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ARB Newsclips for May 14, 2013. 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 Watch your breath megacities: Project aims to track greenhouse gases from LA, Paris. Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward. Halfway around the globe, similar contraptions atop the Eiffel Tower and elsewhere around Paris keep a pulse on emissions from smokestacks and automobile tailpipes. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/watch-your-breath-megacities-project-aims-to-track-greenhouse-gases-from-la-paris/2013/05/13/99b38c2e-bba8-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html Crucial Carbon Dioxide Reading Revised Downward. One of the two programs that monitor greenhouse gases said on Monday that it had revised a reading from last week suggesting that carbon dioxide in the air had surpassed the symbolic level of 400 parts per million. The new reading by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is 399.89 parts per million for the 24 hours that ended at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/earth/crucial-carbon-dioxide-reading-revised-downward.html?ref=earth CLIMATE CHANGE A Change in Temperature. Since 1896, scientists have been trying to answer a deceptively simple question: What will happen to the temperature of the earth if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles? Some recent scientific papers have made a splash by claiming that the answer might not be as bad as previously feared. This work — if it holds up — offers the tantalizing possibility that climate change might be slow and limited enough that human society could adapt to it without major trauma. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/what-will-a-doubling-of-carbon-dioxide-mean-for-climate.html?ref=global-home&_r=1&&pagewanted=print Citizen scientists: Help crowd-source climate change research. Citizen scientists, environmentalists and anyone who lives near a power plant -- your services are requested. Climate change scientist Kevin Robert Gurney needs your help in a grand undertaking: the mapping of all the power plants in the world. It's a big job, and he and the people in his lab cannot do it alone. Gurney, an associate professor at Arizona State University, builds carbon dioxide emission data models…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-citizen-scientists-crowd-source-climate-change-research-20130513,0,5660614.story DIESEL EMISSIONS Drayage trucking company pays $300,000 fine to CARB. A trucking company that regularly hauls freight to and from ports will pay the California Air Resources Board $300,000 for violating a state emissions rule. Mex-Cal Truckline Inc. of Otay Mesa, CA, will pay the fine to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for violating the state’s Port Drayage Rule. Mex-Cal Truckline repeatedly dispatched trucks that don’t meet the CARB’s emissions standards to pick up and deliver freight at ports in rail yards, CARB said in a news release. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=25175 VEHICLES Tesla electric-car maker's shares sizzle. Shares of electric-car maker Tesla jumped 2.5% to $90 Tuesday after zooming 14.4% Monday. The white-hot stock's streak started the first week of May when the company announced its first profitable quarter. Tesla closed Monday at $87.80 a share, up 57% from $55.79 a share Thursday before its first-quarter earnings report. Since April 1, the shares have rocketed 138%. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/05/13/tesla-stock-general-motors/2156241/ Can shares of Tesla electric-car maker's stay white-hot? Shares of electric-car maker Tesla fell 0.7% to about $87.20 apiece Tuesday afternoon, erasing the trading session's earlier gains. Shares are still up 132% the past six weeks. And the price of the white-hot stock rocketed the first week of May after the company announced its first profitable quarter. Tesla shares closed Monday at $87.80 a share, up 57% from $55.79 a share Thursday before its first-quarter earnings report. Since April 1, the shares have rocketed 138%. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/05/13/tesla-stock-general-motors/2156241/ Tesla makes first profit, partly by selling Calif. green credits. Tesla Motors Inc. earned its first-ever profit at the start of this year, a success partly achieved by selling California-issued credits for environmentally friendly cars. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric vehicle maker yesterday reported that it made $11 million in the first three months of the year, compared with a loss of nearly $90 million for the same period in 2012. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059980865/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Fewer Rain Forests Mean Less Energy for Developing Nations, Study Finds. The loss of tropical rain forests is likely to reduce the energy output of hydroelectric projects in countries like Brazil that are investing billions of dollars to create power to support economic growth. That is the conclusion of a group of experts whose findings, released Monday, run counter to the conventional understanding of deforestation’s impact on watersheds. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/earth/study-finds-loss-of-rain-forests-can-deplete-hydropower.html?ref=earth&_r=0 Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths. It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/may/14/ap-impact-wind-farms-get-pass-on-eagle-deaths/#ixzz2THb50iME Calif. plans to force cuts in power use by computers, electronics and appliances. Makers of computers and other electronics could be forced to cut how much power those products use as the California Energy Commission looks at mandates for lower consumption. The agency has taken preliminary steps toward devising new rules that would shrink how much energy 15 different products can consume. Those include computers, monitors, game consoles and set-top boxes as well as…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981095/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS DOE launches public-private partnership to deploy hydrogen infrastructure. The Department of Energy (DOE) launched H2USA — a new public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The new partnership brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the U.S. Posted. http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2013/05/doe-launches-public-private-partnership-to-deploy-hydrogen-infra.html http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/index.php/2013/05/14/us-launches-new-h2usa-push-for-hydrogen-vehicles/ Bicycle Coalition Receives San Diego Foundation Climate Smart Grant. $10,000 award supports Regional Bike/Walk Alliance, bicycling and walking as sustainable transportation options. San Diego County Bicycle Coalition announced Monday that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative Fund, dedicated to engaging local government, nonprofits, and businesses in more comprehensive efforts to curb regional emissions and prepare for local climate change impacts. Posted. http://scoopsandiego.com/news/local/bicycle-coalition-receives-san-diego-foundation-climate-smart-grant/article_bd12ce2c-bcb2-11e2-8c47-0019bb30f31a.html OPINIONS Global warming ruins SoCal Mother's Day. News flash: Global warming hits California! That’s right -- the Golden State has become the Golden Baking State, with temperatures soaring into the triple digits. For example, in Johnny Carson’s “beautiful downtown Burbank” on Sunday, the thermometer hit 103 -- hot enough to melt Ed McMahon’s smile. And on Mother's Day no less! Apparently it really isn't nice to fool with Mother Nature. You may think this is just a “heat wave.