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ARB Newsclips for October 2, 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 and Quebec Create Their Own Transnational Carbon Market. Efforts to create a national carbon market in the US to cut greenhouse gas emissions may be deader than bipartisanship in Washington. But California today took another step to globalize its cap-and-trade program by signing an agreement with the Canadian province of Quebec to integrate their two carbon markets as of January 2014. Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/20131002/california-and-quebec-create-their-own-transnational-carbon-market Calif., Quebec sign agreement to merge cap-and-trade programs. California and Quebec have signed an agreement to join their carbon markets, officials from both regions announced yesterday. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the pact establishes the first linked cap-and-trade system in North America. The agreement comes after two years of work to synchronize the regions' respective systems and is a milestone for the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), an alliance of U.S. states and Canadian provinces aiming to advance market solutions to climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988212/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Quebec's Environment Minister Blanchet discusses impact of EPA regulations on carbon markets. As U.S. EPA moves forward with regulations for new and existing power plants, how could these rules affect existing carbon markets? During today's OnPoint, Yves-François Blanchet, Quebec's minister for sustainable development and the environment, discusses the potential impact of the air regulations on Quebec's anticipated linkage with California's carbon market. Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.eenews.net/tv/2013/10/02 VIDEO http://www.eenews.net/tv/videos/1732/transcript TRANSCRIPT AIR POLLUTION UK charges 6 with multimillion dollar carbon fraud. British prosecutors say six men have been charged over a massive pollution credit fraud scheme that cost the British government many millions of pounds (dollars.) The Crown Prosecution Service says that four of the men created a string of dummy companies that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide …Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_CARBON_FRAUD?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/britain-charges-6-people-over-multimillion-dollar-pollution-credit-fraud/2013/10/01/ec178306-2ac7-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html Grant aids effort to reduce power-plant pollution. University of Kentucky researchers landed a $3 million federal grant on Monday to work on developing technology to sharply reduce the costs generated by preventing carbon pollution from spewing into the air from coal-burning power plants. UK researchers hope their work eventually yields commercial applications that boost coal-based electricity — benefiting miners, utility companies and ratepayers. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/News-briefs-from-around-Kentucky-at-1-58-a-m-EDT-4858603.php Medical incinerator denies pollution violations. A medical-waste incinerator denied Monday that it violated emissions limits or failed to report smokestack tests properly. Stericycle Inc. is challenging a list of citations filed by Utah regulators in May against the company's burn plant in North Salt Lake. The appeal by the Lake Forest, Ill.-based company sends the case to an administrative law judge. Utah regulators have cited Stericycle for releasing cancer-causing dioxins and other pollutants at times going back years. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Medical-incinerator-denies-pollution-violations-4856912.php Brown OKs more money to drive polluting engines off farms. Farmers will keep getting help with replacement of high-polluting engines under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure extends through 2023 a program that covers up to 80 percent of the cost of new tractors, irrigation pumps and other equipment that burn much more cleanly than the old machinery. “There is a big push to get newer, cleaner tractors in the fields,” said Tom Jordan, a senior policy adviser at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, which takes part in the program. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/10/01/2952844/brown-oks-more-money-to-drive.html#storylink=cpy CLIMATE CHANGE Poland pits itself against EU climate promises. European ministers are sharply divided over proposed promises on carbon cuts as part of U.N. negotiations; a draft document shows, with Poland at the forefront of opposition. A meeting of environment ministers in Luxembourg on October 14 is meant to agree a joint EU stance ahead of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in November and December. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/01/us-eu-climate-idUSBRE9900UU20131001 UN Estimate of Available Emissions Was Wise, Sandor Says. A United Nations scientific body was sensible to give its first estimate of the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted before temperature gains exceed a target level, according to Richard Sandor. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said last week that there is enough space in the atmosphere for 309 billion metric tons of carbon, or about 22 years of emissions, for a chance to prevent runaway climate change…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-02/un-estimating-available-carbon-emissions-was-wise-sandor-says.html Yosemite's largest ice mass is melting fast. Lyell Glacier has shrunk 62% over the past century and hasn't moved in years. It's a key source of water in the park, and scientists say it will be gone in 20 years. Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-glaciers-20131002,0,7692754.story Climate Change Rescue in U.S. Makes Steyer Converge With Paulson. Billionaire Tom Steyer recalls a dinner at the U.S. Treasury in Washington with two senior department officials and six money managers. It was August 2012, and the meal was part of an effort by the agency to keep up with what the financial community was worrying about. The diners discussed China’s slowdown, Federal Reserve policy and other trends affecting the U.S. economy. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-01/climate-change-rescue-in-u-s-makes-steyer-converge-with-paulson.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Climate-Change-Rescue-in-U-S-Makes-Steyer-4859581.php http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-10-01/climate-change-rescue-in-u-dot-s-dot-makes-steyer-converge-with-paulson Defending its coast, New York elevates homes after superstorm, NYC moves to elevate homes. Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy inundated the Northeastern seaboard, New York City is enacting coastal building codes that will elevate some homes by as much as 11 feet. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged that buildings will not retreat from the coastline, as the city contemplates rising sea levels linked to climate change and extreme weather. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/02/tp-defending-its-coast-new-york-elevates-homes/ Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Shows Climate Change. When Jerry Otto started hunting for Alaskan oil in 1980, his tractor-trailers barreled along ice roads as much as 10 feet thick for 180 days every year. Last winter, when he set out to drill 80 miles south of the Arctic Ocean for Australia’s Linc Energy Ltd. (LNC), regulators opened the roads for 126 days. The rest of the time, warm weather left the routes too mushy for vehicles, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its November issue. