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ARB Newsclips for March 19, 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. CAP AND TRADE Osborne Freezes U.K. Carbon Tax on Power to Cut Bills. U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne froze a tax on carbon emissions from electricity generation starting in April 2016 as part of a 7 billion-pound ($12 billion) plan to cut consumer energy bills. The package is aimed at boosting “British manufacturers, with benefits for families and other businesses too,” Osborne said in a speech in Parliament in London today as he delivered his annual budget. “We need to cut our energy costs.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-19/osborne-freezes-u-k-carbon-tax-on-power-to-cut-bills.html http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/uk-britain-budget-carbon-idUKLNEA2I02620140319 Steel Industry Urges Overhaul of EU Carbon-Trading System. The European Union should consider granting more free carbon allowances to most efficient energy-intensive companies and exclude such permits from trading, according to the EU steel industry lobby Eurofer. The 28-nation bloc must base the allocation of greenhouse-gas quotas to manufacturers on less stringent emissions benchmarks to keep its industry competitive amid widening energy price gaps with the U.S. and Japan…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-19/steel-industry-urges-overhaul-of-eu-carbon-trading-system.html Chongqing's draft carbon market plan calls for cuts from 2014. A draft plan for a carbon market in Chongqing proposed that around 250 of its biggest companies be required to cut their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 percent per year starting in 2014. China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. Posted. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/china-carbon-idUKL3N0MG2TY20140319 AIR POLLUTION Acid manufacturer will cut ozone-causing emissions. A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says in a statement Wednesday the lawsuit settlement with Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries requires the company and four of its subsidiaries to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions by more than 800 tons annually. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/429361?type=ap Tonawanda Coke, manager face penalty for polluting. A western New York industrial plant and its environmental controls manager face sentencing Wednesday for illegally releasing the carcinogen benzene into the air and improperly handling hazardous sludge. Tonawanda Coke Corp., along the Niagara River, and manager Mark Kamholz are due in federal court in Buffalo, where they were convicted following a trial last year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tonawanda-Coke-manager-face-penalty-for-polluting-5329767.php Reducing methane emissions from gas can be cost-effective – report. The U.S. oil and gas industry could eliminate a significant amount of methane emissions and save money doing so, according to a report released today by the Clean Air Task Force. The report, which the group commissioned from the Norwegian consulting firm Carbon Limits, outlines how the use of infrared cameras results in a low-cost leak detection method in gas processing plants, compressor stations and well sites. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996354/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Obama unleashing power of data on climate change. The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you will do something. The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WHITE_HOUSE_CLIMATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-unleashing-power-of-data-on-climate-change/2014/03/19/ce9b8948-af1b-11e3-b8b3-44b1d1cd4c1f_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/us/politics/white-house-to-introduce-climate-data-website.html?_r=0 http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-white-house-climate-change-data-website-20140318,0,554305,print.story http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Obama-unleashing-power-of-data-on-climate-change-5329594.php http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/19/obama-climate-change-tool-google/6568951/ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/18/obama-unleashing-power-of-data-on-climate-change/#ixzz2wQXq3tD7 http://www.examiner.com/article/white-house-launches-climate-change-information-website http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140319-white-house-climate-data-app-website-global-warming-science/ California Paving Way for U.S. on Reducing Carbon Emissions. State actions on climate change are reducing emissions and offering templates for effective federal standards, according to Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB). “State successes are helping to lay the foundation for strong federal standards and those then reinforce the next round of state successes,” Nichols said at a March 14 conference on “Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: The Promises and Pitfalls of AB32 and the Clean Air Act.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-03-18/california-paving-way-for-u-s-on-reducing-carbon-emissions.html Scientists warn of global warming's abrupt changes. A report by American Assn. for the Advancement of Science lays out in plain language the potential for harmful consequences should governments delay action. A group of scientists warned Tuesday that world leaders must act more swiftly to slow greenhouse gas emissions or risk "abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes" from climate change. