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ARB Newsclips for November 27, 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 Carbon Rises to 2-Week High as Volume Climbs to Most in a Month. Climate negotiators’ failure last week to set emission-limiting rules for the Kyoto Protocol’s extension through 2020 was down to one paragraph on Ukraine’s greenhouse-gas targets, according to the European Union. Envoys meeting at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw couldn’t agree on article “3.7ter,” a paragraph in the Kyoto rules that sets the limit on countries’ emissions, said Isaac Valero-Ladron, a climate spokesman for the European Commission. Negotiators have given themselves another seven months to reach agreement, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the EU. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-27/carbon-rises-to-2-week-high-as-volume-climbs-to-most-in-a-month.html 1st batch of 5,000 carbon emission permits bought. The first carbon emission permits in Shanghai traded at 27 yuan (US$4.43) each yesterday after the city launched its carbon trading market. Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao Co bought the first batch of 5,000 permits, known as Shanghai Emissions Allowances (SHEA), for 2013 compliance from Shanghai Waigaoqiao No. 3 Power Generation Co at 27 yuan each in the first trade on the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange. One SHEA confers the right to discharge 1 ton of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities. Posted. http://www.china.org.cn/business/2013-11/27/content_30719525.htm Green Investing: Four Stocks With Falling Emissions and Rising Profits. The United Nations’ 19th annual Climate Change Conference concluded on Saturday with little progress made in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming. This had been viewed as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for the formation of a universal climate agreement - to replace the Kyoto Protocol – at the 2015 session in Paris. Instead, after two weeks marked by a hunger strike, walkouts, and general discord, the 195 countries ultimately acquiesced to modest compromises. Posted. http://wire.kapitall.com/investment-idea/green-stocks-falling-emissions-profits/ Factbox: How do China's carbon markets work? China's most populous province, Guangdong, will launch a CO2 emissions trading scheme in mid-December, hot on the heels of Shanghai and Beijing this week. A market in Shenzhen was launched in June. China, the world's biggest source of climate-changing carbon emissions, will initially distribute credits to member firms mostly free of charge, meaning participants will face additional costs only if they exceed their quotas and have to buy. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/27/us-china-carbon-factbox-idUSBRE9AQ06D20131127 AIR POLLUTION Beijing destroys BBQs in order to fight pollution. Beijing is waging a war against air pollution and it is doing so one barbecue at a time. Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5" - the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs. Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on. Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/nov/26/beijing-destroys-bbqs-in-order-to-fight/#ixzz2lrjTCFse CLIMATE CHANGE How to Save for a Disaster. The destruction wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines this month has renewed debate on a critical financial question: How can nations best prepare for and respond to natural disasters? It’s a topic that is especially pressing in an age of climate change and population growth. The World Bank, which finds itself perpetually in the midst of disaster-response activities, is helping to back a study to get some answers. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/28/business/energy-environment/how-to-save-for-a-disaster.html The 2 Companies Most Responsible for the World's Greenhouse Gas Emissions. According to a recent study published in the scientific journal Climatic Change and reported by The Guardian, 90 companies have been responsible for nearly two-thirds of all carbon dioxide and methane gas emissions in the entire world since 1750. In the video below, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins highlights the top two investor-owned companies, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM ) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX ) . According to Jay, this should be a troubling revelation for long-term investors in these oil giants. Posted. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/11/27/the-2-companies-most-responsible-for-the-worlds-gr.aspx DIESEL EMISSIONS California Air Resources Board (CARB) to introduce tougher truck emissions standards. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced it is detailing plans to adopt new optional ultra-low NOx emissions limits for diesel truck engines in December 2013. The details of the plan were discussed at the Diesel Emissions Conference in Atlanta last month, organized by Integer Research. The board is also considering a future mandatory low-NOx engine standard, pending the outcome of a research project looking into the matter. Posted. http://www.discoverdef.ca/news/2013/11/26/exclusive-california-air-resources-board-%28carb%29-to-introduce-tougher-truck-emissions-standards/ VEHICLES Complete Auto Loans Announces New "Electric Car" Loan Incentives. In the next fifty years, climate scientists estimate that global warming will increase the temperature of the Earth by at least one degree Celsius. This seemingly microscopic change will have far-reaching impacts on the planet’s most fragile ecosystems, causing the sea levels to rise and the desertification process to increase. Complete Auto Loans wishes to encourage Americans to discard their fuel-hungry SUVs and trucks in favor of more efficient and environmentally friendly electric cars. On November 20th, 2013, Complete Auto Loans announced its new electric-car loans, set to take effect in December of this year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Complete-Auto-Loans-Announces-New-Electric-Car-5013079.php GREEN ENERGY Clean Wind Farms Catch Up to Dirty Big Oil. One energy company has an ugly accident and lots of birds are killed. It pays a huge fine and gets slammed in the news media. Another energy company routinely kills plenty of birds and gets off scot-free. A double standard? It sure looks that way. Or at least it did before last week, when the U.S. Justice Department settled criminally charged Duke Energy Corp. with operating wind farms that slaughtered hundreds of birds, leading the energy producer to pay $1 million in fines and restitution. Although oil companies have often been charged with killing birds as a result of spills, it was the first time a wind-energy producer was penalized for deaths of protected birds. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-27/clean-wind-farms-catch-up-to-dirty-big-oil.html A roof you can root for. For 30 years, Stephen Keane, 78, saw the same thing outside his apartment windows: a dark, plain roof adorned with some tired-looking air-conditioning units. Today, he looks out those same windows and sees a quilt of creeping plants with burgundy flowers. That old eyesore of a roof was transformed in September into a thriving “green roof.” “It’s kind of relaxing to look out this window,” he says while viewing the lower roof that covers the retail space in his apartment building, 1841 Columbia Road (1841 Columbia Road NW; 202-234-4619). “It looks like it’s spruced up a bit.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2013/11/27/a-roof-you-can-root-for/ UC Davis West Village falls short of zero net energy goal. A sustainability-focused UC Davis housing community is generating 87 percent of its own electricity, short of the university’s ambitious goal that the development produce all of the energy it consumes. The $300 million West Village campus project opened to much fanfare two years ago, riding on the hope that it would serve as a model for future construction. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/26/5949323/uc-davis-west-village-progresses.html#storylink=cpy MISCELLANEOUS Chef makes the most of leftovers. When John Medall, executive chef of The Patio on Lamont Street, was a boy, Thanksgiving at his parents’ house went something like this: After the whole family sat down to eat turkey and trimmings, at one point his father would repair to the kitchen and start his own private ritual. “Everybody would eat their turkey and my dad would be in the kitchen, picking apart the turkey carcass,” Medall said in an interview at his Pacific Beach restaurant. This was “my dad’s favorite thing in the whole world.” Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/26/chef-John-Medall-leftovers-sustainable-food/ OPINION Tesla Meets the Auto Regulators. Look out, Elon Musk. Expecting rational results from regulatory agencies is often a recipe for disappointment. Two of Mr. Musk's Tesla Model S cars burned up when road debris punctured the battery, a vulnerability not seen in other electric cars. Mr. Musk says his cars are no more fire-prone than gasoline cars. He claims to welcome a National Highway Safety Administration investigation into whether the cars are defective and warrant a recall. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304465604579222051067101342?KEYWORDS=climate+change BLOGS A Fresh Look at America’s Gas Lands. I’ve been meaning to post for a while on “Gas Rush Stories,” a series of simple, but captivating short films on America’s gas drilling boom made by Kirsi Jansa, a Finnish video journalist currently living in Pittsburgh. The time is right because Jansa is in the running for a $10,000 grant from the Sprout Fund that could help her sustain and refine this effort to portray the many meanings and realities surrounding hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Pennsylvania communities scattered over the gas-rich Marcellus Shale. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/a-fresh-look-at-americas-gas-lands/ China Hopes Cities Can Help Boost Electric Car Sales. In exchange for actively promoting environmentally friendly vehicles, 28 pilot cities and urban areas will qualify for subsidies the government outlined in September aimed at boosting alternative-fuel vehicle sales. State-media Xinhua said Tuesday that the incentive program, which runs through 2015, aims to push sales to government-related organizations and institutions as well as public-transport providers. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/11/27/china-hopes-cities-can-help-boost-electric-car-sales/?KEYWORDS=vehicles