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California Air Resources Board News Clips for November 8, 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 Carbon monoxide deadly in enclosed rooms. The Air Resources Board, CalFire, Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Department of Public Health are urging Californians to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning by having detectors installed and gas appliances inspected. A new state law effective just this summer requires every California home with an attached garage or gas-using appliance to have an operational carbon-monoxide sensor installed. Posted. http://www.recorderonline.com/news/deadly-50738-enclosed-monoxide.html The Hidden Toll of Traffic Jams. Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain. As roadways choke on traffic, researchers suspect that the tailpipe exhaust from cars and trucks—especially tiny carbon particles already implicated in heart disease, cancer and respiratory ailments—may also injure brain cells and synapses key to learning and memory. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203733504577024000381790904.html Murkowski wants more funding for EPA. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants the Environmental Protection Agency to pitch in more money to help clean up Fairbanks' air pollution problem. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( http://bit.ly/vq2HYZ) says the senator sent a letter to the agency's director last week outlining Fairbanks' difficult situation. The senator cites the high cost of electricity—at more than twice the national average—and the very cold winter temperatures in the Fairbanks area. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19282422?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19282422?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com NJ gov won't support new pollution rules. Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey won't join a lawsuit supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's new pollution rules. The rules are designed to decrease smokestack emissions in 27 states that contribute to unhealthy air in other states. Monday was the deadline to join the suit. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19283953?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19283953?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com CLIMATE CHANGE Australian Senate OKs carbon tax on big polluters. Australia on Tuesday passed legislation that would impose a tax on the nation's 500 largest polluters, a deeply unpopular measure that the government defended as necessary to control climate change. Prime Minister Julia Gillard had promised not to push for a carbon tax during elections last year, but has since said it is Australia's best option. Australia is one of the world's worst greenhouse gas emitters per capita becuase of its heavy reliance on abundant reserves of coal to generate electricity. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_AUSTRALIA_CARBON_TAX?SITE=MAHYC&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204554204577025153789673004.html?KEYWORDS=climKEYWORDS%3Dclimate+change http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/australian-senate-passes-carbon-tax-on-500-largest-polluters-breaking-pms-election-year-vow/2011/11/07/gIQAnvyaxM_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/11/07/2606140/australian-senate-oks-carbon-tax.html#storylink=misearch http://www.modbee.com/2011/11/07/1937696/australian-senate-oks-carbon-tax.html http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_19287242?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19287242?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19287242?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Tallying the health costs of climate change. Six climate change-related events taking place between 2000 and 2009 cost the U.S. about $14 billion in health costs, researchers reported Monday in the journal Health Affairs. Most of those costs -- 95% -- were attributable to the value of lost lives, they wrote. About $740 million originated in "760,000 encounters with the health care system." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-health-costs-climate-change-20111108,0,5060022.story FUELS Frying the Friendly Skies. Americans are getting used to burning ethanol in their daily commute. Now, pond scum and french-fry grease could help fuel their next business trip. Americans are used to pouring corn into the gas tanks of their cars, now United and Alaska airlines are gassing up a limited number of flights with algae and cooking oil. Jack Nicas has details on The News Hub. On Monday, United Airlines flew from Houston to Chicago with a 40% blend of biofuel made from algae—the first biofuel-powered commercial flight in the U.S. On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines launches the first of 75 flights powered by a 20% biofuel blend made from used cooking oil. Posted. SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203733504577024252080729374.html?KEYWORDS=fuels Continental jet uses Solazyme algae-based biofuel. A Continental Airlines jet on Monday became the first U.S. passenger carrier to fly using an algae-based biofuel blend developed by Solazyme in South San Francisco. United Continental Holdings, the airline's parent company, estimated that the biofuel blend on the Chicago-bound flight reduced carbon dioxide emissions by an amount equal to what would come from the exhaust of a car driven 30,000 miles. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/08/BUBK1LRQ38.DTL GREEN ENERGY Most Solar Makers Will Disappear by 2015: Trina CEO. Most of the biggest solar-equipment makers may disappear in the next few years as plunging prices erode margins and drive the weakest out of business, according to Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL), the fifth-largest supplier of solar panels. “This is the decade of mergers and acquisitions,” Jifan Gao, chief executive officer of Changzhou, China-based Trina, said in an interview. “From now until 2015 is the first phase, when about two-thirds of the players will be shaken out.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-08/most-solar-manufacturers-may-disappear-by-2015-trina-ceo-says.html Debunking common energy efficiency myths. Energy efficiency can be difficult to conceptualize -- there's not a representative device like a solar panel or wind turbine. Rather, it's a collection of technologies, strategies, and policies involving our houses, businesses, transportation, and behavior that improve the way we live. There are often misunderstandings or "myths" about how we verify that energy efficiency is working and measure what benefits it's providing. Posted. http://www.grist.org/energy-efficiency/2011-11-08-debunking-common-energy-efficiency-myths VEHICLES AAA Testing Mobile Electric Car Charging Service. Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, and we’re sure most drivers have run out of gasoline at least once in their life. But as the saying goes, it's hard to carry a gallon of electricity back to your plug-in car if the battery is completely out of charge. Which is why AAA is now testing roadside assistance for rapid charging of electric cars whose owners are stranded because they ran the battery pack flat. Posted. http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/11/07/aaa-testing-mobile-electric-car-charging-stations/ BLOGS On Electric-Vehicle Incentives, Diesel Defenders Cry Foul. The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, a Washington-based advocacy group whose members include Bosch, Honeywell and BorgWarner, all major automotive suppliers, released a white paper on Monday to make the case for technology-neutral policy-making on fuel efficiency. The document, credited to Norman Y. Mineta, the transportation secretary under President George W. Bush until 2006, objected to incentives and other policies of federal and state governments that encouraged the development and adoption of electric vehicles, while diesel technologies received no such encouragement. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/on-electric-vehicle-incentives-diesel-defenders-cry-foul/?scp=1&sq=diesel%20emissions&st=cse Plugsurfing: Europe’s largest community network of charging stations. Thanks to Plugsurfing, a new EV charging online network, European EV owners don’t have to worry anymore about range and insufficient public EV-charging infrastructures. The service includes more than 9.000 public and private charging points localizable via the smartphone app or the website. Electric mobility now benefits from a new social network: Plugsurfing is the first European online community of EV charging poles users. This new tool combines successfully the technical aspects of a charging network with all the functionalities of a social network. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/68820111108.php New “diagonal” approach for the reductive functionalization of CO2 to make building blocks for chemicals and fuels. French scientists working with Thibault Cantat at the Institut Rayonnement Matière de Saclay in Gif-sur-Yvette have introduced a new approach for the conversion of carbon dioxide into both useable building blocks for chemical synthesis and new fuels. To date, there have been two different approaches for the utilization of carbon dioxide, Cantat says: a “vertical” approach, and a “horizontal” approach. In a paper in the journal Angewandte Chemie, Cantat and his colleagues propose a third, “diagonal” approach. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/11/cantat-20111108.html