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ARB Newsclips for June 25, 2012. 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 Warming Seen Lifting California Sea Level a Foot by 2030. Global warming may push sea levels as much as a foot higher in California in the next two decades, threatening airports, freeways, ports and houses, according to a report examining risks along the U.S. West Coast. Increases are forecast to be greatest south of Cape Mendocino, with levels rising 12 inches (30 centimeters) by 2030 and as much as two feet by 2050, according to a report today by the National Research Council. In Oregon and Washington, increases may be more modest, because land also is rising. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-22/global-warming-seen-lifting-california-sea-level-a-foot-by-2030.html http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-adv-sea-level-20120625,0,7840116.story http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/06/nrc-ca-20120623.html Climate change activists scale the gates of Buckingham Palace in protest. London — Four climate change activists scaled gates at Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace home on Saturday and locked themselves to railings in a protest demanding more urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The group, from the Climate Siren environmentalist movement, wore T-shirts with the slogan “Climate emergency. 10 percent annual emission cuts” and chanted through a loud hailer. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/climate-change-activists-scale-the-gates-of-buckingham-palace-in-protest/2012/06/23/gJQAlLroxV_story.html Sea rise faster on East Coast than rest of globe. From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sea-rise-faster-on-East-Coast-than-rest-of-globe-3658967.php http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20120625&id=15260466 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/24/sea-rise-faster-on-east-coast-than-rest-of-globe/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/nation-world/ci_20930995/sea-rise-faster-east-coast-than-rest-globe?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/nation-world/ci_20930995/sea-rise-faster-east-coast-than-rest-globe?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com&IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/sea-rise-faster-on-east-coast-than-rest-of-globe/image_9c020034-1e45-557b-8727-c808c61f7612.html http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0625/Sea-levels-rising-on-US-East-Coast-faster-than-anywhere-else U.S. cuts greenhouse gases despite do-nothing Congress. A curious thing is happening to the air in the United States. It's getting cleaner. Despite there being no real effort by Congress to address global warming and America's longstanding reputation as an energy hog, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are falling. The lackluster economy has something to do with it. But it doesn't fully explain what's happening. Consider that even factoring in a stronger economy, forecasters see greenhouse gas emissions continuing to fall. It's possible the country may meet its pledge to reduce emissions 17% by 2020. Posted. http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/21/news/economy/greenhouse-gases-cut/index.htm Senate poised to vote on global warming as a consideration in flood insurance. The nation's sprawling flood insurance program would begin considering the impacts of climate change under a Senate bill that is expected to be voted on this week. The legislation instructs the 44-year-old program with 5.6 million policyholders to incorporate science's best estimates about future flooding changes into the map-making process that identifies floodplains across the country. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/25/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS North American Emission Rules for Ships to Enter Force. On 1 August 2012, enforcement of the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) is due to commence. This third and largest ECA (the other two encompass the North Sea and the Baltic Sea areas) was first proposed by Canada and the United States on 27 March 2009. France quickly joined in on behalf of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, its territory off the Atlantic coast of Canada. The proposal was approved by the IMO on 26 March 2010 by means of an amendment to Annex VI (Regulations for Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) to the MARPOL Convention. Posted. http://www.marinelink.com/news/american-emission-north345746.aspx University to Design Fossil Fuel-Free Cargo Ship. Developments are underway at the University of Southampton to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel free sailing cargo ships, in a project which aims to provide efficient and affordable low-carbon shipping in the face of rising fossil fuel prices and the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project combines proven technology and a state of the art dyna-rig sail propulsion system with an off the shelf Rolls-Royce engine powered by waste derived liquid biomethane (liquid gas). Posted. http://www.marinelink.com/news/university-fuelfree345697.aspx FUELS No hearing for shipping industry's bid to sink Calif. fuel rule. The Supreme Court announced today it would not hear a shipping industry challenge to a California air rule that requires vessels to use low-sulfur fuels within 24 miles of the coast. The legal question in Pacific Merchant Shipping Association v. Goldstene was whether state regulators have the authority to issue such an order or whether it was pre-empted by federal law. The Submerged Lands Act generally limits state authority to 3 miles from the coast. In a March 2011 ruling, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said federal law did not pre-empt the California Air Resources Board rule. That ruling now stands. