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ARB Newsclips for March 7, 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 At night, the ocean cleanses smoggy air, study suggests. The ocean doesn’t just moderate temperatures and influence weather in some of the world’s biggest cities; it also has the power to cleanse the air, new research suggests. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ocean-smog-nitrogen-oxides-sink-20140305,0,5746239.story#axzz2vIp6sRjI China Needs Industry to Enlist in 'War on Pollution'. China's newly declared "war on pollution" includes measures designed to curb smog and speed up industrial reform, particularly for the country's massive state enterprises. The question now is whether those influential companies will water down the measures, as they have previous attempts at environmental controls. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304732804579422542323031678?mod=WSJASIA_hps_MIDDLEThirdNews&mg=reno64-wsj Officials Say Dry Winter to Blame for Highest Number of 'Spare the Air' Days in Years. The 2013-2014 Winter Spare the Air Season, which ended Feb. 28, tied a record set in 2006-2007 for the most Spare the Air alerts issued, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials said today. Posted. http://pleasanthill.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/officials-say-dry-winter-to-blame-for-highest-number-of-spare-the-air-days-in-7-years CLIMATE CHANGE House passes bill to block Obama climate plan. Aiming at the heart of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to block the administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. The bill targets Obama's proposal for the Environmental Protection Agency to set the first national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from future power plants. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_POWER_PLANTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_25287650/house-gop-moves-block-epa-rules-power-plants?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/House-passes-bill-to-block-Obama-climate-plan-5292535.php HIGH-SPEED RAIL LAO faults governor’s funding hopes for bullet train. Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-speed rail budget proposals are being criticized in a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. “We find using cap-and-trade auction revenues for high-speed rail may not maximize greenhouse gas reductions, there currently is not a funding plan to complete the project’s initial operating segment, it is unclear how much cap-and-trade revenue will actually be available for high-speed rail in the future, and bond funds approved in Proposition 1A for high-speed rail currently face legal risks,” says the report by Mac Taylor to the Legislature. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25372 VEHICLES California positively gets a negative from Tesla on battery factory. California loves Tesla Motors. The Palo Alto electric car maker's Model S sedan is the state's new eco-luxury status symbol. Californians bought more than a third of Teslas sold globally last year. Residents of the state pack the order list for Tesla's next offering, a sport utility vehicle. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-tesla-battery-factory-20140307,0,3104476.story#axzz2vIwY8nsO DOE to issue funding opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cell Incubator projects. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of its Fuel Cell Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies” (DE-FOA-0001094) for the FCTO Incubator program. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140307-fcto.html Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables. A team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, together with Daimler AG and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, is developing both the charging infrastructure and the energy management systems required to manage large fleets of EVs in a project called charge@work. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140307-fraunhofer.html First Trans Tech Bus All-Electric SST-e in Use at California School District. Kings Canyon Unified School District located in California’s San Joaquin Valley received its first SST-e model last month, and expects three more soon. School officials estimate that each all-electric school bus will save more than $10,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs. Posted. http://www.stnonline.com/home/latest-news/5943-first-trans-tech-bus-all-electric-sst-e-in-use-at-california-school-district OPINION Use thorium to get power. Protecting our environment is a global problem. China's air pollution is reaching the United States and many other countries. China's coal-fired plants are spreading much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is causing air and water pollution. The airborne pollutants combine with water in oceans, lakes or rivers, causing acidification of the water. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/use-thorium-to-get-power/article_961ffebc-a5b8-11e3-aefc-001a4bcf887a.html BLOGS The green movement has a Millennial problem. America’s Millennials are less likely than older generations to identify with the environmental movement, according to a new Pew Research Center report out Friday. The word "environmentalist" typically conjures up images of earnest young idealists gathering petition signatures and chaining themselves to old-growth trees. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/07/the-green-movement-has-a-millennial-problem/ Honda installs 3-minute, fast-fuelling hydrogen fuel station in California. OK, but let's see how well Honda can control hydrogen refueling temperature in Houston or Buffalo. That's what some pessimists may be saying now that the Japanese automaker has installed a fast-fueling hydrogen station in the oh-so-temperate environs of Torrance, CA. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/06/honda-installs-3-minute-fast-fuelling-hydrogen-fuel-station/ Here’s what to do with all that extra CO2 you’ve got hanging around. What do fertilizer, superglue, and Plexiglas all have in common, aside from being things that you can hide in your roommate’s bed when she refuses to do the dishes? (Don’t even play like it’s never crossed your mind!) Apparently, they can all be manufactured using sequestered carbon dioxide. Posted. http://grist.org/news/heres-what-to-do-with-all-that-extra-co2-youve-got-hanging-around/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.