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-0319-climate-change-20140319,0,6465089,print.story US Senator from Rhode Island talks climate change. A Democratic U.S. senator from Rhode Island was in Iowa Tuesday — not to run for president or any other political office — but to push for federal climate change laws. While Iowa is already attracting presidential hopefuls in advance of the 2016 election, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said he turned his attention to Iowa to capitalize on the fact it draws those candidates and national attention because of its first-in-the-nation caucuses. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/US-Senator-from-Rhode-Island-talks-climate-change-5327796.php Key climate-change measurement imperiled. One of the planet's top dipsticks is in trouble. The "Keeling curve," the most famous measurement of the world's rising levels of carbon dioxide for the past six decades, is in jeopardy from funding shortfalls. The Keeling curve, run by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, is the longest continuous record of carbon dioxide measurements on the planet. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/03/18/keeling-curve-mauna-loa-carbon-dioxide-scripps/6576803/ Enviros say gas exports are Obama's 'blind spot' on climate change. Environmentalists are urging the president to require aggressive climate assessments for proposed natural gas export hubs as lawmakers increasingly support sending American gas overseas to punish Russia for its military actions in Ukraine. In a letter yesterday, 16 environmental groups told President Obama that the approval of several proposed terminals capable of liquefying and shipping natural gas to fuel-hungry…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996352/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California to ease water restrictions in move to help farmers. Drought-plagued California will ease some protection for fish in the fragile San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, officials said Tuesday, a move expected to make more water available for farming and ease political tensions in an election year. The move marks a retreat from restrictions imposed earlier in the year which had widely been expected to be tightened further, rather than eased…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/19/us-usa-california-drought-idUSBREA2H03720140319 http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/18/6248393/california-farms-to-get-some-drought.html http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140319/A_NEWS/403190317/-1/A_NEWS14 Warmest winter on record worsens California drought. California is coming off of its warmest winter on record, aggravating an enduring drought in the most populous U.S. state, federal weather scientists said Monday. The state had a average temperature of 48 Fahrenheit (9 Celsius) for December, January and February, an increase from 47.2 F in 1980-81, the last hottest winter, and more than 4 degrees hotter than the 20th-century average in California…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/18/us-usa-california-drought-idUSBREA2H03720140318 February rains ease drought restrictions slightly. Officials are relaxing tight restrictions on water deliveries, but Central Valley irrigation districts will be the main beneficiaries, with little effect in the rest of the state. Thanks to February storms, state officials are slightly easing drought restrictions on water deliveries, but the changes won't make a difference to most of the state. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-drought-delta-20140319,0,726563.story#ixzz2wQzVLAlk California drought: Solar desalination plant shows promise. Quietly whirring away in a dusty field in the Central Valley is a shiny solar energy machine that may someday solve many of California's water problems. It's called the WaterFX solar thermal desalination plant, and it has been turning salty, contaminated irrigation runoff into ultra-pure liquid for nearly a year for the Panoche Water and Drainage District. It's the only solar-driven desalination plant of its kind in the country. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-drought-Solar-desalination-plant-5326024.php California drought could spark 'out of bounds' wildfires, officials warn. California is facing wildfires “outsize of any normal bounds” as a historic drought turns drying brush and trees into a perfect tinderbox, officials have warned. The state recorded 665 wildfires from 1 January, about triple the average of 225 for this time of year, according to figures compiled by Cal Fire, the state's department of forestry and fire protection. Posted. http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/nationalnews/ci_25375255/california-drought-could-spark-out-bounds-wildfires-officials California Drought Curbs Water Cannon Salutes at Airports. The water cannon salute—an airport tradition to honor military veterans, foreign dignitaries, and new airline service—is on hiatus at California’s two largest airports because of the state’s severe drought. The salutes typically involve two firefighting rigs spraying arcs of water over an arriving or departing flight. