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ARB Newsclips for October 15, 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 Wood fires and diesel cars pose pollution threat - EU watchdog. Air pollution is dangerously high across many parts of Europe, resulting in premature deaths, ill health and huge economic losses linked to reduced crop yields, Europe's environmental watchdog said on Tuesday. While emissions of some pollutants have declined sharply in Europe in recent decades, more diesel cars and a rise in wood burning by households as a cheap alternative to gas mean other types of harmful pollution are receding more slowly. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/eu-air-pollution-idUSL6N0I30B420131015 Bulgaria’s Air Is Dirtiest in Europe, Study Finds, Followed by Poland. Hold your breath if you visit Bulgaria. The air in the small Black Sea nation is thicker with several major air pollutants than the air in any other country in Europe, according to a new study prepared by Europe’s environmental regulators. Bulgaria has the highest concentrations of the two major varieties of particulate matter, which are tiny airborne droplets or gas particles that come from smokestacks, vehicle tailpipes or a variety of other sources. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/business/international/bulgarias-air-is-dirtiest-in-europe-study-finds-followed-by-poland.html?pagewanted=print Nutrient pollution threatens national park ecosystems, study says. National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country’s most treasured natural landscapes at risk of ecological damage, a new study has found. Thirty-eight of 45 national parks examined by scientists are receiving doses of nitrogen at or above a critical threshold that can harm sensitive ecosystems…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-national-park-fertilize-nitrogen-air-pollution-20131014,0,6264129.story CLIMATE CHANGE High court will review EPA global warming rules. The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether to block key aspects of the Obama administration's plan aimed at cutting power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. The justices said they will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld the government's unprecedented regulation of six heat-trapping gases. 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Water managers Monday urged Californians to step up their conservation efforts, warning that many parts of the state could face water shortages next year if this winter proves to be another dry one. “Use these dry conditions as a wake-up call,” said Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources. Officials are not ready to declare a statewide drought. And managers of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-water-conserve-20131014,0,6674448.story Va. forum to examine farming, climate change. A forum in Harrisonburg will assess how climate change will impact farming. The Tuesday evening session is sponsored by the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley. It will feature a specialist with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and a local grower and soil conservation technician. Maria Papadakis is professor of integrated science and technology at James Madison University. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Va-forum-to-examine-farming-climate-change-4895869.php Inslee suggests statewide cap to climate group. Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports a statewide cap on carbon-fuel emissions, one of several ideas he says can get the state closer to reaching goals set in 2008 to cut global warming pollution. The ideas put forth by Inslee on Monday — including phasing out of coal-fired electricity supplies and more energy efficiency in existing buildings…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Inslee-suggests-statewide-cap-to-climate-group-4895499.php FUELS RPT-Brazil ethanol exports to U.S. at risk if EPA eases blend rule. U.S. imports of Brazilian sugar cane ethanol could be cut by more than half if a draft proposal to reduce next year's U.S. biofuel blending mandate is enacted. While the U.S. corn-based ethanol industry has issued the most fierce complaints over news this week that the Environmental Protection Agency may ease volumes, it may be Brazilian ethanol producers like Raizen and traders like Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Vitol S.A. who suffer a deeper blow. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/14/epa-rfs-brazil-idUSL1N0I128C20131014 UPDATE 1-China to raise prices for gas-fired power generation. China will raise the on-grid prices paid to power generators that use natural gas to encourage the use of cleaner forms of energy and address the impact of possible supply shortages, the country's top planning agency said on Tuesday. In a notice posted on its website (www.ndrc.gov.cn), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said recent natural gas price hikes had raised generation costs and power prices needed to be adjusted accordingly. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/china-power-price-idUSL3N0I50QJ20131015 Oil industry petitions EPA for revised 2013 renewable fuel targets. The oil industry is asking U.S. EPA to reconsider this year's renewable fuel targets on concerns that the agency relied on the wrong data and overshot its estimate of the amount of cellulosic biofuel that will be produced. The American Petroleum Institute warns in a petition filed late Friday that the targets will pose problems for refiners that must abide by the renewable fuel standard's requirements. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988838/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-Speed Rail CEO: No Construction Yet, But Work "Under Way". California’s High-Speed Rail Authority is asking contractors that want to build the second stretch of Central Valley track to step forward. It also says work on the project’s first phase is “under way.” But actual construction has not yet begun – despite promises that it would by now. Construction on California’s high-speed rail project was supposed to have started by the end of last year. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2013/10/14/high-speed-rail-ceo-no-construction-yet,-but-work-under-way/ GREEN ENERGY The Two Faces of California. How the greenest state in the country copes with an oil and gas boom. Locals call the boardwalk along the beach the "Strand." In this small Los Angeles suburb 15 miles south of the famous Santa Monica pier, it's easy to run into someone you know, and you can walk just about everywhere. But this is still Southern California. Most people have cars, too. The city's 20,000 residents, whose average income is roughly $100,000 (almost double the national average), also have noble sustainability commitments. Posted. http://www.nationaljournal.com/new-energy-paradigm/the-two-faces-of-california-20131014 MISCELLANEOUS Moose Die-Off Alarms Scientists. Across North America — in places as far-flung as Montana and British Columbia, New Hampshire and Minnesota — moose populations are in steep decline. And no one is sure why. What exactly has changed remains a mystery. Several factors are clearly at work. But a common thread in most hypotheses is climate change. