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ARB Newsclips for July11, 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 China plans to further restrict car purchases. China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/China-plans-to-further-restrict-car-purchases-4658926.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/11/china-plans-to-further-restrict-car-purchases/ NY sets hearings on plan to reduce carbon cap. New York regulators have scheduled a series of hearing on a proposal to reduce the volume of carbon dioxide emissions allowed in a nine-state region. The state is part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which announced in February plans to cap emissions at 91 million tons each year starting in 2014, down about 45 percent from the current 165 million-ton cap. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/NY-sets-hearings-on-plan-to-reduce-carbon-cap-4658817.php CLIMATE CHANGE US-China make progress on climate change. Top U.S. and Chinese officials are wrapping up annual strategic and economic talks that have yielded greater cooperation on reducing greenhouse gases but again exposed Washington's frustration over cyber theft it says is emanating from the emerging Asian power. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_US_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/US-China-make-progress-on-climate-change-4658747.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/10/us-china-make-progress-on-climate-change/ http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-economy/us-china-agree-on-carbon-cutbacks-20130711-2pr5v.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23639300/us-china-make-progress-climate-change?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23639300/us-china-make-progress-climate-change?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Report: Climate change causing energy disruptions. A new government report says climate change and extreme weather already are causing disruptions in the U.S. energy supply that are likely to get worse as more intense storms, higher temperatures and more frequent droughts occur. The report, released Thursday by the Energy Department, says blackouts and other problems caused by hurricanes, such as Superstorm Sandy…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_ENERGY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/us/climate-change-will-cause-more-energy-breakdowns-us-warns.html?_r=0 http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Report-Climate-change-causing-energy-disruptions-4659334.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/11/5560345/report-climate-change-causing.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/11/report-climate-change-causing-energy-disruptions/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23640552/report-climate-change-causing-energy-disruptions?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Some Trees Use Less Water Amid Rising Carbon Dioxide, Paper Says. The fate of the world’s forests on a warming planet has long been one of the great unanswered questions about climate change. Now, new research is complicating the picture further, suggesting that big shifts are already under way in how forests work. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/science/earth/some-trees-use-less-water-amid-rising-carbon-dioxide-paper-says.html Consider Climate Change When Selecting Stocks. Our warming planet poses an increasing risk to business operations, and some companies are managing better than others. For instance, NRG Energy and some other utilities are rethinking the entire electrical grid in the wake of repeated storm destruction. Wal-Mart is pursuing new efficiency mechanisms to make its supply chain more resilient to shocks. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Consider-Climate-Change-When-Selecting-Stocks-4659357.php Climate Change and the Bottom Line. Did you know that you, personally, are paying a lot of money for climate change? As the planet warms, extreme weather events become more frequent and severe. You pay the price through your taxes and your insurance premiums. Don't think this is a real issue? Consider the following responses to a survey of insurers regarding their approaches to climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Climate-Change-and-the-Bottom-Line-4657557.php A Scientific Storm is Brewing Over the Hurricane-Climate Connection. It's the month of July, right before the Atlantic hurricane season really gets chugging. And there are already signs that a busy year might be on the way, chief among them the unusual early appearance of a "Cape Verde-type" storm. These storms are typically sparked by atmospheric waves traveling all the way from the coast of Africa, and generally don't appear until later in the hurricane season. Posted. http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/07/hurricanes-global-warming-kerry-emanuel ILUC factors could jeopardise how we measure the carbon footprint of a product. As the European Union seeks to address whether biofuels production increases greenhouse gas emissions and whether to tackle the issue by including indirect land use change (ILUC) factors in the environmental assessments, it has ignored the fact that ILUC can neither be observed nor measured and is therefore not a scientifically robust solution, says Matthias Finkbeiner. Posted. http://www.euractiv.com/science-policymaking/iluc-factors-jeopardize-measure-analysis-529241 Warming already wreaking havoc on U.S. energy system – DOE. Rising temperatures, decreasing water availability, more severe storms and rising seas stemming from climate change are already affecting every part of the country's energy sector, and those threats will only grow more severe in years to come, the Energy Department said today. DOE in a new report outlines the effects a warming world with more chaotic and damaging storms…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059984249/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS CARB clarifies extension for Truck and Bus Rule compliance. The California Air Resources Board is allowing some truck owners additional time to comply with its expensive Truck and Bus Regulation. The move comes after some diesel equipment manufacturers have had difficulty keeping up with orders. In an advisory mail-out, CARB is clarifying just how truck owners may obtain additional time and remain in compliance with the rule. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=25435 FUELS Use of coal to generate power rises; greenhouse gas emissions next? Power plants are burning coal more, relying less on natural gas, a report says. That may hurt Obama's effort to cut greenhouse gases. Power plants in the United States are burning coal more often to generate electricity, reversing the growing use of natural gas and threatening to increase domestic emissions of greenhouse gases after a period of decline, according to a federal report. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-coal-electricity-20130711,0,1786862.story Can New Technology Save Tar Sands? Tar sands exploitation generates significant carbon emissions at a time when the Americas are getting more serious about addressing climate change. Watch the video below to see what some companies are doing to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Oil from tar sands isn't the only recent energy development. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Can-New-Technology-Save-Tar-Sands-4657295.php Has This Giant Bottomed Out? Low coal prices have been the major culprit behind a waning coal industry. Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, has been no exception to the declining coal sector. On July 3, 2013, Peabody’s shares closed at a mere $14.65, showing a 43% fall on a year-over-year basis. With Peabody’s share price plummeting, two key questions come into mind: Has Peabody Energy bottomed out? When will it rise again? Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Has-This-Giant-Bottomed-Out-4657033.php Shell to spend $115 million on pollution control. Shell Oil has agreed to spend at least $115 million to cut harmful pollution at a Houston-area refinery. The oil giant will also pay a $2.6 million civil penalty under the settlement announced Wednesday. Shell settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice after it was accused of violating the federal Clean Air Act. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/10/shell-to-spend-115-million-on-pollution-control/ EPA releases long-awaited response on fracking regulation. U.S. EPA has spent the past year and a half considering rulemaking to regulate chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in response to a petition filed by environmental groups in 2011. Yesterday the agency finally published its response to the petition in the Federal Register, which has led environmental groups to question why the process is taking so long. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059984193/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Enviros challenge Calif. drilling project, citing possible impacts to water, condors. The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against a central California county over its approval of an oil-drilling project that the environmental group says could have big effects on endangered condors and drinking and irrigation water in the Salinas Valley. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059984197/print BY SUBSCRIPTIO ONLY VEHICLES Ford cuts $4,000 from Focus electric price. Ford Motor is slicing $4,000 from the base price of its Focus electric car, beginning with 2014 models that arrive at dealers within a few weeks. That cuts the Focus EV's base price to $35,995 including shipping. Some buyers qualify for a $7,500 credit on federal income taxes, and states often have their own incentives for buying battery cars. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/07/10/ford-focus-electric-price-chevrolet-volt-nissan-leaf/2506693/ PEVs combined with green energy packages could increase EV demand, claims new study. Combining the purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) with a green electricity programme could increase consumers’ interest in electric cars, claims a new study. According to the research, when a sales offer includes both a PEV and a green electricity scheme to charge the car, a 23% increase in demand for PEVs among buyers of conventional vehicles was observed. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5517 GM to put 500,000 EVs on the road in next 5 years. The electric car charger at front and center on General Motors Co.'s new sustainability report is more than just a pretty image. According to Director of Sustainability David Tulauskas, it symbolizes the U.S. automaker's commitment to electrifying transportation and to a new way of doing business. In the report, released today, the company makes bold commitments to sell more electric vehicles (EVs)…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984214/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Without San Onofre, San Diego and south O.C. power could be tight. The energy landscape of Southern California will look vastly different without San Onofre, officials said in a state Senate committee hearing Wednesday, the first in a series of public discussions on life without the nuclear plant. The 2,200-megawatt behemoth in northern San Diego County brought a steady supply of power to about 1.4 million homes…http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-onofre-planning-20130710,0,1146367.story Mass. officials propose commercial food waste ban. Gov. Deval Patrick is pushing a plan to ban commercial food waste, instead requiring that any leftovers be used for renewable energy instead. Environmental officials say the ban would take effect next July and would force any company that disposes of at least one ton of organic waste per week to donate or reuse any useable food. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Mass-officials-propose-commercial-food-waste-ban-4658828.php Nevada Solar Factory Canceled. A project that would have included a solar power station and a million-square-foot solar panel factory a few miles from the California state line won't be built, its backers announced last month. The $5 billion, Chinese-backed ENN Mojave Energy project at the southernmost corner of Nevada couldn't find utilities that wanted to buy its power, either in Nevada or across the line in California. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/photovoltaic-pv/nevada-solar-factory-canceled.html UW-Oshkosh works with big dairy farm on digester. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has started construction on a $7 million digester and public education center at the state's largest dairy farm. The digester at Rosendale Dairy will use livestock waste to produce methane that can be burned for power. It is expected to produce enough energy to operate the equivalent of 1,200 homes, according to Oshkosh Northwestern Media. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/jul/10/uw-oshkosh-works-with-big-dairy-farm-on-digester/#ixzz2YkmDrRQR Old power plants might get new life as Calif. scrambles to replace San Onofre. The closure of California's San Onofre nuclear power plant could keep other power plants that kill marine life operating longer than state rules allow, the state's grid operator said yesterday. Grid operators are discussing extending the deadline for power plants to comply with new regulations as a result of Southern California Edison's decision last month to permanently shutter San Onofre after a small radiation leak in 2012. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059984239/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS CEQA reform could get tricky. Reform of the state of California's landmark and controversial environmental law, CEQA, is starting to get more complicated. The California Economic Summit, a nonpartisan working group of different state regions, posted an interesting item Tuesday on legislative efforts to update the California Environmental Quality Act. Known as CEQA, the act requires local agencies to analyze the environmental impact of new development. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/07/10/calif-environmental-quality-act-reform.html Grants From Tire Recycling Fee Awarded to Recycling Programs. Nearly two million dollars in tire recycling fees have been redistributed to California cities and counties to encourage recycling. Five million tires end up in California landfills every year. One-point-eight million dollars from the California tire recycling fee will go to 45 agencies in 29 counties that applied for grants from Cal Recycle. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2013/07/10/tire-recycling-fee-awarded-to-recycling-programs/ IEA Report Offers Prescription to Ease Urban Transit Congestion. City dwellers accustomed to regular traffic jams and road rage may shudder at the prospect of the world's urban areas getting even more crowded. Nonetheless, such growth is assured: The percentage of people living in cities is expected to reach 70 percent by 2050, and roadway occupancy levels could increase sixfold in some countries, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Posted. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/07/130710-iea-report-urban-transport/ OPINIONS Gas Stations Versus Charging Stations. Perhaps oil and gas investors who have been following the growth of the electric vehicle, or EV, space might have been a little worried that the oil and gas industry would collapse by the time the EV industry starts living its dream of making the whole world go all-electric. I, on the other hand, don't believe this would be the case. Nobody wants to go out of business. Oil and gas companies can't have it as an option. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Gas-Stations-Versus-Charging-Stations-4659432.php Fracking is not worth the cost. Re "California oil could boom again" (Dan Walters July 8): Fracking results in leakage of huge amounts of methane, the principal component of natural gas and more than 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in our atmosphere. Fracking requires millions of gallons of precious water for each well. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/11/5552516/fracking-in-california.html#storylink=cpy Letters: Sassing smokers. Re "Confronting smokers with a whiff of whimsy," July 9 There was a time when rules and laws meant something. But, in the words of the Virginia Slims cigarette ad slogan, "You've come a long way, baby." Yes, we certainly have, but in the wrong direction. An avalanche of legal rights has washed over Americans, generating attitudes infested with the stench of inconsideration and entitlement. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0711-thursday-cigarettes-20130711,0,6600680.story California Cap-And-Trade Auction is An Illegal Tax. Earlier this week, NFIB filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) challenging CARB’s decision to promulgate regulations that are not authorized by the Global Warming Solutions Act (“AB 32”). The challenged “auction regulations” impose greater burdens on the regulated community and will ultimately impose higher costs on small businesses who must pay higher costs for essential goods and services. Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2013/07/california-cap-and-trade-auction-is-an-illegal-tax/ Don't breathe easy, California. E.B. White wrote, in Charlotte’s Web, that crickets chirped “Summer is dying, dying.” That’s one of the reasons I never invite any of those bugs to my parties. They’re so maudlin. That, and they tend to not use coasters. But here we are, post-heat-wave, post-fireworks. Sunburned skin has either deepened to a tan or is peeling and flaking away. Baseball players are rounding third. Posted. http://www.santamariasun.com/canary/10053/dont-breathe-easy-california/ BLOGS Air Pollution May Raise Appendicitis Risk. Air pollution slightly increases the risk for appendicitis, according to a new report. Researchers studied 35,811 patients hospitalized for appendicitis in 12 Canadian cities between 2004 and 2008. They used air pollution data from monitors in each city to calculate daily maximum concentrations of ozone, a normal component of the earth’s upper atmosphere that becomes a danger when concentrated at ground level. Posted. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/air-pollution-may-raise-appendicitis-risk/ How should California make up for power loss from San Onofre? A State Senate committee pondered Wednesday how to make up for the power loss from the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Replacing the energy the plant produced isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Not when California is gunning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable fuels. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/politics/2013/07/10/14218/how-should-california-make-up-for-power-loss-from Electric vehicles prove more popular when green energy is available. OK, so this isn't exactly a "man-bites-dog" type of story, but it's still worth noting that electric vehicle buyers enjoy green energy. Turns out, folks are more likely to buy a plug-in vehicle if they know the electricity that will power the car, or at least some of it, will come from a renewable energy source. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/10/electric-vehicles-prove-more-popular-when-g0reen-energy-is-availa/