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ARB Newsclips for October 16, 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 Offers Changes to Air Emissions Plan. The European Union Wednesday proposed modifications to its program to control airplane pollution, but the new approach still faces opposition from some foreign governments and environmentalists. Earlier this month, EU states agreed to scale back plans to include airlines in their cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions while the International Civil Aviation Organization develops a global pollution-control mechanism. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304864504579139303559088782#printMode Despite better air quality, Europeans' health still suffering. A report from the European Environmental Agency concludes that even with the region’s reduced emissions, human health is still being affected by air pollution. The agency found that between 2009 and 2011, 96% of city residents were exposed to concentrations of fine particulate matter that were above the guidelines of the World Health Organization. Damage to ecosystems was also noted in the report, citing pollutants that add excessive nitrogen to the air, a threat to biodiversity. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-european-pollution-20131015,0,2299585.story States, counties launch legal challenge to EPA's ozone authority. The Supreme Court's 2012 health care ruling could soon make a cameo in a Clean Air Act case thanks to a challenge from a group of state and county governments to U.S. EPA's authority to override state decisions on compliance with federal ozone standards. At issue are several pending petitions over EPA decisions that certain counties and regions violated ozone pollution limits. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988924/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change will affect almost every corner of ocean, study says. Seawater is heating up and becoming more acidic, but those are only the first in a cascade of changes the world's oceans are expected to go through by the end of the century as they respond to greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. "The entire world's ocean surface" will undergo huge changes in ocean chemistry, habitat and biodiversity by 2100 as a result of climate change…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ocean-climate-change-effects-century-20131015,0,6711896.story http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/16/5825804/climate-change-will-affect-almost.html#storylink=cpy World Food Prize takes on biotech, global warming. The World Food Prize Foundation is confronting both opposition to genetically modified crops and the divisive issue of global warming as it gathers hundreds of experts and national leaders to talk this week about how to feed a growing global population. By awarding this year's prize to three biotechnology pioneers, the nonprofit foundation infuriated environmental groups and others opposed to large-scale farming. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/15/v-print/5823494/world-food-prize-takes-on-biotech.html Supreme Court to review EPA greenhouse gas emissions permitting. The Supreme Court today decided to review whether U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulations for motor vehicles should have triggered permitting requirements for stationary sources of carbon pollution. Justices granted six of nine petitions asking the court to review a June 2012 appellate court ruling that upheld a suite of EPA greenhouse gas regulations. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988851/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988899/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Wash. governor supports hard cap on carbon emissions. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that he supports an absolute cap on carbon-fuel emissions in the state as one of several ideas he thinks can get it closer to reaching goals set in 2008 for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The cap was one of a half-dozen ideas Inslee floated during a meeting of the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup, which the Legislature created in response to his request this year to bring greenhouse gas emissions…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988857/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Tricky permit issue seen splitting challengers to EPA climate rules. Dozens of industry groups and several states are applauding the Supreme Court for taking up their challenge to a slice of U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas program, but a significant issue lurking below the surface could split them when justices hear arguments early next year. The court granted review yesterday of a portion of EPA's greenhouse gas rules: whether the agency "permissibly determined"…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988921/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Truckers report competitors who break emission rules. As many truckers face a Jan. 1 deadline to retrofit their engines with pollution controls, some big rig operators are anonymously turning in their competitors for driving vehicles that fail to comply with California’s tougher emission rules, the Los Angeles Times reports. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20130917-environment-truckers-report-competitors-who-break-emission-rules.ece Otherwise compliant driver learns day-pass a must at L.A. ports. Carl Benson first began working on trucks in the mid-1960s as a swamper connecting oil trucks to rigs in Kodiak, Alaska. He has driven loads into Prudhoe Bay, hauling freight down the same treacherous paths made famous in the reality television show “Ice Road Truckers.” Benson, 67, an owner-operator and OOIDA life member from San Dimas, Calif., has seen it all. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=25860#.Ul60Cj87PzA FUELS California Embraces Hydrogen Stations. California is backing up its plan to have more publicly available hydrogen fueling stations with a $20 million annual commitment, Petrol Plaza News reports. The state’s plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 80% from 1990 levels by the half century mark has not gotten off to a great start, considering only nine such fuel-cell stations are up and running. Posted. http://www.nacsonline.com/News/Daily/Pages/ND1016136.aspx#.Ul6ytj87PzA Security group calls for broader competition between alternative fuels and oil. The U.S. Energy Security Council yesterday released a report advocating for reducing regulatory barriers that stymie competition between oil and alternative fuels like compressed natural gas, methanol and electricity. The council's aim is to spur competition in the transportation fuel market and therefore reduce the strategic importance of petroleum. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988880/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Delta's refinery challenges EPA over renewable fuel targets. A refinery owned by a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc. is challenging U.S. EPA's renewable fuel mandate for this year, warning that the levels set by the agency will continue to force it to purchase costly ethanol credits. In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Monroe Energy LLC said it anticipates spending "tens of millions of dollars" over the next several months in acquiring the credits because it does not blend its own ethanol into gasoline. