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newsclips -- Newsclips for February 28, 2014 Posted: 28 Feb 2014 11:19:21
ARB Newsclips for February 28, 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 Activists urge L.A. City Council to ban fracking and acidizing. In the morning while walking to her car, Michelle Kennedy sometimes detects a smell like cat urine. The asthma her 6-year-old suffers seems to have worsened. Kennedy blames the oil and gas wells pumping in and near her South Los Angeles neighborhood. She was especially troubled to hear that acid was being injected in some shafts roughly a mile from her home. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fracking-ban-20140228,0,7982528.story#axzz2uak7hzpn Report:Rural area older cars make most pollution. California may be cutting edge in improving air quality and putting more electric cars on the road, but one San Francisco group says that many state residents -- and their vehicles -- have been left out. The "No Californian Left Behind" report set forth by the Next Generation "think tank" concludes low-income residents in rural areas, including Solano County, still drive older, high-polluting cars and can't afford electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_25246036/report-rural-area-older-cars-make-most-pollution Record number of winter no-burn days. Wood burning was banned a record 45 times in San Joaquin County this winter, another consequence of our dismally dry winter. On average, burning was illegal roughly one out of every three days this season. That's never happened before. BY SUBSCRIPTION. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140228/A_NEWS/402280320/0/SEARCH CLIMATE CHANGE EU summit to focus on industry rather than climate-draft. A European Union summit in March billed as a step in the bloc's efforts to combat climate change will focus on strengthening Europe's industrial base, a draft document seen by Reuters shows. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/28/eu-climate-industry-idUSL6N0LX3QS20140228 Isle Royale wolves at risk from climate change, isolation. On an icy island wilderness near the tip of Minnesota, a female gray wolf's demise has added to the debate about whether authorities should try to save the wolves of Isle Royale National Park. Once, wolves could regularly move on and off the island along ice bridges to find fresh mates. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-isle-royale-wolves-climate-change-20140228,0,3350160.story#axzz2udtXcxnt HIGH-SPEED RAIL Polluter fees could be annual source of bullet train money. California’s bullet train project would receive additional funding every year from the state greenhouse gas reduction program under proposed legislation from Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure would annually direct one-third of cap-and-trade revenue to the massive construction effort starting in 2015. The money is generated by polluters who pay for the right to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-jerry-brown-bullet-train-20140227,0,424270.story?track=rss#axzz2uZCXixRt Caltrain releases draft report on rail electrification project. A draft report Caltrain expects to release today acknowledges that its long-planned rail electrification project will require installation of 30-foot-high poles with overhead wires and possible removal of more than 2,000 trees. But the benefits of a modernized train system will outweigh any negatives, said Jayme Ackemann, a spokeswoman for the San Mateo County Transit District, which oversees and manages Caltrain. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_25244905/caltrain-releases-draft-report-rail-electrification-project GREEN ENERGY For Storing Electricity, Utilities Push New Technologies. From backyard tinkerers to big corporations, inventors have been struggling to find a way to store solar, wind and other renewable energy so it can furnish electricity when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow. Now California is offering businesses a big incentive for success—contracts that the utility industry estimates could total as much as $3 billion for successful, large-scale electricity-storage systems. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304851104579363140309318288?KEYWORDS=air+pollution&mg=reno64-wsj VEHICLES Researchers at Berkeley and Argonne labs discover highly active new class of nanocatalysts for fuel cells; more efficient, lower cost. A team led by researchers at Berkeley and Argonne National Labs have discovered a new class of bimetallic nanocatalysts for fuel cells and water-alkali electrolyzers that are an order of magnitude higher in activity than the target set by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for 2017. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/02/20140228-pt3ni.html 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&module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Climate%20Change&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&_r=0 Will Natural Gas Fuel America’s Big Trucks? Shell Treads Carefully. ShellRDSA.LN -0.18% is tapping the brakes on plans to push natural gas as a fuel for the trucking industry. The company confirmed it will not build a previously announced plant 20 miles west of Calgary that would turn natural gas into liquid form, known as LNG, for use in heavy duty trucks. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2014/02/27/will-natural-gas-fuel-americas-big-trucks-shell-treads-carefully/?KEYWORDS=fuels Charging millions of EVs at once? It's a math problem. Preparing for the brave new world where the number of plug-in vehicles looking for a charge grows high enough to match to the current electricity supply, one study from China's Sichuan University is suggesting a novel concept. It's called the honor system, and it might one day be needed to prevent the plug-in vehicle version of a brown-out. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/02/27/charging-millions-of-evs-at-once-its-a-math-problem/ America’s first carbon-trading program can boast some impressive numbers. How do you turn $1 billion into $2 billion, all the while helping to slow down global warming? By capping carbon dioxide pollution and charging for emissions permits, then plowing the revenues into clean energy and energy-efficiency programs. Posted. http://grist.org/news/americas-first-carbon-trading-program-can-boast-some-impressive-numbers/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.