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ARB Newsclips for February 5, 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 E.P.A. Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule. In marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy. If the authors succeed in writing a lawsuit-proof regulation that is effective in cutting carbon emissions from America’s 1,500 power plants…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/us/epa-staff-struggling-to-create-rule-limiting-carbon-emissions.html?hpw&rref=science&_r=0 Wide gap between New Delhi, Beijing smog policies. Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world's pollution poster child. On bad days in India's congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations are punctuated with rasping coughs. Weak bands of sunlight filter through a grainy sky. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/05/wide-gap-between-new-delhi-beijing-smog-policies/ CLIMATE CHANGE UK greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2 percent in 2012: government data. Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2 percent in 2012 from a year earlier due to a move from natural gas to coal for power generation and increased use of heating during a cold winter, final government data showed on Tuesday. Britain, the world's ninth largest emitter in 2012, saw greenhouse gas emissions reach 581.2 million tons compared to 563.2 million tons in 2011. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/04/us-britain-emissions-idUSBREA130LJ20140204 Next Phase of Obama’s Executive Push: Climate Hubs. On the heels of the Senate’s passage of a long-awaited farm bill, the Obama administration is to announce on Wednesday the creation of seven regional “climate hubs” to help farmers and rural communities respond to the risks of climate change, including drought, invasive pests, fires and floods. White House officials described the move as one of several executive actions that President Obama will take on climate change without action from Congress. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/us/next-phase-of-obamas-executive-push-climate-hubs.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/feb/04/7-new-climate-hubs-to-help-rural-areas-adapt/#ixzz2sT5lXwoL Texas: State Gets Power to Grant Emissions Permits. The Environmental Protection Agency gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long battle between the federal agency and the state. There will be a 30-day public comment period. Texas, the country’s leading producer of greenhouse gases…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/us/texas-state-gets-power-to-grant-emissions-permits.html Cities Almost Double Climate Actions Over 2 Years, C40 Says. The world’s 63 biggest cities have almost doubled the activities they undertake to reduce climate change since 2011, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. “Mayors have real power to cut emissions and improve climate resilience, and they are taking action,” C40 chairman, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, said at the release of the report at the group’s Mayors Summit in Johannesburg today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-05/cities-almost-double-climate-actions-over-two-years-c40-says.html Bloomberg lauds major cities group for 2-year climb in climate actions. Cities participating in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have undertaken climate-related actions at an unprecedented clip over the past two years, according to an internal analysis conducted by the organization. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994018/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Farm bill has some conservation provisions, but climate impacts unclear. The 2014 farm bill offers some conservation provisions that could encourage climate mitigation practices, experts said yesterday, but it's hard to tell whether these amendments will lead to clear greenhouse gas reductions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994047/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate change will increase U.K.'s heat-related deaths 257% by 2050 – study. Deaths caused by hot weather in the United Kingdom are predicted to rise considerably over the next 40 years due to climate change, according to a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The number of annual heat-related deaths is expected to increase 257 percent by 2050, with people older than 75 the most at risk, the researchers said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994016/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Lakes' decline reflects climate change. The shallow lakes on Alaska's Arctic coastal plain have been hit by climate change and now melt sooner in the season. Many also don't freeze to the bottom in winter anymore. "The decline after 2006 is quite sharp," said Cristina Surdu of the University of Waterloo in Ontario. "This is another piece in the puzzle of climate change in the region. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994020/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California lawmakers preparing $644 million drought relief bill. California's senate leader is preparing a $644 million emergency drought relief bill designed to quickly fund shovel-ready projects to combat the state's severe water shortage, according to a draft of the bill. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/05/us-california-drought-bill-idUSBREA1405320140205 USDA launches fund to help drought-stricken California farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $20 million available to California farmers to boost water conservation efforts amid one of the worst droughts in state history. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-usda-drought-20140204,0,5365940.story As California drought persists, federal aid begins to flow. The Agriculture Department on Tuesday offered new aid to water-starved California farmers, while lawmakers tussled over competing anti-drought proposals. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/04/6128405/as-california-drought-persists.html California drought: House water bill exposes deep partisan divide. The House of Representatives is expected to pass a water bill Wednesday that Republicans call a necessity for drought-stricken California, but which Democrats label a "water grab" and political power play that undermines years of delicate negotiations. