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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 Carmeuse Lime fined for air violations in Chicago. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a lime manufacturer will pay a $350,000 fine to resolve air pollution violations at a Chicago plant. The consent decree announced on Wednesday also requires Pittsburgh-based Carmeuse (KAR'-moos) Lime to spend $125,000 to replace windows in homes near the plant. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Carmeuse-Lime-fined-for-air-violations-in-Chicago-3999084.php SAE International Book Details Onboard Diagnostics and Measurement for Vehicles on Land, Sea and in the Air. Direct (OBM) and indirect (OBD) determination of emissions in transportation is the focus of a book from SAE International. "Onboard Diagnostics and Measurement in the Automotive Industry, Shipbuilding and Aircraft Construction" offers the reader a state-of-the-art report on the recent developments on the determination of emissions and the estimation of concentration of pollutants in the exhaust pipe, using technologies such as intelligent micro controllers, micro sensors and micro actuators systems on board. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4954219/sae-international-book-details.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Moscow steps up war on congestion to boost business. Chaos has ruled on Moscow's roads since cars became more affordable after the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago. Traffic often grinds to a halt and drivers resort to double parking or block pavements, making them impassable. Until now, drivers have often been able to bribe their way out of traffic or parking offences, and many foreign investors cite the congestion and pollution among the reasons they find Moscow an unattractive place to live and work. Posted http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/russia-moscow-parking-idUSL5E8M1BF820121101 Rules spark a slow burn. Wedged between walnut and olive orchards off Alpine Road is a different kind of farmer - 69-year-old Dave Smith, whose "crop" consists of towering piles of firewood. This is where downed trees and orchard trimmings from across Stockton find a new purpose, as they're stacked, seasoned and sold to homeowners to provide heat and ambience during those long, gray San Joaquin County winters. There's enough oak, elm and eucalyptus on Smith's 3-acre lot to fill 500 pickups. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121101/A_NEWS14/211010316 CLIMATE CHANGE Sandy: Act of God or act of man? Is global warming to blame for Sandy the "Frankenstorm"? Pundits and politicians were arguing about that even before the massive storm struck the Atlantic coast; now that it has moved on, after killing 50, flooding the New York subway system, ripping away chunks of New Jersey's coastline and causing myriad other damage that will place Sandy among the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history, it's a more pressing question. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-sandy-climate-change-20121101,0,4601297.story Related articles: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4953069/storm-climate-here-jsdlk-fjlksd.html#storylink=misearch http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-storm-sandy-climate-idUSBRE89U1SE20121101 http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2012/11/01/was-hurricane-sandy-the-fat-tail-of-climate-change/?KEYWORDS=climate+change http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/science/earth/scientists-unsure-if-climate-change-is-to-blame-for-hurricane-sandy.html?ref=earth 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. The market starts Jan. 1. “Here we are a month or two away from the market’s start and we are relaxing the rules,” said Anthony D’Agostino, director of emissions markets at RBC. “I don’t see where the demand for the auction is going to come from. If they start changing rules, it gives traders pause.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-29/rule-tweaks-may-dissuade-california-carbon-bidders-rbc-says.html California offset supply hit by strict rules: expert. Suppliers of offset credits to California's carbon emissions market will only be able to meet a third of demand unless the state approves more project types, a move that could drive up the cost of complying with the scheme, an expert said Tuesday. Companies that have their carbon dioxide emissions capped under the cap-and-trade scheme are allowed to use up to 200 million offset credits this decade to meet their targets. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-california-carbon-idUSBRE8A00EO20121101 N.Y.'s Cuomo links storm, climate change. Prominent climate scientists were unwilling Wednesday to do what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did: blame climate change for the devastating storm known as Sandy that wreaked havoc along the Eastern Seaboard. They said, nevertheless, that the gargantuan storm might very well have been made worse by the increased rainfall and sea level rise that global warming has caused. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/N-Y-s-Cuomo-links-storm-climate-change-3998876.php#ixzz2AzKI1xc7 Sandy and Irene may be the new normal. Nearly a year ago, Paul Kirshen told Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Two Storm Panel studying the two disastrous weather events of that year to start preparing for what is to come. Kirshen, a professor of civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire, is also an expert on climate change. Posted. http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Sandy-and-Irene-may-be-the-new-normal-3998239.php#ixzz2AzKc5pGf Harris-Mann Climatology Predicts More 'Extreme' Weather. Harris-Mann Climatology, a long-range weather and commodity forecasting service since 1991, continues to predict more extreme weather across the globe for at least the next 25 years. Based upon climatological history, it was discovered that the Earth’s weather becomes more extreme about every 500 years. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/Harris-Mann-Climatology-Predicts-More-Extreme-3999678.php#ixzz2AzPWTgdJ Expect storms like Hurricane Sandy with global warming. Re "Unthinkable devastation" (Page A1, Oct. 31): It is remarkable that there has been no mention in the media of global warming, yet the immensity of Hurricane Sandy has been acknowledged to be the exceptionally warm waters off the Atlantic coast. Nor have the presidential candidates mentioned it. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4952410/global-warming.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Long-Term Sea Level Rise In Washington, D.C. Could Have Significant Impact. The nation's capital is likely to face flooding and infrastructure damage in both the short- and long-term brought about by sea level rise (SLR), current trends and predicted increases suggest. The rise is linked to thermal expansion of the oceans and melting of global ice sheets as a result of global warming, researchers say in a new study focused on real-estate property and government infrastructure impacts in Washington, D.C. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4954229/long-term-sea-level-rise-in-washington.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Baseline Time Accounting Significantly Improves the Climate Impact Assessment of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC). Indirect land use models that forecast the global warming impact of biofuels production incorporate time accounting in a very simplistic way to allocate total carbon emitted from affected land to the volume of fuel produced. The accuracy of accounting for time in these models is severely limited by the currently employed annualization approach… Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4953390/baseline-time-accounting-significantly.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy AGL Resources Reports Third Quarter 2012 Earnings. AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: GAS) today reported third quarter 2012 net income of $9 million, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3 million, or $(0.04) per basic and diluted share, reported for the same period last year. Excluding merger-related expenses of $0.01 per share in 2012 and $0.06 per share in 2011, adjusted EPS was $0.09 for the third quarter of 2012 and $0.02 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2011. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/idUS124769+01-Nov-2012+HUG20121101 Nations fail to agree plan to protect seas around Antarctica. Major nations failed to reach agreement on Thursday to set up huge marine protected areas off Antarctica under a plan to step up conservation of creatures such as whales and penguins around the frozen continent. The 25-member Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed, however, to hold a special session in Germany in July 2013 to try to break the deadlock after the Oct. 8-Nov. 1 meeting in Hobart, Australia. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/environment-antarctica-idUSL5E8M18ZS20121101 DIESEL EMISSIONS Air pollution from cargo equipment drops at Puget Sound ports. Over the past six years, air pollution from cargo-moving equipment at Puget Sound ports has dropped significantly, according to a report released this week by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The emissions update showed a 16 percent drop in diesel particulates, perhaps the most critical local pollutant, said Andrew Green, director of air quality programs for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. These particulates are important because they can cause cancer when inhaled and because they tend to be most concentrated near emissions sources, such as truck exhausts. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2012/10/31/truck-related-diesel-particulate.html Diesel is worse pollutant than gasoline, UC Berkeley study says. The hotly contested debate over whether gasoline or diesel contributes more to smog continues with new findings from UC Berkeley showing that diesel is worse than gasoline. In a paper published Oct. 