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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for July 16, 2014

Posted: 16 Jul 2014 12:54:41
ARB Newsclips for July 16, 2014. 

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Google Streetview cars sniff out gas leaks in cities.  Now Google
StreetView cars can do more than let you explore places you have
never visited. Sensors strapped to the top of the cars have
mapped hundreds of methane leaks around Boston, New York's Staten
Island and Indianapolis. The cars found about one leak per 1.5
kilometres in both Boston and Staten Island. Leaks was slightly
less common in Indianapolis, occurring about once for every 320
kilometres driven. Posted.


Obama to meet with local leaders on climate change. President
Barack Obama wants local government officials to prepare their
communities now for the effects of climate change. Obama is
meeting with state and tribal leaders on Wednesday at the White
House. The White House says they'll discuss how the federal
government can help them be more resilient to climate change.
It's the fourth and final meeting of the 26-person task force.



http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002951/print BY

Moving churches to discuss the morality of climate change. Rabbi
Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed
with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to
lecture church audiences, or sermonize if they’ll let him, about
the threat of global warming. “My feeling is that I’m the only
person these people are ever going to see who’s going to look
them in the eye and say, ‘There’s such a thing as climate
change,’” Rieber said. “I’m trying to let them know it’s not
irreligious to believe in climate change.” Posted.


California seeks to send message to water-wasters. Reservoirs are
running dry, the Capitol's lawn has turned brown, and farmers
have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted. Even so, many
Californians aren't taking the drought seriously. State water
regulators are trying to change that by imposing fines up to $500
a day for wasting water. Posted.
















California drought threatens to dry up farm wells. Researchers
say farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought
could begin to see wells run dry next year. The Center for
Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis,
released the study Tuesday on the possible impact if the next two
years remain dry in California. The study also says farmers will
leave nearly 430,000 acres unplanted this year, costing
California $2.2 billion. Posted.





Downtown L.A. is now driest since rain records started in 1877.
Rainy seasons over the last two years were the driest in downtown
Los Angeles since record-keeping began in 1877, and forecasters
now say the El Nińo that had been predicted to bring some relief
may not materialize.  According to the National Weather Service,
the 2012 to 2014 rainy seasons -- which are measured every July 1
to June 30 -- only brought 11.93 inches of rainfall, which is
17.93 inches below normal. Posted.

See which Californians are increasing water use despite the
drought. A survey revealed that Californians have increased their
water usage amid the worst drought to hit the state in decades.
Meanwhile, California decided on Tuesday to come down hard on
water wasters by imposing fines of up to $500 per violation.

Santa Cruz water school washes away fines for overuse. What was
supposed to be a relaxing Santa Cruz getaway for Chris and
Gilbert Hernandez was anything but - thanks to, of all things,
water. When the San Jose residents arrived at their old beach
house near the boardwalk last month, they discovered that a leaky
toilet on the second floor had pushed them over the city's water
limits and into an ocean of red ink. Posted.

Groundwater pumping propping up farms in California drought.
Consumers will see no shortages of California-grown fruits, nuts
and vegetables this year despite one of the worst droughts in
state history, but that's because farmers are draining
groundwater reserves and leaving no insurance should heavy rains
fail to materialize next winter, UC Davis researchers said
Tuesday. Posted.


California hearing set on tough oil refinery rules.  The
Environmental Protection Agency is coming to one of the nation's
largest petroleum-producing areas to hold public hearings on a
proposal aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from California to
Texas through tough new controls on oil refineries. The daylong
hearing set for Wednesday will be held at a community center in
Wilmington, a blue-collar section of Los Angeles that is dotted
by more than 6,000 oil-pumping rigs and is home to three of
California's major oil refineries. Posted.


BMW Boosts Battery Supplies on Electric-Car Rollout Plans.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) agreed to spend billions of
euros increasing its orders of Samsung SDI Co. batteries as the
world’s largest maker of luxury cars expands its line of electric
vehicles. BMW is planning to increase its purchases of SDI
battery cells for the electric i3 city car and the plug-in hybrid
i8 sports car as well as for “additional hybrid models” in the
coming years…Posted.

