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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for May 14, 2013

Posted: 14 May 2013 15:20:04
ARB Newsclips for May 14, 2013. 

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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.

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.


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.

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.


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. 


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.

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.

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.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059980865/print  BY


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.

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
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.

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


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.
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. 

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. 

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. 

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