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ARB Newsclips for February 27, 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 Los Angeles suburb holds off on Sriracha decision. The waft of a popular hot sauce will remain in a Southern California city for now as council members on Wednesday night delayed a decision on whether its spicy emissions are a public nuisance. The Irwindale City Council unanimously voted at a public meeting to wait until its April meeting before considering further action on the Sriracha plant. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_25239589 Tokyo Air Pollution Climbs, Approaches Government Alert Levels. Central Tokyo air pollution readings neared levels that could require government alerts after thick smog blanketed parts of China for much of this week. The pollution is originating from both mainland China and Japan, Kansuke Sasaki, an air pollution analyst at the Japan Weather Association said in a telephone interview today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-27/tokyo-air-pollution-climbs-approaches-government-alert-levels.html Monitoring air pollution, one home at a time. A Wilmington environmental group has begun a neighborhood watch program that will act as an early-warning system to detect air pollution emitted from local oil refineries and freight corridors into the ports. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/environmental-603485-system-safe.html AQMD still working on Sentinel peaker plant monitor. Four months after pledging to install a new monitor to track polluting emissions from a natural gas power plant in North Palm Springs, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has yet to deliver — and agency officials said it could be a couple months before the station is online. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20140226/BUSINESS0302/302260027/south-coast-air-quality-management-district-sentinel-peaker-plant-monitor CLIMATE CHANGE Green Lobby Urges EU to Make All Airlines Pay for Carbon. Foreign airlines that failed to comply with emission curbs in the European Union’s cap-and-trade program must be forced to pay for their pollution, according to the Transport & Environment lobby group. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-26/green-lobby-urges-eu-to-make-all-airlines-pay-for-carbon.html DROUGHT Storms bring relief, new worries to California. Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_STORMS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT DROUGHT: Don’t expect carpets of wildflowers this year. The start of this year’s wildflower season can be summed up in one word: sparse. Jim Bremner, who has tracked wildflowers across California for 15 years as publisher of DesertUSA.com, said the lack of rain has turned this into a terrible year. He doesn’t remember a season this dismal. “There are flowers here and there. You can find them, but it’s like a treasure hunt,” he said. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140226-drought-dont-expect-carpets-of-wildflowers-this-year.ece Committees approve $687 million in drought relief. A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees. Assembly and Senate budget committees passed the bills, a week after the package was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic legislative leaders. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/feb/26/committees-approve-687-million-in-drought-relief/#ixzz2uXmvKIlU Drought-plagued Bay Area reaps much-needed rain with more coming Friday. The drought-plagued Bay Area received a desperately needed drenching Wednesday, with another storm on the way Friday, packing more powerful wind gusts and threatening power outages. "Nothing out of the ordinary," said National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson, for what's typical this time of year. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_25236325 FUELS Senators: Keystone pipeline needs review for health impacts. Saying the health impact of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline hasn’t been properly explored, two Democratic senators on Wednesday called on the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry to conduct a comprehensive study on the human health impacts of tar sands and the proposed pipeline. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/26/6191886/senators-keystone-pipeline-needs.html#storylink=cpy VEHICLES Tesla Plans $5 Billion Battery Factory for Mass-Market Electric Car. Tesla Motors said on Wednesday that it planned to invest about $2 billion in a large-scale factory to produce cheaper batteries for a mass-market electric car within three years. The company, which makes all-electric luxury sedans, indicated that it would build the factory in the American Southwest, without specifying where. Nor would it name its partners, who it said would invest up to another $3 billion in the factory through 2020. Posted http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/automobiles/tesla-plans-5-billion-battery-factory-for-mass-market-electric-car.html California Legislators Introduce Host of 'Livable Streets' Bills. The deadline to introduce new bills to the California legislature was Friday, so a slew of new legislation is currently being assigned to committees for hearing. Some of them are so-called “spot” bills, as in “hold a spot in line for me, bub,” containing a bare minimum of information, with the plan being to shape them in legislative discussion. Posted. http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=32490 Fremont residents leading Alameda County's electric vehicle parade. The East Bay city most closely tied to Silicon Valley has the most electric vehicles in Alameda County, sending a positive charge through city leaders who say their commitment to high-tech businesses has followed residents onto the road. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_25234573/fremont-residents-leading-alameda-countys-electric-vehicle-parade MISCELLANEOUS Weekly recognized as environmental leader by California Air Resources Board. The Monterey County Weekly has been recognized as an environmental leader by the California Air Resources Board, a distinction that comes a year after the newspaper company became the first tri-county business to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council’s top certification in green design. Posted. http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2014/0227/weekly-recognized-as-environmental-leader-by-california-air-resources-board/article_849f2824-9f33-11e3-a132-001a4bcf6878.html How city dwellers can stay healthy using public transportation. The late-night shops, the diverse population, the variety of restaurants, culture and clubs – what's not to love about living in a city? Well, how about the air pollution, germ-ridden public transport and stress? Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/business/ci_25240519/how-city-dwellers-can-stay-healthy-using-public Global Green party kicks off Oscar week. Global Green USA kicked off Oscar week with a worthy celebration dedicated to rebuilding communities subject to environmental degradation. Actress Malin Akerman applauded the organization's "conscience" party for being the perfect way to jump-start the final days leading up to the Academy Awards. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OSCARS_GLOBAL_GREEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/26/global-green-party-kicks-off-oscar-week/ OPINION Viewpoints: Carbon tax proposal shines light on climate change policies. State Sen. Darrell Steinberg’s proposed carbon tax will undoubtedly spark a spirited debate about how much Californians are willing to pay to address global warming. From our point of view, it’s the right conversation to have. SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/27/6192372/viewpoints-carbon-tax-proposal.html Obama’s Pipeline. When I was elected to Congress in 2002, George W. Bush was president and big business wrote environmental policy. We all remember Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force — a who’s who of mining and oil interests — and the administration’s constant questioning of climate science. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/opinion/obamas-pipeline.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DSectionFront%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3Dscience%26t%3Dqry197%23%2Fobamas+pipeline Congress must not scrap EPA's wise carbon-reducing mileage mandate. The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.Consumers today choose from a wide range of vehicles, from large trucks and SUVs to family sedans to smaller hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and fully electric cars. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/02/27/3212459/congress-must-not-scrap-epas-wise.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Global Warming Basics from the U.S. and British Science Academies. The National Academy of Sciences and its British counterpart, the Royal Society, have published “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes,” a fresh primer on greenhouse-driven global warming that is a useful update on past reports from both organizations. You can find helpful summaries of the findings on the National Academy of Sciences website. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/global-warming-basics-from-the-u-s-and-british-science-academies/?_php=true&_type=blogs&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry235%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Honda, GM fuel-cell partnership wants to reduce hydrogen refueling costs. To paraphrase the old political adage, it's the cost, stupid. Dollar signs are what's prompting Honda and General Motors to partner up to accelerate development of a hydrogen fuel cell system. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/26/honda-gm-fuel-cell-partnership-reduce-hydrogen-refueling-costs/ CA Carpool-Lane Stickers For Plug-In Hybrids Run Out By May--Or Sooner. One of the major incentives for buying a plug-in electric car in California is the coveted sticker allowing single-occupant travel in the carpool lanes on the state's crowded freeways. Now, the supply of stickers for plug-in hybrids that can travel on battery power alone but also have an engine as backup is close to running out. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1090580_ca-carpool-lane-stickers-for-plug-in-hybrids-run-out-by-may--or-sooner California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.