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ARB Newsclips for June 13, 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 Dispute centers on dust pollution. Los Angeles and the Owens Valley are at war over water, with the city trying to rework a historic agreement aimed at stopping massive dust storms that have besieged the eastern Sierra Nevada since L.A. opened an aqueduct 99 years ago that drained Owens Lake. The L.A. Department of Water and Power has spent $1.2 billion in accordance with a 1997 agreement to combat the powder-fine dust from a 40-square-mile area of the dry Owens Lake bed. By introducing vegetation, gravel and flooding, the DWP has reduced particle air pollution by 90 percent. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/06/13/2871698/dispute-centers-on-dust-pollution.html#storylink=misearch CLIMATE CHANGE Mitt Romney worked to combat climate change as governor. His gubernatorial record on the environment has little in common with his positions in the presidential race, those who knew him in Massachusetts say. Washington — During his first 18 months as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney spent considerable time hammering out a sweeping climate change plan to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. As staff briefed him on possible measures and environmentalists pressed him to act, Romney frequently repeated a central thought, people at those meetings said: That climate change is occurring…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-romney-energy-20120613,0,1068265.story Climate Change Will Boost Wildfires Across North America And Europe, Scientists Report. Climate change will make U.S. western wildfires, like those now raging in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, more frequent over the next 30 years, researchers reported on Tuesday. More broadly, almost all of North America and most of Europe will see wildfires more often by the year 2100, the scientists wrote in the journal Ecosphere, a publication of the Ecological Society of America. Using satellite-based fire records and 16 different climate change models…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/climate-change-wildfires_n_1588741.html Measuring the 'Other' Greenhouse Gases: New Method for Evaluating Short-Lived Pollutants. New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that levels of methane—a potent greenhouse gas emitted from many man-made sources, such as coal mines, landfills and livestock ranches—are at least one-and-a-half times higher in California than previously estimated. Posted. http://eponline.com/articles/2012/06/13/measuring-the-other-greenhouse-gases-new-method-for-evaluating-short-lived-pollutants.aspx DIESEL EMISSIONS WHO's cancer agency: Diesel fumes cause cancer. Diesel fumes cause cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency declared Tuesday, a ruling it said could make exhaust as important a public health threat as secondhand smoke. The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from "probable carcinogen" was an important shift. "It's on the same order of magnitude as passive smoking," said Kurt Straif, director of the IARC department that evaluates cancer risks. "This could be another big push for countries to clean up exhaust from diesel engines." Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gceB6aX6tJwU2J13jhSoFkkVuwyw?docId=832650ee86054088bd5563f3ef8056cf AP Newsbreak: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-diesel-engine-exhaust-linked-with-risk-of-lung-cancer-20120612,0,7726895.story http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jun/12/whos-cancer-agency-diesel-fumes-cause-cancer/ Diesel engine exhaust linked to increased risk of lung cancer. The world’s most prestigious cancer research group on Tuesday classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans and concluded that exposure is associated with increased risk of lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer — part of the World Health Organization — made the announcement at a meeting in France, finding, in part, “that diesel exhaust is a cause of lung cancer, and also noted a positive association with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-diesel-engine-exhaust-linked-with-risk-of-lung-cancer-20120612,0,7726895.story http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/06/12/international/i090357D02.DTL Court Rules for Navistar Competitors in Clean Air Case. In a victory for Navistar's competitors, a federal court said that the Environmental Protection Agency should not have allowed Navistar to pay penalties on engines that don't meet clean air standards. Yesterday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means that Navistar can no longer use nonconformance penalties as a way to keep selling engines. The immediate impact of the ruling is not clear. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=77221 FUELS Cuomo Plan Would Limit Gas Drilling to a Few Counties in New York. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania, and to permit it only in communities that express support for the technology. The plan, described by a senior official at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and others with knowledge of the administration’s strategy, would limit drilling to the deepest areas of the Marcellus Shale rock formation, at least for the next several years, in an effort to reduce the risk of groundwater contamination. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/nyregion/hydrofracking-under-cuomo-plan-would-be-restricted-to-a-few-counties.html?_r=2 US coal use falling fast; utilities switch to gas. America is shoveling coal to the sidelines. The fuel that powered the U.S. from the industrial revolution into the iPhone era is being pushed aside as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives. The share of U.S. electricity that comes from coal is forecast to fall below 40 percent for the year — the lowest level since the government began collecting this data in 1949. Four years ago, it was 50 percent. By the end of this decade, it is likely to be near 30 percent. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/06/12/national/a130620D53.DTL&type=printable VEHICLES EV sales in Central and Eastern Europe to exceed 60,000 - assuming incentives are fully in place. The study focuses on market forecasts for sales of electric vehicles (EVs) as well as charging station installations in 2012-2017 in ten countries of the Central and Eastern European region, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. With a population of more than 100 million people, this region is believed to witness even stronger growth in e-mobility after 2017 as costs of EVs are anticipated to decrease. Posted. http://cars21.com/news/view/4716 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Brown admin tried to add CEQA measure to Calif. budget bill – sources. The California governor's office yesterday sought unsuccessfully to add to the state's budget bill language protecting high-speed rail from the full force of environmental law, green groups and others said. Leaders in both chambers objected to the provision from Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's administration, observers said. The California Senate opposed including in the spending legislation any language on high-speed rail. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/13/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Dirty soil and diabetes: Anniston's toxic legacy. Rev. Thomas Long doesn't have any neighbors on Montrose Avenue in Anniston, Alabama. Everyone is gone, abandoning the neighborhood after widespread chemical contamination was discovered there in the 1990s. Long didn't want to move; he had lived in the same house for all but one of his 64 years. Now he is stuck. Stuck on a street with no neighbors. Stuck with a property he's convinced is unclean. Stuck with an extraordinary load of chemicals in his body. And stuck with diabetes. As the EPA's cleanup of Anniston stretches into its eighth year, new research has linked the residents' PCBs exposure to diabetes. Posted. http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/pollution-poverty-people-of-color-day-6-diabetes OPINIONS EDITORIAL: EPA’s scary-air sniffers. Americans on their way to work or school may soon be reaching for a new high-tech device as they head out the door - a personal air-quality monitor. That’s the vision of bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who are trying to develop a portable sniffer that measures the body’s reactions to pollution in the air. It’s bound to take fear-mongering to a new level. On June 6, the EPA announced “My Air, My Health Challenge” in a call for inventors to compete for cash prizes in building the best air monitors. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/12/epas-scary-air-sniffers/ Are women greener than men? Women rank values linked to environmental concern as more important than men do and see environmentalism as important to protecting themselves and their families. When it comes to caring for the environment, is there a gender difference between men and women? A growing body of social science research suggests yes. Women consistently rank values strongly linked to environmental concern — things such as altruism, personal responsibility and empathy — as more important than men do. They also say they see environmentalism as important to protecting themselves and their families. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-polakovic-gender-and-the-environment-20120613,0,2816430.story BLOGS A State-by-State Climate Map. The Heat Is On. U.S. Temperature Trends. If those New England seasons feel far warmer these days than they were 20 years ago, it’s because they are. So are Florida’s, Arizona’s, and Washington State’s. A new interactive map released by the group Climate Central summarizes the average temperatures of each of the 48 contiguous United States for the past 100 years. By clicking across the country (try it on the map above), you can see that lately, temperatures are trending up no matter where you live. But if you look closely, the story is more complicated than a general upswing in temperatures. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/a-state-by-state-climate-map/