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ARB Newsclips for December 31, 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 Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener. Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters, Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause. The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/science/earth/in-ireland-carbon-taxes-pay-off.html?ref=earth&_r=0 2013: A Tipping Year For Climate Change? This year's extreme weather was one for the record books; 2012 is slated to be the hottest summer on record. The worst drought in 50 years struck the South and Midwest, devastating the U.S. agriculture industry. Deadly floods and superstorms paralyzed the northeast and other parts of the country. While the public is in shock by extreme weather events that have taken place, environmentalist Bill McKibben and other members of the science community say it is a result of climate change. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2012/12/30/168310474/2012-a-tipping-year-for-climate-change Annual bird counts give scientists climate clues. Armed with flashlights, recordings of bird calls, a small notebook and a stash of candy bars, scientist Rich Kostecke embarked on an annual 24-hour Christmastime count of birds along the Texas Gulf Coast. Yellow rail. Barn owl. Bittern. Crested Cara-Cara. Kostecke rattled off the names and scribbled them in his notebook. His data, along with that from more than 50 other volunteers spread out into six groups across the 7,000-acre Mad Island preserve, will be analyzed regionally and then added to a database with the results of more than 2,200 other bird counts going on from mid-December to Jan. 5 across the Western Hemisphere. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Annual-bird-counts-give-scientists-climate-clues-4157422.php Other related articles: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/12/31/3117854/annual-bird-counts-give-scientists.html#storylink=misearch http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/31/5084521/annual-bird-counts-give-scientists.html#storylink=misearch http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_22287403/annual-bird-counts-give-scientists-climate-clues?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_22287403/annual-bird-counts-give-scientists-climate-clues?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com California's New Cap-and-Trade Law: A Model for the Country? If you thought cap-and-trade was dead and buried, think again. It’s true that in Washington, the controversial proposal to fight climate change was squelched after a sweeping 2010 bill crashed in Congress and an aggressive media campaign by the fossil-fuel industry made the phrase “cap-and-trade” political poison. But on Jan. 1, California—the largest economy in the nation and the eighth-largest in the world—will start enforcing a robust cap-and-trade law that’s the first of its kind in the United States. Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/california-s-new-cap-and-trade-law-a-model-for-the-country-20121213 California cap-and-trade program set for second auction. In early 2012, California introduced an ambitious cap-and-trade initiative that aimed to significantly reduce the greenhouse emissions that the state produces. The initiative was an offshoot of a similar measure that was shaping up from the U.S. government at the time. While the federal measure collapsed, the California cap-and-trade program continued taking form. The California Air Resources Board, which oversees the program, recently held the first carbon credit auction for the program, which set a high standards due to its success and proved that the cap-and-trade program could be a powerful new revenue source for the state. Posted. http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/california-cap-and-trade-program-set-for-second-auction/857858/ Arnold Schwarzenegger: Terminator, Body-Builder, and Global Leader on Climate-Change. If the United States ever enacts a major climate-change law, it will owe a debt to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Strange as it sounds, the Austrian-born bodybuilder, former California governor, and movie star has flexed more legislative muscle on climate change than President Obama--who ran for office on the promise of curbing sea level rise and creating millions of green jobs--and Al Gore, the former vice president who won a Nobel Prize for his advocacy on climate change. Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/arnold-schwarzenegger-terminator-body-builder-and-global-leader-on-climate-change-20121230 DIESEL EMISSIONS California Air Resources Board Adds New Regulations; Truckers Struggling to Meet Them. Some trucking companies will be out of business as of January 1 because of new requirements from the California Air Resources Board. Ron Lord, the owner of Lord Trucking out of Red Bluff said many of these truckers will be facing unemployment because they simply cannot afford to meet the new requirements. Lord has been in the industry for almost 30 years. He said he received a letter from the board last week. It states that all vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds from the 2000 to 2004 model years will be forced to upgrade to a verified soot filter or be replaced altogether. Posted. http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/California-Air-Resources-Board-Adds-New-Regulations-Truckers-Struggling-to-Meet-Them/-/14322302/17941474/-/ie5bd4/-/index.html MISCELLANEOUS EPA faces legal battles, might take easy confirmation road. PA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who spearheaded the Obama administration's regulation of carbon emissions, said on Thursday she will step down after almost four years. Her tenure was marked by opposition from industry groups and Republican lawmakers to the EPA's first-ever crackdown on carbon emissions, as well as other anti-pollution measures. Analysts said whoever succeeds Jackson will probably face a spate of lawsuits to challenge rules that the EPA will finalize governing power plants, industrial sources and oil and gas production. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/31/us-epa-legal-idUSBRE8BT02J20121231 Air board chair on pundits' list for EPA. The woman who led California through the development and implementation of some groundbreaking environmental policies could soon be headed to Washington, D.C. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation this week, and already people are speculating about who will next head the agency. One name on nearly every pundit's short list: California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/capitolnotebook/article/Air-board-chair-on-pundits-list-for-EPA-4153321.php OPINION California’s climate-change experiment. Starting on jan. 1, California will begin the nation’s most ambitious experiment yet in fighting climate change, and it will do it more or less alone. For environmentalists depressed by years of the United States’ unproductive “debate” on global warming, this moment is heady — and perilous. Beginning in 2013, the nation’s largest state, the ninth-largest economy in the world, will put a price on the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/californias-climate-change-experiment/2012/12/30/942d4c40-4fb5-11e2-839d-d54cc6e49b63_story.html BLOGS Coal Giant Drops Claim That it is ‘the Global Leader in Clean Energy Solutions’. Peabody Energy, the biggest private-sector coal company in the world, has removed the claim that it is “the global leader in clean energy solutions” from its home page. The two images below show the shift (sometime between Dec. 19 and Dec. 29), with the claim now reading that it the company is “the global leader in clean coal solutions.” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/coal-giant-drops-claim-that-it-is-the-global-leader-in-clean-energy-solutions/