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ARB Newsclips for July 15, 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 Business group joins case against cap-and-trade auction. Business groups have been busy getting ready for the first hearing in a lawsuit challenging California’s cap-and-trade emissions auction. The National Federation of Independent Business filed a motion this week to intervene in the case, which was filed by a group of firms led by Morning Star Packing Company in Sacramento Superior Court. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/07/12/nfib-joins-case-against-cap-trade-auctio.html Cap-and-trade impact on Cali data centers will be small. California's cap-and-trade program will have little if any impact on the state's data center industry, because even the largest data centers do not consume nearly enough power to be considered “covered entities” by the state's law, designed to combat climate change. Posted. http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2013/07/cap-and-trade-impact-cali-data-centers-will-be-small AIR POLLUTION City in Russia Unable to Kick Asbestos Habit. This city of about 70,000 people on the eastern slopes of the Ural Mountains is a pleasant enough place to live except for one big drawback: when the wind picks up, clouds of carcinogenic dust blow through. Asbest means asbestos in Russian, and it is everywhere here. Residents describe layers of it collecting on living room floors. Before they take in the laundry from backyard lines, they first shake out the asbestos. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/business/global/city-in-russia-unable-to-kick-asbestos-habit.html?pagewanted=print California Coastal Commission: Bill could give commission teeth to fine polluters. Facebook billionaire Sean Parker's extravagant wedding last month made international headlines when he agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle violations of California's coastal laws for building rock walls, a stone bridge, a cottage, dance floor and other structures in a sensitive Big Sur forest without permits. But it turns out the case is the exception rather than the rule. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23653228/california-coastal-commission-bill-could-give-commission-teeth?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_23653228/california-coastal-commission-bill-could-give-commission-teeth?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Court's biomass ruling could require more from newly permitted plants. Industry groups and environmentalists are debating how a federal appeals court ruling that struck down a U.S. EPA greenhouse gas rule exemption for the biomass industry will affect biomass-burning power plants with significant carbon emissions. Friday's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invalidated EPA's three-year deferral for biomass facilities under its tailoring rule for greenhouse gas emissions (Greenwire, July 12). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059984404/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE For Obama's climate plan, devil is in the details. Frustrated by a recalcitrant Congress, President Barack Obama has vowed to take climate change into his own hands. Now he has to deliver. Three weeks after giving an ambitious speech to outline his proposal, the president begins the arduous task of executing it. Obama's plan is a complicated mix of rule-making and federal permitting that's tough to encapsulate in a neat sales pitch - and may be even tougher to put into action. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/For-Obama-s-climate-plan-devil-is-in-the-details-4665400.php http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/15/3387794/for-obamas-climate-plan-devil.html Dunes, reefs protect U.S. coasts from climate change. As climate change brings higher sea levels, can sand dunes and coral reefs really protect U.S. coastlines? Yes, indeed, they help defend 67% of them, says a new study by Stanford scientists. Rising sea levels and extreme weather put 16% of U.S. coastlines at "high-hazard" risk and the number of threatened residents could double if natural habitats -- sand dunes, coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves -- aren't protected…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/14/dunes-reefs-protect-us-coastlines-from-climate-change-storms/2513299/ ARB fines EXXON, PG&E, and 7 others for GHG emissions reporting violations (Photos). The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced today that it has fined nine companies for violating the state’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting rule. The rule requires that certain facilities report GHG emissions every year. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/arb-fines-exxon-pg-e-and-7-others-for-ghg-emissions-reporting-violations http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984371/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Near-term climate forecasters still trying to find the right formula. Near-term forecasts have caught on among many climate modelers, who are trying to predict how global conditions will evolve over the next several years and beyond. Eventually, they hope to offer forecasts that will enable humanity to prepare for the decade ahead just as meteorologists help people to choose their clothes each morning. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984346/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS New England's love affair with natural gas cools. New England's love affair with natural gas appears to be showing strain as the regional power grid operator voices worry about too much demand on limited supplies and a leading environmental group criticizes the fuel it once supported. The changing mood follows more than a decade of explosive growth in the use of natural gas to heat and especially to power the six-state region's homes and businesses. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/New-England-s-love-affair-with-natural-gas-cools-4663419.php HIGH-SPEED RAIL Valadao's opposition to high-speed rail starts at his Kings County dairy. Republican House members up and down the San Joaquin Valley are squarely opposed to California's high-speed rail project, for which construction could begin this summer. But while the issue is largely one of political philosophy for other GOP representatives, it hits much closer to home for Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, whose family's Valadao Dairy owns property that stands to be affected by either of two high-speed routes being studied in Kings County. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/13/3386679/valadaos-opposition-to-high-speed.html GREEN ENERGY EU Offshore Wind Installation Rate Doubles as Siemens Leads Way. The installation rate of offshore wind turbines in Europe doubled in the first half of the year, with Siemens AG (SIE) machines taking the bulk of the market. A total of 1,045 megawatts of capacity of wind turbines were connected at sea, compared with 523.2 megawatts in the year-earlier period, the European Wind Energy Association said today in an e-mailed report. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-12/eu-offshore-wind-installation-rate-doubles-as-siemens-leads-way.html MISCELLANEOUS Outdoor clothing makers strip environmental nasties from their kit. Makers of outdoor clothing are bowing to pressure to get rid of many of the chemicals in their kit that help keep hikers and climbers warm and dry but are also harmful to the environment. Previously a niche part of the sporting goods market, the outdoor segment has expanded so rapidly over the past decade that it now accounts for about 20 percent of the global sportwear market. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/12/us-outdoor-environment-idUSBRE96B0NY20130712 Bangladesh Pollution, Told in Colors and Smells. On the worst days, the toxic stench wafting through the Genda Government Primary School is almost suffocating. Teachers struggle to concentrate, as if they were choking on air. Students often become lightheaded and dizzy. A few boys fainted in late April. Another retched in class. The odor rises off the polluted canal — behind the schoolhouse — where nearby factories dump their wastewater. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/world/asia/bangladesh-pollution-told-in-colors-and-smells.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print Hazardous lead paint: Legal battle comes to trial in California. From old cottages in Berkeley and Palo Alto to ranch-style homes in Silicon Valley, the remnants of a hazardous past can lurk in the walls -- lead paint. And now 10 California cities and counties will finally get to try to make the powerful paint industry pay dearly to remove those poisonous ghosts from millions of homes around the state. In a trial set to begin Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, a 13-year…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_23660237/hazardous-lead-paint-legal-battle-comes-trial-california?source=rss Hosting fundraiser for climate-change denier puts Google in hot water. Mountain View-based Google is taking some heat for hosting a fundraiser for a U.S. senator who is an outspoken disbeliever in man-made climate change, despite the company's green rhetoric. Google's Washington, D.C., office will host a lunch Thursday, at $250 to $2,500 per plate, to benefit Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., just a month after Google chairman Eric Schmidt said those who deny climate change and global warming are liars. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/bay-area-news/ci_23657406/political-blotter-hosting-fundraiser-climate-change-denier-puts?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/bay-area-news/ci_23657406/political-blotter-hosting-fundraiser-climate-change-denier-puts?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com OPINIONS California, catch the next big energy wave. 'Blue' projects that harness ocean energy are taking off elsewhere. Why not here? The first U.S. offshore wind turbine hooked into the U.S. power grid in June, but not in the "green" state of California. It happened on the opposite side of the continent, off the coast of Maine, using a floating wind-generator prototype well suited for the deep ocean water typically found off the coast of California. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-helvarg-ocean-energy-california-20130714,0,3623782.story Viewpoints: Energy time bomb is ticking. A final round of regulations to put finishing touches on California's greenhouse gas cap and trade program is under way. Everyone is watching to see if the California Air Resources Board will make the right decisions to lower emissions while protecting consumers and jobs. There is good reason to worry because the ARB's actions so far have failed to strike the right balance. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/14/5563661/energy-time-bomb-is-ticking.html#storylink=cpy Hinkley: No Hollywood ending for Erin Brockovich's tainted town. Despite the polluted water in her beloved town, Reanna Banks has been a devoted Hinkley resident for most of her adult life. But time is taking a heavy toll on her devotion. "I should have listened to my brain and not my heart," Banks said of the decision to build a dream house on family land in Hinkley. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_23649050/hinkley-no-hollywood-ending-erin-brockovichs-tainted-town What's in the smoke? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Army say the smoke from the controlled burns is no more hazardous than any burning vegetation. It may be a good idea for people with respiratory illness or those sensitive to smoke to stay indoors or go out of town during the burns, according to a study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Posted. http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_23650581/what-is-smoke BLOGS These maps show the best places to put solar and wind power. (It’s not where you think.) At first glance, it might seem obvious where the United States should focus on building more renewable energy. Stick the solar panels in sunny Arizona and hoist up the wind turbines on the gusty Great Plains, right? Well, maybe not. A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University offered another way to look at the issue. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/15/these-maps-show-the-best-places-to-put-solar-and-wind-power-its-not-where-you-think/ Cultural Programs to Focus on Climate Change. In his best-known works, Robert Rauschenberg used nontraditional materials, including found objects, to produce provocative pieces that he called combines. Now the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which he set up to provide support for causes that were important to him, is joining forces with two other like-minded organizations to present a series of exhibitions, panel discussions and performances that will explore climate change. Posted. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/cultural-programs-to-focus-on-climate-change/ Renault study proves, again, EVs are cleaner than gas or oil burners. When it comes to the environmental impact of producing electricity, Renault is probably hoping that things haven't changed too much over the past 21 months. That's because we're just now getting to see some numbers that the company was using almost two years ago. The French automaker, which along with sister company Nissan has invested about $5 billion in electric-vehicle technology advancements…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/12/renault-study-proves-again-evs-are-cleaner-than-gas-or-oil-bur/ Dangerous global warming could be reversed, say scientists. Global warming could be reversed using a combination of burning trees and crops for energy, and capturing and storing carbon dioxide underground (CCS), according to an analysis by scientists. But experts cautioned that trying such an approach after temperatures had passed dangerous levels could be problematic, as climate change reduced the number of trees available for “bioenergy.” Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/dangerous-global-warming-could-be-reversed-say-scientists/ The Price of Polluted Runoff. Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one source of contamination to California's renowned waters. When it rains, water flows over streets, lawns, and parking lots, carrying a toxic soup of copper, lead, zinc and other heavy metals, oils and car fluids, bacteria, viruses and other harmful materials -- untreated -- to our rivers, lakes and coastal waters. And when the beaches, rivers and lakes that we use and enjoy for swimming, fishing and drinking are polluted…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-aminzadeh/polluted-stormwater-runoff_b_3587569.html Mandatory Cap And Trade Worldwide Can Mitigate Climate Change? The best way to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change is through the use of a European-style cap-and-trade scheme, according to a paper by business school scholars. The academics monitored the effectiveness of the European Climate Exchange (ECX) carbon trading platform and found it to be as efficient as Europe's two biggest exchanges…Posted. http://www.science20.com/news_articles/mandatory_cap_and_trade_worldwide_can_mitigate_climate_change-116371