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newsclips -- Newsclips for March 7, 2014

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 14:04:04
ARB Newsclips for March 7, 2014. 

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At night, the ocean cleanses smoggy air, study suggests.  The
ocean doesn’t just moderate temperatures and influence weather in
some of the world’s biggest cities; it also has the power to
cleanse the air, new research suggests.  Posted. 

China Needs Industry to Enlist in 'War on Pollution'.  China's
newly declared "war on pollution" includes measures designed to
curb smog and speed up industrial reform, particularly for the
country's massive state enterprises.  The question now is whether
those influential companies will water down the measures, as they
have previous attempts at environmental controls.  Posted. 

Officials Say Dry Winter to Blame for Highest Number of 'Spare
the Air' Days in Years.  The 2013-2014 Winter Spare the Air
Season, which ended Feb. 28, tied a record set in 2006-2007 for
the most Spare the Air alerts issued, Bay Area Air Quality
Management District officials said today.  Posted. 


House passes bill to block Obama climate plan.  Aiming at the
heart of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate
change, the Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to block
the administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from new
power plants.  The bill targets Obama's proposal for the
Environmental Protection Agency to set the first national limits
on heat-trapping carbon pollution from future power plants. 

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LAO faults governor’s funding hopes for bullet train.  Gov. Jerry
Brown’s high-speed rail budget proposals are being criticized in
a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.  “We
find using cap-and-trade auction revenues for high-speed rail may
not maximize greenhouse gas reductions, there currently is not a
funding plan to complete the project’s initial operating segment,
it is unclear how much cap-and-trade revenue will actually be
available for high-speed rail in the future, and bond funds
approved in Proposition 1A for high-speed rail currently face
legal risks,” says the report by Mac Taylor to the Legislature. 


California positively gets a negative from Tesla on battery
factory.  California loves Tesla Motors.  The Palo Alto electric
car maker's Model S sedan is the state's new eco-luxury status
symbol. Californians bought more than a third of Teslas sold
globally last year. Residents of the state pack the order list
for Tesla's next offering, a sport utility vehicle.  Posted. 

DOE to issue funding opportunity for hydrogen and fuel cell
Incubator projects.  The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue,
on behalf of its Fuel Cell Technologies Office, a Funding
Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Innovations in Fuel Cell
and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies” (DE-FOA-0001094) for the FCTO
Incubator program.  Posted. 

Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV
fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables.  A team from
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, together
with Daimler AG and the Institute for Human Factors and
Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, is
developing both the charging infrastructure and the energy
management systems required to manage large fleets of EVs in a
project called charge@work.  Posted. 

First Trans Tech Bus All-Electric SST-e in Use at California
School District.  Kings Canyon Unified School District located in
California’s San Joaquin Valley received its first SST-e model
last month, and expects three more soon. School officials
estimate that each all-electric school bus will save more than
$10,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs.  Posted.


Use thorium to get power.  Protecting our environment is a global
problem. China's air pollution is reaching the United States and
many other countries.  China's coal-fired plants are spreading
much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is causing air and
water pollution. The airborne pollutants combine with water in
oceans, lakes or rivers, causing acidification of the water. 


The green movement has a Millennial problem.  America’s
Millennials are less likely than older generations to identify
with the environmental movement, according to a new Pew Research
Center report out Friday. The word "environmentalist" typically
conjures up images of earnest young idealists gathering petition
signatures and chaining themselves to old-growth trees.  Posted. 

Honda installs 3-minute, fast-fuelling hydrogen fuel station in
California.  OK, but let's see how well Honda can control
hydrogen refueling temperature in Houston or Buffalo. That's what
some pessimists may be saying now that the Japanese automaker has
installed a fast-fueling hydrogen station in the oh-so-temperate
environs of Torrance, CA.  Posted. 

Here’s what to do with all that extra CO2 you’ve got hanging
around.  What do fertilizer, superglue, and Plexiglas all have in
common, aside from being things that you can hide in your
roommate’s bed when she refuses to do the dishes? (Don’t even
play like it’s never crossed your mind!) Apparently, they can all
be manufactured using sequestered carbon dioxide.  Posted. 

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

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