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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for August 27, 2013.

Posted: 27 Aug 2013 11:33:37
ARB Newsclips for August 27, 2013. 

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Linking Carbon Supply to Growth Is Complicated, PwC’s Grant Says.
Jonathan Grant, director of sustainability and climate change at
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London, comments on rule changes
being considered to the European Union emissions trading program,
in an e-mailed response to questions on Aug. 23. The European
Commission would consider implementing changes to the market’s
structure that would cut supply of carbon permits…Posted.

California Cap And Trade Comes To A Crossroads As Carbon Prices
Fall. California’s cap-and-trade market recently held its fourth
carbon allowance auction, with prices slipping below their
expected level on news state regulators may increase the amount
of free allocations they provide to polluters in 2014. But even
though permit sales to cover emissions trended downward for the
first time in the system’s existence, dropping 12.7% from May
2013’s record-setting auction…Posted.

Tracking AB 32: Latest Carbon Auction Numbers Push Market Above
$1 Billion.  California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly
Bill 32, and its cap-and-trade program continues to evolve as
more companies buy into the billion-dollar carbon auction market
and the state works through a spending plan to reinvest in
communities.  The most recent cap-and-trade auction was held
August 16…Posted. 


Smoky Reno air quality concerns continue. Health officials say
concerns about air quality in the Reno area are likely to
continue for at least another day or two as a result of the smoke
pouring in from the huge wildfire 150 miles away at Yosemite
National Park. The air quality index in Washoe County improved on
Sunday but deteriorated again on Monday to the level considered
unhealthy for the general population. Posted.



Port of Los Angeles Slashes Emissions. Air pollution associated
with operations at the Port of Los Angeles is at its lowest level
since the port adopted a formal plan to reduce emissions nearly
seven years ago, according to the latest emissions data. The
Port’s 2012 Inventory of Air Emissions shows a 79 percent drop in
diesel particulate matter (DPM) over a seven-year period that
began in 2005. Posted.


Mutually Insured Destruction.  In March 1947, a winter of heavy
snowfall followed by a quick thaw and torrents of rain swelled
rivers throughout England and Wales. Over the course of just 13
days, at least 27,000 homes and businesses were flooded. It was
one of the worst natural disasters in British history. But thanks
to climate change, which can prevent the thick snowpack from
which spring floods draw their strength, that sort of flood may
be less likely to happen today. Posted.

EPA chief warns against climate change on visit to Alaska
glacier. As she marveled at the site of a shrinking Alaska
glacier, the newly installed leader of the Environmental
Protection Agency said Monday that the president told her that
fighting climate change should be her primary focus. “The
president’s main priority for me was to recognize when I was
coming in here that this is going to be a significant


Silicon Valley may follow in Richmond, Berkeley climate change
efforts. In the 1980s, hundreds of American cities, states and
universities sold their investments in South African companies as
part of a protest against that country's former apartheid
government. Now, environmental groups are trying to duplicate
that effort, but with global warming polluters in the role of
villain. Posted.

Alabama professor creates carbon-capturing system. A Colorado
company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide
pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with
the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way
of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants. ION
Engineering in Boulder, Colo., has licensed a carbon-capture
process using imidazole solutions, or solvents, developed by
Jason Bara…Posted. 

Environmental group wants to name hurricanes for global warming
'deniers' The environmental group 350.org has launched a new
campaign called Climate Name Change that proposes to revise to
how hurricanes are named: call them, the groups says, after
policymakers who say that humans are not to blame for global
warming. This will save the Katrinas and Sandys of the world from
the injustice of having their names attached to major disaster,
the group says. And, as a bonus, it will produce some peculiar
weather reports. Posted.


South Korea Tests New Technology for Electric Bus. Vehicles Can
Be Recharged Wirelessly While in Motion. South Korea is
experimenting with electric buses that can charge wirelessly
while in motion, a technology that could help ease the pollution
plaguing cities. The city of Gumi, about 150 miles southeast of
Seoul, is the testing ground for two so-called on-line electric
vehicles, which ply a 15-mile route up to 10 times a day. Posted.


