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ARB Newsclips for September 27, 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 Boxer asks EPA to ensure safety of L.A. neighborhood near oil field. California senator wants the agency to address chemical odors wafting through University Park neighborhood from Allenco oil field. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked federal environmental officials Thursday to ensure the safety of a low-income South Los Angeles community where residents worry that their dizziness, headaches and nosebleeds may be linked to noxious odors from an urban oil field. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0927-fumes-20130927,0,5475948.story New mayor aims to stanch Mexico City's stench. For many, the first experience of Mexico City is a sprawling airport and an appalling stink. It wafts from the manholes and leaves the morning air smelling fresh as a septic tank. On bad days, it hits travelers as they step off airplanes and follows them through the terminal. It can overpower a pleasant bike ride along the cobblestone streets of the capital's downtown, or interrupt an alfresco meal in the trendy Condesa neighborhood. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/New-mayor-aims-to-stanch-Mexico-City-s-stench-4847500.php Dust Be Gone: Paved Roads Mean Less Pollution, Better Health in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Residents of Thermal scored a major victory in their 16-year fight for clean air when Riverside County was awarded the funding to pave the roads of 31 trailer parks in the unincorporated communities of Eastern Coachella Valley. The $4.1 million project is scheduled to begin as early as next summer, and should be completed within two years. Posted. http://www.cvindependent.com/index.php/en-US/news/local-issues/item/706-dust-be-gone-paved-roads-mean-less-pollution-better-health-in-the-eastern-coachella-valley Regulating dunes dust to cost more. In an unprecedented move, California State Parks and Recreation Department was ordered to pay more to help curb dust blowing downwind from the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. Earlier this month, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) board approved charging State Parks more than $50,000 a year in administrative fees for ensuring the agency is complying with measures to control “fugitive dust” at the dunes. Posted. http://www.timespressrecorder.com/articles/2013/09/26/news/news55.txt CLIMATE CHANGE Climate panel: warming 'extremely likely' man-made. Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an international scientific group said Friday. Calling man-made warming "extremely likely," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest words yet on the issue as it adopted its assessment on the state of the climate system. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-09-27-09-09-31 http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CLIMATE_CHANGE_GLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.reuters.com/subjects/environment http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303342104579100593218822558.html?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTTopStories http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/science/global-climate-change-report.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2& http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Climate-panel-warming-extremely-likely-man-made-4848217.php http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20130927/global-warming-extremely-likely-man-made-climate-panel-says http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24188010/key-findings-ipcc-report-climate-change?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24188010/key-findings-ipcc-report-climate-change http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/ipcc-says-humans-cause-global-warming/2013/09/27/aae32880-275d-11e3-b3e9-d97fb087acd6_story.html Bloomberg: NYC air quality cleanest in decades. Ahh, smell that New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city's air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations. "New York has the cleanest air now of any major American city," Bloomberg said at a news conference as part of a week of climate-related events. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NYC_AIR_QUALITY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://online.wsj.com/article/AP2c628a77d7dd46109ed85e65e0a0cf26.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Bloomberg-NYC-air-quality-cleanest-in-decades-4846381.php EPA chief: Climate change is about public health. The new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told a University of Michigan audience that climate change is about public health. Gina McCarthy spoke Thursday to a few hundred students and others during the law school's Environmental Law and Policy conference. Her speech was part of a three-state tour to discuss EPA's plans for reducing carbon emissions from power plants and other sources. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/EPA-chief-Climate-change-is-about-public-health-4845008.php Islands fight to stay above water amid climate change. Rising seas, disappearing glaciers, melting ice, storm surges: The threat of climate change still feels distant to many people. Not for residents of small, low-lying islands in the Pacific. Global warming has arrived, and it's turned their nations — Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati and others — into slowly sinking ships. In some regions, the freshwater has turned salty…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/27/ozy-climate-change-small-countries/2882835/ Climate Change Action Could Save 500,000 Lives Annually, Study Says. More than 500,000 lives could be saved globally each year by 2030 if the world took action to curb climate change, adding up to massive health benefits that far exceed the costs of forcing a reduction in fossil fuel emissions, a new study concludes. The research, published Sunday in Nature Climate Change, said the benefits were especially striking for China, with its large population now exposed to some of the worst pollution in the world. Posted. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/09/130926-climate-change-action-could-save-lives/ DIESEL EMISSIONS ARB approves new state funding for cleaner cars, trucks, and buses. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced that it has approved an additional $72.5 million to help fund clean vehicle programs in the state. The goal is to reduce emissions of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases from cars, trucks, and buses. “The incentive programs provide critical early investments needed to accelerate the transformation of California’s car, truck and bus fleets to the cleanest advanced technologies,” ARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/arb-approves-new-state-funding-for-cleaner-cars-trucks-and-buses http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/09/california-adds-funding-for-cleaner-burning-trucks.aspx?prestitial=1 http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2013/09/states-clean-vehicle-rebate-program.html FUELS Canada PM won't accept US rejection of Keystone XL. Canada's prime minister said Thursday he "won't take no for an answer" if the Obama administration rejects the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Keystone XL project, a flashpoint in the debate over climate change, during a visit to New York City. The long-delayed project carrying oil from Canada's oil sands needs approval from the U.S. State Department, and Harper's remarks are some of his strongest to date. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CN_CANADA_KEYSTONE_XL_PIPELINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Shell Oil silent on Arctic drilling safeguards. Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that escaped its moorings. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Shell-Oil-silent-on-Arctic-drilling-safeguards-4847495.php California getting more of its oil by rail. The oil boom in North Dakota has fueled a shift for California away from in-state, Alaskan and foreign sources. The move comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of oil shipped by train. Oil extracted from massive new fields in North Dakota and other states is rolling into California in growing quantities aboard long-haul freight trains, paralleling a surge in crude moving on rail across North America. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-oil-rail-20130927,0,3532885.story VEHICLES French carmakers back German bid to delay CO2 curbs – sources. Germany has enlisted French carmakers' support for a last-ditch bid to delay new EU vehicle emissions limits by four years as it battles to win more time for its luxury auto industry, government officials and diplomats said. Berlin wants to re-open and water down draft carbon dioxide goals agreed in June by introducing the phase-in period, under a proposal circulated by diplomats on Friday and seen by Reuters. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/27/us-germany-france-eu-co-idUSBRE98Q0U320130927 GREEN ENERGY California solar policy costing all utility customers: report. California's non-solar homeowners are paying a growing share of maintaining the power grid under a controversial state policy, while ratepayers with solar rooftops are paying less, a report commissioned by the state's utility regulator said on Thursday. The report, which was issued by the California Public Utilities Commission but performed by an outside research firm, forecast that in 2020, the policy of "net metering" would cost $1.1 billion a year. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/27/us-california-solar-idUSBRE98Q02I20130927?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews Las Vegas: Palazzo's eco-friendly atrium goes green(er). Amid the autumnal change of colors, the waterfall atrium at the Palazzo is going green. The open space at the Palazzo seasonally changes its eye-catching displays, but this fall, the emphasis is on the environmentally friendly efforts underway at Palazzo and its sister property the Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip. The display’s centerpiece -- a 1934 Hudson automobile draped in lichen, grapevines and other plants -- is an ode to the resorts’ alternative transportation initiatives. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-las-vegas-palazzo-atrium-green-20130926,0,363337.story Eagle conservation effort at Solano wind energy project is first of its kind. Wind energy is known to be environmentally friendly, except for one persistent concern: The spinning turbine blades often kill birds, especially raptors such as eagles. Now, a wind energy project in Solano County may become the first in the United States to commit to protecting golden eagles under federal law. To make amends for the golden eagles likely to be killed by its turbine blades…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/27/5772735/eagle-conservation-effort-at-solano.html#storylink=cpy MISCELLANEOUS California rolls out new environmental regulatory regime at green Richmond business. State regulators gathered at a green stamp-making business Thursday to unveil what they tout as the nation's best approach to identify consumer products containing hazardous chemicals and prod manufacturers to find nontoxic substitutes. The new program, run by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, goes into effect Tuesday. State regulators said it would spur new business growth while reducing environmental toxins from common products…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/west-county-times/ci_24184843/california-rolls-out-new-environmental-regulatory-regime-at?source=rss BLOGS What Does California's New Toxic Substances Law Mean for You? Sometimes--though not often enough for my liking--companies that manufacture consumer products grow a conscience, cave to public pressure, or both, and vow to discontinue using toxic substances in their shampoo, window cleaner, or toothpaste. It's a step in the right direction, though it often comes long after countless people have been exposed to dangerous carcinogens and suffered the related health consequences. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/what-does-californias-new_b_3988679.html?view=print&comm_ref=false