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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for July 25, 2013.

Posted: 25 Jul 2013 14:19:26
ARB Newsclips for July 25, 2013. 

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Trading Halt Shows UN Carbon System in Jeopardy: Energy Markets.
An unprecedented freeze in United Nations carbon trading is
fanning speculation the five-year-old market designed to combat
greenhouse-gas emissions in poor countries is in danger of
becoming superfluous. Not a single UN Certified Emission
Reduction, or CER, changed hands on July 22 and July 23,
according to data from ICE Futures Europe, keeping the market on
course for the lowest monthly aggregate volume since March 2008.


State newspaper says China will spend $275 billion to cut
pollution in Beijing, nearby areas. China will spend $275 billion
to tackle air pollution over the next five years, a state
newspaper reported Thursday, highlighting how the issue has
become a priority for the leadership. The amount is more than the
total economic output of Hong Kong last year and underlines how
the government is eager to bring about a visible improvement in
China’s bad air…Posted.



Delaware refinery faces penalty for air pollution. Delaware's
environmental secretary has issued more than half a million
dollars in penalties against the Delaware City oil refinery for
air pollution violations. An order announced Wednesday calls for
a cash penalty of $460,200 and another $69,000 to reimburse the
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for
investigation expenses. Posted. 

Appeals court rules EPA notice of violation not enough to deny
plant permit. A preliminary U.S. EPA notice of violation of the
Clean Air Act is not sufficient grounds for a citizens group to
force the agency to deny a power plant its operating permit,
federal judges ruled this week in a case involving a large
coal-fired unit in Colorado. At issue in the case before the 10th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is Xcel Energy Inc.'s permit for
its Pawnee plant in Morgan County, Colo. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059985064/print BY

Models tell an incomplete carbon story, says scientist. A new
study suggests that global carbon models are getting it wrong
when it comes to soil carbon. The concentration of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere is expected to rise steadily through the end of
the century. This is good news for plants and trees, which thrive
on CO2 and can serve as important sinks to absorb carbon and
mitigate climate change. But a higher level of carbon dioxide is
likely to have the opposite effect on carbon stored in
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985012/print BY

Beijing's bad air could open the door for climate change
agreements -- State Department. The dark haze of record-setting
air pollution that has choked Beijing for months could provide an
inroad for further U.S.-China negotiations on climate change, a
top Department of State official said yesterday. Testifying
before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Daniel
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985039/print BY


Antarctica permafrost melt spurred by solar radiation boost.
Accelerated melting of buried ice in a dry valley of Antarctica
may be a harbinger for widespread thawing of permafrost at
Earth’s far latitudes as worldwide climate patterns change,
according to a new study. The tenfold increase from ancient melt
rates evident in a dry valley near McMurdo Bay over little more
than a decade comes despite a local two-decade cooling trend.

O'Malley to release greenhouse gas reduction plan. Gov. Martin
O'Malley is scheduled to release a greenhouse gas reduction plan.
The governor is attending a summit on climate change in Linthicum
Heights on Thursday. O'Malley, a Democrat, hopes to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent in the state by 2020. Posted.


Global warming could spell more bad news for baby seals. New
research shows that male baby harp seals are particularly
vulnerable to strandings that sweep them from the Arctic down to
the US East Coast. Researchers have delivered more bad news for
the harp seal – this time for male babies. Harp seals, with their
wide, amused-looking black eyes and earless, white faces, are
often poster children for the toll that climate change is taking
on the world. Posted.


Natural gas fire continues to burn after well blowout. A fire
from a natural gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico may keep
burning for several days. Some officials say any environmental
damage is likely to be minimal. Fire, fueled by a natural gas
well blowout about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, burned into
the evening Wednesday, as emergency workers assessed how to stem
the out-of-control leak and extinguish the blaze that collapsed
part of the rig. Posted.

http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985010/print BY

Lawmaker, others say state oversight of oil field fracking is
lacking. Environmentalists including a lawmaker criticized state
regulators Wednesday for not adequately tracking and overseeing
fracking activity in California oil fields. Fracking, or
hydraulic fracturing, involves the injection of water and
chemicals into the ground to stimulate production in oil wells.

Is the future bright for shale oil? Depends on whom you ask. Has
the shale oil boom fundamentally changed the nation's energy
supply, or is it just a temporary blip in a longer trend of
declining production? There are plenty of experts on either side
of this debate, all armed with statistics and anecdotal evidence
to back up their claims. But it's an argument that's likely to
continue so long as the U.S. oil and gas industry struggles to
understand the long-range decline profile of the thousands of new
shale and tight oil wells it is drilling. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985001/print BY


Battery-powered cars will be the cheapest to own within a decade
– report. The cost of batteries for electric vehicles is expected
to drop by half and battery electric vehicles with 100-mile range
will be the cheapest car to own and operate in less than a
decade, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers on
behalf of the Electrification Coalition. The study on the state
of the electric vehicle (EV) market projects that lithium-ion
batteries, the most expensive component of EVs…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059985068/print BY


Southwestern solar development heats up. Arizona-based First
Solar Inc. will build three new utility-scale solar arrays for
New Mexico's largest power provider, boosting Public Service Co.
of New Mexico's total solar capacity to 67 megawatts, or enough
to power roughly 16,000 homes in the state. The new plants,
expected to come online in 2014, will add 23 MW of solar energy
to PNM's grid. They also will boost the number of utility-scale
solar plants owned by PNM to eight, accounting for 44 MW of
capacity, according to the Albuquerque-based utility. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985011/print BY


Alberta beset by lax enforcement of environmental rules – report.
Less than 1 percent of the violations by oil sands producers get
penalized by regulators in Alberta, according to a new report put
out by an environmental group that examined 9,000 environmental
contamination cases in the province between 1996 and 2012. Over
this period, oil sands facilities violated laws or their permit
requirements at least 4,063 times, with two facilities…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059985045/print BY


LA gets the bragging rights on snagging federal transportation
dollars. Last year’s multi-year transportation bill includes a
billion dollars a year in new loans. Today, transportation
officials from around the country asked Congress: Where’s the
money? But Southern California need not worry: transit projects
here are sitting pretty. Texas officials complained to the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee that the Department of
Transportation is taking too long to hand out the money…Posted.

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