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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for August 14, 2013.

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 13:02:29
ARB Newsclips for August 14, 2013. 

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1979 smog siege. (Retrospective) June 29, 1979: Sera
Segal-Alsberg wears mask designed to filter out airborne
particles during Los Angeles smog alert. Segal-Alsberg, an
artist-instructor, was en route to teach a class at County Museum
of Art. Retired staff photographer Boris Yaro found 
Segal-Alsberg on Crescent Heights Boulevard in West Hollywood.
This photo accompanied a story by writers Sandra Blakeslee and
Jan Klunder in the June 30, 1979, Los Angeles Times, reporting: A
three-day smog attack, Posted.

Researchers seek CO2 'fingerprint' to monitor carbon capture
projects. Technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions and
store them underground is considered prohibitively expensive at
this point, and no commercial-scale projects have yet been
completed on coal plants or in the power sector. However,
researchers in the field are developing solutions to problems
that may crop up if carbon capture and storage (CCS) is rolled
out on a large scale. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985981/print BY


Climate change may be speeding coast redwood, giant sequoia
growth. Scientists find that since the 1970s, some California
coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever. Finally, some
good news about the effects of climate change. It may have
triggered a growth spurt in two of California's iconic tree
species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Since the 1970s, some
coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever, according to
scientists who studied corings from trees more than 1,000 years
old. Posted.






Online map helps locals deal with climate change. The University
of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an
interactive map designed to help local officials in the Great
Lakes region deal with climate change. Headwaters Economics
teamed with the university's Graham Sustainability Institute on
the project, which was announced Tuesday. The map provides
social, economic and demographic statistics on 225 counties in
the eight-state region. Posted. 



National Flood Insurance Program unprepared for climate change,
group warns. Federal officials overseeing public flood insurance
are under pressure to consider climate influences like rising sea
levels as they implement congressional requirements to make the
program more resistant to financial and environmental challenges.
The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report yesterday
criticizing the National Flood Insurance Program for failing to
consider future risks associated with climbing temperatures.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985982/print BY

On the road, CEQ's Sutley plays up health risks of carbon
emissions. In promoting President Obama's new Climate Action Plan
during an event in Rhode Island this morning, White House Council
on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley warned that
carbon emissions are as much a public health issue as an
environmental one. Joined by two local children with asthma whose
outdoor activities are limited during the summer, Sutley told the
audience that "as their experiences demonstrate, climate change
poses a very real threat to public health…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986016/print  BY


Natural Gas Rises 1.8% Natural-gas futures climbed as
above-normal temperatures are expected in key consuming regions
and forecasters say two tropical cyclones may be forming.
Natural-gas for September delivery recently rose six cents, or
1.8%, to $3.345 per million British thermal units on the New York
Mercantile Exchange. Front-month gas prices have fallen in 12 of
the past 15 sessions and recently hit the lowest level since
mid-February. Posted.

Big Oil seeks waiver on renewable-fuel quota. The oil industry
Tuesday pleaded with the Obama administration to lower the amount
of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels that are required
to be blended into gasoline next year. Failing to drop quotas
under the renewable fuel standard could cause gasoline prices to
rise and result in "severe economic harm" for the United States,
said the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers…Posted.

Regulator: New nuke plant now wouldn't make sense. If Georgia was
starting from scratch, it could not financially justify the
nuclear power plant now under construction. That conclusion from
state utility regulators bluntly illustrates how an anticipated
boom in nuclear power went bust as natural gas prices plummeted,
the economy fell into a severe recession and construction proved
pricier than expected. Posted.

Calif. Fines Shippers $440K for Violating Fuel Regulation. The
California Air Resources Board has fined three international
shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from
dirty bunker fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel
upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state
law. “Ships en route to California ports emit thousands of tons
of diesel exhaust each year,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim
Ryden. “Posted.

Canadian enviros target Obama, drawing distinctions between U.S.
climate goals, Canada. As their American brethren target
Secretary of State John Kerry in a bid to scuttle the
long-running environmental review of Keystone XL, a group of
Canadian environmentalists and academics today implored his boss
to reject the massive oil sands crude pipeline as unacceptable
given the White House's second-term commitment to global climate
change. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986015/print BY


Vail adds electric vehicle to town's fleet. The town of Vail has
added an all-electric Nissan Leaf to its fleet, replacing a 2003
Toyota Prius. The Vail Daily reports (http://bit.ly/169rVjO )
parking supervisors will use the electric vehicle to patrol
parking garages and town-owned lots. The Leaf and 15 other town
vehicles, including diesel-electric hybrid buses, are aimed at
making the town's fleet more energy efficient. Posted.



