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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for October 8, 2013.

Posted: 08 Oct 2013 12:47:41
ARB Newsclips for October 8, 2013. 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.


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.

Other articles:




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.

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


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.

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. 


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.


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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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