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ARB Newsclips for October 7, 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 Mexico's carbon tax faces headwinds from energy revamp. Mexico's plan to become the first major oil-producing emerging economy to introduce a carbon tax has a problem: It clashes head-on with the government's ambitions to lower the cost of electricity and boost energy output. Aiming to raise up to $2 billion, the carbon tax is part of a fiscal reform floated by President Enrique Pena Nieto just as he pushes an energy plan to encourage billions of dollars of investment in Mexico's flagging oil and gas industry. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/mexico-reforms-idUSL1N0HQ1MB20131007 AIR POLLUTION China's capital to replace some coal-fired heating plants. China will replace four coal-burning heating plants in the capital Beijing with natural gas fired ones by the end of next year as it steps up efforts to clean up pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The report, citing the city's Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, said the four plants and some 40 other related projects would cost around 48 billion yuan ($8 billion) and cut sulphur dioxide emissions by 10,000 tonnes. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/05/china-pollution-idUSL4N0HV04K20131005 Fairfield blaze's smoke billows across Bay Area. A grass fire whipped by high winds east of Fairfield burned more than 1,000 acres Friday, sending so much ash and smoke across the Bay Area that pollution regulators advised people as far away as San Francisco and the Peninsula to avoid breathing the stuff. The blaze broke out around 12:15 p.m. south of Highway 12, snarling traffic along Interstate 80 to the west. While the wildfire was 70 percent contained by the evening, officials said residents should prepare for smoke-filled days ahead. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Napa-fire-that-sent-smoke-south-largely-contained-4868936.php Bay Area air pollution agency eyes rule to benefit commuters. Air and transportation agencies will hold public workshops in Oakland on Monday and San Ramon on Tuesday on a proposed rule to benefit Bay Area commuters who use public transit, carpools, van pools or bicycles to get to work. The first workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Bort MetroCenter auditorium, 101 Eighth St., Oakland. Another workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the San Ramon Community Center, Alcosta Room, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/my-town/ci_24243367/bay-area-air-pollution-agency-eyes-rule-benefit Cotton & agriculture: Ag part of Pinal air quality scrutiny. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of determining who’s kicking up the most dust in Pinal County. To that end, the agency is taking an inventory of sources for a type of pollution known as PM10, dust-size particles that can be breathed and lead to respiratory illness — severe in some cases. Posted. http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/cotton-agriculture-ag-part-of-pinal-air-quality-scrutiny/article_b8871bd4-2f66-11e3-ae9b-0019bb2963f4.html CLIMATE CHANGE U.S. Supreme Court again takes no action on climate change cases. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday took no action for the second week running over whether it plans to undertake a potentially wide-ranging legal review of the Obama administration's first wave of regulations aimed at tackling climate change. The nine different petitions pending before the court, filed by states and industry groups, were not mentioned in a list of cases the court declined to hear on the first day of its new term. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/usa-court-climate-change-idUSL1N0HX0QE20131007 Yosemite's largest ice mass is melting fast. 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. During an annual trek to the glacier deep in Yosemite's backcountry last month, Greg Stock, the park's first full-time geologist, found that Lyell Glacier had shrunk visibly since his visit last year, continuing a trend that began more than a century ago. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/07/5800517/yosemites-largest-ice-mass-is.html#storylink=cpy State Updates Clean Air Plan And Rules For Wood Stoves. The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is updating the statewide rule and plan for solid-fuel burning devices like wood stoves, fireplaces, pellet stoves, and masonry heaters. The updates reflect recent changes to state law, meet federal requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and will help improve air quality. Washington’s clean air rules govern how air pollution is managed. Posted. http://www.lakespokaneoutpost.com/story/2013/10/07/community/state-updates-clean-air-plan-and-rules-for-wood-stoves/5314.html Does the IPCC need to change how it works? It's been 25 years since the nations of the world formed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to assess the state of climate science. And, like many 25-year-olds, the panel is now facing questions of its identity and its future. Some are calling for the panel to change its scope, moving from the "mega-reports" released every six years to more targeted reports, such as the 2012 special report the panel released on extreme weather events. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988412/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Sacramento-area school buses go high-tech. Within weeks, nearly 2,000 students boarding buses in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District will be able to swipe a card over a bar-code reader that is linked to GPS tracking. With that one action, the students on any of the district’s 78 buses will enter a new age of security tracking. Each swipe will tell the school district – and, ultimately, inquiring parents – where and when a child got on or off the school bus. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/07/5779629/sacramento-area-districts-install.html Grants offered to reduce bus emissions. San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District has grant funds available for school bus emission reduction projects. Assembly Bill 923, enacted in 2005, authorizes air districts in California to collect $2 in motor vehicle registration fees to fund emission reduction projects, an APCD spokeswoman said. This year, a total of $488,653 is available to replace or retrofit school buses in San Luis Obispo County, the spokeswoman said. Posted. http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/grants-offered-to-reduce-bus-emissions/article_d5904b12-2d84-11e3-bf42-0019bb2963f4.html FUELS Oil price gaming allegations may get another look. Legislators pass a bill that would direct the state Energy Commission to ferret out any fuel price manipulation. Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't signed or taken a public position on the legislation. California drivers have suffered through dozens of unexpected gasoline-price spikes over the last decade, and just about every incident has spurred allegations of market manipulation and politicians' demands for investigations. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-capitol-business-beat-20131007,0,1214191.story Local fight rages in Maine over tar sands oil. A proposed ordinance designed to block tar sands oil from being transported to South Portland has set off a fiery debate over what impact it will have on the community and the city's bustling waterfront. Opponents of the thick, gooey oil derived from tar sands in Canada fear a 236-mile underground pipeline that transports crude oil from South Portland to Montreal could be used in reverse to send tar sands oil from Canada through Maine. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/06/5798660/local-fight-rages-in-maine-over.html#storylink=cpy U.S. poised to be world's largest producer by year's end – EIA. The United States will emerge as the world's top producer of petroleum products and natural gas this year, the federal government is predicting. The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration put out the estimate in a report issued Friday. By the end of 2013, the United States will produce more hydrocarbons than any other nation, surpassing both Saudi Arabia and Russia, and by a healthy margin, the agency says. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059988428/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Coalition urges BLM to halt Calif. leases until studies are done. A broad coalition of mostly environmental and public health advocates today asked the Bureau of Land Management to cancel all oil and natural gas lease sales on federal lands in the state until after it has finished a broad analysis of the environmental impacts of drilling and the use of hydraulic fracturing. In May, BLM canceled all oil and gas leases in the state through the fiscal 2013 budget year, which ended Tuesday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2013/10/04/stories/1059988404 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY REFINERY Chevron Richmond refinery pulls back the curtains year after major fire. Chevron's Bay Area refinery opened its gates to the public on Saturday for the first time since an August 2012 fire that resulted in criminal charges and record fines. In its third annual Community Tour Day -- which was not held last year because of the accident -- the company sought to assure residents that it had stepped up safety since corroded piping in its crude oil unit leaked, causing a fire that sent 15,000 people to local hospitals, many with respiratory complaints. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_24248298/chevron-richmond-refinery-pulls-back-curtains-year-after?source=rss GREEN ENERGY Ikea to sell solar panels in British stores, but U.S. must wait. Within the next year, British shoppers will be able to waltz into an Ikea Corp. store, home to Malm beds and Dinera plates, and buy solar panels. But it might be a while longer before their American counterparts will be able to do the same. The Swedish home goods giant will offer photovoltaic solar panel packages in its 17 British stores within the next 10 months. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-ikea-solar-panels-20131003,0,5172805.story http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24207222/ikea-start-selling-residential-solar-panels Turning trash into gas helps planet, pocketbook. Two S.J. landfills prepare to fire up power plants. When most San Joaquin County residents take out the trash, they'll also soon be turning on the lights across Northern California. Two major local landfills - one private, the other operated by the county - are within months of finishing new power plants that will take harmful methane gas created by the decomposition of garbage and convert it into electricity. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131006/A_NEWS/310060315/-1/A_NEWS14 Federal boost for farms' renewal energy in doubt. Solar panels are cropping up alongside corn on Timothy Ridgely's Illinois farm. Irrigation equipment powered by the sun is pumping away on Daniel Chin's third-generation Oregon potato farm. And manure is being converted to electricity on an Ohio hog farm. Across rural America, thousands of farms and small businesses are turning to renewable energy to cut costs and boost their often uncertain bottom lines…Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/oct/05/federal-boost-for-farms-renewal-energy-in-doubt/#ixzz2h3qCfRC0 MISCELLANEOUS Win prizes during Rideshare Week. Commuters who pledge to carpool or take transit to work next week stand to win gift cards and other projects during 2013 Rideshare week. Sponsored by Commute Connection and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Rideshare Week is an effort to get cars off the road and fight air pollution in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131005/A_NEWS/131009943 OPINIONS Climate Changes and What Most People Really Want. Regarding your editorial "Climate of Uncertainty" (Oct. 1): Fossil fuel will be processed and burned until it is gone. Regarding your editorial "Climate of Uncertainty" (Oct. 1): Fossil fuel will be processed and burned until it is gone. In the meantime, no report, panel or government is going to alter the profound reliance the world economy has on numerous petroleum-based products, including the defense sector's strategic dependence on them. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304176904579111473363681030.html?KEYWORDS=climate+change Schwarzenegger legacy: Environmental protection. In 2003, the people of California were worried. They were worried about their jobs, their families and their environment. The rolling blackouts of that year caused many to wonder about our energy policy and potential impacts on air quality of any new power plants. Voters called for a new election. When Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped up as a candidate, he provided a solid plan of action to address these concerns. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_24178633/schwarzenegger-legacy-environmental-protection BLOGS As Others Struggle, New Hong Kong Biodiesel Plant Powers Ahead. Biodiesel has faced a backlash in recent years, as critics charge the industry with razing land and pushing up food costs. But as its competitors struggle, one Hong Kong-based company is moving ahead with a US$165 million plant that turns recycled cooking oil into biodiesel, which it says could eventually power every diesel-powered vehicle in this smog-addled city. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/10/04/as-others-struggle-new-hong-kong-biodiesel-plant-powers-ahead/tab/print/?KEYWORDS=biofuels Using legos to explain carbon emissions to a child — or every adult who doesn’t get it. This short video is a simple explanation of how humans have caused carbon emissions over the last 260 years. Unless we begin sharp reductions in carbon emissions immediately, we will commit the world to more than 2 degrees C of warming. Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/using-legos-to-explain-carbon-emissions-to-a-child-or-every-adult-who-doesnt-get-it/ Carbon Budget Message In IPCC Report Reveals Daunting Challenge. Within the voluminous report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on Sept. 27 is a conclusion as sobering as any climate change warning to date. The world is currently on track to emit enough greenhouse gases by about 2040 to exceed the globally agreed upon temperature target of 3.6°F (commonly referred to in international negotiations as the 2°C target)…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/carbon-budget-ipcc_n_4045946.html