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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 29, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Global climate worry up slightly since 2009 – poll. London (Reuters) - Global concern about climate change has risen only very slightly over the past two years, as consumers have focused on more immediate economic worries, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday. Nielsen's latest global online environment and sustainability survey showed that 69 percent of 25,000 Internet users in 51 countries were concerned about climate change in 2011, slightly up from 66 percent in a similar poll in 2009, but down from 72 percent in 2007. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/28/us-climate-concern-survey-idUSTRE77R1WR20110828 UVa. turns over FOIA-requested climate-change papers to critics. A conservative group seeking documents related to former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann has received records from the school Thursday in the wake of a judge’s order but remained mum as to what information they contained. A Prince William County judge in May had ordered the university to turn over documents requested by the conservative-leaning, environmentally focused American Tradition Institute (ATI) that the group thought were not exempt from disclosure. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/25/uva-turns-over-foia-requested-climate-change-paper/ That CO2 warming the world: Lock it in a rock. Sometime next month, on the steaming fringes of an Icelandic volcano, an international team of scientists will begin pumping “seltzer water” into a deep hole, producing a brew that will lock away carbon dioxide forever. Chemically disposing of CO2, the chief greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, is a kind of 21st-century alchemy that researchers and governments have hoped for to slow or halt climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/28/that-co2-warming-the-world-lock-it-in-a-rock/?page=all http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/27/3866874/that-co2-warming-the-world-lock.html Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate. The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change? The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/us/28climate.html?hpw GreenX, ICE Launch Calif. Carbon Futures. Exchange firms GreenX and IntercontinentalExchanges have today launched futures contracts tied to the California carbon market. ICE announced that the first trade of the California Carbon Allowance forward contract took place this morning. The transaction was for 100 contracts between NRG Power Marketing LLC and Shell Energy North America (US) L.P. at a price of $17.00 per allowance. ICE says that this was the first ever exchange-cleared trade based on California’s forthcoming cap and trade program. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/29/greenx-ice-launch-calif-carbon-futures/ Longer, hotter heat waves in store for California. California can expect more frequent and more dangerous heat waves in the coming decades, the result of global warming and the state's aging population, according to a new climate-modeling study commissioned by the California Air Resources Board. Researchers using a new, more comprehensive weather-modeling method found that the incidence of prolonged hot spells â€“ those lasting 10 or more days â€“could rise by a factor of two to ten by the 2090s, depending on the region. Posted. http://yubanet.com/california/Longer-hotter-heat-waves-in-store-for-California_printer.php http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2011/2011-08-28-091.html ICE Announces First Trade of California Emissions Contract. CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global regulated futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today announced the first trade of the California Carbon Allowance forward contract. In addition to being the first trade of this cleared contract on ICE, it is the first ever exchange cleared trade based on California's new cap and trade program. Posted. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ice-announces-first-trade-of-california-emissions-contract-128580553.html FUELS U.S. Gasoline Unchanged at $3.61 a Gallon, Survey Shows. Updates with highest and lowest prices in 18th paragraph.) -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. filling stations was unchanged at $3.6093 a gallon. The price covers the two-week period ended Aug. 26 and is derived from a survey of about 2,500 filling stations nationwide by Camarillo, California-based Trilby Lundberg. The average price is about 30 percent above a year earlier, when the average was $2.7722. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/28/bloomberg1376-LQNH431A74E901-0F12LJAR6R7BMO97J9QS4G8ELE.DTL What’s gooey, smelly and very, very valuable? It’s after midnight in a gritty urban alleyway, empty except for clusters of 10-foot by 4-foot green dumpsters and a smaller, locked 250-gallon metal green container. A pickup with headlights off comes to a quiet stop. Men approach the green container, break the lock, toss a hose inside and swiftly pump the contents into a large tank on the pickup’s bed. Within moments, the truck whisks away. Another four containers are emptied within the next hour. Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=zyg6y54j7h985z&xid=zy1w5awkgid5tq&done=.zyg6y54j7hv85z# VEHICLES Ford, Toyota will work jointly on hybrid plan. Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have agreed to develop hybrid technology for large pickups and SUVs as U.S. regulators work out details of tougher fuel economy requirements for pickups starting in 2020. They also agreed to work together on telematics and other in-vehicle Internet-based services. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110829/OEM01/308299996/1186 GREEN ENERGY Altamont Pass wind farm gets major upgrade. For years, environmentalists have raised alarms about the slaughter of red-tailed hawks, golden eagles and other raptors that have fallen victim to the whirling blades of thousands of wind turbines along the Altamont Pass in eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Now the most iconic wind farm in California is getting a major upgrade that promises to drastically reduce the number of bird deaths. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_18778324 MISCELLANEOUS Loudoun inventor’s green car strikes chord with Leesburg. Nick Turner drove past a group of 16 construction workers sitting on a curb, and 32 eyeballs locked onto the car he’d built. A guy walking into Office Depot laughed with delight and said, “I knew the economy was bad, but this is ridiculous!” Outside a bar the other night, drunk people were lining up for rides, hanging off the back of the car and asking how they could get one, too. