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ARB Newsclips for November 20, 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 EU, California Show China How to Avoid Carbon-Permit Oversupply. European Union and Californian emissions markets have shown China how to avoid the pitfall of oversupply in its own carbon-trading programs, said the vice mayor of the city of Shenzhen. Permit prices on the EU Emissions Trading System plunged 80 percent the past five years, according to data from the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-19/eu-california-show-china-how-to-avoid-carbon-permit-oversupply.html California Miscounts Emissions in Oversupplied Market. California has over-counted greenhouse-gas emissions, a mistake that will extend the excess supply of allowances in the state’s carbon market, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said. The California Air Resources Board used data that double-counted emissions from natural gas suppliers and the output from related power plants in reporting a 2 percent increase from 2011 to 2012, said William Nelson, a New York-based analyst for New Energy Finance. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-19/california-miscounts-emissions-in-oversupplied-market.html AIR POLLUTION Contest Aims for a Cleaner-Burning Wood Stove. Only blocks away, the Energy Department manages the search for quarks and NASA scours the heavens for Earth-like planets. But inside a big white tent on the National Mall, the focus is on something simpler: oak, ash and elm, and how to make them heat a house with as little pollution as possible. It is not rocket science, but the 12 teams that are competing to solve the problem are finding ways to get twice as much heat out of a log of firewood. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/science/earth/contest-aims-for-a-cleaner-burning-wood-stove.html?_r=0 Plant to spend $84M on pollution control in La, Tx. Cabot Corp., the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., agreed Tuesday to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on technology to control air pollution at its three facilities in Franklin and Ville Platte, La., and Pampa, Texas, federal officials said. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, a co-plaintiff in the case, will receive $292,500 of the penalty…Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/19/3619339/plant-to-spend-84m-on-pollution.html#storylink=cpy CLIMATE CHANGE Turmoil at climate talks as blame game heats up. An old rift between rich and poor has reopened in U.N. climate talks as developing countries look for ways to make developed countries accept responsibility for global warming - and pay for it. With two days left, there was commotion in the Warsaw talks Wednesday after the conference president - Poland's environment minister - was fired in a government reshuffle and developing country negotiators said they walked out of a late-night meeting on compensation for climate impacts. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Warming seen worse as nations fail to meet carbon goals. The world is getting further off track in limiting global warming with setbacks in Japan and Australia outweighing positive signals from the United States and China, a study showed on Wednesday. A Climate Action Tracker compiled by scientists said the world was headed for a temperature rise of 3.7 degrees Celsius (6.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times by 2100, against 3.1C (5.8F) if governments stuck to promised cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/20/us-climate-talks-warming-idUSBRE9AJ0MR20131120 Unavoidable Answer for the Problem of Climate Change. Japan’s announcement last week that it would not meet its promise to sharply reduce its carbon emissions met a chorus of disapproval from around the world. Delegates at the international climate talks in Warsaw, which end Friday, lamented Japan’s move as a blow to worldwide efforts to slow global warming. In the Philippines, which is still collecting the dead from Typhoon Hayan, it served as yet another example of the indifference of the rich world to… Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/business/economy/unavoidable-answer-to-problem-of-climate-change.html?_r=0 High-detail maps to help county reduce carbon footprint. Thanks to a grant from NASA, Sonoma County will soon have $1.2 million worth of high-detail information about its forests, including how those forests can help the county fight climate change. Specifically, the state-of-the-art maps will show how much carbon Sonoma County’s forests can hold. They come as local governments and conservation agencies are eyeing open space not just for recreation and habitat conservation, but also for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131118/articles/131119560 DIESEL EMISSIONS DIESEL CRACKDOWN: State regulators cite offending trucks. Gary Broadwater, 47, didn’t appreciate the $300 citation he received Tuesday, Nov. 19, after the flatbed truck he drove was inspected by state air-pollution regulators just off Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore. The truck owned by his employer, the Lancaster-based Frazier Corp., didn’t have a special exhaust filter that traps and burns diesel soot to reduce harmful emissions. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20131119-diesel-crackdown-state-regulators-cite-offending-trucks.ece FUELS Toyota vows fuel cell model by 2015 in green push. Toyota is promising a mass-produced fuel cell car by 2015 in the latest ambitious push to go green by an industry long skeptical about the super-clean technology that runs on hydrogen. Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota Motor Corp. executive in charge of fuel cells, said Wednesday the vehicle is not just for leasing to officials and celebrities but will be an everyday car for ordinary consumers, widely available at dealers. