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California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 12, 2011. 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 Wilmington-Area Schools To Get Air Filters In Bid To Cut Asthma. The effort aims to reduce the effects of pollution from the Port of Los Angeles on children at more than 40 campuses. Air filters will be installed in more than 40 Wilmington-area schools in an effort to alleviate asthma linked to pollution from the Port of Los Angeles, air quality officials announced Tuesday. The $5.4-million contract is part of a landmark 2008 settlement between environmental groups and the city of L.A., after community opposition threatened to halt a $274-million terminal expansion at the port. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pollution-schools-20110112,0,7004511,print.story Vote To Determine Future Of LA Air Pollution Delayed. The Southern California anti-smog agency delayed voting upon a bill this past Friday that could potentially increase the air pollution in Los Angeles and neighboring counties. The controversial bill would allow companies that reduce their pollution emissions to sell their emission credits to other companies. This issue has arisen three times since 1996, and each outcome resulted in lawsuits filed by environmental groups. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/green-living-in-los-angeles/vote-to-determine-future-of-la-air-pollution-delayed CLIMATE CHANGE Scripps Takes Lead In $25 Million Climate Research Project. Money from Earth Networks will fund research center, data collection. Earth Networks will pump $25 million over five years into the project, which Scripps scientists will guide toward new frontiers of understanding climate-changing gases. The company also will establish a research center for climate science at Scripps, which is part of the University of California San Diego. “We’d like the conversation about greenhouse gases to get back to the data instead of strongly held political points of view,” said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/11/company-pumps-25-million-scripps-climate-research/ New Global Network To Precisely Measure Emissions. A D.C. area company and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will announce Wednesday that they are launching an ambitious project that aims to precisely gauge how human activity is affecting the climate. The $25 million, five-year commercial venture will include 50 sensors in the United States and another 50 around the world to measure atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/11/AR2011011107140_pf.html 2010 Ties For Warmest Year On Record. The year 2010 tied with 2005 as the planet's warmest on record, and 2010 was also the wettest year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nine of the past 10 years also rank among the 10 warmest on record, reinforcing the idea that the planet is heating up, the warming driven by emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The warming was apparent in surface-temperature data despite two unusually cold winters in a row in the eastern United States, said David Easterling, chief of the scientific services division at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/news/year-283785-record-warmest.html http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iP5ADEAhfNez-Nq6gy4GjEMAOUhw?docId=a1e02e8925ab4d4ea0848271d24e7884 California Air Resources Board Grants Forest Clearcutters a Free CO2 Pass. Charged with implementing the provisions of A.B. 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the California Air Resource Board (ARB) last Dec.16 held a marathon day of public testimony in Sacramento before adopting the cap-and-trade program they declared would set “the gold standard” for such programs nation-wide. Perhaps they meant fool’s gold, because in its rush to establish the final forestry greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting protocols for the program, the board tarnished the standard by giving timber companies a free pass on clearcutting. Posted. http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/?q=print/8565 Global Warming Portends New Threat To Life. As global climatic conditions worsen and put the world in jeopardy, local environmentalists have warned that global warming could be heralding a new threat to life on earth. Mr Ebrima Jatta, an environmentalist said that global warming has been a gradual phenomenon as people’s attitude towards the environment begins to impact negatively on the natural world and task environmentalists with figuring out the panaceas. Posted. http://today.gm/hi/news/2972.html?print Measuring Greenhouse Gases, A New Business Venture. Weather data is big business in the United States, with services like AccuWeather, the Weather Channel and Weather Underground together generating more than $1 billion in revenue each year. Now, one of those companies -- the newly renamed Earth Networks, which owns the popular WeatherBug website and desktop weather widget -- is hoping to do the same for climate data. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/12/2 EPA Gives Biomass A 3-Year Reprieve From GHG Permits. The use of biomass will be exempt from the Obama administration's new greenhouse gas regulations for three years, U.S. EPA announced today, giving the agency more time to address concerns that permitting requirements could chill investment in an emerging form of renewable energy. The decision responds to criticism from the biomass industry, which has claimed that the energy source is not contributing to climate change because it is part of a natural, carbon-neutral cycle. When new plants are grown, the argument goes, they absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide that the other plants had released when they were burned. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/01/12/1 DIESEL EMISSIONS Diesel Era Ends For MTA Buses. Metro will become the only major transit agency in the U.S. with a fleet run entirely on alternative fuels. Officials say the shift has sharply cut emissions of cancer-causing pollution. After almost two decades of effort to reduce vehicle emissions, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will retire its last diesel bus Wednesday and become the only major transit agency in the nation with a fleet that is totally equipped with alternative-fuel technologies. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-buses-20110112,0,1826018,print.story CARB Approves Amendments To Regulations. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved amendments to the In-Use On-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Truck and Bus Rule) and the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation (California SmartWay mandate). The amendments are designed to help fleet owners affected by the global recession, which has led to lower than expected emissions levels. The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) is encouraged by an amendment to the California SmartWay mandate that addresses concerns previously raised by the group. Posted. http://refrigeratedtrans.com/2010-emissions/carb-approves-regulations-0112/ http://bulktransporter.com/regulations/carb-approves-amendments-regulations-0112/ GREEN ENERGY Recycling Garden Waste as Eco-Fuel. If this is the time of year you start thinking about firing up the firepit or chiminea, or if you've invested in a wood-burning stove for your home, you'll no doubt be thinking about what sort of fuel you can burn. Choosing the right supplier of eco-friendly fuel can be tricky, but if you're a keen gardener (or even if you keep a small vegetable plot), you might already know that there is a lot of free fuel around. Burning wood and garden waste is effectively carbon neutral, as the amount of carbon the plants absorbed while growing is equivalent to the amount of carbon released when burned, so as long as you're getting your fuel from a sustainable source, then you won't be contributing to global warming. