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ARB Newsclips for July 25, 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 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. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-25/trading-halt-shows-un-carbon-system-in-jeopardy-energy-markets.html AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/state-newspaper-says-china-launches-275b-effort-to-cut-air-pollution-in-beijing-nearby-areas/2013/07/25/14d8c5ca-f50d-11e2-81fa-8e83b3864c36_story.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/25/2825140/state-newspaper-china-to-spend.html#storylink=cpy http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57595510/china-says-it-will-spend-$275b-to-tackle-pollution/ 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. http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/24/2823649/delaware-refinery-faces-penalty.html#storylink=cpy 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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 soils…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985012/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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 Reifsnyder…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985039/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE 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. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-antarctica-ice-melt-20130724-dto,0,2931766.htmlstory 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. http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/24/2824959/omalley-to-release-greenhouse.html#storylink=cpy 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. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0725/Global-warming-could-spell-more-bad-news-for-baby-seals FUELS 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.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gas-well-leak-20130725,0,5223415,print.story http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-louisiana-gas-rig-flames-ease-20130725,0,1533482.story http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985010/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 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. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-lawmaker-others-blast-state-oversight-of-fracking-20130724,0,3203489.story 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS 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 SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS 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. http://www.scpr.org/blogs/politics/2013/07/24/14352/la-gets-the-bragging-rights-on-snagging-federal-tr/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29