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California Air Resources Board News Clips for October 18, 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 San Diego Airport Authority to receive $2 million grant from FAA. San Diego (CNS) - The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is scheduled to receive a $2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday to install aircraft power systems at its 10 new gates at Lindbergh Field's Terminal 2, which is being expanded. The low-emission power systems will allow parked aircraft to shut down their auxiliary power unit -- called an APU -- which is an additional, and much smaller, jet engine at the rear of a plane that provides electricity for lights and avionics while the main engines are off. Posted. http://www.760kfmb.com/story/15721134/san-diego-airport-authority-to-receive-2-million-grant-from-faa CLIMATE CHANGE Warming Revives Dream of Sea Route in Russian Arctic. Arkhangelsk, Russia — Rounding the northernmost tip of Russia in his oceangoing tugboat this summer, Capt. Vladimir V. Bozanov saw plenty of walruses, some pods of beluga whales and in the distance a few icebergs. One thing Captain Bozanov did not encounter while towing an industrial barge 2,300 miles across the Arctic Ocean was solid ice blocking his path anywhere along the route. Ten years ago, he said, an ice-free passage, even at the peak of summer, was exceptionally rare. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/business/global/warming-revives-old-dream-of-sea-route-in-russian-arctic.html?_r=1&ref=science Areas of Concern Remain for Regulated Industries with Regard to Carb’s Cap-and-Trade Regulation. Members of the AB 32 Implementation Group continue to convey their concerns surrounding the California Air Resources Board’s proposed ‘cap-and-trade’ regulation. Sacramento, CA Members of the AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of business and taxpayer groups working for the effective implementation of AB 32, continue to convey their concerns surrounding the California Air Resources Board’s proposed ‘cap-and-trade’ regulation. Posted. http://news.yahoo.com/areas-concern-remain-regulated-industries-regard-carb-cap-165209361.html VEHICLES Few Sparks: GM's underwhelming electric car program. For the first time since the late, lamented EV1 faded into oblivion in 2003, General Motors is back in the battery electric business, as it announces that it will roll out a plug-in version of the Spark minicar (it's also sold as the Beat on some markets) in the U.S. by 2013. Ho hum. It's very hard to get excited about this announcement, because this is no make-or-break Volt program - GM is, instead, doing the bare minimum to get California zero emission credits, building an exceptionally cautious 2,000 cars on an entry-level program. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/17/v-print/3985362/few-sparks-gms-underwhelming-electric.html GREEN ENERGY California's green tax breaks in question. In just a year, a little-noticed state panel created with bipartisan legislative support worked briskly to authorize $104 million in tax breaks to help "green" companies in California buy equipment and add jobs. But the program was halted last month after the bankruptcy of Solyndra, the Fremont solar company that received $25 million in state tax breaks and, more notoriously, a $528 million federal loan guarantee despite its precarious financial state. The Solyndra debacle is being investigated by Congress. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/17/1908486/ap-enterprise-calif-green-tax.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/article_6a23f5db-3513-5932-a1c9-1db4d75b42c5.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_19134411 http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_19134411 MISCELLANEOUS Attractions, other sites at Disneyland expose visitors to lead, group says Environmental group seeks an injunction requiring the park to cover items or post warnings. Disney says it has complied with state law. Dozens of leaded-glass windows and brass rail chains, door knobs and drinking water fountains at some of Disneyland's most popular attractions expose children to high levels of lead, according to an environmental group seeking a court injunction Tuesday to require the amusement park to cover the items or post health warnings. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lead-disneyland-20111018,0,2052447,print.story States and Local Governments Lead the Way on Product Content Regulation. Increasingly in key areas of environmental and public health protection, states are choosing to step forward to fill what they may view as a void in needed regulation. In many instances, the state regulatory pioneer may be a single legislator responding to a citizen letter of concern or may be a state agency believing more restrictive standards are necessary to protect human health and the environment. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/10/18/states-and-local-governments-lead-the-way-on-product-content-regulation/ BLOGS More On Climate and Energy Procrastination. Here are three reactions to my post about Machiavelli’s view of the impediments to making big changes in societies — as in the asymmetrical nature of the battle to take the carbon out of energy systems in the face of both societal inertia and intensive efforts by entrenched interests to maintain the status quo. The first two remarks came in a group e-mail exchange and so relate to each other. Eugene Linden, a seasoned explorer of environmental change and author, most recently, of “The Ragged Edge of the World”: Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/more-on-climate-and-energy-procrastination/?pagemode=print Australians Assess Their Greenhouse Plan. In the wake of Australia’s move to add a price to carbon dioxide emissions — which is particularly notable considering the country is one of the world’s big exporters of coal (and related CO2 emissions) — I sent a query to some Australian analysts of climate and energy policy to see if this holds lessons for the United States. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/australians-assess-thei-greenhouse-plan/ How to talk about uncertainty in a warming world. You’ll often hear climate skeptics say, “The science isn’t settled.” And, to an extent, this is true — though not in the way the skeptics like to imply. There are lots of things that climatologists know with a very high degree of confidence: that the Earth is warming, that human activity is a major culprit. But, as scientists will be the first to tell you, there are still plenty of aspects of the climate system that are subject to fervent debate, particularly the scale of the risks involved in heating the planet. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/how-to-talk-about-uncertainty-in-a-warming-world/2011/10/18/gIQAxsHTuL_blog.html Four Scenarios Show One Optimistic Look at Sustainable Consumption in 2020. I’m sure many people and not just those protesting in Zuccotti Park would agree with this quote. Will it stay like that forever? It’s hard to tell, but according to a new research on ‘consumer futures 2020’ one thing we can be sure about is that the future is going to be radically different from today. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/10/will-companies-adopt-consumer-futures-2020-optimistic-look-sustainble-consumption/ Curbing Cooking Smoke That Kills More People Than Malaria. Environmental hazards sicken or kill millions of people — soot or smog in the air, for example, or pollutants in drinking water. But the most dangerous stuff happens where the food is made — in peoples' kitchens. That's according to the World Health Organization, which says that the smoke and gases from cooking fires in the world's poorest countries contribute to nearly two million deaths a year — that's more than malaria. Burning wood, crop waste, charcoal or dung does the damage, filling homes with smoke and blackening walls. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/10/18/141455850/curbing-cooking-smoke-that-kills-more-people-than-malaria