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ARB Newsclips for November 6, 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. CAP AND TRADE California says ready to link carbon market with Quebec. California is ready to link its carbon cap-and-trade program with a similar effort in the Canadian province of Quebec, a move that could pave the way for further expansion of the market in coming years, state officials said on Tuesday. In a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols said that starting on Jan. 1, businesses in both jurisdictions will be able to surrender carbon emission permits generated by either territory to meet their obligations under the program. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/california-carbon-idINL2N0IR03520131106 AIR POLLUTION UN: CO2 pollution levels at annual record high. World carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday. The heat-trapping gas, pumped into the air by cars and smokestacks, was measured at 393.1 parts per million last year, up 2.2 ppm from the previous year, said the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization in its annual greenhouse gas inventory. That is far beyond the 350 ppm that some scientists and environmental groups promote as the absolute upper limit for a safe level. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UN_GLOBAL_WARMING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/UN-CO2-pollution-levels-at-annual-record-high-4959852.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/06/un-co2-pollution-levels-at-annual-record- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-carbon-dioxide-pollution-levels-at-record-high-chief-gas-warming-earths-atmosphere/2013/11/06/a82b2fdc-46d6-11e3-95a9-3f15b5618ba8_story.htmlhigh/ http://www.redding.com/news/2013/nov/06/un-carbon-dioxide-pollution-levels-annual-record-h/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/06/3592781/un-co2-pollution-levels-at-annual.html http://news.yahoo.com/greenhouse-gas-volumes-reached-high-2012-wmo-100418687.html http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24464942/un-co2-pollution-levels-at-annual-record-high?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24464942/un-co2-pollution-levels-at-annual-record-high?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Dozens in hospital over pollution in south Iran. An Iranian newspaper says more than 50 people were hospitalized in a southern city where air pollution levels spiked this week. Tuesday's report by the pro-reform Arman daily quotes the head of provincial health department, Mohammad Hossein Sarmast, as saying that at least 5,000 people rushed to the city hospitals in Ahvaz seeking medical assistance after pollution levels increased following lightning strikes and heavy rains on Sunday. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/nov/05/dozens-in-hospital-over-pollution-in-south-iran/#ixzz2jszilb7q Air quality board votes to sue Morongo reservation decision. Concerns over relaxed air pollution rules for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Reservation appear to be heading to court. The move from the South Coast Air Quality Management District comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision in September allowing heavier polluting development on the reservation before ozone-offsetting requirements take effect. Posted. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131105/NEWS07/311050009/Air-quality-board-votes-sue-EPA-over-Morongo-decision CLIMATE CHANGE Global Climate Deal Should Include Emissions Budget, CMIA Says. The global climate deal for 2020 being negotiated through 2015 by United Nations envoys should include a budget limiting greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Climate Markets & Investment Association. The London lobby group which represents banks and law firms called on almost 200 nations meeting in Warsaw starting next week to agree on the “legal form” of the deal to be sealed at a meeting in Paris in two years, CMIA said today by e-mail. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-06/global-climate-deal-should-include-emissions-budget-cmia-says.html Obama appoints Brown, Garcetti to climate-change task force. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Jerry Brown are among the state and local leaders named to a national task force that will recommend steps the federal government can take to help communities cope with climate change. President Obama established the task force last week when he signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prepare for climate change. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-obama-jerry-brown-eric-garcetti-climate-change-20131105,0,5975457.story#axzz2jt23NZdm Polar bear researchers to try crowdsourcing. Researchers studying the effects of climate change on polar bears are experimenting with the idea of crowdsourcing data as improving technology allows anybody with an Internet connection to monitor the animals' annual migration in Canada. Polar bears gather at this time of year on the Hudson Bay's southwestern shore to wait for the water to freeze so they can wander the ice and hunt for seals. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/05/5883697/polar-bear-researchers-to-try.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Polar-bear-researchers-to-try-crowdsourcing-4957480.php Conference to review state climate policies. California’s efforts to cut greenhouse-gas emissions will come under review Friday at the fifth annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law. The event, featuring experts in climate, energy and environmental law, will address the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s cap-and-trade markets, zero-emission vehicles policies and low-carbon fuel standard. Participants also are set to examine the progress state utilities have made toward generating a third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/06/tp-conference-to-review-state-climate-policies/ Antarctic ice core may disclose 1.5 million years of climate change. Regions of Antarctica could hold ice revealing significant chapters in Earth's climate history, new research suggests. The potential locations of the ice were described Nov. 5 in the journal Climate of the Past. One of those locations could allow scientists to drill miles-long sections of ice to explain why natural cycles in climate shifted about 1 million years ago. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/1106/Antarctic-ice-core-may-disclose-1.5-million-years-of-climate-change DIESEL EMISSIONS Over $8 million Available to Reduce Emissions in Bay Area in Calif. The California Bay Area Air Quality Management District is announcing that funding is now available to help Bay Area truck owners reduce emissions and meet upcoming state air quality requirements. Recent program changes prioritize funding for small fleets of three or fewer trucks, provide for an extended application period, and allow trucks with older engines to participate. Grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 12 to be considered for funding. Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/11/over-8-million-available-to-reduce-emissions-in-bay-area-in-calif.aspx FUELS Crude-Oil Futures Climb on U.S. Inventory Data. U.S. gasoline stockpiles dropped to the lowest level since Nov. 23, 2012. Crude-oil futures prices climbed Wednesday after government data suggested stronger-than-expected demand for gasoline and diesel fuel. U.S. gasoline stockpiles dropped 3.755 million barrels in the week ended Nov. 1 to the lowest level since Nov. 23, 2012. Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected a 300,000-barrel decline. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303309504579181320305305880?KEYWORDS=energy VEHICLES Tesla shares plunge on battery shortage and heavy research spending. Tesla Motors shares plunged in early trading Wednesday after the electric car maker said a battery shortage was limiting sales and that it is spending heavily on research and development to bring new models to market. Shares of the automaker dropped 16%, or $28.67, to $148.14. Tesla shares have been on a run for most of the year, rising about 400% before this reversal. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-shares-plunge-20131106,0,827926.story#axzz2jt23NZdm Automakers, states to discuss zero-emission vehicle plan. Automakers and eight U.S. states led by California that want to get more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2025 will meet in Washington this week to discuss the ambitious plan. At a two-day meeting starting Thursday, automakers, officials from the states, California Air Resources Board and the Environmental Protection Agency will meet to discuss the new zero emission requirements. Posted. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131105/AUTO01/311050099/Automakers-states-discuss-zero-emission-vehicle-plan GREEN ENERGY Hitting EU green energy goals 'would save billions, boost GDP' Hitting energy and environment targets for 2030 under discussion in the European Commission would save up to 35 billion euros ($47 billion) per year in health costs as air pollution declines, EU sources said. It would also add an estimated 0.5 percent to gross domestic product, due mainly to lower oil and gas imports, they said. The numbers are from a draft Commission assessment of the impact of 2030 goals expected to be announced early next year. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-eu-idUSBRE9A50FK20131106 Dairy digester to turn cow waste into valuable electricity. The small city of Galt on Sacramento County’s southern edge was founded by farmers, ranchers and dairymen like Arlin Van Groningen, a third-generation dairy farmer who continues the family tradition on a 90-acre plot off Harvey Road just north of town. “We concentrate on cows,” he said. “Our goal is to produce a clean milk product.” Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/05/5884722/dairy-digester-to-turn-cow-waste.html#storylink=cpy OPINIONS Stephens: Does Environmentalism Cause Amnesia? Climate-change alarmists warn us about coming food shortages. They said the same in 1968. Warming is becoming a major problem. "A change in our climate," writes one deservedly famous American naturalist, "is taking place very sensibly." Snowfall, he notes, has become "less frequent and less deep." Rivers that once "seldom failed to freeze over in the course of the winter, scarcely ever do so now." Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303482504579177651057373802?KEYWORDS=climate+change Too Big to Breathe? I arrived here on Oct. 19th and was greeted with this news: A combination of cold weather, lack of wind, coal-powered heating and farmers burning off post-harvest debris had created a perfect storm of pollution in the northeastern industrial city of Harbin, home to 10 million people. It was so bad that bus drivers were getting lost because the smog-enveloped roads would only permit them to see a few yards ahead. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/opinion/friedman-too-big-to-breathe.html?hp=&adxnnl=1&rref=opinion&adxnnlx=1383756668-28e25RjOEQAJWV3SnTa+ZQ BLOGS Climate change is decreasing farm yields just when we need them to go up. One of the most disturbing details included in the recently leaked IPCC report is that climate change could begin reducing farm yields worldwide by up to 2 percent a decade. Meanwhile, demand for crops is increasing 12 percent per decade. You don’t have to be a math whiz to see how that (doesn’t) add up. A collision between a rising need for food and falling yields would be terrible for the environment, as well as for people. Posted. http://grist.org/food/climate-change-is-decreasing-farm-yields-just-when-we-need-them-to-go-up/ Build it and they will come: I-5 corridor EV fast charge stations getting lots of use. Washington State plug-in vehicle charging stations along Interstate 5 are getting used more than twice as much as they were a year ago, the Associated Press says, citing a study from the Washington State Department of Transportation. In September, the state's 14 fast-charging stations along I-5 were collectively used 1,155 times, up from 528 sessions a year earlier. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/11/06/i5-corridor-ev-fast-charge-stations-heavily-used/ US military tipped to drive electric vehicle demand. The US military is set to become one of the world's largest operators of electric vehicles, according to new research which predicts the Department of Defense will buy more than 92,400 electric vehicles between 2013 and 2020. The study from Navigant Consulting argues that with the Department of Defense already investing heavily in a range of low emission vehicles it is now poised to ramp up spending on plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) that can be used for non-tactical purposes. Posted. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2304588/us-military-tipped-to-drive-electric-vehicle-demand Schools install pricey filters to protect kids from frac sand. Kids should play in sand, not breathe it in. Wisconsin’s New Auburn school district is upgrading air filters to prevent sand fragments from floating in from nearby frac-sand mines and getting into children’s lungs. Much of the sand in the state is perfectly suited to be mixed with water and chemicals and used in fracking operations, where it holds open fractures in shale and allows gas and oil to escape. Posted. http://grist.org/news/schools-install-pricey-filters-to-protect-kids-from-frac-sand/