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ARB Newsclips for June 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 China completes pilot carbon market rollout, but take up uncertain. The Chinese city of Chongqing launched its pilot carbon scheme on Thursday, the seventh and final one planned by the country as it looks for ways to rein in its rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions, the highest in the world. Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis of 30 million people on the Yangtze river, follows the cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing and the provinces of Guangdong and Hubei in launching a trading scheme that allows big local firms to buy and sell permits that cover their carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/19/china-carbon-idUSL4N0P00KL20140619 AIR POLLUTION Lawsuit Launched to Clean Up Lead Air Pollution Across United States. Three environmental groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to ensure that people across the country are protected from dangerous lead in the air. In 2008 the EPA revised 30-year-old air standards for lead, lowering allowable airborne lead levels by 90 percent to protect health and environmental quality. Posted. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/lead-06-18-2014.html Asthma rates drop but experts not breathing easier. A new survey suggests asthma in the U.S. may finally be on the decline. But the results are so surprising that health officials are cautious about claiming a downturn. "I wouldn't say it's good news - yet," said the study's lead author, Jeannine Schiller of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_ASTHMA_DECLINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Asthma-rates-drop-but-experts-not-breathing-easier-5564375.php CLIMATE CHANGE Collaborating to meet San Diego's climate change challenges. In 1980, no one could have imagined that we’d face the state’s worst drought in decades in 2014 or experience frightening fires as early as May. Today, we ponder, how is our region’s climate changing? What will the San Diego region look like 35 years from now as climate change effects are seen more clearly? From our individual perspectives, we arrive at numerous conclusions. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/18/San-Diego-collaboration-climate-change/ DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB holds free compliance classes, including webinar. Truck owners wanting to stay on top of the latest in California emissions rules have multiple opportunities in the coming weeks, including one session that can be viewed online. The California Air Resources Board will hold multiple diesel education classes in June and July. The courses are free and cover topics like diesel emissions devices and filters, and how to comply with the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=27212#.U6L9vYUvAk8 Long Beach named best green seaport in world. The Port of Long Beach was recognized as the “Best Green Seaport” in the world by an Asian shipping publication, the port announced Wednesday. The port beat out two other finalists for the distinction, including the Port of Hamburg in Germany and the Port of Singapore, said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/port-622625-long-beach.html VEHICLES Survey provides fascinating insight into the reasons people buy electric vehicles. Ever wonder what motivates people to make the big transition to owning an electric vehicle, either battery electric or plug-in hybrid? The California Air Resources Board (CARB) wanted to know this and a great deal of other information concerning electric vehicles, so it conducted a detailed survey of EV owners in the state. The results are intriguing to anyone who follows the industry. Posted. http://www.torquenews.com/2250/survey-provides-fascinating-insight-reasons-people-buy-electric-vehicles Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle. Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles. Harley will show handmade demonstration models Monday at an invitation-only event in New York. The company will then take several dozen riders on a 30-city tour to test drive the bikes and provide feedback. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/19/3398655/harley-davidson-introduces-electric.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY L.A. councilman wants to put ground-based solar arrays on pause. Worried solar farms could overtake prized patches of open space, a Los Angeles councilman is asking the Department of Water and Power board to put off allowing new arrays that are mounted on the ground -- part of its Feed-In Tariff program -- until the city can make sure they mesh with neighborhoods. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-solar-clash-feed-in-tariff-20140618-story.html?track=rss William Maclay’s Road Map to Get Off the Grid. Four years in the making, “The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future” (Chelsea Green Publishing, $90) marshals detailed architectural drawings and impressive pie charts to show that net-zero-energy buildings (those that make as much — or more — energy than they consume) not only offer long-term advantages for the planet, but can also save their owners money from the start. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/garden/william-maclays-road-map-to-get-off-the-grid.