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ARB Newsclips for September 5, 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 Carbon Jumps to Five-Month High as EU Unveils Permit Allocation. Carbon permits advanced to the highest in almost five months after the benchmark contract breached a technical resistance level, power prices climbed and the European Union announced its allocation of allowances to polluters. December permits rose as much as 9.9 percent to 5.02 euros ($6.61) a metric ton on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange, the highest since April 9. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/eu-carbon-price-advances-most-in-two-months-on-technical-breach.html UN Carbon Credit Program Reports $82 Million Surplus to June. The trust for the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism, the operator of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas credit program, had an operating surplus of $82 million in the 18 months through June 30, as offset supply increased. Fees and other income amounted to $141 million in the period, compared with expenses of $59.2 million…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/un-carbon-credit-program-reports-82-million-surplus-to-june.html AIR POLLUTION Safeway to pay $600,000 fine, trim emissions at stores. Safeway has agreed to reduce air pollution caused by its refrigeration equipment at 659 stores and pay a $600,000 fine as part of a settlement reached Wednesday in the federal court in San Francisco. The settlement follows allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the Pleasanton grocery-store chain, the nation's second largest…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Safeway-to-pay-600-000-fine-trim-emissions-at-4787523.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/04/safeway-to-pay-600k-fine-for-clean-air-violations/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_24017190/safeway-agrees-stop-leaks-refrigerant-chemical-at-stores?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059986739/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Half of 2012 wild weather linked to climate change. A study of a dozen of last year's wildest weather events finds that in about half the cases, manmade global warming increased the likelihood of their occurrence. Researchers with the United States and British governments concluded Thursday that the other cases reflected the random freakiness of weather. They said climate change had made these events more likely: U.S. heat waves, Superstorm Sandy flooding…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_EXTREME_WEATHER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Half-of-2012-wild-weather-linked-to-climate-change-4789205.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/05/5709799/half-of-2012-wild-weather-linked.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/09/05/2903202/half-of-2012-wild-weather-linked.html#storylink=cpy http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/study-finds-global-warming-raised-likelihood-of-about-half-of-last-years-weirdest-weather/2013/09/05/f817df5e-163e-11e3-961c-f22d3aaf19ab_story.html http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/05/climate-change-hot-summers-sandy-like-flooding/2767965/ Climate Talks Should Encourage New Carbon-Trade Tests, IETA Says. Emissions traders want United Nations climate talks in November to set rules on a trial system of globally linked carbon markets, according to their Geneva-based lobby group. A market framework recognized by the UN would allow member countries to pursue their own carbon-cutting programs, while providing a “large” pool of tradable emission-reduction credits, Dirk Forrister, president of the International Emissions Trading Association, said yesterday by phone. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/climate-talks-should-encourage-new-carbon-trade-tests-ieta-says.html Climate change to bring more sizzling summers, study says. Does climate change contribute to extreme weather such as last year's record heat in the USA? New research suggests that, yes, it increases the likelihood these disasters will re-occur. Brace yourself for more hot summers ahead. Extreme weather researchers report on Thursday that climate change makes the searing summer that the struck the United States last year much more likely. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/05/climate-change-hot-summers-sandy-like-flooding/2767965/ DIESEL EMISSIONS Carnival to cut pollution from cruise ships. The world's largest cruise ship company will adopt technology from power plants and automobiles to reduce air pollution from the massive diesel engines powering its ships. In a tentative agreement reached Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency, Carnival Corp. will deploy scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide and filters to trap soot on as many as 32 ships over the next three years. At port, the ships will plug into the electrical grid, rather than idle, to reduce pollution. Posted. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/carnival-cut-pollution-cruise-ships http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/carnival-agrees-to-spend-180-million-to-cut-pollution.html JURUPA VALLEY: Council eyes truck idling enforcement. The Jurupa Valley City Council on Thursday, Sept. 5, is expected to take its first step in trying to lessen the impact of hundreds of big rig trucks that pour into Jurupa Valley every day. Council members are set to discuss and possibly approve a program to enforce a statewide regulation by the Air Resources Board barring truck drivers from idling their engines for longer than five minutes at any location. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130904-jurupa-valley-council-eyes-truck-idling-enforcement.ece Trucking companies wary about switch to natural gas. Small and medium-sized trucking companies remain worried about switching from diesel to natural gas despite cheap gas prices that industry groups say won't go up anytime soon. Large trucking companies are making the capital-intensive switch as more natural gas pumps pop up at filling stations around the country. In June, UPS announced it would only buy natural gas trucks for its small-package business starting next year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059986754/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS L.A. City Council members, activists call for ban on 'fracking'. The environmental risks of "fracking," or fracturing underground rock formations to reach oil reserves, are too great and should be banned, two Los Angeles City Council members said Wednesday. Oil companies in recent years have used fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field between Baldwin Hills and Century City to extract hard-to-reach oil from idled wells. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fracking-council-20130904,0,5667175.story?track=rss Time is running out for sensible action on fracking regulations. With an oil boom in the making, California has among the weakest hydraulic fracturing regulations in the nation. Fuel is crucial; so is safeguarding water quality. California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster. A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-cap-fracking-20130905,0,3666358.column 2 L.A. City Council members propose ban on fracking for oil. Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin propose changing city zoning laws to stop fracking and related oil extraction methods. The environmental risks of fracking, or fracturing underground rock formations to reach oil reserves, are too great and should be banned, two Los Angeles City Council members said Wednesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-council-fracking-20130905,0,1960280.story Study: New gas development boom unlikely in Mich. Michigan may have large reserves of natural gas thousands of feet below the earth's surface but they probably won't be developed on a large scale for many years, if ever, giving policymakers time to deal with the environmental and public health concerns associated with the extraction process known as fracking, according to a study released Thursday. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/05/5709591/study-new-gas-development-boom.html#storylink=cpy TEP to shed part of part of coal-fired plant. Tucson Electric Power says it's diversifying its energy portfolio by getting less power from a coal-fired plant in eastern Arizona while moving to expand its purchases of power generated by natural gas. The utility says it's trying to take advantage of low natural gas prices by entering into talks with Entegra Power Group LLC to purchase a gas-fired generating unit at the Gila Bend Generating Station in Gila Bend. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/05/5709696/tep-to-shed-part-of-part-of-coal.html#storylink=cpy Dianne Feinstein supports fracking regulation bill. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday endorsed a controversial state bill that would regulate but allow “fracking” and another new means of extracting oil and gas. “The discovery that fracking and acidization of oil and gas formations could produce approximately 23.9 billion barrels of petroleum in the continental United States...Posted. http://www.ibabuzz.com/politics/2013/09/04/dianne-feinstein-supports-fracking-regulation-bill/ Coal-fired power, hit hard by natural gas, could see further market erosion from regulations – report. As the largest power grid in North America, the Eastern Interconnection encompasses 39 U.S. states, eight Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia. Some 84 percent of all U.S. coal-fired capacity falls within its jurisdiction. Given the Eastern Interconnection's lion-sized role in hosting the flow of coal-fired electrons in the United States…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059986741/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Lawmakers extend carpool perk for clean vehicles. The state Senate has approved two bills designed to encourage motorists to buy low-polluting vehicles. Both extend existing programs that allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes as an incentive. SB286 by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco passed the Senate Wednesday on a 30-8 vote. It would extend through 2018 the white sticker program that applies to plug-in hybrid vehicles and others that qualify as "inherently low emission" and "traditional zero emission" vehicles. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Lawmakers-extend-carpool-perk-for-clean-vehicles-4787761.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/04/5708199/lawmakers-extend-carpool-perk.