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/25/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Coal companies routinely win “competitive bids” against no competition. There are two senses in which coal is artificially cheap. The more sophisticated reason is the idea that coal has negative impacts on the economy and on public health which are not incorporated into its price. There’s also a practical sense in which coal is too cheap: coal producers pay far too little for it. A report in today’s Washington Post provides a clear example of this latter sense, focused on the Powder River Basin overlapping Montana and Wyoming. Posted. http://grist.org/news/coal-companies-routinely-win-competitive-bids-against-no-competition/ VEHICLES Tesla Motors Delivers World's First Premium Electric Sedan to. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, to its first customers at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California today. These deliveries put Model S on the road approximately one month earlier than previously announced and places the company in a good position to build 5,000 cars by the end of 2012, followed by 20,000 cars in 2013. "In 2009, we set out to build the most innovative car of the 21st century, and since then have dedicated ourselves to developing and testing Model S to ensure that under any situation." Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2012-06-22/agq5Z7v_U3Zc.html http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/25/19 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Porsche Looks at Energy to Ready for Post-911 Role: Cars. Porsche SE, the holding company controlling a majority stake in Volkswagen AG (VOW) after a botched takeover attempt four years ago, will probably soon be investing more in energy than in sports cars like the iconic 911. Porsche SE shareholders voted today in favor of changes in the Stuttgart, Germany-based company’s charter as it closes in on finalizing the sale of the Porsche car-making unit to VW. The vote allows the holding company to invest in materials for the auto industry, real estate and energy trading. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-06-24/porsche-mulls-energy-trading-to-prepare-for-life-after-911-cars.html GREEN ENERGY California energy officials plan for life without San Onofre. As officials make short-term plans to cope while the San Onofre plant is off line, they're also starting to think about the possibility of a nuclear-free future. California energy officials are beginning to plan for the possibility of a long-range future without the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The plant's unexpected, nearly five-month outage has had officials scrambling to replace its power this summer and has become a wild card in already complicated discussions about the state's energy future. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-san-onofre-20120624,0,5823630,print.story New 'digesters' will turn Sacramento food waste into energy and natural gas. Two new projects in Sacramento are proving that one person's trash is another's big business. With the nation's largest commercial solid waste digester about to be built in Sacramento, the area could soon be a leader in creating value out of garbage. Clean World Partners and Atlas Disposal Industries, both of Sacramento, recently broke ground on a $13 million anaerobic digester and renewable natural gas fueling station in south Sacramento. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/24/4583102/new-digesters-will-turn-sacramento.html Biodigester's appetite is fed by the ton. Crates filled to the brim with watermelon rinds, bushy pineapple tops, lettuce scraps and grass clippings each weigh in at nearly a ton. One might be inclined to call this "organic waste." But not Clean World Partners: This is biodigester food. It's feeding day for the four huge cylindrical tanks of the biodigester on the grounds of the American River Packaging plant in North Natomas. Nearly 10 tons of leftover plant matter are being dumped into the mouth of the digester and stuffed in with a garden fork. Without breathing any greenhouse gases into the atmosphere…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/24/v-print/4583100/biodigesters-appetite-is-fed-by.html New efficiency standards for clothes washers, dishwashers. New energy-efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and dishwashers were announced by the U.S. Energy Department. Under the new rules, announced in May, front-loading clothes washers will use 15 percent less energy and 35 percent less water. Top-loading clothes washers will use 33 percent less energy and 19 percent less water. For dishwashers, the savings will be about 15 percent on energy and more than 20 percent on water. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/25/v-print/4586651/new-efficiency-standards-for-clothes.html Firm moves to deploy new ocean energy systems. The sea's heaving, rolling waters are an often overlooked source of renewable energy, but companies are now harnessing the motion of the ocean to feed electricity into the grid. The potential is enormous, experts say. "The predictions are that oceans could generate at least 10 percent of the world's energy usage," said Belinda Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/06/25/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY San Francisco Bay tidal power project resurfaces. A bid to harvest tidal power from the San Francisco Bay has re-emerged with a new plan to satisfy potential customers and water users. Golden Gate Energy, a subsidiary of Washington, D.C.