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ARB Newsclips for May 21, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE Extreme global warming seen further away than previously thought. Extreme global warming is less likely in coming decades after a slowdown in the pace of temperature rises so far this century, an international team of scientists said on Sunday. Warming is still on track, however, to breach a goal set by governments around the world of limiting the increase in temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, unless tough action is taken to limit rising greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/19/us-climate-temperatures-idUSBRE94I0DJ20130519 Jerry Brown, on script, urges Berkeley graduates to combat climate change. Of all the speeches politicians give, one of the most difficult may be the commencement address, given as it is to an audience that is often hot and tired and preoccupied with its own excitement – or anxiety – about the future. Leaving the podium on Monday at UC Berkeley, Gov. Jerry Brown said he thought he might have given a commencement speech in Santa Clara when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/21/v-print/5435478/jerry-brown-on-script-urges-berkeley.html More tornadoes from global warming? Nobody knows. A deadly tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday. A quick look at some basic facts: Q. Is global warming to blame? A. You can't blame a single weather event on global warming. In any case, scientists just don't know whether there will be more or fewer twisters as global warming increases. Tornadoes arise from very local conditions, and so they're not as influenced. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/More-tornadoes-from-global-warming-Nobody-knows-4534619.php#ixzz2TwfnAjf3 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/may/21/more-tornadoes-from-global-warming-nobody-knows/ N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: No proof Superstorm Sandy was caused by climate change. ‘I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change,’ Christie said Monday at a ceremony honoring the rebuilding of the boardwalk in Lavallette, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Christie said Monday that climate change does not contribute to superstorms like Hurricane Sandy. Posted. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/chris-christie-reverses-stance-climate-change-article-1.1350260#ixzz2Twgpjy9x FUELS Shale gas, energy costs vex EU leaders. European leaders will discuss plans to exploit shale gas in summit talks on Wednesday as part of a decades-long quest to develop more secure and competitive energy supplies. The 27-nation bloc finds itself looking on with envy as its biggest economic rival, the United States, exploits vast reserves of shale gas, delivering drastically reduced fuel costs. While Europe has shale plans of its own, there is as yet no unified EU policy. Posted. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/21/eu-summit-energy-idUKL6N0E135420130521 James Hansen says mining oil sands will make climate change 'unsolvable'. While visiting London, climate scientist James Hansen continued his efforts against the exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, saying that "oil from tar sands makes sense only for a small number of people who are making a lot of money from that product." Last month, Hansen left his position at NASA to concentrate on raising awareness about climate change. In an interview with the London Guardian, the scientist said, "We are getting close to the dangerous level of carbon in the atmosphere…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981501/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Assembly OKs clean vehicle carpool-lane access to 2020; Senate next. A bill to extend carpool-lane access for electric cars and other zero-emission vehicles passed the California Assembly by a wide margin Monday. The legislation, AB 266 written by Robert Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), also gives such vehicles access to carpool lanes converted to toll roads. The bill passed on a 49-22 vote and now moves on to the state Senate. Under Blumenfield’s legislation, cars with white clean-air vehicle stickers…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-carpool-lane-access-ab266-20130521,0,2422361.story?track=rss GREEN ENERGY Trash Burning, With a Clean-Energy Twist. The Hague — After this newspaper has been read, it may be used to line a birdcage, recycled, burned, stuffed into a landfill or converted into something even more powerful than the press: electricity. “There is a cleaner way of dealing with things that people cast away,” said Andy Harris, vice president of Waste to Energy Canada, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. “We shouldn’t see it as waste, we should see it as a source of energy.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/business/energy-environment/trash-burning-with-a-clean-energy-twist.html?