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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for October 25, 2013.

Posted: 25 Oct 2013 14:17:18
ARB Newsclips for October 25, 2013. 

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California, 7 Other States Push to Get More Zero Emission
Vehicles on Road. In the past three years, Americans have bought
just 140,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars. But sales are
increasing. They more than tripled in 2012. Now the governors of
eight states have signed an agreement to take steps they hope
will increase the market share of Zero Emission Vehicles. “We’re
in the midst of a transformation, our job is to try to make it
happen faster and more successfully,” says Mary Nichols, Chair of
the California Air Resources Board. Posted.


http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989406/print BY


Canada Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set to Rise, Government Says.
Canada, the world’s seventh-largest emitter of greenhouse gases,
will increase output of carbon dioxide through 2020, failing to
meet a government pledge to lower emissions, Environment Canada
said today. Without further measures to curb carbon output,
emissions will increase to 734 megatonnes by 2020 from 701
megatonnes in 2011, Environment Canada said today on its website.

Response to a City’s Smog Points to a Change in Chinese Attitude.
Emergency measures came swiftly in Harbin, the northeastern city
blanketed with hazardous smog this week: Schools were shut down,
buses ordered off the roads, the airport closed, police
roadblocks set up to check tailpipe emissions from cars. City
officials even fanned out in the surrounding countryside,
ordering farmers to stop burning the cornstalks left in their
fields after the harvest. Posted.

Breathe easier with help from The Doctors.  It kills more
Americans than stroke, Alzheimer's and diabetes. And if that's
not enough to make you pay attention to COPD, or chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, consider this: an estimated 24
million people have it, but about half don't know it.  Many
people mistake increased shortness of breath as a normal part of
aging; it's not. Plus, COPD…Posted. 

Imperial County, Imperial Irrigation District sign Memorandum of
Understanding for Salton Sea.  The Imperial County Board of
Supervisors and the directors of the Imperial Irrigation District
held a special signing ceremony today at the Salton Sea
commemorating a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines how the
county, the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District and
the IID will work together to restore California's largest and
most troubled inland lake and avert severe harm to public

As Keystone XL battle rages, Canada claims 'success' with climate
record. As the debate continues over the climate impact of
TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, the Canadian government
released a report yesterday saying it is "achieving success" at
controlling greenhouse gases. Environmentalists, however,
criticized Environment Canada's annual emissions trend report for
showing that the country's projected greenhouse gas emissions
through 2020 are higher than last year and are short of climate
targets under the Copenhagen Accord. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989405/print BY


Australia PM: Climate change not causing wildfires. The
government staunchly rejected arguments that climate change is
causing the wildfires ravaging parts of eastern Australia
following a record hot start to the spring season. "That is
complete hogwash," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told News Corp.
Australian newspapers in an interview published on Friday.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt backed his prime minister, saying
no individual event can be linked to climate change. Posted.







Three U.S. states, British Columbia to ink climate pact.
California governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday he plans to sign
an agreement to formally align the state's climate and clean
energy policies with those of Oregon, Washington state and the
Canadian province of British Columbia. Brown will host the
governors of the northwestern states and British Columbia's
environment minister in San Francisco on Monday to announce the
partnership and details of an agreement aligning their climate
strategies. Posted.

Indonesia forests still dwindle despite reforms. t home and
abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the
environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the
Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But
environmentalists are unconvinced. They say pulp and palm oil
plantations are still expanding at an alarming rate in Sumatran
forests, despite efforts by the government and industry. That
expansion has contributed to climate change and threatens
endangered tigers and orangutans. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989407/print  BY
Some Good News About U.S. Carbon Emissions. Greenhouse gas
emissions from power and industrial plants in the U.S. fell 4.5
percent in 2012, according to a report by the Environmental
Protection Agency, and they’re down 10 percent since emissions
tracking from the power sector began in 2010. Although Americans
are consuming slightly less electricity, much of the decline in
emissions has resulted from natural gas displacing coal. Posted.