California, federal methods to push renewable-fuel use stir
conflict. It's even possible that conflicting state and federal
policies on renewable fuels, both aimed at reducing global
warming, could actually make things worse, some scientists say.
California and the federal government want drivers to use more
renewable fuels in their cars and trucks. That's where the
trouble lies. The state and federal governments share a goal, but
have adopted very different ways to reach it. Posted.


CORRECTED-Gasoline fuels comeback for China's electric car maker
BYD. BYD Co Ltd, the Warren Buffett-backed company best known for
electric cars, is in the midst of a revival thanks to traditional
gasoline-fueled vehicles. Its car sales jumped 25 percent to more
than 250,000 units in the first six months of this year,
outpacing China's overall auto market growth rate of 11 percent.
The vast majority of those were gasoline-powered, not electric.
The recovery in gasoline car sales, which account for half of
BYD's revenues…Posted.

Tesla outsells Porsche, Buick, Lincoln, others in California
(+video). Yes, it's shocking. California automaker Tesla Motors
[NSDQ:TSLA] is outselling a number of very well established
vehicle brands in its home state—with only one model: the
all-electric Model S. In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of
registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and Cadillac—and
far outsold Jaguar and Land Rover combined. And the
long-established, full-line luxury brand Infiniti only posted
just 51 more registrations in the state than Tesla. Posted.

Advancing electric mobility through electric car-sharing – Part
I.  Mobility experts think that through electric vehicle (EV)
sharing and rental schemes, EVs could become an integral part of
the urban environment. By renting an electric car customers can
get the EV experience without the risks usually associated with
buying one. cars21.com takes a closer look at the electric
car-sharing schemes in different cities and the price plans
offered.  Posted.  http://www.cars21.com/news/view/5572 


New efforts aim to turn smokestack pollution into usable energy. 
If pollution had a mascot, it would be the smokestack. Do a
Google image search for “pollution.” What do you see? A bunch of
smokestacks with ominous gray clouds billowing out the top.  It’s
a reasonable association to make: Smokestack emissions contain
nasty chemicals, including mercury, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen
oxides, not to mention carbon dioxide, the biggest threat to our
environment over the long term.  Posted. 

Cheap Substitute For Silicon Grows From Carbon Nanotube “Seeds”.
While we’ve been busy touting graphene as the “miracle material
of the new millennium,” there’s another advanced materials kid on
the block called carbon nanotubes and they haven’t exactly been
on the snooze either. A team of researchers at the University of
Southern California (USC) has just announced that they’ve cracked
the code for cooking up single-walled carbon nanotubes with
precise atomic structures. Posted.


Never Mind Citi Bike, Here’s Campus Bike. In 1892, a song
celebrated “a bicycle built for two.” More than a century later,
a campaign for a university is upping the ante with an offer of
bicycles built for a hundred. The University of Dayton, in
Dayton, Ohio, is promising 100 incoming freshmen free bikes in
exchange for pledges to forgo bringing cars to campus for the
first two years they are enrolled. Posted.

Bill mandates 3-foot buffer between cars, bikes. The state Senate
approved a bill on Monday that would require drivers to stay at
least three feet away from bicyclists when they are passing in
the same direction, despite Gov. Jerry Brown's previous vetoes of
similar legislation. Lawmakers approved AB1371 by Assemblyman
Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, on a 31-7 vote. Posted.


People Don’t Fear Climate Change Enough. With respect to the
science of climate change, many experts regard the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world’s
authoritative institution. A draft summary of its forthcoming
report was leaked last week. It describes the panel’s growing
confidence that climate change is real, that it is a result of
human action, and that if the world continues on its current
course, it will face exceedingly serious losses and threats
(including a significant rise in sea levels by century’s end).

Ditch ethanol mandates. Try a carbon tax. WASHINGTON IS seeing a
great fight between two extremely powerful lobbies, Big Ethanol
and Big Oil. Neither should win.
At issue is the Renewable Fuel Standard, a huge subsidy meant for
companies making all kinds of ethanol but that mostly benefits
the least-attractive type, derived from corn. The policy demands
that increasing amounts of various sorts of ethanol be blended
into the nation’s gasoline supply. Posted.

