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ARB Newsclips for April 18, 2013. 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 Freeway air pollution travels farther in early morning. Two years ago researchers outfitted an electric Toyota RAV4 with a set of test instruments and drove back and forth near four Los Angeles County freeways between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., sampling the air. The results confirmed that in the early morning, concentrated plumes of air pollution from freeways can travel more than a mile downwind, exposing more residents than previously thought to harmful pollution levels. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-freeway-air-pollution-20130417,0,536917.story http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/a-quarter-of-angelenos-breathe-244224.aspx Air quality across Southern California better, but challenges remain. Air quality statewide has improved over the last 12 years, but the agency that works to control pollution in Southern California wants tougher restrictions on wood burning in open pits and fireplaces as well as cleaner ports and railroads, according to a report released Wednesday. Areas monitored under the South Coast Air Quality Management District, a region that includes Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_23048393/air-quality-across-southern-california-better-but-challenges http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130417/NEWS07/304170043/Report-air-s-getting-cleaner-California http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/apr/17/report-shows-central-calif-behind-in-clean-air/#ixzz2QpYooM89 http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23048393/air-quality-across-southern-california-better-but-challenges#ixzz2QpelkW2v http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130418/APN/1304180526 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23049756/report-shows-central-calif-behind-clean-air?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/04/17/3262623/report-shows-central-calif-behind.html#storylink=misearch CAP AND TRADE Australia to Cut Carbon-Revenue Forecast as EU Price Plunges. Australia will lower its expected revenue from selling carbon allowances after the European Union, its partner in a cap-and-trade system set to start in 2015, failed to win support for lifting record low prices. European carbon permits fell the most on record following a vote yesterday in Strasbourg, France, to reject an emergency measure to reduce surplus allowances. Carbon for December fell 35 percent to 3.09 euros ($4.07) a metric ton on the ICE Futures Europe exchange, the lowest-ever settlement for the contract. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-04-17/australia-cutting-carbon-revenue-forecast-amid-eu-price-collapse.html Carbon Falls Most Ever After EU Parliament Rejects Surplus Fix. European carbon permits declined by the most on record to an unprecedented low after lawmakers rejected a plan to address a surplus of allowances. Carbon for December fell as much as 45 percent to 2.63 euros a metric ton on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London. German power prices for next year fell to the lowest in at least five years. The rejection may render Europe’s 54 billion-euro ($71 billion) cap-and-trade program “completely toothless,” Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Carbon-Falls-Most-Ever-After-EU-Parliament-4441004.php#ixzz2QpuXAtc6 Woodland business challenges cap and trade auction regulation. Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation, representing Woodland's Morning Star and others, filed a lawsuit challenging California's "cap and trade" auction regulation Tuesday. The regulation creates a quarterly auction program requiring many California employers to bid significant amounts of money for the privilege of continuing to emit carbon dioxide -- "or be faced with closing their doors in California…Posted. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_23042519/woodland-business-challenges-cap-and-trade-auction-regulation U.N. official describes a 'dark night' for global carbon trading. Depressed carbon markets in the European Union underscore the need for a globally linked trading scheme, including California's first-in-the-U.S. economywide cap-and-trade program, a top international climate official said yesterday. The European Parliament's rejection of a plan to fix a heavily oversupplied emissions trading program has led to a "dark night" among participants, said Christiana Figueres…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/18/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Green groups ask court to speed EPA's cement emission standards. Environmental and community groups yesterday asked a federal court to hold off revisions made by U.S. EPA earlier this year to air standards for cement manufacturers that give industry two extra years to comply. Earthjustice, representing several green groups, argued that a series of amendments released in December and published in February would delay emissions reductions and weaken standards meant to reduce emissions of soot, mercury, lead, benzene and other toxic pollutants. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/04/18/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Gorbachev sees global failure to address eco-risks. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday painted a dim picture of the world's environmental progress, two decades after he founded the environmental group Green Cross International. Laying much of the blame on a lack of leadership and vision, he railed against governments for falling short on nuclear disarmament, waste, development and climate change. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_SWITZERLAND_GORBACHEV?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23051807/gorbachev-sees-global-failure-address-eco-risks http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Gorbachev-sees-global-failure-to-address-eco-risks-4444424.