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ARB Newsclips for October 14, 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 offers rewards to six regions to fight air pollution. China said on Monday it would give rewards amounting to 5 billion yuan ($816.91 million) for curbing air pollution in six regions where the problem is serious, underscoring government concern about a source of public anger. The Finance Ministry said the regions eligible for the rewards were Beijing and its neighboring city of Tianjin, the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi and Shandong, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/14/us-china-pollution-idUSBRE99A08320131014 China Earmarks $818 Million to Curb Air Pollution. China’s central government has allocated 5 billion yuan ($818 million) to curb air pollution in six regions including Beijing. Tianjin city and the provinces of Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi and Shandong also will get access to the funds, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website today in Beijing. The money will be distributed to projects based on the reduction in pollution and concentration of fine particulates they intend to make. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-14/china-earmarks-818-million-to-curb-air-pollution.html Study: Parts of particle pollution may contribute to heart disease. Some components of the miniscule particles found in air pollution may be linked to the progression of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a study released Friday by the California Air Resources Board. Funded by the California Air Resources Board and led by Michael Kleinman of the University of California, Irvine, the study used a novel approach to look at health impacts associated with exposure to particles, 0.18 microns in diameter or smaller. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=24396 FUELS Oil hovers near $102 as US deadline looms. Oil hovered near $102 a barrel Monday amid alternating hope and uncertainty about the looming deadline for U.S. lawmakers to reach an agreement over the government's borrowing limit and shutdown. Benchmark crude for November delivery was up 35 cents to $102.37 a barrel in midday trading in New York. The contract traded below $102 for much of the morning but rose along with the U.S. stock market around midday. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT UPDATE 1-Coal to surpass oil as top global fuel by 2020 –Woodmac. Coal will surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020 despite government efforts to reduce carbon emissions, energy consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said on Monday. Rising demand in China and India will push coal past oil as the two Asian powerhouses will need to rely on the comparatively cheaper fuel to power their economies. Coal demand in the United States, Europe and the rest of Asia will hold steady. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/14/coal-demand-idUSL3N0I40SN20131014 Mississippi Plant Shows the Cost of 'Clean Coal' For decades, the federal government has touted a bright future for nonpolluting power plants fueled by coal. But in this rural corner of eastern Mississippi, the reality of so-called clean coal isn't pretty. Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County plant here, meant to showcase technology for generating clean electricity from low-quality coal, ranks as one of the most-expensive U.S. fossil-fuel projects ever—at $4.7 billion and rising. Mississippi Power's 186,000 customers…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304795804579099220332096960#printMode Sacramento-area gas prices continue to fall. Sacramento-area gas prices continue to slide downward, drawing ever-nearer to the $3.50 threshold. The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell 5.5 cents, to $3.67 a gallon, over the past week, according to the latest report by national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 area stations. The latest decline comes on top of a drop of more than 15 cents the previous two weeks. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/14/5820395/sacramento-area-gas-prices-continue.html#storylink=cpy Mass. approves building of gas-fired power plant. The Patrick administration has signed off on construction of a new 692-megawatt gas-fired power plant to be located the site of the existing Salem Harbor Station. The facility is expected to be one of the most efficient and lowest-emitting large gas-fired power plants in New England, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said Thursday. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Mass-approves-building-of-gas-fired-power-plant-4885598.php . VEHICLES Germany dodges tougher EU car emission limits. Germany has managed to delay tougher European Union car emission rules amid fears they could harm its automotive industry. The 28-nation bloc's environment ministers on Monday agreed amid strong lobbying from Berlin to further tweak the proposed rules. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard deplored the delay and stressed the scope to change the rules "is very limited." Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_EUROPE_CAR_EMISSIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-14/eu-nations-agree-to-seek-softer-law-to-curb-car-emissions.html http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Germany-dodges-tougher-EU-car-emission-limits-4894461.php Ford, University of Michigan open new battery lab. Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars. The center, on the university's campus in Ann Arbor, will bring together battery makers, car companies and researchers who will test new batteries for prototype vehicles. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FORD_BATTERY_LAB_1ST_LD_WRITETHRU?