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_JAPAN_TOYOTA_HYDROGEN_CARS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/business/international/toyota-unveils-fuel-cell-concept-automobile.html?hpw&rref= Calif. Democrat calls for offshore fracking moratorium. California Rep. Lois Capps (D) yesterday called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing off the Southern California coast. Capps aired her concerns during yesterday's floor debate over a pair of oil and gas drilling bills, one of which would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from regulating hydraulic fracturing onshore. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059990795/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Honda counts on lean production for hybrid Fit. Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. It's a challenge hinged on making the technology affordable. Hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, depending on driving conditions but cost more than gasoline cars. Honda's answer: Lean production. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_JAPAN_HONDA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-speed rail consultant costs near $600 million even before construction starts. The latest accounting by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to state lawmakers indicates that the agency has spent almost $600 million on engineering and environmental consultants -- all without turning a shovelful of dirt on construction. In the twice-a-year report sent to legislative leaders on Friday, the agency is sticking to its estimated price tag of $68.3 billion to build its San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet-train line. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/19/3619630/high-speed-rail-consultant-costs.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY UC RIVERSIDE: University unveils waste-to-energy system. UC Riverside engineers on Tuesday, Nov. 19, unveiled a system that uses heat and pressure to turn human waste into clean energy – a technology they say will save millions of dollars and cut pollution. Researchers at the university’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology have been working since 2002 to develop a commercially viable steam hydrogasification system. Their two-story reactor is the only one operating in California, officials said. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20131119-uc-riverside-university-unveils-waste-to-energy-system.ece L.A. County joins partners in campaign to green public buildings. In an effort to green Los Angeles County public buildings and groom local contractors for the projects, a partnership between government, private and nonprofit groups was announced Monday at East Rancho Dominguez Library, a LEED platinum-certified library. “What we seek to do is leverage the considerable assets and capacity of the county…Posted. http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20131118/la-county-joins-partners-in-campaign-to-green-public-buildings MISCELLANEOUS Part of truck-heavy Terminal Island Freeway could become a park. Plan would remove a 1-mile section of Long Beach road and provide green space to an area plagued by port-related noise and pollution. The around-the-clock rumble and hum of big rigs and cars funneling in and out of one of the world's busiest port complexes have for years defined daily life in west Long Beach. Streets of tidy homes, schools and playgrounds are boxed in by refineries, rail yards and truck routes to the harbor, including the gritty, four-mile Terminal Island Freeway. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-long-beach-freeway-20131118,0,6791569.story#axzz2lDXRzcKx OPINIONS A Change of Carbon Climate in Japan. Much of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revival strategy is still on the drawing board, but earlier this month he did something important by deciding not to do anything. Mr. Abe abandoned Tokyo's 2009 pledge to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020. Mr. Abe's announcement came as officials meet in Warsaw for another round of talks on global carbon reductions. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303653004579209260979688056?KEYWORDS=climate+change California's tough new fracking rules. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed sensible regulations for hydraulic , fracturing the controversial drilling method that involves pumping water and chemicals into the earth to release trapped oil and gas. They were written in response to a bill by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills (Los Angeles County), that the Legislature passed this year. Pavley's bill will also require the state to conduct an independent scientific study of the costs and benefits of fracking. Both the costs and benefits of fracking are likely to be high, which is a big reason why the technique is so controversial. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/California-s-tough-new-fracking-rules-4994621.php BLOGS Air Pollution Standards Mean Truckers Must Retrofit or Upgrade — Soon. Every time Bloomington dump truck operator Ruben Garcia pulls up at a job site, he finds himself caught in the same conversation: “What are you going to do next year?” Not everyone has a good answer. “If we can clean up these fleets, then we will definitely have a positive impact on public health.” Truckers in the Port of Oakland grabbed headlines recently when they held a demonstration at Oakland City Hall…Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/11/19/air-pollution-standards-mean-truckers-must-retrofit-or-upgrade-soon/ A Conversation With: British Climate Economist Lord Nicholas Stern. At the National Stadium in Warsaw, the British climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern spoke to India Ink about how India’s future emissions would require it to do more to solve the global challenge, even as it moves to eradicate poverty. Posted. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/a-conversation-with-british-climate-economist-lord-nicholas-stern/