New 'dashboard' display seeks to bring world up to speed on
state's climate progress. A new online tool seeks to explain
California's sweeping suite of climate policies in one fell
swoop. The California Carbon Dashboard, by the nonprofit Climate
Policy Initiative, aggregates news, state agency announcements
and real-time tweets about the Golden State's pioneering approach
to managing its greenhouse gas emissions. The site provides
particular detail on the state's economywide cap-and-trade
program, which went into effect this year…Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989408/print BY

India stalls action to eliminate 'super greenhouse gases' India
has blocked progress toward an international agreement to phase
out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), gases with thousands of times the
global warming power of carbon dioxide. The South Asian giant
refused to allow discussions on the technical details of an HFC
phaseout at the 25th Montreal Protocol meeting in Bangkok. It is
the last big superpower to stand in the way of what some see as
the one of the most effective methods for curbing climate change.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989409/print BY


Devil’s Gate Dam cleanup will generate hundreds of truck trips,
air pollution.  A long-awaited environmental review of the
Devil’s Gate Dam project released Thursday estimates the removal
of between 2.4 million and 4 million cubic yards of backed-up
sediment will require a maximum of 400 truck trips per day for
five years.  The draft environmental impact report for the
Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project says the project, which
may begin in 2015, will pollute the local air…Posted. 


CORRECTED-Poland could halve demand for coal by 2030, study says.
Poland could halve its demand for coal by 2030 with a shift to
renewable energies that would end its image as a laggard in
European Union efforts to slow climate change, a study showed on
Friday. The report, by researchers in Germany and Poland,
renewable energy groups and environmental group Greenpeace,
included a foreword by ex-Polish Environment Minister Maciej
Nowicki who called it a "feasible, realistic scenario". Posted.

UPDATE 1-Malaysia to help palm sector with new biodiesel blend
rules. Malaysia is set to impose a requirement for biodiesel to
use 7 percent palmoil, up from 5 percent now, as a way of
whittling down palmoil stocks and cushioning prices in the face
of growing competition from other edible oils. Industry and
government officials in the world's second-biggest palmoil
producer said the "B7" biodiesel blend could be mandatory from
December as talks with interested parties were nearing a
conclusion. Posted.

Wall Street Demands Answers From Fossil Fuel Producers on
'Unburnable' Carbon. Groundbreaking initiative is forcing an
investor rethink: What's the value of fossil fuel stocks if
companies must leave reserves in the ground? A well-heeled
coalition of investors is asking top fossil fuel companies to
calculate the risks of plowing billions into new oil, gas and
coal projects. They fear that carbon emission limits and slowing
demand will turn them into bad investments that leave investors
worse off. Posted.

Global demand for fossil fuels continues to rise. Despite
concerted global efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the
expansion of clean and renewable energy resources, fossil fuels
continued to dominate the global energy sector in 2012, according
to new figures released yesterday by the Worldwatch Institute.
Coal, natural gas and oil accounted for 87 percent of the world's
primary energy consumption last year, the group reported in a new
"Vital Signs Online" report. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989393/print BY

Coalition of investors calls for fossil fuel companies to develop
low-carbon business plan. Fossil fuels used to be one of the
safest investments a person could make, but as anti-pollution
policy takes shape around the world and companies go to greater
extremes to find reserves, this could soon no longer be the case,
according to a coalition of 70 investors worth more than $3
trillion. What these investors are now asking is for fossil fuel
companies to develop a new business plan for how they will remain
profitable in an increasingly low-carbon world. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059989396/print BY


Feds won't investigate Tesla electric car fire. U.S. auto safety
regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into
the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday
there's no indication at this time that the fire was caused by a
safety defect or that there was any violation of federal vehicle
safety standards. Posted.


Power in Numbers: The Benefits of Entering Fleet-Vehicle
Territory. In 2007, Namasté Solar, a company that installs
solar-power units, acquired a used Dodge Sprinter diesel cargo
van. "We could run B20 biodiesel in it," says Max Christian,
co-founder and COO of the Boulder, Colo.-based operation. "It got
almost 25 mpg, which was much better than a Ford Econoline van,
and at the time it was a unique vehicle. It fit our image, and it
was the cheapest, best vehicle we could afford." Posted.

