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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 6, 2012

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 12:11:12
ARB Newsclips for July 6, 2012

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Bolder Protests Against Pollution Win Project’s Defeat in China.
China has long been known as a place where the world’s dirtiest
mines and factories can operate with impunity. Those days may not
be over, but a growing environmental movement is beginning to
make the most polluting projects much harder to build and
operate. Large and sometimes violent demonstrations against the
planned construction of one of the largest copper smelting
complexes on earth prompted local officials in southwestern
China’s Sichuan Province to continue backpedaling furiously on
Wednesday. The local government of Shifang, the planned site of
the smelter, announced in a statement that the construction of
the $1.6 billion complex had not only been suspended but also
permanently canceled. Posted. 

Soot Pollution Standards Pose Challenge to Cities. In a
laboratory at Rice University, a small machine hums, drawing in
outside air through a tube and analyzing its soot content.  “We
can tell when someone walks by with a cigarette,” said Robert
Griffin, an associate professor in the department of civil and
environmental engineering.  Nonsmokers also breathe in soot,
sometimes known as particulate matter. It is a type of pollutant
that increasingly concerns scientists as they uncover new links
to heart and lung problems. Posted. 


Official: More in US convinced of climate change. Increasingly
common experiences with extreme climate-related events such as
the Colorado wildfires, a record warm spring and preseason
hurricanes have convinced many Americans climate change is a
reality, the head of a U.S. scientific agency said Friday. Many
Americans had previously seen climate change as a "nebulous
concept" removed from them in time and geography, said National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco.

AP Newsbreak:

Chino council OKs General Plan with climate action plan. Council
members have approved the city's General Plan with an agreement
that a climate action plan be completed by 2013. The requirement
is part of a lawsuit that was settled with a San Diego-based
environmental group - Citizens for Responsible Equitable
Environmental Development, or CREED. CREED officials argued the
city's General Plan did not include an adequate air-pollution
study for children and the elderly. The group also said the plan
lacked an adequate study on greenhouse gases and failed to
consider alternative citywide development that would have reduced
impacts on the environment. Posted. 

Forest fires, wood-burning stoves may have stronger climate
impacts than previously thought. Scientists have found that
fossil fuel and biomass combustion, whether from forest fires or
from wood-burning stoves, has a larger impact on the climate than
previously considered. Wildfires, such as the recent blazes in
the western United States, along with millions of stoves across
the developing world, dirty engines and aging generators, can
kick up soot in vast quantities. Posted. 
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Navistar Bends on Emissions Technology. Truck maker Navistar
International Corp. NAV -15.77% said Friday it will adopt a
pollution-reduction technology for its engines that mirrors the
rest of the truck industry, abandoning an alternative strategy
that has undermined the company's credibility and caused its
stock price to collapse. Navistar plans to treat diesel-engine
exhaust with a process known as selective catalytic reduction, or
SCR. The process, which involves filtering exhaust through a urea
solution, will be used in tandem with another treatment
technology called exhaust-gas recirculation, or EGR. Posted. 

Navistar Announces Advanced Clean Engine Technology To Meet
Emissions Regulations. Navistar International Corporation (NYSE:
NAV) today announced that it will introduce its next generation
clean engine solution – In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) – to
meet 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions
regulations and position the company to meet greenhouse gas (GHG)
rules in advance of 2014 and 2017 requirements. The ICT+
technology combines Navistar's advanced in-cylinder engine
expertise with urea-based aftertreatment and is expected to be
available beginning early 2013. Posted. 

Caterpillar Inc. to pay $510,000 for shipping, selling
uncertified equipment in California. Caterpillar Inc. will pay a
fine of $510,000 to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for
shipping more than 590,000 on-road and off-road engines that did
not have legally required emissions controls installed.  The
investigation of these violations was conducted with the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of
Justice based on similar conduct outside of California.  The
settlement calls for the Illinois-based company to pay a total of
$2.55 million in penalties nationwide for violations of the Clean
Air Act. Posted. 


Global Hydrogen Production and Storage Technologies Market to
Reach US$1.4 Billion by 2018, According to New Report by Global
Industry Analysts, Inc. GIA announces the release of a
comprehensive global report on Hydrogen Production and Storage
Technologies markets. The global market for Hydrogen Production
and Storage Technologies is projected to reach US$1.4 billion by
the year 2018. Factors expected to encourage adoption of Hydrogen
Production and Storage Technologies in the coming years include
increasing preference for renewable energy, growing oil prices,
and increased focus on reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Further, technology innovations and robust demand from developed
markets, including the US and Europe, also augur well for the
market. Posted. 


I Am Silent, Hear Me Roar. THIS TESLA MODEL S thing you've heard
so much about? You know, all-electric sedan, Silicon Valley, that
guy from SpaceX? This is one amazing car. I mean, hard-core
amazing. But first and foremost, gentle reader, it goes like the
very stink of hell. Fifty-to-100-mph acceleration in the $97,900
Signature Performance model I drove is positively Lambo-like
and…wait, let's stop right there: People who like fast cars are
sensualists. And screaming up through the gears of an Italian
sports car—getting that flit and loft in the belly, tasting the
saliva of speed—is a pleasurable and addictive sensation. They
don't call it dopamine for nothing. Posted. 

