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ARB Newsclips for May 31, 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. CAP AND TRADE CAR, Insurer Parhelion Join Forces To Cover California Offset Invalidation Risk. The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) is partnering with an insurer to mitigate the risk of invalidation for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and livestock offsets bound for California’s compliance market. The CAR has formed an exclusive alliance with specialty insurer Parhelion Underwriting Ltd to insure against invalidation of offset credits that are transitioned from credits originally issued by the reserve to California’s cap-and-trade program. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=9753§ion=news_articles&eod=1 EU may link carbon fix to economy's revival. The European Union's regulator is considering tools to link the supply of carbon permits with the bloc's economic performance, according to Jos Delbeke, director general for climate at the European Commission. The possibility of improving the world's biggest emissions- trading system by equipping it with a flexibility mechanism emerged during public consultations on long-term scenarios for the market, Delbeke said. It adds to six options floated by the commission last year to strengthen the cap-and-trade program after prices slumped to all-time lows amid a record surplus of allowances exacerbated by an economic crisis. Posted. http://www.watoday.com.au/business/carbon-economy/eu-may-link-carbon-fix-to-economys-revival-20130531-2nfjr.html AIR POLLUTION Rep. Adam Schiff asks Metrolink to assess yard's health risks. A local congressman Thursday called on Metrolink to assess the health risks of air pollution on neighborhoods surrounding the commuter railroad's central maintenance yard north of downtown Los Angeles. At a news conference, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) made the request on behalf of residents and community groups that have long been concerned about diesel exhaust coming from the commuter system's locomotives when they are serviced. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-metrolink-air-pollution-20130531,0,1504004.story Air Quality Alert Issued for Fairfax County. Here comes summer. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, along with the Virginia Department of the Environmental Quality, issued an air quality alert Thursday for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas — including Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington and Alexandria counties — in advance of the hot and muggy weather in this week's forecast. Through Saturday, temperatures are expected to hit the low 90s in Fairfax County, according to the National Weather Service. Posted. http://annandale.patch.com/articles/air-quality-alert-issued-for-fairfax-county Salton Sea Dust Mitigation Bill by Asm. V. Manuel Pérez Passes Assembly. Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez is pleased to report on several bills that have passed the Assembly Floor with strong, bipartisan support. AB 147, the Salton Sea Dust Mitigation Act, compels state action related to Salton Sea dust mitigation. The bill directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB), as the state’s air quality expert, to evaluate the air quality mitigation planning completed to date by local water agencies to ensure it is adequate to mitigate the dust emissions from the Salton Sea resulting from the implementation of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA). Posted. http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/4320-salton-sea-dust-mitigation-bill-by-asm-v-manuel-perez-passes-assembly.html CLIMATE CHANGE California native fish could disappear with climate change. Climate change may cause the extinction of 82 percent of California's native fish species, including iconic ones such as Central Valley salmon and Delta smelt, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed study by fishery experts at UC Davis created a framework to measure how vulnerable numerous species are to climate change. It assesses habitat conditions, climate change projections and temperature sensitivity for the 121 native and 50 nonnative fish species that inhabit California. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fish-climate-change-20130531,0,3475642.story http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0063883 http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/05/30/3320633/climate-change-study-82-percent.html http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/30/5459758/climate-change-study-82-percent.html Climate change linked to more pollen, allergies, asthma. From the roof of the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in the Chicago suburbs, an 83-year-old retired doctor finds troubling evidence of why so many people are sneezing and itching their eyes. Joseph Leija counts the pollen and mold spores that collect on slides inside an air-sucking machine atop the six-story building. "There's been an increase, no doubt about it," he says of the 5 a.m. weekday counts that he's been doing as a volunteer for 24 years. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/30/climate-change-allergies-asthma/2163893/ DIESEL EMISSIONS At California ports, some ships plug in to power up. In less than a year, many of the towering cargo ships loading and unloading goods at California ports won't just tie up at dock — they'll also plug in. In January, the state will become the first government body in the world to require container fleets docking at its major ports to shut off their diesel engines and use electricity for 50 percent of their visits — or face crippling fines. The requirements also include slashing fleet emissions by half, and those requirements rise to 80 percent in 2020. Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/business/ci_23357213/at-california-ports-some-ships-plug-power-up?source=rss&utm_source=feedly FUELS California Carbon Fuel Standard May Remain in Place. California’s low-carbon fuel standard will remain in effect, a state appeals court provisionally ruled in a lawsuit challenging the regulation by U.S. ethanol producer Poet LLC. Poet, the second-largest U.S. maker of the corn-based fuel, argued that the standard, which requires transportation fuel-sellers in California to reduce the “carbon intensity” of their products by 10 percent by 2020, should be held invalid because regulators approved it before completing an environmental review. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-30/california-carbon-fuel-standard-may-remain-in-place.html VEHICLES Electric car price war shifts into high gear. Want to pay $7,000 for a $37,000 electric car? It's not a trick question. For the first time, through the magic of subsidized leases, electric vehicles can now compete on price with comparable gas-powered cars — indeed, they are cheaper once you factor in gas savings. Honda announced this week that it would drop the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a month. That price includes collision and vehicle theft coverage, maintenance, roadside assistance, even a charging station at your house. Factoring in the state rebate, that's an all-in, three-year ownership cost of less than $7,000 — maybe the cheapest $37,000 car in history. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-0601-hy-autos-electric-cars-20130531,0,131053.story HIGH-SPEED RAIL California high-speed rail faces delays as high-stakes trial begins Friday. High-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they almost certainly won't break ground on the $69 billion project as planned in July after hitting some last-minute bumps in the road. And even more delays are possible as a court battle begins that could wipe out voters' approval of the bullet train. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23357569/california-high-speed-rail-faces-delays-high-stakes GREEN ENERGY Consumer question: When is 'green' logging really green? The seal looked appealing, a daisy on a field of green, with the words “Tested Green.” It was issued to more than 120 products as a guarantee of environmental responsibility. The problem, federal trade regulators announced in 2011, was that almost anybody who wanted to pay the $189.95 for a “rapid” certification got a logo. “It took us about 30 seconds to have the Federal Trade Commission certified as 'tested green,' and we were neither tested nor green,” Jim Kohm, head of the FTC’s enforcement division, said Thursday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ftc-forest-green-logging-products-20130530,0,6057736.story OPINION Pacific islands’ deadly threat from climate change. For almost 70 years, my country, the Marshall Islands, has been fighting for its survival. Unfortunately, the threats we face are the result of forces we cannot control. From 1946 to 1958, we endured the horror of 67 atmospheric nuclear tests. The most powerful was the “Bravo shot,” equivalent in power to 1,000 Hiroshima bombs. Now our residents are confronted by a different kind of atmospheric danger: the existential threat posed by climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pacific-islands-face-a-deadly-threat-from-climate-change/2013/05/30/86ff1956-c7a9-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html BLOGS Beijing adding pollution tax to gas prices by next year. The Chinese government is about to put its money where everyone's mouth (and nose, for that matter) is by enforcing an automobile-pollution refueling tax in the notably polluted city of Beijing, Gasgoo says, citing Xcar. Beijing will be China's first city to enact such a pollution tax when it does so within the next 12 months. With the tax in effect, gas taxes will total ten yuan ($1.62) per liter. Current taxes run one yuan per liter plus 0.1 percent for construction and educational funding. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/05/31/beijing-adding-pollution-tax-to-gas-prices-by-next-year/ Fresno State study warns of climate effects on San Joaquin River. Two Fresno State professors say climate change will make the San Joaquin River’s annual runoff show up earlier — as much as six weeks earlier in the next century. And one other thing:There will be a “significant decrease in annual stream flow,” said geology professor C. John Suen, who co-authored a study on the upper San Joaquin. Suen’s co-author was associate hydrology professor Zhi Wang. The study, published in Hydrology Research, is more confirmation of findings in previous climate change studies, and it is not a pretty picture. Posted. http://news.fresnobeehive.com/archives/2689 Scientists plan to reduce greenhouse gases by breeding fartless cows. Natural gas wells leak methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere as a consequence of the production process. So do cows. But where well leaks are called “fugitive methane emissions,” cow leaks are simply called fart and burps. Regular Grist readers will remember that we’re really quite interested in this unusual source of methane. It’s silly, but it’s also a big problem. Scientists now think, though, that they’ve hit on a solution: they might simply be able to breed to farts and burps out of cows. Posted. http://grist.org/list/scientists-plan-to-reduce-greenhouse-gases-by-breeding-fartless-cows/