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25063251/california-drought-house-water-bill-exposes-deep-partisan Agencies ask consumers to cut water usage by 20%. Inland Empire water officials are urging people to be water wise to help combat the recent statewide drought emergency that has been declared by Gov. Jerry Brown. In 2009, the state set an interim goal of saving 10 percent of residential water consumption by 2015, along with a mandate of saving 20 percent by 2020, said Douglas Headrick, general manager of San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140204/agencies-ask-consumers-to-cut-water-usage-by-20 California's Thirsty Almonds. How the water-intensive crop is helping drive the governor's $25 billion plan to ship water to the desert. Dan Errotabere's family has been farming the dry soils of the western San Joaquin Valley for nearly a century. His grandfather primarily grew wheat and other grains. His father grew vegetables and other annual crops almost exclusively. But in 1999, Errotabere decided to plant his first almond tree. Posted. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/californias-thirsty-almonds/Content?oid=3830095 California Water Officials Made the Drought Worse. There is evidence that our current water shortage is worse than it should have been because of questionable decisions made by state water officials. And as a result, many communities may unnecessarily face severe shortages this year, while others, including much of Southern California, are flush with water. Posted. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/california-water-officials-made-the-drought-worse/Content?oid=3830041 As Water Supply Reaches Record Low, California Combats Drought With Black-Ops Weather Control Technology From Vietnam War. As the severity of the drought has escalated in recent months, the state has ramped up efforts to induce rainfall through a controversial weather modification technology known as cloud seeding. http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2014/02/04/as-water-supply-reaches-record-low-california-combats-drought-with-black-ops-weather-control-technology-from-vietnam-war/ Republican drought bill heads to House floor. The House Rules Committee yesterday approved a rule allowing consideration of eight amendments to H.R. 3964, which seeks to secure more water for farmers in California's parched Central Valley by reversing environmental protections for fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/eedaily/stories/1059994040/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Obama threatens to veto House bill offering more water for Calif. Farms. The White House has threatened to veto a bill to give farmers more of California's scant water supplies. Obama said the bill "would not alleviate the effects of California's current drought and would disrupt decades of work that supports building consensus, solutions and settlements that equitably address some of California's most complex water challenges." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/02/05/stories/1059994089 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FERC extends utility's low water flows in drought-stricken watershed. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is getting help from federal regulators as drought conditions have triggered aggressive water conservation efforts at California's dams and hydroelectric plants. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday told PG&E it could keep water flow rates at a minimum for its Potter Valley Project hydroelectric plant and water basin north of San Francisco. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2014/02/05/stories/1059994022 FUELS EPA files court brief defending 2013 renewable fuel target. U.S. EPA is defending its 2013 biofuel mandate in the face of a court challenge brought by a small refinery and oil industry trade groups. In a 113-page brief filed late yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, EPA says it reasonably exercised its authority in increasing the renewable fuel volume targets. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059994073/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES App helps foster carpool connections. The publicly funded program that matches drivers with people looking for rides is designed to get cars off the road and reduce traffic and air pollution. Amin merged onto Highway 101 during the morning commute. Traffic already was starting to back up through downtown Santa Rosa, but Amin and Toister flew past in the carpool lane, chatting about the latest alternative fuel cars. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140204/articles/140209835 GREEN ENERGY As renewables come online, business models, regulatory structures lag – panel. Fifty years from now, the U.S. electrical grid will look less like a one-way exchange of supply and demand than a network of interchangeable power sources, batteries, appliances and devices. It will be smart enough to balance the intermittency of solar and wind power, while simultaneously optimizing the power demands of hundreds of millions of customers…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059994030/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS NASA employee study finds EVs are 10 times better than expected. Getting a thumbs up from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is priceless – just ask Toyota. It's right up there with the Tesla Model S gaining support from Consumer Reports in the wake of four fires. A pilot program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has found that electric vehicles driven by employees are reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a much higher rate than expected. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/05/nasa-employee-study-evs-10-times-better-than-expected/ The Danger in Energy Now is Not Dependency, but Complacency. This is a pivotal year for the U.S. economy. After five years of contraction followed by a fragile recovery, we are now returning to stability and growth. During the period of slowdown, no part of the economy changed more than energy. When America went into the Great Recession, it was dependent on foreign oil to make the economy run. Posted. http://blog.aee.net/the-danger-in-energy-now-is-not-dependency-but-complacency?utm_campaign=21st+Century+Electricity+System&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=11846807&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_wVKTHwU4uFMAYzHPR35_WjdS5DcFMgf1TU5TWVIPB5-6p57Lc-KJptVfBeFfW8FVo7ESqAep-ZS_KVf-hpR6nHID9bg&_hsmi=11846807 California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.