Fisker teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio. Fisker is teaming up with
movie star Leonardo DiCaprio to promote the environment through
DiCaprio's foundation while also promoting Fisker's cars.
DiCaprio is an equity investor in Anaheim-based Fisker, which
makes the $100,000 Karma hybrid. DiCaprio received the first
Karma off the production line and is among a string of Hollywood
connections for the vehicle. The car had a recurring role on "Two
and a Half Men" and pop star Justin Bieber got one for his 18th
birthday. Posted. 

Honda to begin sales of all-new “N BOX +” mini-vehicle. Honda
Motor Co., Ltd. announced it will begin sales of the N BOX + (“N
BOX plus”), the second model of the new mini-vehicle N Series, at
dealerships across Japan on July 6, 2012. Following the
introduction of the N BOX, which realized one of the largest*1
interior spaces among all mini-vehicles in the market through
adoption of newly-designed platform and powerplant, Honda is now
introducing the N BOX + which was developed under the concept of
“adding (“plus”) new possibilities.” Posted. 


Central Valley farmers protest high-speed rail. California is
poised to begin building the nation's first high-speed rail
system early next year, eventually sending trains zipping from
San Francisco to Los Angeles as fast as 220 mph.  But first the
High-Speed Rail Authority must get the Legislature, and then the
Central Valley, on board.  Should high-speed rail officials
persuade lawmakers to fund construction of the first 130-mile
stretch, they'll need to quickly rebuild support in the San
Joaquin Valley, where poor community relations have soured
already skeptical farmers and local leaders, overshadowed hopes
of economic development, and fueled opposition that could slow or
stop arrival of the fast trains. Posted. 


Placentia homeless shelter gets a green upgrade. A century-old
farmhouse turned homeless shelter in Placentia has received more
than $100,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades.  The improvements to
the Homeless and Intervention Shelter, known as HIS House, were
made possible by a $56,570 donation from Walmart. Another 20
local construction-related businesses donated free or reduced
materials such as paint, roofing shingles and insulation to the
project. "As difficult as it is in the construction industry,
there's still a desire to give," said Scott Larson, a project
manager with HomeAid Orange County who oversaw construction.


The Wise Way to Regulate Gas Drilling. AMERICA’S energy future
has been transformed by the production of natural gas made
possible by hydraulic fracturing. This gas is a much cleaner
source of electricity than coal. The problem is that the
fracturing process used to extract the gas can, if done
improperly, pollute surface and drinking water and emit dangerous
air pollution. States like Texas, Pennsylvania and New York are
now rushing to impose their own rules. But what we really need is
a system of federal oversight that will promote confidence in
this technique and provide the industry with uniform standards
without overregulating it. Posted. 

Colorado's perfect firestorm. Last week, my parents had to pack
their belongings and flee as the Waldo Canyon fire barreled
toward their house in Colorado Springs. They were among 32,000
people forced from their houses by the fire, which has destroyed
nearly 350 homes. My parents were lucky. Despite the trauma and
fear of having to evacuate, they didn't lose their home. But the
fire emphasized something of a long-running debate between my
father and me: the reality and politics of climate change.

Washington’s Hell Week puts climate change back on the radar.
Wildfires? Record thunderstorms? Blast furnace heat? An
earthquake, even? Bring it on! At least that’s what one group of
folks is thinking, even if they don’t voice it quite so crassly.
“We don’t want to do it in an I-told-you-so kind of way,” demurs
John Topping, who is the president of the Washington-based
Climate Institute. But see, people! This is what all the
global-warming Paul Reveres have been shouting about. Posted. 


In Hong Kong, a Pledge to Turn Down the A/C. Hitting the shopping
malls in Dubai or Singapore? Taking in a movie in Hong Kong?
Better take a cardigan: arctic conditions often prevail in such
spaces in hot but wealthy societies on this side of the globe. As
I wrote in The Times about a year ago, however, it’s not just a
question of discomfort. Cranking up the air-conditioning to that
extent wastes energy and money and contributes to carbon dioxide
emissions and air pollution in general. Posted. 

Fireworks, some air pollution and your comments. The Fourth of
July brought two pleasant surprises -- several comments on my
blog item about fireworks air pollution and a holiday that was
not marked by huge pollution spikes. But, since I have your
attention, there were spikes in particle pollution in most places
around the San Joaquin Valley. They just weren't huge spikes.
Hanford's reading between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. was more than twice
the daily federal threshold. That's dangerous. The spikes in
Modesto and Turlock were a little bit higher. The pollution
spikes were noticeable in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Bakersfield,
Visalia and Huron. Posted. 

California approves $27 million in green-vehicle incentives. The
Golden State's going a little more green once again. The
California Air Resources Board approved $27 million in incentives
that will be used to accelerate sales of zero-emission vehicles
in the most populous U.S. state. CARB said that a "majority" of
the funds will go towards purchase incentives for plug-ins and
other zero-emission vehicles. About $10 million will go towards
hybrid and zero-emission buses and trucks. So far, California,
which has already mandated that one in seven new cars sold in the
state be zero-emissions by 2025, has given out incentives to
owners of more than 8,500 passenger cars, trucks and buses since
2008. Posted. 

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