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-global-warming-california-heat-wave-20130513,0,6113996.story Getting the lead out of ammo. Even tiny amounts of lead are toxic. Banning lead ammunition in California would go far in protecting both animals and humans. A bill before the California Assembly would outlaw the use of lead ammunition by hunters. There is already a federal prohibition on its use in hunting waterfowl, and in 2007 the state banned it in the range of the endangered California condor. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-lead-ammunition-california-20130514,0,1783230.story Global warming explained. Re "Carbon dioxide levels hit scary milestone" (Page A8, May 11): The Keeling Curve, a graph mentioned in the story on carbon dioxide levels, shows nature's release of CO2 as a saw tooth line. This shows the earth breathing. Leaf growth pulls CO2 out of the air during planting and growing seasons. Approximately, the same amount of CO2 is released back into the atmosphere during harvest season. Nature is a recycler. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/11/5413217/global-warming.html#storylink=cpy Letters: Global warming action. After reading former Sen. Bob Bennett's "Cool off the global warming debate" op-ed, I felt at peace with those few who insist that there's still a debate to be had about global warming (April 29). For those persuaded by oil industry-funded distortions of science — rather than the overwhelming consensus that global warming is happening, we're causing it and we must act quickly to address it — the reality before our very eyes will catch up with them. Posted. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765629452/Global-warming-action.html?pg=all Tesla's secret to success? Selling emissions credits. Today the electric car company Tesla Motors is expected to announce it has turned a profit for the first time. That’s in part because of the success of its Model S luxury sedan, which costs anywhere from $70,000 to $100,000. But what has also led to those profits is money that Tesla made from selling California Zero Emission Vehicle Credits to other car companies. To understand the complicated world of California’s credit system I thought Posted. http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/teslas-secret-success-selling-emissions-credits How will Brown balance oil, environmental interests? California’s economy has been powered for decades by technology, trade and tourism — businesses and jobs mostly near the coast from San Diego to Los Angeles and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The state’s great inland valleys, while serving as a breadbasket for the world, have not been a land of high-paying employment or tax-producing industry. A glance at the most recent unemployment numbers reflects this reality. Posted. http://www.healthycal.org/archives/12068 BLOGS Beijing’s Next Target in Pollution Fight is … Barbecue? The scent of mutton skewers, dusted with chili pepper and cumin and roasting atop makeshift streetside grills, is one of the most cherished pleasures of summer in Beijing – a cheap and seductive reward for suffering through a season otherwise marked by oppressive heat and pungent, chewable air. But just as they’ve moved to knock down the ancient alleyways that once gave Beijing its charm, city officials are now moving to rein in the skewer sellers. Among the main reasons: Air pollution. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/05/14/beijings-next-target-in-pollution-fight-is-barbecue/ California lags nation in reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Although California fancies itself a leader in the reduction of greenhouse gases, the state has the nation's second highest level of energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide and has lagged the rest of the nation in reducing those emissions, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Under Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown…Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/05/california-lags-nation-in-reduction-of-carbon-dioxide-emissions.html#storylink=cpy More on a Sensitive Climate Question. When he wrote recently that he thought some of the highest temperature projections could be rejected, skeptics could not contain their enthusiasm. “That is what we call a landmark change of course — by one of climatology’s most renowned warmist scientists,” declared a blogger named Pierre L. Gosselin. “If even Annan can see it, then the writing is truly emblazoned on the wall.” But does this sort of claim — that we can all breathe a sigh of relief about climate change — really hold up? Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/more-on-a-sensitive-climate-question/ CLIMATE CHANGE: Carbon dioxide measurement is bad news. The old saying that “what goes up must come down” doesn’t apply to carbon dioxide pollution in the air, which just hit an unnerving milestone. The chief greenhouse gas was measured Thursday at 400 parts per million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world’s benchmark. It’s a symbolic mark that scientists and environmentalists have been anticipating for years. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/environment/2013/05/13/climate-change-carbon-dioxide-measurement-is-bad-news/#more-3132 Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic. In 1867, Secretary of State William Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska, officially extending America into the Arctic, dramatically changing not only our map, but our landscape, resources and identity. What Seward could never have foreseen was the way, nearly 150 years later, climate change would dramatically change the Arctic itself -- and leave his successors in our government with a set of challenges and opportunities few would have imagined even a decade ago. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johnkerry/climate-change-and-the-fu_b_3272250.html Is 400 PPM Actually The Most Important Metric Ever For Cars? You won't have been able to feel it, but on Friday the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a milestone amount. For the first time in recorded history, CO2 levels averaged 400 parts per million (ppm), or 0.04 percent, at a monitoring station on Mauna Loa, Hawaii. And, say scientists, it's very much down to the way we live: our gadgets, our homes ... and our cars. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1084122_is-400-ppm-actually-the-most-important-metric-ever-for-cars Diesel Cars: Six Important Things Everyone Should Know (But May Not). It's an exciting time for diesel fans in the U.S, with automakers finally waking up to that section of the market that longs for great highway MPG and lots of torque. Most people already know the benefits of modern diesels, but there are a few general things that people may have missed. So in the spirit of eight important things you should know about electric cars, here are six important things you should know about diesels. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1084164_diesel-cars-six-important-things-everyone-should-know-but-may-not