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ARB Newsclips for July 10, 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 China to Report Air Pollution Data in 116 More Cities. China widened its air-quality monitoring rules, asking more cities to report data as the nation seeks to combat high levels of pollution. A State Council notice told 116 more of its cities to disclose air quality monitoring data, including readings for pollutants such as PM2.5 and ozone, adding to 74 cities that already do so. PM2.5 refers to fine air particles that pose risks for lung and heart diseases. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-07-10/china-to-report-air-pollution-data-in-116-more-cities.html China Seen Widening Car-Purchase Limits to Fight Pollution. China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, plans to widen the number of cities curbing auto purchases to fight pollution and congestion, threatening vehicle sales, the government-backed car association said. Eight cities -- Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin and Wuhan -- will probably introduce measures limiting auto purchases…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-10/china-to-widen-car-purchase-curbs-to-fight-pollution-group-says.html EPA likely tweaked emission standards in new power plant rule. There's a growing belief that U.S. EPA's second proposal for curbing carbon dioxide from future power plants has changed emission limits. Those who are closely tracking the rule now say coal and natural gas might be treated separately under the proposal EPA sent to the White House for review last week. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059984169/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE NMFS denies ribbon seal endangered species listing. The federal government has rejected an endangered species listing for a seal species that relies on sea ice for molting and reproducing. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday that it has rejected listing ribbon seals as a threatened or endangered species despite evidence that its habitat is impacted by climate change. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_RIBBON_SEALS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/09/3380801/nmfs-denies-ribbon-seal-endangered.html Small birds may be able to cope with climate change, study says. Despite the potential havoc wreaked by climate change, it’s not all doom and gloom for our planet. A new study projects that certain types of short-lived, small birds will easily withstand global warming throughout this century, even under worst-case carbon emissions scenarios. Most studies predicting species’ fates due to global warming rely…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-birds-climate-change-20130709,0,259777.story Wildfires may have bigger role in global warming, study says. Wildfires such as the Yarnell Hill blaze in Arizona may be warming Earth’s atmosphere far more than previously thought, according to a study by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Researchers at the Department of Energy facility normally chase fires throughout the western U.S., to measure their atmospheric effects. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-wildfires-climate-20130709,0,2934189.story Steep drop in coastal fish found in California power plant records. Fish populations in Southern California have dropped 78% over the last 40 years, according to a new study. Scientists consulted an unlikely source, sifting through records of fish caught up in the cooling systems of five coastal power plants from northern San Diego County to Ventura County. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fish-decline-southern-california-20130709,0,866454.story Tree plantings anticipate climate change. A team of researchers will be planting thousands of red oak trees in northern Minnesota over the next two years in an experiment designed to help the north woods adapt to future climate change. Researchers fear that as winters become warmer the boreal forest could decline, and they are predicting that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness could look more like southern Minnesota or Iowa by the end of the century. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tree-plantings-anticipate-climate-change-4654482.php Energy Producers Are off the Hook. A recent report issued by Organizational Studies suggests that global warming isn’t really an issue. Fewer than half of the geoscientists and engineers who participated in a survey maintain that global warming is a man-made phenomenon. What’s more is that the lion’s share of survey participants blame the earth’s warming on natural causes, suggesting that global warming isn’t posing a serious threat. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Energy-Producers-Are-off-the-Hook-4656692.php Baucus sends Obama letter over climate change. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is asking President Barack Obama to consider Montana as the administration develops its policy to deal with climate change. The president has said rules are needed to curb greenhouse gases. Baucus sent a letter to Obama on Tuesday asking him to reach out to individual states and avoid a one-size-fits-all solution. He outlined 15 priorities for Montana. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Baucus-sends-Obama-letter-over-climate-change-4655357.php Climate change's heat intensifies drought in the USA. (VIDEO) In this browning patch of land in central Texas, C.J. Teare could be fined for using fresh water to keep her decades-old oak trees alive so she relies on soapy water left over from washing clothes. "I've never seen it like this before," says Teare, a grandmother who has lived in her modest Lakeside Beach ranch for 20 years. Her community has been under emergency water restrictions since January 2012, when it became the first to run dry during Texas' ongoing three-year drought. It stays afloat with six daily truckloads of water. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/09/climate-change-drought-texas/2451409/ FUELS Tradition and temptation as Amish debate fracking. In parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies clip-clop at the pace of a bygone era, Amish communities are debating a new temptation - the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling. In some ways, Amish attitudes toward hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are as different from the outside world as their clothes and traditions. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jul/09/tradition-and-temptation-as-amish-debate/#ixzz2YeuE3532 VEHICLES Electric vehicle sales grow in Sonoma County. Once the bailiwick of tinkerers and hobbyists, electric vehicles are popping up all over Sonoma County as green-minded and tech-savvy drivers warm up to plug-in cars. The market for EVs has expanded dramatically since December 2010, when the Nissan dealership in Petaluma became the first car dealer in the nation to sell the Leaf, the world's first mass market all-electric car. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130709/BUSINESS/130709555/0/SEARCH More details on BMW’s i3; electric and connected. With the launch of the production BMW i3 battery-electric vehicle (also available with a range extender) looming, the BMW Group provided more details about the first series-produced model from its new i brand, offering customers electric mobility in a premium small car package. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/bmwi3-20130710.html GREEN ENERGY RIVERSIDE COUNTY: No more mines in solar energy development zones. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued a 20-year ban on new mining on nearly 304,000 acres in six Western states to promote solar energy development. In an effort to avoid potential conflicts with energy development, the agency will not accept new mining claims in 17 areas identified for solar development in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130709-riverside-county-no-more-mines-in-solar-energy-development-zones.ece Marin Clean Energy details greenhouse gas reduction estimates. Marin Clean Energy's most optimistic forecast for cutting greenhouse gases assumes that - as it successfully draws customers from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. - the utility will be forced to reduce use of costly generators that burn natural gas. Its business strategy is to capture 80 percent of PG&E's customers in the first phase of the initiative, and it expects 20 percent of those customers will be willing to pay extra for 100 percent renewable energy. Posted. http://www.marinij.com/ci_15024523 Coca-Cola announces environmental goals for 2020. The Coca-Cola Co. increased its sustainability targets yesterday, raising the bar for water efficiency, greenhouse gas savings and the use of renewable plastics for its bottles. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, the company successfully met its goal of cutting water use by 20 percent by 2012, said Jeff Seabright, Coca-Cola's vice president of environment and water resources. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984112/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Bay Area Air Quality Management District convenes panel to discuss ways to improve pollution monitoring. New approaches to monitoring air pollution from oil refineries and chemical plants will be discussed by a panel of experts Thursday during an all-day free forum. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District invites the public to attend the forum from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the air board meeting room, 939 Ellis St. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/ci_23629612/oil-refinery-pollution-monitoring-discussed-at-thursday-forum Bike-share program coming to San Diego. A new bike-sharing program that will make at least 1,800 bicycles available for self-service use citywide will launch early next year in San Diego at no cost to taxpayers. The City Council unanimously approved a 10-year partnership with private firm DecoBike to install between 180 and 220 bike-sharing stations throughout the city, a capital investment of about $7.2 million paid entirely by the company. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/09/bike-sharing-program-coming-san-diego/all/?print Truckers' blown tires are roadway hazards. It seems like you can barely drive a mile without seeing them: the shredded remnants of truck tires on the highway. They can be a hazard, especially to motorcyclists. And with temperatures peaking, tire debris from 18-wheelers – called "gators" in the trucking industry – are becoming a more common sight on Sacramento's freeways. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/10/5556194/truckers-blown-tires-are-roadway.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS Climate Change: How Has the Market Responded? John Vechey of PopCap Games recently joined The Motley Fool for a climate change summit. His first panel guests were Dr. Rachel Cleetus and Dr. Joe Casola. Dr. Cleetus is a climate economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she advocates for effective global warming policies at the state, regional, federal, and international levels. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Climate-Change-How-Has-the-Market-Responded-4656668.php BLOGS The Global-Warming Debate: Matt Ridley Responds. A post on slate.com criticized Matt Ridley’s Mind & Matter column, “Science Is About Evidence, Not Consensus,” in the Saturday-Sunday Review section of the Wall Street Journal. Below, Mr. Ridley responds: Sadly, Phil Plait’s understanding of the literature in this area is very superficial and out of date. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2013/07/09/the-global-warming-debate-matt-ridley-responds/ You can’t deny global warming after seeing this graph. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998. But forget individual years. That data is noisy. A single year can see its temperatures rocket for reasons having little to do with climate change. Look, instead, at decades. There, the data is a little clearer, as the idiosyncrasies of any one year are balanced by its nine compatriots. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/09/you-cant-deny-global-warming-after-seeing-this-graph/?print=1 Bad news: The world’s energy supply isn’t getting any cleaner. We’ve seen plenty of charts over the past few years showing that wind and solar power are growing at astronomical rates — not just in the United States, but around the world. That seems like an encouraging sign for efforts to tackle global warming. But here’s a sobering counterpoint. Roger Pielke, Jr., an environmental studies professor at the University of Colorado, has charted data on the share of carbon-free energy…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/10/bad-news-fossil-fuels-are-more-than-keeping-up-with-clean-energy/ EPA nominee Gina McCarthy to miss Mexico jaunt. Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to head the EPA, has a new reason to be irritated about having her nomination held up in the Senate: it’s causing her to miss out on what sounds like a fantastic conference in scenic Los Cabos, Mexico. It will be acting director Bob Perciasepe, instead, who participates this week in the meeting with leaders from Canada and Mexico to talk about environmental issues. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/epa-nominee-gina-mccarthy-to-miss-mexico-jaunt/2013/07/09/7d702dca-e8b6-11e2-a301-ea5a8116d211_blog.html Fiddling While the World Warms. While a student at the University of Minnesota was creating a cello composition around the last 130 years of global temperature change, a couple of researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were producing a similar composition, for digital violin and with a much longer score — charting more than 600 years of climate variations and recent warming. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/fiddling-while-the-world-warms/?ref=earth Global Warming? No, Satellites Show Carbon Dioxide Is Causing 'Global Greening'. Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are bolstering plant life throughout the world, environmental scientists report in a newly published peer-reviewed study. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, are gleaned from satellite measurements of global plant life, and contradict assertions by activists that global warming is causing deserts to expand, along with devastating droughts. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/07/10/global-warming-no-satellites-show-carbon-dioxide-is-causing-global-greening/ Why Republicans want to tax students and not polluters. A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage. For example, if we want less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we should tax carbon polluters. On the other hand, if we want more students from lower-income families to be able to afford college, we shouldn’t put a tax on student loans. Posted. http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/07/10/why-republicans-want-to-tax-students-and-not-polluters/