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ARB Newsclips for December 2, 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. AIR POLLUTION Carbon pollution up to 2 million pounds a second. The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it's now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple of degrees, which is an international goal. The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world's biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet's top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CARBON_POLLUTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/world/emissions-of-carbon-dioxide-hit-record-in-2011-researchers-say.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/study-carbon-dioxide-emissions-worldwide-up-again-2-degree-limit-to-global-warming-unlikely/2012/12/02/8658886e-3caa-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/World-s-heat-trapping-pollution-rises-3-4085870.php http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/03/5025882/pewpfoe-jfop-opfej-fpoejf-poesjf.html http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/02/5025100/carbon-pollution-up-to-2-million.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22110734/carbon-pollution-up-2-million-pounds-second http://fresnobee.com/2012/12/02/3086317/carbon-pollution-up-to-2-million.html#storylink=misearch http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/12/02/3086873/report-global-carbon-dioxide-emissions.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/02/carbon-pollution-up-to-2-million-pounds-a-second/ UC Davis research plane sniffs out gas leaks. To a casual observer, it looks like someone barnstorming several hundred feet above sparsely populated Central California terrain in a small plane. But it’s UC Davis atmospheric researchers surveying Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s 600 miles of natural gas pipelines between Sonoma and Fresno in a single-engine Mooney TLS packed with scientific instruments designed to sniff out leaks of methane, a potent source of global warming. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-uc-davis-research-plane-sniffs-out-gas-leaks-20121203,0,5546847.story?track=rss Schools, offices closed over air pollution in Iran. Iran's state TV says Tehran's schools, universities and government offices will be closed for two days because of high air pollution in the capital. The broadcast Monday quoted Tehran governor Morteza Tamaddon as saying that banks and hospitals will remain open to provide services to the residents of the smog-filled capital. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22114133/schools-offices-closed-over-air-pollution-iran?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/schools-universities-government-offices-closed-in-iranian-capital-over-heavy-air-pollution/2012/12/03/4daa912a-3d53-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/3/schools-offices-closed-over-air-pollution-in-iran/&sa=U&ei=B-q8UN3EFcWtiAfL14CIBA&ved=0CAoQFjAB&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNFLajslqFPt8FakveV2cZoDVmlI1A http://www.modbee.com/2012/12/03/2479489/schools-offices-closed-over-air.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy Group sues over quarry. At 94, Fraser West refers to himself as "an old cowboy." Old enough that he's cut back. The Texas longhorns grazing outside his home number in the dozens now, rather than the hundreds he once ran. But he says he's not ready to cut back on clean air, quiet or beauty. That's why he's part of the Ione Valley Land, Air, and Water Defense Alliance, a group that's suing to overturn Amador County's approval of a quarry that over the next 50 years would mine and crush a 250-foot-tall ridge just south of his ranch. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121201/A_NEWS/212010322&cid=sitesearch AIR QUALITY: Father and son on same South Coast governing board. Overseeing regional air-pollution regulations and policies in the nation's smoggiest metropolis will soon be somewhat of a family affair. Wildomar Mayor Ben Benoit will replace retiring Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge on the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He will be the voice of Riverside County’s cities on the board. Benoit, owner of a computer networking business, will join his father, Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit, who represents the county on the 13-member air district board. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20121202-air-quality-father-and-son-on-same-south-coast-governing-board.ece CLIMATE CHANGE US envoy hits China's stand in UN climate talks. The United States on Monday challenged China's view of how to split the burden of curbing carbon emissions, saying the rich-poor divide in past climate agreements has no place in a future pact to fight global warming. The U.S. envoy to international climate talks in Qatar, Todd Stern, said that the next climate deal must be based on "real-world" considerations, not "an ideology that says we're going to draw a line down the middle of the world." Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CLIMATE_TALKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/03/5027051/us-envoy-hits-chinas-stand-in.html http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/US-envoy-hits-China-s-stand-in-UN-climate-talks-4086739.php http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22114270/us-envoy-hits-chinas-stand-un-climate-talks http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/us-climate-envoy-says-rich-poor-split-in-un-talks-must-end-challenging-chinas-position/2012/12/03/89b49baa-3d55-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/us-envoy-hits-china-s-stand-in-un-climate-talks/article_2019e754-dd50-5c3c-8849-207daca1e943.html New Zealand: Forget Kyoto, write new climate deal. Highlighting a rift between the rich countries and emerging economies like China, New Zealand's climate minister staunchly defended his government's decision to drop out of the emissions pact for developed nations, saying it's an outdated and insufficient response to global warming. Other key issues at the conference, now starting its second week, include how to help emerging nations switch to climate-friendly energy sources and charting the course for a new treaty that would replace the Kyoto Protocol, which covers only developed countries. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/02/5024926/ap-interview-new-zealand-slams.html#storylink=cpy http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22110459/ap-interview-new-zealand-slams-kyoto-extension http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ap-interview-new-zealand-climate-minister-says-time-to-look-beyond-kyoto-protocol/2012/12/02/e2e5a468-3c82-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/02/ap-interview-new-zealand-slams-kyoto-extension/#ixzz2E0uJ3y2t Plants and soils could accelerate climate's warming, study warns. When climate scientists try to estimate how much the Earth will warm due to increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, a key consideration is the role of plants and soils. The more carbon they absorb, the more they reduce the global warming potential. But recent studies indicate that assumptions about plants' and soils' capacity in the so-called "carbon cycle" may be overly optimistic. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/02/5024917/plants-and-soils-could-accelerate.html#storylink=cpy Dems pushing to reform of CEQA. It's been 42 years since then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the landmark California Environmental Quality Act, an early victory for the nascent environmental protection movement that since has become a very powerful force in state and national politics. Whether CEQA and its legislative progeny, including the most recent anti-global warming laws, have truly protected California's environment or merely morphed into vehicles for those on the political left to pursue other ideological goals remains a bitterly debated issue. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/12/02/3086865/dems-pushing-to-reform-of-ceqa.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy In the West, GOP Governors, Skeptical of Cap-and-Trade, Will Watch California. Utah Governor Gary Herbert is skeptical about the viability of large-scale carbon trading in the United States, but says he is “absolutely” watching as California continues rolling out its unprecedented two-week-old cap-and-trade system. Should California’s experiment work, states should take note, he told Stateline Sunday (December 2). If it fails, “we’ll be able to check that off the list.” Posted. http://www.pewstates.org/projects/stateline/headlines/in-the-west-gop-governors-skeptical-of-cap-and-trade-will-watch-california-85899433597 FUELS Diamonds Dug in Gusty Arctic Too Remote for Diesel Fuel: Energy. The four windmills dug into northern Canada’s tundra that power Rio Tinto Group’s $5.2 billion Diavik diamond mine are the world’s first designed to work in gusts as cold as 40 degrees below zero. The mining company has sunk $30 million into wind energy because roads are frozen and closed to diesel fuel deliveries for 10 months a year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Diamonds-Dug-in-Gusty-Arctic-Too-Remote-for-4087146.php#ixzz2E0vRBmI3 Gas prices down 12 cents from last week. Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen roughly 12 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.45 per gallon. The auto club said Monday the average is about 15 cents per gallon more than last year at this time. Of the Michigan cities it surveys, AAA Michigan said the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Saginaw and Bay City areas, where it's about $3.29 a gallon. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/03/aaa-mich-gas-prices-down-12-cents-from-last-week/#ixzz2E0tI5OyY Companies begin using waste gas to produce ethanol. Alternative fuel company Lanzatech NZ Ltd. today announced that it has successfully converted waste gases from a Chinese steel mill into transportation fuels and chemicals. The success of the demonstration project with Baosteel Group Corp., China's second-largest steel company, along with recent approvals by a national Chinese review panel, means LanzaTech is ready to begin a commercial-scale plant next year using the technology, the company said today. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2012/12/03/19 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES New Lacks eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology shows 1.1 mpg highway gain in fuel efficiency on Ford Focus. Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC, a business unit of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., a global supplier of trim systems to the automotive industry, introduced its new patented eVOLVE hybrid composite wheel technology, based on Lacks’ Chromtec wheel technology, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/12/evolve-20121203.html GREEN ENERGY Obama pipeline decision may preview energy policy. It's a decision President Barack Obama put off during the 2012 campaign, but now that he's won a second term, his next move on a proposed oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada may signal how he will deal with climate and energy issues in the four years ahead. Obama is facing increasing pressure to determine the fate of the $7 billion Keystone XL project…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OIL_PIPELINE_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/01/5023108/pressure-mounting-on-obama-over.html Severely Polluted Mongolia Tries a Cleaner Power Source. On a desolate, wind-raked hilltop not far from the Mongolian capital, white-helmeted workers were busily lifting, tugging and erecting 80-meter poles and fitting them with enormous pinwheel-like turbines in Mongolia’s first foray into wind-generated power. With 31 of these 260-foot, or 79-meter, turbines made by General Electric, the Salkhit, or Windy, Wind Farm will be able to produce 50 megawatts of power when it goes online in early 2013. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/business/energy-environment/severely-polluted-mongolia-tries-a-cleaner-power-source.html?_r=0 Plant to Convert Gas to Liquid Fuel Planned in U.S. In an ambitious bet that the glut of cheap natural gas in the United States will last for many years, a South African energy company announced on Monday that it would build America’s first commercial plant to convert natural gas to diesel and other liquid fuels. The company, Sasol, which is based in Johannesburg, has been a pioneer in a technology that has tantalized energy scientists for decades over its potential to produce liquid fuels without using oil, which has historically cost far more than natural gas. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/business/energy-environment/sasol-plans-first-gas-to-liquids-plant-in-us.html Indiana experiencing surge in wind power market. Willis Ladd counts them through the little window above his kitchen sink. One, two, three, four ... 31 wind turbines. Willis and his wife Noramae have lived in their home on Indiana Highway 13 near Elwood for over 40 years. And in that time, the view from their kitchen has stayed almost the same — flat farmland, running from the edge of their roughly 2-acre yard until it hits the horizon. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Indiana-experiencing-surge-in-wind-power-market-4085104.php#ixzz2E0wZv3iv Tidal wave of money coming to make California schools greener. A green classroom uses natural light to cut down on energy costs. (Bill Lovejoy/MediaNews file) During the fall campaign, California's attention was focused on the presidential race and Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure. But in a historic, largely overlooked environmental shift, the state's voters also triggered a multibillion-dollar tidal wave of new green spending. By overwhelmingly passing Proposition 39, voters closed a tax loophole on out-of-state corporations that will generate $1.1 billion a year. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_22102553/tidal-wave-money-coming-make-california-schools-greener Desert wind farm jolts San Diego. A wind farm in the northern Sonora desert will deliver its first jolt of electricity to San Diego this week, opening up the flow of renewable energy across the Sunrise Powerlink. The power plant at Ocotillo is one in a long line of utility-scale wind and solar projects made possible by the new 117-mile transmission line leading from Coastal California into the Imperial Valley. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/dec/01/desert-wind-farm-jolts-San-Diego/ MISCELLANEOUS U.S. regulators grill Edison on bid to restart part of San Onofre. The utility wants to fire up one of the two reactors at 70% power for five months, before taking it offline for inspection. Edison says the procedure would be safe. Federal regulators grilled Southern California Edison publicly for the first time Friday on its proposal to restart part of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant. San Onofre has been out of service for 10 months because of unusual wear on steam generator tubes. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1201-san-onofre-20121201,0,4585080.story California Air Resources Board Verifies First Diesel Particulate Filter with Safety Device Manufactured by Boshart Engineering, Inc. On September 10, 2012, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that Boshart Engineering, Inc. had achieved verification of the BE Econix Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) active metal system with the industry's first safety device for a DPF. This verification has allowed Boshart to immediately market and install systems with their safety device to support California fleet regulations and air quality improvement efforts. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/30/5020897/california-air-resources-board.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS The war of words over climate change. They say truth is the first casualty of war. In the war of words over climate change, that is plainly the case. On Nov. 25, The Post ran a news article by reporter Juliet Eilperin [“Climate skeptics target energy law”] that falsely claimed my organization, the Heartland Institute, received millions of dollars from ExxonMobil and foundations affiliated with Charles G. and David H. Koch. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-war-of-words-over-climate-change/2012/11/30/dab1285e-38c1-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_story.html Viewpoints: Clean Energy Jobs Act can ignite state comeback. Californians wisely voted in November to close an egregious corporate tax loophole that benefited only out-of-state corporations at the expense of our taxpayers and California businesses. However, the passage of this measure offers something additional that is perhaps even more important – the opportunity to restore faith in state government. Proposition 39 was born out of the same dysfunction that gave rise to California voters' disillusionment with their government. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/02/5022489/clean-energy-jobs-act-can-ignite.html#storylink=cpy The Conversation: Danger in magical wood fires. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Are air quality districts going too far by imposing no-burn days and bans on wood-burning fireplaces in new construction? Add your comment below. To write a letter, go to sacbee.com/sendletter. About this time of year, as the holidays and cold weather press in upon us, I invariably think of my father, pine cones and fireplaces. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/02/5022441/danger-in-magical-wood-fires.html#storylink=cpy Time to revamp the Clean Air Act. Can you imagine banning all vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley? Or how about an all out prohibition on combustion of fossil fuels in the region? Is it fair to require valley companies to pay millions in air pollution penalties when their operations account for 20 percent of air pollution but vehicles and other mobile sources pump out the other 80 percent? What would happen if Los Angeles had to prohibit a quarter of its population from driving each day? Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/opinion/our-view/x1801510372/Time-to-revamp-the-Clean-Air-Act Carbon tax: It's not coming soon. A US carbon tax would raise revenue for the federal government. But there are three reasons a carbon tax won't be part of any budget compromise in the next few weeks. As the US speeds towards the fiscal cliff, COP 18 has commenced in Doha, add the lingering effects of Sandy with an initial cost estimate of more than $70 billion and the result is a lot of discussion and analysis of how a carbon tax could be (should be) part of a budget compromise. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2012/1201/Carbon-tax-It-s-not-coming-soon BLOGS What the Doha Climate Talks Could Do for Sustainable Development. While participants at last year’s climate meeting in Durban agreed on an extension of the troubled Kyoto Protocol, it is at this year’s meeting in Doha that policy makers have to agree on the pesky details, including long-term emission reduction goals. As my colleague John Broder reported last week, the outlook is not entirely rosy. Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/what-the-doha-climate-talks-could-do-for-sustainable-development/ While International Climate Negotiations Continue, the World’s Ninth Largest Economy Takes an Important Step Forward. A little more than two weeks ago, while some 195 nations prepared to meet in Doha, Qatar, for the Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in an ongoing effort to hammer out a durable scheme of effective international cooperation, the ninth largest economy in the world took an important step forward to achieve its own ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. Posted. http://www.robertstavinsblog.org/2012/12/01/while-international-climate-negotiations-continue-the-worlds-ninth-largest-economy-takes-an-important-step-forward/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Belfer%2FAnEconomicViewOfTheEnvironment+%28Harvard+University+-+Belfer+Center+for+Science+and+International+Affairs+-+An+Economic+View+of+the+Environment%29 Climate Change Dialogue May Be Missing The Voice Of Islamic Leaders. At Friday prayers in Qatar's most popular mosque, the imam discussed the civil war in Syria, the unrest in Egypt and the U.N. endorsement of an independent state of Palestine. Not a word about climate change, even though the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar is hosting a U.N. conference where nearly 200 countries are trying to forge a joint plan to fight global warming, which climate activists say is the greatest modern challenge to mankind. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/02/climate-change-islam_n_2222211.html Renewable energy consumption is expected to keep rising in the U.S. — sort of. The Energy Information Administration has what seems, at first blush, like bad news. Renewable energy consumption in the U.S. is expected to drop 2.6 percent this year. Here's a graph of the dip. (Note: Both 2012 and 2013 values are estimates.) Click to embiggen. Buried in the data, however, is the truth: The drop is only due to hydropower "[beginning] to return to its long-term average." Posted. http://grist.org/news/renewable-energy-consumption-is-expected-to-keep-rising-in-the-u-s-sort-of/ Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December? Well, it is December, everyone. It's the time of year when you just want to stay huddled up cozily inside, maybe with a roaring fire to provide comfort given the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside. Posted. http://grist.org/news/is-it-just-us-or-does-it-seem-a-little-warm-for-december/ The world is producing 2.4 million pounds of CO2 a second. We have a correction to make. In an article last month we provided some erroneous information that may have painted an inaccurate picture of the state of the atmosphere. We stated that carbon dioxide emissions rose 2.5 percent in 2011. That figure appears to be incorrect. Posted. http://grist.org/news/the-world-is-producing-2-4-million-pounds-of-co2-a-second/ Getting ready for climate change: How the West Coast can lead the way. In mid-November, I was in San Francisco for the Greenbuild conference and a series of events related to clean economy policies on the West Coast. One of the most significant was a meeting of representatives from the leaders of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia -- scientists and advocates addressing climate change risks and infrastructure decisions. http://grist.org/climate-energy/getting-ready-for-climate-change-how-the-west-coast-can-lead-the-way/