Below is the List Serve Post you selected to display.
newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for August 7, 2013 Posted: 07 Aug 2013 14:47:23
ARB Newsclips for August 7, 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 Long Beach hopes mulch wall will make Hudson Park a healthier place. City of Long Beach is testing a 12-foot-high, 600-foot-long mulch wall as a sound and pollution barrier along a busy truck route. Long Beach has erected a new fortification in the battle against freeway noise and air pollution, and it's decidedly low-tech. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mulch-wall-20130807,0,2781152.story Heavy smoke in Lode may pose health risks. Mother Lode fitness buffs may want to reconsider their morning workouts for the next few days. Mornings are when unhealthy levels of smoke are likely to be the worst in communities such as Angels Camp and Murphys thanks to a fire in Tuolumne County. The Power Fire, burning in the Stanislaus National Forest northeast of Beardsley Reservoir, was at 500 acres and growing Tuesday afternoon, according to National Forest representatives. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130807/A_NEWS/308070320&cid=sitesearch Manage Your Environment with Air Pollution Control Equipment. Pollutants are an inescapable side effect of doing business in nearly every industry. With the environment serving as a constant issue in the news, minimizing your company’s impact is a necessity. But managing these products at an industrial grade is different from how we handle these issues at an individual level and requires a greater scale of machinery. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/manage-your-environment-with-air-pollution-control-equipment CLIMATE CHANGE Investors See Climate Change as Risk That Influences Decisions: Report. Climate change remains a material risk for a majority of investors and, in many cases, it is increasingly influencing their investment activities, according to a report released Aug. 5 by a coalition of global investor groups. About 81 percent of asset owners and 68 percent of asset managers said they view climate change as a material risk across their entire investment portfolio in the third annual Global Investor Survey on Climate Change. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-06/investors-see-climate-change-as-risk-that-influences-decisions-report.html 2012 one of 10 warmest years on record, report says. Arctic sea ice reaches record lows and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports. Last year was one of the 10 hottest since global average temperatures have been recorded, according to an assessment of worldwide climate trends by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-noaa-heat-20130807,0,2695081.story Noaa finds heat is on as earth continues to warm. A new massive federal study says the world in 2012 sweltered with continued signs of climate change. Rising sea levels, snow melt, heat buildup in the oceans, and melting Arctic sea ice and Greenland ice sheets, all broke or nearly broke records, but temperatures only sneaked into the top 10. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/07/tp-noaa-finds-heat-is-on-as-earth-continues-to/ Earth Scientists Pin Climate Change Squarely On 'Humanity'. The weather is one of those topics that is fairly easy for people to agree on. Climate, however, is something else. Most of the scientists who study the Earth say our climate is changing and humans are part of what's making that happen. But to a lot of nonscientists it's still murky. This week, two of the nation's most venerable scientific institutions tried to explain it better. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2013/08/06/209462713/earth-scientists-pin-climate-change-squarely-on-humanity International climate talks could fail without more national actions – report. There will be no new climate change treaty in 2015 unless more nations develop domestic legislation to address rising greenhouse gas levels, a new study concludes. In reviewing countries' laws to reduce carbon emissions, researchers with the Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE) argue that domestic goals must come before, not after, an international deal. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985701/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS New Tools Pinpoint Natural Gas Leaks, Maximizing a Fuel’s Green Qualities. Natural gas is hailed as green and safe, but its environmental benefits and ability to temper climate change are reduced by its tendency to leak into the air undetected. Now, laser technology, some of it borrowed from the telecommunications industry, is giving engineers and scientists crucial new tools to measure leaks and track them to their source. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/business/energy-environment/new-tools-pinpoint-natural-gas-leaks-maximizing-a-fuels-green-qualities.html?pagewanted=all Goals Collide in Drilling Protests. On Aug. 1, six friends drove a 1970s-era fire engine to the village of Balcombe, south of London, and used it to block the entrance of a site where Cuadrilla Holdings, a leader in the fledgling British shale gas industry, was about to commence drilling. Eventually, the police arrested the group and impounded the vehicle, which some of the protesters had bought for the occasion. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/business/energy-environment/08iht-green08.html EPA relaxes biofuel standards through 2014. