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California Air Resources Board News Clips for February 15, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE UN Climate Chief Urges Generals To Help Curb Global Warming To Avoid Conflict, 'Climate Chaos'. Global warming is a looming threat to stability and national security around the world, and militaries should spend some of their ever-expanding budgets on reducing carbon emissions to avoid "climate chaos," the U.N.'s top climate official said Tuesday. Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. climate secretariat, warned of the destabilizing effects created by growing water stress, declining crop yields and damage from extreme storms in some of the world's poorest countries, which could set off mass international migration and regional conflicts. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-bc-eu--climate-defense,0,7266864,print.story Climate Change May Cause 'Massive' Food Disruptions. (Updates prices in eighth paragraph.) Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Global food supplies will face "massive disruptions" from climate change, Olam International Ltd. predicted, as Agrocorp International Pte. said corn will gain to a record, stoking food inflation and increasing hunger. "The fact is that climate around the world is changing and that will cause massive disruptions," Sunny Verghese, chief executive officer at Olam, among the world's three biggest suppliers of rice and cotton, said in a Bloomberg Television interview today. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/15/bloomberg1376-LGMXDJ0YHQ0X01-165M84880SLMVEOTH3P6GRTE3K.DTL&type=printable Corn Advances as Adverse Weather Threatens Crops; Soybeans Gain. Corn futures advanced as adverse weather continued to threaten crops around the world, tightening global supply. Soybeans also gained. May-delivery corn climbed 0.5 percent to $7.1025 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade at 10:38 a.m. Singapore time. The price yesterday advanced to $7.21 a bushel, the highest level for the most-active contract since July 2008, before ending 1.5 percent lower. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/02/15/bloomberg1376-LGN0PU1A74E901-108PU0L8CN3350EHGG191JJS7O.DTL&type=printable President Tries To Keep Climate Change And Renewable Energy Programs Intact. The Obama administration offered a budget proposal yesterday that would tighten the purse strings for a nation mired in red, while shoring up climate change and energy efforts for environment, land management and natural resources programs. President Obama's blueprint for fiscal 2012 offers modest funding levels for many climate and energy initiatives, underscoring this area as an administration priority even during a tough budget year when trade-off decisions were par for the course. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/15/3 Group Teaches High Schools About Climate Change. In the last year and a half, the Alliance for Climate Education has hit 1,100 high schools and performed in front of 700,000 teens. The Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit's mission is to convey a pro-green message that's friendly to teenage audiences. This consists of a free production of a video and a live presentation that can be described as an Al Gore-like climate sermon with a hip-hop twist. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/15/9 DIESEL EMISSIONS Changes To Diesel Rules Give Options To Truck Owners. Recent changes to state air-quality regulations governing diesel trucks have given farmers and ranchers more time to qualify trucks for the agricultural provisions of the rules, and more options for complying if their trucks don't meet the mileage limits for agricultural trucks. "If you've reported before, you'll be a step ahead. But if you did not report before, you can still do it," said Cynthia Cory, director of environmental affairs for the California Farm Bureau Federation, during a seminar on the truck rules at last week's World Ag Expo in Tulare. Posted. http://www.cfbf.com/agalert/AgAlertStory.cfm?ID=1680&ck=11D0E6287202FCED83F79975EC59A3A6 Salinas Trash Service Will Roll Out The First Of Natural Gas Trucks In April. Clean air and garbage trucks don't usually go together in people's minds, but that's just what Salinans can expect from their garbage service over the next three years. Starting in April, Republic Services, formerly Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), will begin to replace its diesel-powered fleet with trucks fueled by compressed natural gas. Compressed natural gas vehicles, which run on a pressurized version of the same natural gas used in homes, produce significantly lower amounts of harmful emissions, officials say. Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/print/article/20110215/NEWS01/102150310/Salinas-trash-service-will-roll-out-first-natural-gas-trucks-April FUELS Biodiesel Boom Catches Drivers In Grease Trap. Fry-Oil Scavengers Lose Free Rides to Paying Rivals. Filling up his Ford Excursion is a headache for Eric Sobalvarro. So many choices: Taco joint or sandwich shop? Scent of banana peppers or of tempura? Mr. Sobalvarro is a greaser—one of a small but growing band of drivers who fuel their cars and trucks with used frying oil. It takes grit to be a greaser: Stalwarts must recruit restaurants as back-alley sources, filter the smelly liquid in the garage or backyard, and modify a vehicle with a diesel engine to burn it. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703960804576119871385049448.html?mod=WSJ_Energy_leftHeadlines Shell And Brazilian Sugar Company Form Joint Ethanol Venture. Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Brazilian sugar company Cosan have announced they plan to join forces to create one of the largest ethanol ventures in the world, an entity to be called Raizen. The two companies hope Raizen will employ 40,000 people and produce more than 580 million gallons of ethanol from 62 million tons of crushed sugar cane annually. "Due to the size of its operations, Raizen will help sugar cane ethanol, a sustainable, clean and renewable source of energy …Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/02/15/13 GREEN ENERGY Proposed $4 Billion Slash In Incentives For Fossil Fuels. The Department of Energy's budget proposal deals a blow to traditional fossil fuels, terminating incentives for oil, gas and coal while dramatically expanding low-carbon programs. The proposal makes good on President Obama's State of the Union pledge to trim fossil-fuel subsidies by $4 billion, on the grounds that these industries are healthy, while the government's books are in the red. And the argument will run headlong into congressional Republicans who don't buy it. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/02/15/4 VEHICLES Routes For High-Speed Rail Segment From Stockton To San Jose Stirs Debate. Pleasanton city leaders view a possible California high-speed rail line through their downtown as a party crasher that would upset their scenic city center popular with strollers and restaurant-goers. Tracy and Union City leaders say they would welcome the high-speed railroad as key to revitalizing their downtowns and making them more transit friendly. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_17387209?source=rss Going Green: Lodi Resident Richard Harty Purchases Nissan Leaf. Lodi resident Richard Harty is one of roughly 100 people in the country currently driving a zero-emission Nissan Leaf. The physical therapist was interested in buying an electric car for more than four years, but finally found one he liked in 2011. The Leaf is the first mass-marketed, battery-operated vehicle in the United States and became available in December. “I love how quiet the engine is,” he said Wednesday. http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_883c92f2-b396-55d6-ad23-73c84884e98b.html?mode=print OPINION Tom Elias: State alone in carbon battle? Far from it Because Republicans in Congress have steadfastly stymied attempts to get the federal government to act against global warming and climate change, critics of California's new carbon trading rules usually get little contradiction when they insist those regulations will see this state going it alone and putting itself at an economic disadvantage. But they're wrong, at least in large part. For California isn't going it alone at all. Posted. http://www.redding.com/news/2011/feb/15/elias_215/?print=1 BLOGS Climate Change Drives Instability, U.N. Official Warns. The United Nations’ top climate change official said on Tuesday that food shortages and rising prices caused by climate disruptions were among the chief contributors to the civil unrest coursing through North Africa and the Middle East. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Christiana Figueres, in white blouse, met with children in Sehwan, Pakistan, who have been displaced by floods. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/climate-change-drives-instability-u-n-official-warns/?pagemode=print Obama’s Shout-Out for Energy. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Obama explained his budget priorities as Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget, listened during a visit to a middle school in Baltimore specializing in technology. Over all, the Obama administration has pledged to hold the line on “discretionary spending” in its budget for the 2012 fiscal year — that is, everything it can control, which leaves out areas like Medicare and Social Security. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/obamas-shout-out-for-energy/?pagemode=print Net Zero Energy, Transmuted Into Art. Patrick Andrade for The New York Times Photovoltaic panels soak up the first rays of sunrise on the roof of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s new hyperefficient office building in Golden, Colo. The relationship and, often as not, tension between hardheaded engineers and design-conscious architects is woven into the fabric of every great building. But a question kept coming back to me on a recent day I spent inside the National Renewable Energy Lab’s new hyper-efficient office building in Golden, Colo., to report this article: Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/net-zero-energy-transmuted-into-art/?pagemode=print President Obama To Hit Bay Area Thursday For Jobs Session With High Tech Leaders. President Barack Obama will visit the Bay Area Thursday to meet with high tech business leaders -- a session that will stress jobs, innovation, green tech and education themes, White House sources tell the Chronicle. So far, no information on where the meeting will be held -- or whether any part of it will be public -- but here's what we know from a White House official: the session is "a part of our ongoing dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, and get the American people back to work.'' Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=83021#ixzz1E31v5TMm NASA Climate Funding Under Attack. The head of a major NASA research facility in California is downplaying efforts by a handful of House Republican members to strip the agency’s budget of its climate science funding. S. Pete Worden, the director of NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, expressed confidence that the agency’s 2012 budget would remain intact, despite a letter sent to committee heads from Congressmen from Florida and Utah, urging an end to climate science research at the agency. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/02/14/nasas-climate-science-funding-under-attack/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader