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ARB Newsclips for September 6, 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 Australian gov't faces carbon tax backlash at poll. The ruling Labor Party's probable collapse in Australia's next election is largely the consequence of its qualified success in the last one three years ago. To form the coalition she needed to stay in power, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard reneged on a promise and agreed to place a carbon tax on major polluters. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Australian-gov-t-faces-carbon-tax-backlash-at-poll-4791298.php AIR POLLUTION Shell to pay $1.1 million in fines for Arctic air-quality violations. Shell has agreed to pay $1.1 million (703.5 thousand pounds) for air-quality violations from the vessels it used to drill two oil-exploration wells in Arctic waters off Alaska last year, federal regulators said. Shell will pay the civil fines for Clean Air Act violations that were discovered during inspections of the Discoverer and Kulluk drillships, which operated in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the Environmental Protection Agency said late on Thursday. Posted. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/09/06/uk-shell-alaska-fines-idUKBRE9850UU20130906 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-06/shell-to-pay-u-s-1-1-million-for-arctic-air-pollution.html http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059986816/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Arsenic emissions from Vernon firm Exide pose 'chronic hazard'. Emissions from battery recycler Exide pose a 'chronic hazard' to more than 250,000 people in surrounding areas, air district officials say. Risks include neurological changes in children. More than 250,000 people living in a broad swath of eastern Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Huntington Park and other southeast cities face a "chronic hazard" from exposure to arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, according to air district officials. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-exide-20130906,0,7816791.story?track=rss November smog attack. Nov. 12, 1959: Smog clouds the view on Broadway, looking south from 1st Street. Smog attacks were not limited to hot summer months. On Nov. 12, 1959, the high in Los Angeles was 74 degrees, but heavy smog covered the basin. This photo by staff photographer Edward Gamer was published on Page One of the Nov. 13, 1959, Los Angeles Times. The accompanying story reported: Smog covered the Los Angeles Basin yesterday, running from moderate to heavy, and more was predicted for today. Posted. http://framework.latimes.com/2013/09/06/november-smog-attack/ New Mexico regulators approve power plant proposal. State environmental regulators on Thursday signed off on a proposal that calls for shutting down part of a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest. The proposal was negotiated earlier this year by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state's largest electric utility, PNM, as a way to curb pollution at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/05/5711368/new-mexico-regulators-approve.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/search/?action=search&channel=home&search=1&firstRequest=1&query=air+pollution&searchindex=property&x=0&y=0 Policy and Enforcement: Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The Environmental Defense Fund, the American Lung Association and others have filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to revive the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The groups are saying that to uphold a lower court’s nullification of the major 2011 pollution rule would prevent regulators from ever tackling unhealthy power plant emissions that cross state lines, The Hill said. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/09/06/policy-and-enforcement/ EPA Seeking Comments on Reconsideration Of Air Rule for Backup Stationary Engines. The Environmental Protection Agency will accept public comments through Nov. 4 on its decision to reconsider three issues in air pollution standards for backup stationary engines that generate electricity, including the 2015 compliance date for requiring ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel, according to a notice published Sept. 5 (78 Fed. Reg. 54,606). Posted. http://www.bna.com/epa-seeking-comments-n17179876839/ CLIMATE CHANGE Economic woes may mute impact of U.N. report saying warming manmade. The strongest scientific warning to date that global warming is man-made may have a muted impact when it is released later this month with many governments more focused on nursing weak economies than on fixing the planet. Many are also still smarting from a failure to agree a global pact to fight climate change at a summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and wary of making bold promises under a new timetable meant to agree a global U.N. deal in 2015. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/06/us-ipcc-climate-idUSBRE9850JM20130906 Climate change threatens Caribbean's water supply. Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean—the depletion of already strained drinking water throughout much of the region. Rising sea levels could contaminate supplies of fresh water and changing climate patterns could result in less rain to supply reservoirs in the coming decades, scientists and officials warned at a conference in St. Lucia this week. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24028973/climate-change-threatens-caribbeans-water-supply?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/09/05/3481386/climate-change-threatens-caribbeans.html DIESEL EMISSIONS DOT boosts funds for fuel cell buses to help spur green economy. The Department of Transportation yesterday announced $13.6 million to advance the commercialization of American-made fuel cell buses, in line with the Obama administration's goals to reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions. Eight projects were selected to receive funding under the Federal Transit Administration's National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which has dedicated nearly $90 million to the development of fuel cell technology over the last six years. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059986805/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS White House reviewing U.S. 2014 biofuel targets. The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for U.S. biofuel use targets for 2014 to the White House for review, as the agency races to avoid the delays that plagued the renewable fuel program this year. Next year's targets are due to be proposed this month and finalized in December. That timeline could slip, however, depending on the how long the White House's Office of Management and Budget takes to review the proposal it received late last week. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/05/usa-epa-biofuel-idUSL2N0H113820130905 China's Sinopec to produce cleaner gasoline from October. China's Sinopec Corp will produce lower sulfur gasoline from October, three months ahead of an official mandate, as part of a national effort to clear up the smoggy air of Chinese cities. Except for two subsidiary plants that are undergoing maintenance, the top Asian refiner will cut sulfur in all its gasoline production from 150 parts per million (ppm) to 50 ppm from October 1, a company official said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/06/us-sinopec-gasoline-idUSBRE9850E820130906 VEHICLES 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EPA-rated at 50 mpg city. Honda has begun US production of the 2014 Accord Hybrid (earlier post), which will carry an EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg (4.7 l/100 km) in city driving. The EPA rating is 1 mpg higher than Honda had originally anticipated for the hybrid (49 mpg). The new Accord Hybrid also carries an EPA-rated highway fuel economy of 45 mpg (5.2 l/100 km) and combined cycle fuel economy of 47 mpg (5.0 l/100 km) as the company had earlier projected. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/09/20130906-accord.html HIGH-SPEED RAIL Pasadena, Sylmar firms to design, build first segment of California high-speed rail line. Two Southland firms will be involved in the design and construction of the first leg of California’s 800-mile, high-speed rail system. Tutor Perini Corp. of Sylmar and Parsons Corp. in Pasadena are part of the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture, which has secured a $985 million contract with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to build the initial 29-mile stretch running from Madera to Fresno. Posted. http://www.sgvtribune.com/business/20130905/pasadena-sylmar-firms-to-design-build-first-segment-of-california-high-speed-rail-line GREEN ENERGY Calif. gives utilities new financial incentives to push energy efficiency. Utilities in California will be able to earn money when they persuade residents and businesses to add building upgrades that cut energy use, state regulators ruled yesterday. The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday unanimously approved up to $178 million for new incentives to promote energy efficiency in 2013-2014. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059986807/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Bill to streamline Sacramento arena environmental review criticized. A last-minute bill to streamline environmental review of a basketball arena proposed in Sacramento is drawing flak from three high-profile groups that support strict scrutiny. The gut-and-amend bill is a threat to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), according to Sierra Club California, the Planning and Conservation League and the Center for Biological Diversity. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-bill-to-streamline-sacramento-arena-criticized-by-environmental-groups-20130904,0,254037.story?track=rss OPINIONS COLUMN-Acidifying oceans add to list of CO2 dangers: Wynn. The world's oceans will become dangerously acidic for corals and shellfish this century if carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to rise at current rates, adding to the urgency to reduce manmade CO2 emissions, according to an emerging science. Evidence for ocean acidity may also prove less controversial than the science of global warming, as it seems likely there will be less doubt surrounding the chemical and biological processes involved. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/06/column-wynn-ocean-acid-idUSL6N0H03CJ20130906 Buddiga: Time to plan for a healthier Fresno County. Seeing up to 30 patients per day, I know that many are dealing with the consequences of their environment. Whether people are sick with asthma or diabetes or other chronic diseases, it is clear to me that where people live impacts health. We have built our way into poor health for decades, and it needs to change. Neighborhoods designed for cars are not healthy neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the way our communities have been designed increase traffic and pollution while reducing opportunities to walk or bike for even the shortest daily errands. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/09/05/3481157/time-to-plan-for-a-healthier-fresno.html BLOGS U.S., China strike new climate agreement at G-20 summit. The United States and China announced Friday they would seek to eliminate some of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases through the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the landmark treaty that successfully phased out ozone-depleting substances decades ago. The move, announced at the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg, is significant because it provides a clear path for curbing a major contributor to global warming… Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/06/u-s-china-strike-new-climate-agreement-at-g-20-summit/ Assessing the Role of Global Warming in Extreme Weather of 2012. British and American climate agencies, drawing on work from around the world, have produced the second in what is planned as an annual roundup of studies seeking to characterize the contribution of human-driven global warming to rare and consequential weather and coastal events. The package, “Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective,” was published yesterday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyPosted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/assessing-the-role-of-global-warming-in-extreme-weather-of-2012/?_r=0 Fracking triggered more than 100 earthquakes in Ohio. A single fracking wastewater well triggered 167 earthquakes in and around Youngstown, Ohio, during a single year of operation. That’s according to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research by Won-Young Kim, a researcher at Columbia University. Earthquakes had never been recorded at Youngstown before 2010. Posted. http://grist.org/news/fracking-triggered-more-than-100-earthquakes-in-ohio/ August 2013: Everything's coming up green edition. After plateauing earlier this year, US green car sales are settling into a steady pattern of chalking up year-over-year increases in the 30 percent to 50 percent range. Last month, Toyota and Ford both sold their hybrids to a broader range of customers. Plug-in vehicle sales also received a boost after the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, Nissan Leaf and Toyota RAV4 EV battery-electrics and Toyota Prius…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/06/august-2013-green-car-sales/