Daily Air Resources Board News Clips
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Updated August 28, 2015
Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry.
With only a few days left in the current session of the California legislature, an aggressive political and public relations fight between the oil industry and top lawmakers over climate change legislation is moving into a final round. At stake is the passage of far-reaching environmental bills that would fundamentally alter the way the state does business and deals with planet-warming pollution – but would likely also change the way everyday Californians travel, live and consume.
Why Climate Change Could Make Hurricane Impact Worse.
Hurricane Katrina surprised disaster preparedness authorities when it made landfall 10 years ago, leveling entire communities and killing more than 1,800 people. The storm caused more than
$100 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. But for all the damage the storm caused in New Orleans, Katrina was a relatively weak hurricane when it hit the city.
Richmond agricultural conference to spotlight food security, reducing emissions.
Farmers, scientists, policymakers, nonprofit organizations and community leaders will converge in Richmond next week to explore how sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices can help reduce global warming and increase food security. The Soil Not Oil International Conference, set for Sept. 4 and 5 at the Richmond Civic Center, will focus on practical carbon farming (also known as regenerative agriculture) solutions including cover crops, planned grazing, compost application on range land, tree planting and other holistic land use practices.
Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change – video Josh Willis of Nasa explains the space agency’s announcement that a long-term satellite imaging study has shown a dramatic rise in sea levels due to climate change. He says the findings that sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since
1992 could indicate how strongly impacted coastal populations will be in the coming century.
Is the drought killing California’s giant sequoias?
Sixty feet from the top of a giant sequoia named Kong, biologist Anthony Ambrose studied the foliage around him. Dense clusters of green leaves grew like shaving brushes from the branches, cones clustered like Indian clubs. Topping out 25 stories above the ground, Kong was spectacular, an ancient beastly creature well-suited for its name. Its trunk at the base measured 17 feet across.
Hearing on greenhouse gas proposal shows where experienced truckers stand.
Truckers on site at the Great America Trucking Show in Dallas had a unique opportunity on Thursday, Aug. 27, to engage in direct conversation with representatives of two federal agencies proposing to further regulate truck emissions and fuel economy standards.
DOE to award up to $10M for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2; provides $4M to two additional biofuel projects.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001320)for up to $10 million to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as algae, agricultural residues, and woody biomass.
This work supports the Energy Department’s efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as to meet the cost target equivalent of $3 per gallon of gasoline by 2022.
Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo.
Auto parts maker Robert Bosch has bought Seeo Inc, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars. Electric vehicles have failed to take off with mainstream customers because current battery technology limits the operating range of vehicles to below 500 kilometres (311 miles), and because vehicles take hours to fully recharge.
Solar power planned for four middle schools.
The use of solar panels at American Canyon High School has proven to be a financially smart move for the Napa Valley Unified School District — so smart that officials want to duplicate this success at all of the district’s middle schools. Without opposition, the school board told staff last week to request bids from companies for solar installations at American Canyon Middle School and the three middle schools in Napa: Harvest, Redwood and Silverado.
Cathedral City seeks to build CV Link segment early.
Cathedral City is seeking support from neighboring cities to build an early segment of the CV Link — a proposed 50-mile bicycle, pedestrian and low-speed electric vehicle path — to take advantage of two grants before they expire. On Monday, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments’ transportation committee will consider amending existing CV Link contracts.
California water storage bond a drop in a leaky bucket.
With news of an enormous El Niño year flowing in, some believe their prayers might have been answered. But memory quickly turns to the devastating flooding and mudslides so synonymous when these subtropical storms arrive in California. In the past, such deluges were were relatively uncommon. Now, many scientists are predicting that prolonged periods of drought followed by torrential downpours will be par for the course. Climate change will bring greater weather extremes on both sides of the precipitation spectrum. Add warmer winters that melt vital mountain snowpack early in the season, and the period for California to collect and store water becomes increasingly short.
Renewable Energy Investments: A Case Study.
Early adopters are consumers who aspire to own the newest gadget even if it means paying top price. When it came to a renewable energy plan for our home and automobiles, we were no exceptions.
Despite the high cost, we wanted our home and two cars dependent on 100 percent clean and renewable energy. Why? Where did we get the money? Was our idealism too expensive? Would this energy cost-saving-investment make a difference in our monthly electric bill? How long could it take to pay for itself? This blog post answers those questions. We took the plunge, began our conversion with 24 solar panels seven years ago and a few years later purchased two 100 percent electric cars.