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newsclips -- Newsclips for June 13, 2014

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 12:16:24
ARB Newsclips for June 13, 2014. 

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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. 

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.


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. 


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. 

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. 

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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.” 


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. 


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. 

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. 


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. 

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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