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ARB Newsclips for November 13, 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. CLIMATE CHANGE UN Climate Panel Amends CO2 Estimates for Policy Makers. A United Nations climate panel that was criticized after a 2007 study overstated the rate of glacial melting backtracked on global carbon-emissions estimates. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cut its estimate of total emissions since 1870 to 515 billion metric tons, or 515 gigatons, from 531 gigatons, according to a document released this week. It raised its calculation of total carbon emissions since 1750 to 555 gigatons from 545 gigatons. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-13/un-climate-panel-amends-co2-estimates-for-policy-makers.html Keystone Defended by Alberta Premier as Carbon Questioned. Alberta’s premier defended her province’s environmental record while lobbying in Washington yesterday for the Keystone XL pipeline amid new questions over Canada’s ability to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets. Alison Redford, making her fifth trip to promote the $5.3 billion project that would connect the oil sands in her Canadian province to refineries on the Gulf Coast…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-13/keystone-defended-by-alberta-premier-as-carbon-questioned.html At climate-change summit in Warsaw, countries look to lay foundation for global pact. Representatives of more than 190 countries gathered in Warsaw on Monday to continue debating how to deal with climate change beyond 2020, even as nations are falling further behind on their collective goal of reining in greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/at-climate-change-summit-in-warsaw-countries-look-to-lay-foundation-for-global-pact/2013/11/11/ee891286-4b0a-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_story.html UN: Besides Haiyan, 2013 storm season near average. Apart from Typhoon Haiyan, which has devastated the Philippines, it's been an average year for tropical cyclones, the U.N. weather agency said Wednesday in its annual climate report. The World Meteorological Organization counted 86 tropical storms so far this year, just three short of the annual average since 1981. They were unevenly spread across the globe. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/13/5906725/un-besides-haiyan-2013-storm-season.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/UN-Besides-Haiyan-2013-storm-season-near-average-4979732.php Work not done, Obama climate adviser moves on. Heather Zichal admits her job is unfinished. The architect of President Barack Obama's climate-change plan, Zichal left the White House last week after five years as a top adviser on energy and climate change. Her departure comes as the Environmental Protection Agency moves ahead with the linchpin of the president's climate plan: emissions limits for new and existing power plants to curb greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/13/5906644/work-not-done-obama-climate-adviser.html#storylink=cpy http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/13/work-not-done-obama-climate-adviser-moves-on/ http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Work-not-done-Obama-climate-adviser-moves-on-4979662.php Climate change threatens Pandora's Box of troubles. Climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but also society, posing risks to the world's economy and the food and water supply and contributing to violent conflict, an international panel of scientists says. The warnings came in a report drafted by the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The 29-page summary, leaked and posted on a blog critical of the panel, has been distributed to governments around the world for review. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Climate-change-threatens-Pandora-s-Box-of-troubles-4978984.php UCSD students attend climate-change talks. Ten UC San Diego graduate students are attending the 19th session of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, this week. The event seeks appropriate actions during what Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the convention, called a “pivotal moment” in international efforts to deal with greenhouse gases and other factors linked to climate change. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/12/tp-ucsd-students-attend-climate-change-talks/ Port seeks cut in greenhouse gases. Board members said they support the foundations of these policies, but expressed concerns about how specific measures would be adopted and funded. They also worried that the port’s climate policies could conflict with or duplicate those of surrounding cities. “Regulations cost,” Commissioner Dan Malcolm said. “They have impacts.” Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/12/port-district-greenhouse-gases-climate-policies/ How climate change will affect the Southeast USA. A changing climate is projected to increasingly affect the region over the next 20 years and beyond. Rising sea levels, warming temperatures, heat waves, worsening air quality and stresses on the water supply are issues the Southeast will face over the next 20 years because of man-made climate change, according to a report released Tuesday. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/11/12/southeast-climate-change-report/3509139/ Americans back greenhouse gas cuts from power plants. The vast majority of Americans in each of 40-plus states surveyed say global warming is real, serious and man-made, and the concerns tend to be slightly higher in coastal or drought-stricken areas, says an analysis out today. At least 75% of U.S. adults say global warming has been happening, but the Stanford University research found that 84% or more took that view in states recently hit by drought …Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/13/americans-greenhouse-gas-cuts-power-plants/3508001/ Filipino delegate: no denying climate change now. Monday, the Filipino delegate to the ongoing climate summit, Naderev 'Yeb' Saño, dared climate change deniers to take a hard look at what's happening not just in the Philippines, but the whole world. Over the weekend, the Philippines was hit by what may have been the largest typhoon to ever make landfall: Typhoon Haiyan. Posted. http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/46671/print Climate change talks in Warsaw heat up. Activists said yesterday that they will also refrain from eating during the next two weeks of climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland, in solidarity with the lead Philippines negotiator, Naderev Saño, who has vowed to fast until nations take "meaningful" action. Australia's new climate-denying government came in for a major beating, meanwhile, for moving to repeal its carbon tax and declining to send a Cabinet minister to the Warsaw talks. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990363/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS North-state alliance files lawsuit over California Air Resources Board regulation. A rural-based group of north-state truck owners and operators who transport commercial and agricultural loads have filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board, regarding the legality of truck and bus regulations. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Glenn County Superior Court, the Alliance for California Business maintains CARB executives failed to disclose information about the diesel particulate filters the state is requiring California truck owners to install by Jan. 1 or park their trucks. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_24512281/north-state-alliance-files-lawsuit-over-california-air?source=email FUELS Ethanol Discount to Gasoline Grows as Harvest Reaches 84% Ethanol’s discount to gasoline expanded as the U.S. corn harvest progressed, increasing supplies of the raw material used to make the biofuel. Gasoline rose more than ethanol, widening the spread by 3.97 cents to 88.41 cents at 1:48 p.m. New York time. Corn growers harvested 84 percent of the crop as of Nov. 10, up from 73 percent a week earlier, the U.S. Agriculture Department said yesterday. The department projects a harvest of 13.989 billion bushels, the largest ever. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-13/ethanol-discount-to-gasoline-grows-as-harvest-reaches-84-.html Black Treasure in Poland Clouds UN Warming Negotiations. A few weeks after it finishes hosting United Nations talks on limiting fossil-fuel emissions, Poland may decide to double the size of one of its biggest coal-burning power plants. Prime Minister Donald Tusk in June revived a $3.8 billion plan to expand the Opole electricity plant to guarantee security of power supplies, as it uses domestically mined coal. Next month, a final decision on the project is to be made by a government utility that owns Opole. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-13/black-treasure-in-poland-clouds-un-warming-negotiations.html Brazil to Boost Oil Exports as Output Triples, IEA Says. Brazil will triple oil production by 2035 and become a major exporter as it develops the Americas’ largest discoveries in almost four decades, the International Energy Agency said. Latin America’s largest economy will produce 6 million barrels a day in 2035 and account for one-third of the increase in global crude output, the Paris-based agency said. The IEA forecasts that Brazil will be the world’s sixth-largest producer, up from 12th now. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-12/brazil-to-boost-oil-exports-as-output-triples-iea-says.html Shell Is Working on ‘Promising’ Renewable Technology, Voser Says. The following are excerpts from an interview with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser at the company’s headquarters in The Hague. Voser, who has headed Europe’s largest oil and gas producer since 2009, steps down at the end of the year, 31 years after first joining the company. On Shell and renewable energy…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-13/shell-is-working-on-promising-renewable-technology-voser-says.html Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is Forecast to Be Brief. The boom in oil from shale formations in recent years has generated a lot of discussion that the United States could eventually return to energy self-sufficiency, but according to a report released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, production of such oil in the United States and worldwide will provide only a temporary respite from reliance on the Middle East. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/business/energy-environment/shales-effect-on-oil-supply-is-not-expected-to-last.html?ref=earth 20 top scientists urge CA gov. to stop fracking. Twenty of the nation's top scientists have sent a letter to California's governor urging him to place a moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." They say the practice increases pollution and runs counter to Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to cut the state's emissions. In the letter, the group argues that Brown can't say he wants to reduce global warming while also expanding fossil fuel development in California. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/12/5905716/20-top-scientists-urge-ca-gov.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/20-top-scientists-urge-CA-gov-to-stop-fracking-4979061.php http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/12/20-top-scientists-urge-ca-gov-to-stop-fracking/ http://www.mercurynews.com/science-environment/ci_24509392/top-climate-scientists-call-fracking-ban-letter-gov?source=rss In key shift, US oil production tops net imports. For the first month in nearly two decades, the U.S. in October extracted more oil from the ground than it imported from abroad, marking an important milestone for a nation seeking to wean itself off foreign oil. A promising sign for a still-slugging economy, the shift could foreshadow future opportunities to boost jobs in the U.S., lower the trade deficit and insulate the economy from foreign crises that can send oil prices rising. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/13/5907986/in-key-shift-us-oil-production.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/In-key-shift-US-oil-production-tops-net-imports-4980410.php AAA survey: Gas prices tumble throughout California. Motorists in the Sacramento area and statewide have been enjoying declining gasoline prices for weeks, and the latest AAA numbers show just how steep the drop has been. The average statewide price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 24 cents over the past month to $3.61 a gallon, according to the latest monthly gas price survey released by AAA. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/12/5905067/aaa-survey-gas-prices-tumble-throughout.html#storylink=cpy Ethanol push taking toll on environment. The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: the brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil, the polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. It wasn't supposed to be this way. With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Ethanol-push-taking-toll-on-environment-4978994.php The secret environmental cost of US ethanol policy. The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/nov/12/the-secret-dirty-cost-of-obamas-green-power-push/#ixzz2kXqQxoK5 VEHICLES A Recharging Industry Rises. Tens of thousands of new electric cars are zipping into traffic this year, and with them come a trunkful of strategies about how to recharge them. There are at least four ways to go: recharging slowly through a standard 120-volt wall socket, the type a consumer would use for a hair dryer; buying a faster 240-volt home charger, about the size of a garden gnome, for several thousand dollars; plugging into the same 240-volt charger in a public parking space but paying a price…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/business/energy-environment/electric-cars-give-rise-to-a-recharging-industry.html Most consumers don't know about electric vehicle incentives. One of the reasons why electric cars are poor sellers is because consumers have little understanding of the financial incentives and other benefits available to owners of the vehicles. That’s the finding of two Indiana University researchers who surveyed more than 2,000 drivers in 21 of the nation’s largest cities. They discovered that 95% of respondents didn’t know about state and local subsidies, rebates and other incentives. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-electric-vehicle-incentives-20131113,0,3173346.story#axzz2kYp93o5o GREEN ENERGY Canadian Solar Returns to Profit as Project Sales Surge. Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the best-performing solar manufacturer this year, reported its first quarterly profit in more than two years as sales of power plants surged. Net income for the third quarter was $27.7 million, or 56 cents a share, compared with a loss of $43.7 million, or $1.01 a share, a year earlier, the Guelph, Ontario-based company said in a statement today. Revenue increased 29 percent to $490.9 million, with 41 percent coming from sales of solar farms. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-13/canadian-solar-returns-to-profit-as-project-sales-surge.html Rooftop solar could generate jobs. Los Angeles County could create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a just-issued report. The study by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA, released Wednesday, predicts that 29,000 installer jobs would open up. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-rooftop-solar-could-generate-jobs-20131112,0,2179750.story#axzz2kSjSjncy http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990362/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY With nuclear plants idled, Japan launches pioneering wind project. Japan inaugurated a floating offshore wind turbine Monday that energy industry leaders hope will open a new frontier in Japanese renewable technologies and help the country reduce its dependence on nuclear energy and fossil fuels. The floating platform is anchored 13 miles offshore from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the scene of earthquake, tsunami and reactor meltdown disasters in March 2011. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-japan-wind-energy-nuclear-fukushima-20131111,0,6561451.story#axzz2kSjSjncy Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy. Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to corn fields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/nov/12/prairies-vanish-in-the-us-push-for-green-energy/#ixzz2kXraEToH http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/13/5908002/news-summary-prairies-vanish-in.html#storylink=cpy Device makes turning human waste into compost safer. Your toilet bowl may hold the key to replenishing forests, growing crops and saving countless gallons of water. And that's why Gary Andersen, a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is so excited about poop. Andersen has invented a device that tracks the decomposition of compost made of human feces; a function that he says could help improve environmental health all over the world. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Device-makes-turning-human-waste-into-compost-4978766.php Long Beach’s plastic bag ban, two years later. As Los Angeles gets ready to institute a ban on single-use plastic bags, Long Beach’s two-year-old prohibition is running so smoothly that there’s been only one infraction. “It was a small, mom-and-pop liquor store,” said Environmental Services Bureau Manager Jim Kuhl. “When we talked to them about the law, they stopped using plastic bagsPosted. http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20131112/long-beachs-plastic-bag-ban-two-years-later MISCELLANEOUS California firm Electro-Forming ordered to remove hazardous waste. A judge orders Electro-Forming of Richmond, Calif., to remove large amounts of hazardous waste, including cyanide, after it is deemed a neighborhood health threat. A judge has ordered a metal plating company in Richmond, Calif., to remove large quantities of hazardous waste, including potentially deadly cyanide, after state officials argued that it poses a health threat to nearby residents. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-electroforming-20131113,0,5255462.story#axzz2kXcJaWFA OPINIONS Who cares about the environment or conservation? Green energy at all costs! They were supposed to help reverse global warming, but it turns out the green energy interests on which President Obama has lavished hundreds of millions of tax dollars damage the environment. That’s not to say developing workable renewable energy sources and alternatives to oil are not worthy pursuits. But green energy's biggest problems are the repeated crony capitalism, political corruption and false promises that give the emerging industry a black eye. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/who-cares-about-the-environment-or-conservation-green-energy-at-all-costs/article/2539072 Lesson of Typhoon Haiyan: Tackle climate change, or it will tackle us. Was man-made global warming responsible for Typhoon Haiyan? Or Superstorm Sandy? Or the recent flooding in Colorado? I don’t know. Neither do you. Neither do the scientists, really. It’s impossible to pin a specific weather event on climate change. But that doesn’t mean there’s not an important lesson to be learned from Haiyan: Too many people live in places that are vulnerable to extreme weather, and whether or not extreme events are tied to climate change…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-typhoon-haiyan-climate-change-20131112,0,780623.story#axzz2kSjSjncy High Speed Rail Authority fails to protect against global warming. Re "After derailing bullet train funding, judge looks at how far ruling can go" (Capitol and California, Nov. 9): Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority also failed to certify that it had completed all of its environmental clearances to proceed with construction. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/12/5901192/environmental-clearance.html#storylink=cpy Congress should end the ethanol sham. The nation should end a “green” policy that makes neither environmental nor economic sense. Congress should kill the federal mandate to use corn ethanol in fuel. That requirement is a handout to the agriculture industry rather than a credible ecological strategy. An Associated Press report this week suggests that the nation’s rush toward ethanol is damaging the environment for little real benefit. Posted. http://www.pe.com/opinion/editorials-headlines/20131112-editorial-congress-should-end-the-ethanol-sham.ece BLOGS Time to kill the corn ethanol mandate. Given total Republican obstructionism in Congress, President Obama’s climate legacy will depend mostly on executive action. But new developments on the corn ethanol front could pave the way for a the rarest of Washington beasts: a bipartisan compromise on an issue that could have a real impact on climate change. On the climate and environmental side, corn ethanol is turning out to be worse than anyone imagined. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/12/time-to-kill-the-corn-ethanol-mandate/ Study Shows California on Pace to Meet Carbon Reduction Goals. A new study commissioned by the California Air Resources Board projects California will come in well under the 2020 carbon pollution limit established in the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), and has the policy framework in place today to get a significant head start toward achieving the state’s long-term emission reduction goals. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ajackson/study_shows_california_on_pace.html