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1. CALIFORNIA

Regulators get to the tough part of cap and trade -- how to spend the money effectively

Better scrutiny is needed to ensure that revenues from California's landmark cap-and-trade auctions fund the best choices for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, state air board members said yesterday. A week after the Golden State released its draft plan for spending cap-and-trade money, some Air Resources Board members said they wanted ways of evaluating the most worthy recipients, to avoid charges that the program plays favorites.

2. SCIENCE

Researchers unmask climate secrets of sea spray and clouds

Researchers have known for a long time that sea spray, the moisture flung off the top of collapsing waves, plays a role in reflecting light back to space and in creating clouds. While that spray may appear like simple saltwater droplets to the casual observer leaning off the side of a boat, it's actually quite complex, with its droplets varying in size and composition.

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