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ARB Newsclips for July 10, 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 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/climatechange-carboncapture-kemp-idUSL6N0PL4CK20140710 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. http://www.autoworldnews.com/articles/8148/20140709/activists-call-for-climate-change-protection-in-virginia.htm AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/US-environmental-official-talks-up-clean-air-rules-5611142.php 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. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Public-Hearing-Wednesday-to-Determine-Future-of-Vernon-Battery-Recycling-Plant--266510991.html CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-mothers-climate-change-senate-nu-20140709-story.html GREEN ENERGY 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. http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26122093/Lawrence-Berkeley-Lab-to-unveil-FLEXLAB-for-studying-energy-efficiency-in-commercial-buildings 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. http://www.forbes.com/sites/emc/2014/07/10/why-big-tech-companies-are-investing-in-renewable-energy/ OPINION 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. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/07/10/4018305/carbon-producers-can-meet-epas.html http://www.modbee.com/2014/07/10/3432736/carbon-producers-can-meet-epas.html 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/opinion/saving-water-in-california.html?_r=0 BLOGS 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. http://www.psfk.com/2014/07/led-umbrella-real-time-air-tracking.html#!bckus6 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. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/09/evs-popping-up-where-you-might-not-expect/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.