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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 4, 2011

Posted: 04 Apr 2011 11:53:21
California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 4, 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.


Tweaking the climate to save it: Who decides?  CHICHELEY, England
-- To the quiet green solitude of an English country estate they
retreated, to think the unthinkable.  Scientists of earth, sea
and sky, scholars of law, politics and philosophy: In three
intense days cloistered behind Chicheley Hall's old brick walls,
where British saboteurs once secretly trained, four dozen
international thinkers pondered the planet's fate as it grows
warmer, weighed the idea of reflecting the sun to cool the
atmosphere, debated the question of who would make the decision. 









Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on
global warming.  A team of UC Berkeley physicists and
statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus
on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is
producing results nearly identical to those underlying the
prevailing view.  Posted. 


Soot filters snarl Valley school bus upkeep.  Devices that were
supposed to make diesel school buses pollute less are costing
school districts and bus agencies thousands of extra dollars and
creating major maintenance problems.  The problems started when
the buses were fitted with "particulate traps," which stopped
most sooty diesel exhaust from leaving bus tailpipes.  Posted. 

AIR POLLUTION: Cameras help track soot emissions.  A new
technique uses cameras to track the rate at which soot escapes
from smokestacks, allowing scientists to measure how much
pollution is released.  Posted. 


Activists call for renewable energy at UN meeting.  BANGKOK --
Citing the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, environmental activists
at a U.N. meeting Sunday urged bolder steps to tap renewable
energy so the world doesn't have to choose between the dangers of
nuclear power and the ravages of climate change.  Posted. 










New studies dispute biomass' 'green' reputation.  WASHINGTON ----
Simpson Tacoma Kraft would seem like one of the greener power
plants. It boils water by burning sawdust, bark and wood shavings
from saw mills and pulp mills, funneling the resulting
high-pressure steam into a turbine to generate electricity. 

Natural gas stations opening in western Colorado.  GRAND
JUNCTION, Colo. -- Two compressed natural gas stations are set to
open in western Colorado, marking the completion of an
alternative fuel corridor to the West Coast.  A new CNG fueling
station is scheduled to open Saturday morning in Grand Junction.
It features a slow-fill side for large vehicles like buses and
trash trucks and a fast-fill side for passenger vehicles. 


eCarTech Paris 2011: utilities gear up for electric mobility. 
Discussions at the eCarTec Paris Conference & Exhibition 2011
centred around topics such as "new business models and new
players", "energy & infrastructure" and "research highlights".
Some interesting EV projections for the French market in terms of
numbers and prices were given by Igor Czerny, Senior Executive
Vice President at EDF France.  Posted. 

Valley dealers see spark for electric cars.  There are only a
handful of plug-in electric cars on the roads in Fresno and
Clovis -- but as gasoline prices tickle $4 a gallon, local
dealerships say the vehicles are gaining attention from would-be
buyers.  Posted. 

Will buying an electric car make an environmental difference? 
Sure, you might get a carpool sticker and a tax break. But if you
buy an electric car, will it make much environmental difference? 
Experts say that depends on three factors: What were you driving
before? How is your electricity generated? And how many other
electric cars are going to be sold?  Posted.  

TrueCar.com Announces the Best Overall Value on the Most
Fuel-Efficient Vehicles.  SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 4, 2011 --
/PRNewswire/ -- As the nation experiences heightened gas prices,
TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing, trends and
forecasts, today announced the best value* for consumers on the
most fuel-efficient vehicles, taking into account the purchase
price and the average cost of fuel per year.  Posted. 


How many green jobs can Kern really expect?  Aman Sandhu is one
of the green economy's success stories.  After earning a
bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Fresno State, Sandhu
tried student teaching with an eye toward becoming an educator,
but quickly discerned it wasn't for him.  Posted. 

Geary Boulevard underpass gets energy-saving lights.  Commuters
may not be pleased that one lane in each direction of the Geary
Boulevard underpass between Collins and Lyon streets will be
closed through the beginning of May for energy efficient lighting
retrofits.  Posted. 

Recyclebank Launches "Green Your Home Challenge" for Earth Month.
 NEW YORK, April 4, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Recyclebank®, the
company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions
with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national
businesses, today announced the Green Your Home Challenge, a
nationwide contest to educate, motivate and inspire people to
live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Posted. 

