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California Air Resources Board News Clips for June 6, 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 Western Environmental Soil Recycling Plant Seeks To Deflect Blame For Strange Smell In Mecca. After months of bruising criticism and scrutiny, taken mostly in silence, the operators of a Mecca soil-recycling facility are openly challenging assertions by air quality inspectors that the plant is responsible for the noxious odors drifting through the area. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110605/NEWS07/106050342/Soil-recycling-plant-seeks-deflect-blame-Mecca-odor?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cs Eye On The Environment: State Continues To Move Toward Cleaner Air. A report released in April by the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association details the state's progress toward clean air. The association represents all 35 local air quality agencies in California. The report provides objective information for California residents regarding the state's remarkable journey toward cleaner air and the challenges that remain. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/04/state-continues-to-move-toward-cleaner-air/ CLIMATE CHANGE Rising Forest Density Offsets Climate Change: Study. Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday. The report indicated that the size of trees in a forest -- rather than just the area covered -- needed to be taken into account more in U.N.-led efforts to put a price on forests as part of a nascent market to slow global warming. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/06/us-climate-forests-idUSTRE75411K20110606 Natural-Gas ‘Golden Age’ May Boost Use 50%: IEA. Global natural-gas use may rise more than 50 percent by 2035 from last year to overtake coal as the second-most used fuel, the International Energy Agency said. While a surge in gas use will improve air quality in many cities, cut coal use and lower energy costs, climate-change targets would be missed and temperatures would rise beyond a goal of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), the Paris-based organization said today in a report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-06/natural-gas-use-may-increase-50-percent-by-2035-in-golden-age-iea-says.html http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/06/06/8 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hit Record Highs _ Bad News For Delegates At Climate Accord Talks. Bonn, Germany — Bad news awaits delegates from about 180 countries at the start of two weeks of climate talks beginning Monday to debate a new global warming accord. Greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down despite 20 years of effort, hitting record highs, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/greenhouse-gas-emissions-hit-record-highs-_-bad-news-for-delegates-at-climate-accord-talks/2011/06/05/AGNndTJH_story.html http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/6/greenhouse-gas-emissions-hitting-record-highs/ http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/06/3680058/greenhouse-gas-emissions-hitting.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18215013?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/06/1720298/greenhouse-gas-emissions-hitting.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/06/greenhouse-gas-emissions-hitting-record-highs/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/article_b8c134ee-0265-5539-a335-3b244a42fd3c.html Climate Change Picks Up With Faster Carbon Emissions. Carbon is now being released into the atmosphere 10 times faster than during a period of high temperatures 55.9 million years ago, and ecosystems may not be able to adapt quickly enough, an international team of geologists reports. The scientists used a computer model to calculate emission rates based on rock cores discovered in Spitsbergen, Norway, from the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), an era when global temperatures had also spiked. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/06/carbon-emissions-10-times-faster-climate-change/1 Researcher Says Climate Change May Be Cooling California. Spring passed California by, and summer remains in hiding. Nine tornadoes have torn up the Sacramento Valley from Oroville to Fairfield. A giant Sierra snowpack, still frozen fast, has put innumerable summer adventures on hold. The Golden State's weather has gone haywire. And it's not over yet: Sacramento can expect as much as another 1.4 inches of rain this weekend and temperatures 20 degrees below normal, with more mountain snow. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/04/v-print/3676297/researcher-says-climate-change.html Australian PM Faces Toughest Test On Carbon Tax. Canberra, Australia (AP) - Australia's leader faces her toughest political test to date as she tries to sell the nation on a carbon tax that would lead to higher power prices while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Increasingly vociferous debates on the issue is dominating headlines and talk radio and could make or break the center-left government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who ruled out putting a price on pollution during her campaign and has slumped in opinion polls since she floated the proposal in February. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jun/04/australian-pm-faces-toughest-test-on-carbon-tax/ Biodegradable Products May Do More Environmental Harm Than Good, Study Shows. Biodegradable products may do more harm to the environment than they do good, contradicting the beliefs of many consumers, according to a recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University. Using Federal Trade Commission guidelines, which state that a product should be labeled biodegradable if it degrades in one year or less, researchers found that fast-degrading products emit methane gas when sent to landfills, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to global warming. Posted. http://eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/06/06/6 VEHICLES Electric Vehicles Become Electronic. About 80% of the value of a military jet aircraft lies in the circuitry, up from almost nothing a century ago. Civil airliners are about 50% electric and electronic, whereas the family car is around 30% so far, all these percentages steadily rising. The point is that an aircraft has far more than the radar, communications and other instruments accessed by the pilot: it is a sea of sensors, fuel controls and servo systems in the engines, wings and elsewhere. Posted. http://www.lowcarboneconomy.com/profile/idtechex/_news_and_press_releases/electric_vehicles_become_electronic/14431 Chrysler's New Kind Of Hybrid: Gasoline And Diesel. Gasoline and diesel are like cats and dogs – put them together and disaster ensues every time. Yet, during a presentation given by Chrysler during the Department of Energy’s 2011 Merit Review in Washington D.C., the automaker announced the development of a radical prototype engine that burns a combination of gasoline and diesel, in an effort to make its fleet more fuel-efficient. Posted. http://www.auto123.com/en/news/car-news/chryslers-new-kind-of-hybrid-gasoline-and-diesel?artid=132122 GREEN ENERGY E-Waste Law Reaches A Milestone: 1 Billion Pounds Of Computer Junk Recycled In California. Mountains of broken TV sets, obsolete computer monitors and outdated laptops that once piled up in California's garages, attics and basements have achieved a milestone. The state's electronic-waste recycling program has reached its 1 billionth pound of unwanted electronics. That's more than any other state has recycled -- and amounts to roughly 20 million TVs and computers kept out of landfills. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_18210254?source=rss&nclick_check=1 Waxman Sees Some Merit In GOP Reverse Auction Proposal. The top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee warmed today to a Republican proposal for creating a billion-dollar reverse auction to fund renewable energy projects. Rep. Henry Waxman of California initially criticized the proposal to create the auction, part of a sweeping "American Energy Initiative" bill that also calls for expanding offshore drilling, fast-tracking nuclear development and ramping up oil and gas production. http://eenews.net/Greenwire/2011/06/03/2/ MISCELLANEOUS U.S. Court Rejects GE Challenge To EPA Cleanup Orders. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected General Electric Co's legal challenge to part of a federal law that gives the Environmental Protection Agency the power to order companies to clean up hazardous waste. The justices let stand a U.S. appeals court ruling that upheld a provision of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, known as the Superfund law, that seeks to ensure polluters pay for environmental hazards they created.http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/06/us-ge-epa-court-idUSTRE75534D20110606 EPA Awarding $76 Million For Cleanups In 40 States. Lansing, Mich.—Federal grants will help clean up and redevelop 214 polluted sites such as abandoned gas stations and shuttered factories in 40 states, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson said Monday. Three tribal nations also will receive federal money under the EPA's "brownfield" program, which is designed to spur growth in cities where contaminated industrial and commercial sites have been a drag on the economy while contributing to joblessness and crime, agency officials said. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18215671?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com OPINION League Of Women Voters Goes Too Far With Ads. The League of Women Voters wanted to be heard with its hard-hitting TV spots on air quality. It certainly succeeded, but at what cost? Its tactics are a big mistake, putting at risk its hard-won reputation as a nonpartisan arbiter that sponsors debates, analyzes issues and promotes civic participation. The controversial ads are very unlike the league. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/06/05/1719645/league-going-a-little-too-far.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/06/02/2412462/editorial-league-political-ads.html#storylink=misearch BLOGS A ‘Golden Age’ for Gas? Two Caveats. Are we entering a golden age of gas? The answer is yes, according to a report with just that title released on Monday by the International Energy Agency — as long as the price for natural gas remains low and governments adopt strong regulations to overcome environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing. The report projects that natural gas could make up 25 percent of the global energy mix in 2035, up from 21 percent now, replacing coal, nuclear and some power from renewable sources like wind and solar. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/a-golden-age-for-gas-2-caveats/ Farming in a Challenging Climate. The deep, almost inherent, adaptability and resilience of the world’s farmers makes them well suited to deal with a changing climate. But they are also dealing with limits to usable land and water, rising populations and the near-insatiable appetites of the world’s fast-expanding middle class. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/farming-in-a-challenging-climate/ The Monster Raving Loony Party. Via Steve Benen, I see that Haley Barbour has the explanation for higher gas prices. It’s not demand from China and instability in the Middle East; it’s a deliberate conspiracy on the part of the Obama administration (pdf): BOB SCHIEFFER: Somebody told me that you actually said this week you think that the President is trying to drive up energy policy, energy prices on purpose. Posted. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/the-monster-raving-loony-party/ The Carbon Tipping Point Draws Near. Such warming would disrupt the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people across the planet, leading to widespread mass migration and conflict. That is a risk any sane person would seek to drastically reduce." Lord Stern I've been waiting for this one. Most stories about global climate change refer to the importance of keeping our emissions low enough that we never exceed that all-important 2°C -- …Posted. http://blogs.redding.com/dcraig/archives/2011/06/the-carbon-tipp.html MIT’s New Liquid Flow Batteries Could Make Refueling EVs as Fast as Pumping Gas. A team of researchers at MIT set out to “reinvent the rechargeable battery” and succeeded by creating a liquid-flow battery, suitable for electric vehicles that can be recharged as quickly as simply pumping gas and could halve the cost of current EV batteries. The new batteries involve a semi-solid, liquid electrolyte material which holds suspended positive and negative electrodes that provide needed electricity. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/new-liquid-flow-batteries-from-mit-could-make-refueling-evs-as-fast-as-pumping-gas/