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ARB Newsclips for September 3, 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’s ETS makes encouraging headway. As the federal government gets started implementing a national Climate Action Plan, the country’s boldest state-level experiment is making strong progress. Yesterday, California announced the results of its latest auction of carbon pollution permits, completely selling out of its permits for future carbon pollution for the first time. The increased demand for these pollution permits reflects an encouraging development: Confidence in California’s climate action program is growing, and its long-term future is becoming more and more certain. Posted. http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/2/carbon-markets/californias-ets-makes-encouraging-headway EU Said to Plan Carbon-Market Aviation Adjustment in October. The European Union plans to present a change to its emissions curbs on airlines in the first half of October that will take into account a decision later this month by the United Nations on whether to pursue global measures to cut pollution by the industry. The European Commission, the EU’s regulatory arm, is considering limiting carbon-dioxide discharges by flights into and out of the 28-nation bloc only in European air space, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-02/eu-said-to-plan-carbon-market-aviation-adjustment-in-october.html AIR POLLUTION Beijing issues new measures aimed at curbing air pollution. Beijing unveiled yet another slew of measures on Monday to curb a choking pollution problem, including limiting the number of new vehicles on the roads and closing or upgrading the facilities of 1,200 companies. China's smoggy capital has tried everything from shutting factories to a massive subway building programme as it battles a severe air pollution problem, but with little apparent effect. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/02/china-pollution-beijing-idUSL4N0GY17D20130902 Silver Lining in China’s Smog as It Puts Focus on Emissions. Jiang Kejun may be one of the few Beijing residents who see a ray of hope in the smog engulfing the city. A researcher in a state energy institute, he is an outspoken advocate of swiftly cutting China’s greenhouse gas output, and he says public anger about noxious air has jolted the government, which long dismissed pollution as the necessary price of prosperity. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/world/asia/silver-lining-in-chinas-smog-as-it-puts-focus-on-emissions.html?hpw Beijing Will Cut Coal Burning and Barbecues in Bid to Fight Smog. The Chinese capital will limit cars, outdoor barbecues and coal burning under new measures to reduce air pollution that exceeded recommended World Health Organization levels by nearly 40 times in January. Coal use for electricity consumption in Beijing will be reduced by 13 million metric tons by 2017 from the 2012 level, while limits will be put on outdoor barbecues in suburban areas and the number of cars will be kept below 6 million, the city government said in a statement today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-02/beijing-will-cut-coal-burning-and-barbecues-in-bid-to-fight-smog.html Air Quality Alert Due to Smoke Impacts From the Rim Fire. The San Joaquin Valley and Mariposa County air pollution control districts have issued an air quality alert due to smoke impacts from the rim fire in Mariposa... Merced... Madera... Fresno... Kings... Tulare... Tuolumne and the valley portion of Kern counties. This air quality alert is in effect until 12 PM PDT Monday September 2. Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems... aggravate lung disease... cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis... and increase risk of respiratory infections. Posted. http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/mariposa-daily-news-2013/157-august/9729-air-quality-alert-due-to-smoke-impacts-from-the-rim-fire- APCD study to be reviewed at meeting. Over the last year, implementation has been under way of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s Rule 1001 that requires the Off-Highway Vehicle Division of State the California Department of Parks and Recreation to mitigate the silica dust coming from its park on the Dunes. Recently, APCD director Larry Allen told the board of directors the State Parks Department has not been complying with Rule 1001. Posted. http://www.theadobepress.com/articles/2013/09/03/columns/versaw/versaw.txt CLIMATE CHANGE Keystone Delays Seen Giving Time for Climate Concessions. A decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline may slip into next year, giving opponents time to marshal efforts against it while offering President Barack Obama a chance to wring concessions from Canada. The U.S. State Department is reviewing TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s request to build the $5.3 billion link from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-03/keystone-delays-seen-giving-time-for-climate-concessions.html Greenhouse-Gas Fight Escalates. A quiet move by the Obama administration to put a higher price tag on greenhouse-gas emissions has sparked a big fight, prompting new legislation in Congress and sniping in academic circles. Buried in new energy-efficiency standards the Department of Energy released in May for microwave ovens was an administration estimate that the cost to the country for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted was $36 in 2007 dollars—up from its 2010 estimate of $21 a ton. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324324404579040950076712782.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Population growth increases climate fear. California has 157 endangered or threatened species, looming water shortages, eight of the 10 most air-polluted cities in the country and 725 metric tons of trash washing up on its coast each year. California also has 38 million people, up 10 percent in the last decade, including 10 million immigrants. They own 32 million registered vehicles and 14 million houses. By 2050, projections show 51 million people living in the state, more than twice as many as in 1980. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Population-growth-increases-climate-fear-4781833.php U.S. and Europe may face off over reducing airline emissions. The Obama administration faces a possible confrontation with Europe over reducing carbon emissions when representatives of 191 countries gather this month in Montreal to develop global standards for aviation emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from commercial flights are growing at a steep rate, and nations participating in the International Civil Aviation Organization meeting said they hope that it leads to strong, enforceable standards. So far, the chances appear slim, according to observers. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-airline-emissions-20130903,0,5513176.story DIESEL EMISSIONS Valley air district offers 2 diesel truck-grant programs. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking Valley truckers -- especially single owner/operators -- to apply for grants to help meet a state emission-reduction deadline and is offering free regional workshops to provide application assistance. The district has made an additional $7 million available and broadened its eligibility criteria through its Truck Voucher Program, specifically for the Valley's 15,000 single owner/operators. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/08/31/3473045/valley-air-district-offers-2-diesel.html Valley truckers fret over clean exhaust cost. Thousands of San Joaquin Valley truck drivers are facing a Jan. 1 deadline to complete expensive upgrades to their rigs, prompting air-quality officials to free up millions of dollars in assistance. The impending deadline is part of a controversial state rule to reduce diesel pollution from large trucks. The rule was delayed in 2010 because of the crumbling economy, but now it is once more lurching forward. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130903/A_NEWS/309030308/-1/A_BIZ VEHICLES Chevrolet Cruze diesel adds fuel efficiency but sticks to recipe. Like the American kid who returns from study abroad with a German accent, Chevrolet's latest Cruze sedan will come with a decidedly European flair. Starting in September, Chevy will offer the compact sedan with a diesel engine. It joins the two gas engines that have been available in the car since the Cruze began selling in 2010. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-autos-chevy-cruze-20130831,0,1578720.story OPINION A Carbon Tax That America Could Live With. THIS summer, the Obama administration released the President’s Climate Action Plan. It is a grab bag of regulations and policy initiatives aimed at reducing the nation’s carbon emissions, which many scientists believe contribute to global warming. This got me to thinking: What might I do to reduce my own carbon emissions? Here are some things I came up with. Think of them as Greg Mankiw’s Climate Action Plan. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/business/a-carbon-tax-that-america-could-live-with.html?hpw The air near L.A.'s freeways: How dangerous? You know something is off base when the regional air district monitors and regulates emissions from fire pits on Southern California's beaches, which affect a handful of homeowners, before it gets around to the 24/7 blasts of pollution along the area's freeways. That's not entirely the fault of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, though. Unhealthful emissions from cars and especially trucks along the freeways have fallen into a regulatory black hole until now. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-freeway-pollution-20130903,0,1359178.story Air pollution and the effect of the electric car. 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, causing health problems for young and old alike — especially those who are troubled by bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. Posted. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765636887/Air-pollution-and-the-effect-of-the-electric-car.html?pg=all BLOGS Choking on Pollution, Beijing Eyes Car Congestion Fee. Faced with often catastrophic air pollution, Beijing is considering taking a page out of London’s playbook: a congestion fee for car owners. A notice published on the Beijing government website (in Chinese) late Monday said the city is mulling a policy to impose a congestion fee for cars as it aims to keep less than 6 million vehicles licensed by the end of 2017, from about 5.35 million now. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/09/03/choking-on-pollution-beijing-eyes-car-congestion-fee/?KEYWORDS=air+pollution California companies fined $3.6 million for importing dirty ATVs. One California-based consultant just got busted for double-dipping on four-wheelers. Chi Zheng, whose Los Angeles-based companies MotorScience Inc. and MotorScience Enterprise Inc. specialized as a consultant for all-terrain vehicle imports from China, had his companies fined $3.6 million for violating emissions requirements, according to the US Department of Justice, US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The companies were hit with a $3.55 million fine and a $60,000 civil penalty to be paid within six months and must follow a strict compliance plan for the next 15 years. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/01/california-companies-fined-3-6-million-for-importing-dirty-atvs/ Swiss engineers working on 80-mpg CNG-diesel-electric hybrid. Automakers have a tough sell reaching fuel economy standards in the US and Europe. Swiss researchers think the solution will have to come from a fusion of the technologies. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a new engine that they say could get the equivalent of 80 miles per gallon. It's a hybrid that gets its power from a diesel engine, natural gas and an electric motor. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/03/swiss-engineers-working-on-80-mpg-cng-diesel-electric-hybrid/ CARB Formaldehyde Rule Should Be Law of the Land. A dozen years ago, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) embarked on a regulatory process that resulted in groundbreaking limits on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. California's Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) went into effect in January 2009 and has altered the way industry does business around the world. Product emissions have dropped to historic lows, the development of new adhesive formulations has accelerated, and a global Third Party Testing and Certification (TPC) system has emerged to manage CARB's regulation and support its credibility in the marketplace. Posted. http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-blogs/closets-blog/home-storage-trends-guest-blogs/CARB-Formaldehyde-Rule-Should-Be-Law-of-the-Land-222084321.html?ref=321#sthash.jn0DhLAb.dpbs Is global warming really slowing down? Chances are you’ve heard people say that global warming has “stopped,” “paused,” or hit a “slowdown.” It’s a favorite talking point of political conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently declared that there has been “no recorded warming since 1998.” Climate skeptics frequently use these arguments to cast doubt on climate science and to downplay the urgency of addressing global warming. Last year, for instance, Fox News pronounced global warming “over.” Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/is-global-warming-really-slowing-down/