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ARB Newsclips for July 11, 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. AIR POLLUTION Spare the Air alert called for Wednesday in the Bay Area. Bay Area air quality officials have invoked another Spare the Air Day for Wednesday as more sizzling temperatures are expected to raise unhealthy smog levels in ground-level air. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District asks the public to minimize driving and other pollution making activities, and advises people to limit outdoor exercise to early morning hours. Smog can irritate lungs, throats and eyes. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_21047529/spare-air-alert-called-wednesday-bay-area?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21047529/spare-air-alert-called-wednesday-bay-area?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Texas judge rules that the atmosphere is protected under the public trust doctrine. Last May, a group of teenagers filed a series of lawsuits seeking to force the federal and state governments to take action on climate change. A key argument made in the lawsuits is that the atmosphere is a public trust – or, as described in one brief, that it is a”fundamental natural resource necessarily entrusted to the care of our federal government … for its preservation and protection as a common property interest.” Yesterday, a state district court judge in Texas agreed. Posted. http://grist.org/news/texas-judge-rules-that-the-atmosphere-is-protected-under-the-public-trust-doctrine/ SAN BERNARDINO: Wildfire nearly contained, cause still undisclosed. The flames and smoke are gone, but questions linger about the cause of a 75-acre blaze in the mountains between San Bernardino and Crestline. “They have not ruled out arson,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said of the preliminary investigation, though he declined to elaborate. The blaze erupted about 1:54 p.m. Monday, July 9, beside Highway 18 in the high-gear turnout, a wide spot in the road below Panorama Point and just west of a bridge over Old Waterman Canyon Road, Miller said. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20120710-san-bernardino-wildfire-nearly-contained-cause-still-undisclosed.ece CLIMATE CHANGE EU's Hedegaard still plans ETS review before summer. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said her team was working "very, very hard" to publish a review on the emissions trading scheme before the Brussels August break, a step towards bolstering carbon prices impatiently awaited by the market. Analysts have estimated carbon emission allowances need to be priced between 20 and 50 euros to support low-carbon investment. They were trading around 8 euros on Tuesday, after hitting a low of 5.99 euros in April, because of a surplus following a slump in demand, along with the economy of the euro zone. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/10/us-eu-ets-idUSBRE8680KW20120710 Ex-Rep. Inglis working on climate change. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis has been chosen as head of a conservative campaign to draw more attention to clean energy and climate change. George Mason University said Tuesday that the Republican would lead its Energy and Enterprise Initiative at the school's Center for Climate Change Communication near Washington. The program plans to hold forums around the country that bring together economists, national security experts and climate scientists to explore ways to use free enterprise to solve the nation's energy and climate challenges. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ex-Rep-Inglis-working-on-climate-change-3698866.php Global warming tied to risk of weather extremes. Last year brought a record heat wave to Texas, massive floods in Bangkok and an unusually warm November in England. How much has global warming boosted the chances of events like that? Quite a lot in Texas and England, but apparently not at all in Bangkok, say new analyses released Tuesday. Scientists can't blame any single weather event on global warming, but they can assess how climate change has altered the odds of such events happening, Tom Peterson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told reporters in a briefing. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/10/4621303/study-links-global-warming-to.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jul/10/study-links-global-warming-to-texas-heat-waves/ http://www.modbee.com/2012/07/10/2276611/study-links-global-warming-to.html#storylink=misearch http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/global-warming-tied-to-risk-of-weather-extremes/image_079d335a-a5d3-5446-a1e6-8fd4cffacefe.html http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120710/WIRE/120719978 http://www.dailynews.com/ci_21043395/study-links-global-warming-texas-heat-waves?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_21043395/study-links-global-warming-texas-heat-waves?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/07/10/2904468/study-links-global-warming-to.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/10/global-warming-tied-risk-weather-extremes/ Climate Change Will Unleash Buried Toxics. San Francisco Bay is surrounded by hazardous waste that will leach into groundwater and the bay itself when sea levels rise. Toxic sites ringing the San Francisco Bay tell the story of its recent past. Smelting plants, hazardous waste dumps, landfills, shipyards, fuel depots, and military bases recall an era when the bay was prized more for its tactical and commercial values than for its ecology. Posted. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/climate-change-will-unleash-buried-toxics/Content?oid=3283672 On state's climate change policy, regulators courting disaster. It’s time to separate fact from myth about AB 32. If we don’t, we could be facing a future of $6.50 gas prices AND a return to fuel lines and rationing. This bleak future could be with us a lot sooner than anyone thought. Now that the California Air Resources Board has finished writing the main regulations that make up the bulk of the state’s climate change policies, we’re beginning to see a number of studies take a hard look at the likely impacts from those policies. Posted. http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?_c=10pbo7gonxex8p8&xid=10pbj0fcslgxphm&done=.10pbo7gonxf78p8 Climate change loads the dice for more extreme weather – study. Climate change is changing the odds of some extreme weather events, according to new research by government scientists in the United States and Britain. Back-to-back La Niña cycles helped create the scorching heat wave that drove Texas' record-breaking drought last year, but climate change also played a role, the researchers report in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/07/11/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Polish 'ghost' coal plants ignite emissions trading outrage. Poland is claiming €7 billion worth of carbon trading allowances for coal power plants that do not exist. At least one of the coal plants for which Poland is requesting €7 billion of free carbon allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)'s little-known '10c derogation' does not exist, a EurActiv investigation has found. Poland has applied for €33-million worth of free allowances for the Łęczna coal plant, near the Ukrainian border, but there is no visible evidence that any construction work has begun at the sleepy greenfield site. Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/11/coal-energy?newsfeed=true FUELS Kan. gas station becomes first in U.S. to sell E15. A Lawrence, Kan., service station yesterday became the nation's first to sell gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. Scott Zaremba, owner of the Zarco 66 "Oasis" station, said he plans to soon expand sales of the fuel, E15, at another of his stations in Ottawa, Kan. Until now, cars had the option of filling up with gasoline blended with up to only 10 percent ethanol. "Alternatives to gasoline are critically important to our nation's energy future, and Americans deserve to have a choice of cost-competitive fuel at the pump," Zaremba said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/07/11/16 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES China's car sales rise 9 percent in June. China's auto sales rose 9 percent in June despite a slowing economy as buyers rushed to beat possible limits on car registrations aimed at curbing traffic. Automakers sold 1.58 million cars, trucks and buses during the month, the China Automobile Manufacturers Association, a government-sanctioned industry group, said Wednesday. The figures are a bright spot in a Chinese economy that has seen industrial activity and retail sales growth slow in recent months. Automakers are looking to China, the biggest market by number of vehicles sold, to help drive weak global demand. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jul/11/chinas-car-sales-rise-9-percent-in-june/#ixzz20KVFVlmu Electric vehicle sales expected to hit higher gear before 2015 – report. Electric vehicle sales and the benefits that come with them are expected to accelerate in the next three years, according to a report released yesterday by Environment America. With a record number of cars on the market and infrastructure constantly expanding, Americans will have an easier time driving a vehicle with no tailpipe emissions than ever before, said John Cross, federal transportation advocate and author of the report. "We can plug in, power up and protect our planet, because plug-in vehicles have now arrived," Cross said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/07/11/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION HIGH-SPEED RAIL New bullet train plan ‘mangled,’ perhaps illegal, ex-rail booster says. Even as the state Senate voted last week to approve California's $68 billion high-speed rail plan, opponents pressed forward on a Kings County lawsuit to stop the controversial construction project. Former California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Quentin Kopp, who led a 20-year fight for the bullet train, said he believes this latest lawsuit poses a real threat. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/07/11/v-print/2905096/new-bullet-train-plan-mangled.html U.S. high-speed rail to produce $26.4B in benefits in coming decades. The benefits of a high-speed rail program in the United States will override the costs and put the country on track for a competitive future, leaders of the American and international rail community said yesterday at a gathering on Capitol Hill. High-speed rail "is about creating jobs, expanding mobility, reducing congestion, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, providing more environmentally sustainable transit options," said Michael Melaniphy, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), at a lunch briefing yesterday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/07/11/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Harry Owen Walker. Harry Owen Walker passed away peacefully, after a long illness, at home surrounded by family on July 1, 2012. Harry was a professor at UC Davis in the department of land, air and water resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for more than 40 years. Harry was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Monterey and attended high school in Watsonville where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. He graduated from UC Davis and served in the Army Air Corps for four years during World War II, spending most of the time as a flight engineer instructor. Posted. http://www.davisenterprise.com/obits/harry-owen-walker/ OPINIONS Talking to Dad about climate change. Last week, my parents had to pack their belongings and flee as the Waldo Canyon fire barreled toward their house in Colorado Springs. They were among 32,000 people forced from their houses by the fire, which has destroyed nearly 350 homes. My parents were lucky. Despite the trauma and fear of having to evacuate, they didn’t lose their home. But the fire emphasized something of a long-running debate between my father and me: the reality and politics of climate change. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120711/WIRE/120719972 COURSEY: How to build a big fire. Like California's, the tinder-dry woodlands of Colorado erupt in wildfires on a regular basis. Sometimes the fire is caused by nature, such as a lightning strike. Often, it's caused by humans. Either way, like California's, most of Colorado's summer fires don't make national headlines. Unless they cause the evacuation of 30,000 people, burn 350 homes and kill two people who couldn't get out of their house ahead of the flames. The Waldo Canyon Fire on the edge of Colorado Springs is history now, but it dominated the national news for a good part of the time I was away on vacation. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120710/NEWS/120719983 BLOGS So Much Data, but Who Can Analyze It? The rollout of smart meters, devices that can record and send reams of information on real-time electricity usage, has been anything but smooth. Customers have complained about inaccurate readings, being promised savings that never materialize, possible health hazards and threats to their privacy. But utilities have soldiered on. They continue to install millions of the meters, saying that the data they provide helps them manage electrical load, pinpoint or avoid power losses, stabilize the grid and ease the integration of renewable forms of energy into the grid — all of which in theory will save customers money in the long run. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/so-much-data-from-smart-meters-but-who-can-analyze-it/ Hyundai Elantra subject of class-action lawsuit for 'misleading 40 MPG' ads. 'Your mileage may vary.' We're all used to seeing those words at the end of any advertisement that mentions fuel mileage, and we all know what it means: Not all drivers will get exactly the same mileage, and oftentimes what you get will be lower than what it says on the car's window sticker. That explanation may not hold water with Louis Bird of Sacramento, California, owner of a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/07/10/hyundai-elantra-subject-of-class-action-lawsuit-for-misleading/ After two years of La Niña, El Niño May Be on the Way. If you thought the first six months of the year were chock full of weird weather events, just wait — according to climate scientists there is an increasing likelihood that El Niño conditions will soon develop in the tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño events, which are characterized by an area of unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, can have a huge influence on global weather patterns. Its effects on the U.S. tend to peak during the winter. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2012/07/10/after-two-years-of-la-nina-el-nino-may-be-on-the-way/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29