John Hoffmire: Fighting air pollution one electric car at a time.
If one were to identify the top problems in the areas 40 miles
north and south of Salt Lake City, most people would name air
pollution among the top five. Six counties in Utah have been
graded “F” in “State of Air 2013,” according to the report issued
by the American Lung Association. Throughout many years, for
quite a number of days each year, inversion, a phenomenon
characterized by haze, exists over valleys in Utah…Posted.


Papers Find Mixed Impacts on Ocean Species from Rising CO2. 
Britain’s Royal Society has published a helpful new collection of
papers in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B that
provide fresh insights on how the global buildup of carbon
dioxide released by human activities could affect ocean ecology.
The work adds to a growing body of science pointing to large
changes, with some types of marine organisms and ecosystems
seemingly able to adjust and even thrive, while others ail.

Explained in 90 Seconds: How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires.
(video) From the Rim fire currently engulfing California to the
Black Forest fire that burned more than 500 homes in Colorado,
wildfires are becoming more destructive. In this video, Matthew
Hurteau—assistant professor of forest resources at Penn State
University—explains how warming temperatures, prolonged drought,
and a century’s worth of fire suppression policy are “priming the
system to make it more flammable. Posted.

14 U.S. Cities That Could Disappear Over The Next Century, Thanks
To Global Warming. There is really no way around it: Thanks to
climate change, sea levels are rising. A huge question on the
minds of many is, what does this mean for America? Will sea walls
and city planning protect major metropolises, or are we bound to
lose some national gems? Unfortunately, the latter is a
significant possibility. Posted.

Study Shows Biodiesel’s Growth in California. California is
poised to make some big waves in the biodiesel market… at least
according to a new study from the Environmental Defense Fund and
E2. This story from Biodiesel Magazine says the report profiles
six companies in California revolutionizing the industry. “Once
again, California is ahead of the curve when it comes to
delivering on fuels that not only protect the environment but
also make good business sense to produce…Posted.

Report: The More Carbon Emissions We Cut, The Better The World
Economy Does. Work from an international effort to model climate
change’s effects show that the more carbon emissions humanity
cuts, the better the global economy will perform over the next
century. The report is part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which
was set up by the United Nations to offer a comprehensive
assessment of climate science. Posted.

To meet emissions targets, we’ve all got to be like France. Even
with a terrible recession and natural gas bonanza, the U.S. isn’t
cutting emissions fast enough. Some experts still think it is
possible to reduce emissions 50 percent globally by 2050, a
somewhat arbitrary goal thought to minimize the risk of climate
change disasters. But they say hitting that goal is possible only
if we try really hard. Posted.

Nissan Tests New Heat-Resistant Battery For Leaf Electric Car. 
Nissan is testing a revised lithium-ion cell chemistry for its
Leaf electric car that the company says appears to be as durable
in sustained extreme heat as its current battery is under normal
conditions.  If tests confirm that the new cells degrade at no
more than the standard rate, even at high temperatures, the
company hopes to have battery packs using those cells available
next April.  Posted. 

We’re already sick of climate change — and getting sicker.  If
there’s any doubt remaining in your mind that climate change is a
plague on humanity, Linda Marsa will take care of that for you.
Marsa is a longtime medical writer. She’s made a career as a
muckraker, taking on the pharmaceutical industry and dispensers
of scientific snake oil. And she’s recently turned her attention
to how our warming of the planet increases the chances for a wide
array of epidemic illnesses.  Posted. 

Oil refinery affecting air quality – study. Chevron’s oil
refinery in California is twice as big as its refinery in Table
View, Cape Town, yet the US operation produces fewer toxic
emissions because California has stricter air pollution laws. Now
Table View residents are calling on the city to ensure that
Chevron’s emissions in Cape Town are also capped at a lower level
because there is evidence that the plant’s emissions are
affecting air quality and the health of people living in
neighboring areas. Posted.

 Wildfires a Growing Air Quality Issue. Where there’s fire,
there’s smoke. And when the fire is more than 200 square miles
and growing like California’s Rim Fire, there’s a lot of it. And
in that smoke is quite the witch’s brew of air pollutants.
Gabriele Pfister runs down just some of the list: “You have
carbon monoxide, you have mercury, you have nitrogen oxide,
sulfur dioxide.” Pfister studies the air quality impacts of
wildfires, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR). Posted.

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