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS366540816320110111 California Economy Depends on Green Energy. A portrait of California's economic future is emerging, and it's heavy on the green. In 2010, the worldwide investment in green energy topped $243 billion, up 30 percent from the previous year, according to Grist. The US is at risk of being outpaced by countries like China, which increased its green energy investment significantly last year. European wind and solar companies also made great strides. But the Bay Area is poised to capture at least some of that market. Numerous automotive innovators are located near San Francisco. Posted. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/California-Economy-Depends-on-Green-Energy-113350174.html Enviro Regulations Poised To Close 20% Of Coal Plants – Study. If there were no prospects for a future price on carbon or climate regulations, perhaps a small fraction of the coal plants slated for retirement by 2020 would keep the lights on, suggests the author of a new forecast on that form of energy. Short of that, however, efforts to eliminate U.S. EPA's climate regulations will make little difference for the fate of that industry, said Steve Fine, a vice president with consulting group ICF International, which presented some of its new projections for coal yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/12/3 Energy Envoy Calls For Raising Electricity Prices In Developing Countries. Raising the price of electricity is at the heart of alleviating energy poverty, Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn said. Speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars yesterday, Goldwyn called promoting energy access for the 1.6 billion people worldwide who must use wood, coal or even dung to heat their homes and cook the "most important development priority, political priority that we can have." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/12/5 Coal-Fired Power Remains Big For The Future. Although China's future in renewable energy may turn out to be bright, the near future looks to be heavy in coal. For the past 50 years, more than 70 percent of China's energy has been supplied by coal. Demand has increased about 10 percent a year since 2000. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts China will have to add 736 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity by 2035. Each gigawatt of coal-fired capacity requires about 2.9 million metric tons of coal per year. This would mean a 60 percent increase in coal usage between now and 2035. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/12/9 VEHICLES Clean Cars Will Cut U.S. Emissions More Than Transit – Study. The United States can cut most emissions from transportation by 2050, but urban strategies like transit and dense development won't play a large role, according to a report issued yesterday. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change said transportation emissions could drop 65 percent by midcentury, and improved auto technologies like biofuels, fuel cells and electric cars will do the bulk of the work (E&ENews PM, Jan. 11). Increasing transit, by contrast, will only cut a few percentage points off of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and only if development gets denser. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/01/12/4 MISCELLANEOUS Silicon Valley Leadership Group Sends Governor Tech Plan. A powerful Silicon Valley policy group representing more than 300 companies wants Gov. Jerry Brown to create a Cabinet-level post to improve California's high-tech and manufacturing competitiveness. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group forwarded its proposal to key leaders of the Brown administration and members of Silicon Valley's legislative delegation in Sacramento Monday night. Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Leadership Group, said Tuesday that the Brown administration had asked for the plan, which is similar to one drafted last year for Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california-budget/ci_17067141?source=rss OPINION Spare the Air Raises Quality Of Life For All. Thank you very much for your editorial to encourage residents to refrain from burning wood during the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s recent Spare the Air alert (“Grapes and Raisins,” Jan. 6). The regulation is critical to protect public health. Wood smoke generates tiny particles that are associated with a range of adverse respiratory health impacts, especially for children and the elderly, and those with existing chronic disease. These particles are so small, they can bypass the body’s airway defenses and enter directly into the lungs and blood stream, where they can contribute to breathing problems, heart attacks and stroke. Posted. http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_0fe2871a-1e12-11e0-b3e4-001cc4c03286.html District Agrees Air Fine Was Unfair. In the San Joaquin Valley, our air-quality challenges are more difficult than those in any other region in the nation. On one hand, we have been given circumstances over which we have no control: the valley's geography, topography and climate turn our region into a bowl with a lid; pass-through highway traffic brings pollution without any economic benefit; and emissions from the northwest add to our own. Posted. http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/community/x1937969177/District-agrees-air-fine-was-unfair NICHOLS: California Dreaming - Or Nightmare? Delaware mirrors the Golden State with onerous new vehicle rules. Attention drivers. Effective with model year 2014, all new vehicles sold in Delaware must comply with draconian California emissions standards that are more stringent than even federal regulations. Delaware won't be the last state where this happens. The standards were imposed by Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Collin O'Mara, who unilaterally amended the state administrative code. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/11/california-dreaming-or-nightmare/?page=2 BLOGS Vote To Determine Future of LA Air Pollution Delayed. The Southern California anti-smog agency delayed voting upon a bill this past Friday that could potentially increase the air pollution in Los Angeles and neighboring counties. The controversial bill would allow companies that reduce their pollution emissions to sell their emission credits to other companies. This issue has arisen three times since 1996, and each outcome resulted in lawsuits filed by environmental groups. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/green-living-in-los-angeles/vote-to-determine-future-of-la-air-pollution-delayed