China mandates increase in low-emissions vehicle use. Good news
for electric car companies. China, which suffers from some of the
world's worst air pollution, has mandated that its government
agencies dramatically increase their use of electric vehicles.
The government said this week that 30% of its central agencies'
new vehicle purchases must be "new energy" vehicles by 2016 --
"new energy" being a Chinese government catch-all for
lower-emission cars and trucks. Posted.


Fresno County supervisors make no decision on opposing high-speed
rail. Fresno County supervisors pushed off a vote Tuesday on
reversing their support for California's high-speed rail project,
delaying a symbolic decision by two weeks to get more
information. Following about four hours of discussion, including
more than two hours of comment from 36 speakers…Posted.


Leased solar panels may harm homes' values. Leasing solar panels
can cut down on the upfront costs of making homes more energy
efficient, but when the typical lease period lasts a couple of
decades, they can be problematic for owners trying to sell their
homes. Leasing solar panels on homes has become a popular way to
offset upfront installation costs of $20,000 or more, but
prospective buyers can be reluctant to take over the remainder of
the lengthy leases. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002915/print BY


Brave new gardening for brave new climates.. As many parts of the
United States grapple with drought and rising water bills, “The
thought of an English garden in the Central Valley of California
is sheer madness. It wasn’t meant to be, and it’s sucking up
precious groundwater we need for agriculture,” said Ann Savageau,
a design professor at the University of California at Davis, who
recently traded in her lush green lawns for a desert look.


The invisible high price of your little bottle of water. Bottled
water is usually a waste of money and, beyond that, an
environmental mess. American buy 50 billion bottles of water each
year, and recycle less than one-fourth of those bottles. It’s a
tremendous source of landfill waste, but worse, 17 million
barrels of oil are used each year to produce those bottles.
That’s enough oil to power 1.3 million cars a year. Posted.

California’s drought scoffers brought fines into play: Editorial.
When it comes to California water wasters, authorities are taking
the stick approach now that we’ve munched up all the carrots.
That big stick comes in the form of fines of up to $500 a day
that the State Water Quality Control Board approved Tuesday for
people who waste through over-irrigating landscaping so that
water runs to the sidewalks and streets, on fountains, on washing
vehicles with a constantly running hose, and other outdoor uses.

Drought takes toll on birds, Pacific Flyway. Summer is a
relatively quiet time for birds in California’s Central Valley,
as most of the ducks and geese are breeding in the north. But
this year is more quiet than usual. According to a recent survey
conducted by the Department of Fish Wildlife, the number of
breeding ducks remaining in California this season is 23 percent
below the long-term average. The decline speaks to the
significant degradation of habitat in the Central Valley due to
lack of precipitation. Posted.


Miami’s Coastal Climate Calamity – in Super Slo-Mo. I’ve differed
with Time Magazine’s fine correspondent Michael Grunwald on the
importance of the Keystone pipeline (Grunwald, me), but cheered
him on earlier this week on Twitter after climate campaigners
attacked him (Grunwald a “denier” and “polyanna”?) for
challenging an overheated Guardian account of the impacts of
rising sea levels on Miami (Grunwald’s home turf). Posted.

Worse For Your Health: Rolling coal or burning rubber?  With
social, political and ecological concerns all wrapped up into one
made-for-the-Internet phenomenon, there's no question that
"rolling coal" has taken over the airwaves in the last few weeks.
As many before me have pointed out, this practice isn't a new
one, but renewed interest in (or horror at the exercise of) has
flooded many of our feeds with terrifying photos, careening
op-eds and viral videos. Posted.

Huge Swaths Of Farmland Idle In California As Drought Threatens
To Dry Up Wells. Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich
California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of
drought, and researchers said Tuesday that next year could be
even worse, with some farmers possibly losing their last source
of water as wells run dry. The University of California, Davis,
Center for Watershed Sciences released a study finding that
farmers struggling with drought left nearly 430,000 acres
unplanted this year…Posted.

California’s Drought Is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers.
Economists estimate that the California drought will inflict
about $2.2 billion of losses on the state’s farm economy this
year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs. The analysis,
produced by UC Davis and the consulting firm ERA Economics,
projects that about 430,000 farm acres will go unplanted for lack
of water. Posted.

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

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