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ARB Newsclips for October 29, 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 DWP sues air district over Owens Valley dust rules. The department accuses the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and one of its officials of issuing unreasonable and unlawful orders. As a boy, Ted Schade couldn't get enough of old westerns with heroes standing alone in defense of towns that wouldn't stand up for themselves. Now a 55-year-old man, Schade believes he is experiencing his own version of "High Noon." As air pollution control officer in the 110-mile-long Owens Valley…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-owens-dust-20121028,0,6699539.story CLIMATE CHANGE New UN "atlas" links climate change, health. Two U.N. agencies have mapped the intersection of health and climate in an age of global warming, showing that there are spikes in meningitis when dust storms hit and outbreaks of dengue fever when hard rains come. Officials said Monday that their "Atlas of Health and Climate" is meant to be a tool for leaders to use to get early warning of disease outbreaks. Though the data or conclusions aren't necessarily new, the way in which they are presented may sharpen governments' ability to respond to the threats posed by rising temperatures and changing climate. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UN_HEALTH_AND_CLIMATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other Related Articles http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/new-un-atlas-links-evidence-for-climate-change-on-spread-of-disease/2012/10/29/aaa7f6a2-21be-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html http://fremonttribune.com/news/world/europe/new-un-atlas-links-climate-change-health/article_93704498-c633-5720-829d-6416c4f9413f.html Rule Tweaks May Dissuade California Carbon Bidders, RBC Says. Tweaks to the rules governing the California carbon market may dissuade bidders in the state’s first auction next month, said a trader at RBC Capital Markets. California’s air resources board on Aug. 17 suspended a rule requiring companies to pledge annually that they haven’t engaged in “shuffling” electricity resources to comply with state emissions limits. The board may propose regulatory amendments by the middle of next year to change supply of free allowances to factories at risk of shifting their emissions to regions outside the state, according to a Sept. 20 statement on the board’s website. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-29/rule-tweaks-may-dissuade-california-carbon-bidders-rbc-says Calif. price-capping proposal doesn't raise industry's eyebrows. California regulators have vowed to figure out how to keep prices in their economywide greenhouse gas market from rising above predetermined levels, but it's unclear what political or practical implications the move will have. With the state's first auction of carbon dioxide permits less than a month away, the Air Resources Board on Oct. 18 directed its staff to come up with ways to keep prices from rising above a small set-aside of allowances that will be sold at a maximum price of $50 per ton in 2013… Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/10/29/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Weather and climate scientists need to work more with medical officials on environmental disasters – experts. Meteorologists need to reach out to public health officials to address medical issues that arise from extreme weather events and climate change, according to experts. Droughts, floods and heat waves have profound impacts on the health sector in many countries, but communicating the potential of these disasters to doctors, first responders and officials is often challenging, said Wayne Elliott, an international relations specialist at the World Meteorological Organization. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/10/29/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS California gas drops by 26.3 cents in last week, but remains high. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in California dropped by the biggest amount yet for a one-week period after the recent new record, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The state's average declined 26.3 cents, to $4.164 a gallon. That's the good news. The bad news is that California prices remain far above 2011 levels. The state's average has dropped 50.7 cents a gallon since reaching a record $4.671 a gallon on Oct. 9. But that's still 32.3 cents a gallon higher than it was on Oct. 29 last year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-california-gas-drops-20121029,0,3660909.story Free falling: gasoline prices. San Diego gasoline prices are back to where they were on Oct. 1, at the outset of a record breaking spike. The average price Monday for a gallon of regular unleaded was $4.16, down from $4.44 a week ago, according to AAA's daily fuel gauge report. Local prices reached an all-time peak of $4.73 on Oct. 8. The arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast was unlikely to have an immediate effect on West Coast fuel supplies and pricing. Major refineries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania had closed or significantly reduced capacity, the Department of Energy reported. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/29/free-falling-gasoline-prices/ VEHICLES Tesla stores challenge auto dealerships. Inspired by Apple electronics stores, Tesla Motors is taking the pitch for its new luxury plug-in electric car to high foot-traffic malls and shopping areas, expanding a small network of sleek stores and "galleries" across the country. Opening its all-glass doors on Friday, a Tesla store at an upscale shopping mall in San Diego extolled the aesthetic, engineering and environmental prowess of the back-ordered Model S hatchback sedan. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/26/tesla-auto-stores-galleries-challenge-auto-dealers/ Ford Sells Climate-Control Unit. The Ford Motor Company said on Monday that it was selling a climate-control unit to a joint venture between Valeo of France and V. Johnson Enterprises, completing Ford’s plan to sell off a collection of auto parts manufacturing businesses. The climate-control unit, which was sold for an undisclosed price, was one of 17 facilities Ford took over in 2005 from Visteon, its struggling former car parts arm. The idea was to ensure that Ford would have access to crucial components even if Visteon failed. Ford organized those businesses into Automotive Component Holdings, or A.C.H., with the aim of selling off the divisions over time. Posted. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/ford-to-sell-climate-control-unit/ GREEN ENERGY S.Africa okays $5.4 bln in clean energy projects. South Africa has given the green light to an initial $5.4 billion worth of clean energy projects that will allow it to procure 1,400 MW of electricity and help reduce reliance on coal-fired plants, the energy minister said on Monday. The government has selected 28 wind and solar projects in the first stage of the programme, with the contracts expected to be signed on Nov. 5, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said. "These bidders will be investing about 47 billion rand ($5.4 billion) in power generation and will create a number of jobs during construction and operation of these power plants," Peters said in a statement. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/29/safrica-power-idUSL5E8LTD8K20121029 Homeowners make green upgrades that pay for themselves. Jan Shomaker doesn't have to look far to find the benefits of going green. She remodeled her three-bedroom, two-bathroom Mission Viejo house to add energy-efficient lighting and appliances and natural ventilation to reduce summer cooling costs. Solar panels partially cover her roof, and solar tubes shoot light into dark rooms. Homebuyers are more likely to pay extra for "green" upgrades that save money. Green-designated Realtors and others said these components provide the most bang for your buck. Her average electric bill? Just 91 cents. A month. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/green-375982-homes-home.html Green not a panacea for sellers. Not all sales of "green" homes have happy endings. At least two green-certified homes in Orange County have yet to sell during the past 21/2 years, even after steep price cuts. The 5,000-square-foot home at 1811 Gisler Ave. in Costa Mesa came on the market in April 2010 for nearly $3 million with the highest LEED rating for an Orange County home. (The U.S. Green Building Council requires that properties meet special eco-friendly criteria to get an LEED rating.) Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/green-376030-home-million.html MISCELLANEOUS Obama and Romney on environmental issues: A Grand Canyon of difference. Two months after taking office, President Barack Obama signed a historic wilderness bill that banned logging, mining and oil drilling across 2 million acres of scenic federal lands, including the Sierra Nevada, wildflower meadows on Oregon's Mount Hood and vast vistas of California desert. But today, with less than two weeks until Election Day, the environment as a campaign issue is as quiet as some of those remote landscapes. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_21858644/obama-and-romney-environmental-issues-grand-canyon-difference New environmental curriculum corrects plastic bag information. The state’s Environmental Protection Agency finalized a revision of a controversial K-12 environmental curriculum on plastic bags Friday. California Watch, sister site of The Bay Citizen, reported last year that whole sections of an 11th-grade teachers' edition guide for a new curriculum had been lifted almost verbatim from comments and suggestions submitted by the American Chemistry Council, the chemical and plastics industry trade group. Posted. http://www.baycitizen.org/environment/story/new-environmental-curriculum-corrects/ CalRecycle launches ‘Check Your Number’ campaign. Would you like to help reduce the rate of pollution of our waterways by almost half and, in the process, save a lot of money in car maintenance at the same time? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 40% of the pollution in America’s waterways is from used motor oil and that just a gallon of used motor oil can pollute up to a million–a million–gallons of natural water. Posted. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/54316/calrecycle-launches-check-your-number-campaign OPINIONS Election Campaigns Prove Global Warming Crisis Skeptics Won The Climate Debate. Evidenced by public cooling towards global warming peril as a hot campaign issue, it is apparent that the Democrat party has been encountering a political climate change. The subject obviously hasn’t been viewed as a winning issue, nor has the anti-carbon “alternative energy” rationale supported by that contrived hysteria. Nope, you’d hardly know from the presidential and V.P. debates that, as the 2012 Democrat party platform warns: “We know that climate change is one of the biggest threats of this generation…an economic, environmental, and national security catastrophe in the making.” Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/10/28/election-campaigns-prove-global-warming-crisis-skeptics-won-the-climate-debate/ SILVA: Sacramento politicians to blame for closure of Builders Supply. On Tuesday, the Town of Paradise is hosting an event for local contractors who do business with Builders Supply, which is closing at the end of the month. The idea is to introduce those contractors to both ACE Thomas Hardware and Foothill Lumber – obviously in an effort to keep those sales tax dollars in Paradise instead of losing them to valley lumber companies. But it's an event that need not be happening if politicians in Sacramento – namely, legislative Democrats who have run this state nearly unchecked since 1959 – had listened to the GOP to simply delay AB32. Posted. http://www.paradisepost.com/opinion/ci_21863840 BLOGS Talk of a Wind Subsidy ‘Phaseout’. The wind industry, fighting to hold onto a generous tax credit set to expire in December, has been arguing that it does not need the support forever - just a little while longer, until it can compete with fossil fuels on its own. The tax break subsidizes wind power by 2.2 cents a kilowatt hour to bring its cost closer to that of conventional fuels, and it has periodically been renewed by Congress with support from both parties. But like other subsidies for alternative energy…Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/talk-of-a-wind-subsidy-phaseout/?pagewanted=print For New York, the Issue of Steps Not Taken. With the last hurricane to hit New York dating back to the 1800's, residents have so far lacked the impetus to demand concrete strategies for dealing with the potential devastation to housing, the subway system and the electrical infrastructure from a major modern-day storm. Now Hurricane Sandy threatens major flooding from a storm surge that could reach up to 14 feet above the average sea level here. Some scientists suggested Monday that once New Yorkers have moved to higher ground and weathered the hurricane, they should begin to take more decisive steps to adapt to more of the same. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/for-new-york-the-issue-of-steps-not-taken/?pagewanted=print The #Frankenstorm in Climate Context. As communities from the Carolinas to Maine brace for high storm surges, winds and downpours, there’s a growing climate discussion building around #Frankenstorm, which is the favored Twitter handle for the extraordinarily vast and potent nor’easter that is evolving as Hurricane Sandy, already a killer, collides with an Arctic cold front. You can track specific developments in and around New York here and follow the details of the storm’s track and impacts via Jeff Masters, the Capital Weather Gang and Weather.gov. But what is the role, if any, of greenhouse-drive global warming in this kind of rare system? Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/the-frankenstorm-in-climate-context/ Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created A Monster? t was not a good year for people, weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and the summer ridiculously hot. As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or even extraordinary drought many folks naturally wondered, "Is this climate change?" Then along came a presidential election in which the words "climate change" disappeared from the dialogue. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/10/28/163812770/hurricane-csi-frankenstorm-sandy-and-climate-change