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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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