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ARB Newsclips for March 27, 2013. 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 CORRECTED-Pollution trial of New York coke producer wraps up. Jury deliberations could begin as early as Wednesday in the trial of Tonawanda Coke Corp, which has been charged with fouling the air for years and whose environmental manager is accused of hiding plant deficiencies from U.S. regulators. The western New York company faces a 19-count indictment that lists numerous violations of the federal Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and obstruction of justice for an alleged cover up of emissions prior to a 2009 investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/27/usa-ny-pollution-idUSL2N0CJ01020130327 Protest action in Poland against government. Bowing to the power of tens of thousands of miners, some previous governments have agreed to lenient lay-off and pension terms for them. Poland still depends on black coal for much of its electricity, a policy that has put Warsaw at odds with nations that are cutting down on carbon gas emissions. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/mar/26/protest-action-in-poland-against-government/ CLIMATE CHANGE Federal plan aims to help wildlife adapt to climate change. The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, developed by federal, state and tribal officials, seeks to help species survive as global warming changes their habitats. The Obama administration Tuesday announced a nationwide plan to help wildlife adapt to threats from climate change. Developed along with state and tribal authorities, the strategy seeks to preserve species as global warming alters their historical habitats and, in many cases, forces them to migrate across state and tribal borders. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-adaptation-strategy-20130327,0,4088605.story http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/26/climate-change-requires-us-land-conservation/2021931/ CLIMATE: Studying clouds to find global answers. Some of the same chemicals that scientists believe are influencing climate change may be having an equally important effect on people’s health, as they inhale those chemicals into their bodies. UC Riverside professor Akua Asa-Awuku is studying both. Using the world’s largest atmospheric chamber at UCR’s College of Engineering/Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Asa-Awuku is trying to determine how airborne particles from emissions influence the formation of clouds. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130326-climate-studying-clouds-to-find-global-answers.ece A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms. By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place. Mark McCaffrey of the National Center for Science Education says the lessons will fill a big gap. "Only 1 in 5 [students] feel like they've got a good handle on climate change from what they've learned in school… Posted. http://www.npr.org/2013/03/27/174141194/a-hot-topic-climate-change-coming-to-classrooms A national plan for adapting conservation to climate change. The need to protect fish, wildlife and plants in the United States from the impacts of climate change has received a response at the national level. An umbrella strategy drawn up by federal, state and tribal agencies was released yesterday. The seven goals of the strategy are conserving and connecting habitats, protecting ecosystem functions, improving management capacity, supporting adaptive management, increasing knowledge, motivating action and reducing non-climate stressors. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/03/27/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY E.U. begins crafting its 2015 climate strategy. The European Union launched a public comment period for stakeholders yesterday that will guide the 27-member group's strategy in a new international climate agreement for 2015, to take effect by 2020. "In Copenhagen, [Denmark], world leaders set the goal of keeping global warming below 2 [degrees Celsius] in order to prevent the most severe impacts of climate change. That is good," Connie Hedegaard, European commissioner for climate action, said in a statement. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/03/27/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Add Exhaust-Emissions Gear to a Used-Truck Inspection. EGR, DPFs and SCR need to be a consideration when buying your next used truck. Is it time to replace your old truck or tractor? Is it old enough that its engine has none of the exhaust-emissions equipment that’s been giving people fits in recent years? Have you decided to take the plunge anyway because your vehicle is just plain worn out? Certainly you know the basics of truck hunting, like: •Deal only with reputable people, whether dealers, fleets or individuals. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/article/print/story/2013/03/add-exhaust-emissions-gear-to-a-used-truck-inspection.aspx FUELS Greenland 'reluctant' to new offshore drilling. Greenland's new minister for natural resources says the Arctic island's recently elected government doesn't plan to issue any new licenses for offshore oil exploration. Jens-Erik Kirkegaard told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 20 licenses issued to date were at a level that are "natural for an area like Greenland" and that the government would be "reluctant" to offer more. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Greenland-reluctant-to-new-offshore-drilling-4388713.php#ixzz2OlJvHyJR http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/27/3232444/greenland-reluctant-to-new-offshore.html#storylink=misearch Iraqi oil: Once seen as U.S. boon, now it’s mostly China’s. Ten years after the United States invaded and occupied Iraq, the country’s oil industry is poised to boom and make the troubled nation the No.2 oil exporter in the world. But the nation that’s moving to take advantage of Iraq’s riches isn’t the United States. It’s China. America, with its own homegrown energy bonanza, isn’t going after the petroleum that lies beneath Iraq’s sands nearly as aggressively as is China, a country hungry to fuel its rise as an economic power. Iraq remains highly unstable in terms of security, infrastructure and politics. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/27/3232657/iraqi-oil-once-seen-as-us-boon.html#storylink=misearch VEHICLES State adds millions for clean car rebates. The California Air Resources Board has added $6 million to the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Along with a recent infusion of $4.5 million from the California Energy Commission, the combined $10.5 million is expected to extend the rebate program until next year's funds are available. Under the program, individuals, nonprofits, government entities and businesses can get a rebate of up to $2,500 when purchasing or leasing new, eligible, zero-emission or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/27/5295537/state-adds-millions-for-clean.html#storylink=cpy HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-speed rail's strongest backers now express reservations. Proponents of the bullet train from L.A. to the Bay Area say political compromises reached to advance the plan undermine legal safeguards and will slow travel. The California bullet-train project has collided with farmers, political conservatives and wealthy suburbanites who would like to see the $68-billion system killed. Now it is facing tough criticism from an unlikely quarter: within the ranks of high-speed rail's true believers. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bullet-train-believers-20130323,0,6470905.story GREEN ENERGY Vt. Green energy bill advances but is scaled down. Foes of mountaintop wind power in Vermont were dealt a setback Tuesday when a bill calling for more study of large-scale renewable energy development was significantly reduced in scope. Though the bill won preliminary approval in the Senate, it was only after provision calling for a slowdown of such development was scaled back, then removed completely. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/mar/26/vt-green-energy-bill-advances-but-is-scaled-down/#ixzz2OkvIOlQJ U.S. tries to surf the edge of rapidly growing clean tech market. Responding to profound shifts in energy economics that have challenged a half-century of assumptions about the world's use of oil, gas and electricity, U.S. business executives along with leading academics and government leaders yesterday launched a partnership to help secure the United States' place in the world's advanced energy pecking order. The three-year effort, dubbed the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership (AEMC)…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/03/27/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Fire-retardant chemicals in furniture challenged in California. Jim Doucette served the Sacramento Fire Department for more than 30 years, and he understood the perils of the job when he accepted it. But there was one hazard he did not anticipate: the effects of burning toxic chemicals embedded in furniture. "We became firefighters knowing the dangers involved," Doucette said at a Department of Consumer Affairs hearing on Tuesday. "But none of us thought we would be exposed to something that has no purpose." Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/26/5294965/fire-retardant-chemicals-in-furniture.html#storylink=cpy Assemblyman Dan Logue, Air Resources Board plan Chico meeting Thursday. Representatives of the California Air Resources Board will be in Chico Thursday to talk about diesel regulations, and hear from people who are having a hard time understanding them and/or meeting them. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica, organized the meeting after hearing from people who said the rules are difficult to keep up with. The town hall gathering will be 5-6:30 p.m. at the Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main St. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/ci_22880189/assemblyman-dan-logue-air-resources-board-plan-chico http://www.examiner.com/article/carb-reps-to-meet-chico-on-trucking OPINIONS Shale oil could bring boost to Valley. The central San Joaquin Valley has long provided opportunity to anyone willing to work hard and play by the rules. That opportunity is rooted in an economy based on agriculture, energy production and food processing among other industries. But over the last five years, the Valley has been impacted by the Great Recession with unemployment levels in some areas still more than twice the state average. With many small businesses faltering, cities are making draconian cuts and opportunities for constituents are dwindling. We have the opportunity to do better. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/26/3231614/shale-oil-could-bring-boost-to.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy BLOGS BMW Thinks Small With a 3-Cylinder Engine. What’s the benefit of a 3-cylinder engine? Fuel economy gains and emissions reductions are two advantages. Turbocharging and direct injection improve performance, and fuel economy could improve 5 percent to 15 percent and emissions drop by the same amount, the company said. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/bmw-thinks-small-with-a-3-cylinder-engine/