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers examined how both fuels contributed to air pollution and found that diesel contributes more to a primary component of smog. Drew Gentner, lead author of the paper and a graduate student in the campus department of civil and environmental engineering, said researchers analyzed 52 total gas and diesel samples collected across California, took field measurements of vehicular emissions at the Caldecott Tunnel and looked at results from a 2010 field study conducted by the Nexus of Air Quality and Climate Change that measured contributions to air pollution in places like Bakersfield and Pasadena. Posted. http://www.dailycal.org/2012/10/31/diesel-worse-pollutant-than-gasoline-uc-berkeley-study-says/ HIGH-SPEED RAIL No Money for High-Speed Rail. The high-speed rail is truly a train to nowhere. It goes from Madera to Bakersfield with little chance of getting any further, leaving the Central Valley torn up and $6 billion wasted. The rail authority, in effect, was in a hurry to break ground in order to meet a federal deadline so they could get their hands on $3.3 billion of stimulus money . I guess the Central Valley seemed like an easy target. Then it all became a slippery slope, because once they secured the federal money under Proposition 1A—the High-Speed Rail Act—they could then authorize $2.7 billion from California taxpayers. Okay. So let's do some math. We still need over $60 billion more to finish the project. That's the low-cost estimate. And our research shows, there's no money coming in from the feds or private industry. Without more money, it can't be completed and then it's just a big wasteful project with taxpayers getting nothing but the bill. Posted. http://www.myfoxla.com/story/19929326/no-money-for-high-speed-rail FUELS Cohen disappointed with Delta Air Lines. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is expressing frustration with Delta Air Lines after the company decided not to restore its Memphis-to-Amsterdam flight next summer. Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, says he has requested a meeting with Delta to discuss its decision to eliminate the Amsterdam flight. A Delta spokesman tells The Commercial Appeal that the airline scrapped the plan for seasonal service because it wasn't going to be profitable with continuing high fuel prices and weak passenger demand. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/01/cohen-disappointed-with-delta-air-lines/ EPA grants 16 states clean gas waivers after Sandy. The Obama administration is temporarily waiving some Clean Air Act requirements in 16 states and the District of Columbia to reduce fuel disruptions from Superstorm Sandy. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says in a letter to governors that extreme circumstances related to Sandy will prevent enough gasoline from reaching consumers. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/oct/31/epa-grants-16-states-clean-gas-waivers-after/ EnerTech energy plant in Rialto closes. A renewable energy plant once touted as a cutting-edge facility that would bring jobs and revenue to the city has closed. Atlanta-based EnerTech Environmental Inc. will no longer turn biosolids into a coal substitute at a landfill on the south edge of town. Geoff Berman, a vice president of Los Angeles-based Development Specialists Inc., which is working with EnerTech on a liquidation process, said the company closed Oct. 5. "We have not determined what the process is going to be for the liquidation of the plant," Berman said. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21902660/enertech-energy-plant-rialto-closes Worthington Energy's I-1 Well on Continuous 24 Hour Production. Worthington Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: WGAS) ("Worthington" or the "Company"), an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and drilling of oil and natural gas properties, reports that the Company's I-1 Well is currently operating on a continuous, unmanned, 24 hour production schedule. "I am pleased to report that we are once again operating on a 24 hour production schedule," stated Worthington Energy, Inc. President & CEO, Mr. Tony Mason. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4954180/worthington-energys-i-1-well-on.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Face the Facts USA: Natural gas boom driven by fracking, horizontal drilling. Each day in the 100 days leading up to Election Day, MercuryNews.com and Face the Facts USA will be partnering to bring you one exhaustively researched and vetted, non-partisan fact about a major issue facing our nation. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/elections/ci_21904254/fracking-horizontal-drilling-natural-gas-us-face-facts?