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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for November 20, 2013.

Posted: 20 Nov 2013 15:49:34
ARB Newsclips for November 20, 2013. 

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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.

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.


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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.
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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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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