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/04/lawmakers-extend-carpool-perk-for-clean-vehicles/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/09/04/3479211/lawmakers-extend-carpool-perk.html http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1086720_california-extends-electric-car-hov-lane-access-to-2019 US transit chief to tour upstate NY bus plant. The Obama administration's top transit official will be at a bus manufacturing plant in upstate New York to announce the latest round of federal grants to boost the production of fuel cell buses for the public transit industry. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff will be joined by state and local officials when he tours the BAE Systems plant in Endicott on Thursday morning. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/US-transit-chief-to-tour-upstate-NY-bus-plant-4788354.php Program introduces electric rental cars in Orlando. Visitors to Orlando often try new things while on vacation: thrilling roller coasters, luxury hotels, different cuisines. Now they can try out a fully electric car — and not have to pay for gas during their vacation. Under a new program announced Thursday called Drive Electric Orlando, anyone who rents one of 15 Nissan Leaf cars from Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be able to charge the car for free. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Program-introduces-electric-rental-cars-in-Orlando-4788428.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/05/5709715/program-introduces-electric-rental.html Plan would create new vehicle testing facility. The site of the former Willow Run powertrain plant in Michigan would be transformed into a high-tech vehicle research, development and testing facility under plans unveiled Thursday. The trust set up to oversee properties owned by a pre-bankruptcy General Motors announced plans for the "connected vehicle research center" in Washtenaw County's Ypsilanti Township along with Devon Industrial Group and Walbridge Development LLC. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Plan-would-create-new-vehicle-testing-facility-4789355.php http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/05/5709686/plan-would-create-new-vehicle.html GREEN ENERGY Va. utility top bidder for offshore wind leases. Virginia Dominion Power submitted a successful $1.6 million bid Wednesday to lease nearly 113,000 offshore acres for the development of wind turbines that could power 700,000 homes. Virginia's largest utility beat out one other bidder, Apex Virginia Offshore Wind LLC of Charlottesville, in the nation's second lease sale of ocean bottom dedicated to the development of huge wind turbines. Eight energy companies were qualified to bid on the Virginia lease. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Va-utility-top-bidder-for-offshore-wind-leases-4786302.php Group trying to build eastern Nebraska wind farm. A grass-roots group in eastern Nebraska's Burt County has been trying to get its wind farm off the ground and into the air, generating electricity. County Wind LLC has been working on the project since 2010 and has raised about $176,000 to hire a developer, an attorney and consultants and erect a tower to monitor wind speeds. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Group-trying-to-build-eastern-Nebraska-wind-farm-4789217.php Boost from the sun could help gas power plants generate more electricity, run more cleanly. Solar power remains a hard sell in the United States, but researchers in Washington have developed a way to harness the heat of the sun to boost the efficiency of conventional power plants. The new technology allows a natural gas-fired plant to generate 25 percent more electricity from the same amount of fuel. Posted. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/05/201253/boost-from-the-sun-could-help.html#storylink=cpy http://www.lodinews.com/ap/nation/article_0370d530-1627-11e3-9050-10604b9f0f42.html Renewable energy creates new jobs in the US. As the U.S. continues to pursue renewable energy, the effort may be having a healthy impact on the nation’s economy. The Obama administration has adopted an “all of the above” energy policy, which has the country pursuing all forms of power, including renewable energy and fossil-fuels. Posted. http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/renewable-energy-creates-new-jobs-us/8513756/ MISCELLANEOUS Edison releases documents on San Onofre steam generator. Southern California Edison, owner of the now-defunct San Onofre nuclear plant, has made documents available on a website relating to the ill-fated steam generator replacement that prompted the plant's closure. The documents, some of which had not been previously released, include correspondence and minutes of meetings between staff from Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries …Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-onofre-documents-20130904,0,2109896.story Architecture in Tune With the Climate. Building “green” is nothing new. For decades, many architects have tried to adapt their designs to forestall a new normal, choosing materials that will be less damaging to the environment and arranging rooms to be heated or cooled by the sun and wind, not the grid. As well they might: Buildings, and the industries that make and assemble the materials that become buildings, are among the biggest contributors to the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/arts/design/a-crop-of-projects-with-green-bonafides.html?