-based Oceana Energy, last week received a six-month extension from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to file its draft license application by December. It is planning to submerge 30-foot turbines near the Golden Gate Bridge as early as 2014. The FERC permit would allow the company to test smaller turbines in water closer to the surface in preparation for the full-scale project, which will sink turbines 150 feet underwater. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/06/25/16 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY State green bank chief: entrepreneurial spirit in a government suit. Bryan T. Garcia, the president of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, calls himself a believer in the philosophy of hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky. "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take," Garcia quotes Gretzky as famously saying -- and quotes him often. Garcia has always taken the shots -- starting as a 10-year-old outside Los Angeles, scorekeeping for softball leagues at $3 a game, six games a weekend, to pay for his first Apple computer. Posted. http://www.ctmirror.org/story/16726/state-green-bank-chief-entrepreneurial-spirit-government-suit MISCELLANEOUS Court: Can EPA regulate mud from logging roads? Washington -- The Supreme Court is getting down in the mud. The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal of a federal court ruling that declared mud washing off logging roads is pollution. The federal appeals court in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount of runoff from logging roads that reaches salmon streams. Oregon and the timber industry filed separate appeals challenging the court ruling. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/25/4587107/court-can-epa-regulate-mud-from.html http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Court-Can-EPA-regulate-mud-from-logging-roads-3660520.php Supercomputer to study weather 'butterfly effect' Cheyenne, Wyo. -- Here in the shortgrass prairie, where being stuck in the ways of the Old West is a point of civic pride, scientists are building a machine that will, in effect, look into the future. This month, on a barren Wyoming landscape dotted with gopher holes and hay bales, the federal government is assembling a supercomputer 10 years in the making, one of the fastest computers ever built and the largest ever devoted to the study of atmospheric science. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Supercomputer-to-study-weather-butterfly-effect-3658439.php Sneakers-maker Puma tracks its carbon footprint. How big is a sneaker's carbon footprint? In a quest to find out, sportswear giant Puma's chairman, Jochem Zeitz, helped develop the Environmental Profit & Loss Account, or EP&L, a balance sheet that assigns a dollar figure to the environmental costs inflicted at every step of the manufacturing process that transforms rubber, cotton, leather and other materials into the brand's iconic soccer shoes, track suits and jerseys. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/06/23/2884982/sneakers-maker-puma-tracks-its.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/business/sneakers-maker-puma-tracks-its-carbon-footprint/article_4a604dbe-ffac-510d-9615-7cad75e0a658.html OPINIONS Tesla rollout is showtime for electric cars. With a hum, not a roar, Tesla Motors is heading closer to the middle of the road. The electric-car maker, best known for its $110,000 sports car, began delivering a $50,000-and-up sedan to a handful of eager buyers Friday. It's a healthy start buoyed by Tesla's ambitious leader Elon Musk, who believes that within 20 years, a majority of new autos will be running on electrons, not fossil fuels. Other plug-in vehicles are also hitting the market. But doubts remain. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Tesla-rollout-is-showtime-for-electric-cars-3657008.php Reader Rebuttal (McEldowney & Schiller): California energy prices. California's electricity bills are among the lowest in the nation, and it's because of our state's innovative energy policies that we pay less for power. The Register's editorial "California: also land of pricey energy" [June 8] gets it exactly wrong on both these points. Far from being a competitive disadvantage, California's leading-edge energy efforts – including Assembly Bill 32 – help California consumers and our state's economy as a whole. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/energy-360297-california-businesses.html BLOGS Cooking the Planet or the Self, an Uneasy Choice. In a recent article in The New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal and Andrew W. Lehren warned of the role of air-conditioning gases in worsening global warming. The story described the increased sales of air-conditioners in countries like India and China, which it said are rising 20 percent a year “as middle classes grow, units become more affordable and temperatures rise with climate change.” It added that “the potential cooling demands of upwardly mobile Mumbai, India, alone have been estimated to be a quarter of those of the United States.” Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/cooking-the-planet-or-cooling-ourselves-an-uneasy-choice/