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ARB Newsclips for August 6, 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 Dust from Asia Fills North America's Atmosphere. Nearly half of the tiny droplets and particles suspended high in the atmosphere over North America comes from other continents, an examination of satellite data reveals. "That is a big number: half. I wasn’t expecting anything like that," study researcher Lorraine Remer of the University of Maryland says in a video released in conjunction with the new study on aerosols. Specifically, the research team found that 70.5 million tons (64 teragrams) of foreign aerosols — which include naturally occurring dust as well as pollution — arrive over North America every year. Posted. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48469557#.UCAHwNVp33U CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Change Study Ties Recent Heat Waves To Global Warming. The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist. The research by a man often called the "godfather of global warming" says that the likelihood of such temperatures occurring from the 1950s through the 1980s was rarer than 1 in 300. Now, the odds are closer to 1 in 10, according to the study by NASA scientist James Hansen. He says that statistically what's happening is not random or normal, but pure and simple climate change. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/04/climate-change-heat-wave-global-warming_n_1742653.html WCI Inc. director steps down after 4 months. The executive director of the Western Climate Initiative Inc. has stepped down after four months on the job. Anita Burke cited personal reasons in stepping down. She was hired at the end of March to help set up the first economywide greenhouse gas market in North America. The cap-and-trade system set to begin in California next year is in the midst of preparing for an initial auction of allowances this November to large emitters of carbon dioxide. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2012/08/06/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB enforcement campaign to focus on trucker compliance, education. August may be the dog days of summer, but in California it’s Gear Up for Clean Truck Month, with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) launching a multi-agency campaign to make sure that trucks traversing the state’s highways are in compliance with state air pollution laws. "Our goal this month is to do everything in our power to make sure truckers know the rules and that they understand how to comply," said CARB Executive Officer James Goldstene. "All our diesel regulations were adopted with one thing in mind — protecting public health. Posted. http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2012/8/6/CARBenforcementcampaigntofocusontruckercomplianceeducation.aspx http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-print.asp?news_id=77686 FUELS Gas industry advertising shifts toward issues. Black-and-white images show steelworkers inside a mill. They walk outside and hand a short section of pipe to a natural gas crew, shown in full color. "Drilling is just the beginning," says the new Range Resources Corp. TV ad that ties Western Pennsylvania's steel history to the gas drilling industry that's taken hold here in recent years. The "baton" handoff ad shot with local workers at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Edgar Thomson Works in Braddock runs during NBC's Olympics broadcasts across most of PennsylvaniaPosted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Gas-industry-advertising-shifts-toward-issues-3766090.php Iowa Ethanol Production: Midwest Fuel Plants Slow Down As Effects Of Drought Set In. Ethanol plants are voluntarily slowing production as corn prices climb and supplies tighten amid a widespread drought that has generated discussion about whether more of the crop should be devoted to food production. Ethanol production nationally has dropped by 20 percent since the beginning of the year and is at a two-year low, said Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, a national trade group. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/03/midwest-iowa-nebraska-ethanol-production_n_1739345.html VEHICLES Craving Energy and Glory, Pakistan Revels in Boast of Water-Run Car. In a nation thirsting for energy, he loomed like a messiah: a small-town engineer who claimed he could run a car on water. The assertion — based on the premise that he had discovered a way to easily split the oxygen and hydrogen atoms in water molecules with almost no energy — would, if proven, represent a stunning breakthrough for physics and a near-magical solution to Pakistan’s desperate power crisis. “By the grace of Allah, I have managed to make a formula that converts less voltage into more energy,” the professed inventor, Agha Waqar Ahmad, said in a telephone interview. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/world/asia/boast-of-water-run-car-thrills-pakistan.html?