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ARB Newsclips for November 5, 2012. ARB Newsclips for November 5, 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 WILDOMAR: Families suspect houses in illnesses. PART ONE: Four families walk away from their homes after an array of illnesses that some suspect was caused by contamination. Jennifer and Javier Muñiz moved out of their 3,000-square-foot dream home in Wildomar in January, fearful that staying would harm their daughter soon to be born. They gave up five bedrooms and a spacious yard at the end of cul-de-sac for a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment that’s a tight fit for the couple and their four children. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/wildomar/wildomar-headlines/20121102-wildomar-families-wonder-if-their-houses-made-them-sick.ece CLIMATE CHANGE Sandy a galvanizing moment for climate change? Hurricane Sandy images and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of Obama based on his climate change policies could bring attention to the issue of global warming, political observers say. One Sunday afternoon in 1969 the filthy, oil-coated Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire and quickly became a potent symbol of industrial pollution, helping galvanize public opinion and set the stage for passage of national environmental laws the following decade. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-climate-politics-20121105,0,234626.story http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/vergano/2012/11/03/bloomberg-climate-sandy-sea/1677463/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2012/11/05/hurricane-sandy-may-turn-the-tide-on-climate-change/ West Coast at risk for hybrid storms, too. The California coast probably will never see a storm as violent as the one that pounded the East Coast, but the future for Westerners will be rife with environmental problems caused by global warming, including torrential rain, flooding, fire and drought, climate experts say. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/West-Coast-at-risk-for-hybrid-storms-too-4005146.php#ixzz2BNLEHy5w SLV Water District tables decision on possible carbon credits. With the state's first greenhouse gas permit auction less than two weeks away, local water district officials will soon have a better idea of how much their own carbon credits could yield. The California Air Resources Board will hold the auction Nov. 14, then four times each year through 2020. The cap-and-trade program is part of the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, which requires the state to develop regulations to bring greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels by 2020…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21917539/slv-water-district-tables-decision-possible-carbon-credits Carbon trade program goes before planners in Napa. Developers concerned about higher costs of local mitigation. As planners in Napa County continue development of a strategy to address state-mandated reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, industry groups have expressed concern that a proposed local market for carbon credits will increase costs for developers and suppress new vineyard and agricultural projects in the region. Posted. http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/64039/countywide-carbon-trade-program-goes-before-planners-in-napa/ Gas Flaring is Wasting Fuel and Fueling Climate Change. Gas flaring in 20 of the world's leading oil-producing countries contributes as much to climate change as a major economy like Italy, new estimates show. While flaring has been cut by 30 percent since 2005, $50 billion worth of gas is still wasted annually, the World Bank said. New satellite analysis of the flares – that are a by-product of oil drilling and which commonly light the night skies in oil fields around the world. Posted. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/gas-flaring-is-wasting-fuel-and-fueling-climate-change-15163 REDD+ carbon projects are losing ground – report. Initiatives that pay landowners to keep forests standing saw a two-thirds decline from 2010 to 2011 due to high costs and uncertainty, according to a survey of forest carbon projects. Ecosystem Marketplace's "State of the Forest Carbon Markets" report, a survey of 215 forest carbon projects in 40 countries, found that the complexity of new methodologies to verify credits, as well as lower demand from a financially strapped Europe and legal issues with land ownership in forests, reduced the volume of transactions in 2011.Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/11/05/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla shares rise as company says production grew. Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose more than 3 percent Monday as the electric vehicle maker said it was now making enough cars to generate positive operating cash flow. But the Palo Alto, Calif., company's third-quarter net loss grew almost 70 percent, to $110.8 million, or $1.05 per share, compared with a loss of $65.1 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue was $50.1 million, down 13 percent from a year earlier. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2012/11/05/2442693/tesla-shares-rise-as-company-says.html#storylink=misearch BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY The other 'chargers'. Among the nation's small-but-growing cadre of electric car drivers, San Diego motorists stand out for their enthusiasm and savvy, according to a major study of driving and charging practices for plug-in vehicles. They recharge batteries more during cheap off-peak hours, capitalize more often on public infrastructure and put their cars to greater use all-around, according an analysis by ECOtality, the administrator of a public-private project designed to smooth the adoption of electric vehicles. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/04/other-chargers/ GREEN ENERGY Jobs dwindle during green power debate. An eerie quiet has settled over the Walker Components plant, which assembles custom cables for a global wind turbine company. Orders are down from earlier in the year and one-third of its employees have been laid off this year. "At the beginning of this year we just didn't feel we had enough time, and now we've got too much time on our hands," said one of its workers, 25-year-old Calvin Huddleston. "I really thought wind would be a sustainable business." Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/jobs-dwindle-during-green-power-debate/article_58d478f2-0735-56b9-98ec-8761d03c7b8f.html OPINIONS November surprise: An EPA crackdown on coal. On the eve of the 2012 election, more than 50 of President Obama's EPA staffers are crashing to finish new greenhouse gas emission standards. The rules would make the construction of new coal-fired power plants nearly impossible. A government-imposed switch from coal to other forms of energy would cost the economy about $700 billion over several years, according to the Manhattan Institute. The bureaucrats are clearly in a hurry to get this done. Never before has the EPA devoted so many staffers to a single regulation. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/november-surprise-an-epa-crackdown-on-coal/article/2512571#.UJgQvdVp33U The brawl over who or what caused climate change is beside the point. The challenge is to deal with the kind of savage storms that have hit N.Y. twice in 14 months. The debate over whether humans are responsible for melting ice caps, and whether this demands new policies at the national level, will continue for years in the halls of academia and in Congress. It is irrelevant to this far more urgent reality staring New Yorkers in the face: Extreme weather is here, and it’s threatening people previously thought immune to its ravages. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/flood-article-1.1196580#ixzz2BNF7hm3c A Climate Change To-Do List for the Next President. In the 2008 campaign, both candidates for president called for comprehensive action on climate change through a declining cap on carbon. This time around, the economy has taken center stage; while Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have presented different visions on energy policy, climate change has largely been relegated to the sidelines. Nonetheless, the magnitude and urgency of the challenge have not diminished. Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-05/a-climate-change-to-do-list-for-the-next-president There's no more denying climate change. New York must face the truth, or else more storms like Sandy will come our way. When terrorists attacked our city more than a decade ago, New Yorkers insisted that politicians do everything in their power to prevent another similar massacre. In the wake of the vicious assault from Sandy, we should similarly be demanding that changes be made, federally and locally, to mitigate another disaster like this — because the likelihood that we’ll have one is high. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/denying-climate-change-article-1.1196554#ixzz2BN0SFhCY Editorial: State air rules an overreach. Our view: The air is dirty in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles. The rules needed there shouldn't be imposed everywhere in California. You'd think the people charged with keeping California's air clean would realize it isn't as dirty in some places as it is in others. Apparently not, as the state Air Resources Board is in the process of drafting yet another set of one-size-fits-all regulations, this one covering diesel ag equipment. The so-called "tractor rules" actually cover far more than just tractors. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/opinion/ci_21911835/editorial-state-air-rules-an-overreach Letter: Criticism and climate change. Some of your readers have, no doubt, stopped to help an able-bodied person get his, or her, vehicle out of a ditch. Imagine that — while you did — the driver had stood idly by criticizing your efforts to retrieve the car! Imagine how President Obama feels about his efforts to get the nation’s economy back on the road to recovery under similar circumstances. On another subject, I have little doubt that those who have denied climate change science for the past 30 years will keep right on denying. ”Sandy,” I am sure, is just an aberration. Posted. http://thedailynewsonline.com/opinion/article_fcf3ad54-2770-11e2-bb25-001a4bcf887a.html LOIS HENRY: Air monitor problems go way beyond location. If the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District board of directors doesn't want to put the infamous "lost" air monitor back on district land along Bear Mountain Boulevard, it absolutely should not. Arvin-Edison should stick to its guns no matter how much Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board (CARB) chairman, stamps her little feet and tries to blame the water district for a $30 million fine valley motorists are now paying. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/health/x1250044056/LOIS-HENRY-Air-monitor-problems-go-way-beyond-location BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Camarillo residents say their neighborhood stinks and is causing illness. There's no pretty way to describe what some Camarillo residents say they are living with — the smell of rotten eggs. Residents of the Palm Colony housing area off West Ponderosa Drive, near the new Springville/Highway 101 exit, blame the well water used at a nearby agricultural field to grow strawberries. Henry Scanzio, 69, said the smell was so bad when he woke up early one morning that he thought the plumbing in his house was broken. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/nov/03/camarillo-residents-say-their-neighborhood/ Letters: alternative fuels, yoga. I greatly appreciate the coverage by your reporter Bradley Fikes of famed genomics researcher J. Craig Venter’s insights into developing alternative fuels and the prices that their development would have on petroleum fuels and alternative fuels (“Venter says federal mandate needed for alternate fuels,” Business, Nov. 1). In my view his expertise ends, and his vent begins, when he gets into politics insisting on a carbon policy seemingly in the near future. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/letters/letters-alternative-fuels-yoga/article_2104224f-eb4f-52d5-9cd4-cc6a5c127d6b.html?print=true&cid=print BLOGS Study Finds Fuel Thrift in U.S. Vehicles at All-Time High. Here’s a quick note on driving and fuel trends from one of my go-to analysts of transportation and energy issues (as well as air conditioning trends!), Michael Sivak, who directs the project on sustainable worldwide transportation of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute: The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in October was 24.1 miles per gallon — the highest level yet, and up 4.0 miles per gallon from October 2007. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/study-finds-fuel-thrift-in-u-s-vehicles-and-driving-at-all-time-high/?ref=earth Laying Down Stakes to Measure Glacier Melt. Finally, after months of planning, six days of trekking and days of reconnaissance work, on Oct. 5 we found ourselves poised to begin collecting important information that will help us to identify links among glaciers, climate and water resources in Bhutan. On the day after the successful scouting mission to the glacier, our teams snapped into action. Posted. http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/laying-down-stakes-to-measure-glacier-melt/ Short on Gasoline and Running Low on Patience. WHERE are drivers struggling to find gasoline for their vehicles? According to motorist Tony Kurasz, WHEN was the last time this problem occurred? HOW have governors of the affected states and officials from the Pentagon tried to solve the problem? HOW long are the lines for gas in some places? WHO is the mayor of New York City? WHY will some of the gas stations need generators along with fuel? WHY do you think National Guard troops will operate the pumps when the fuel arrives? Posted. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/short-on-gasoline-and-running-low-on-patience/ Environmentally Correct Europe Turns to Coal. You may think that coal is fading away as a fuel, but it isn’t. It’s booming. As I write in my latest Green Column, last year coal as a proportion of world energy was at its highest since the 1960s. A lot of the growth in coal use is happening in Asia, particularly China. But coal — the largest CO2 emitter among fossil fuels — is also in demand in Europe, including in ultra-green Germany. One reason: The U.S. shale gas boom has encouraged American power plants to switch from coal to gas, cutting energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. to their lowest in 20 years. Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/environmentally-correct-europe-turns-to-coal/ Delhiites: Why Don’t You Use Public Transportation? The foreboding omen that winter is coming to the country’s capital is back: a thick gray blanket of smog has smothered Delhi for days. The smog, referred to by city romantics as the “fog,” or more deceivingly as the “mist,” is a pack-a-day mix of smoke, car exhaust and construction dust. On Monday afternoon, air quality at various spots in the city was deemed “very unhealthy” by a government Web site, which frequently measures particulate matter in the air. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/delhiites-why-dont-you-use-public-transportation/ Climate Change and Sandy's Impact in the Age of Inequality. One clear lesson in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is that extreme weather in the age of climate change and global warming knows no class, race and privilege boundaries. Many, many communities in the New York metropolitan area need help, but as David Rohde wrote this week in The Atlantic, "Sandy humbled every one of the 19 million people in the New York City metropolitan area. But it humbled some more than others in an increasingly economically divided city." Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hugh-hogan/hurricane-sandy-recovery_b_2067605.html