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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 1, 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 Attention: Starting today, don't burn wood until you check air quality forecast first A cozy wood fire in the fireplace may seem just the thing to take the chill off a brisk autumn day, but Sacramento County residents are reminded to check the air quality forecast before putting a match to those logs. The Sacramento Air Quality Management District's Check Before You Burn program starts today and runs through Feb. 29. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/01/4020898/attention-starting-today-dont.html#ixzz1cUVYkT94 http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111031/A_NEWS/110310311&cid=sitesearch CLIMATE CHANGE Future holds more extreme weather. Washington — For a world already weary of weather catastrophes, the latest warning from top climate scientists paints a grim future: More floods, more heat waves, more droughts and greater costs to deal with them. A draft summary of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press says the extremes caused by global warming could eventually grow so severe that some locations become "increasingly marginal as places to live." Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g_vRxk1x0gV6lh77pCUYvzfgPQMw?docId=13969a79a76544b5ba4cdaad78e0d14a http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/apnewsbreak-global-warming-worsens-weather-extremes-international-climate-panel-says/2011/11/01/gIQApMtgbM_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/11/01/national/w014522D45.DTL&type=printable Bay Area songbirds are getting bigger. Climate change may be causing local birds to grow longer wings and bigger bodies, according to a study released Monday by PRBO Conservation Science. The research is based partly on data collected within the Point Reyes National Seashore that suggests that over the past 40 years birds such as sparrows, chickadees and robins are growing. Researchers suggest the birds are adapting to harsher weather conditions such as heavy El Nino storm years. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_19240005 VEHICLES Calif. rail project to cost $98B. Sacramento, Calif. — The new business plan for California's high-speed rail system shows the nation's most ambitious state rail project could cost nearly $100 billion in inflation-adjusted funding over a 20-year construction period, according to a draft copy of the plan shared late Monday with The Associated Press. But the plan also says the system would be profitable even at the lowest ridership estimates and wouldn't require public operating subsidies. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/31/apnewsbreak-calif-rail-project-to-cost-98b/?ap http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-high-speed-rail-20111101,0,3863262,print.story http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/11/high-speed-rail-officials-defend-project-cost-urge-approval.html Amtrak says it has no beef with cow-powered train. Amtrak officials say they have no beef with using cattle-based biodiesel to power their Heartland Flyer train. The railroad said Monday that a mix of beef tallow and diesel fuel effectively powered the passenger train's 3,200-horsepower engine. Following a yearlong test on the rails between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, an evaluation found that the fuel blend met industry standards, engine wear was limited and emissions were below federal limits for the type of engine using it. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19233634 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19233634 GREEN ENERGY UC Davis's Gallagher Hall earns top green label. Gallagher Hall at the University of California, Davis, is the latest campus building to earn the highest green rating. Gallagher Hall, home of the UC Davis School of Management, was rated platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, joining the university's Robert and Margrit Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village, Nev., as having received the coveted designation. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/01/v-print/4020935/uc-daviss-gallagher-hall-earns.html Solar panel maker Solyndra set to auction assets. The bankrupt solar company Solyndra Inc. is auctioning off surplus assets this week as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Starting Wednesday, buyers can purchase the former solar manufacturer's office microwave, artwork that once hung on its walls and an array of heavy equipment and tools owned by the former solar panel maker. The online auction ends Thursday at 5 p.m. The auction company Heritage Global Partners is calling the event the "solar auction of the year." Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/31/1928181/solar-panel-maker-solyndra-set.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_d615236f-386e-554d-80fe-20ee226206d3.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/oct/31/solar-panel-maker-solyndra-set-to-auction-assets/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19234487?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19234487?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Green groups gang up against cable/satellite gear. $2 billion. That's what U.S. consumers are overpaying every year in electric bills, to power their cable and satellite TV receivers when those boxes are theoretically "off." This wastefulness has been calculated by a group of advocacy organizations, following up on a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which found set-top boxes consume virtually as much power when in standby mode (34 watts) as when in use (35 watts). Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/10/31/1927421/green-groups-gang-up-against-cablesatellite.html OPINIONS Another global warming deception. Dana Point, Larry Hamlin: The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project recently provided results by press release even though no scientific peer review process had occurred of their review of global surface temperatures. Professor Richard Muller, who heads this project, claimed that this review of data showed no standstill in global warming since the late 1990s [“Skeptic converts, says global warming is real” News, Oct. 31]. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/global-324730-review-surface.html BLOGS Better Batteries: Not Just for Cars Anymore. As I wrote in Saturday’s paper, energy storage will be critical to making wind power more useful. Some wind farms are forced to dump a substantial portion of their production because they churn out megawatts in the middle of the night, when there is very little demand for it. At such times, some grid operators even charge generators for making power rather than paying them for it. A wind farm I visited last week has 98 megawatts of power, meaning it could run 30-odd Super Wal-Marts. But the maximum power of a battery installation is just 32 megawatts, or just one-third of that wind power, and it fills up in 15 minutes. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/better-batteries-not-just-for-cars-any-more/ 'Snowtober' fits U.N. climate change predictions. While the Northeast is still reeling from a surprise October snowstorm that has left more than a million people without power for days, the United Nations is about to release its latest document on adaptation to climate change. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected conclude that there is a high probability that man-made greenhouse gases already are causing extreme weather that has cost governments, insurers, businesses and individuals billions of dollars. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/11/snowtober-fits-climate-change-predictions.html Air district didn't need EPA waiver after all. A few weeks ago, the local air district asked federal officials to ignore several high ozone readings in Sequoia National Park. A forest fire caused readings to spike, and the district wanted a waiver. Turns out, the district didn't need a waiver. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn't count violations from Sequoia because the park's monitors have not been reviewed by EPA. These extensive reviews are required to make the readings official for EPA. Posted. http://fresnobeehive.com/news/2011/10/air_district_didnt_need_epa_wa.html#storylink=misearch Auto Industry Market Leaders Validate Car Sharing. In the early 2000s, car sharing was a small-time counter-cultural service offered by community organizations in liberal and university markets. You heard about bigger companies tip-toeing around the market. Enterprise quietly started renting its cars by the hour to local residents in 2007. Then suddenly, concrete announcements from market leaders in cars and car leasing are everywhere. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/11/auto-industry-market-leaders-validate-car-sharing/ Natural Gas Pleads: Can’t We All Just Get Along? The latest advertising campaign from the good folks in the natural gas industry is helpfully suggesting that we can have our cake and eat it too. ConocoPhillips is offering in it’s latest ads to provide both clean and affordable energy, if only we’d just cooperate. Ah, cooperation! Now there’s an attitude I can get behind in these times of angry rancor and extreme polarization. What reasonable person wouldn’t? But cooperation has indeed been in short supply, and a raging battle between the industry and the public threatens to burn that bridge to a clean energy future we’ve all been waiting for. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/11/natural-gas-pleads-all-along/