_r=1&ref=science&pagewanted=print Military adding more electric vehicles to fleet. Electric vehicles are becoming a more common sight on military bases as the Department of Defense adds “road-capable” electric cars such as the Chevy Volt to a fleet of thousands of smaller battery-powered vehicles. Last month, the first two Chevy Volts arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., where they will be used as nontactical government vehicles. Eighteen Volts are about to hit the roads at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Marine Corps and Air Force officials said. The moves are part of the Defense Department’s “green initiatives,” which seek to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign energy sources. Posted. http://www.stripes.com/news/military-adding-more-electric-vehicles-to-fleet-1.184928 HIGH-SPEED RAIL Highway 99 work for high-speed rail delayed until 2014. Work to shift part of Highway 99 through central Fresno to make way for high-speed train tracks may not begin until at least early 2014. That's the official expectation after the California High-Speed Rail Authority voted Thursday to approve an agreement with Caltrans for moving the 2.5-mile stretch of the highway between Ashlan and Clinton avenues. The agreement, worth up to $226 million, calls for Caltrans to work as a contractor for the rail authority. The state highway agency will be responsible for design and construction to nudge the highway over by about 100 feet to accommodate new high-speed train tracks between the highway and the adjacent Union Pacific Railroad freight tracks. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/08/03/2935041/hwy-99-shifting-in-fresno-from.html GREEN ENERGY Investing in the grid: When the going gets tough, the tough get … creative. The unexpected storms that knocked out power to millions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic last month highlighted how fragile America’s electric grid is. But while front-page photos of fallen trees and utility repair trucks capture people’s attention, there’s a much more grave and fundamental threat to our electric grid. The U.S. grid system was born in the 1920s, and has seen few major upgrades since the 1960s. With America’s growing population and exploding demand — bigger houses, A/C units, TVs, iThings — we have serious congestion and inadequate capacity on our nation’s power lines. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/investing-in-the-grid-when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-get-creative/ MISCELLANEOUS Davis biotech company AgraQuest is a striking success story. If this were Silicon Valley, the story of AgraQuest Inc. would barely make a ripple. In the Sacramento area, where high-tech startups struggle and big payouts are rare, what's happened to the Davis biotech company is nothing short of remarkable. AgraQuest, which makes chemical-free pesticides and fungicides, agreed to be sold last month for $425 million – one of the richest takeovers the region has seen in years. The buyer is agribusiness giant Bayer CropScience. AgraQuest's sale could bring more jobs, as Bayer plans to make the Davis firm the center of its green-products business. It also could inspire young firms struggling in Sacramento's often difficult entrepreneurial climate. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/06/v-print/4696300/davis-biotech-company-agraquest.html OPINION Get It Right on Gas. WE are in the midst of a natural gas revolution in America that is a potential game changer for the economy, environment and our national security — if we do it right. The enormous stores of natural gas that have been locked away in shale deposits across America that we’ve now been able to tap into, thanks to breakthroughs in seismic imaging, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” are enabling us to replace much dirtier coal with cleaner gas as the largest source of electricity generation in America. And natural gas may soon be powering cars, trucks and ships as well. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/friedman-get-it-right-on-gas.html?scp=3&sq=climate%20change&st=Search Is It Hot Enough for Ya? CLIMATE change is hardly a seasonal issue, but summer is the only time of year when Americans and the news media regularly fix their attention on the everyday heat emergency that’s already altering life on our planet. Indeed, this summer’s record-shattering weather across the United States has created a heightened level of interest in and concern about the consequences of climate change. For the moment, we have an opportunity to make fundamental changes to the way our country deals with the environment, changes that would lock in public acceptance of climate change. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/is-it-hot-enough-for-ya.html?scp=2&sq=climate%20change&st=Search Coal-generated electricity -- a burning issue. Will the U.S. have to wean itself off its abundant energy source? Responding to Robert Bryce's July 27 Op-Ed article on coal-generated electricity, "Dirty but essential," Irvin Dawid wrote in a letter published Wednesday: "Bryce begins his Op-Ed article on coal at Peabody Energy's huge North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Gillette, Wyo. Is that really the best place to get an idea as to how 'essential' coal is to our future? "I would point Bryce to a Georgia Power Co.plant featured in a July 14 NPR report. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0804-postscript-coal-20120804,0,6776668.story Climate science still trumps skeptics. My Op-Ed article on climate science and climate hype provoked plenty of online responses -- as pretty much anything touching on this very touchy subject inevitably will. Also quite predictably, several of the comments repeated critiques of mainstream climate science that have been raised and thoroughly debunked literally hundreds of times. Here’s a sampling, along with my responses: "theblooms" writes: "Anthropogenic Global Warming is FAR FROM PROVEN. If the evidence is so damn clear-cut, then why did the East Anglia University Climate Research Unit cook the books and falsify the data?" Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-climate-science-skeptics-20120803,0,5920056.story Pete Stark has climate bill Obama, Romney should support. Re "Presidential contenders can't duck climate change" (Editorial, July 31): The editorial board notes, "Both candidates must be pressed on what policies they would pursue, both nationally and globally. If Muller can change his tune on climate change, Obama and Romney can at least discuss the issue and offer solutions. The stakes involved couldn't be higher." U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, has offered a solution: the Save Our Climate Act (HR 3242), which will use a modified version of the fee-and-dividend model to reduce emissions, shrink the deficit, and trigger extensive job growth simultaneously. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/06/v-print/4676954/climate-change.html Editorial: More changes to CEQA? Only if vetted in the open. Gov. Jerry Brown has again raised the possibility of changes to the California Environmental Quality Act. That's the sweeping 1970 state law that requires public and private developers to analyze the impacts of their projects, study alternatives and implement mitigation measures. CEQA is a powerful legal tool, and like the legal profession itself, nearly everyone has a love-hate relationship with it. Developers have used the law to derail projects of competing developers. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/05/4691362/more-changes-to-ceqa-only-if-vetted.html Changing Views About A Changing Climate. What is the role of humans in climate change? "Call me a converted skeptic," physicist Richard Muller wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week, describing his analysis of data from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Though Muller was once a notable skeptic regarding studies connecting human activity to climate change, he has now concluded that "humans are almost entirely the cause" of global warming. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/03/158085161/changing-views-about-a-changing-climate Climate change is here -- and worse than we thought. When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988, I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet. I painted a grim picture of the consequences of steadily increasing temperatures, driven by mankind's use of fossil fuels. But I have a confession to make: I was too optimistic. My projections about increasing global temperature have been proved true. But I failed to fully explore how quickly that average rise would drive an increase in extreme weather. Posted. http://www.startribune.com/opinion/165072786.html?refer=y Global Climate Change: Intervention Required. As an adult, I've intervened to help family members come to grips with a serious addiction, such as alcoholism. In the face of irrefutable evidence that global climate change is causing irreparable damage to the environment, when are you and I going to do an intervention to wean humanity from its addiction to fossil fuel? This summer's extreme weather has caused all but the most dogmatic to conclude that Global Climate Change is affecting our weather. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-burnett/global-climate-change-int_b_1736980.html?utm_hp_ref=green Wondering if climate change is real? Just ask my cows. Of all the ways nature has to kill you, drought may be the cruelest. The desiccation proceeds day after punishing day. The afternoon sun pounds the earth like a brazen hammer. As I write, the temperature here in Perry County, Arkansas, has reached 108 degrees. The countryside is dying. There’s nothing green in my pastures except inedible weeds. Even pigweed is drooping. Our pond dried up six weeks ago. The ground beneath is bare and cracked. Up on the ridge, some hardwoods are shedding leaves and going dormant; oaks are simply dying. Posted. http://www.dailyadvance.com/opinion/other-views/wondering-if-climate-change-real-just-ask-my-cows-1164697 Straight talk on high-speed rail. High-speed rail is a visionary project that holds the potential to alter transportation patterns in the state, but many difficult challenges must be overcome before the promise of affordable high-speed rail travel comes to pass, and any one of these challenges could significantly delay or even derail the project’s completion. Approximately $4.7 billion in state and $3.3 billion in federal money have been committed to fund initial construction of the high speed rail system in the Central Valley and to improve existing rail and transit connections to that system; however, just $37 million was allocated to the San Diego region for improvements to the trolley’s Blue Line. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/04/keeping-on-track/ Heed air board, throw away the green Kool-Aid. In 2008, Barack Obama vowed that once he was president a wave of well-paying “green” jobs would lift the woeful U.S. economy. In 2010, Jerry Brown vowed that once he was governor, a wave of well-paying “green” jobs would lift the rotten California economy. But as has been documented in the news pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, the green-jobs tidal wave proved to be a huge myth. Now it’s time to retire another green myth: the notion frequently voiced by California Democrats that not only is there little or no downside to complex environmental regulations, sometimes they even help the economy. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/05/heed-air-board-toss-the-green-kool-aid/ Air pollution: should it stop you exercising? The people involved with the Olympics are determined to make athletes of us all. Bradley Wiggins's win has inspired fans to get on their bikes; meanwhile Transport for London is encouraging passengers to walk between venues during the Games. But before we start doing Usain Bolt impressions through the city, scientists and campaigners are suggesting that we ought to think about the quality of air we are inhaling first. Days before the opening ceremony, there were warnings that Olympic athletes could underperform, and even risk their health, because of London's summer smog. Posted. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/05/air-pollution-should-stop-you-exercising?newsfeed=true BLOGS U.S. Fight Against E.U. Airline Emissions Plan Heats Up. A meeting of 17 non-European nations hosted by the U.S. State and Transportation departments in Washington last week ended with assurances that the participants were working toward curbing their emissions from aviation. Given that no European Union countries were invited to the gathering, it was unsurprising that all the participating nations reaffirmed their strong opposition to the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (E.U. ETS). Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/u-s-fight-against-european-airline-emissions-plan-heats-up/?scp=4&sq=climate%20change&st=Search Toyota and Tesla Trot Out the RAV4 EV. The RAV4 EV, a battery-powered crossover jointly developed by Toyota and Tesla, made its California debut this week. The vehicle, aimed at urban markets here, will be offered for sale this summer for $51,000. Tesla has a $100 million contract to supply the vehicle’s electric motors, power electronics, proprietary lithium-ion battery packs, single-speed gearboxes and software. The components, the companies said, were similar to those in Tesla’s new Model S sedan. Posted. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/toyota-and-tesla-trot-out-the-rav4-ev/?ref=electricvehicles On Climate Change, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Part 2. With Congress paralyzed late last year, President Barack Obama decided to assert his authority more aggressively on a number of issues: "If Congress refuses to act, I've said that I'll continue to do everything in my power to act without them." He coined a slogan: "We Can't Wait". Global climate change certainly falls into the "we can't wait" category. It's a very bad influence on things we care about -- a healthy economy, affordable food, protection from natural disasters, lower taxes, control of federal spending, and the safety of the nation's infrastructure, to name a few. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-s-becker/on-climate-change-nothing_1_b_1733372.html Climate Change and Ozone Loss Linked and May Link to Skin Cancer Incidence. For decades, scientists have known that the effects of global climate change could have a potentially devastating impact across the globe, but Harvard researchers say there is now evidence that it may also have a dramatic impact on public health. As reported in a paper published in the July 27 issue of Science, a team of researchers led by James G. Anderson, the Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, are warning that a newly-discovered connection between climate change and depletion of the ozone layer over the U.S. could allow more damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation to reach the Earth's surface, leading to increased incidence of skin cancer. Posted. http://www.celsias.com/article/climate-change-and-ozone-loss-linked-and-may-link/