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988919/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Toyota shows a sneak peek of its upcoming hydrogen car. Toyota has given a small selection of journalists their first taste of prototypes of its long-awaited hydrogen fuel-cell production car–and driving impressions are beginning to surface. The Japanese automaker has shown off hydrogen concepts for some time, most prominent of which is the FCV-R concept (shown above), expected to inspire the eventual production vehicle debuting in 2015. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/idUS206980096220131015 GREEN ENERGY U.S. Remains Vulnerable Despite Potential Energy Independence. Forty years ago this week, when big oil producers in the Middle East slapped an embargo on oil exports to the U.S., the shock was severe: Crude-oil prices spiked, fuel lines snaked behind gas stations and years of stagflation followed. Starting with Richard Nixon, eight presidents have urged the country to strive for energy independence as a way to forestall a repeat of 1973. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304330904579137890333601898?KEYWORDS=energy California poised to adopt first-in-nation energy storage mandate. A California law that requires utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind is widely credited with accelerating the state's cleantech economy. Now state regulators are poised to compel utilities to invest in "energy storage," which could jump-start technology long considered the holy grail of the electricity industry. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24316359/california-poised-adopt-first-nation-energy-storage-mandate?source=rss http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24316362/california-poised-adopt-first-nation-energy-storage-mandate Richmond slashes permit fee for solar panel installations. permit price to outfit your home with solar panels just plunged in Richmond. The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to slash permit prices for residential solar panel installations from $615 to $100, a move city leaders said was an effort to jump start solar investments in local neighborhoods. "We are trying to make a statement," said Councilman Tom Butt. At $100, Richmond's price becomes the lowest in the Bay Area, tied with neighboring El Cerrito. Richmond is one of the leading cities to promote and implement green initiatives in recent years, including moves to halt the use of pesticides…Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/west-county-times/ci_24319146/richmond-slashes-permit-fee-solar-panel-installations?source=rss Calif.'s famous 'duck chart' is outdated, experts say. A two-dimensional duck has been haunting California policymakers charged with balancing increasing amounts of renewable energy on the state's electricity grid. The "duck chart" emerged several years ago as grid operators were contemplating the rise of renewable energy, as mandated by state law. It illustrates the drop in daytime demand for conventional power that can be expected as renewables increase their share. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988898/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Methanol May Be Part of the Answer, but Not for Now. It is far from clear that methanol could compete as a transportation fuel. In "A Chemistry Breakthrough That Could Fuel a Revolution" (op-ed, Oct. 11) extolling the virtues of methanol as a transportation fuel, George A. Olah and Chris Cox fail to mention one central fact: Methanol has about half the energy content of gasoline. (Ethanol has about two-thirds.) It is far from clear that methanol could compete as a transportation fuel even if federal policy reforms were to create a level playing field. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304106704579135432571589294?KEYWORDS=fuels COLUMN-Falling solar costs allow a new approach to subsidies: Wynn. Falling costs for European roof-top solar power combined with rising utility tariffs allow a new approach to lower subsidies - where households and business no longer need to be paid for the solar power they consume themselves. Until recently, it has always been more profitable to sell one's own solar energy back into the system overall, thanks to the premium, subsidized prices set for such energy to make investment in solar panels worthwhile. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/column-wynn-solar-cost-idUSL6N0I51VP20131016 Cold spell near? Geologist digs deeper on climate change. On the climate-change front the forecast would seem to be increasing cloudiness. At least that's the impression a rational observer would get from the latest report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. True, the report does declare that "there is very high confidence that models reproduce the general features of the global and…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/16/5825570/cold-spell-near-geologist-digs.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS So Much For Jobs? Startup Builds Solar Robot Workers. A key argument developers have used in favor of large desert solar projects has been that such projects will bring jobs to remote, underemployed communities. That argument might just fall out of favor if a Bay Area startup has its way. Richmond-based Alion Energy is proposing to automate both construction and maintenance of large solar facilities, using robots instead of skilled workers to put solar panels in place and keep them clean. Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/so-much-for-jobs-startup-builds-solar-robot-workers.html Dramatic charts reveal climate change’s effects on oceans. Climate change is scrambling the oceans. It’s raising water temperatures, lowering pH levels, reducing oxygen availability, and driving down the size of wildlife populations the oceans can sustain. A study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology painstakingly chronicles many of the consequences of marine changes that the researchers describe as “unprecedented” during the last 20 million years…Posted. http://grist.org/news/dramatic-charts-reveal-climate-changes-effects-on-oceans/ A leading newspaper didn’t get the news about California’s gasoline change. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page checked in recently with its view on the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Not surprisingly, it’s against it. But in making its case, it also committed a significant error. When the LCFS was created, there was a baseline basket of crudes that constituted all crudes that had accounted for at least 2% of California consumption over a previous several-year period. Posted. http://blogs.platts.com/2013/10/15/lcfs-wsj/ Demand for electric car rentals unplugged by range anxiety. It's the hurdle that electric vehicles must clear to be launched into the mainstream: range anxiety. But this time it isn't prospective customers who worry about running out of juice, Bloomberg reports, but renters who return to car rental agencies before their lease is up and trade their EVs in for more traditional gasoline-powered autos and gas-electric hybrids. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/15/demand-electric-car-rentals-unplugged-range-anxiety/ Congress Passed A Climate Change Law ... And Then Nothing Happened. Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising — i.e., that climate change is happening. The measure in question, buried near the end of a 584-page transportation funding bill, also required some modest action: That the Federal Emergency Management Agency use “the best available climate science” to figure out how the flood insurance program it administers should handle rising seas. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/climate-change-law-congress_n_4102359.html?view=print&comm_ref=false