_r=0 Romania Changes Course on Renewable Energy. With more wind turbines already built than any of its neighbors, Romania has gained a reputation as a prime location for green energy investors. Yet proposals now to cut subsidies for clean energy producers have deeply alarmed foreign companies drawn to its market. In recent years, the country has been host to a boom in renewable projects. Wind farm generating capacity in particular soared to 1,794 megawatts last year…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/business/energy-environment/romania-changes-course-on-renewable-energy.html?pagewanted=all U.S. and Europe Prepare to Settle Chinese Solar Panel Cases. The Obama administration and the European Union have each decided to negotiate settlements with China in the world’s largest antidumping and antisubsidy trade cases involving China’s roughly $30 billion a year in solar panel shipments to the West, officials and trade advisers in Beijing, Brussels and Washington said. The plan that is starting to take shape would essentially carve up the global solar panel market into a series of regional markets. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/business/global/us-and-european-union-set-to-negotiate-settlements-in-chinese-solar-panel-cases.html?pagewanted=all Rebound effects from energy efficiency gains are minimal, experts say. A car that gets better mileage or a more tightly sealed home may tempt you to drive farther or crank the air conditioning up higher, but fears of these efficiency rebounds are largely overblown, at least in the United States, according to experts. Though some people may take an efficiency gain as a license to use more energy, the increases are often trivial compared with the savings. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059981510/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Cutting Carbon Emissions. To the Editor: “A Carbon Trading System Worth Saving” (editorial, May 7) is correct that Europe’s carbon market is an important mechanism to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In fact, this conclusion is reinforced closer to home, by the success of New York and eight other states that have operated a carbon reduction program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, since 2008. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/opinion/cutting-carbon-emissions.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print Congestion pricing could curb pollution. Weekday-evening outbound congestion pricing is needed not just to decrease the delays to transit providers such as Muni and AC Transit and to make pedestrians safer, but it is also needed to help mitigate air pollution, which is proven to be just as deadly as secondhand cigarette smoke to children. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/letters-editor/2013/05/congestion-pricing-could-curb-pollution#ixzz2TwfTbsnF Needed: smarter debate on climate, energy. Climate change is an issue that needs to be discussed thoughtfully and objectively. Unfortunately, claims that distort the facts hinder the legitimate evaluation of policy options. The rhetoric has driven some policymakers toward costly regulations and policies that will harm hardworking American families and do little to decrease global carbon emissions. The Obama administration’s decision to delay, and possibly deny, the Keystone XL pipeline is a prime example. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/may/21/tp-needed-smarter-debate-on-climate-energy/ GUEST OPINION: The keys for success for Sonoma Clean Power. Sonoma Clean Power can be a huge boost to the county's economy, a path to steadily declining energy costs and the route off of fossil fuels -- but only if we move past the century-old thinking of the fossil-fuel-based, traditional utility model. Clean power, created locally in an open market, is cheaper than fossil power. There is no fuel cost. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130520/OPINION/305201006/0/SEARCH BLOGS Who’s Escaping Climate Change ‘Mire and Muck’? On This American Life this weekend, Ira Glass tried to jog the climate conversation out of the “mire and muck” with an hourlong discussion of impacts and options related to human-driven global warming. Below you can offer examples of people or institutions you see avoiding the pitfalls and paralysis surrounding this “super wicked” issue. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/whos-escaping-climate-change-mire-and-muck/?ref=earth A Plan to Bring Sun-Powered Irrigation to Poor Farmers. One of the finest applications of solar photovoltaic panels is in powering drip irrigation systems for farmers in hot, sunny, poor parts of the world. You don’t even need to store the electricity. The pumping is mainly needed when the sun is shining. To gauge the remarkable benefits of such systems, start with this peer-reviewed study of solar irrigation projects…Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/a-plan-to-bring-sun-powered-irrigation-to-poor-farmers/ MOWING DOWN POLLUTION: A story of family and invention. Last week I blogged about how a group of UC Riverside students found a way to greatly reduce air pollution from lawn mowers. My colleague Mark Muckenfuss dug deeper and reported a compelling story about family, invention, hard work and reward. I won’t be surprised if someday I see the smog-cutting device these students invented available at home improvement stores. Posted. http://blog.pe.com/environment/2013/05/20/mowing-down-pollution-a-story-of-family-and-invention/