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/18/gorbachev-sees-global-failure-to-address-eco-risks/ China Plan to Complete Climate Change Law Draft Within Two Years. China plans to draw on the experience of seven regional carbon markets as it drafts new national legislation in one or two years, according to the country’s lead climate negotiator. The nation, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases linked to global warming, will “actively promote” the legislation, Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman at the National Development and Reform Commission, said yesterday in Beijing. “Shanghai and Shenzhen are trying to set rules for carbon trading,” providing expertise for the nation, he said. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-18/china-to-complete-climate-change-law-draft-in-two-years.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-china-climate-eu-idUSBRE93H0ER20130418 More U.S. Oil Probably Won’t Destroy the Climate. A brief walk with Jeff Mitton and Scott Ferrenberg through the pine forests of Niwot Ridge, nearly a mile above the town of Boulder, Colorado, makes it easy to understand why people are worried about climate change. The world has been getting hotter, and so has Niwot Ridge. Mitton, the model of a naturalist with his white beard and big smile, studied evolutionary biology after getting his Ph.D. in 1973. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-17/more-u-s-oil-probably-won-t-destroy-the-climate.html States, cities, environmental groups demand EPA emission rules. A dozen states and cities and three major environmental groups have notified the Environmental Protection Agency that they plan to sue the regulator unless it issues final rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. On Monday, the EPA confirmed that it had missed an April 13 deadline to issue final rules curtailing emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants, the country’s single biggest source of heat-trapping gases that drive climate change. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-epa-emission-rules-demand-20130417,0,7927668.story Coastal cities ponder how to prepare for rising sea levels. Americans in coastal areas, particularly on the East and Gulf coasts, will confront challenging questions in the coming years as they determine how to protect millions of people in the face of rising sea levels and more intense storms. Should cities rebuild the boardwalks in New Jersey shore towns? Should the government discourage people from rebuilding in areas now more vulnerable to flooding? How much would it cost to protect water and sewer systems and subways and electrical substations from being inundated in the next storm? Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/04/17/3262093/coastal-cities-ponder-how-to-prepare.html#storylink=misearch Climate Change in the San Joaquin Valley and Our Future Food Supply. The San Joaquin Valley is North America's most valuable farming region. The area's crops such as carrots and tomatoes are part of large companies' supply chains. High-value crops such as stone fruit, pistachios, almonds, table grapes and pomegranates are shipped across the United States, Canada and overseas. And while this basin between the Sierra Nevada mountains and Coastal Ranges is a bastion of agribusiness…Posted. http://www.enn.com/agriculture/article/45868 . Prolific Joshua Tree Bloom Could Signal Warming Climate. It’s bloom time for Joshua trees, the spikey sentinels of the Mojave Desert that stretches across the southwest. They’re among the most bizarre-looking of desert flora. Though they’re technically trees, these spikey towers look more like a cross between a palm and a cactus. Each spring, many Joshua trees send out large pineapple-shaped crowns of white-green flowers. This year, the blooms are especially large, and widespread. Posted. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/apr/17/prolific-joshua-tree-bloom-could-signal-warming-cl/ A tax, but not on carbon, is proposed to help with climate change. A small tax on financial trades is the newest focus of some climate advocates who believe the revenue could pour billions into adaptation efforts. A so-called financial transaction tax of 0.5 percent applied to trades in stocks, bonds and derivatives could raise $300 billion annually or more, supporters say, opening a rich stream of cash that could help end AIDS, expand health care and fund climate programs in the United States…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/18/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Scientist works to puzzle out how tropical rainfall will change with a warming planet. For scientist Shang-Ping Xie, there is a good reason to research how climate change will alter weather patterns in the tropics, even if, to most of us, tropical regions seem remote. "What happens in the tropics," Xie -- a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa -- noted in a recent interview, "is highly influential on midlatitude climate." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/18/8 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Natural gas prices rise from historic lows. Wholesale natural gas prices have doubled during the last year, and that's bringing sighs of relief from an unusual variety of interests. Soaring production and an unusually warm winter sent prices plunging to under $2 per thousand cubic feet last spring, prompting some to wonder whether the natural gas boom would kill demand for both coal and new renewable energy. But natural gas is now just over $4 per thousand cubic feet. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GAS_DRILLING_PRICE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Chevron Defies California On Carbon Emissions. Chevron Corp. (CVX) helped write the first-in-the-nation rule ordering reduced carbon emissions from cars and trucks. Its biofuels chief spoke at the ceremony where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the executive order in 2007, the same year the oil company pledged to develop a gasoline replacement from wood. Now Chevron is leading a lobbying and public relations campaign to undercut the California mandate aimed at curbing global warming, two years after the state started phasing it in. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-18/chevron-defies-california-on-carbon-emissions.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-18/chevron-defies-california-on-carbon-emissions A regulation that might actually reduce California gasoline prices. California's strict low-carbon fuel standard could help reduce gasoline prices in the state, the opposite of what many have predicted, by encouraging the use of a relatively cheap and relatively clean U.S. crude oil, some experts now say. The standard will require fuel producers -- like refineries -- to lower the carbon intensity of the products they sell here by 10% by 2010 in less than seven years. To comply, California refineries might also have to stop using some of the crude oil they use now. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-a-regulation-that-might-actually-reduce-california-gasoline-prices-20130418,0,1278852.story GE rolls out 'LNG in a Box' for advanced gas stations. GE Oil & Gas is rolling out a new small-scale natural gas liquefaction unit in Europe, part of an effort to capture business in the expanding use of gas as a vehicle fuel there. On the sides of a major liquefied natural gas industry conference underway here this week, officials with GE Oil and Gas and the Luxembourg company Gasfin SA signed a memorandum of understanding for GE to sell its new "LNG in a Box" systems to Gasfin, which will use them as the centerpiece of an LNG-as-vehicle-fuel supply network. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2013/04/18/2 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES GM says diesel Chevrolet Cruze gets 46 mpg. General Motors Co. says the new diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze gets 46 miles per gallon on the highway, making it more efficient than some hybrids. GM announced the U.S. EPA's fuel economy numbers for the diesel Cruze Wednesday. At 46 mpg, the diesel Cruze matches the highway fuel economy of the Toyota Prius C subcompact. But the regular Prius hybrid still does better, at 48 mpg. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CHEVROLET_CRUZE_DIESEL_FUEL_ECONOMY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-18-00-13-00L New battery design solves high energy/high power dilemma, charges 1,000 times faster. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery, with three-dimensional bicontinuous nanoporous electrodes, allowing the battery to be 2,000 times more powerful and be recharged 1,000 times faster than comparable lithium-ion batteries. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5349 Meeting zero-emission vehicle mandate harder than CAFE -- industry leader. Meeting the California-led mandate to put about 5 million zero-emission vehicles on U.S. roads by 2025 is an even greater challenge than the new federal mandate to double overall fuel efficiency by the same year, a leading auto industry representative said yesterday. "We've got a real challenge in front of us, and we're not going to be able to do it by ourselves,"…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/18/6 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY 'Wake-up call' sounded on stalled renewable energy initiatives. The push to produce more energy from renewable sources has stalled, and “the average unit of energy produced today is basically as dirty as it was 20 years ago,” according to Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization that researches the energy sector and holds reserves of oil in case of supply disruptions. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-iea-renewable-energy-stalled-20130417,0,6043134.story Fossil fuel phaseout won't impede grid reliability – study. The United States could end its dependence on coal and reduce contributions of nuclear energy without negatively affecting the reliability of the electric grid, according to a new report from the Civil Society Institute. Prepared by the research firm Synapse Energy Economics Inc., the report finds that a heavy buildup of wind and solar could replace the U.S. coal fleet and 25 percent of nuclear power while still exceeding demand for electricity during 99.4 percent of the hours in a year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/18/7 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS The 2013 TIME 100 TIME presents its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, from artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons. Mary Nichols, Environmentalist, 68 If, as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis claimed, states are the laboratories of democracy, then Mary Nichols is the Thomas Edison of environmentalism. Head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), she has been a fierce champion of cutting-edge technology that is changing her state, a nation and the world. This is actually Mary’s third turn at CARB. She served twice under then governor Jerry Brown, who held office from 1975 to 1982. She came back to CARB in 2007, preceding Brown’s return to the statehouse by four years. Prior to her most recent CARB stint, Mary worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Posted. http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/mary-nichols/#ixzz2QqeA6XDP OPINIONS Property rights and pollution. Mike Fons brought up a good point in his April 8 letter to the editor: If a landowner is to have complete liberty over how his or her land is used, how do his neighbors ensure they won’t suffer aggravated pollution from his “capitalist greed?” First and foremost, the answer is that, with liberty comes responsibility. Liberty means to exercise human rights in any manner a person chooses, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the exercise of the rights of others. No one is allowed to initiate harm against his neighbor. Posted. http://www.journalreview.com/opinion/article_ea7666a2-a79b-11e2-b58b-001a4bcf887a.html BLOGS Bill to bar apartment smoking goes down in flames at Capitol. Legislation to bar millions of Californians from smoking inside their own homes was rejected today by an Assembly committee. Assembly Bill 746 would have made California the first state to venture into personal bedrooms and living rooms with smoking restrictions. It targeted condominiums, duplexes and apartments. Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, proposed the measure to ensure that people who live in structures that share walls, ceilings, floors or ventilation systems with neighboring units are not subject to second-hand smoke. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/04/california-bill-to-bar-apartment-smoking-goes-down-in-flames-at-capitol.html?utm_source=feedly#storylink=cpy