San Onofre closure likely to take 10 years or less, panel is
told. Southern California Edison Co., by law, can spend up to 60
years to completely scrap its San Onofre nuclear plant near San
Clemente, but less than 10 years is more realistic, lawmakers
were told. That was an estimate Tuesday from Michael F. Weber,
deputy executive director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission. Posted.

PUC fails to set rates for CleanPowerSF. San Francisco's plans
for creating a renewable power program, nine years in the making,
are in jeopardy after the city's Public Utilities Commission
voted against setting rates for CleanPowerSF on Tuesday.
CleanPowerSF was approved last fall when the Board of Supervisors
authorized a five-year, $19.5 million contract with Shell Energy
North America, with the goal of creating a customer base to build
city-owned renewable power facilities. Posted.

Solar, geothermal projects touted at Vegas summit. Solar projects
in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy
off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top
U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy
conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas. But nuclear power nearly
stole the show after a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled
that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violated federal law by
failing to approve or reject…Posted.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to focus on Earth in 2014. 2014
will be the year of Earth Sciences at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory. NASA administrator Charles Bolden visited the lab in
Pasadena Tuesday to check out a trio of missions slated to launch
next year that will study our home planet. The first to go up
will be a project known as RapidScat, a device designed to attach
itself to the exterior of the International Space Station. It
will monitor wind patterns and storms as they develop around the
world. Posted.

Calif. residents shouldn't pay more for San Onofre cleanup -- key
lawmaker. Southern Californians should have a say in decisions
about what happens at a shuttered San Diego County nuclear plant
and who will pay to clean it up, the chairman of a state Senate
committee said yesterday. Senate Energy, Utilities and
Communications Chairman Alex Padilla (D) pressed those involved
in the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating
Station to use a citizens' advisory panel. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986002/print BY


Court demands nuke waste site decision. A top appeals court on
Tuesday ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to end the
suspense and come to a decision on the controversial Yucca
Mountain nuclear waste repository. In a 2-1 decision that raises
the political stakes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit determined that the commission has "continued
to violate the law" by refusing to act, one way or another, on
the Yucca Mountain licensing application. Posted.

Environmentalists Deliver Climate Change Denier Award To
Congressman Issa. A group of San Diego environmentalists on
Tuesday delivered a climate change denier award to Rep. Darrell
Issa (R-CA 49th) as part of a national day of action to hold
climate change deniers accountable. The coalition criticized Issa
for denying the existence of man-made climate change, despite
overwhelming evidence and scientific research. Posted.


Change the lights, cut air pollution.  Attention Robert Semple
Elementary parents and Benicians. I am writing a second request
to Benicia's traffic engineer to have the signal lights at East
2nd Street and off ramp from 780 West and S Street programmed. To
move the long delays be adjusting lights to turn green when no
traffic on 2nd Street in either direction! These lights
frequently stay green with no vehicles in sight! Posted.


Why isn’t climate denialism politically toxic? It’s long been a
source of frustration for environmentalists that expressions of
rank climate denialism are not anywhere near as politically toxic
as crazy comments about abortion, birth control, or immigration
have historically proven. Climate denialism does not meet the
widespread condemnation that greets the sort of statements on
immigration and abortion you hear from the likes of Steve King or
Todd Akin (who lost his Senate race as a result). Posted.
Are fracking proponents wrestling enough with the environmental
risks? In our Wonkblog Crowdsourced discussion of the likely
economic and business consequences of an era of more plentiful
natural gas, a recurring theme among commenters is that the
damage to water supplies could be more severe than enthusiasts of
fracking technologies let on. Posted.

Global Warming Interactives Show What Temperature Change Looks
Like. Global warming has accelerated during the past three
decades, which have each been unusually warm. In fact, the most
recent decade from 2001-2010 was the warmest since instrumental
records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological
Organization (WMO). While the rate of global warming has slowed
in the past several years, possibly due to natural climate

Electric cars are clean today and will only get cleaner tomorrow.
Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why
news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a
platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. But
close examination reveals the latest round of skeptics to be
lacking in substance. Numerous peer-reviewed articles have
reached the same conclusion: From cradle to grave, electric cars
are the cleanest vehicles on the road today. Posted.

U.S. Gas Prices Falling; Does It Matter For Green Cars? Gasoline
prices rise. Gasoline prices fall. And every time there's
significant movement, it's a news story. Last week, for instance,
CNBC (via The Car Connection) reported that a gallon of regular
unleaded gasoline dropped to about $3.59 last Friday. That's
almost 8 cents lower than the cost two weeks previously. Posted.

Electric NASCAR? Not Yet, Just Dozens Of Teslas On Track. Ask the
average NASCAR fan whether they think the sport should go
electric, and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in
polite company. Fans of electric cars already know they can be
fast and with success at events like Pikes Peak, they can win
against gasoline vehicles too. But NASCAR is as much about the
sound as it is the color, the racing and the speed, and the fans
love it. Posted.


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