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ARB Newsclips for May 8, 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 Elections not stopping Obama pollution rules. Within weeks, President Barack Obama's administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states. Fearful of a political backlash, they wish their fellow Democrat in the White House would hold off until after the voting. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CLIMATE_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/08/6388202/elections-not-stopping-obama-pollution.html http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/08/3329894/elections-not-stopping-obama-pollution.html#storylink=cpy Cities in India Among the Most Polluted, W.H.O. Says. An international effort to quantify air pollution levels has found that New Delhi’s air is the most polluted in the world, followed by that of three other cities in India’s central Hindi belt. The findings by the World Health Organization confirm those of other experts, who for years have been puzzled about why so much international attention has focused on Beijing’s troubled air quality rather than on what some say are equal or worse problems in South Asia. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/09/world/asia/cities-in-india-among-the-most-polluted-who-says.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry630%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F India rejects WHO report saying New Delhi has worst air pollution. India on Thursday rejected the findings of a World Health Organisation (WHO) study that ranks New Delhi as the world's worst city for air pollution, with government scientists saying the U.N. agency had overestimated levels in the capital. A WHO study of 1,600 cities released on Wednesday found air pollution had worsened since a smaller survey in 2011, putting city-dwellers at a higher risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/08/us-india-pollution-idUSKBN0DO12I20140508 Report shows Los Gatos is reducing air pollution. Had the sneezies this spring? You might want to invest in Kleenex because a report released earlier this week says pollen season is becoming longer due to climate change. The 840-page National Climate Assessment says climate change "threatens human health and well-being in many ways," including smoky air from wildfires and smoggy air from other types of pollution. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_25718498/Report-shows-Los-Gatos-is-reducing California park officials, air board seek OK for deal to cut dune dust. California recreation and air-quality officials have asked a court to sign off on a deal seeking to reduce the amount of dust that emanates from a stretch of sand dunes and blows into housing tracts atop a nearby mesa in San Luis Obispo County. The agreement comes after months of sometimes acerbic negotiations, and has economic and environmental implications that stretch throughout the Central Coast. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-coast-dust-20140508-story.html Bruce McPherson exploring San Lorenzo Valley air pollution solutions. County Supervisor Bruce McPherson, who represents the San Lorenzo Valley, said Wednesday he is exploring solutions to reduce winter air pollution for Valley residents. In the burn season that ended in April, there were 37 days when San Lorenzo Valley air did not meet the federal Clean Air Act standard, 19 last year, when storms blew smoke away, and 42 the year before, according to the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25717653/bruce-mcpherson-exploring-san-lorenzo-valley-air-pollution CLIMATE CHANGE Miami Finds Itself Ankle-Deep in Climate Change Debate. The sunny-day flooding was happening again. During high tide one recent afternoon, Eliseo Toussaint looked out the window of his Alton Road laundromat and watched bottle-green saltwater seep from the gutters, fill the street and block the entrance to his front door. “This never used to happen,” Mr. Toussaint said. “I’ve owned this place eight years, and now it’s all the time.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/us/florida-finds-itself-in-the-eye-of-the-storm-on-climate-change.html?hpw&rref=us&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry630%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Obama Climate-Change Push Faces a Lukewarm Public. The White House rollout of a climate-change report this week was aimed squarely at showing the public that inaction affects people directly, covering everything from extreme weather to seasonal allergies. But left unanswered is the question of whether a broad public-relations push—which features President Barack Obama chatting with TV meteorologists including NBC's Al Roker—will be enough to make Americans care. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303701304579548270013580820?KEYWORDS=climate+change&mg=reno64-wsj DIESEL EMISSIONS ARB announces fines for violations of diesel truck and bus fleet rules. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced yesterday that it had issued fines totaling more than $2 million to operators of heavy duty diesel truck and bus fleets across the state in 2013 . The fines were levied against a total of 256 different companies, including several small businesses. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/arb-announces-fines-for-violations-of-diesel-truck-and-bus-fleet-rules Funding boost for long haulers? CARB presents expanded Moyer funding. For 15 years, most long-haul trucking operations haven’t qualified for grant money to pay for diesel emissions upgrades through the California Air Resources Board. Times may be changing. According to a proposal by California Air Resources Board staff, CARB is considering lowering the required operating time in California for trucking companies from 75 percent to 51 percent. While trucks based on the other side of the country may not qualify, the move could make California and other West Coast-based trucks eligible. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=26990#.U2uhSYUvDfk HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-speed board OKs next 114-mile section between Bakersfield & Fresno. The board that oversees California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project voted Wednesday to unanimously adopt a planned route for its second and most substantial section to date, a 114-mile stretch between Fresno and Bakersfield. Meeting in Fresno, the board voted 7-0 to approve a 20,000-page environmental planning document, sending the next phase of the project on for federal review. Posted. http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/140/article/105176/ Estimated cost of key bullet train segment rises $1 billion. The estimated cost of building a key Central Valley segment of the California bullet train has increased by nearly $1 billion from the original estimate, based on figures in an environmental impact statement approved by the rail agency Wednesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-bullet-train-costs-20140508-story.html FUELS Stanford Divesting Coal Helps Students Seeking Domino Effect. Stanford University’s decision this week to end investments in coal companies may bolster student-led campaigns to stop climate change that have spread to hundreds of U.S. college campuses. Stanford, which has an $18.7 billion endowment, is the wealthiest and most high-profile university to embrace the argument that universities should divest from fossil-fuel companies contributing to global warming. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-08/stanford-divesting-boosts-student-campaign-seeking-domino-effect.html Poll: Californians want oil-extraction tax, county control over fracking. California seems to be moving toward imposing a tax on oil pumped from the ground, either through a legislative bill or a ballot measure, a new poll suggests. The poll -- commissioned by NextGen Climate Action, the group formed by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer of San Francisco -- found most likely voters in the state want oil companies to pay such a tax. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25717122/poll-californians-want-oil-extraction-tax-county-control VEHICLES Cal State Los Angeles joins the Hydrogen Highway. Before he helped christen a new hydrogen-fueling station at Cal State L.A. on Wednesday, Richard Corey had a message for Detroit automakers: “Develop and bring zero-emission vehicles to California — from battery electric to fuel-cell vehicles.” “Bring ‘em on!” exclaimed the executive officer of one of the most powerful environmental agencies in the world, the California Air Resources Board. Posted. http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/20140507/cal-state-los-angeles-joins-the-hydrogen-highway http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140507/cal-state-los-angeles-joins-the-hydrogen-highway Palo Alto looks to supercharge electric vehicle charger ordinance. A Palo Alto law that requires new single-family homes to come rigged for electric vehicle chargers could soon be extended to other developments. On Tuesday, the City Council's Policy and Services Committee is slated to review a similar ordinance that would apply to new hotel, multifamily and commercial developments. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_25720824/Palo-Alto-looks-to-supercharge-electric MISCELLANEOUS The Greening of Business Travel Gains Momentum. On a single afternoon recently, Rob Bernard had a meeting in Kenya, one in Ireland and one in Finland — three countries and two continents in less than 24 hours. But he never left his desk in the United States. “I’m able to do that digitally now, instead of physically, and that saves massive amounts of time, massive amounts of carbon emissions and makes me far more productive because I’m not trying to figure out all these time zones with my body clock,” said Mr. Bernard, the chief environmental strategist at Microsoft. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/business/the-greening-of-business-travel-gains-momentum.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry630%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F OPINION Climate Disruptions, Close to Home. Apart from the disinformation sowed by politicians content with the status quo, the main reason neither Congress nor much of the American public cares about global warming is that, as problems go, it seems remote. Anyone who reads the latest National Climate Assessment, released on Tuesday, cannot possibly think that way any longer. The report is exhaustive and totally alarming. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/opinion/climate-disruptions-close-to-home.html?hpw&rref=opinion&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry630%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F How California should budget for climate change. A new federal report on climate change released by the White House does not focus, as previous reports did, on predictions about the future but instead offers stark descriptions of the here and now: shorter winters, intensified storms, deepening drought, more frequent heat waves. Growing seasons are changing and Western pine forests are falling to beetle infestations. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-cap-and-trade-20140508-story.html BLOGS Rising carbon dioxide levels affect nutrients in crops, study says. The increased concentration of carbon dioxide that comes with climate change could mean some basic food plants will carry lower concentrations of iron and zinc – and deficiencies of those nutrients are already a “substantial global public health problem,” scientists reported Wednesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-carbon-dioxide-crops-20140507-story.html Types of Carbon Pricing, Part 2 of 3. Carbon taxes define a set price for all emissions from a jurisdiction and a particular time. For jurisdictions accounting for a small proportion of emissions and looking at limited time horizons – for example British Columbia over the next 5 years – variations in emissions will have little effect on the stock of GHGs in the atmosphere, so there is little likelihood that any incremental emissions will lead to a dangerous threshold being reached. Posted. http://theenergycollective.com/onclimatechangepolicy/377331/types-carbon-pricing-part-2-3 U.K. To Invest $850 Million By 2020 To Promote Electric Vehicles. Despite hefty incentives, electric vehicle sales have remained stagnant in the United Kingdom. While sales doubled in 2013 compared to 2012, matching the global trend, just 2,500 vehicles found homes last year. That's less than the Nissan Leaf sells in some single months in the U.S. The UK government has this week promised to invest £500 million--almost $850 million--to boost the 'ultra low emission vehicle' industry. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1091972_u-k-to-invest-850-million-by-2020-to-promote-electric-vehicles Natural Gas May Be a Lot Worse for Climate Than Suspected. Natural gas and oil fields may well be releasing far more climate-killing methane into the atmosphere than previously thought, undermining natural gas' usefulness as an alternative "bridge fuel" for society to use to wean itself off coal in fighting climate change. That's according to a new federally funded study to be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/natural-gas/natural-gas-may-be-a-lot-worse-for-climate-than-suspected.html Next-gen Nissan Leaf will look more mainstream, have more range. The next-generation Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle will look better and go farther on a single charge, company executives tell Automotive News. How much better and how much farther remains to be seen, as does the timing on when the new version will be available to the public. Nissan executive Andy Palmer, speaking recently at the Beijing Motor Show, implied that an electric vehicle would need to have a 185-mile single-charge range to be competitive with hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, once those arrive in larger numbers. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/05/08/next-gen-nissan-leaf-will-look-more-mainstream-have-more-range/ Mercedes testing C-Class plug-in hybrid modes in Germany. Testing appears to be underway for what would be the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class with a hybrid powertrain. We can see a pair of the prototypes undergoing testing in Germany, with one, a C-Class Wagon, still heavily clad in camouflage and featuring a more noticeable outlet on the passenger side of its rear bumper. There's also a more production-looking sedan, which features a not-so-discreet flap over its rear-bumper outlet. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/07/mercedes-testing-c-class-plug-in-hybrid-spy-shots/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.