The Future of Diesel in America. Auto manufacturers — including
Audi — are constantly exploring alternative ways to power their
automobiles. Recent advancements in lithium-ion battery
technology have allowed hybrid and full-electric cars to drive
further on electric power alone, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
are in development as well. But today and for the foreseeable
future, diesel offers a practically unbeatable combination of
efficiency, lower emissions, and performance. Posted.

Musk Scorns Hydrogen Vehicles Seen as Tesla Credit Threat: Cars.
Elon Musk, the outspoken co-founder of electric-car maker Tesla
Motors Inc., is turning his sharp tongue toward a new target:
hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. He argues that such cars are
currently rare and expensive, with few locations to refuel. And
while the vehicles, such as those being developed by Toyota Motor
Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co., emit only water vapor, the hydrogen
fuel can be expensive and dirty to produce. Posted.
Can condos and electric cars co-exist? Electric cars and charging
equipment are an easy fit for a single-family homeowner with a
garage. For condo and apartment dwellers -- not so much. More
than one-third of San Diego County residents live in multi-family
units, where overnight charging facilities are rarely available.
The California Energy Commission is teaming up with local
government and private partners to come up with solutions to that
equation in San Diego. Posted.


City to Fit All Streetlights With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs. The
amber glow of the New York City streetlight is going away. In an
energy-saving effort, the city plans to replace all of its
250,000 streetlights with brighter, whiter, energy-saving,
light-emitting diode fixtures in one of the nation’s largest
retrofitting projects, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the
transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, said in a news
conference on Thursday. Posted.

Residential solar rebates extended. San Diego households adding
rooftop solar panels will be eligible for an additional $5
million in rebates. State utility regulators approved the rebate
extension on Wednesday, at the request of the California Center
for Sustainable Energy, which administers the incentive program
for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric. The decision shifts
some money away from incentives for nonresidential solar
projects. Posted.


Column: Grangemouth refinery falls victim to U.S. shale: Kemp.
There is probably no long-term commercial future for the oil
refinery and associated petrochemicals plant at Grangemouth in
Scotland even if the current owners, Ineos and PetroChina, can
resolve their dispute with workers and the labor union. Excess
capacity in the refining industry, especially in Europe, and the
shale revolution in North America will continue to pressurize
Grangemouth and Britain's other oil refineries. Posted.

Clearing the Air in China. In the northeast Chinese city of
Harbin this week, the air pollution was so thick that schools
were closed, traffic became gridlocked and flights in and out of
the metropolis were canceled. For years, severe air pollution and
ever rising carbon emissions have been downsides to China’s
economic growth, even as that growth has lifted more than 600
million people out of poverty. Posted.

Viewpoints: Coal mine methane offsets are a bad fit for
California and its clean energy law. California’s historic
clean-energy law could become a $300 million source of new
revenue for the coal industry if a state regulatory agency votes
today to allow California’s major polluters to offset their
emissions by purchasing credits from methane-reducing projects at
coal mines located primarily out of state. Posted.

Energy Risk: Carbon Budgets and US Emissions. The Carbon Brief
has a must-read article up, Carbon briefing: Making sense of the
IPCC’s new carbon budget that points out the precarious nature of
our emissions situation: So how big is the budget? For it to
remain likely that we stay below two degrees, the total amount of
carbon released through carbon dioxide emissions must be less
than 1000 billion tonnes, the IPCC says. ‘Likely’ here means a 66
per cent chance. Posted.


The Climate Post: EIA Says Carbon Emissions Decline. In 2012,
energy-related carbon emissions in the United States declined 3.8
percent even as global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent,
according the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The
recorded 5.29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide amounted to
the largest decline since 1994, continuing a downward trend that
started in 2007. Posted.

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