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-10-02/alaska-hunts-oil-as-arctic-damage-shows-most-change-from-climate State calls for 2030 emissions cuts in draft blueprint. California, with an already ambitious emissions reduction goal by 2020, is setting its sights on further reductions after that. The California Air Resources Board's draft update of the state's "scoping plan" for reaching 1990 emissions levels by 2020 is the first update since 2008. Revisions are required every five years under the 2006 law A.B. 32, which set the state's first economywide emissions targets. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2013/10/02/stories/1059988210 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY 'Carbon budget' an obstacle to forging 2015 emissions reduction treaty. Without ambitious policies, which hinge on talks about the "carbon budget" among world leaders, humanity will exceed the limit of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere within 15 to 25 years, scientists warned. A recent report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change pointed out that to have at least a 50 percent chance of keeping to less than 2 degrees Celsius of warming…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988185/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Melting Arctic Sea Ice Impacts Greenland Caribou: The Effects of Climate Change. As Arctic sea ice shrinks, all manner of animals are being impacted. Yet you wouldn't necessarily think that caribou in Greenland are being affected. Now, researchers have discovered that the melting ice may be indirectly causing fewer caribou to give birth to calves every spring. Vegetation in Greenland "greens" at a certain point in the year. Posted. http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/9878/20131002/melting-arctic-sea-ice-impacts-greenland-caribou-effects-climate-change.htm FUELS Another lawsuit filed over fracking initiative. The Loveland City Council is facing a second lawsuit related to petitions for an initiative to ban fracking in the city. Protect Our Loveland filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Monday seeking an order that would require the city council to put the initiative to the voters as soon as possible through a special election. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Another-lawsuit-filed-over-fracking-initiative-4862405.php Give power to the states, utility exec tells EPA. If U.S. EPA wants to roll out an effective plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants, it will need to hand over the reins to states, a top utility executive asserted yesterday. EPA should stick to what it does best, which is set an emissions reduction target on power plants, said Frank Prager, vice president of environmental policy and services at Xcel Energy Inc. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988196/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla Sedan Roars Ahead in Norway. Norway Has Relatively Small Market But Buyers Are Affluent. Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S sedan vaulted to the top of Norway's relatively small new car market in September, capturing 5.1% market share to outsell the models made by Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG that traditionally own the largest chunk of the market. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303722604579111052383880112.html BY SUBSCRIPTION Kia plans to offer Soul electric car in U.S. next year. Kia Motors Corp plans to sell an electric version of its second-generation Soul compact car in the United States next year, the Korean automaker's U.S. unit said on Tuesday. Kia will start selling the Soul EV in 2014 in a handful of U.S. markets. But before then, Kia will start selling an updated version of a gas-powered Soul this month. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/01/autos-kia-ev-idUSL1N0HR1Y520131001 Moving beyond early adopters means big shifts, experts warn. Major changes will be needed to shift the electric vehicle market beyond a niche segment and into the mainstream, experts said at a conference here yesterday. The electric vehicle market has grown significantly, particularly in the last year, said those who gathered at the Plug-In 2013 event. It took eight years for EVs to constitute 1 percent of auto sales, but then took only another year for them to hit 2 percent…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988213/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Filling the Gaps in the Flow of Renewable Energy. The biggest problem with solar panels and wind turbines is that they do not produce energy all the time. So what is the solution? Batteries. And other technologies that store energy to be released when it is needed. As renewable energy becomes increasingly commonplace, interest in energy storage technologies is growing around the world. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/business/energy-environment/Filling-the-Gaps-in-the-Flow-of-Renewable-Energy.html?_r=0 Foes testify against lifting Ohio energy quotas. Environmentalists and others are getting a chance to defend an Ohio law that imposes alternative-energy requirements on Ohio power companies. Ohio Senate Public Utilities Chairman Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, reopened debate on thresholds for clean-energy use earlier this year. His committee hears Wednesday from opponents of a bill that would revise the thresholds. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Foes-testify-against-lifting-Ohio-energy-quotas-4862533.php OPINIONS COLUMN-U.S. study misses bigger cost of greener grid: Wynn. While a U.S. Department of Energy study has concluded that fossil fuel power plants can cope with the physical stresses of balancing more renewable power, it leaves unanswered the bigger question of the financial losses utilities face. The study focused on the costs of cycling, a term which refers to the wear and tear from shutting down and restarting power plants, as well as ramping up and down and operating at part-load. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/02/column-wynn-power-renewable-idUSL6N0HR1AQ20131002 Dan Morain: State’s attempt to regulate toxic chemicals draws long list of opposition. The list is impressive: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chemistry Council, the American Petroleum Institute, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Toyota, General Motors, Koch Industries, Dow Chemical, General Electric, National Manufacturers Association. The list goes on. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/02/5786334/dan-morain-states-attempt-to-regulate.html#storylink=cpy Fracking Jerry Brown. The governor signed a bill that likely will expand fracking in California after taking $2.5 million in contributions from oil and natural gas interests. Before Jerry Brown signed legislation last month that promises to greatly expand fracking in California, the governor accepted at least $2.49 million in financial donations over the past several years from oil and natural gas interests, according to public records on file with the Secretary of State's Office and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Posted. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/fracking-jerry-brown/Content?oid=3726533 BLOGS Who Will Deliver the Electric Car? ARE CARS ELECTRIC? The electric car has been a mythical beast for such a long time now that it is still a little odd to see them plugged in at the roadside. But there they are and here it is—no one really killed the electric car, but its gestation has been long and its birth difficult. One of the world’s largest auto makers, Japan’s Toyota Corp., is still refusing to hold the baby. There is no market for electric vehicles, Toyota says. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/10/01/who-will-deliver-the-electric-car/tab/print/