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ARB Newsclips for October 4, 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, Quebec Carbon Deal. Could Pave Way For Other Linkages. California and Quebec have signed an agreement to link their cap-and-trade programs via the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a decision that could pave the way for linkages to other trading programs, observers said. Yves-Francois Blanchet, Minister of Sustainable Development Environment Wildlife & Parks, Quebec, announced the signing of the agreement by the two jurisdictions at the International Emissions Trading Association’s Carbon Forum North America conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=9985§ion=news_articles&eod=1 AIR POLLUTION Co-op, Tesco Cut CO2 Emissions Using Paragon’s Carbon Minimizer. The Co-operative and Tesco have cut their carbon emissions by using Paragon Software Systems’ carbon minimizer, which allows fleets to reduce both their carbon footprint and operating costs with improved routing. The Co-op cut 5,000 tons of CO2 from its fleet of 1,300 trucks that deliver food to grocery stores, while retailer Tesco halved its carbon emissions…Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/10/04/co-op-tesco-cut-co2-emissions-using-paragons-carbon-minimizer/ Judges order 2 high-profile EPA cases to proceed despite shutdown. Federal judges have rejected two requests from U.S. EPA to delay upcoming arguments in two high-profile air cases because of the government shutdown. In separate motions, the Department of Justice asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to reschedule arguments in a case from public health advocates on EPA's air standards for pollutants that contribute to acid rain, and in another that challenges air limits for Portland cement manufacturers. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988382/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Carbon Cuts Loom for Airlines as ICAO Eyes Global Market. Airlines worldwide face limits on their greenhouse-gas emissions as nations from the U.S. to Russia and the European Union are set to decide on a road map for a global market by 2020. The International Civil Aviation Organization will vote today at a plenary meeting on a deal approved yesterday by the agency’s leaders. It would bind them to set final details by 2016 regulating emissions from the $708 billion industry. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-04/carbon-cuts-loom-for-airlines-as-icao-eyes-global-market.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-aviation-climate-idUSBRE99302A20131004 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303722604579115332941999794.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Global Warming’s Slower Pace Hardens Views on Need to Act. (Corrects description of Heartland in sixth paragraph. Story originally ran on Sept. 28.) Global warming has slowed since 1998 as pollution reached record levels and rising seas became a more pressing concern, according to a United Nations report that’s hardening views on both sides of the climate debate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the temperature has been increasing at less than half the longer-term average since 1951. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-09-27/global-warming-s-slower-pace-hardens-views-on-need-to-act.html Controversial Climate Change Debate: Is Earth's Ice Growing or Shrinking? On Sept. 27, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its latest release, which made bold statements about human activity's impact on the climate. Among the areas studied to observe climate changes were vegetation, surface, ocean and atmospheric temperatures and the state of the cryosphere, or planetary ice. Posted. http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2013/10/04/controversial-climate-change-debate-is-earth-ice-growing-or-shrinking/ . As shutdown continues, concerns mount over its impact on climate science. In the era of the Internet, the government's decision to shut down access to websites and data sets has made research difficult for many weather and climate researchers. Take Bruce Vaughn, who runs a climate science lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His lab analyzes samples of greenhouse gases collected from around the world by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988345/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Analysis - California oil well acid rules could sway U.S. policy. New California regulations on the use of corrosive acids in oil production are sparking debates among federal energy regulators about rules for a technology largely overshadowed by the fracking method of extracting oil. Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown two weeks ago, the new rules require companies to disclose the acids and hydraulic fracturing chemicals they use and notify neighbours of plans, as well as launching studies of how both affect the environment. Posted. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/03/uk-california-oil-analysis-idUKBRE9920ZU20131003 Clean Energy to sell renewable gas at the pump. Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp (CLNE.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) fell 5.8 percent on Thursday after the company said it would distribute a renewable natural gas made from organic waste at some of its fueling stations, disappointing investors who had bid up the stock this week on the chief executive's Twitter promise of "big news." Shares of the provider of natural gas for transportation fell 80 cents to close at $12.99 on the Nasdaq. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/03/us-cleanenergyfuels-stock-idUSBRE9920XA20131003 Clean Energy Launches Renewable Natural Gas Fuel. Fleets that want to use an even "greener" alternative fuel than natural gas can now purchase renewable natural gas fuel, made from methane that comes from landfills, large farms and other waste streams, from Clean Energy. Clean Energy says it's the first company to commercially distribute a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel, which it is branding Redeem. It is available in CNG or LNG form. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/10/clean-energy-launches-renewable-natural-gas-fuel.aspx Group cautions on fracking's dangers. A California environmental group Tuesday released what it touted as a major report on the national impacts of hydraulic fracturing, underscoring how the issue remains a top concern among environmentalists. Also known as fracking, the controversial practice includes injecting cocktails of water and chemicals deep into the earth to reach previously unattainable oil deposits. Posted. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/countyelections/ci_24235459/group-cautions-frackings-dangers http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059988360/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES As sales grow, will there be enough charging stations? David Peterson of Nissan North America Inc. wants people to think about electric vehicle charging outside businesses the way they link free Wi-Fi and Starbucks coffee shops. Starbucks offers Internet access and attracts customers, said Peterson, EV regional manager at Nissan. Store owners who give up parking spots and allow installation of electric car charging stations similarly could see a boom in business, he said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988355/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Solar industry eyes untapped heating and cooling market. While solar power development in the United States has replaced thousands of megawatts of electricity from conventional power plants, a huge and largely unfilled gap remains in the solar power market for using the sun's energy to heat and cool buildings, a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association argues. With aims of filling that gap, SEIA yesterday published a "road map" to dramatically increase the use of solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems nationwide…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988342/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Company fires scientist who warned of Hanford waste site problems. Walter Tamosaitis and watchdogs believe URS Corp. retaliated over his warning that the radioactive waste facility in Hanford, Wash., had safety issues.When senior scientist Walter Tamosaitis warned in 2011 about fundamental design flaws at the nation's largest facility to treat radioactive waste in Hanford, Wash., he was assigned to work in a basement room without office furniture or a telephone. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hanford-layoff-20131004,0,1311785.story OPINIONS We need climate-change risk assessment. If the United States were run like a business, its board of directors would fire its financial advisers for failing to disclose the significant and material risks associated with unmitigated climate change. Managing risk is necessary for individuals, investors, businesses and governments. As individuals, we buy insurance for our homes, vehicles and health because the future is unpredictable. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-climate-change-risk-assessment/2013/10/03/d4f70e3c-2bb5-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html Challenging CARB’s emissions auction. United Ag sponsored a Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) presentation in Santa Maria of its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances for billions of dollars. CARB estimates the auctions will generate $70 billion by 2020, and California’s 2013 budget was balanced with at least $500 million in auction proceeds. Posted. http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/opinion/editorial/challenging-carb-s-emissions-auction/article_6c1e5c48-2cbf-11e3-9397-0019bb2963f4.html Editorial: EPA ahead of the tech curve on coal rule. From afar, it may appear that California has no stake in a regulation proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that all new coal-fueled power plants employ carbon capture-and-storage technology. After all, coal currently accounts for less than 1 percent of electricity generated in the Golden State, according the California Energy Commission. And even that tiny percentage is more likely to decrease, rather than increase, in coming years. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coal-529086-technology-carbon.html BLOGS Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities in the New Communication Climate. I just returned from my first visit to Japan, which was limited to a small slice of Tokyo, a megacity offering a dizzying mix of ancient and modern, exuberant consumption and reflective modesty. I was there to speak at an annual forum on the environment organized by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. My talk was “The Daily Planet- An exploration of issues and opportunities arising as both the media and the environment enter a period of unprecedented and unpredictable change.” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/exploring-the-challenges-and-opportunities-in-the-new-communication-climate/ How the Shutdown May Hurt the Environment. It is far from clear how badly the country’s environment will be damaged by the government shutdown. But the immediate prospects are not promising. Republicans who detest the Environmental Protection Agency were not bothered in the least by the fact that the agency furloughed more than 90 percent of its 16,000-plus full and part-time employees. But people living near toxic waste sites will be bothered. Posted. http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/how-the-shutdown-may-hurt-the-environment/