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ARB Newsclips for August 8, 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 In China, Air Pollution Rules Spur Big Car Purchases. As more Chinese cities propose license-plate lotteries and other ways of limiting the number of cars on the road, consumers are responding by buying more expensive automobiles with bigger engines. In Shanghai, one of four major Chinese cities with policies designed to reduce car purchases to ease pollution and traffic congestion, between 9,000 and 10,000 plates are auctioned monthly, fetching an average of 82,000 yuan ($13,400) so far this year. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323420604578651471077993746.html CLIMATE CHANGE Report: Climate change is impacting California. Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century. That’s just a snapshot of how climate change is affecting California’s natural resources, a report released Thursday found. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CALIFORNIA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES Climate change woes already widespread in California, study says. California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-effects-california-20130807,0,7293516.story Clarity, climate change at forefront of Lake Tahoe research by UC Davis. Lake Tahoe's clarity improved for the second straight year in 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by UC Davis researchers. But long-term trends indicate climate change is working against that clarity. The lake's annual "health exam" included predictions for Tahoe in the 21st century, which researchers say could be used to estimate conditions for other lakes in the western United States. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/08/5632546/clarity-climate-change-at-forefront.html Agency finds climate change taking toll on California. California lakes are warming, sea levels are rising, wildfires are spreading, and mountain plants and animals are migrating to higher ground as the impact of climate change takes hold throughout the state, a new report says. The evidence of the effects of the warming trend emerged in an analysis of 36 "indicators" - warning signs of changes - that are detailed in the 240-page report released Wednesday by the state's Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Agency-finds-climate-change-taking-toll-on-4716422.php Global warming already having dramatic impacts in California, new report. Rising ocean waters. Bigger and more frequent forest fires. More brutally hot summer days. These aren't the usual predictions about global warming based on computer forecasts. They're changes already happening in California, according to a detailed new report issued Thursday by the California Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23819150/global-warming-already-having-dramatic-impacts-california-new CALIFORNIA: State tracks climate change consequences. The fires that have been burning in Riverside County — including the Silver Fire still out of control south of Banning —- are vivid evidence of the consequences of climate change described in a new state report that found significant changes in temperatures and water supply just since 2009. The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, issued the report today, Aug. 8, to help state agencies plan for further changes. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130808-california-state-tracks-climate-change-consequences.ece Report: Climate change is impacting California. Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century. That’s just a snapshot of how climate change is affecting California’s natural resources, a report released Thursday found. http://www.boston.com/news/science/2013/08/08/report-climate-change-impacting-california/1e8qbx2ZADZizBrsFO13cL/story.html Report: Climate change and California's rising sea levels. More Californians than ever say the state should take action immediately on climate change, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. Many of those surveyed believe the effects of climate change are already here, with a quarter of Californians saying their biggest weather worry is flooding or rising seas. Scientists studying sea level rising are working hard to get the rest of society to pay more attention to the issue. http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/08/01/33012/report-climate-change-and-california-s-rising-sea/ State report: From Point Reyes to Sausalito, climate change impact is real. The report, "Indicators of Climate Change in California," issued by the state's Environmental Protection Agency, tracks 36 indicators of climate change. Its conclusion: The indicators show that climate change is occurring now throughout California, from the coast to the Central Valley to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. http://www.marinij.com/sausalitoandmarincity/ci_23818041/state-report-from-point-reyes-sausalito-climate-change CALIFORNIA: State tracks climate change consequences. The fires that have been burning in Riverside County — including the Silver Fire still out of control south of Banning —- are vivid evidence of the consequences of climate change described in a new state report that found significant changes in temperatures and water supply just since 2009. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130808-california-state-tracks-climate-change-consequences.ece California environmental advocate invests in Virginia governor's race. California billionaire and clean energy philanthropist Thomas Steyer is spending $400,000 on television ads critical of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the latest effort by the former hedge-fund-manager-turned-environmental activist to inject climate change into statewide elections. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-steyer-virginia-20130808,0,1783428.story Killer bee season underway with a vengeance. Summer’s here, bringing climbing temperatures, rising humidity in some areas and the renewed threat from killer bees. So far this season a colony of 100,000 Africanized honeybees have taken up residence in a Houston home and a similar sized swarm attacked two park workers in Florida. At least one death has been reported in Central Texas as well as attacks on humans and animals elsewhere. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-killer-bee-season-houston-20130807,0,3883817.story FUELS EPA Revisits Ethanol Mandate as Fuel Use Slips. U.S. regulators said they would propose for the first time lowering the mandated consumption of alternative motor fuels, a reversal in policy that puts the powerful ethanol industry on the defense. The move could shrink demand for alternative fuels whose use is required by the U.S. mandate. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968704578652011231792732.html?KEYWORDS=fuels California lawmakers call for review of offshore fracking. A group of state lawmakers is calling for an investigation by federal regulators into reports of oil companies engaging in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the California coast. Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) wrote the letter signed by seven other state legislators and sent to the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. The lawmakers call for federal officials to consider new regulations for fracking under the seabed. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-offshore-fracking-20130806,0,6443210.story EPA sets 2013 percentages for Renewable Fuel Standard; anticipating adjustments to 2014 volume requirements. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the US fuel supply (a 9.74% blend). Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/08/epa-20130806.html Noting 'climate change has no border,' Calif. air district votes to oppose pipeline. Bay Area air regulators weighed in yesterday against the Keystone XL pipeline, passing a resolution urging President Obama to reject the Canada-to-Nebraska leg of the project for its potential effects on climate change and air pollution. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District voted 11-4 to approve the resolution…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985766/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES 350,000 Electric Cars in SoCal by 2020? SoCal Edison is Getting Ready. About a tenth of electric vehicles operating in the United States are charged up by power provided by Southern California Edison (SCE), according to a whitepaper the utility released Tuesday. The whitepaper, a slick if wonky piece of PR, details how SCE is trying to ready itself to serve an estimated 350,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2020. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/transportation/socal-edison-says-its-getting-ready-for-electric-cars.html GREEN ENERGY Solar Shipments Surge in Second Quarter as Asia Demand Rises. Solar-panel shipments in the second quarter from three of the four largest producers exceeded projections by as much as 32 percent as demand in Asia surged. Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) shipped 455 megawatts in the second quarter, compared with a May forecast of 380 megawatts to 420 megawatts, the Guelph, Ontario-based company said in a statement today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-08/solar-shipments-surge-in-second-quarter-as-demand-in-asia-swells.html BLOGS Energy Journal: Schwarzenegger Calls for American Leadership. Last month President Barack Obama proposed sweeping new measures aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants. This was immediately pronounced a “carbon tax.” While the Hill bickers, actual carbon extraction in the U.S. continues to rise, the Guardian says—although emissions have fallen as natural gas is burned instead of coal and surplus coal is exported…Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/08/07/energy-journal-schwarzenegger-calls-for-american-leadership/?KEYWORDS=emissions Korean Electric Buses Go Wireless. South Korea is fielding wireless electric buses in the southeastern city of Gumi, in the world’s first test run of the technology on public roads. The city will run two of the On-Line Electric Vehicles, or OLEV, on existing bus routes 10 times a day from this week. The buses will cover a distance of 24 kilometers, or 15 miles. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2013/08/08/korean-electric-buses-go-wireless/?KEYWORDS=vehicles Making History on Climate Change. In 2006, California made history with the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which committed my home state to a landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite strong opposition from the fossil fuels industry, including repeated efforts to gut the law, California's groundbreaking effort to clean our air, protect our climate and grow a clean-energy industry that produces good, career-path jobs is moving forward. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/preeti-vissa/making-history-on-climate-change_b_3721952.html