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday extended the deadline for meeting biofuel goals this year and will lower renewable fuel targets for 2014, a move designed to give oil refineries more flexibility. The 2013 rules, months late in coming, mandates that 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels be blended into the U.S. gas and diesel supply, up from 15.2 billion gallons last year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-epa-renewable-fuel-20130806,0,6599658.story In a Utah gas field, potent quantities of a greenhouse gas rise into the atmosphere – study. Methane is being emitted from a natural gas field in Utah at a rate of 6.2 to 11.7 percent of production, according to research accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The research adds one important data point to the ongoing question of how much methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide, is emitted in the life cycle of natural gas production, transport and use. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985703/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Prospect of ethanol hitting 'blend wall' could shake up EPA's RFS in 2014. U.S. EPA lowered the required gallons for cellulosic biofuels for this year yesterday, but it also gave clues on how the agency might use its flexibility to conform with changing realities since the federal renewable fuel standard was approved by Congress six years ago. Yesterday, EPA cut the volume for cellulosic biofuels -- fuels made from grasses, wood, corncobs, trash and other low-impact sources…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985704/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Billions stand to be made in coal plant decommissioning. Winding down coal plants could account for a multibillion-dollar global business by the end of the decade, according to new research. Analysts at Navigant Research, a division of the consulting firm by the same name, believe the coming wave of coal plant retirements creates a market opportunity for cleanup firms. Between now and 2020, they said in a report released yesterday, companies that smash buildings, haul away debris and salvage polluted land could rake in more than $5 billion. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985699/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Texas researchers release more detail on Barnett Shale production. University of Texas researchers released more detail yesterday on their study of the Barnett Shale play in north Texas, which they estimate holds 45 trillion cubic feet of "economically recoverable" natural gas, making it a major contributor to the nation's gas supplies through 2030, they said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985707/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY ConocoPhillips spends $600M to get out of gas export terminal. Oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips Co. will pay $600 million to unwind its involvement in a Freeport, Texas, liquefied natural gas import terminal, it said last week. The agreement, which hinges on the facility's redevelopment for export use, would end ConocoPhillips' contract as a customer of Freeport LNG and turn over its 50 percent ownership share in a management company, Freeport LNG-GP Inc., that runs the facility's operations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985700/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Green Price War Breaks Out to Spark Interest in Electrics. As the auto industry struggled to recover from the recession, it swore off the deep discounting that destroyed profits and led to disaster. Now, a price war has erupted in the industry’s smallest segment: electric cars. General Motors Co. (GM)’s $5,000 price cut yesterday on its Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle came in response to rapid-fire discounting on battery-powered models this year. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-07/green-price-war-breaks-out-to-spark-interest-in-electrics.html BAE Systems Sees Demand Rise for Hybrid-Electric Combat Vehicle. BAE Systems Plc (BA/), Europe’s largest defense company, may upgrade its CV90 armored vehicle with a hybrid-electric propulsion system as armies look to cut expenses for fuel that can be many times the price paid at a civil gas station. “A requirement we are seeing more and more often is environmental issues in terms of fuel economy,” Dan Lindell, CV90 platform manager, told reporters yesterday at a briefing in London. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-07/bae-systems-sees-demand-rise-for-hybird-electric-combat-vehicle.html Range Resources purchases 180 natural gas vehicles. Range Resources Corp. has purchased 180 natural gas powered vehicles to serve operations in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other states. The Fort Worth, Texas-based gas drilling company says in a Wednesday release that it purchased Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and Ram 2500 pickup trucks from the manufacturers. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/08/07/2849957/range-resources-purchases-180.html#storylink=cpy Hybrid, EV car sales ramping up — slowly. Herlica Garcia can still remember her daily commute from Downey to Rancho Cucamonga. In her Nissan Murano, the 90-mile roundtrip was costing her $70 a week. But that was before she bought her 2010 Toyota Prius III, which whittled that down to about $10 to $15 a week. The 31-year-old Downey resident, who now works in Torrance, said her hybrid has made all the difference. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_23807227#ixzz2bIlbceYn New survey tells you what a new car costs to drive. Every new car window sticker shows the estimated cost of fuel for a year, but that figure may not reflect the miles you drive. A new survey does that math for you. GasBuddy.com, a website that uses data from volunteers, gas stations and other sources to keep track of gas prices nationwide, ranked more than 750 vehicles from the 2013 model year based on the cost of fuel per mile driven. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/ci_23813952/new-survey-tells-you-what-new-car-costs?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com SMUD to install fast electric car chargers. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be deploying four or five fast electric car chargers that can recharge the most modern electric vehicles in 30 minutes. There will be one installed at SMUD’s headquarters and at locations at the edges of the county, such as off Interstate 80 near Citrus Heights, off Interstate 5 in Elk Grove, off Highway 50 in Folsom and up north on Interstate 5. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/08/06/smud-to-install-fast-electric-car-charge.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bizj_sacramento+%28Sacramento+Business+Journal%29 Exclusive interview with Bryan Batista, EU sales director, Tesla Motors. Bryan Batista: The car is shipped in parts: the chassis, the body interior, wheels, the battery and the drive train. The parts have already been arriving in Europe since early July. They are delivered in Tilburg, in the south of the Netherlands, where our assembly facility is. European customers will start to receive their Model S in August. cars21.com: In terms of volume, can we already know how many cars in Europe you expect to deliver for this year? Posted. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5553 GREEN ENERGY Leasing solar a cost-saving option for homeowners. Ben Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Conn., he leased one. "I thought it was a pretty good deal," he said. "I lean a little environmentalist so I'm concerned about global warming." Increasing numbers of U.S. homeowners are relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/living/article/Leasing-solar-a-cost-saving-option-for-homeowners-4709210.php What are the greenest airlines in the world? Want to fly with a green conscience? Fly United Airlines, airberlin, Qantas or Air Canada. Because according to the 2013 Eco-Aviation Awards hosted by Air Transport World, these are the greenest airlines in the world, whether it be for building a fuel-efficient fleet, making concerted efforts to reduce fuel burn or exploring sustainable fuels. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23805800/what-are-greenest-airlines-world#ixzz2bIlxPNLl Google pushes ahead with renewable energy. Google stops short of bold proclamations about a grand vision for its sustainability strategy, but on one critical metric, at least, Google is leagues ahead: greening the energy it uses to power its way to billion-dollar revenues. "We ask, what can we do to get us to a place where clean energy is an option for everyone?" said Rick Needham, director of energy and sustainability. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985694/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Poor preparation before hurricanes leads to pollution afterward – report. Petroleum refineries along the Gulf Coast are not prepared to handle hurricanes, and the operators use weather as an excuse for polluting air and water, according to a new report. Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 storm, made landfall on Aug. 28, 2012, on a coast crowded with petrochemical, oil, gas and coal facilities. The facilities later released 12.9 million gallons of oil, chemicals and untreated wastewater, and 192 tons of gases and other materials. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985690/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Volkswagen Reveals Cleaner, More Powerful Diesel Engine. In the United States, Volkswagen has been one of the few automakers to consistently offer diesel-powered passenger cars over the past several decades. But with more manufacturers – even American ones – stepping up to the diesel plate, VW is ratcheting up its game with a new line of diesel engines. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/volkswagen-reveals-cleaner-more-powerful-diesel-engines/?_r=0 SOLAR HOMES: Pardee VP a judge in China’s 1st solar decathlon. Joyce Mason, vice president of marketing for Pardee Homes, is one of 15 judges in China’s inaugural Solar Decathlon. The event, organized by Peking University in the Shanxi Province, is a first on the Asian continent. Twenty homes, created by college and university student teams from nations in six continents will be showcased in the Aug. 2-13 decathlon event. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/2013/08/06/solar-power-pardee-homes-vp-a-judge-in-chinas-1st-solar-decathlon/ SoCal Edison says electric vehicle surge has not overtaxed its grid —yet. Southern California Edison on Tuesday issued its first report on how the growth in the use of electric vehicles in its territory has affected its grid, and the news — at least according to the investor-owned utility — is good. Despite initial fears that the popularity of the plug-in vehicles might overtax the utility's grid that has not yet happened. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2013/08/06/14446/so-cal-edison-says-electric-vehicle-surge-has-not/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29 Feds Report Record Growth In Wind Industry, Some Surprising Results. According to new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation's wind power sector is growing faster than ever before. Wind power was the United States' single largest source of new electrical generating capacity installed in 2012, and nearly three quarters of wind turbine parts installed that year were made domestically. That's a tripling of domestic production over figures from 2006. And some of the growth comes in a sector that surprised us. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/wind/feds-report-record-growth-in-wind-industry.html