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ARB Newsclips for August 30, 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 RIVERSIDE: Forum focus is growth and air pollution. The Press-Enterprise on Sept. 12 will host a community forum to discuss the health effects, economics and policy questions surrounding Inland air quality, which fails to meet federal health standards. The event is free and open to everyone. On Sept. 8 and 9, the newspaper and PE.com will publish several articles that examine the health effects of air pollution and the economic pressure to build warehouses and distribution centers, which bring more pollution from diesel trucks. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20130829-riverside-forum-focus-is-growth-and-air-pollution.ece Update: High school sports canceled in 8 California-Nevada counties for Friday, Saturday due to smoke. The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association announced Thursday afternoon that it was canceling all outdoor events Friday and Saturday involving its member schools due to the wildfire smoke in Northern Nevada and California. The NIAA announcement affects games and events in eight counties: Washoe, Douglas, Carson, Lyon, Storey and Churchill in Nevada, and Mono and El Dorado in California. Posted. http://www.rgj.com/article/20130829/NEWS/130829009/Update-Reno-air-quality-improves-into-moderate-range?nclick_check=1 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change Worsens Wildfires: Blazes Increase by 2050. Wildfires have become a major issue as they blaze across acres of land, consuming trees, dry grass, houses and anything else in their path. We may have to get used to more of these fires in the future, though. It turns out that climate change may be worsening wildfires and that by 2050, the wildfire season will be about three weeks longer, twice as smoky and will burn a wider area in western states. Posted. http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/9138/20130830/climate-change-worsens-wildfires-blazes-increase-2050.htm FUELS EPA should move forward with proposals for vehicle emissions. Consumers looking to boost their fuel economy and lower their cars' emissions can choose from an ever-increasing number of car and truck options. But given the 3 trillion miles that Americans drive each year, huge amounts of pollution are still being produced. The air around our roadways has high concentrations of particulates, ozone, carbon monoxide, lead, and sulfur—more than 50 percent of which comes from vehicles. That pollution can cause respiratory problems in children and adults. Posted. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/08/fuel-and-car-emissions-standards-to-improve-air-quality/index.htm VEHICLES Nissan Joins Tesla Selling California Green-Car Credits. Nissan Motor Co. (7201), the most prolific electric-car maker, has begun selling green-car credits under California’s clean-air rules. The only automaker that had previously disclosed doing so is Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) California requires large automakers to sell electric or other zero-emission vehicles in proportion to their share of the largest U.S. state market for cars and trucks. Nissan has delivered enough of its all-electric Leaf hatchbacks that it has started selling excess credits, Executive Vice President Andy Palmer told reporters in Irvine, California, this week. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-29/nissan-joins-tesla-selling-california-green-car-credits.html MISCELLANEOUS Bike-sharing program rolls out with 700 cycles. A curvy, clunky turquoise figure with a quirky sort of beauty might just be the answer to Bay Area traffic congestion and air pollution. At least that's the hope of some officials as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District rolled out 700 heavy-duty turquoise bicycles Thursday as part of a regional bike-sharing program stretching from San Francisco to San Jose. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bike-sharing-program-rolls-out-with-700-cycles-4772633.php#photo-5113465 BLOGS Renewable Energy to Be Price Competitive in Western U.S. by 2025. Renewable energy installations are an active business in most of the Western United States, in part due to renewable portfolio standard (RPS) mandates, which require a certain percentage of installed capacity to come from renewable sources. But most of those RPS requirements will be met by 2025, which leaves the “what’s next?” question. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) aims to provide the answer in its latest report [PDF], "Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West." Posted. http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/renewables/renewable-energy-to-be-price-competitive-in-western-us-by-2025?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrumGreenTech+%28IEEE+Spectrum%3A+Green+Tech%29 Should climate change be added to the civil rights agenda? We marched against the recent attack on voting rights. We demanded justice in the face of Stand Your Ground laws and racial profiling. We marched to raise awareness on unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, and gay rights. And we called for action on climate change. Chances are, when you think about civil rights, environmental issues aren't on the radar screen. But stop and think about it. Remember Hurricane Katrina? Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/30/climate-change-civil-rights-washington These States Are Going to Become Green Energy Powerhouses. Renewable energy has gotten tantalizingly close to becoming competitive with conventional fossil fuels, and to help bridge the gap, more than 30 states have passed laws requiring energy companies to supply a minimum amount of power from green sources. But according to a new study, if renewable sources are built in the right places, they could compete against traditional power plants without subsidies, turning states like California, Wyoming, and New Mexico into green energy powerhouses. Posted. http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/08/these-states-are-going-become-green-energy-powerhouses/6723/ Sacramento getting first DC fast chargers with SAE Combo, CHAdeMO plugs. What's next, peace in the Middle East? The ongoing question of which fast-charging standard Americans will prefer as electric-vehicle ownership becomes more commonplace is being made redundant, at least for those residing in Sacramento. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has acquired a few Efacec DC fast-charging stations, which can be modified to serve both the CHAdeMO standard backed by Japanese automakers like Mitsubishi and Nissan and the SAE Combo fast-charging connector, which US and German automakers say is better. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/08/30/sacramento-first-with-dc-fast-chargers-with-sae-combo-chademo/ Americans are driving less in nearly every state. After 60 years of car-worship, Americans in virtually every state are driving less, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Over the past eight years, the number of vehicle miles traveled has steadily decreased, a trend dominated by the so-called millennial generation’s much lower driving rates. Total vehicle miles traveled peaked in 2007 after steadily rising for decades. Since then, however, driving per person has dropped in 46 states. Washington, D.C., residents drive the least, at an average of 5,774 miles each year, followed by Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/americans-are-driving-less-in-nearly-every-state/