Marcal® Small Steps® Honors Green Heroes With Small Steps for Big
Change Awards.  ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., April 4, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/
-- Marcal® Small Steps® kicks off Earth Month today announcing
the five green heroes selected as recipients of its inaugural
Small Steps for Big Change Awards. These five eco-crusaders were
selected from the many great nominations that we received because
the small steps they have taken made an impact in their local
communities, helped to improve the environment and inspired
others to get involved.  Posted. 


The Truth, Still Inconvenient.  So the joke begins like this: An
economist, a lawyer and a professor of marketing walk into a
room. What’s the punch line? They were three of the five “expert
witnesses” Republicans called for last week’s Congressional
hearing on climate science.  Posted. 

Leave clean-energy law alone.  Assemblywoman Shannon Grove's
recent call to roll back the state's landmark air-pollution and
clean-energy law (AB 32) feels like, to quote the well-worn
phrase, deja vu all over again ("Roll back greenhouse gas law,"
Local, March 13). To suspend full implementation of the Global
Warming Solutions Act ignores the well-established and negative
health impacts of delaying this important public-health law and
thwarts the will of the voters who overwhelmingly rejected the
similar Proposition 23 on last November's ballot.  Posted. 

EDITORIAL: Perfect marriage of land and need: solar.  Eastern
Kern County has long been the place for energy entrepreneurs to
put their plans into action. Wind and solar projects are in
abundance in the Tehachapis and points east, to the great benefit
of state and regional economies. As bad as things are now, they'd
be worse without this important investment.  Posted. 

Hydro power: As green as it gets.  The Legislature has passed and
Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to sign a bill requiring California
utilities to get one-third of their electrical energy from
renewable sources by 2020.  The state has been headed in this
direction for several years, largely because of the pollution
associated with fossil fuels.  Posted. 

California powers ahead on green energy.  If Washington won't,
California will. In Congress, political paralysis is stalling
energy and climate change policy, but Sacramento last week
adopted a far-reaching plan to wean the state off fossil fuels
and push for more clean-and-green sources of power.  Posted. 

The promise of natural gas in Maryland.  THERE’S A MASSIVE amount
of natural gas below the eastern United States — enough to meet
American energy needs for decades. But to collect it, drillers
have to pump a mixture of water and chemicals underground to
fracture the shale formations that trap it, which worries
environmentalists and nearby residents.  Posted. 


As E-Waste Law Kicks In, the Ideal Option Varies.  As I report in
Saturday’s Times, a new state law took effect on Friday making
electronics manufacturers responsible for offering free recycling
programs. Many residents of New York City are likely to continue
relying on so-called collection events to get rid of their
e-waste, however.  Posted. 

9th Circuit Court upholds freeway air pollution monitoring rules.
 The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of caps on motor
vehicle emissions that environmental groups had argued failed to
address air pollution faced by the 1.5 million people who live
next to Southern California freeways.  Posted. 

NREL study concludes aggressive action on vehicle miles
travelled, fuel economy and fuel carbon intensity will all be
required to meet US GHG reduction goals.  Aggressive near-term
actions are necessary in three areas—vehicle miles traveled
(VMT), vehicle fuel economy (FE), and fuel carbon intensity
(FCI)—in order to achieve a “fair share” reduction within the
light-duty-vehicle sector toward meeting US goals of an 83%
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2050,
according to a new study by a team at the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Posted. 

The role of social and decision sciences in communicating
uncertain climate risks.  A major challenge facing climate
scientists is explaining to non-specialists the risks and
uncertainties surrounding potential changes over the coming
years, decades and centuries. Although there are many guidelines
for climate communication, there is little empirical evidence of
their efficacy, whether for dispassionately explaining the
science or for persuading people to act in more sustainable ways.

Breaking Records (of Sorts) With Toyota Prius.  Large
corporations and wacky marketing campaigns can make for some
cringe-worthy viewing. But credit Toyota Motor Corporation for at
least trying harder than most, thanks to a series of more than
200 record attempts centered on the Japanese automaker’s Prius
hybrid. Held in cooperation with the grandiose-sounding and
entirely irreverent Universal Record Database, the goal was to
establish at least 200 bizarre Prius-related records over two
days.  Posted. 

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