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Newsclips for January 19, 2011. Air Pollution EU delays tackling air pollution to 2012 or later: The European Union's executive has agreed to delay new laws forcing industry to take costly steps to tackle air pollutants that are blamed for respiratory problems and premature deaths in cities. Posted http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFLDE70H2AN20110119?sp=true Chimneys: repair or replace? November 2010 updates to the Palo Alto building codes puts the city of Palo Alto in compliance with Bay Area Air Quality Control Management District requirements aimed at reducing wood-smoke air pollution. The codes prohibit one-for-one replacement of a damaged wood-burning fireplace or the construction of a new one. Posted http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=19750 EPA releases emissions data from animal feeding study: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making data publicly available from a two-year study of air emissions from animal feeding operations (AFOs). AFOs, which house large numbers of animals for production of meat, dairy products and eggs. Posted http://southeastfarmpress.com/government/epa-releases-emissions-data-animal-feeding-study Obama Issues Executive Order to Cut Red Tape: In his most forceful reply yet to industry groups and Republicans who have accused the administration of slowing the economic recovery by tying up businesses in red tape, President Obama has ordered a top-to-bottom review of federal regulations to get rid of rules that are outdated and harmful to the economy, the White House announced this morning. Posted http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01/18/18greenwire-obama-issues-executive-order-to-cut-red-tape-93114.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Climate Change Improved Measurements of Sun to Advance Understanding of Climate Change: Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change. Posted http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2011/01/19/improved-measurements-of-sun-to-advance-understanding-of-climate-change Climate change growing risk for insurers: industry: Insurers are struggling to assess the risks from climate change, industry officials say, with the floods in Australia and Brazil highlighting the potential losses from greater extremes of weather. Posted http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70I1BT20110119 Climate change study had 'significant error': experts: A climate change study that projected a 2.4 degree Celsius increase in temperature and massive worldwide food shortages in the next decade was seriously flawed, scientists said Wednesday. Posted http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/climate-change-study-had-significant-error-experts-20110120-19wuy.html Bills would rein in Va. AG's climate change probe: Two Democratic senators are offering bills that would restrain conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s civil inquest into climate change research at the University of Virginia. Posted http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20110118/NEWS01/110118035/-1/ESN/Bills-would-rein-in-Va.-AG-s-climate-change-probe 'Climate Change' stocks see rapid global growth: The number of ‘climate change' stocks available globally has rocketed from 510 in 2007 to nearly 800 now according to fund manager Schroders. The firm, which runs the Global Climate Change fund, identifies five main drivers in the sector energy efficiency, clean energy, low carbon fossil fuels, sustainable transport and environmental resources. Posted http://www.mindfulmoney.co.uk/2969/investing-strategy/climate-change-stocks-see-rapid-global-growth.html M&G analysis on Stiglitz lecture: World renowned economist and winner of the Nobel prize for economics Professor Joseph Stiglitz shared his thoughts on climate change, its effects on the global economy and South Africa in a lecture on Monday January 17 2011. Editor-in-chief of the Mail and Guardian Nic Dawes takes us through some of Stilglitz's key points. Posted http://www.mg.co.za/multimedia/2011-01-18-mg-analysis-nic-dawes-on-stiglitz-lecture Diesel Emissions Findings on pollution damage to human airways could yield new therapies: Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have identified how nanoparticles from diesel exhaust damage lung airway cells, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people susceptible to airway disease. The scientists also discovered that the severity of the injury depends on the genetic make-up of the affected individual. Posted http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=19767.php Fuels Diesel price hike largest since April: A week after diesel prices barely budged, the national average retail price of diesel jumped 7.4 cents to $3.407 a gallon during the week ended Monday, Jan. 17, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. Posted http://www.ccjdigital.com/diesel-price-hike-largest-since-april/ U.S. Xpress orders 1,000 SmartWay certified trucks: U.S. Xpress, based in Chattanooga, Tenn., has ordered 1,000 new Peterbilt 587s, the truck maker announced. Peterbilt’s new Model 587s have been certified as fuel-efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program. Posted http://www.overdriveonline.com/u-s-xpress-orders-1000-smartway-certified-trucks/ Report Questions Role of Shale Gas as Bridge to Low Carbon Future: Without a global carbon price, the expanding shale gas boom would exacerbate climate change and take money away from renewable energy projects, a new report said, calling for a worldwide pause until countries take steps necessary to lower the risks of the new wave of drilling. Posted http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS210245011720110119 Shell tests new engine oil, diesel fuel formulas: A new fuel-saving engine oil formula and a nitrogen-enriched diesel blend are being tested by Shell, which said both products arecaimed at global light- and heavy-vehicle markets, respectively. Posted http://fleetowner.com/green/archive/shell-tests-engine-oil-diesel-fuel-formula-0118/ Green Energy California’s solar power increasingly Chinese made: The Obama administration is reviewing a complaint from the United States Steelworkers union that China has violated free trade rules through its subsidization of renewable energy companies. Meanwhile, one American photovoltaic module maker, Evergreen Solar, is shutting down its Massachusetts factory and relocating manufacturing operations to China, lured by incentives offered the Chinese government. Posted http://www.grist.org/article/californias-solar-power-increasingly-chinese-made Vehicles EPA, Calif. Defend Waiver for State's Tailpipe Standards: Though the Obama administration has moved ahead with nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks, the legal fight over California's authority to set still-tougher standards has continued in court. Posted http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01/18/18greenwire-epa-calif-defend-waiver-for-states-tailpipe-st-36026.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Misc (oddball items) Giant snails monitor air pollution in Russia: A Russian waterworks has recruited giant African snails to act as living sensors to monitor air pollution from a sewage incinerator, the company said Tuesday. Posted http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hoJ44qLXKrdBzJffsyO8btUEYaPw?docId=CNG.5e990f15315b01b62a102f8e3ce05846.1a1 Grad students create color-changing clothes that detect air pollution: Pollution has never been so fashionable: A pair of NYU grad students have created a high-tech sweatshirt emblazoned with pink lungs that suddenly show blue veins when exposed to dirty air. Posted http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/01/19/2011-01-19_grad_students_create_colorchanging_clothes_that_detect_foul_air_shirts_act_as_to.html#ixzz1BV3UttrC . Drug gangs and air pollution: It's reported that 20 to 25 percent of the inspection stickers on cars in Travis County are counterfeit. It's only around 7 percent in Dallas County. But as Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Kitchens says, "A lot of cartels are getting into this. It's big business." And it means that not only are the cartels messing up people's lives with their drugs, their messing up the air for the rest of us, because the cars and trucks that can't pass inspection and remain on the road with fake stickers account for up to half of the air-quality problems in North Texas. Posted http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/01/drug-gangs-and.html Opinion 10 Trends Driving Action on Climate Change in 2011: But despite the glacial pace of leadership at the top, there are many reasons why real global action on climate change is inevitable. Posted http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/01/19/10-trends-driving-action-on-climate-change-in-2011/ Blogs You Can Believe Your Eyes: Low Visibility Can Mean Higher Death Rates: A study released today by Hong Kong University and published in the journal Environmental Research has found that lower visibility due to pollution has a direct correlation with increased rates of mortality in Hong Kong. Posted http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/01/19/you-can-believe-your-eyes-low-visibility-can-mean-higher-death-rates/#ixzz1BV3yBmef Retail gasoline remains at record mid-January levels: Gasoline pump prices continued their slow creep higher over the last week while oil prices drifted lower in spite of higher demand in China and other places overseas. Posted http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/01/retail-gasoline-remains-at-record-mid-january-levels.html