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar MISCELLANEOUS Trash a waste no more. At Foothill Landfill, an old flare stands like a 35-foot-tall candle, its top blackened after burning methane gas produced by millions of tons of trash buried there over the past half-century. Today the flare has been snuffed out, its flame rendered mostly irrelevant thanks to a new methane-gas power plant recently built right next to it. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140619/A_NEWS/406190324/-1/A_NEWS14 For Ideas on How to Live Greener, Think Mobile. Smartphones and tablets may not seem to be designed with the environment in mind, being made of complex layers of plastics, metals and electronics, with chemical batteries. But apps may help you adopt environmentally sensible habits in your daily life. BrightNest, free on iOS, is a beautiful general guide to improving your home. One of its many categories is simply called Green. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/technology/personaltech/for-the-greener-life-think-mobile.html?hpw&rref=science&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw Aston Martin Racing to Explore Solar Technology. Aston Martin Racing announced last week that it would join with the Hong Kong-based Hanergy Global Solar Power & Applications Group to find ways to apply solar energy to racecars. The partners plan to use electricity from thin-film photovoltaic cells applied to the car’s roof to power air-conditioning on the cars Aston enters in Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile World Endurance Championship events. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/automobiles/aston-martin-racing-to-explore-solar-technology.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&_r=0 Smart umbrellas keep you dry and check the air you breathe. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, but no one's really fooled. Lurking by everyone's side is an umbrella, ready to be whipped out and unfurled at a moment's notice. Capitalising on the ubiquitous accessory, students Simon Herzog, Saurabh Datta and Akarsh Sanghi from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design have upgraded the humble umbrella to create a device that measures air pollution levels via a small box mounted on the shaft. Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/19/smart-umbrellas-check-air-quality OPINION EPA's clean power plan will boost economy, create jobs. In early June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a long-term plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The agency describes its Clean Power Plan as a "common-sense" way to reduce risks to public health and the economy posed by climate change. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/06/19/3398461/epas-clean-power-plan-will-boost.html#storylink=cpy http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/06/19/3985307/epas-clean-power-plan-will-boost.html http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/19/6495438/epas-clean-power-plan-will-boost.html Viewpoints: Sticker shock coming at the gas pump. Congratulations to the state Legislature for passing an on-time budget! As always, though, the fine print reveals troubling details. A significant problem is that billions of dollars allocated to this and future budgets are new monies that will be coming straight from consumers, thanks to a state program most Californians have never heard of. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/19/6493995/viewpoints-sticker-shock-coming.html BLOGS Chevy Volt owners log half a billion electric miles, 2015 production starts. As General Motors gets ready to start 2015 Volt production Monday, Chevrolet is looking back at some of the numbers that got the car to where it is today. The headline number is that Volt owners have collectively put more than a half-billion electric miles on their cars. The unsurprising upshot is that, if you went out and bought a Volt, you're pretty keen on getting as many electric miles out of it as possible. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/19/chevy-volt-half-billion-miles-2015-production/ DOE spending $20 million to get hydrogen costs down to $4/gallon. There is death. There are taxes. And there is the US Department of Energy (DOE) periodically funding millions of dollars worth of grants towards advancing hydrogen fuel-cell technology. This time, the DOE says it will write checks for $20 million, and the goal is pretty specific: bringing the production and distribution costs of hydrogen to less than the equivalent of $4 a gallon. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/19/doe-spending-20-million-to-get-hydrogen-costs-down-to-4-gallon/ World Gets 22% of Electricity From Renewable Energy. The Renewables 2014 Global Status Report released earlier this month has good news for the environment, namely that an estimated 22.1% of the world’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013. That percentage is expected to rise as countries across the globe pour money and resources into alternative, clean energy. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/numbers/world-gets-22-of-electricity-from-renewable-energy-1456/?KEYWORDS=green+energy Liquid air vehicles economic without subsidy, says report. There is ‘a compelling business case’ for introducing vehicles equipped with liquid air engines in Britain, says a new report. The most promising early applications include refrigerated trucks and trailers, urban buses and delivery trucks, which could repay their original investments within months or just a few years without government subsidy. Posted. http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/jun/liquid-air-vehicles.cfm California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.