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ARB Newsclips for July 2, 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 An unintended consequence of reduced pollution: More storms. The Clean Air Act, which has benefited breathing in many American cities over the past few decades, may have worsened the weather in some places. New climate simulations suggest that reducing the level of atmospheric aerosol particles produced by human activity might have been the main cause of a recent increase in tropical storm frequency in the North Atlantic. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/an-unintended-consequence-of-reduced-pollution-more-storms/2013/07/01/0853c352-df57-11e2-b2d4-ea6d8f477a01_story.html Laser shows? Air board's offer big dud in S.J. A plan to persuade cities to abandon traditional Fourth of July fireworks shows in favor of cleaner, high-tech laser displays appears to have fizzled. San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials offered $30,000 for cities or organizations willing to make the change. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130702/A_NEWS/307020321&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Port of Long Beach: Harbor leaders to fund demonstration of pollution-curbing technology. Harbor leaders voted Monday to pay $2 million to test new technology that would essentially vacuum up ship-generated pollution. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously agreed to fund the demonstration of a proposed "wharf-based, 'sock on a stack'" Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_23578889/port-long-beach-harbor-leaders-fund-demonstration-pullution#ixzz2XuH40Awq CLIMATE CHANGE Obama Climate Plan Seen by Environmentalists Adding Jobs. President Barack Obama’s plan to use regulations to curb carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants could result in the U.S. economy adding jobs -- not losing them -- as well as lower electricity rates, according to an analysis released by an environmental group that favors the rules. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-07-02/obama-climate-plan-seen-by-environmentalists-adding-jobs.html G.O.P. Sees Opportunity for Election Gains in Obama’s Climate Change Policy. When President Obama announced strong measures to combat climate change last week, environmentalists who felt he had long soft-pedaled the issue for political reasons rejoiced. But many Republicans were just as gleeful — in the belief they had been handed a powerful issue to use against Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections in energy-rich states from Texas to Minnesota. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/us/politics/gop-sees-opportunity-for-election-gains-in-obamas-climate-change-policy.html Obama Seeks to Reassert U.S. Role in Climate Debate. When President Obama barged into a meeting of leaders from Brazil, China, India and other major emerging economies in Copenhagen in December 2009 that focused on climate change, he managed to extract a last-minute agreement to set a goal to limit the rise in global temperatures. It was the high-water mark of Mr. Obama’s leadership on climate change — even if the deal was less than the Americans or Europeans wanted…Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/02/florida-keys-prepare-for-sea-level-rise/ Greenhouse gases could cause more frequent El Niño and La Niña events – study. Understanding the causes behind El Niño and La Niña is a critical task for climate forecasters. More than 110 million people were affected by the most recent El Niño of 1997 and 1998, according to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, and approximately 24,000 died in intense storms brought on by this weather phenomenon. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983774/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Big rig goes green. You'd normally give wide berth to an idling big rig, but a small crowd developed around one such truck as it sat in front of the Port of Stockton's administration building last week. There was no need to speak up - the engine noise was closer to a hum than a roar. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130702/A_BIZ/307020312&cid=sitesearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS White House has coal country on the defensive. After several years of taking a beating from the poor economy, new pollution rules and a flood of cheap natural gas, the coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia. But almost overnight, coal is back on the defensive, scrambling to stave off a dark future amid President Barack Obama's renewed push to rein in climate change. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/01/white-house-has-coal-country-on-the-defensive/ http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/01/2788496/white-house-has-coal-country-on.html Coal industry fears for future under proposal. The coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia. But almost overnight, coal is back on the defensive, scrambling to stave off a dark future amid President Barack Obama’s renewed push to rein in climate change. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/viewart/20130701/BUSINESS0302/307010026/Coal-industry-fears-future-under-proposal Fracking survives CA Legislature — for now. After sitting through several recent marathon sessions in the Assembly, it was shocking to witness the powerful California environmental lobby lose its attempt to ban oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. For this, Californians can be thankful. That got me thinking. What if California’s powerful environmental lobby had been as powerful during the 1849 Gold Rush as it is today? Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2013/07/fracking-survives-ca-legislature-for-now/ Diesel Drops Again, Declining 2.1¢ to $3.817; Gasoline Drops 8.1¢ to $3.496. Diesel continued its string of recent downturns, falling 2.1 cents to $3.817 a gallon, the biggest of its six straight declines, while gasoline plunged more than 8 cents, the Department of Energy reported. Gasoline dove 8.1 cents to $3.496 a gallon — its biggest drop this year — led by a 15.2-cent plunge in the Midwest region to $3.394, DOE said Monday following its weekly survey of filling stations. Posted. http://ttnews.com/articles/printnews.aspx?storyid=32363 VEHICLES GM, Honda to jointly develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles by 2020. General Motors Co and Honda Motor Co will jointly develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles over the next seven years, the latest alliance in an industry-wide effort to cut the technology's costs and meet stricter global emissions rules. The two automakers, which announced their partnership on Tuesday, will also develop a refueling infrastructure that will be crucial for consumer acceptance and the long-term viability of fuel-cell vehicles. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/us-autos-fuelcell-hydrogen-idUSBRE9610JO20130702 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/02/gm-honda-to-collaborate-on-fuel-cell-vehicles/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/02/3370536/gm-honda-to-collaborate-on-fuel.html Los Gatos: Five new town vehicles will plug in to fill up. Los Gatos has five new all-electric vehicles that residents may already have seen being driven around town. The Los Gatos vehicles are Mitsubishi i-MiEV models that get approximately 112 MPGe. The "e" stands for equivalent and allows people to compare the fuel efficiency of electric vehicles to gas-powered vehicles. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23580288/los-gatos-five-new-town-vehicles-will-plug GREEN ENERGY Northern California urged to conserve power as heat wave peaks. California's power grid operator on Monday issued a rare plea for customers in the north of the state to conserve energy over the next couple days as a heat wave blanketing the region is expected to peak just as the work week begins. As consumers cranked up their air conditioners to escape the brutal heat, power prices in California markets jumped to at least five-year highs. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/01/us-utilities-california-heatwave-idUSBRE96013620130701 Apple is planning a solar panel farm for its data center in Reno. Apple, working with Nevada utility NV Energy, is planning to build another solar panel farm next to a data center, and this time it’s for its new data center in Reno, Nevada. Apple has already been building two solar panel farms next to its data center in North Carolina, and this latest solar farm in Reno…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-is-planning-a-solar-panel-farm-for-its-data-center-in-reno/2013/07/02/0f3b266e-e2d2-11e2-8657-fdff0c195a79_story.html PNM plans to add more solar, wind to portfolio. New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it has a plan for adding more solar and wind power to its portfolio. Public Service Company of New Mexico unveiled its proposal Monday. It must be approved by state regulators. The plan calls for building three solar generating stations in the Albuquerque area and purchasing more electricity from a wind farm in Cibola County. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jul/01/pnm-plans-to-add-more-solar-wind-to-portfolio/#ixzz2XuC6dr3C Low-speed, high-tech allure of the 'e-bike.' Robert “Turbo Bob” Bandhauer earned his nickname as a hot-rod enthusiast, souping up Volkswagens and Datsuns in the 1970s. Today he is an expert and advocate for electric bicycles. So-called e-bikes extend the range and usefulness of bicycles without generating air pollution. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/02/turbo-bob-takes-a-ride/ Solar water heaters bloom on China's rooftops but not in the U.S. Row upon row of tilted boxlike containers holding black glass tubes top apartment complexes all over China. These solar water heaters can provide cheap, emissions-free hot water for cooking and bathing to China's rapidly growing urban population. But for something that seems like an obvious solution to curbing emissions, solar heaters haven't caught on at similar scales around the world. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059983772/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Let’s Not Braise the Planet. According to a report released by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace last month, we are not running out of fossil fuels anytime soon. Since the dawn of the industrial revolution we’ve used around 1.2 trillion barrels of oil; the report estimates that with current technology we can produce roughly five times that much. Posted. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/lets-not-braise-the-planet/?_r=0 Aruba Promotes Its Sustainable Energy. Energy-conscious travelers may soon find the Dutch island of Aruba high on their list of destinations. The island has announced that it is on track to become the first sustainable energy economy in the world. Posted. http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/aruba-promotes-its-sustainable-energy/ Strong June sales push Chevy Volt ahead of Nissan Leaf for first time since February. The flash report for monthly sales for the two best-selling plug-in vehicles* is here, and it was a big turnaround month for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. Chevy's halo car sold no more than 1,626 units in any month this year, so June's sales of 2,698 Volts must be a pleasant surprise for the General. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/02/nissan-leaf-chevy-volt-june-2013-sales/ Obama climate plan: the one thing you need to know. President Obama's plan to address climate change will at most have a slight impact, Cobb writes, but it is nonetheless a brave and even historic move towards slowing the effects of climate change. The one thing you need to know about President Obama's plan to address climate change is that the most it will…Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0701/Obama-climate-plan-the-one-thing-you-need-to-know?nav=92-csm_category-secBlogs These People Are Insane: Using Diesel Generators To Beat Climate Change. Just when you think that the world has had enough nonsense about climate change up comes an idea even more absurd. People and companies in the UK are now being urged to start using diesel generators, a horribly inefficient method of electricity generation, in order to beat climate change. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/06/29/these-people-are-insane-using-diesel-generators-to-beat-climate-change/print/