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newsclips -- Newsclips for April 11, 2014

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 12:18:00
ARB Newsclips for April 11, 2014. 

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Stench rankles Escondido club neighbors.  The agency that acts as
the county’s air quality watchdog said Wednesday it will cite the
owner of the now defunct Escondido Country Club for creating a
public nuisance by spreading chicken manure over several dying
fairways, causing a stench that residents and an inspector
described as horrible. The owner, Stuck in the Rough LLC, hasn’t
watered the course in months and wants to build houses on the
site — a plan that has been stymied by the city in response to
neighborhood opposition. Posted.

Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable.  A federal
appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted
reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality
standard for carbon monoxide. Three environmental and wildlife
organizations want the public health standard toughened. Posted.


UN panel shows who's responsible for CO2 emissions.  The U.N.'s
expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this
weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from
the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep
global warming in check.  Since it's a scientific body, the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won't tell governments
how to divide those emissions cuts — a crunch issue in
negotiations on a new climate pact that's supposed to be adopted
next year.  Posted. 

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Temperatures, ozone on the rise again.  As temperatures rise,
ground level ozone pollution typically returns to the San Joaquin
Valley.  The National Weather Service in Hanford expects
temperatures to remain in the mid 80s until Monday. With no
precipitation anticipated within the next week, extreme drought
conditions will continue.  Posted. 



A merger with Port of L.A.? No way, Long Beach officials say. 
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are like the Coke and
Pepsi of U.S. maritime transportation.  They seem similar, they
dominate the competition but they have a long history of
less-than-friendly rivalry. Now, an independent commission's
proposal to merge the neighboring harbors is being met with
skepticism.  Posted. 


California high-speed rail board adopts new business plan.  The
board that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority
approved a new business plan to submit to state lawmakers
Thursday, reflecting lower revenue projections but leaving the
2028 timeline for finishing the $68 billion bullet train
unchanged despite legal setbacks that could cause delays. 



Drought-stricken Southern California could get more water,
regulators say.  Although recent summer-like temperatures have
signaled the California drought is very much still here, Southern
California could see a slight increase in water allocations from
Northern California by the end of the month, state and federal
water regulators said Wednesday. Posted.


RFA calls CARB’s ILUC analysis out of date.  The Renewable Fuels
Association has submitted comments to the California Air
Resources Board pertinent to CARB’s draft indirect land use
change analysis.  Geoff Cooper, RFA’s senior vice president,
notes in his submission that RFA is greatly concerned by many
aspects of the draft.  Posted. 


LA leads cities in solar energy production.  Los Angeles leads
major cities across the nation in the amount of solar energy
produced, according to a report released Thursday by the
Environment California Research and Policy Center.  The report
examined the installed solar capacity for 57 U.S. cities.  Los
Angeles, with 132 megawatts of solar production, topped the list
followed by San Diego, which produces 107 megawatts. Posted. 

Zero energy green houses far from a silver bullet in combating
carbon emissions.  The Honda Smart Home, unveiled last month at
UC Davis, is a technical showplace. As a zero net energy house,
which produces at least as much energy as it consumes, the home
represents the type of construction the state of California is
pushing as a tool to control carbon emissions. Posted.

Shift to green energy will be tiny brake on growth.  A radical
shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy would slow world
economic growth by only a tiny fraction every year, a new draft
U.N. report on tackling global warming said on Friday. Many
governments had complained that an earlier draft was not clear in
its estimate of the costs of low-carbon energy, which include
solar or wind, nuclear and fossil fuels whose greenhouse gas
emissions are captured and buried underground. Posted.


It’s Time for Africa’s Green Revolution, Focused on Corn.  I hope
you’ll read Tina Rosenberg’s latest Fixes post — “A Green
Revolution, This Time for Africa.” The first Green Revolution, in
Asia, was centered on rice and wheat. Rosenberg lays out the case
for an African focus on corn (known as maize almost everywhere
else in the world): The high-yield wheat and rice of the Green
Revolution produced dramatic gains in harvests in Asia and Latin
America. Posted.

Mercedes-Benz cut fleetwide emissions by 4.3 percent last year. 
Mercedes-Benz says it reduced its fleetwide vehicle emissions by
4.3 percent last year. Of course, the German automaker has
another 29 percent to go to meet the European Commission's 2020
mandate. But who's counting? Posted.

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

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