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ARB Newsclips for May 23, 2012. 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. CLIMATE CHANGE EU appeals to China to join global emissions talks. A European envoy held out a possible compromise in a fight with China over carbon emissions charges on airlines, saying Wednesday that Europe might alter its system if Beijing helps negotiate global regulations. China, India, the United States and Russia oppose the European Union charges that took effect Jan. 1. Beijing has barred its carriers from cooperating and has suspended purchases of European aircraft. Talks on a global system have begun in the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. body, said Matthew Baldwin, director of aviation for the 27-nation EU. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/may/23/eu-appeals-to-china-to-join-global-emissions/#ixzz1vi0zcU4Y http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_20687596/eu-appeals-china-join-global-emissions-talks?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20687596/eu-appeals-china-join-global-emissions-talks?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com FUELS BLM announces its intent to regulate mine methane releases. The Bureau of Land Management has notified the White House of its intention to regulate methane emissions from coal mines on public land. A pre-rule notice to the White House Office of Management and Budget said BLM is considering proposing rules "concerning the capture, sale or destruction of waste mine methane." The agency said its goal is to comply with executive and secretarial orders requiring the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/05/23/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES INDUSTRY: Low-emission vehicles in use at landfill. Houston-based Waste Management Inc. has introduced eight natural gas-fueled transfer trailers at its El Sobrante Landfill in Corona. Transfer trailers are used to move trash from surrounding communities to the landfill. The trailers are the first of their kind at the landfill, with better fuel efficiency and near-zero emissions, according to a news release. The trucks and trailers are part of the company’s goal of reducing fleet emissions by 15 percent by 2020. Earlier this year the Corona landfill invested in a diesel-and-electric hybrid bulldozer. About 80 percent of Waste Management collection trucks serving Western Riverside County run on compressed or liquid natural gas, the company said. Posted. http://www.pe.com/business/business-headlines/20120521-industry-low-emission-vehicles-in-use-at-landfill.ece GREEN ENERGY Britain Says It Will Add Reactors for Energy. Britain announced plans Tuesday to finance a new generation of nuclear power plants and renewable energy facilities, in a move that illustrates the differences in energy policies among European Union countries as the bloc grapples with the challenge of reconciling economic and environmental objectives. While Germany intends to phase out nuclear power, and France’s new president, François Hollande, says he hopes to reduce his country’s reliance on it, the British government appears to be moving in the opposite direction with its proposals, which are intended to attract $175 billion in investment to build new reactors and renewable energy plants. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/world/europe/british-energy-plan-would-add-nuclear-plants.html After 2 years, SF's solar projects still on hold. Critics question city's commitment to renewable energy. Despite promising to install solar panels on as many municipal buildings as possible, including City Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco has not awarded contracts for solar projects in nearly three years. The city has attributed much of the delay to a labor issue that has taken two years to resolve. But some critics argue that the city has allowed bids for such projects to languish, at the expense of both green jobs and climate change initiatives. Posted. http://www.baycitizen.org/energy/story/sfs-solar-projects-still-hold/ MISCELLANEOUS Group that backed downtown stadium criticizes environmental report. The Natural Resources Defense Council says the document on the proposed football stadium failed to fully analyze traffic-related health risks. An environmental group that has supported a proposed downtown Los Angeles football stadium and helped the developer secure special treatment in the courts issued a sharply worded critique Tuesday of environmental documents prepared for the project. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0523-me-nfl-stadium-20120523,0,3843572.story Stiffer pavement can drive up fuel efficiency – study. Getting better fuel economy isn't just about the type of car and how it's driven; it's also about what the car is driven on, according to a new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Research produced by MIT's Concrete Sustainability Hub found that using stiffer pavement on roads across the United States could reduce fuel consumption by up to 3 percent. Those savings could amount to using 273 million fewer barrels of crude oil per year, valued at $15.6 billion at today's oil prices, and decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 46.5 million metric tons. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2012/05/23/9 BY SUBCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Has blazing a trail in solar energy cost California too much? California leads the nation in solar power, but the proliferation of home installations has been fueled by electric rate incentives. A battle over how much longer they will be available is being waged. That ray of light you see peeking through all the clouds darkening California's future? That's the sun. More specifically, solar power, in which California is the hands-down national leader. The state's installed solar generating capacity of about 1.2 gigawatts…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20120523,0,1359952.column?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fbusiness+%28L.A.+Times+-+Business%29 Hydroelectric definition as non-renewable is just fine. Re "Exclusion of hydro is foolish" (Dan Walters, May 21): The Renewable Portfolio Standard is not "foolish" because it excludes large hydroelectric facilities. This definition of renewables has been used since passage of the Private Power Producers Act in 1976 where large hydroelectric is defined as "conventional generation." Since then, California's policy has been to encourage a diverse portfolio of renewable energy resources. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/22/4506570/hydroelectric-definition-is-just.html Keep clean energy accounting clean, minus hydropower. Re "Shouldn't hydro count against the carbon reduction mandate?" (Dan Walters, May 21): Excluding large hydroelectric dams from California’s renewable energy goals is good public policy. For example, allowing Hoover Dam, which was built in the 1930s, to count toward the renewable energy goals of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would prevent hundreds of new jobs from being created and it would dilute the overall effectiveness of a policy that is designed to spur the development of technologies, like solar and wind, that have a real future in our state. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/22/4506096/keep-clean-energy-clean.html Cap-and-trade will encourage move to clean energy. It is discouraging to see our state's landmark law on climate and clean energy, the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), under attack again. The investment and innovation unleashed by AB32 is creating jobs and is spurring transformation of our buildings, vehicles, lighting and energy generation systems to run cleaner, smarter and more efficiently. While the law continues to enjoy broad public support, you would not know that if you listened to those who would keep our state addicted to the dirty ways of the past. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/22/ED2N1OKERH.DTL BLOGS Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above. It’s spring — time to plant your roof. Roofs, like coffee, used to be black tar. Now both have gone gourmet: for roofs, the choices are white, green, blue and solar-panel black. All are green in one sense. In different ways, each helps to solve serious environmental problems. One issue is air pollution, which needs no introduction. The second is the urban heat island. Because cities have lots of dark surfaces that absorb heat and relatively little green cover, they tend to be hotter than surrounding areas — the average summer temperature in NewYork City is more than 7 degrees hotter than in the Westchester suburbs. Posted. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/in-urban-jungles-green-roofs-bring-relief-from-above/ Trendspotting: Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of the Cloud. Did the Greenpeace “Clean our Cloud” campaign nudge Apple toward a stronger environmental stance? Since April, the environmental organization Greenpeace has had a bull’s-eye on Apple in its campaign to clean up the Internet “Cloud” that stores our music, apps, and photos. It’s accused Apple of using high-carbon “dirty fuels” like coal to power its new data center in North Carolina and has used dramatic pranks and slick videos to get consumers involved. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2012/05/22/trendspotting-a-greener-apple-vows-to-clean-up-the-icloud/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29 Obama administration rethinking support for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. This is one political flip-flop scenario that could actually please some constituents. The Obama Administration might reverse its policy of cutting support for hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle development (FCEV) in favor of battery-electric vehicles by putting more resources towards FCEV advancement, Slate reports. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently spoke at a private event and supported expansion of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, Slate said, citing ex-Shell USA President John Hofmeister. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/05/22/obama-administration-rethinking-support-for-hydrogen-fuel-cell-v/ Toyota sells over four million hybrids worldwide. A million here, a million there. Sooner or later, those numbers add up. Toyota announced today it has sold over four million hybrids around the world since introducing the first Prius in Japan all the way back in 1997. Sales were slow, at first, but the pace is now picking up. For example, it was around 14 months ago that Toyota announced it had sold three million hybrids around the world. With the sales success of the newly introduced V, C and Plug-In models and Toyota looking for hybrid production capacity in the U.S…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/05/22/toyota-sells-over-four-million-hybrids-worldwide/#continued