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ARB Newsclips for June 20, 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 Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link. In 2011, a study by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District established a link between asthma-related ER visits and levels of PM2.5, or fine particulate matter in valley air. But after a follow-up to that study, the Air District now reports that for a number of years, asthma-related ER visits increased even as PM2.5 levels dropped. Posted. http://kvpr.org/post/air-district-questions-asthma-air-pollution-link-0 Study may explain how pollution causes heart disease. Scientists and clean air advocates are well aware that fine particles in the air, known as PM2.5, are correlated with deaths from cardiovascular disease. “You can see days where we have higher pollution, and they’ve already tracked that to more hospital admissions for heart disease, heart attacks," said Angela Johnson Meszaros, general counsel for Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles. "That kind of thing, we already knew.” Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/06/20/44852/study-may-explain-how-pollution-causes-heart-disea/ CLIMATE CHANGE E.P.A. Administrators Plead With Fellow Republicans to Acknowledge Global Warming. Four former Environmental Protection Agency administrators, all Republicans, pleaded with GOP senators Wednesday to acknowledge and address the reality of climate change, the Huffington Post reports. "We believe there is legitimate scientific debate over the pace and effects of climate change, but no legitimate debate over the facts of the Earth's warming or over man's contribution," William Ruckelshaus, former EPA chief under both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, told senators at the hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. Posted. http://www.newsweek.com/ep-administrators-plead-fellow-republicans-acknowledge-global-warming-255573?piano_t=1 Republican Former EPA Chiefs Try To Convince Senate GOP That Climate Change Is Real. Four Republican former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency had a message for the Senate on Wednesday on climate change: It's real, it's bad and the United States should do something about it. But their fellow Republicans at the hearing largely ignored that position, instead repeating a variety of arguments about why the U.S. should not address the greenhouse gas emissions causing the planet to warm up. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/18/epa-republicans-climate_n_5509048.html?ir=Politics Berkeley considering climate change labels at gas pumps. Berkeley could become the first city in the country to mandate climate change warning labels on gas pump hoses. The signs would inform drivers that the state has determined CO2 emissions contribute to global warming. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25996416/Berkeley-considering-climate-change-labels-at http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_25996416/Berkeley-considering-climate-change-labels-at http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_25996413/Berkeley-considering-climate-change-labels-at DROUGHT California's drought getting even worse, experts say. California's drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday. "Exceptional" drought conditions have spread in Central California since a week ago, weather officials said. Areas in Northern California have also moved into this category since last week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-drought-worsens-across-california-20140619-story.html HIGH-SPEED RAIL APCD approves agreement with California High Speed Rail to mitigate emissions. The Governing Board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD) today approved agreements that would mitigate all construction emissions from California's High-Speed Rail (HSR) project that occur in the Valley. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/apcd-approves-agreement-with-california-high-speed-rail-to-mitigate-emissions Valley air district gets funds to offset pollution from high-speed rail construction. The San Joaquin Valley will get up to $35 million over the next 14 years to offset the pollution created by construction of the state's high-speed rail. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District board agreed Thursday to accept the commitment from the California High Speed Rail Authority. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/06/19/3986529/valley-air-district-gets-funds.html?sp=/99/406/263/ Early stage of high-speed rail kicking off in Madera County. A very early stage of the California High-Speed Rail design and testing process is now kicking off in the North Valley. Crews are currently setting up in Madera County near the intersection of Highway 146 and Storey Road. Over the next several weeks the land will become one of the first places in our state used to test the high-speed rail project. Posted. http://abc30.com/news/early-stage-of-high-speed-rail-kicking-off-in-madera-county/125539/ VEHICLES Benicia unveils electric vehicle fast-charging station. It looks exactly like a fuel pump at the gas station. However, instead of dispensing gasoline, the new addition to the City Hall parking lot is the city's latest electric vehicle station. The dual-compatible charger station was unveiled Wednesday during a short ribbon-cutting ceremony in the parking lot. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_26000302/Benicia-unveils-electric-vehicle-fastcharging-station GREEN ENERGY Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed. Like many consumers, David Polstein had already done much to reduce energy use in his large Victorian home in Newton, Mass. He replaced his appliances with energy-efficient models, installed better heating and put in new insulation. But he was unable to get a solar system to reduce his utility bill, he said, because his roof is too small and shady to make it worthwhile. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/business/energy-environment/buying-into-solar-power-no-roof-access-needed.html?_r=0 MISCELLANEOUS California smog research pioneer Pitts dies at 93. James Pitts, a pioneering smog researcher whose work spurred California's ground-breaking clean-air regulations, died Thursday at age 93, his wife said. Pitts died in his sleep at his home in Irvine, according to his wife and fellow professor at the University of California, Irvine, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/California-smog-research-pioneer-Pitts-dies-at-93-5565635.php http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/19/6497512/california-smog-research-pioneer.html Open windows to reduce energy consumption. Warm days full of sunshine give homeowners good reason to open windows and let fresh air into their homes while they are at home. Not only can open windows boost mood and create an inviting living space, but open windows also can be good for one’s environment. Posted. http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/78949/ 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/ Not waiting to act until it’s too late: the foreign policy and climate change imperative. In a column Wednesday, David Ignatius referred to Henry Kissinger’s model of statecraft from his 1957 book, A World Restored. The model had nothing to do with climate change, but viewed from within that framework, it hits the mark on how to move ahead. To quote Kissinger from 1957: “Nations learn only by experience they ‘know’ only when it’s too late to act”. Then and now this dynamic is self-evident. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/06/19/not-waiting-to-act-until-its-too-late-the-foreign-policy-and-climate-change-imperative/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.