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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for July 18, 2014

Posted: 18 Jul 2014 14:13:24
ARB Newsclips for July 18, 2014. 

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AQMD orders Exide to improve pollution controls. The hearing
board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District last
week unanimously approved two orders for abatement requiring
Exide Technologies to make substantial improvements to its air
pollution control system before resuming operations at its
battery recycling plant here.
“These orders will put in place additional measures to protect
public health during facility improvements as well as daily


Death of Australian Pollution Levy Marks First U-Turn on Climate.
Australia’s decision to repeal its levy limiting fossil-fuel
pollution makes it the first nation to turn back from a market
approach to fighting global warming. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s
government won final approval from Parliament yesterday to scrap
a levy about 300 companies paid for their carbon dioxide
emissions. The move leaves Australia, the largest polluter per
capita among industrial nations…Posted.

Australia's Carbon Tax Message. Tony Abbott scored a big win
Thursday when the Senate repealed Australia's carbon tax,
fulfilling the Prime Minister's most prominent promise from last
year's election. The global intelligentsia is now making Mr.
Abbott public climate enemy number one, but he deserves applause
for honoring his campaign pledge and removing a burden on the
Australian economy. Posted.

Australia Tax Repeal Is Big Blow to Fight Against Emissions. 
Australia’s repeal of laws requiring large companies to pay for
carbon emissions is among the starkest expressions worldwide of
how economic concerns have complicated efforts to combat climate
change. Analysts are viewing the move as a blow to plans for
countries to knit together markets for trading emissions
allowances. Posted.

Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon
Emissions. When city leaders and state legislators agreed last
year to fund roughly half the $1 billion cost of a new stadium
for the Minnesota Vikings, they attached the usual strings for
such projects: It had to be architecturally iconic, employ steel
made from Minnesota iron ore and offer at least a few cheap
seats. It also had to be energy efficient, from lighting to
building materials to the sources of its power. Posted.


California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine
for brown lawn. A Southern California couple who scaled back
watering their lawn amid the state's drought received a warning
from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for
creating an eyesore - despite emergency statewide orders to
conserve. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los
Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from
the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially
brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500. Posted.




80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show. More
than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to
new data by the National Weather Service. The NWS' Drought
Monitor Update for July 15 shows 81% of California in the
category of extreme drought or worse, up from 78%. Three months
ago, it was 68%.

Wasting water? Fear ratting neighbors, not relentless cops. If
you decide to spray-wash your driveway in the middle of the
drought, God forbid, the cops aren't likely to show up at your
doorstep. It's more likely your neighbor will rat you out.
Despite new statewide regulations that will allow authorities to
ticket residents for excessive outdoor watering - with fines up
to $500 - many Bay Area police departments and water agencies say
they don't plan to issue citations. Posted.


Report warns of diesel fumes' risks. Leticia DeCaigny straps a
portable air-sampling device to the side of a neighbor's deck.
For two days, the small gray box with what looks like a chimney
on top will gather evidence of pollution from diesel engines.
"It's like a human lung," sucking in air as a person would
breathe; DeCaigny says as she pushes some buttons that set the
device whirring. Posted.


Business model borrowed from buildings can reduce barriers to
natural gas vehicles – report. The energy services business model
that has saved building owners billions of dollars in energy
costs could also incentivize fleet managers to invest in natural
gas vehicles, achieving both economic and climate benefits,
according to a new report by the Center for Climate and Energy
Solutions (C2ES). Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060003103/print BY


Poll: Men and Women Think Differently About Energy.  A new global
survey for TIME shows how attitudes toward conservation may be
guided by gender. More women than men worldwide say energy
conservation is a “very important” issue, while men report
greater personal concern about global warming, according to the
results of a new global energy survey conducted for TIME. Posted.
Germany takes title in efficiency, while U.S. falls far behind.
Taking yet another international crown, Germany yesterday came in
first in a ranking of countries on energy efficiency. "We are
pleased to win a second title in a week's time," said Philipp
Ackerman, minister and deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of
the Federal Republic of Germany, referring to the country's World
Cup win during a conference call. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060003100/print BY


Clean Power, Off the Grid. AFTER years of hype, renewable energy
has gone mainstream in much of the United States and,
increasingly, around the world. Enormous wind projects are moving
ahead in oil- and gas-rich Wyoming, utility-scale solar projects
are sprouting up in California and Nevada and tens of thousands
of homeowners nationwide are installing affordable solar panels
on their rooftops. Posted.