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/science/earth/something-is-killing-off-the-moose.html Edison again says customers should help pay for San Onofre. For the second time in two months, Southern California Edison Co. has put advertisements in local papers to make the case that customers should help pay for the closing and cleanup of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Ratepayer advocates accuse Edison of trying to shift the cost of the plant's decommissioning from its shareholders to its ratepayers. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-edison-says-customers-should-pay-for-san-onofre-20131014,0,2444836.story?track=rss California Air Resources Board Deputy Will Keynote First Afternoon of SAE International 2013 Fuels and Lubricants Symposium in Long Beach. Alberto Ayala, Deputy Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board, will deliver the Executive Keynote address on the opening day (Monday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m.) of the “SAE 2013 Fuels, Lubricants, and Aftertreatment Symposium: Achieving Fuel Economy and GHG Targets,” which will be held Nov. 18-21, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, on Long Beach, Calif. Posted. http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1524521 OPINIONS COLUMN-German renewable energy support is poor value: Wynn. Germany's cost for upgrading its grid to bring in more wind and solar power exceeds the monetary benefits it receives from savings on fossil fuel and avoiding the damage caused by global warming. Once the net cost of a multi-billion-euro subsidy programme is thrown in, then Germany's renewable energy policy seems to be poor value for money. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/column-wynn-renewable-cost-idUSL6N0I50Z020131015 A real dialogue on climate change. I love it when people who lean politically to one side of center are willing and able to consider the data, apply reason and embrace a position that is stereotypically thought to be on the other side of center. Kudos to Michael Gerson, who did this with his evidence-based concern about the real challenges of climate change [“A difficult climate,” op-ed, Oct. 11]. Mr. Gerson also pointed out the political obstacles that defeat constructive action. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-real-dialogue-on-climate-change/2013/10/13/1c30ffec-32a0-11e3-ad00-ec4c6b31cbed_story.html Cracking the Energy Puzzles of the 21st Century. Not long ago, Chevron’s exploration teams were stuck. Several years earlier they had struck oil at a place called Rosebank, 9,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean west of Britain’s Shetland Islands. But the usual seismic surveys could not make out the location of the field clearly enough for Chevron to decide where to place wells, which can cost $100 million or more apiece. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/business/energy-environment/cracking-the-energy-puzzles-of-the-21st-century.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0&pagewanted=print Combat climate change with your fork. Swarms of giant hornets have killed dozens of people and injured 1,600 in central China in recent months. Experts believe that unusually warm temperatures in the region have enabled the hornets to breed more successfully. Jellyfish recently clogged water-intake pipes at a nuclear power plant in Sweden, forcing officials there to shut down a 1,400-megawatt reactor. Almost all jellyfish breed better and faster in warmer waters. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/10/14/2974053/combat-climate-change-with-your.html Climate change is here and now: Our view. All too often, global warming is discussed as something that will affect future generations of people, penguins and polar bears. That it will. But a mounting body of evidence demonstrates that climate change is neither distant nor theoretical. It is here and now: The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the internationally accepted authority on the subject…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/14/climate-change-global-warming-ipcc-editorials-debates/2983979/ IPCC exaggerates risks: Opposing view. U.N. panel has backed down from its previous forecasts of increases in droughts and hurricanes. And it admits, but does not explain, why no warming has occurred for the past 15 years. Environmentalists hoped the latest study from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would finally end the increasingly acrimonious debate over the causes and consequences of climate change. It has had the opposite effect. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/14/ipcc-climate-change-heartland-institute-editorials-debates/2983941/ State dictates hurt north state. Our view: New rules that will put some small-scale truckers out of business and put others in debt should be delayed. If you follow letters to the editor, you've observed that many local business owners are very worried about expensive new restrictions on trucks mandated by a state board. The new rules are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. It's one of those one-size-fits-all mandates frequently handed out by Sacramento that doesn't make much sense to small-business owners up here. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/editorials/ci_24311096/editorial-state-dictates-hurt-north-state California spends big money on alternative energy. California has spent billions of dollars in recent years on alternative energy programs, even as education, public safety and other spending was cut, a newspaper reported. Over the years, state money has funded some failed projects and private companies with political ties, the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/16GLqlv) reported Sunday. "Suddenly, you look up and there are literally hundreds of millions of dollars going into investments that produce marginal benefits,"…Posted. http://www.petaluma360.com/article/20131015/WIRE/131019725/1044/opinion02 BLOGS AM Alert: California dreamin' of future energy consumption. The post-legislative lull has descended over Sacramento, but there's still energy in the air. By that, of course, we mean crafting policies around California's future energy consumption. Two different state entities charged with considering such matters will be seeking public input today. Over at the Air Resources Board, staff members will be sparking discussion on a new blueprint for achieving the emissions reduction goals set out in 2006's landmark AB 32. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/15/3553962/am-alert-california-dreamin-of.html http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/10/am-alert-california-dream-of-future-energy-consumption.html