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newsclips -- Newsclips for January 30, 2014

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 14:26:48
ARB Newsclips for January 30, 2014. 

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10 US cities vow to slash emissions from buildings.  Mayors from
10 U.S. cities took aim at their skylines Wednesday, pledging to
reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from their buildings.  Businesses
and homes are a major source of carbon-dioxide pollution in
cities, with most of it coming from the burning of fossil fuels
for heating, cooling and lighting.  Posted. 


EPA, Texas reach deal on clean air plan.  Federal and state
environmental officials said Wednesday that they have reached an
agreement on portions of the Texas clean air plan that, for
years, have been points of contention. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality confirmed Wednesday that the conditional agreement on
state permits will allow some operating flexibility to major air
pollution sources, such as refineries. Posted. 

Industry groups plan "unified strategy" against EPA carbon
pollution rules.  Forty industry groups launched a new
partnership on Thursday to form a "unified strategy" to respond
to forthcoming federal regulations targeting carbon emissions
from the country's fleet of power plants and other
carbon-intensive facilities.  Posted. 


Butte board delays action on carbon reduction plan.  An "action
plan" to reduce the release of greenhouse gases in Butte County
was tabled this week because nobody is clear on what it will
cost, or why ag interests are not getting credit for the
environmental good they accomplish.  The Climate Action Plan is
part of Butte County General Plan 2013.  Posted. 

India Proposes Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Monitoring System.
 India is pushing a global emissions monitoring system in Cancun
talks that could become the centerpiece of a compromise with the
United States if other developing countries sign on. Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh is said to expect a "quid pro quo" from
the United States to make the deal work, new documents show. 

EU Environment Panel Backs Fast-Track Approval of Carbon Fix (2).
 The European Parliament’s environment committee agreed to
accelerate the adoption of a rescue plan for the bloc’s emissions
market, which the European Commission wants to start as soon as
possible.  Carbon prices rose as much as 3.6 percent after the
panel voted 43 to 13 to shorten the measure’s usual three-month
scrutiny period in the Parliament.  Posted. 

Councils' climate change planning warnings to be curbed.  NSW
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard will release a draft circular
aimed at stopping local councils from imposing planning
requirements based on climate change projections prepared by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to
The Australian newspaper.  Some NSW councils place warnings of
coastal erosion risks on their planning approval certificates for
homes based on projections that sea levels will rise in the
future.  Posted. 

For Already Vulnerable Penguins, Study Finds Climate Change Is
Another Danger.  Life has never been easy for just-hatched
Magellanic penguins, but climate change is making it worse,
according to a decades-long study of the largest breeding colony
of the birds. The chicks are already vulnerable to predation and
starvation. Now, the study at Punta Tombo, Argentina, found that
intense storms and warmer temperatures are increasingly taking a
toll. Posted.


California bans fishing in several rivers in midst of drought. 
California wildlife officials have banned fishing in several
rivers to protect salmon and steelhead trout during a severe
drought that follows the state's driest year on record.
Fish populations are in danger as low levels in many of the
Golden State's waters could prevent them from migrating and
spawning, according to a statement from the state's Department of
Fish and Wildlife. Posted. 


Deadline to report for CARB compliance delays coming Friday. 
Fleets have until Jan. 31 to report any  ”good faith” efforts
toward compliance of the California Air Resources Board’s Truck
and Bus Rule that would earn them a delay until July 1 to comply
with the emissions regulations.  Posted. 


Automotive trio test new renewable fuel to reduce carbon
emissions.  Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have partnered
on an initiative to fleet test a second generation bio fuel that
will provide optimal driving performance, while reducing CO2
emissions.  The 'sunliquid20' is a 20% cellulosic ethanol
solution, which comes from Clariant's sunliquid demonstration
plant in Straubing, where 4,500t of agricultural residues are
converted into cellulosic ethanol annually.  Posted. 


INSIDE WASHINGTON: Greens hit Obama on energy plan.  President
Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy
policy, delivering a blow to a monthslong, behind-the-scenes
effort by nearly every major environmental group to convince the
White House that the policy is at odds with his goals on global
warming.  Posted. 

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China PM calls for national roll-out of electric vehicles. 
China’s premier said the government should use electric cars and
buses in order to help improve pollution levels in the country’s
major cities.  The use of coal in power stations, homes and
factories is often cited as the main culprit for China’s dire air
quality, but the explosive growth in car use and urban transport
has also contributed to pollution that has become a major concern
in fast-expanding megacities such as Beijing, Shanghai and
Tianjin.  Posted. 

World's first Porsche -- an 1898 all-electric car -- to go on
display.  What does a three-horsepower, all-electric car that’s
more than a century old have in common with some of the modern
world’s most capable and powerful sports cars? They’re both built
by Porsche. On Monday, the German automaker announced it was
putting on display in its Stuttgart, Germany, museum the
Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton. Posted.


Waxman, leading liberal, to retire from U.S. Congress. 
Democratic U.S. Representative Henry Waxman of California, a
leading liberal who helped craft President Barack Obama's
landmark healthcare overhaul, said on Thursday he would retire
from Congress at the end of this year.  After 40 years in
Congress, Waxman, 74, said he is ready to move on.  Posted. 


Our Voice: Make electric vehicles a viable alternative in the
valley.  If electric vehicles are to contribute to cleaner air in
the Coachella Valley, there must be reliable charging stations. 
If you have “range anxiety” about getting stranded in our 54-mile
valley or when taking a trip to the coast, you won’t likely be an
electric vehicle customer.  Posted. 


Global Warming May Open New Shipping Routes (VIDEO).  A study
released Monday shows new shipping routes might open around the
North Pole by 2040 if global warming continues as predicted. 
Posted.  http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/549274.htm 

Carbon Briefing: Who killed the EU’s transport fuel standards? 
Is the fuel that powers our cars set to get a lot dirtier? After
2020, the European Union is to drop the Fuel Quality Directive, a
measure designed to help clean up transport fuels.  Posted. 

Retailers Pledge 25% Reduction in CO2 Emissions.  Members of UK
retail industry body the British Retail Consortium including
McDonald’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have pledged to reduce their
absolute carbon emissions from retail operations 25 percent by
2020 based on 2005 levels as part of a raft of environmental
targets covering waste, transport, resource efficiency in
buildings, water and refrigeration.  Posted. 

Why the U.S. Embassy Releases Pollution Data in Beijing But Not
in Delhi.  The United States government measures air quality
levels in both its Beijing and Delhi embassies, but it only
publicizes the results from its Beijing monitor. Why? In 2008,
the decision by the American Embassy in Beijing to publicize the
readings from its pollution measure changed the debate about air
quality in China.  Posted.

White roofs are better than green roofs, and everything’s better
than black.  We’re all on board with the idea that black roofs
are so out. But scientists are still establishing what the best
alternative is. The most popular alternatives to black are white
and green, i.e. painting the roof white to reflect heat or
growing plants on it. You’d think a green roof would be best —
imagine growing vegetables in your very own sky garden!  Posted. 

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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