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ARB Newsclips for July 19, 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 Carbon’s Longest Rally to Persist on Supply Crunch. The longest-ever rally in United Nations carbon prices shows little sign of easing as traders bet companies running emission-reduction projects will stop creating credits because it’s no longer profitable to do so. UN-approved Certified Emission Reductions, or CERs, for December have more than doubled to 49 cents (64 U.S. cents) from a record low in April on the ICE Futures Europe exchange. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-18/carbon-s-longest-rally-to-persist-on-supply-crunch.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-07-18/carbon-supply-crunch-set-to-extend-longest-rally-energy-markets Scientific Advisory Panel Offers Blueprint For California REDD. After more than two years of open consultations among indigenous leaders, environmentalists, and governmental representatives, the REDD Offsets Working Group (ROW) on Thursday offered its final recommendations for incorporating international REDD offsets into California’s cap-and-trade program. The recommendations have been endorsed by a diverse array of environmental groups, green-minded corporations…Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=9846§ion=news_articles&eod=1 AIR POLLUTION Beijing Tells Residents to Reduce Time Outdoors on Air Pollution. Beijing advised the young, elderly and ill among its 20 million residents to reduce time spent outdoors as a U.S. Embassy pollution monitor showed air quality in the Chinese capital at “heavily polluted” levels today. Concentrations of PM2.5, fine air particulates that pose the greatest health risk, rose to 241 micrograms per cubic meter as of noontime near Tiananmen Square from an average of 124 in the past 24 hours…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-07-18/beijing-tells-residents-to-reduce-time-outdoors-on-air-pollution.html Chevron pays $425,000 to settle air pollution violations with ARB (Photos). The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced today that Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has paid $422,500 in penalties for supplying gasoline and diesel fuel in violation of California air pollution control regulations. The agreement was part of three separate settlements with ARB. Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/chevron-pays-425-000-to-settle-air-pollution-violations-with-arb http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/07/19/chevron-violates-air-rules-pays-422500/ http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/07/carb-fines-chevron-422-500-for-selling-non-compliant-gasoline-and-diesel-in-california.aspx?prestitial=1 APCD considers charging for air monitors. New fees will be imposed on the California State Parks Department if they are approved by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District board at its meeting next week. But at least one board member is privately campaigning against the proposal. The fees to be added to APCD’s Rule 302 would cost State Parks a minimum of $49,240 a year for meeting the district-imposed requirements for controlling dust from the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. Posted. http://www.theadobepress.com/articles/2013/07/18/news/news51.txt CLIMATE CHANGE Obama's unlikely climate change partner: China. President Barack Obama has stumbled on an unusual partner in his quest to combat climate change: China. The world's two biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are finding common cause in efforts to reduce global warming, cooperation the U.S. says could clear the way for other developing nations like India and Brazil to get on board, too. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Obama-s-unlikely-climate-change-partner-China-4673303.php http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/18/2813378/obamas-unlikely-climate-change.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/18/3393721/obamas-unlikely-climate-change.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_23687908/obamas-unlikely-climate-change-partner-china?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23687908/obamas-unlikely-climate-change-partner-china?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Sen. Boxer sets committee hearing on climate change. Sen. Barbara Boxer sought Thursday to rally support for federal action to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, eliciting testimony that catastrophic climate change is under way and Republican denials that the atmosphere is warming. At the helm of the Environment and Public Works Committee…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Sen-Boxer-sets-committee-hearing-on-climate-4673955.php http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-democrats-new-climate-change-action-20130718,0,4590908.story Continuing heat, drought and flooding make up this year's weather story – NOAA. Global average temperatures in June were the fifth highest on record, as above-average heat conditions continued a multidecade streak, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported yesterday. June marked the 340th consecutive month -- a span of time more than 28 years -- that global temperatures surged above the 20th century average, according to the agency. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984695/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Higher cost assigned to CO2 emissions not 'generated in a black box,' White House official says. A federal official yesterday defended the new, higher dollar amount assigned to future damages to society associated with climate change, saying that the increase could be blamed on improvements to the scientific models used to determine the updated price tag. Because these models are constantly subject to peer review…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984698/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Some small businesses say they can't afford to support Obama's climate plan. President Obama's new climate plan centers on establishing tight pollution regulations on the country's coal plants, and since coal currently provides 40 percent of the country's electricity, the regulations stand to affect a lot of people. In a hearing yesterday morning, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade tried to draw attention to the possible impacts of the regulations on small businesses. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059984696/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS DTF: Diesel will keep driving freight transportation. Advocacy group firm that diesel will help reduce emissions, improve air quality and save fuel. hat diesel power will continue to drive the “expansion of freight transportation and the continued growth of the U.S. economy” is the strong contention of Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum advocacy group. Posted. http://fleetowner.com/running-green/dtf-diesel-will-keep-driving-freight-transportation FUELS Nampa sugar plant aims to cut gas emissions. Executives of a sugar processing plant in southwest Idaho say they will invest in new equipment designed to reduce gas emissions blamed for creating haze in the region. But officials with Amalgamated Sugar Co. in Nampa say the new equipment will not reduce the odor emitted from the facility where sugar beets are converted into raw sugar. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ID_SUGAR_PLANT_EMISSIONS_IDOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT TransCanada Rebuffs EPA’s Call for Keystone Clean Energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says TransCanada Corp. (TRP) should be required to buy renewable power to run pumps along the route of its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a measure the company said is unworkable and unnecessary. In a July 17 letter to the U.S. State Department, the Calgary-based company said the EPA suggested it buy renewable energy to run pumping stations from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-07-19/transcanada-rebuffs-epa-s-call-for-keystone-clean-energy.html First-ever federal study finds natural gas fracking chemicals didn’t spread. A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/apnewsbreak-first-ever-federal-study-finds-natural-gas-fracking-chemicals-didnt-spread/2013/07/19/85b75e4e-f03c-11e2-8c36-0e868255a989_story.html VEHICLES RIVERSIDE: Grant provides electric car charging stations. Western Municipal Water District has taken another step to reduce its carbon footprint by installing two electric car charging stations at its office near Interstate 215 and Alessandro Boulevard. The stations are available to the public 24 hours a day for a small fee. “Already a Silver LEED certified building, adding electric charging stations to our Meridian office is a nice complement to the building’s green components,” said Board President Tom Evans. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130719-riverside-grant-provides-electric-car-charging-stations.ece BY SUBSCRIPTION Cars Are Getting Cleaner, Could Greener Roads Be Next? It was the terrible smog of cities like Los Angeles in the 1970s that prompted a huge change in the efficiency and pollution controls of automobiles. Today, cars are many orders of magnitude cleaner than their counterparts from previous decades. But what if our roads could help further? No, not by reducing congestion (though that would be nice), but by swallowing up the pollutants pumped out by cars. The sidewalks in one Dutch neighborhood are doing just that. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085660_cars-are-getting-cleaner-could-greener-roads-be-next MISCELLANEOUS Senate confirms McCarthy as chief environmental regulator. The Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy on Thursday to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a long-awaited move that could help President Barack Obama revive his plans to fight climate change. The Senate voted 59 to 40 for McCarthy, who oversaw rules on mercury and soot pollution from power plants in her prior job as the EPA's top air official, a position she held since 2009. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/18/us-usa-senate-epa-idUSBRE96H18W20130718 http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Senate-approves-Obama-pick-McCarthy-to-head-EPA-4671783.php Fertilizer industry grows despite safety concerns. In years past, Brian Moody's efforts to bring economic development to his small Illinois town focused on modest projects: merging an old hardware store whose owner was retiring with another shop to preserve 30 jobs or pointing artists to a vacant downtown building. Now he has a bigger prospect. Cronus Chemicals wants to build a $1.2 billion plant on a nearby cornfield that would manufacture nitrogen-based fertilizer…Posted http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Fertilizer-industry-grows-despite-safety-concerns-4671819.php . OPINIONS What’s Cooler Than Cool? 78 Degrees on the A.C. For the past several years, I’ve spent some portion of the summer on a lake in the South, where the regularity of high temperatures leaves the heat rarely a subject of discussion. It is not considered a mark of lunacy, for instance, to play golf in the middle of the afternoon when it is 95 degrees with a humidity level that feels Amazonian; country clubs ventilate their greens with huge standing fans. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/nyregion/whats-cooler-than-cool.html?_r=0 RICK FARINELLI: Fuel 'experiment' puts communities at risk. When you think about county government, you usually think about things like parks, libraries, building codes and other services and rules for which your elected representatives are responsible. One thing you probably don't think of is the enormous amounts of fuel it takes keep things humming in your community. Local governments are among the largest fuel users in California. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/17/3392103/fuel-experiment-puts-communities.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Climate Change Conundrum. The need to address climate change and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the most prominent international policy issues of the last two decades. Governments around the world have legislated in an attempt to address this challenge, and many of these legislative measures have come at a huge cost. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/badr-jafar/climate-change-conundrum_b_3610672.html Climate Change Takes Center Stage. Climate change took center stage this week as the Senate confirmed climate and clean air champion Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with strong bipartisan support. Just a few days ago, climate hero Ed Markey was sworn in as the junior Senator from Massachusetts, marking a historic week that shows growing momentum in the fight to tackle the climate crisis. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gene-karpinski/climate-change-takes-cent_b_3622973.html