_r=0 OPINIONS It Was a Dark and Stormy Climate Study . . . Longer growing seasons, a year-round trade route through the Arctic, fewer people freezing to death: These are just a few of the boons that global warming could have in store for humanity, assuming the planet is in fact warming. We can now report one more happy possibility: fewer Sandy-like superstorms likely to hit land in the eastern U.S. …Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324886704579052630510445894.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Letters: Wasting water on fracking. Re "Going dry in a sea of wine," Sept. 2. The article on the lack of drinking water for residents of Paso Robles despite the abundance available to nearby wine growers highlights why fracking (hydraulic fracturing) should not be happening at all in California. How can it be that untold millions of gallons of water are being wasted to extract natural gas from the ground when residents don't have water to drink or to irrigate with? Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters/la-le-0905-thursday-fracking-water-20130905,0,3742443,print.story Feature: No fracking way! You may not have heard of Mainstreet Moms or 350Marin, but you will feel the heat, and soon. The Moms, along with 350.org and its associated nonprofits, are tangling with big oil companies to ban fracking in California. You don't know from fracking? Fracking allows oil companies to free oil from sand and shale far below the earth's surface by using huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals (often undisclosed), which becomes "dirty water" and virtually unusable again. Posted. http://www.pacificsun.com/news/environment/article_8c5d13f8-1597-11e3-8390-0019bb30f31a.html Climate change — do we have all the answers? Abraham Lincoln is famous for many things, including a speech in which he said, “... a house divided against itself cannot stand ...” Climate change is a topic that sometimes divides us. Without question, there is harm done to the cohesiveness of our communities when those on either side employ bombastic rhetoric, communicate in shrill tones, and convey sanctimonious certainty about their particular points of view. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/commentary/improving-north-county/climate-change-do-we-have-all-the-answers/article_210a43dc-15ec-11e3-90c1-0019bb2963f4.html?print=true&cid=print Is Yosemite Rim fire air pollution? Some Californians could get fined for it. The Yosemite Rim fire was some 80 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. But the fourth-largest fire in California history is still sending air pollution indexes climbing to record levels, especially in regions of Nevada and California unaccustomed to such heavy particulates in the air. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2013/0904/Is-Yosemite-Rim-fire-air-pollution-Some-Californians-could-get-fined-for-it.-video How Polluted Is Your Air? 3 Easy Ways To Find Out. With the enormous Yosemite Rim fire still raging this week (and expected to burn for three more weeks) and four new wildfires now burning in Montana and Idaho, people in the western United States are understandably worried about how all this smoke is affecting their air. And well they should be…Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/09/04/summer-wildfire-smoke-alert-how-bad-is-your-air-3-easy-ways-to-find-out/ BLOGS August Was A Hot Month for Electric Cars. August was a hot month for plug-in cars, proving, among other things, that big price cuts can move both metal and lithium-ion batteries. U.S. sales of the Nissan7201.TO +0.59% Leaf electric car, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the Toyota7203.TO +0.32% Prius plug-in model hit their highest monthly totals ever last month, reflecting a combination of well-publicized price cuts and a rising tide of demand for all types of vehicles. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/09/04/plugin/?KEYWORDS=emissions Fixing Stove Hoods To Keep Pollution Out Of The Kitchen. Hot summer days often mean air pollution warnings in big cities. But the air inside your kitchen can sometimes be just as harmful. Cooking fumes from your stove are supposed to be captured by a hood over the range — but even some expensive models aren't that effective. Jennifer Logue spends a lot of time thinking about what happens when she cooks. Posted. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/04/219012757/kitchen-range-hoods-may-not-be-as-effective-as-they-claim Can drastic new anti-pollution rules help clean up Beijing’s air? The air quality in Beijing has grown so bad that it’s begun to produce its own catch-22s. All that smog is starting to keep tourists away, but tourism is just the kind of less energy-intensive industry that China needs to develop. The city is hoping to ramp up its public bike-share system, in an effort to shift a majority of trips through the city center onto public transportation. Posted. http://grist.org/cities/can-drastic-new-anti-pollution-rules-help-clean-up-beijings-air/ Wind Farms And House Values: How Does The Renewable Energy Source Affect Real Estate Prices? A U.S. study has found that wind farm developments do not lower house values, a concern often flagged in objections to planning applications, but bigger less easily measured concerns remain. How, for instance, can you gauge the impact of placing a group of steel turbines in what locals often describe as familiar, treasured landscapes? Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/wind-farms-house-values_n_3865475.html?utm_hp_ref=green