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  • Top legislators from California yesterday voiced their opposition to a proposal that would significantly change a new program aimed at trimming harmful air emissions from ships along the U.S. coast.

    E&E News
  • The Senate yesterday evening passed a $631 billion defense policy bill that would preserve the military's ability to purchase more costly biofuels, authorize $150 million in energy conservation projects and make a handful of reforms to the Defense Department's environmental, energy and nuclear security policies.

    E&E News
  •  CHINA is experiencing its most severe economic downturn in decades, and revitalizing its economic model is critical to future prosperity — not only in China, but around the world...By adopting a new approach to urbanization, its leaders can assure more balanced investment, address a major source of debt, achieve a consumption windfall and clean up the country’s environment. 

    New York Times
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    ... A ballet of giant, tightly coordinated engineering works — $4.5 billion worth of building up, tearing down and digging under on the water’s edge — is about to change the city’s storied old coast...starting next year. Each of the pieces is major in its own right — a 1.8-mile big-bore tunnel 200 feet below grade at its deepest, an earthquake-conscious sea wall buttressing the piers and an altered city grid that will come with a demolition of the old viaduct. 

    New York Times
  • For nearly two years, BART has tried to shoo away hundreds of birds laying eggs along the rail extension under construction toward Silicon Valley--even installing those inflatable dancers popular outside used-car lots. The cost to taxpaers: $5 million--or more than $17,000 per nest.

    Mercury News
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    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Caldecott Tunnel between Oakland and orinda, an important gateway between Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The first two bores--each two lanes--opened Dec. 5, 1937.

    Contra Costa Times
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    Municipal Transportation Agency directors told their staff Tuesday to do everything they can to make the abandoned Pagoda Palace Theater the place where the Central Subway's tunnel-boring machines are pulled from the ground. Moving the extraction site from the middle of Columbus Avenue to the former theater at the corner of Columbus and Powell Street could help eliminate two problems...

    SF Chronicle
  • FAA and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Monday announced the activation of new NextGen technology that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado. The technology, known as Wide Area Multilateration (WAM), improves safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage. 

    Aviation News
  • ...Daniel Kammen, the former World Bank Renewable Energy Czar and now a distinguished professor at UC Berkeley, says he is not yet willing to endorse the World Bank as the chair of the GCF (Green Climate Fund). To play that key role, Kammen says, "The World Bank Group needs to embrace 'rigor without mortis': develop and utilize a clear and transparent carbon accounting methodology, apply it to all projects and remain a thought leader as environmental accounting needs to extend to other issues needing metrics, [such as] particulate emissions, water pollution, biodiversity and community sustainability."

    The Nation
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    ...As Randall Stross of the New York Times reports, car insurance companies are offering customers a trade: less privacy for lower premiums. Drivers who install a monitoring device that records when, how far, and how fast they drive -- but not where -- are eligible for discounts of up to 30 percent....Car insurers have an incentive to charge people more who drive more, since those drivers are more likely to make a claim. In other words, insurers want to put a price on driving....Ask not what car insurance can do for you. Ask what it can do for the country and the climate. A lot, it turns out.

    Atlantic Cities