Editorial: Punished for saving water: A drought Catch-22. Talk
about mixed messages: While Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that
California faces its worst drought since record-keeping began and
regulators have approved fines of up to $500 for wasting water,
some Southern California cities are continuing to issue warnings
and citations to residents who let their lawns go brown. “It's
tone deaf and irresponsible to preach conservation and then slap
people with penalties when they actually conserve water.” Posted.

Opinion: What are we getting ourselves into with cap and trade?
We sometimes get the impression that the pump price of gasoline
goes up just before the construction holidays, right when
thousands of families are heading out onto Quebec’s highways.
These hikes are certainly annoying, although they don’t
necessarily happen every year and prices usually come down later
on. But I can predict with some certainty that in six months, the
increases will be even more painful, and permanent this time.

The Sad, Sad, Cancellation of Australia's Carbon Tax. If you
think that the whole idea of climate change is just something
whipped up in the labs by scientists hungry for research grants
then of course you’ll be delighted that Australia has just
cancelled their carbon tax. If, like many, you’re rather more
willing to go along with the scientific consensus on this matter
then you’ll be a little less overjoyed. And if, like myself, you
concentrate mostly on the economics of climate change then this
is a sad, sad, day. Posted.


Google Takes On Rogue Methane Emissions With Street View Cars.
Google Inc.'s Street View cars have captured the world's roads,
highways and back alleys for years. Now they are being used for
something entirely different: detecting the thousands of natural
gas leaks blighting major U.S. cities. Google cars fit with air
monitors have taken millions of readings along the streets of
Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part
of a program run by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to
help reduce methane emissions. Posted.

Cap-and-Trade's Moment of Truth. With the looming expansion of
its cap-and-trade program to transportation fuels like gasoline,
California is fast approaching a significant moment of truth for
its climate policy. This has some people nervous, and there are
growing rumblings of proposals to delay, perhaps permanently, the
expansion of the cap to transportation fuels. While many of the
backers of these proposals profess continued support for AB 32
and its goals…Posted.

Wanna see what climate change looks like? Check out the vicious
fires in northwest Canada. Lightning, an intense heat wave, and
low rainfall are lighting up northwestern Canada like a bonfire,
producing conflagrations that scientists are linking to climate
change. More than 100 forest fires are burning in Canada’s
lightly populated Northwest Territories, east of Alaska. Some
residents are being evacuated from their homes; others are being
warned to stay inside to avoid inhaling the choking smoke.

Innovators In Norway Use Power Plant Carbon Dioxide To Grow Fish
Food. Norway is known as a world leader in exporting oil and gas
— but it’s also a leading fish exporter. However with global
demand growing, feeding all these fish is getting more expensive
and challenging. In the first half of this year Norway’s salmon
export value reached the highest ever recorded and the value of
exported Norwegian salmon to Asia during that time period was up
30 percent year-over-year. Posted.

Americans want the U.S. to act on climate change — even if it
goes alone.  A massive new study shows that voters are ready for
the government to forge ahead even without an international
agreement. he conventional wisdom on climate change is that the
issue is politically toxic. But it turns out the American people
may be prepared for the kind of enormous undertaking that would
be required to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change —
including unilateral action by the U.S. government. Posted.

How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming. We all know that
carbon dioxide is contributing to the warming of our planet
but... how, exactly? In this video, Lieven Scheire explains how
quantum mechanics holds the answer. Don't worry, though: he
starts off slow, using the physics of rainbows and light bulbs to
describe how gases can absorb light—and why, in the case of
carbon dioxide, that's a real bad thing for us. Posted.

Federal Study Confirms Aviation Glare Hazard From Solar Project.
A federal laboratory has released its report on hazards from
glare at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San
Bernardino County and the risk that glare poses to aviation in
the area. That report isn't good news for those flying between
L.A. and Vegas. ReWire reported in March on complaints from
pilots flying near the 397-megawatt solar power tower plant that
the facility's tens of thousands of mirrors... Posted.

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

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