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California Air Resources Board News Clips for March 2, 2011. 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 Study: Cleaner Air Could Add Years To Your Life. Reducing air pollution in major European cities could add 22 months to local life expectancy and save 31.5 billion euros ($43.4 billion) in health costs and work absenteeism, concludes a European Commission-funded study released Wednesday. The nearly three-year study found such health and economic savings could result if fine particulate pollution was reduced to the level recommended by the World Health Organization, which is 10 micrograms per cubic meter. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/03/air-pollution-life-expectancy/1 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change To Drive Up Food Prices – Expert. Canberra - Global food prices are likely to keep rising as production struggles to match demand and extreme weather events become more frequent, a climate-change advisor to the Australian government said on Wednesday. Ross Garnaut told an agricultural outlook conference that more severe weather events were inevitable; given climate change was "already in the system". "There is going to be a growing intensity of adverse weather events so there is a need to respond to this," he said. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-farm-weatherl3e7e204v-20110302,0,3548180,print.story Japan Wants New CO2 Offset Scheme To Complement U.N. * Japan wants bilateral deals to offset emissions* Existing U.N. offset scheme needs improvement -envoy* U.N. climate official wary of bilateral schemes. Japan's idea for a new carbon offset scheme would complement an existing U.N. mechanism and make it easier for developing countries to access clean-energy technology from Japan, a senior climate envoy said on Wednesday. Japan has pressed ahead with plans for bilateral deals in which it invests in clean energy projects in developing countries, in exchange for credits to meet part of targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-climatejapantoe72103t-20110302,0,4008105,print.story Reuters Science News Summary. Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Extreme winter weather linked to climate change. Washington (Reuters) - This winter's heavy snowfalls and other extreme storms could well be related to increased moisture in the air due to global climate change, a panel of scientists said on Tuesday. This extra moisture is likely to bring on extraordinary flooding with the onset of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, as deep snowpack melts and expected heavy rains add to seasonal run-off, the scientists said in a telephone briefing. Astronauts install last U.S. room on space station. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-sciencen02207054-20110302,0,7158176,print.story INTERVIEW-CO2 Farming Could Help Australia Brake Emissions * Tree planting, better farm practices key to climate fight * Carbon offsets set to be new source of cash for farmers * Government hopes to launch farm CO2 market in July. Australia's farms and vast outback could help cut or offset up to a fifth of the economy's greenhouse gas emissions, a senior scientist says, as the government struggles to put a price on carbon pollution. The country is a major coal exporter and consumer and is among the highest per-capita producers of planet-warming carbon emissions in the rich world. And those emissions are rising from an economy fuelled by a resources boom and soaring wealth. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-australia-carbonlanl3e7e20ad-20110302,0,1134887,print.story Survey: Pollution Down Because Of Cap And Trade. Amsterdam, Netherlands. The European system for putting a price on carbon emissions is gaining wider acceptance and is making a small dent in the amount big energy companies are polluting, according to a survey of more than 2,500 companies released Tuesday. But the reductions were only marginal, and the cap and trade program adopted six years ago will only begin to bite when it enters its next period in 2013, analysts said. Under the cap-and-trade system, about 12,000 companies are allocated permits that limit how much greenhouse gases they can emit. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/01/international/i110345S16.DTL&type=printable House Revisits Battle Over GHG Regulations. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY.) yesterday boiled down the highly polarized energy debate to six words: "fossil fuels bad, clean energy good." In reality, the landscape is more complex, he said. Coal will still be needed in the future, even as green energy solutions, natural gas and nuclear power become part of the mix. Despite the intricacies of the debate before the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday, Republicans and Democrats struck familiar notes. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/02/2 Understanding Future Climate -- Between A Rock And A Hot Place. The keys to understanding future climate change may be locked in rocks and sediments that act as records of conditions millions or billions of years ago, the National Academy of Sciences said yesterday. Without steep cuts to the world's greenhouse gas output, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could soar by the end of the century to a level not seen for 34 million years. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/02/3 Carbon Traders See Europe's Emissions Trading System Making Progress, Despite Thefts. Amsterdam -- A majority of carbon market participants say the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) has already reduced carbon pollution. The perception of the market's maturity and efficiency has improved since last year, they say, despite well-publicized instances of thefts of carbon permits, according to a yearly survey conducted by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/03/02/6 FUELS Ethanol Law Reform Could Save $5.7 Billion Per Year: GAO. Washington (Reuters) - Reform of U.S. ethanol incentives could save up to $5.7 billion a year, a congressional watchdog said on Tuesday as ethanol critics called on Congress to let the tax breaks expire at the end of this year. In an examination of federal spending, the Government Accountability Office said the ethanol tax credit and a federal law requiring use of biofuels "can be duplicative ... and can result in substantial loss of revenue." Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/01/us-usa-ethanol-idUSTRE7207XV20110301 SOFTS-Sugar Jumps On Ethanol Outlook, Cocoa Consolidates. New York/London. Sugar futures shot up Wednesday due to strong oil prices which could prompt top producer Brazil to funnel more cane into ethanol and further exacerbating already tight supplies in the market. Brent crude edged closer to 2-1/2-year highs on as Libyanleader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to resist to the end a rebellion against his regime and his top oil official warned of higher oil prices. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-markets-softs-updatlde7211dp-20110302,0,737078,print.story Industry Foes Push To End Subsidies As Trade Group Decries EPA Report. An odd-bedfellows coalition of ethanol opponents yesterday called on lawmakers to drop the most expensive subsidies for corn ethanol, by letting a multibillion-dollar tax credit expire and turning away industry calls for new infrastructure spending that would support expanded use of existing biofuels. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/02/15 GREEN ENERGY Terra Firma Capital May Invest Almost $700 Million in Clean Energy in 2011. Guy Hands’s Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. may invest as much as 500 million euros ($692 million) in clean energy this year as low interest rates and rising oil prices make the industry more attractive. The British private equity firm’s founder said he earmarked 300 million euros to 500 million euros for renewable energy in his TFCP III fund, which raised 5.4 billion euros in 2007. Hands, 51, is looking at onshore wind projects and anaerobic digestion technology, which converts waste to energy. “Clean energy was bubble-like in the U.S. about five years ago,” Hands said in an interview in the Channel Islands. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-03-02/guy-hands-earmarks-692-million-for-clean-energy-investments-as-oil-jumps.html VEHICLES Coda Automative Reaffirms Goal of Selling Electric Cars From Second Half. Coda Automotive Inc., the electric carmaker backed by billionaire Philip Falcone, reaffirmed its on schedule to starting sales of its electric car in the second half of this year in California. The cars will be sold at an “unbelievable value,” Chief Executive Officer Philip Murtaugh said at a briefing in Beijing today. “We only have one car to worry about. It will keep us completely focused on the electric-vehicle business.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-03-02/coda-automative-reaffirms-goal-of-selling-electric-cars-from-second-half.html http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559604576175862051307644.html http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hgHbM4L7NJcQg8Ufias8YEMCUpEQ?docId=6e946ae6149d453b9ec3802e3b9eaf15 http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/03/02/business-as-china-us-electric-cars_8333719.html California Firm To Sell China-Made Electric Cars. Beijing -- A startup California developer of electric cars said Wednesday its first model will be manufactured in China and go on sale in the United States this year. CODA Automotive Inc.'s four-door sedan will be produced by a Chinese partner based on one of its models that has been adapted for electric drive and to meet U.S. safety standards, said CODA's CEO, Philip F. Murtaugh. He said CODA will produce batteries in China with another partner and supply technology and engineering skills. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/02/v-print/3442510/california-firm-to-sell-china.html Ford Recalls Vehicles Over Fuel Leaks. Washington -- Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday recalled about 35,000 pickup trucks and crossover vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because of possible fuel leaks and electrical shorts that could lead to fires. Ford said the recall includes about 25,000 2010 Ranger pickups and involves fixing potential problems with the fuel line that could lead to a fuel leak and a fire. Separately, Ford is recalling more than 9,000 trucks and crossovers to fix a software problem that could lead to an electrical short and overheating, potentially causing a fire. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/02/v-print/3443075/ford-recalls-vehicles-over-fuel.html Calif.’s Global Warming Targets May Cut Light Truck Sales. Automakers may forego as much as $4 billion a year in light truck sales to prevent states led by California from setting their own mileage standards, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that automakers boost the average fuel economy of their fleets to 47 to 62 mpg by 2025. Last fall, EPA announced the first-ever standards to improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are scheduled to take effect in the 2014 model year, with a second round of targets in place in 2018. Posted. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/printnews.aspx?storyid=26214 With Calif. Likely To Set U.S. Sales Pace, Questions Arise About Grid Capacity. Californians are poised to buy more electric cars over the next four years than the next three state markets combined, according to a study from the Center for Automotive Research. By 2015, California should be selling close to 35,000 pure electrics and plug-in electrics each year, with more than 110,000 such vehicles registered and on the road. That compares to fewer than 26,000 total registrations by 2015 in Texas, New York and Florida combined. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/03/02/2 MISCELLANEOUS GAO Audit Hits Agencies for Uncoordinated, Inefficient Programs. Despite U.S. EPA and six other federal agencies spending more than $1.4 billion to provide clean drinking water in the U.S.-Mexico border region, the effort remains ineffective. That is just one finding in a new report today from the Government Accountability Office, which released the first of what will be an annual list of duplicative government programs. The report (pdf), which GAO said is not meant to be a comprehensive list, identifies 34 areas where federal agencies have overlapping objectives or provide similar services to the same populations. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/03/01/01greenwire-gao-audit-hits-agencies-for-uncoordinated-ineff-2671.html?pagewanted=print BLOGS Cal. Climate Zombies On Mars. The media has largely lost interest in the so-called "controversy" over climate science, probably because there more stories about unusual weather, failed crops and Pacific islanders decamping for terra firma. But denial persists — particularly in the House of Representatives, where "climate zombies" abound. California's own Dana Rohrabacher (R-Riverside) decided yesterday to hash (tag) it out with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=84095