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ARB Newsclips for June 13, 2014. 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. CAP AND TRADE Gov. Brown and lawmakers reach deal on spending billions in carbon cap-and-trade revenues. Billions of dollars in revenues from California's carbon cap-and-trade auctions will help fund development of the state's high-speed rail line and pay for public transit, affordable housing and communities located near jobs and transportation under a deal struck yesterday. Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) office and top state lawmakers reached agreement on a package that carved up $870 million that the state expects to see in fiscal 2014-15 from its sales of greenhouse gas pollution permits to businesses. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060001261 Beijing emitters ignore carbon scheme, question government authority: media. More than a quarter of all companies covered by Beijing's municipal carbon laws ignored a key reporting deadline, local media reported Friday, with some powerful companies questioning the local government trading body's authority to regulate them. Beijing's carbon trading market, one of six set up in China to rein in rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions, caps carbon dioxide from nearly 500 local enterprises. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/13/us-china-carbon-idUSKBN0EO0MR20140613 AIR POLLUTION Ozone levels expected to rise more this summer. The early arrival of summer-like heat and dry conditions are already sparking a grim outlook for this year's air quality forecast. The Valley Air District says it's likely we'll see more dangerous ozone fill out sky this summer. That's despite the community's efforts to significantly reduce harmful emissions. Posted. http://abc30.com/news/ozone-levels-expected-to-rise-more-this-summer/111084/ CLIMATE CHANGE NASA satellite to map carbon emissions. NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission will provide a more complete, global picture of the human and natural sources of carbon dioxide, as well as carbon dioxide's "sinks," the natural ocean and land processes by which carbon dioxide is pulled out of Earth's atmosphere and stored. Carbon dioxide, a critical component of Earth's carbon cycle, is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate. Posted. http://geospatialworld.net/News/View.aspx?ID=29254_Article Muon detector could help UK reduce carbon emissions. Muon detectors which exploit cosmic-ray muons, a natural radiation to see through kilometres of rock - in a similar way to X-rays being used to see inside a patient’s body - are being developed by the Particle Physics Group at the University of Sheffield, to improve monitoring of the process of subsurface carbon storage. Posted. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/muon-detector-reduce-carbon-emissions-1.380076 Six Things Michael Mann Wants You to Know About the Science of Global Warming. There is nothing controversial about the work of climatologist Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. His innovative research helped recreate the Earth’s historical temperature record and separate the noise of natural weather fluctuations from the steady signal of real climate change. As such, Mann has played a significant role in the development of the overwhelming scientific consensus – the planet is warming and human activities are responsible. Posted. http://billmoyers.com/2014/06/12/six-things-michael-mann-wants-you-to-know-about-the-science-of-global-warming/ HIGH-SPEED RAIL Budget Deal Allots 25 Percent of Cap-and-Trade Funds to Bullet Train. We've seen some compromising. The new state budget will likely include funding for high speed rail and affordable housing, and it looks like another major difference has been bridged as well. After staging rallies and vigils in recent weeks, in-home care workers look to have scored a victory. Posted. http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/budget-deal-allots-25-percent-of-12456688/ DROUGHT California seeing hottest year on record thus far. Remember the 90-degree days in San Francisco last month? How about the triple digits inland this spring? According to a new federal climate report, those were anything but blips. California is baking in its hottest year on record. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Burn-notice-California-seeing-hottest-year-on-5548755.php VEHICLES Tesla open-sources all its patents. When Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he's thinking about something, you definitely need to pay attention because it's likely something big. In an eloquently worded press release (a very rare thing indeed) Musk explains reason after reason why Tesla is opening up all of its patents, effective immediately. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/12/tesla-open-source-patents/ GREEN ENERGY Michigan Lawmaker Wants Tar Sands Waste To Count As Renewable Energy. A Michigan lawmaker wants to change his state’s renewable energy standard to include some rather unconventional fuels. State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) is sponsoring a bill that would alter Michigan’s definition of renewable energy to include plastic waste and petroleum coke, a byproduct of tar sands refining. The aim of the bill is to “remove unnecessary burdens on the appropriate use of solid waste as a clean energy source.” Posted. http://flcoastalandocean.org/news/michigan-lawmaker-wants-tar-sands-waste-to-count-as-renewable-energy MISCELLANEOUS Smog-busting roof tiles could clean tons of pollution, study says. UC Riverside researchers say they have demonstrated an inexpensive roof coating that gobbles up smog-forming pollutants and, if widely adopted, could clean tons of air pollution from Southern California each day. In a laboratory experiment, engineering students found that ordinary clay roof tiles sprayed with titanium dioxide removed 88% to 97% of nitrogen oxide pollution from the air. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-smog-busting-roof-tiles-20140605-story.html OPINION Lack Of Transparency The Key To Success Of EPA Climate Change Proposals. Opponents of the EPA proposals to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent readily concede that if implemented they might indeed reduce the earth’s temperature by as much as one twentieth of a degree within one hundred years, but have expressed concerns about the hundreds of billions it would cost consumers to do so. Of particular concern to opponents is how these proposals would affect the poor, since the poor pay three times as much as a percentage of their income as higher income groups. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/06/13/lack-of-transparency-the-key-to-success-of-epa-climate-change-proposals/ Contra Costa Times editorial: Bullet train scam is a bad budget deal. Enough with the high-speed rail lunacy. The Legislature needs to derail the budget deal reportedly cobbled together Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders that calls for spending 25 percent of future cap-and-trade revenue on California's high-speed rail boondoggle. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/editorial/ci_25951420/contra-costa-times-editorial-bullet-train-scam-is BLOGS How Eating Broccoli Can Help Your Body Cope With Air Pollution. Eat your broccoli, it’s good for you. More specifically—and not incidentally if you live in China—it can apparently help your body better deal with air pollution. According to a study published this week by the journal Cancer Prevention Research, an experiment conducted in eastern China’s Jiangsu province found that feeding villagers beverages concocted from broccoli sprouts had various salutary effects, including helping the body to more speedily eliminate ingested air pollutants. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/06/13/how-eating-broccoli-can-help-your-body-cope-with-air-pollution/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.