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ARB Newsclips for September 26, 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 Abbott May Lack Company Support for Killing Aussie Carbon Price. Australia’s new prime minister can’t count on big polluters to support his plan to stop charging for greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Carbon Market Institute. While business groups such as the Minerals Council of Australia have criticized the carbon price as a “dead weight on the economy,” few individual companies have spoken up for Tony Abbott’s plan to scrap what he calls the carbon tax, said Peter Castellas…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-25/abbott-may-lack-company-support-for-killing-aussie-carbon-price.html California Air Resources Board Issues First Compliance Offset Credits. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued its first batch of compliance carbon offset credits eligible for use in the state's cap-and-trade program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Entities can purchase these credits to offset their carbon emissions and meet their emission reduction obligation that is required in California's cap-and-trade system. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=9967§ion=news_articles&eod=1 AIR POLLUTION EPA to hold hearings on Arizona Navajo coal plant emissions. U.S. environmental regulators will hold public hearings in November on proposals to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at the giant Navajo coal-fired plant in Arizona. The 2,250-megawatt Navajo plant is located on the Navajo Nation, less than 20 miles (32 km) from the Grand Canyon, near Page, Arizona and the Utah state line. In a release Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the public can comment on plans to reduce emissions…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/utilities-saltriver-navajo-idUSL2N0HM0LW20130926 . U.S. backs market scheme for aviation emissions from 2020. The United States supports a proposed market-based system to curb carbon emissions from the global aviation sector starting in 2020, but warned that concerns over measures to lower emissions in the interim threaten to undercut the broadly-supported goal, a U.S. official said. Negotiators from over 190 countries gathered at the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization's triennial assembly in Montreal will on Thursday to go over the details from a proposal to curb reduce greenhouse emissions…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-aviation-climate-idUSBRE98P0V320130926 Obama Appeals to Trout Fishermen on Power-Plant Pollution. The Obama administration is trying to build support for a key element of its climate-change plan with appeals to everyone from trout fishermen to fans of Al Roker on the Weather Channel. The push to promote the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to curb carbon dioxide from power plants stands in contrast to the low-key approach of President Barack Obama’s first term, when it downplayed the hazards and trumpeted an “all of the above” energy policy. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-09-25/obama-appeals-to-trout-fishermen-on-power-plant-pollution.html California’s Success in Reducing PM 2.5 Pollution. California has made remarkable progress in reducing fine particle pollution in the nation’s most challenging nonattainment regions, the South Coast Air Basin and the San Joaquin Valley. This article outlines the state’s success. Posted. http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/2013/terry.pdf **Please note** This article appears in the September 2013 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; www.awma.org). To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444. P-U! Mexico City tries to freshen its odor problem. For many, the first experience of Mexico City is a sprawling airport and an appalling stink. It wafts from the manholes and leaves the morning air smelling fresh as a septic tank. On bad days, it hits travelers as they step off airplanes and follows them through the terminal. It can overpower a pleasant bike ride along the cobblestone streets of the capital's downtown, or interrupt an alfresco meal in the trendy Condesa neighborhood. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/25/5769266/p-u-mexico-city-tries-to-freshen.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/P-U-Mexico-City-tries-to-freshen-its-odor-problem-4844738.php Air board re-evaluating its evaluation process. The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District on Wednesday began the process of changing its rules to allow its entire board of directors to participate in evaluating the performance of Air Pollution Control Officer Larry Allen. Currently, the evaluation is conducted by a board subcommittee and then the whole board approves it in a closed session meeting. Posted. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/09/25/2702730/air-board-re-evaluating-its-evaluation.html Air Quality Watch issued for SM area. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the county Air Pollution Control District on Tuesday issued an Air Quality Watch for the Santa Maria area. Winds are forecast that may produce elevated particle levels from time to time. This watch is only for the Santa Maria area, and is in effect until the Friday morning. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/air-quality-watch-issued-for-sm-area/article_bd5ddd5c-25af-11e3-82ea-001a4bcf887a.html The battle over San Diego's Barrio Logan. Wedged between the port and the freeway, the San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan is a diverse mish-mash of homes, schools, and heavy industry. Its largely Latino population is the result of Mexicans brought over to work the docks during World War II. But the mix of industry and homes has made the air in Barrio Logan dangerous to breathe; residents are three times more likely to have asthma than in other parts of the city. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/09/25/33888/the-battle-over-san-diego-s-barrio-logan/ The Cost of Cleaning China’s Filthy Air? About $817 Billion, One Official Says. Authorities rush out pledges and promises as another choking winter looms. China will need to spend nearly 5 trillion yuan, or $817 billion, to fight air pollution, according to Fang Li, spokesman of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection. Fang’s startling estimate came on Sept. 23 as he released the Chinese capital’s antipollution blueprint, which promises significant improvements in air quality by 2017. Posted. http://world.time.com/2013/09/25/the-cost-of-cleaning-chinas-filthy-air-about-817-billion-one-official-says/#ixzz2fx50ENaZ States brace for EPA's emissions rule on existing power plants. John Lyons is in for a rough road ahead. Lyons, the assistant secretary for climate policy for Kentucky, must assess how a state that gets 97 percent of its electricity from coal will comply with EPA's upcoming rule to control carbon emissions from existing power plants. "I've got a big job on my hands," said Lyons, who only recently added "climate" to his title of air regulator, at an event yesterday hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987888/ print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Questions arise on Tier 3 timing as automakers cite rule delay. Questions are rising about when U.S. EPA will release a final rule slashing the amount of sulfur in gasoline, as two key automaker groups say the agency has told them the rule will be delayed until February. The Tier 3 standards -- proposed in March -- were expected to be finalized before the end of the year, meaning they would apply to cars in model year 2017. Green groups say that in recent conversations with EPA, they've been told that the rule will be set this year as scheduled. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059987924/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change stars fade, even if risks rise. Compared to the heady days in 2007 when U.S. climate campaigner Al Gore and the U.N.'s panel of climate scientists shared the Nobel Peace Prize, the risks of global warming may be greater but the stars preaching the message have faded. With many governments focused on tackling short-term economic growth, the shift reinforces what former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sometimes called a "shocking lack of leadership" in confronting long-term global warming. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/us-climate-ipcc-leaders-idUSBRE98P0H820130926 Business looks to UN report for clarity on climate risks. Companies increasingly factor extreme weather into their strategic planning and a report from the United Nations due on Friday is expected to underscore the heightened risks they face. Extreme temperatures, droughts, and sea level rises will all get worse unless governments make sharp cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summary report is expected to conclude. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/26/climate-ipcc-business-idUSL5N0HF31U20130926 Report ponders: How sensitive is climate to CO2? Scientists are more confident than ever that pumping carbon dioxide into the air by burning fossil fuels is warming the planet. The question is, by how much? It's something that officials and scientists meeting in Stockholm will try to pin down as precisely possible Friday in a seminal report on global warming. The values adopted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are important because they could affect how hard governments try to rein in CO2 emissions …Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/26/5770897/report-ponders-how-sensitive-is.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Report-ponders-How-sensitive-is-climate-to-CO2-4846126.php 10 things to know about the IPCC climate panel. Here are 10 things to know about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N.-sponsored scientific group that will present a landmark report on global warming Friday. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/26/5770601/10-things-to-know-about-the-ipcc.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/10-things-to-know-about-the-IPCC-climate-panel-4845940.php UN: Better livestock handling curbs greenhouse gas. A U.N. report says improved livestock breeding and feeding practices could trim greenhouse gas emissions in the industry by up to 30 percent. Livestock emissions account for 14.5 percent of all man-made heat-trapping gasses. Of that, cattle production for milk and meat is the worst offender, representing 65 percent of all livestock emissions. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/26/5769891/un-better-livestock-handling-curbs.html#storylink=cpy Climate forecast to be unveiled. The world’s most extensive report on climate change will be released starting Friday, with its authors expected to highlight aspects of global warming that have accelerated — such as ice melt and warming of the deep oceans — along with elements that have defied projections. Perhaps the most notable challenge for the scientists is the fact that Earth’s average surface temperature hasn’t risen in more than 15 years, defying predictions made in the last report. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/25/environment-ipcc-climate-scripps/ FUELS Fight Over Energy Finds a New Front in a Corner of Idaho. In this remote corner of the Northwest, most people think of gas as something coming from a pump, not a well. But when it comes to energy, remote isn’t what it used to be. The Nez Perce Indians, who have called these empty spaces and rushing rivers home for thousands of years, were drawn into the national brawl over the future of energy last month when they tried to stop a giant load of oil-processing equipment from coming through their lands. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/us/fight-over-energy-finds-a-new-front-in-a-corner-of-idaho.html?pagewanted=al Californians wary of fracking, poll says. Californians want stricter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. In addition, a majority of likely voters surveyed opposed the increased use of fracking, which involves injecting water and chemicals into the ground to remove the resources locked underneath. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-fracking-regulations-20130925,0,7679192.story Public backs Keystone pipeline, power-plant emissions curbs, poll says. In the debate over energy and climate change, the public continues to give support to both sides, according to a new poll. By more than a 2-1 margin, respondents in a new Pew Research Center poll said they favor building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from tar sands deposits under Canada’s western prairies through the Midwest to refineries in Texas. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-keystone-pipeline-power-plants-poll-20130926,0,5472282.story Shell Oil's Arctic drilling operations in limbo. Six months after federal officials chastised Shell Oil for its faulty offshore drilling operations in the Arctic, the company has yet to explain what safeguards it has put in place or when it plans to resume exploring for oil in the vulnerable region. Shell's 2012 return to offshore Arctic exploration after a generation away was marred by high-profile problems, including hefty fines for polluting the air and a drilling rig that escaped its moorings. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/26/5769930/shell-oils-arctic-drilling-operations.html#storylink=cpy http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-arctic-drilling-20130926,0,4034450.story NY proposes rules for natural gas fueling, storage. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulations for new liquefied natural gas storage facilities and truck fueling stations. Commissioner Joe Martens says Thursday that lower emissions from burning natural gas as a fuel "will provide significant benefits to the environment and public health" and will create jobs. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/NY-proposes-rules-for-natural-gas-fueling-storage-4846139.php Bay Area culinary professionals join effort to stop fracking in California. Some of the top culinary minds in San Francisco and the Bay Area have joined a statewide campaign against fracking in the name of protecting California's food and wine. On Wednesday, chefs Alice Waters and Jerome Waag of the famed Berkeley haunt Chez Panisse kicked off a petition drive to urge food professionals to join them in opposing hydraulic fracturing, citing its negative impact on agriculture. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bay-area-culinary-professionals-join-effort-to-stop-fracking-in-california/Content?oid=2589617 Utilities burn more coal as natural gas prices edge up. Higher natural gas prices during the first half of 2013 prompted electric utilities to curtail their use of gas-fired generators by 14 percent, according to findings published yesterday by the Department of Energy. Much of that lost gas generation was made up with coal, which has witnessed a modest recovery since late 2011 and early 2012, when record-low gas prices prompted many utilities to ramp down their coal-fired boilers in favor of gas... Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987864/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Six Bills That Would Ensure California's Electric Car Future. As PluginCars.com covered recently in this space, California is likely to remain the U.S. leader in electric cars for years to come. The state’s zero emission regulations call for 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen powered cars on the road by 2025. Although the early accomplishments are impressive, there’s always been a gap between the California Air Resources Board’s tough regulations and consumer willingness to actually buy the cars. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/six-bills-would-ensure-californias-ev-future-128410.html Get your electric motor runnin'. Ventura County is revving up — rather, charging up — for its first annual National Plug In Day event at Oxnard’s Collection this Saturday. Dealers, speakers and hobbyists from around the county will join in celebrating all things electric and hybrid as part of the national celebration with an electric vehicle showcase. Posted. http://www.vcreporter.com/cms/story/detail/get_your_electric_motor_runnin/11274/ Alliance Urges 'Roaming' Standards For Electric-Car Charging Payments. Electric car charging stations are cropping up in many public places, but accessing them can be difficult. That's because most charging stations are operated by proprietary networks, which often require drivers to set up an account beforehand, and validate each charging session with a card or other proof of membership. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1087184_alliance-urges-roaming-standards-for-electric-car-charging-payments GREEN ENERGY North Texans learning to live off the grid. Outside Mike Renner's two-story home in Azle, Texas, a sleek white turbine whirs in the wind. The 10,000-watt wind turbine sits atop a 100-foot tower Renner built himself. Solar panels cover his roof, producing 8,000 watts of power. In the sticky months of August and September, Renner's thermostat never budges higher than 72 degrees. Yet he pays only $15 a month for electricity, a utility service charge, which he uses only as a backup plan. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/26/5770058/north-texans-learning-to-live.html#storylink=cpy Experts see multiple uses for big batteries on the nation's electric grid. It may be years before battery storage is widely integrated into the U.S. electrical grid, but that's no reason not to find productive uses for technologies available today, according to a panel of experts and regulators. "Vendors are going to provide the technology solutions. Our job is to figure out how to integrate them into the grid," said Zach Kuznar, senior project manager with Duke Energy's Emerging Technology Office…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059987876/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS California to review toxic substances in consumer products. California regulators will unveil a sweeping program for reformulating items with toxic chemicals. Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California. On Thursday, state toxic chemical regulators will unveil what they say is the nation's most comprehensive program for identifying and reformulating common consumer products containing hazardous chemicals. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-chemical-safety-regs-20130926,0,3752911.story OPINIONS Climate Change Has Reached Our Shores. As the world barrels toward a climate crisis of its own making, my country stands at the precipice. In the Marshall Islands, like elsewhere in the Pacific, climate change is no longer a distant threat, nor at the doorstep. Climate change is here. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/opinion/climate-change-has-reached-our-shores.html?_r=0 LETTER: We can have jobs, clean air. Economist John Husing has mischaracterized the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) position on warehouses and logistics centers (“Quit killing jobs in bid for more pristine air,” Sept. 20). The agency supports the goals of job creation and a strong economy. SCAQMD staff has never opposed a logistics center in the Inland Empire. The agency does recommend sensible steps that warehouse developers can take to be mindful of public health. Posted. http://www.pe.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor-headlines/20130926-letter-we-can-have-jobs-clean-air.ece BY SUBSCRIPTION How Much Would You Pay For A Car That Captures Its Own Carbon Emissions? Ask a silly question, get a silly answer. How much more would you be willing to pay for a car that could capture and store its own carbon dioxide emissions rather than belching them into the air? The answer can be found in a new paper by Michael Sivak, a professor at the University of Michigan and director of “Sustainable Worldwide Transportation” at the school’s Transportation Research Institute. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2013/09/23/how-much-would-you-pay-for-a-car-that-captures-its-own-carbon-emissions/ BLOGS How China’s Positionining Itself as the Global Energy-Technology Leader. KATE GORDON: China is a bit of an energy conundrum. On the one hand, it’s the world’s biggest carbon emitter (before you get too smug about that, remember that we’re #2), and it’s beset by some of the worst air pollution on the globe. On the other, Forbes calls the country the “epicenter of clean energy investments” pointing to the $65 billion China attracted in this sector in 2012. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2013/09/26/how-chinas-positionining-itself-as-the-global-energy-technology-leader/?KEYWORDS=energy The Cost of Climate Change. How much will climate change cost? Later this week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue its fourth report, aggregating what the latest science tells us about how man-made greenhouse-gas emissions are warming the environment. It is likely to present a dire picture. Posted. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/the-cost-of-climate-change/ UC RIVERSIDE: Transportation consortium to prepare for climate change. UC Riverside and five other universities will participate in a two-year, $11.2 million research consortium to help prepare the U.S. Department of Transportation for extreme weather and climate change. The new National Center for Sustainable Transportation will help the federal agency reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger and freight Travel…Posted. http://blog.pe.com/air-quality/2013/09/25/uc-riverside-transportation-consortium-to-prepare-for-climate-change/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY California truckers not happy with state emission rules. The California dream is becoming a bit more of a nightmare, at least according to some truckers there. With the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandating that older trucks be equipped with a special diesel soot filter in order to reduce pollution, trucking advocates are arguing that the device is not only cost-prohibitive but dangerous as well, says Forbes. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/26/california-truckers-not-happy-with-state-emission-rules/ China’s plan to clean up air pollution could be a climate disaster. In recent years, there's been a fair bit of optimism on the topic of China and global warming. Yes, China is the world's largest emitter of carbon-dioxide. But the country has also pledged to curtail its coal use in an attempt to wrestle down its air pollution. So China should get greener as its citizens demand cleaner air, right? Not necessarily. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/26/chinas-efforts-to-clean-up-air-pollution-could-be-a-climate-disaster/ Cow farts still stink up the climate — but relief is possible. The latest official estimate of the extraordinary role that livestock-rearing plays in global warming comes with a glimmer of hope: Switching over to established best practices could slash the sector’s emissions by a third. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations caused an international stir when it estimated in 2006 that livestock contributed 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://grist.org/news/cow-farts-still-stink-up-the-climate-but-relief-is-possible/