. http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_25033413/air-district-offers-grant-funds OPINION Taking California's bullet train to a greener future. California's high-speed rail is one of the largest public works projects anywhere in the world. Like the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Interstate 5 and the California Aqueduct before it, high-speed rail has engendered opposition, consternation and litigation. Every bold, transformative vision faces that litany. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-kelly-california-high-speed-rail-20140129,0,2395887.story#axzz2rvwqJzpu BLOGS Want to cut Arctic warming in half? Curb emissions now, study says. Global warming is changing the Arctic so quickly that experts say we should expect an ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer within just a few decades. But a group of scientists says there is a way to spare the Arctic from more disastrous climate change. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-arctic-warming-sea-ice-carbon-emissions-20140130,0,6296635.story#axzz2s0ODgaom California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.