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newsclips -- Newsclips for July 4 - 5, 2013

Posted: 05 Jul 2013 11:25:25
ARB Newsclips for July 4 - 5, 2013. 

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Europe must tackle air pollution, warn UN scientists.  The health
effects of air pollution have been underestimated and Europe
should review its laws to tackle the problem, UN scientists have
concluded after a major review of new evidence.  Sixty
international scientists, commissioned by the World Health
Organisation, analysed eight years of studies to see how minute
specks of soot, gases such as ozone and nitrogen dioxide (NO2),
and other pollutants from road and rail traffic, industry and
indoor fires harm human health.  Posted. 


Industry panning Obama's climate change push.  President Barack
Obama's push to fight global warming has triggered condemnation
from the coal industry across the industrial Midwest, where state
and local economies depend on the health of an energy sector
facing strict new pollution limits.  But such concerns stretch
even to New England, an environmentally focused region that long
has felt the effects of drifting emissions from Rust Belt states.

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Climate change turning desert green.  Findings by the CSIRO
reveal that rising levels of carbon dioxide make plants in arid
regions like Broken Hill grow bigger leaves.  Research scientist
Dr Randall Donohue says outback foliage initially expands to trap
more water during dry periods.  He says the process is extended
when increased levels of carbon dioxide actually begin to
fertilise the plants.  Posted. 


GM, Honda to work together on hydrogen fuel cells.  General
Motors and Honda will work together on hydrogen fuel cell
research in the latest in a series of auto industry tie-ups
designed to bring the technology to market sooner.  Together,
engineers from both companies will research and design
next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrains and storage
technologies. The goal is to generate technology in “the 2020
time frame,” GM said.  Posted. 


Solar Plane: Making clean tech sexy, adventurous.  In noisy,
energetic New York City, the pilots of a spindly plane that looks
more toy than jet hope to grab attention in a surprising way: By
being silent and consuming little energy.  This revolutionary
solar-powered plane is about to end a slow and symbolic journey
across America by quietly buzzing the Statue of Liberty and
landing in a city whose buildings often obscure the power-giving
sun. The plane's top speed of 45 mph is so pokey, it would earn
honks on the New Jersey Turnpike.  Posted. 

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State Wants More Info On Solar Project's Effects.  Staff of the
California Energy Commission (CEC) say they need a lot more
information from the builder on a project's impacts to wildlife,
archaeology, and other resources before they can sign off on it.
The proposed Palen Solar Electric Generating System would be
built a quarter miles from Interstate 10 halfway between Indio
and Blythe in Riverside County.  The requests for more
information came in the form of the CEC's Preliminary Staff
Assessment on the project, now available on the CEC's website.
The CEC is evaluating radical changes in the design of the
project since a prior approval in 2011.  Posted. 


California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to deliver keynote at
Intersolar North America opening ceremony.  Intersolar North
America, the most attended industry exhibition and conference for
solar professionals to exchange information and develop business
connections in North America, will welcome California Gov. Edmund
G. Brown as keynote speaker for Intersolar's 2013 Opening
Ceremony on Monday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m at the InterContinental
Hotel.  Posted. 

Scenes from a Melting Planet: On the Climate-Change Novel.  That
town is Spicewood Beach, a subdivision in the hill country
outside of Austin, Texas. In February, 2012, according to the
Times, the town’s well ran dry. Four thousand gallons of water
still have to be hauled in many times a day.  Of course, no
single weather event can be linked to the increased concentration
of human-produced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And yet the
increased frequency of extreme weather is a scientifically proven
result of those gases.  Posted. 


Climate Change: Summer Bummer For Your Fourth Of July?  The
Fourth of July in the United States means backyard barbecues,
beach outings and fireworks displays for millions of Americans.
But thanks to climate change, some of your favorite activities
face an uncertain future.  Temperatures are rising, drought and
wildfire risks are growing and coastal areas face the threat of
devastating storm surges. Some of your favorite foods and
beverages even face threats due to water shortages and greater
losses to U.S. bee populations.  Posted. 

June green-car sales jump 35% over 2012 numbers.  June marked the
second-fastest year-over-year growth rate for US green car sales
for 2013 so far and helped put sales of green vehicles – pure
electrics, hybrids and diesels – for the first half of the year
about 19 percent ahead of 2012 levels. Americans bought 57,614
advanced-powertrain vehicles last month, up 35 percent from June
2012. Only January's 58 percent year-over-year growth rate was
faster than last month's, which represented a bit of an
acceleration from May's 30 percent growth rate.  Posted. 

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