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ARB Newsclips for October 8, 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. AIR POLLUTION EU Can Keep Airline Carbon Plan Using UN Credits, IETA Says. Europe may need to let airlines use United Nations credits to meet pollution caps after countries spurned the bloc’s plan to apply its carbon market to overseas flights, according to the biggest emissions trading lobby group. “There’s an opening for the European Union to negotiate with other countries” on airlines’ compliance with its greenhouse-gas limits, said Dirk Forrister, the president of the International Emission Trading Association in Geneva. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-08/eu-can-salvage-aviation-carbon-plan-with-un-credits-ieta-says.html Implementing global aviation emissions plan no simple task. Concessions made by the United Nations' aviation body to wrap up two weeks of tense negotiations could make achieving the goal of a market-based measure to cap carbon emissions from airlines harder to achieve. The International Civil Aviation Organization agreed in Montreal on Friday to design a global scheme to reduce the growth of the sector's greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-un-aviation-implementation-idUSBRE9960U020131007 Deal reached with Vernon firm accused of releasing toxic emissions. Exide Technologies will set aside $7.7 million to pay for a new storm-water system and improvements to lower arsenic emissions. State regulators have reached a deal with a Vernon battery recycler accused of releasing toxic air emissions that may have threatened the health of more than 100,000 people, company and state officials said Monday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-1008-exide-deal-20131008,0,2176446,print.story http://www.modbee.com/2013/10/07/2963441/calif-battery-recycler-reach-deal.html#storylink=cpy Clean air agency renews Vehicle Buy Back Program. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing $7 million in funding for the renewed Vehicle Buy Back Program. Residents with vehicles model year 1994 and older registered in Napa and the other eight Bay Area counties are eligible to receive $1,000 to voluntarily retire these higher polluting cars. Compared to newer vehicles, older vehicles lack modern emission-control technology and pollute significantly more than newer models. Posted. http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/clean-air-agency-renews-vehicle-buy-back-program/article_64da1954-3034-11e3-93a9-0019bb2963f4.html How to Slice a Global Carbon Pie? It was the middle of the night. In a matter of hours, journalists from around the world would be showing up, expecting details about the latest big United Nations climate report. But behind closed doors here, as the final wording of that document was being worked out, things were not going well. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/science/how-to-slice-a-global-carbon-pie.html Asbestos fiber found in rock at proposed mine site. Asbestos mineral fibers have been found in a rock sample from Gogebic Taconite's proposed iron ore mine site in northern Wisconsin, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. But the extent of the mineral, known as grunerite, at the site of the $1.5 billion proposed mine in Ashland and Iron counties is not known, the DNR said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Asbestos-fiber-found-in-rock-at-proposed-mine-site-4878384.php Growers can read ideas about climate change in new report. As the country’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops and other specialty crops, California has responsibility to protect the crops in the event of climate change. For that reason, the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture commissioned the Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops to identify ways for growers to face and survive effects from severe changes in the weather. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/oct/07/growers-can-read-ideas-of-ways-to-deal-with-in/#ixzz2h9CgzbLB The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal. The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of 54.5 mpg by 2025--or about 42 mpg on their window stickers. So what's the next battleground over reducing emissions? It's coal. Specifically, it's a set of proposed rules to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from future new powerplants--whether coal or natural-gas. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1087486_the-next-big-emissions-battle-is-not-cars-its-about-coal CLIMATE CHANGE Obama climate adviser stepping down. President Barack Obama's top adviser on environmental and climate issues is leaving. Heather Zichal has been advising Obama for five years and is the architect of his climate change plan. She also advises Obama on energy issues. Zichal plans to leave the White House within a few weeks. The White House hasn't announced who will replace her. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CLIMATE_ADVISER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other articles: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/us/obamas-adviser-on-climate-change-plans-to-leave.html?_r=0 http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/07/5802342/president-obamas-top-environmental.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24258128/obama-climate-adviser-stepping-down?