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/loudoun-inventors-green-car-strikes-chord-with-leesburg/2011/08/26/gIQAdvjilJ_story.html OPINIONS Betting the farm against climate change. Global warming is extracting real costs, even in states where the governors are in denial. Leon Trotsky is reputed to have quipped, "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Substitute the words "climate change" for "war" and the quote is perfectly suited for the governors of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, all of whom have ridiculed or dismissed the threat of climate change even as their states suffer record-breaking heat and drought. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-linden-climate-20110828,0,5003857,print.story Regs Run Amok: SMUD's 'solar highways' face many regulatory speed bumps. Should “green” projects get fast-tracked through regulations designed to protect the environment? To the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, "solar highways" are a really bright idea. Like all utilities in California, it's under an edict to ramp up solar and other renewable energy. Putting solar panels along mostly unused roadsides is much better than taking up productive farmland. Placing the arrays close to homes and businesses also reduces the need for expensive transmission lines. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/28/v-print/3864651/green-plan-in-slow-lanesmuds-solar.html BLOGS Hurricanes and Climate Change. I have a short piece going into Sunday’s paper on the question of whether hurricanes are getting stronger because of climate change. In it, I outline the views of Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who takes the position that they are, and Thomas R. Knutson of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, who believes it would be premature to conclude they are getting stronger over a long stretch of time. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/hurricanes-and-climate-change/?ref=earth Which electric car is the most green? The Times business section is taking a look at a new crop of electric cars. The Times' Jerry Hirsch found there are significant difference in how these cars fare when it comes to carbon emissions: Is it worth the added expense to reduce your dependence on oil? What are you willing to pay to reduce carbon emissions in your neighborhood? The Nissan Leaf creates about 1.8 tons of carbon emissions in a year's driving, or about 13,500 miles, according to federal estimates. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/08/which-electric-car-is-the-most-green.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 State: Death toll to rise from warming. A warming climate and an aging population will bring a rise in heat-related deaths over coming decades in California, a new, state-sponsored study says, with heat waves rising in dangerousness as well as frequency. Heat spells lasting 10 days or more could rise two to 10 times by 2090, the study’s estimates show, while the number of heat-related deaths among people 65 and older could rise by nine times — between 3,526 and 8,800 for the nine urban areas studied, up from an average of 500 today. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/08/26/state-death-toll-to-rise-from-warming/136605/ Researchers demonstrate integrated process for the production of high-octane renewable gasoline from biomass sugars. A team lead by George Huber from U. Mass, Amherst and Charles Wyman from the University of California, Riverside (and a co-founder of Mascoma) earlier his year reported in the RSC journal Green Chemistry on an integrated, two-stage aqueous phase hydrodeoxygenation (APHDO) process for the production of high-octane renewable gasoline from maple wood (as a representative of lignocellulosic biomass). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/08/ningli-20110827.html Scientists Find a Bacterial Strain That Recycles Newspapers Into Biofuel! With more and more people getting their news from the internet and the rising popularity of e-readers, some people think that newspapers may soon be obsolete. But scientists at Tulane University have found a new use for the morning news: converting it to biofuel! The Tulane scientists have found that a newly discovered bacterial strain, which they are calling TU-103, can actually turn newspapers into butanol to power cars. Posted. http://inhabitat.com/scientists-find-a-bacterial-strain-that-recycles-newspapers-into-biofuel/ USDA Announces 900 Federal Energy Projects for Farms and Small Businesses. President Obama made a group of announcements related to biofuel policy on his bus tour through the Midwest this summer, with the aim of boosting the nation’s biofuel production while helping rural communities create new jobs and build a sustainable economy. Now another piece of the rural sustainability puzzle is falling into place, with the announcement of a new round of renewable energy and energy efficiency grants for more than 900 farms and small businesses. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/08/usda-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-grants/ Jailed over Big Oil's Attempts to Wreck the Planet. I didn’t think it was possible, but my admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr., grew even stronger these past days.As I headed to jail as part of the first wave of what is turning into the biggest civil disobedience action in the environmental movement for many years, I had the vague idea that I would write something. Not an epic like King's “Letter from a Birmingham Jail, ” but at least, you know, a blog post. Or a tweet. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/jailed-over-big-oils-attempts-wreck-planet/ 2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost. Ford is no stranger to convincing buyers to embrace smaller displacement, forced-induction engines over their larger, naturally-aspirated counterparts. A little less than a year ago, skeptics wondered whether typically change-averse full-size truck consumers would be willing to swap their tried-and-true V8 for the turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine now available in the F-150. According to Ford, that question has been answered – fully 41 percent of its half-ton pickups are rolling out the door with a forced-induction six-cylinder under the hood. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/29/2012-ford-explorer-ecoboost-first-drive-review/ The top 10 electric cars most likely to succeed. It's still early as electric and plug-in hybrid cars roll out, but it's time to call likely winners and also-rans. The crystal ball is still cloudy on electric and plug-in hybrid cars. They’re still being made in limited numbers, and delivered to very specific test markets. And half the really exciting ones aren’t even here yet. Still, it’s time to make some predictions about what will succeed and what will fail in the marketplace. Posted. http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/the-top-10-electric-cars-most-likely-to-succeed