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California Air Resources Board Newsclips for April 17, 2012. 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 As air pollution from fracking rises, EPA to set rules. The rush to capture natural gas from hydraulic fracturing has led to giant compressor stations alongside backyard swing sets, drilling rigs in sight of front porches, and huge flares at gas wells alongside country roads. Air pollution from fracking includes the fumes breathed in by people nearby, as well as smog spread over a wide region and emissions of the greenhouse gas methane. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.modbee.com/2012/04/16/2160421/as-air-pollution-from-fracking.html ‘Clean cookstoves’ draw support, but they may not improve indoor air quality. One of the most talked-about public-health initiatives is improving indoor air quality in the rural developing world. Traditional cookstoves — mud basins in which villagers burn wood, charcoal or dung — are the main obstacle. The fire releases particulate matter that contributes to pneumonia, lung cancer and heart disease, among many other maladies. The problems disproportionately affect women, who do most of the cooking in this population, and the children who are often nearby. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/clean-cookstoves-draw-support-but-they-may-not-improve-indoor-air-quality/2012/04/16/gIQAnjCvLT_story.html CLIMATE CHANGE Mexico Emulates Neighbor California With 35% Clean Climate Law. Joining world leaders in climate laws, Mexico just passed new legislation that catapults the poor neighbor to the south of the U.S. to a leadership role on a par with its northern neighbor, California. Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change was just passed by an 128-10 overwhelming vote in its 500 member Chamber of Deputies, and moves to the Senate. Since that body passed a preliminary version already, its chances of becoming law look excellent. Just as investment in clean energy soared in California following passage of its clean climate laws starting in 2006 with the first Renewable Energy Standard and following up with AB32, its climate law. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/15/mexico-emulates-neighbor-california-with-35-clean-climate-law/ Data centers in Va. and elsewhere have major carbon footprint, report says. To most consumers, the cloud is an abstract warehouse in the sky where we store our photos, documents and other key bits of information with a click of a button. But the technology that keeps the cloud running — data centers and mobile telecommunications networks, operating 24 hours a day — requires electricity, making it a target for environmentalists hoping to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/data-centers-in-va-and-elsewhere-have-major-carbon-footprint-report-says/2012/04/17/gIQAd4t3NT_story.html Palo Alto on track to meet greenhouse gas emission goals. Palo Alto is on its way to exceeding self-imposed greenhouse gas reduction goals, but council members made it clear Monday night that the city's Climate Protection Plan is in need of recalibrating. By the end of the year, emissions from city operations could fall to 27 percent below 2005 levels, said Debra van Duynhoven, assistant to the city manager. The plan calls for a 20 percent reduction by 2012. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20413520/palo-alto-track-meet-greenhouse-gas-emission-goals?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20413520/palo-alto-track-meet-greenhouse-gas-emission-goals?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Calif. Bill Would Amend 'Check and Inflate' Law. A California Senate Environmental Quality Committee hearing this week could result in a change in the state's "check and inflate" law to remove tire age as a reason for auto repairers to refuse to check the pressure on a vehicle's tires. The law stems from a 2010 ruling in which California's Air Resources Board (CARB) established a requirement that all auto repair and service establishments in the state must check and…Posted. http://www.tirereview.com/Article/99471/calif_bill_would_amend_check_and_inflate_law.aspx FUELS Ethanol Slumps to Two-Week Low as Corn and Gasoline Decline. Ethanol futures slumped to a two- week low in Chicago as corn and gasoline declined. Futures sank as the motor fuel declined after international talks with Iran over its nuclear program led to an agreement to reconvene in May, easing concern that crude supplies will be disrupted. Separately, corn, the primary ingredient used to make the biofuel in the U.S., fell on speculation favorable weather will boost crops. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-16/ethanol-slumps-to-two-week-low-as-corn-and-gasoline-decline.html Report to UK government backs fracking. Exploratory work to extract gas by hydraulic fracturing in England should be allowed to resume even though the technique has caused earth tremors, a report commissioned by the government said Tuesday. Cuadrilla Resources is using the technique, commonly called fracking, at a prospecting site in northwestern England. The consultants' report, which reviewed earlier reports by the company, recommends that fracking should be halted temporarily if there is a tremor greater than magnitude 0.5 on the Richter scale. Cuadrilla has said that is acceptable. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/04/17/2802919/report-to-uk-government-backs.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20413733/report-uk-government-backs-fracking?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20413733/report-uk-government-backs-fracking?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency. The rising cost of oil isn't just a hit to the family budget. Businesses are hurt, too. Few are more affected than firms like FedEx. It deploys nearly 700 planes and tens of thousands of trucks and vans every day to deliver packages around the world. And few business leaders are more focused on finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuels than FedEx CEO Fred Smith. Shortly after Smith founded Federal Express, the 1973 Arab oil embargo almost killed it. The experience imprinted Smith with a keen interest in the price and availability of oil. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2012/04/02/149703488/oil-scare-turns-fedex-onto-energy-efficiency?sc=emaf Resin shortage threatens to shut U.S. auto plants. After selling lots of cars, reveling in higher prices and profits, the U.S. auto industry faces a real threat this morning: a potential shortage of resin, a key component used to make fuel lines and brake lines that could shut down factories. Actually, it's not just a U.S. problem, but one that could reverberate around the world. The Associated Press says automakers are meeting today to discuss the problem in Detroit. As tense meetings go, we expect this one to be right up there. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/04/resin-shortage-threatens-to-shut-us-auto-plants-/1 EPA moves closer to approval of 15 pct ethanol gas. EPA allows ethanol makers to register E15, moving closer to approval of 15 percent ethanol gas. The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers. While the EPA is moving the process forward by allowing the registration, E15 still must clear another set of federal tests and become a registered fuel in individual states. Ethanol makers then must convince petroleum marketers to sell it at gas stations. Posted. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/epa-moves-closer-approval-15-211835896.html BLOGS U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Headed Up Again. After dropping for two years during the recession, emissions of the gases blamed for global warming rose in 2010 as the economy heated up, the Environmental Protection Agency reports. Output of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gasses were up 3.2 percent from 2009 as the nation climbed slowly out of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, the E.P.A. said. “The increase from 2009 to 2010 was primarily due to an increase in economic output resulting in an increase in energy consumption across all sectors…Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/u-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions-headed-up-again/ UCS: no matter where you live, driving electric can save money, emissions. It's easy to understand that, if you power your vehicle with electricity, you don't need to use as much gasoline. But, how much do you actually save, in terms of fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions if you plug in instead of gas up? A new report, released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists, called "State of Charge: Electric Vehicles' Global Warming Emissions and Fuel-Cost Savings across the United States," gives us a set of answers. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/04/16/ucs-no-matter-where-you-live-driving-electric-saves-money-emi/ What Is The Cost of Waiting for LED? There’s no denying Solid State LED technology for commercial lighting purposes will be very useful, providing big energy and cost savings as well as great environmental paybacks. However, this is not the case for every application. At least, not yet. If you’re familiar with Haitz’s law, you know it states that LED lighting will improve in efficiency and decrease in cost over time. The law predicts that Solid State Lighting will soon become the most energy-efficient light source out there. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/04/cost-waiting-led/