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-climate-adviser-plans-to-step-down/2013/10/07/de01c88e-2f87-11e3-8906-3daa2bcde110_story.html http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/10/08/obama-heather-zikal-climate-change/2941519/ Water Shortage Seen Worsening on Climate Change in Potsdam Study. Water scarcity will increase around the world due to climate change, with more than 500 million people affected if mean global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), based on modeling studies by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, or PIK. An additional 8 percent of humankind may face new or worse water scarcity with 2 degrees warming…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-08/water-shortage-seen-worsening-on-climate-change-in-potsdam-study.html Benefits of curbing GHGs could take a generation to detect – study. If the countries of the world reduced their greenhouse gas emissions today enough to keep the world from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius, when would they be able to tell that these efforts had succeeded? That's the basic question posed in a paper released yesterday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The answer: about 25 to 30 years, at least where global temperatures are concerned. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988479/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES New Electric-Car Drive in Buildings. SL Green Realty Corp., Others Back City, State Efforts. The region's largest office-building owner has installed electric-car charging stations at many of its suburban buildings, in one of the largest moves by a private landlord to back city and state efforts to encourage the spread of the environment-friendly vehicles. SL Green Realty Corp., SLG -0.92% which owns stakes in about 120 buildings in the New York region, paid $10,000 each for the stations, which charge electric-powered vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304441404579119580133843894.html Californian hydrogen infrastructure gets £1.25m boost. California governor Edmund Brown has signed a bill dedicating $20m, or 20% of available funds, to add up to 100 refuelling stations per year across the state between now and the end of 2023. Assembly Bill 8 is aimed at supporting the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and is the end result of negotiations between the California Air Resources Board and over 100 agencies and stakeholders…Posted. http://evfleetworld.co.uk/news/2013/Sep/Californian-hydrogen-infrastructure-gets-1-25-pounds-m-boost/0438011116 MISCELLANEOUS County honors local businesses for being green, leaving others just green with envy. Twenty West Valley businesses made the list of 100 that were recently honored by the county for being environmentally friendly. The Sereno Group offices in Saratoga and Los Gatos, the Andale Mexican restaurants in Los Gatos and the Groupware Technology building in Campbell all made the cut. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24260855/county-honors-local-businesses-being-green-leaving-others?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24260855/county-honors-local-businesses-being-green-leaving-others?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com BLOGS Carbon Taxes Should Go To FEMA -- Who Else? Yes, any carbon tax we end up generating needs to go to those people who are critical to saving our lives, now and into the future. The latest word on global warming came out of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last week and its conclusions are even stronger than the last one in 2007 (IPCC draft report): “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2013/10/08/carbon-taxes-should-go-to-fema-who-else/ Via Motors wins $20-million SCAQMD contract for PHEV trucks. That demonstration Via Motors made with its extended-range plug-in trucks in San Francisco a few months back must've made some impression. At the Plug In Conference in San Diego, CA last week, the company announced it has won a $20-million contract to supply the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with its trucks. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/10/08/via-motors-wins-20-million-scaqmd-contract-for-phev-trucks/ Who created the global warming “pause”? In a major report [PDF] released late last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority on climate science, told us it was more certain than ever that humans are causing global warming. It also upgraded its projections for sea-level rise by the end of the century, and even broached the subject of climate change’s irreversibility: …Posted. http://grist.org/climate-energy/who-created-the-global-warming-pause/ California company will now sell drivers gas that came from landfills. We feel kind of the same way about liquified natural gas as Regina George felt about “fetch” – everyone just needs to stop trying to make it happen. But people more powerful than us, like T. Boone Pickens, won’t give it up, so we’re probably not going to switch over to 100 percent algae fuel or something anytime soon. Given those circumstances, we’re not mad that a Pickens-backed company in California is selling fuel made from methane that originated at landfills and other waste sources. Beats fracking! Posted. http://grist.org/list/california-company-will-now-sell-drivers-gas-that-came-from-landfills/