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com Shell Sets Sights on Natural Gas to Fuel Growth. As weak U.S. gas prices drag down its earnings Royal Dutch Shell RDSB.LN +2.33% is planning to bolster its profits by converting natural gas into road fuels like diesel, which it can sell at much higher prices. Many energy companies are seeking to capitalize on low U.S. natural gas prices by exporting the fuel to Asia or Europe or burning it directly in specially converted trucks or buses. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/source/2012/11/01/shell-sets-sights-on-natural-gas-to-fuel-growth/?KEYWORDS=diesel VEHICLES 2013 Audi Allroad steers toward yuppies with an active lifestyle. If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any indication, there's a new automotive trend for the outdoorsy yuppie. It's a station wagon. Too culturally sensitive to be caught in an SUV, yet ever mindful of the curbside erratum that is the minivan, those with an active lifestyle or projection thereof clearly seem to be finding solace in the 2013 Audi Allroad. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-audi-allroad-review-20121101,0,6101855.story GREEN ENERGY W. Pa. duo uses solar, recycling to live off grid. How great would it be to have all the conveniences of modern life without most of the bills -- or worries about power outages? It may sound too good to be true, but that's life for Ted and Kathy Carns of Ligonier Township, who have managed to build a 21st century success story of zero waste, astonishing inventiveness and self-reliant living. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/W-Pa-duo-uses-solar-recycling-to-live-off-grid-4000245.php#ixzz2AzLGyetH International Rafting Federation Delivers First Certified Carbon Neutral World Sports Event with the Costa Rica 2011 World Rafting Championships: How They Did It - A Model For the World. The organizers of the 2011 WRC realized they could successfully deliver a first-ever Carbon Neutral event, with over 600 participating athletes from 35 countries in host country Costa Rica. They contacted the Carbon Neutral Commission of EARTH University to plan how to certify the seven day event. Event certification efforts were led by Rafael Gallo, who has transformed Rios Tropicales into Costa Rica’s top geotourism adventure company and sustainability advocate – and owner/manager of Costa Rica’s largest private native rainforest reserve for carbon mitigation. Posted. http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/business/press-releases/article/International-Rafting-Federation-Delivers-First-3999297.php#ixzz2AzPz3fcj Vt. utility gets approval for solar project. A Vermont utility has received approval to start a solar project on the site of a former coal-to-gas plant in Rutland. The Rutland Herald reports Green Mountain Power said Public Service Board approved the project and that construction was to start "immediately." The project is the first one proposed under the utility's solar city initiative, in which it has pledged to make Rutland the city with the most solar capacity in the Northeast. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Vt-utility-gets-approval-for-solar-project-3999718.php#ixzz2AzQIgqqT UPDATE 1-China launches trade probes on EU solar products. China said on Thursday that it would launch anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into imported European Union solar-grade polysilicon, in the latest instance of tit-for-tat trade tensions in the global solar industry. The move comes as the EU's executive body mulls duties targeting Chinese solar producers, a probe launched in September after companies accused Chinese rivals of "dumping", or deliberately selling products for less abroad than at home. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/china-eu-solar-idUSL3E8M117Z20121101 MISCELLANEOUS Honolulu rail project up in the air, again. For all those visitors to Waikiki Beach who see Honolulu as a South Sea paradise, Maeda Timson would like to invite them to climb into her minivan and drive for a moment in her world. She leaves her home in this fast-growing suburb every morning at 6:20 for what has become an hour and a half commute to her job as vice president at Bank of Hawaii in downtown Honolulu. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-honolulu-mayor-rail-20121101,0,1733863.story U.S. Sunlight is Pleased to Announce A Break-Through in Attic Moisture Management with the All Purpose Ventilator, Designed to Actively Ventilate and Reduce Risk of Mold. Contrary to popular belief, a warm attic in the winter months is more harmful than beneficial for the health and energy efficiency of a home. When warm attic air collides with the cold underside of roof sheathing, condensation is formed; the combination of condensation and warm attic temperatures can cause numerous problems for a home… Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/U-S-Sunlight-is-Pleased-to-Announce-A-3998776.php#ixzz2AzQkI3Np Camfil Farr APC Unveils "Remembering Tree" Sculpture. Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC) unveiled a unique art piece to representatives, distributors and employees gathered for an international sales meeting at the company's corporate headquarters here. Called "The Remembering Tree", the 30-ft (9.14 m) tall steel sculpture has been designed and created by metal artist Kelly Stevens, a production welder at the Jonesboro plant. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/01/4954298/camfil-farr-apc-unveils-remembering.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy OPINIONS Will Climate Get Some Respect Now? President Obama and Mitt Romney seemed determined not to discuss climate change in this campaign. So thanks to Hurricane Sandy for forcing the issue: Isn’t it time to talk not only about weather, but also about climate? It’s true, of course, that no single storm or drought can be attributed to climate change. Atlantic hurricanes in the Northeast go way back, as the catastrophic “snow hurricane” of 1804 attests. But many scientists believe that rising carbon emissions could make extreme weather — like Sandy — more likely. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/opinion/kristof-will-climate-get-some-respect-now.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0 BLOGS Shell Ends Alaska Offshore Drilling for the Year. Shell Oil had its problems this year drilling off the Arctic coast of Alaska, but on Wednesday it declared success on the final day of operations for the season. (Only a brief autumn exploration season is allowed by regulators because of ice flows.) Thick ice delayed operations in the spring. Then, one of the drilling ships dragged its anchors and nearly collided with the coast. And finally an oil spill containment barge was damaged during certification tests. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/shell-ends-alaska-offshore-drilling-for-the-year/?ref=earth Afif El-Hasan: Tighter soot standards could save children. As a pediatrician, I take great joy in seeing my patients enjoying exercise and healthy outdoor activities. However, some of my patients may be denied even the most basic childhood rite of trick-or-treating if the air quality is poor. For kids with asthma, unhealthy air days are filled with caution. Parents must check the local air quality forecast to determine whether it is safe enough for their kids to go outside. While people tend to worry more about pollution during summer ozone episodes, there can be spikes of soot pollution on cool fall and winter days also. Checking air quality is a daily necessity for many, especially here in Southern California, which experiences some of the worst air quality in the country. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/air-376372-quality-soot.html World’s ‘cleanest coal-fueled power plant’ is a climate bait-and-switch. A few years back, Robert Redford narrated a documentary, Fighting Goliath, that told the epic Texas tale of how a coalition of ranchers, environmentalists, and others banded together in the mid-2000s against a giant power company’s plans to build 11 coal plants that would have belched pollution across the state. The film includes scenes of billowing smoke, militant big-city Texas mayors, and protesters carrying signs crying, “No more coal.” One farmer tells an interviewer, “’Til this thing came about, I always looked the other way when I saw an environmentalist.” Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/worlds-cleanest-coal-fueled-power-plant-is-a-climate-bait-and-switch/ BLOGS Climate Change and Its Influence On Investing: A New Perspective. Welcome and thank you for allowing me to share some of my views on climate change's influence on investing: most particularly, the opportunities which I believe it creates for economic gain. How many of you take climate change into consideration in your investment decisions? My goal, today, is to convince you that climate change needs to be considered. And to show that investment decisions should be driven by science, and the basic needs of life. My talk will first speak to climate change; give you some examples of why science should drive investment decision making; then point out why the basic needs of life should be considered; concluding with some specific examples of potential investments. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernard-david/post_3960_b_2051945.html Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent. Automakers operate on a different calendar, in which the 2012 model year recently came to a close. As my colleague, Luke Tonachel, explains, this was the year of the green car, with record new fleet fuel efficiency, a 55 percent increase in hybrid sales, and more than a three-fold increase in plug-in electric car sales. The last of those three records might come as a surprise to some, given the prevalence of stories pronouncing the electric car dead on arrival. While it’s true that plug-in electric car sales still represent a very small fraction of total auto sales, model year 2012 saw about 38,000 Americans buying plug-in cars.* That’s a 228 percent increase over model year 2011.* Not bad for a new technology, introduced as the country recovers from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mbaumhefner/electric_car_sales_increase_22.html