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-10-14-00-03-15 OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/ford-university-of-michigan-open-new-lab-to-speed-development-of-electric-car-batteries/2013/10/13/3b6a5040-3447-11e3-89db-8002ba99b894_story.html California's struggling 'hydrogen highway' plan gets new life -- and drivers will pay. In what may be California's last chance to build a "hydrogen highway" lined with thousands of high-tech vehicles emitting nothing but water vapor from their tailpipes, Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a plan to construct 100 hydrogen fueling stations across the state by 2024. However, it comes with a catch. Motorists -- not oil companies -- will pay for it. Only a year ago, the California Air Resources Board required Big Oil to pay for the new stations. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_24294103/new-life-californias-struggling-hydrogen-highway-plan GREEN ENERGY California's alternative-energy program under scrutiny. Billions spent on wind, hydrogen, cow manure projects are questioned after some investments go bust, but the program is expected to grow. It could surpass current state support for the UC system. California is spending nearly $15 million to build 10 hydrogen fueling stations, even though just 227 hydrogen-powered vehicles exist in the state todayPosted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-energy-subsidies-20131014,0,1024399.story http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/14/5820055/calif-spending-on-alternative.html#storylink=cpy http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24305491/calif-spending-alternative-energy-scrutinized?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/14/3552536/calif-spending-on-alternative.html Rentech shifts from green energy to a more fertile field. The L.A. company started out developing alternative power technologies but is now focused on the more profitable nitrogen fertilizer business. For most of its 33-year history, Rentech Inc. tried to make money on green fuel development. But like its plans to sell synthetic diesel to major airlines in 2009, those efforts never really left the ground. Now, the Los Angeles company is on a different course. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-stock-spotlight-rentech-20131014,0,7466614.story Huron County at tip of Thumb doubling wind power. Huron County at the tip of Michigan's rural Thumb region is becoming a wind power mecca, with an expected doubling of the number of turbines by 2014. The largely agricultural county is about 100 miles north of Detroit. It has Lake Huron to the west, north and east, which gives it some of Michigan's best wind power potential. The county had 160 turbines at the end of 2012, according to county building Director Jeff Smith in Bad Axe. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/13/v-print/5818221/huron-county-at-tip-of-thumb-doubling.html New biomass unit helps lower school's energy costs. Wood chips are helping Northern Michigan University keep energy costs down. The Upper Peninsula school trucks in four loads of the chips to help produce electricity in a new biomass unit on its Marquette campus, according to WLUC-TV (http://bit.ly/GHZxgq). When the unit at the Ripley Heating Plant begins running fulltime, six to seven truckloads of wood chips will be hauled in. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/oct/13/new-biomass-unit-helps-lower-schools-energy/#ixzz2hiSLxIDx MISCELLANEOUS New study finds smoking even more deadly than thought. It didn’t seem possible for there to be any more bad news about the health effects of smoking. There is. An Australian study suggests that smoking is even more dangerous than previously thought, with cigarettes linked to the cause of death of more than 60% of smokers and shortening the life of an average smoker by 10 years. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-smoking-study-20131011,0,5963899.story OPINIONS California's Green Trade War. Sacramento uses carbon mandates to punish out-of-state businesses. Environmental policies are often economic protectionism in green clothing. A case in point is California's low-carbon fuel standard, whose constitutionality is being challenged in federal court. It's also a case study of the incredible contortions of green policy-making today. California's low-carbon fuel mandate requires the state, by 2020, to reduce the "carbon intensity" of its transportation fuels by 10%. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304171804579121614113740826.html?KEYWORDS=emissions BY SUBSCRIPTION The Bay of Bengal, in Peril From Climate Change. NEARLY one in four people on earth live in the countries that border the Bay of Bengal. The region is strategically vital to Asia’s rising powers. Its low-lying littoral — including coastal regions of eastern India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra — is home to over half a billion people who are now acutely vulnerable to rising sea levels. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/opinion/the-bay-of-bengal-in-peril-from-climate-change.html?_r=0 New law aims to brighten solar power's future. Gov. Jerry Brown has just signed a complex bill that will change the way that residential electricity rates are figured in California - and hopefully pave the way for more people to get access to solar energy. The bill, AB327, won't make everyone happy. But the measure tackles a complicated issue, and it's the end result of months of negotiations and revisions. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/New-law-aims-to-brighten-solar-power-s-future-4892870.php BLOGS Global electric vehicle sales will jump 48% each year through 2020. If ABI Research is correct, our monthly math fest that is the green car sales report will soon take longer to add up. That's because ABI's recent report says that almost 2.4 million battery-electric vehicles will be sold worldwide in 2020, estimating that EV sales (excluding plug-in hybrids and extended-range plug-ins) will jump 48 percent a year through the end of the decade. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/10/11/global-electric-vehicle-sales-will-jump-48-each-year-through-20/