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-19/california-drought-curbs-airport-water-cannon-salutes Aussies warn Calif. that it can't 'magically replumb' its way out of drought. As California's drought continues, state officials might want look across the Pacific Ocean to Australia for water management ideas, experts said yesterday. Australia's Millennium drought, which lasted from the mid-1990s until 2012, resulted in effective water reforms and improved efficiency measures that California would do well to mimic…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996356/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Calif. Republicans urge fish-rule changes to get more water to people. A group of Republican House members from California yesterday urged President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to ease environmental rules that they said forced the loss of needed water during the state's drought. Led by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the 13 members said that 445,000 acre-feet of water from recent storms was flushed to the ocean "as a result of the regulatory inflexibility" …Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059996383/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Valley Air District taking applications for cleaner-truck loans. The Valley Air District is accepting applications from owners of heavy-duty trucks that haul waste to finance up to $50,000 toward the cost of new waste-transfer vehicles operating within the San Joaquin Valley. People wanting help in replacing older trucks that pollute more have until May 19 to apply for the funds that will help them purchase new, cleaner and more efficient trucks. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140318/A_NEWS/140319855/-1/A_NEWS14 More flexibility may be added to ‘truck rule’. Some relief may be coming, after local government representatives, truckers and truck-dependent businesses expressed concerns about meeting state-imposed deadlines for replacing or installing emissions-control equipment on diesel trucks. The state Air Resources Board has unveiled proposed amendments to a regulation that requires diesel truck and bus owners to take steps to reduce engine emissions. Posted. http://agalert.com/story/?id=6540 FUELS California's low-carbon fuel rule future hazy. California is replacing oil with cleaner-burning fuels in cars and trucks, thanks to a landmark low-carbon fuel rule, according to a recent report. But the rule's fate is uncertain amid legal chaos and a shortfall in the production of clean biofuels. The report, conducted by researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, said California drivers saved more than 2 billion gallons of gasoline in the two years since the launch of the rule…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/California-s-low-carbon-fuel-rule-future-hazy-5329325.php Biofuels Trying to Hit Big Oil Where It Hurts. Implicit in plans by ExxonMobil to tame overall production levels for 2014 is a need to refocus on higher-margin fuels that may be threatened by developments from companies like Amyris , Solazyme , and Darling International that are developing competitive, renewable bio-based products. While biofuel companies will not be taking over at the pump anytime soon, they may have the capacity to slowly chip away at Big Oil's specialty chemical divisions. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Biofuels-Trying-to-Hit-Big-Oil-Where-It-Hurts-5331070.php Methanol an 'orphan fuel' among alternatives to oil. In the quest to replace petroleum with cleaner, low-cost transportation fuels, methanol has advantages over other alternatives but the least political support, according to advocates for the fuel. Methanol is an alcohol that can be transported easily as a liquid and derived cheaply from natural gas. The fuel has a high toxicity in humans but produces a low level of hazardous particulate emissions when burned and can be safely blended with gasoline and used in today's cars with minimal adjustments. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996357/print BY SUBSCRIPTIO ONLY FRACKING Did 'fracking' play role in L.A. earthquake? Councilmen want to know. Three Los Angeles City Council members want city, state and federal groups to look into whether hydraulic fracturing and other forms of oil and gas “well stimulation” played any role in the earthquake that rattled the city early Monday morning. The motion, presented Tuesday by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin and seconded by Councilman Bernard Parks, asks for city departments to team up with the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fracking-los-angeles-earthquake-20140318,0,1536066.story#ixzz2wQLCT8n2 Carson considers temporary oil drilling ban over 'fracking' concerns. The city of Carson is considering a temporary ban on all new oil drilling following a public outcry over a massive proposed oil project by Occidental Petroleum. Despite repeated assurances from Oxy that "fracking" and other well stimulation techniques will not be used to extract the oil, residents say they don’t trust the company, and are concerned about possible air and groundwater contamination. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-carson-oil-drilling-ban-20140318,0,4835922.story#ixzz2wQLd6lv6 Green Fracking? 5 Technologies for Cleaner Shale Energy. It may seem strange to hear the words "fracking" and "environmentally friendly" in the same sentence. After all, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which high-pressure chemically treated water is used to crack rock formations and release trapped oil and gas, is a dirty term to many environmentalists. Critics decry the practice for consuming vast amounts of fresh water, creating toxic liquid waste, and adding to the atmosphere's greenhouse gas burden…Posted. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/03/140319-5-technologies-for-greener-fracking/ VEHICLES Electric Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret. Like most of the world's billion cars, they use a potent super greenhouse gas in their air-conditioning systems. America's electric cars are better for the environment, but they share a dirty little secret. The Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster all use a super greenhouse gas known as HFC 134a as the refrigerant for their air conditioners. The liquid coolant is so potent that when it leaks into the atmosphere it traps 1,400 times more heat than carbon dioxide over a 100-year time horizon. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140319/electric-cars-have-dirty-little-secret BY SUBSCRIPTION GREEN ENERGY Let These Companies Turn Your Home Into a Power Plant. The utility industry is changing and one of the biggest shifts is distributed power. That's when a customer generates electricity and sells it back to the power company. SolarCity and SunPower are the leaders in this emerging niche. They are, effectively, building a different electric utility one rooftop at a time. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Let-These-Companies-Turn-Your-Home-Into-a-Power-5330926.php Greenhouse Gas Levels Surpass Troublesome Milestone. Greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is continuing to increase at a steep rate in the Earth's atmosphere. The heat-trapping gas hit a troublesome milestone last year at its peak in May when it reached levels of 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide. But this year, two months earlier, those levels are already being seen. Greenhouse gas is the main global warming pollutant caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal for electricity and oil for gasoline. Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/mar/19/greenhouse-gas-levels-surpass-troublesome-mileston/ Incentives for energy storage spread worldwide. Last October, California became the first government to require its utilities to store a significant slice of the power they produce, instead of using it all right away. Now a growing roster of states and countries is taking up versions of the same idea, creating rules or incentives that will place storage in homes in Japan and Germany, at wind farms in Puerto Rico…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059996345/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY With virtual power purchase agreements, companies go long on renewable energy. Absent government subsidies or a carbon tax, it may take more than a decade for renewable energy from wind and solar to become cost competitive with cheap natural gas. Despite years of steady, sometimes precipitous cost declines, the price of renewable power still hovers well above market prices. Nevertheless, some companies are making long-term bets on green power. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996353/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Why don't small farmers choose cheaper, cleaner solar-powered pumps for irrigation? Solar irrigation pumps could save money for poor farmers throughout the developing world while conserving water and reducing emissions. But despite the benefits, energy experts said yesterday, the technology is struggling to succeed. Fewer than 50,000 such devices are in use in Africa, even though more than 7 million farmers on the continent lack grid-connected energy access and, by extension…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996355/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Allitt's new book reviews US environmental history. "A Climate of Crisis" (The Penguin Press), Patrick Allitt. According to "A Climate of Crisis," climate change and other pressing environmental concerns will be, instead of disasters, problems handily managed by America's capitalism and technological know-how. That's bound to be a hard sell on any of the shorelines that regularly disappear under projections of rising sea levels. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOK_REVIEW_A_CLIMATE_OF_CRISIS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OPINIONS Smoking tax - state's addiction. As a lifelong nonsmoker with objectivity in the current e-cigarette debate, I was happy to see Sarah Longwell's piece "Exhale, San Francisco - it's safe" (Open Forum, March 17 ) offering a supportive view of the product to balance the piece by San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar "Treat e-cigs just like smokes"(March 5). Among the listed ways Mar wanted e-cigs treated like tobacco cigarettes was being "taxed at 87 cents a pack." Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/letterstoeditor/article/Letters-to-the-editor-March-19-5329184.php Editorial: Tesla test drives the free market. Tesla Motors, like almost all makers of electric cars, is largely an offshoot of government intervention. Once a favorite of President Obama’s green energy push, the electric car industry has enjoyed favorable Energy Department loans, sizable tax credits for buyers and the benefits of being on the receiving end of carbon cap-and-trade schemes. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/government-606047-tesla-free.html Does cap-and-trade work? Dear EarthTalk: If cap and trade has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.? —Sandra M., Bern, N.C. Cap-and-trade, whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time — has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. Posted. http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/27292/does-cap-and-trade-work/ BLOGS Fighting Climate Change, and Living With It Too. The Obama administration is launching a new effort to highlight a climate change policy that usually doesn’t get much attention: adaptation. The administration Wednesday is unveiling a new website, climate.data.gov, and a series of other related initiatives, to coincide with an event the White House is hosting to highlight efforts to help the country become more prepared for and resilient toward climate change. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/03/19/fighting-climate-change-and-living-with-it-too/ Insurers Seek to Capitalize on China’s Smog. Wars can present many opportunities to make money, and China’s recently announced “war against pollution” looks to be no exception. Manufacturers of air purifiers, breathing masks and power plant desulphurization technologies have already found ready markets in China’s smog-choked cities. But the latest companies attempting to cash in on the haze are taking things to a new level: pollution insurance. Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/insurers-seek-to-capitalize-on-chinas-smog/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&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%3Dqry292%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Study: Chevron refinery plan won’t boost pollution. Chevron Corp.’s plan to upgrade its aging Richmond refinery won’t add to air pollution if the oil company follows all its proposed steps, according to a draft environmental report released Tuesday by the city. The report indicates that Chevron should be able to fulfill its pledge that the $1 billion project will result in no net increase in pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2014/03/19/study-chevron-refinery-plan-wont-boost-pollution/ Grow Rice, Not Methane: California May Tap Voluntary Markets. Part of the solution to the climate problem may lie within the 2.7 million acres of rice cultivated in the United States last year. Rice growing is the third largest source of methane emissions in the United States’ agricultural sector. When rice fields are flooded, the organic matter decomposing sans-oxygen below releases methane gas, a climate pollutant that has 21 times the strength of carbon dioxide. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10260§ion=news_articles&eod=1 Energy Industry Overestimated Cost Of Pollution Controls: Study. A new report from the Center for American Progress examines some historical industry claims about how much new pollution regulations would cause electricity prices to spike, and finds that industry estimates have been higher than the reality. The report is meant to draw an analogy to the current fight over power plant pollution, specifically greenhouse gas pollution. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/19/coal-emissions-regulation_n_4993075.html?view=print&comm_ref=false China-India cooperation on carbon emission to benefit both: Daily. Coordinated efforts by China and India will help in moving both the countries towards global sustainability goals in carbon emission, a leading Chinese daily said Wednesday. An article in The People's Daily newspaper said that the two countries faced similar mitigation pressures and this suggested the possibility and priority of cooperation between the two nations. Posted. http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/china-india-cooperation-on-carbon-emission-to-benefit-both-daily-114031900809_1.html Pentagon says climate change is clearly a present danger, again. Like the Olympics and leap year, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) comes at us every four years. A big-picture look by the US military at the threats they see out there, the QDR (PDF) is a broad document, but you can read in it just how big the military thinks its mission is (global dominance, really). Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/18/pentagon-says-climate-change-is-clearly-a-present-danger-again/ Green HOV stickers for plug-in hybrids almost gone in California. There's a bit of a traffic jam building for those High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) stickers designed to help plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers in California avoid, uh, traffic jams. The stickers in question are of the green variety and they're doled out by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to let such drivers cruise down the HOV lanes solo. And they're running out. Fast. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/green-hov-stickers-for-plug-in-hybrids-gone-california/ Ford UK exec says EVs are a good way to lose a fortune. Stateside, Ford execs are quick to point out the automaker's expansion in the plug-in sector. And despite a minimal presence in the pure EV space, the Blue Oval has been promoting its plug-in vehicles as part of an overall effort to boost fleetwide fuel economy. Too bad the company's UK chief didn't get the memo. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/19/ford-uk-exec-says-evs-are-good-way-to-lose-fortune/ How companies can clear up myths about indoor air pollution. There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about carbon monoxide poisoning – from a death and 19 people hospitalized at a Long Island restaurant, to a close call with a little girl here in Tennessee – and it has a lot of people worried about the air quality in their own homes. The problem is that most consumers don’t understand what really affects the quality of the air inside their houses. Posted. http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/03/19/whats-in-your-indoor-air California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.