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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for April 9, 2014 Posted: 09 Apr 2014 13:34:18
ARB Newsclips for April 9, 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 EASTVALE: Business park with warehouses set for hearing. A proposed warehouse/business park that could put hundreds of big rigs on Limonite Avenue -- already rejected by the Planning Commission -- will come before the City Council Wednesday, April 9. Eastvale Mayor Ike Bootsma said he shared the Commission’s misgivings about the truck traffic the project could generate. Big rigs are noisy, can cause air pollution and damage city streets, he said. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/corona/corona-headlines-index/20140408-eastvale-business-park-with-warehouses-set-for-hearing.ece Exide denied more time to reduce arsenic pollution. A hearing board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District denied a request on Tuesday to allow the battery recycling company Exide Technologies more time to install pollution control devices at its facility in Vernon. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/04/08/43387/exide-denied-more-time-to-reduce-arsenic-pollution/ OTHER RELATED ARTICLES http://www.hidesertstar.com/news/article_1121e340-bf8c-11e3-9506-0019bb2963f4.html http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-exide-20140409,0,7358038.story#axzz2yP8HewSa Architect firm proposes building park domes in Beijing to protect from air pollution. An architectural firm has a solution for the smog problem in Beijing - placing large domes over its parks so people can have a place to go away from the pollution. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/proposed-air-pollution-solution-beijing-domed-parks-article-1.1749575 Clean air measures of Olympics to be used for APEC. A comprehensive pollution-control plan similar to that applied during the 2008 Olympics will be launched for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to be held in Beijing’s Huairou district this autumn, the Beijing News reported on Tuesday. Posted. http://www.eco-business.com/news/clean-air-measures-olympics-be-used-apec/ CLIMATE CHANGE How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World. In December 2012, Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, was on vacation in Berlin when he decided to detour to the Netherlands. He wanted to get a firsthand sense of the famed Dutch approach to water management. Hurricane Sandy struck six weeks before, and in the aftermath, President Obama asked him to lead a task force, whose objective was not just to rebuild but also to radically rethink the region’s infrastructure in light of climate change. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/magazine/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world.html?hpw&rref=magazine Are CEOs Ready for Climate Change? Fred Krupp goes about his business as head of the Environmental Defense Fund by applying leverage where the interests of business and the environment intersect. He sat down with The Wall Street Journal's John Bussey to discuss climate change. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304432604579473483863311234?KEYWORDS=air+pollution&mg=reno64-wsj FUELS Port of Hueneme awarded $500,000 EPA grant for power system. The Port of Hueneme will receive a $500,000 grant to help with the second phase of its shore-side power project, allowing for more vessels to simultaneously connect to the power system. The Environmental Protection Agency informed the port Tuesday that it would receive the grant. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/08/port-of-hueneme-awarded-500000-epa-grant-for/#ixzz2yPAtAZ6S FRACKING New book on fracking illuminates pros, cons. "The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World" (Simon & Schuster), by Russell Gold. The once-obscure oil and gas drilling process known as fracking has generated hundreds of billions of dollars and considerable dissent, as communities and experts argue over how to balance the vast amounts of money at stake with environmental and health risks. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOK_REVIEW_THE_BOOM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT VEHICLES Cars Become Biggest Driver of Greenhouse-Gas Increases. The greatest emerging threat to the global climate may rest in the side pocket of your trousers -- or wherever you keep the car keys. Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, the United Nations will say in a report due April 13. Heat-trapping gases from vehicles may surge 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft of the most comprehensive UN study to date on the causes of climate change. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-08/cars-become-biggest-driver-of-greenhouse-gas-increases.html GREEN ENERGY Germany Moves Forward on Renewable Energy Plan. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government approved legislation on Tuesday revamping Germany’s sweeping plan to generate more than 40 percent of its energy needs through renewable resources by 2025 by slowing the rapid expansion of solar and wind parks in an effort to hold down spiraling prices. Already, 25 percent of German energy comes from renewable resources, but that advance has come at a cost to consumers, who have borne the brunt of the surcharges that funded the expansion. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/business/international/germany-moves-forward-on-renewable-energy-plan.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/us-germany-energy-idUSBREA3716I20140408 SOLAR: Ivanpah project described as deadly trap for wildlife. When hundreds of thousands of mirrors focus solar energy on the 460-foot towers at Ivanpah solar plant in northeastern San Bernardino County, butterflies, dragonflies and other winged insects are attracted to the intense white glow — like moths to a porch light. Insect-eating birds pursue the bugs, and then come the falcons and other raptors to snag the smaller birds. And when they fly into the heat zone — as hot as 800 degrees — around the towers, they are maimed and die. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140408-solar-ivanpah-project-described-as-deadly-trap-for-wildlife.ece Energy Investors Are an Uncertain Kitten. Global investment in renewable energy last year declined for the second year in a row. Even worse: For the first time since renewables became plausible, growth in new capacity slowed. "Is this the clean-tech crash?" asked Michael Liebreich, chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, to start his keynote at the group's annual summit in New York. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-09/energy-investors-are-an-uncertain-kitten.html EU Industries to Pay Less Into Funds to Finance Renewable Energy. Europe's energy-intensive industries scored a victory Wednesday in being largely let off the hook for footing the bill for decarbonizing the economy. The European Commission watered down some key parts of new rules on government aid aimed at encouraging production of energy from renewable sources, lessening the financial burden on heavy industries and reducing the scale of government subsidies for providers of renewable energy. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579491102502305242?KEYWORDS=climate+change&mg=reno64-wsj http://www.contracostatimes.com/AP%20Content/ci_25528808/EU-seeks-cheaper-power-curbs-renewable Wal-Mart's Green Initiative: Status Report. What happens when the world's largest retailer decides to go green? For years, Wal-Mart Stores has been carrying out an ambitious program to make its operations more environmentally sound—an effort that has an impact upon employees and supply chains around the globe. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304432604579473453226974252?KEYWORDS=green+energy&mg=reno64-wsj The U.S. Military Goes Green. The military is a huge consumer of energy and other resources. Roger M. Natsuhara is one of the people charged with helping it get greener. The principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy spoke with Wall Street Journal editorial-board member Kimberley A. Strassel about the Navy's efforts to run a cleaner fleet and other initiatives. Here are edited excerpts of the discussion. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304432604579473493950223048?KEYWORDS=green+energy&mg=reno64-wsj City OK's solar loans for homes. San Diego homeowners got a much easier and more affordable way Tuesday to install solar power and make other upgrades that improve energy efficiency and shrink utility bills. The City Council unanimously approved allowing owners of residential properties to pay for such projects without any up-front costs as part of the state’s “property assessed clean energy” program. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/08/san-diego-solar-energy-loan-program-approved/ OPINIONS Global Warming Scare Tactics. If you were looking for ways to increase public skepticism about global warming, you could hardly do better than the forthcoming nine-part series on climate change and natural disasters, starting this Sunday on Showtime. A trailer for “Years of Living Dangerously” is terrifying, replete with images of melting glaciers, raging wildfires and rampaging floods. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/opinion/global-warming-scare-tactics.html?hpw&rref=opinion&_r=0 MISCELLANEOUS Ceres police roll out electric motorcycles. The Ceres Police Department on Tuesday rolled out the three electric Zero DS police motorcycles just added to its Traffic Unit fleet. The purchase of the three bikes was covered by a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/04/08/3282625/police-get-charges.html?sp=/99/1623/ Bike sharing program plans to roll into the East Bay. A Bay Area bike share program that began last summer in San Jose and San Francisco is planning its first expansion into the East Bay communities of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. The East Bay debut could be as early as late 2015 for the bright blue bicycles, which can be checked out for free rides of up to 30 minutes at a time, reports the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25515659/Bike-sharing-program-plans-to-roll http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_25515659/Bike-sharing-program-plans-to-roll BLOGS Tesla's ZEV credit allotment changing under new CARB rules. Could the California Air Resources Board (CARB) be taking a $55-million bite out of Tesla Motors' profits? The state regulator, which grants zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) credits for automakers making plug-in vehicles, is planning to reduce the number of credits generated by each Model S battery-electric sedan from seven to four, Bloomberg News reports. That means the California-based automaker will have fewer credits to sell to big buyers such as General Motors and Chrysler, who don't make enough ZEVs on their own to comply with state mandates. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/08/teslas-zev-credit-allotment-changing-under-new-carb-rules/ TripAdvisor Expands Environmental Rating Program. International travelers looking for a certain amount of “green” in their accommodations can now turn to TripAdvisor for help. The hotel review and booking website recently expanded its GreenLeaders program, which evaluates a property’s ecological and environmental friendliness (or “green” practices), to include properties Canada, Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, in addition to those in the United States. Posted. http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/tripadvisor-expands-environmental-rating-program/?partner=rss&emc=rss Bentley shows plug-in hybrid concept ahead of Beijing, will power SUV in 2017. From its more mainstream, popular origins in the original Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, the hybrid powertrain has worked its way up to the the corner office, the big chair, the top slot in the corporation. Bentley has announced that it will introduce a plug-in hybrid option on its SUV due in 2017. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/09/bentley-plug-in-hybrid-concept-beijing-official/ This Ingenious iPhone App Lets You Un-Smog The World's Most Polluted Cities. The pollution in Beijing is bad right now. “Nuclear winter” bad. Crops can’t breathe, and neither can people, so much so that this February, the Chinese government -- normally not the source for unflattering readings of the country's air quality -- told residents to definitely wear masks. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/09/china-pollution-iphone-app_n_5107778.html As if the ozone hole weren’t enough, now there’s a hole in the troposphere. Everyone knows men shouldn’t wear white dress shirts without undershirts, because then you can see their furry chests and tantalizing man-nipples and sensual sweat stains. But the Earth’s been shopping at the Hanes Outlet again, because ITS white v-neck — a.k.a. the troposphere, the innermost part of the atmosphere — has a hole. Posted. http://grist.org/list/as-if-the-ozone-hole-werent-enough-now-theres-a-hole-in-the-troposphere/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.