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Newsclips for January 18, 2011. Air Pollution China sets air pollution reduction goal: China says it is implementing new environmental standards to reduce vehicle and industrial emissions into the atmosphere. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/01/14/China-sets-air-pollution-reduction-goal/UPI-53141295029075/ . Fourth Winter Spare the Air alert issued for Monday: Bay Area air quality officials have issued a Winter Spare the Air alert for Monday, the fourth of the season. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17113824?nclick_check=1 Climate Change This isn't about climate change – but it may be the face of the future: Since 1975, disasters of all kinds have claimed the lives of more than 2.2 million people. Storms, floods, droughts and other weather-related phenomena were responsible for two thirds of these deaths, according to the UN's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, which has warned that climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of these events. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/this-isnt-about-climate-change-ndash-but-it-may-be-the-face-of-the-future-2185153.html Diesel Emissions Exposure to Diesel Exhaust Linked to Lung Cancer: Another research that used 11 previous studies conducted in Europe and Canada suggests that occupational workers who are exposed to diesel fumes have a 31% increased risk of developing lung cancer as compared to those workers who are not exposed at all. http://seerpress.com/exposure-to-diesel-exhaust-linked-to-lung-cancer/22136/ Fuels Roadshow: Why diesel prices are so high: What is up with the price of diesel? In my long-term memory, diesel used to be cheaper than regular gas or at least similar in price. But now diesel is at least as much as premium and 25 to 40 cents a gallon more than unleaded regular gas. Can you explain that? http://www.mercurynews.com/mr-roadshow/ci_17121232 Mercedes-Benz Calls for More Hydrogen Infrastructure: German auto maker Mercedes-Benz says governments and utility companies need to invest more in hydrogen infrastructure in order to help get use of fuel cells in cars. http://domesticfuel.com/2011/01/18/mercedes-benz-calls-for-more-hydrogen-infrastructure/ Green Energy SMUD will build green facility that makes more energy than it uses: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's new $111 million, ultra-green East Campus will create 300 construction jobs and set in motion one of the larger redevelopment projects in Sacramento. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/18/3330997/smud-will-build-green-facility.html BP Hydrogen Power Venture With Abu Dhabi Delayed on Carbon Gas Question: BP Plc said a proposed $2 billion hydrogen power plant in Abu Dhabi is delayed at least three years to await the sheikdom’s decision on whether to use carbon dioxide produced by the plant to help boost oil output. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-18/bp-hydrogen-power-joint-venture-awaits-decision-by-abu-dhabi.html Vehicles Toyota Advances Hydrogen Fuel Cell Plans Amid Industry's Battery-Car Push: Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest seller of hybrid vehicles, said it’s on schedule to sell hydrogen cars by 2015 or sooner in California, Japan and Germany as an alternative to battery-powered models coming to market. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-13/toyota-advances-hydrogen-plans-amid-industry-s-battery-car-push.html Norwegian EV Automaker Starts Production, in Indiana: It’s not every day you get to see a factory being set up before your eyes, but that was the scene in Elkhart, Indiana Wednesday as the Norwegian electric automaker Think geared up its new U.S. factory. http://www.bnet.com/blog/electric-cars/norwegian-ev-automaker-starts-production-in-indiana/2979 Big three Japanese carmakers in ‘green’ push: Japan’s three largest carmakers have joined forces to promote the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, with a plan to build 100 filling stations in Japan for the next-generation “green” cars by 2015. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ac949ba6-1f44-11e0-8c1c-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1BPIrDQjF Misc The Queen of the Road: Is it easier to fail smog check in winter?: COMMUTER: Both my wife and I had to get smog checks for our cars in the past couple of weeks. They both passed, but the tech told us that our numbers were higher than average for the low-speed emissions test that they do. My wife's car was borderline for failing. They got to talking and the tech said that cars that are smogged in the colder months are much more likely to fail than those smogged in warmer months. Is this true? http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_17121484 Blame industry, not cars, for pollution: A new government study has broken the popular belief that vehicles are the major source of Particulate Matter (PM) air pollution. Instead, industrial emissions and road dust are the prominent causes, says environment ministry’s Source Appropriation Study in seven big cities of India. Particulate matter was the fastest growing pollutant in most Indian cities but its sources were not known. http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/651549.aspx Opinion What is the Conservative Solution to Pollution?: When it comes to health and environmental protections, House Republicans seem content to remain the "Party of No." In just the first week of the 112th Congress, they have rolled out bills and a resolution to block or dismantle standards to reduce harmful air pollution. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jwalke/what_is_the_conservative_solut.html Does climate change explain the Roman Empire's fall? A group of scientists is adding another explanation for the most over-determined event in history: climate change. Writing in the journal Science, the experts claim that Rome's Third Century Crisis -- a period of political and economic unrest that inaugurated the empire's slow decline -- coincided with "distinct drying" recorded in tree rings, which may have rendered European agriculture less productive. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2011/01/does_climate_change_explain_th.html Climate change debate may not be just about climate change : The debate about climate change isn't so much about whether or not climate change is happening but what actions to take if it is. Proponents say we need to quickly switch from oil-based energy and transportation to renewable energy and electric / hybrid vehicles, and to cut carbon emissions drastically. http://caivn.org/article/2011/01/18/climate-change-debate-may-not-be-just-about-climate-change Blogs Will new California Governor approve plan for 1 million electric vehicles? Motivated by Prop 23's defeat in November, Environment California is working on getting Governor Jerry Brown on board with a plan to reduce California's dependence on oil by getting one million clean vehicles on the Golden State's roads by 2022. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/01/13/california-governor-approve-plan-1-million-electric-vehicles/