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ARB Newsclips for July 31, 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 California and Australia bolster carbon trading ties. California and Australia have agreed to step up efforts to work together to link their respective carbon markets, just weeks after Australia's prime minister announced he would accelerate plans to replace the country's carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme. California's Air Resources Board and Australia's Clean Energy Regulator yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding… Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/print_article/bg/news/2285943/california-and-australia-bolster-carbon-trading-ties http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/07/31/policy-enforcement-briefing-carbon-markets-epa-budget-efficiency-bill/ http://www.examiner.com/article/arb-enters-into-agreement-with-aussies-to-combat-climate-change http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985368/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Carbon Drops to Two-Week Low as Weak Power Price Saps Demand. European Union carbon permits for December dropped the most in three weeks as record-low power prices in Germany reduced demand for emission allowances. The benchmark carbon contract fell as much as 4 percent to 4.12 euros ($5.49) a metric ton on ICE Futures Europe exchange, and traded at 4.13 euros at 12:47 p.m. in London. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-31/carbon-drops-to-two-week-low-as-weak-power-price-saps-demand.html Critics of offsetting emissions with credits to address desal skeptics in Santa Cruz. Two experts in the controversial practice of buying credits to offset greenhouse gas emissions will address seawater desalination skeptics in Santa Cruz, where two water agencies have pledged to design their water supply project as net-carbon neutral. Barbara Haya, a research fellow specializing in climate change at Stanford Environmental Law Clinic…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/central-coast/ci_23763723/critics-offsetting-emissions-credits-address-desal-skeptics-santa Farmers voice concern over Cap-and-Trade Program. Tuesday morning, some members of the Pacific Legal Foundation met at the Kern County Farm Bureau with members of the local farming community to lay out their efforts to stop the state's Cap-and-Trade Program. California’s Cap-and-Trade Program took effect in early 2012, according to the Air Resources Board. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/business/Local-farmers-voice-concern-over-pending-cap-a-trade-law-suit-217679921.html AIR POLLUTION China Air Pollution Triple WHO Recommended Levels in First Half. Air pollution in China’s largest cities, as measured by the concentration of fine particulates that pose the greatest health risk, was three-times worse in the first half of the year than levels advised by the World Health Organization. The average concentration of PM2.5 particulates in 74 cities monitored by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection was 76 micrograms …Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-31/china-air-pollution-triple-who-recommended-levels-in-first-half.html San Joaquin Valley air gets double whammy of soot, ozone. Wildfire smoke pouring into the San Joaquin Valley caused soot levels to spike Tuesday above the federal standard in Madera, Merced and Stockton. On Wednesday, meteorologists with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District reported a layer of marine air should ease air quality problems a little, but soot and ozone levels are expected to climb again by the weekend. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/07/31/3416606/san-joaquin-valley-air-getting.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/30/2836489/smoke-from-wildfires-clogging.html#storylink=cpy Santa Fe Springs facility creating odor has history of citations from Air Quality. Lakeland Processing Co., is in hot water with the Air Quality Management District after it received a fourth citation in the past two months. The wastewater-treatment facility is the source of the foul odor that's been blanketing the city and surrounding areas, as far as the San Gabriel Valley and Fullerton. Posted. http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_23761189/air-quality-management-district-has-issued-violations-odorous#ixzz2adwCfV2R http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_23761189/air-quality-management-district-has-issued-violations-odorous Foundation says air measure component is illegal. Representatives of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is suing the state over its "cap and trade" program, have been making the rounds up and down the state educating business people and average citizens about what they say is a harmful hidden tax rather than a simple regulatory scheme to improve the environment. Tuesday they spoke to the Kern County Farm Bureau in front of a group of about 40 people. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/local/x2042022070/Foundation-says-air-measure-component-is-illegal Is natural gas more climate-friendly? Researchers map thousands of leaks in Washington, D.C. Bob Ackley may be the only person who has driven up and down every single street -- 1,500 miles total -- in Washington, D.C. While Ackley, a plain-speaking New Englander, enjoyed exploring the nation's capital, which he described as "beautiful," this was serious business. He was measuring leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is also the main component of natural gas. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985330/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE New EPA chief: Climate controls will help economy. President Barack Obama's top environmental official wasted no time Tuesday taking on opponents of the administration's plan to crack down on global warming pollution. In her first speech as the head of EPA, Gina McCarthy told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will spark business innovation, grow jobs and strengthen the economy. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EPA_CHIEF?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-new-epa-head-gina-mccarthy-vows-to-act-on-climate-change/2013/07/30/dea868e0-f86b-11e2-8e84-c56731a202fb_story.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/30/new-epa-chief-climate-controls-will-help-economy/ EPA chief vows to tackle climate change. The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency told an audience at Harvard Law School on Tuesday that cutting carbon pollution will "feed the economic agenda of this country" and vowed to work with industry leaders on shaping policies aimed at curbing global warming. "Climate change will not be resolved overnight," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the 310-member audience. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23766076/epa-chief-vows-tackle-climate-change#ixzz2adgwneXs When would global warming destroy life on Earth? Study hazards a guess. Two new studies look at when a runaway greenhouse effect makes a planet uninhabitable. For Earth, the data suggest that time is still distant, even with current levels of global warming. A runaway greenhouse effect – where a planet's atmosphere traps so much heat that temperatures rise to life-snuffing levels – may be easier to achieve than previously believed. And there may be more than one way to drive the increase. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0730/When-would-global-warming-destroy-life-on-Earth-Study-hazards-a-guess Why It Finally Makes Political Sense to Talk About Climate Change. New polls show that voters increasingly view climate global-warming deniers as cranks. The White House is paying attention. In the summer of 2009, a dozen Democratic members of Congress took a deep breath and put their political futures on the line, voting for historic global-warming legislation President Obama had told them was a top priority. After the bill squeaked through the House, Democrats pleaded with the White House: Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/why-it-finally-makes-political-sense-to-talk-about-climate-change-20130725 DIESEL EMISSIONS SMUD encourages truckers to plug in, reduce air pollution. To achieve a more environmentally friendly - and cost-effective - alternative to truck idling, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is providing utility power at a Sacramento rest stop. SMUD recently installed more than 30 electrical hookups at the Sacramento 49er Truck Travel Plaza truck stop on Interstate 80. The 18-month demonstration project is part of a greater national effort, and if successful, the project will go commercial. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/31/5611894/smud-encourages-truckers-to-plug.html#storylink=cpy FUELS Los Angeles Diesel Gains to Two-Week High as Refineries Flare. California-blend diesel in Los Angeles advanced to the highest level against futures in two weeks after Tesoro Corp. (TSO) and Phillips 66 reported flaring at their refineries in Southern California. Tesoro’s 266,000-barrel-a-day Carson plant reported flaring after a compressor trip yesterday, a notice to state regulators shows. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/los-angeles-diesel-gains-to-two-week-high-as-refineries-flare.html Ford to Offer Natural Gas Fuel Systems for F-150 Pickups. Ford Motor Co. (F), the second-largest U.S. automaker, plans to begin offering compressed natural gas fuel systems for its F-150 pickups to meet growing demand from business fleets and attract retail buyers. Fuel packages similar to what Ford has offered on large commercial vehicles since 2009 will be available starting this year with the 2014 F-150, said Kevin Koswick, head of its fleet operations. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-31/ford-to-offer-systems-for-f-150-pickups-to-run-on-natural-gas.html Milestone Claimed in Creating Energy From Waste. After months of frustrating delays, a chemical company announced Wednesday that it had produced commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter, a long-sought goal that, if it can be expanded economically, has major implications for providing vehicle fuel and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/business/energy-environment/company-says-its-the-first-to-make-ethanol-from-waste.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print Fight Over Plan for Natural Gas Port Off Long Island. Some fishermen call the waters some 20 miles off the coast of Jones Beach on Long Island a no man’s land. With its flat, barren bottom, the area is a passageway for sea life like bluefish, flounder and squid. It has also become a battleground over future energy sources in the region. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/nyregion/plans-for-a-natural-gas-port-stir-concerns-on-long-island.html PG&E's CEO says tougher rules are needed on fracking. Highlighting varying views in the energy industry over one of the nation's most controversial environmental issues, the head of California's largest utility on Tuesday said that tougher rules are needed on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a position advocated by environmental groups. Anthony Earley, chairman and CEO of PG&E Corp., said in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News editorial board that companies using fracking…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23763746/pg-es-ceo-says-tougher-rules-are-needed?source=rss VEHICLES Not a car or bicycle, but a blend — an ELF vehicle. Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background. What he's driving looks like a cross between a bicycle and a car, the closest thing yet to Fred Flintstone's footmobile, only with solar panels and a futuristic shape. It's a "green" option for today's commuters. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ELF_BIKE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/car-bicycle-blend-known-as-an-elf-vehicle-is-making-1200-mile-trip-along-east-coast-trail/2013/07/31/68f03972-f9f9-11e2-89f7-8599e3f77a67_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Not-a-car-or-bicycle-but-a-blend-an-ELF-4697728.php Central California pollution district funds grants for fuel efficient vehicles in Kern County. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has started a grant program to fund alternative fuel vehicles to public agencies in the central California area. The grants award public agencies either $20,000 per car or $100,000 a year to buy alternative fuel vehicles. Bakersfield College officials are one of many agencies who have applied for the grant and have been awarded money. Posted. http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/central-california-pollution-district-funds-grants-for-fuel-efficient-vehicles-in-kern-county GREEN ENERGY Trade Fight Over Solar Benefits a Bystander. The long-running trade conflicts over solar panels between China and the United States and Europe have sown dissatisfaction all around, leaving many manufacturers of solar materials complaining that the market is still unfair. But one country not involved in the disputes has already benefited from them and, with Saturday’s agreement between China and the European Union, stands to benefit again: Taiwan. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/business/global/solar-trade-dispute-leaves-taiwan-the-clear-winner.html?pagewanted=all L.A. start-up's plasma lights help turn film and TV shoots green. Hive Lighting's energy-saving plasma lights are part of a conservation movement within the film production industry. Rob Rutherford looked up from his workbench, order receipts and debris from Hive Lighting's products strewn around his laptop. "The bulbs shipped," he said to business partner Jon Miller. Both grinned. More bulbs meant more business: new film, TV and commercial sets to be illuminated by Hive's energy-saving plasma lights…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-fi-ct-onlocation-hive-lighting20130731,0,2475194.story Wind power industry catches fresh economic breeze after tough half-year. The U.S. wind energy industry's growth engine badly sputtered and then stalled in the first half of 2013, with only 1.6 megawatts of new wind power coming online between January and June, according to data released yesterday by the American Wind Energy Association. During the second quarter of the year, no new wind turbines were built anywhere in the country, AWEA said, a circumstance few would have predicted one year ago…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985367/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Some see Obama's plan on taxes as an opening for carbon levy. President Obama has distanced himself from a carbon tax, but his proposal yesterday to cut the corporate tax rate is a key piece in a complicated puzzle that could lead to discussions about a fee on emissions. By renewing his call to reduce the corporate rate by 7 points, to 28 percent, Obama also raises the central question of how he'll pay for it. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059985348/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Gale Banks: Automotive legend has changed the face of the industry. Gale Banks knows a thing or two about power. And to say he's had a profound effect on the U.S. auto industry would be an understatement. His Azusa-based company, Gale Banks Engineering, is known for designing and selling aftermarket turbocharge systems for gas- and diesel-powered cars, boats, RVs and high-performance pickup trucks. Banks turbocharge systems have also been used to set land-speed records with a variety of street-legal vehicles. Posted. http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23764054/gale-banks-automotive-legend-has-changed-face-industry Editorial: Trouble for CEQA revamp. Demonstrating just how difficult it will be to reach any political consensus on reforming the California Environmental Quality Act, some interesting opposition to the effort popped up this week. Was it environmentalists, unions or the liberal Democrats who have been arguing that changes to the act would no doubt weaken valuable protections against pollution, environmental damage and health threats to residents that have been in place for more than 40 years? Posted. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/opinion/ci_23763832/editorial-trouble-ceqa-revamp BLOGS EVTV kicks off 3rd Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention next week. Ever since lithium batteries first became available to the general public, the popularity of converting gas-powered cars to run on electricity has been on the rise. This is something we can get behind, since not only does recycling previously-manufactured vehicles make environmental sense, it's also great to see classic automotive metal get a new, improved lease on life. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/30/evtv-kicks-off-3rd-electric-vehicle-conversion-convention/ Will California And Australia Trade Carbon Credits? California's greenhouse gas cap and trade program will basically merge with a similar program in Quebec in January. If a Tuesday announcement by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is any indication, Australia may be next. The announcement comes in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CARB, which manages the state's greenhouse gas emissions credit auction and trading program…Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/climate-change/will-california-and-australia-trade-carbon-credits.html