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ARB Newsclips for May 7, 2014. 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 WHO finds Indian cities have dirtiest air; Chinese data foggy. An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear. The study of 1,600 cities found air pollution had worsened since a smaller survey in 2011, especially in poorer countries, putting city-dwellers at higher risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/07/us-pollution-idUSKBN0DN13P20140507 A burning concern: San Lorenzo Valley winter air quality fails U.S. standard. Donna Smith, who has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley for 34 years, wants people to know how toxic the air gets in the winter because of the common practice of using wood-burning stoves to heat homes. During the six-month burn season, which ended April 30, there were 37 days when San Lorenzo Valley air did not meet the federal standard, 19 last year…Posted. http://www.montereyherald.com/breakingnews/ci_25710834/burning-concern-san-lorenzo-valley-winter-air-quality Carbon Pollution Could Make Your Sandwich Less Healthy. Add more thing to worry about on climate change: the more CO2 we put in the atmosphere, the fewer nutrients many crops will have. The massive National Climate Assessment (NCA) that came out yesterday was full of sobering lessons about the way that human-caused global warming is changing life around us. That includes human health: Posted. http://time.com/90823/carbon-pollution-could-make-your-sandwich-less-healthy/ CLIMATE CHANGE Report: Climate change already affecting US. When it came time to deliver a new federal report detailing what global warming is doing to America and the dire forecast for the future, President Barack Obama turned to the pros who regularly deliver the bad news about wild weather: TV meteorologists. "We want to emphasize to the public, this is not some distant problem of the future. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_REPORT_HAWAII_GLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT_GREAT_PLAINS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT_MIDWEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_REPORT_SOUTHWEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_REPORT_ALASKA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_REPORT_NORTHWEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/report-climate-change-already-affecting-us/2014/05/07/6efeb926-d5b6-11e3-8f7d-7786660fff7c_story.html AP PHOTOS: A look at warming in the United States. A federal report released Tuesday says that global warming is rapidly affecting the United States in both visible and invisible ways. From severe weather to an increase in pollen, the report says that warming is not only physically dangerous, but also costly. Still, it's not too late to prevent the worst of climate change, says the 840-page report, which the White House is highlighting as it tries to jump-start often-stalled efforts to curb heat-trapping gases. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT_PHOTO_GALLERY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Fed climate report called 'tremendous undertaking'. A new federal report is the most exhaustive and perhaps even easiest-to-read look at what global warming will to do the United States, say experts who strongly support it. The report, required by federal law, is "the most comprehensive assessment ever done on how climate is affecting the United States," said University of Illinois climate scientist Donald Wuebbles, a study author. White House counselor John Podesta called it authoritative and "a tremendous undertaking." Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT_METHOD?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Industry Sees Costly Rules After Obama’s Climate Report. President Barack Obama’s choreographed rollout of a dire new climate report is sending a signal to the fossil-fuel industry: look out. Supporters and opponents saw the Obama administration’s full embrace of the National Climate Assessment yesterday as laying the groundwork for wide-ranging new efforts to curb emissions blamed for global warming. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-07/industry-sees-costly-rules-after-obama-s-climate-report.html EU Proposes Shield for 175 Industries in Carbon Market. The European Union’s regulator proposed expanding the list of industries in its emissions market that should be protected from relocating to regions without greenhouse-gas curbs. The reviewed measure, which would cover a total of 175 industries from 2015 to 2019, includes sectors such as production of dietetic food. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-06/eu-proposes-shield-for-175-industries-in-carbon-market.html U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods. The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/science/earth/climate-change-report.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/05/06/226686/report-says-climate-change-is.html On Climate, Republicans and Democrats Are From Different Continents. Americans are less worried about climate change than the residents of any other high-income country, as my colleague Megan Thee-Brennan wrote Tuesday. When you look at the details of these polls, you see that American exceptionalism on the climate stems almost entirely from Republicans. Democrats and independents don’t look so different from people in Japan, Australia, Canada and across Europe. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/upshot/on-climate-republicans-and-democrats-are-from-different-continents.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3As&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry360%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Americans Are Outliers in Views on Climate Change. As President Obama sets out to convince the public that climate change requires immediate attention, he has his work cut out for him. Perhaps more than people in any other rich nation, Americans are skeptical that climate change is a dire issue. In Pew Research Center surveys conducted last spring, 40 percent of Americans said that global climate change was a major threat to their country. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/upshot/americans-are-outliers-in-views-on-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3As&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry360%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Are Your Companies Copping Out on Climate Change? Whatever people may think, climate change is affecting Americans -- period. Fortunately, many companies, nongovernmental organizations, and government representatives are gathering to talk about the challenges -- as well as the economic opportunities -- of dealing with this growing problem. It's not all bad, although there are still many companies that need to show improvements. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Are-Your-Companies-Copping-Out-on-Climate-Change-5457598.php Climate change being felt across the United States, new report says. Climate change is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy, costly and dangerous, according to a comprehensive federal scientific report released Tuesday. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25708081/climate-change-being-felt-across-united-states National Climate Assessment: Who conducted the study, and how. A new federal report is the most exhaustive and perhaps even easiest-to-read look at what global warming will to do the United States, say experts who strongly support it. The report, required by federal law, is "the most comprehensive assessment ever done on how climate is affecting the United States," said University of Illinois climate scientist Donald Wuebbles, a study author. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_25709270/national-climate-assessment-who-conducted-study-and-how CLIMATE CHANGE: Report highlights current, future impacts. Droughts like the one plaguing California will become more severe and prolonged, and so will heat waves, destructive wildfires and other consequences of a fast-changing climate, the authors of a White House report said Tuesday. Climate change can be seen in the reduced Sierra Nevada snowpack, resulting in shrinking water supplies for farming and drinking; the fallowing of 800,000 acres of crops statewide...Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20140506-climate-change-report-highlights-current-future-impacts.ece Climate report assesses impacts of global warming, including more droughts, wildfires in California. Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says. Climate change’s assorted harms “are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond,” the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20140506/climate-report-assesses-impacts-of-global-warming-including-more-droughts-wildfires-in-california From crop failures to flooded runways, new climate report catalogs impacts across sectors. When it rains, it pours. When it's dry, it's parched. When it's hot, it lasts. These are some of the impacts climate change is already bringing to the United States, with more extremes to come in the future, according to the National Climate Assessment report released yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999137/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate rollout is aimed at changing attitudes, or at least elections. People who hear the word "enhanced" might think of a stronger body part or a loaded pizza. For Susan Hassol, it represents the problematic dialect of climate scientists, many of whom, admittedly, have a better grasp of wind currents than words. "To the public, that means to make it better," she said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999135/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY New global map of world's glaciers holds a grave sea-level rise warning. Imagine an inventory of almost all of the world's glaciers that allows scientists to assess their size and location from Antarctica to Canada and make better projections of future rising sea levels. That now exists, according to a team of 74 scientists led by the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Trent University in Canada. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999138/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Officials warn of dire fire season. Urge all county residents to be prepared. State, local and federal officials — including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell — said Tuesday that a bone-dry California is poised for its worst fire season ever and they urged San Diego County residents to be prepared. “We are right now looking at a pretty tough wildfire season,” said Jewell during a news conference held at Cal Fire’s local headquarters in Rancho San Diego. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/may/06/fire-jewell-drought-danger-pimlott/ FUELS Stanford Divesting Boosts Student Campaign Seeking Domino Effect. Stanford University’s decision to stop investing in coal companies may help bolster the hundreds of student-led campaigns that have spread across college campuses in the past two years aimed at stopping climate change. Stanford, which has an $18.7 billion endowment, is by far the wealthiest and most high-profile university to embrace the movement’s argument that universities should divest from fossil-fuel companies contributing to global warming. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-05-06/stanford-university-says-it-will-divest-from-coal-companies-1-.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/07/carbonstanford-divestment-idUSL2N0NT0T720140507 HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-speed rail plan attracts foes, supporters at Fresno hearing. Members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority were alternately scolded and encouraged -- and even threatened with arrest -- for more than three hours Tuesday in a hearing on plans for the Fresno-Bakersfield section of its proposed bullet-train network. Tuesday was the first part of a two-day meeting for the rail board to consider certifying environmental reports…Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/06/3913683/high-speed-rail-plan-attracts.html#storylink=cpy BY SUBSCRIPTION GREEN ENERGY Lake View Terrace solar project angers neighbors, raises planning questions. It’s a field of weeds hemmed in by a chain-linked fence. But to Lyles Perkins and other neighbors, it’s scarce land where horses might one day roam — if only someone else would buy the land. Brad Wilson at Ecos Energy, the landowner, has a different vision — one with, as they say in the business world, a double-bottom line. Posted. http://www.dailynews.com/article/20140506/NEWS/140509635 Federal tax credit for wind turbines gives GE a backlog of orders. Customer orders for General Electric Co.'s advanced wind turbines have surged over the last 18 months, the company announced yesterday, in part because renewable energy developers responded aggressively to Congress' one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999110/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Metal-hungry clean tech aims to shrink its carbon footprint by powering mines. Clean technology has a dirty secret. "If you want clean tech, you need mines," said Kerry-Ann Adamson, a former research director with Navigant Research who now owns her own consulting firm. "If you haven't got mines, you are not going to get a battery," she added. "If you don't have platinum, you are not going to get a fuel cell." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059999160/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS China fertile ground for green progress: report. China's massive pollution problems have given rise to a new force of environmental campaigners, different politically from middle class activists in the West and potentially more effective in tackling climate change, new research finds. In Europe, financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda and populist movements see environmentalism as a hobby of European elites. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/07/us-china-environment-activism-idUSKBN0DN06L20140507 OPINIONS COLUMN-In electricity, Britain is nostalgic for central planning: Kemp. Britain is abandoning its market-based model for electricity and opting for much greater state control, as politicians intervene more aggressively in response to concern about rising bills, climate change and supply security. For a brief period in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Britain had the most liberalised and market-based electricity system in the world, but now politicians, experts and many voters seem to want a return to more central planning. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/07/kemp-britain-electricity-idUSL6N0NT3JI20140507 The G.O.P. Can’t Ignore Climate Change. “TO waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” These words were spoken by one of the nation’s most passionate conservationists: Republican President Teddy Roosevelt. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/opinion/the-gop-cant-ignore-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3As&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry360%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Editorial: Climate change in the 'present'. John Paul Holdren, senior adviser to President Obama on science and technology, took a star turn Tuesday when he released the administration’s third U.S. National Climate Assessment. The document is “the most comprehensive and authoritative ever about how climate has been changing in the United States,” said Mr. Holdren. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/climate-613072-obama-coal.html Mike Kasperzak: Senate bill restores meaning and purpose to the CEQA process The California Environmental Act, or CEQA, is a critical environmental protection law that is implemented for nearly every type of land use project across California. In great part because of its stringent substantive and procedural requirements, CEQA has assisted cities in approving environmentally conscious land use projects that are in line with California's goals of environmental protection. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_25700274/mike-kasperzak-senate-bill-restores-meaning-and-purpose BLOGS Renault Twizy silently sneaks into university library. "If you've never heard of the Renault Twizy, that's because it's silent." That's the tagline for a new video of a promotional stunt by the French automaker that sent the funky looking EV driving into a university library to show off how quiet it is. Get it? You aren't supposed to talk in a bibliothèque but you can drive an EV there. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/06/renault-twizy-silently-sneaks-into-university-library-video/ In Air Pollution Fight, Beijing Replaces BBQ With Burning Buses. A bus converted into an indoor barbecue restaurant went up in flames on Tuesday, according to local media. The state-run China Daily posted a photo showing the charred, blackened shell of the makeshift restaurant, which caught fire on May 6. According to the report, no one was injured and firefighters were able to transfer two cooking-gas tanks inside the bus to safety before they could explode. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/05/07/in-air-pollution-fight-beijing-replaces-bbq-with-burning-buses/ Wonkbook: Will we now finally care about climate change? It's been more than 25 years now since James Hansen of NASA, testifying before Congress, helped bring global warming (and climate change more generally) to the public forefront. And ever since then, scientists and scientific organizations have warned the public time and time again — in public appearances, on TV, in papers or even in assessment reports — that global warming is not only real but very likely human-caused. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/07/wonkbook-will-we-now-finally-care-about-climate-change/ A New Miles Per Gallon Rating System. UC Riverside graduate student works with Motor Trend magazine to create fuel economy ratings for vehicles based on real-world driving, not lab tests. Do you ever wonder about the accuracy of those miles per gallon ratings pasted on windows of new cars? So did Emissions Analytics, a United Kingdom-based vehicle emissions testing company. Posted. http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/22093 New Methane Study Demonstrates Urgent Need for Regulatory Action. Another scientific study finds methane emissions from oil and gas production are higher than previously thought, reinforcing the urgent need to reduce emissions of this powerful climate pollutant. The latest study, accepted today to be published in American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research…Posted. http://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2014/05/07/new-methane-study-demonstrates-urgent-need-for-regulatory-action/#sthash.eOEoS8J2.dpuf Beverly Hills just banned fracking. There’s no shortage of strange chemicals in the bodies of Beverly Hills’ surgically enhanced, Botoxed residents. But leaders of the Southern California city on Tuesday took a major step toward keeping mystery chemicals out of the ground beneath them. Posted. http://grist.org/news/beverly-hills-just-banned-fracking/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.