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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 10, 2014

Posted: 10 Jul 2014 11:13:52
ARB Newsclips for July 10, 2014. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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Capturing CO2 emissions remains frustratingly expensive: Kemp. 
Fossil fuels will remain an indispensable part of the global
energy supply for at least the next 50 years, so a means must be
found to burn them without pumping carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere.  According to Martin Wolf, chief economics
commentator of the Financial Times: "(Just) as the civilisation
of ancient Rome was built on slaves, ours is built on fossil
fuels.  Posted. 

Climate Change Activists Call for Carbon Emissions Cap in
Virginia.  State officials have to take steps to protect
Virginia's eroding shoreline and minimize nearby carbon emissions
in the face of climate change, the Chesapeake Climate Action
Network has said.  Called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,
the environmental group's proposal would cap carbon emissions
produced by power plants in nine states from Maryland to Maine,
the Associated Press reported.  Posted. 


US environmental official talks up clean air rules.  A federal
environmental official will meet with environmentalists, state
officials and others in Hartford to discuss the Obama
administration's clean air initiatives.  Posted. 

Panel to Impose Strict Pollution Standards on Battery Plant. 
Regulators on Wednesday mulled over a plan aimed at cutting toxic
pollution from battery maker Exide Technologies, which some
residents in a Southern California city blame for health
problems.  The Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality
Management District considered proposed operating conditions on
the Vernon facility, which has agreed to stay closed until it
completes upgrades on its air pollution control systems.  Posted.


Mothers bring kids to Senate to push for EPA's climate change
rule.  More than 200 mothers and their children marched to dozens
of Senate offices Wednesday, carrying handwritten signs and
calling for members of Congress to support the Environmental
Protection Agency’s proposed anti-pollution rules, which seek to
cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30%.  Posted. 


Lawrence Berkeley Lab to unveil FLEXLAB for studying energy
efficiency in commercial buildings.  The Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, located in the hills above UC Berkeley with
sweeping views of the Bay, has long been known for its
cutting-edge research in energy efficiency.  On Thursday, it will
unveil FLEXLAB, the world's most advanced lab for studying energy
efficiency in commercial buildings.  Posted. 

Why Big Tech Companies Are Investing In Renewable Energy. When it
was completed in 2013, the London Array was the largest offshore
wind farm in the world, designed to produce a gigawatt of
electricity. In April of this year, Google GOOGL +0.09% announced
that it had contracted for that much renewable energy over the
course of seven different purchase agreements since 2011—the
largest one being the most recent purchase agreement for 407
megawatts of wind-sourced power from MidAmerican Energy Company
to supply its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Posted. 


Carbon producers can meet EPA's limits as they have in the past. 
Past is prologue, and as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
moves forward with new limits on carbon pollution from the
nation's electric power plants, familiar alarms are sounding that
the limits will drive up electric bills, threaten the reliability
of our electric power system, and harm our economy. Nonsense. 


Saving Water in California.  California is in the third year of
its worst drought in decades. But you wouldn’t know it by looking
at how much water the state’s residents and businesses are using.
According to a recent state survey, Californians cut the amount
of water they used in the first five months of the year by just 5
percent, far short of the 20 percent reduction Gov. Jerry Brown
called for in January. In some parts of the state, like the San
Diego area, water use has actually increased from 2013.  Posted. 


Smart Umbrella Tracks Air Quality While Keeping You Dry.  Earlier
this year, a scientist had the idea to use umbrellas as a way to
collect data and prevent urban flooding, but now a team from the
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design wants to use the
trusted accessory as a way to measure, and visualize air
pollution. The Sensing Umbrella is able to measure carbon
monoxide and nitrogen dioxide levels, while built-in LED lights
respond to the air quality by changing color and rhythm. It’s a
project that looks good, but also has plans to make an impact on
people’s health around the world.  Posted. 

EVs popping up where you might not expect.  "New York, London,
Paris, Munich," went the 1979 pro-techno hit Pop Muzik. Today,
however, the adoption of electric vehicles is going far beyond
those major metropolises, all of which have seen a healthy dose
of plug-ins. And we think that's a good thing.  Posted. 

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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