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ARB Newsclips for December 10, 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 European Lawmakers Vote to Support Carbon Trading. Lawmakers at the European Parliament on Tuesday approved a rescue plan for the European Union’s system for trading carbon-emission credits. Their hope is to revive prices for carbon credits, which have been so low that the system is creating few incentives for smokestack industries to cut back on their emissions of greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/business/energy-environment/european-lawmakers-vote-to-support-carbon-trading.html?pagewanted=print 1-Year Anniversary: California's Cap-and-Trade is a Success. On the one-year anniversary of California's carbon market, the results are in - it is a success. The program has raised an impressive $1.4 billion for California. Half of that funds renewable energy projects and cutting emissions, including $130 million specifically destined for low-income communities. Posted. http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25388 Carbon tax repeal hits Senate roadblock. The federal government's plan to scrap the carbon tax has run headlong into a Senate roadblock, with the first bill rejected and little hope the upper house will decide on the full package of bills before next year. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called on the Senate to vote on his package of 11 bills to remove the carbon tax before parliament adjourns for its summer break on Thursday night. Posted. http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/carbon-tax-repeal-hits-senate-roadblock-20131210-2z2xe.html AIR POLLUTION Shanghai Air Pollution Wanes After Smog Forces Cancellations. Shanghai’s air pollution fell to “light” levels after record smog this month prompted flight cancellations and the city warned children and elderly to stay indoors on at least seven of December’s first nine days. The city’s PM2.5 air pollution was 63.1 micrograms per cubic meter as of 2 p.m., after hitting 360 micrograms per cubic meter yesterday. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-12-10/shanghai-air-pollution-wanes-after-smog-forced-flights-canceled.html http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-12-09/shanghai-air-pollution-wanes-after-smog-forced-flights-canceled Supreme Court to hear arguments Tuesday over EPA pollution rules. The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require Midwestern states to cut the smog and soot that travels from their power plants downwind to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The arguments come a day after governors in eight of the downwind states filed a petition with the EPA to try to force their neighbor states to reduce their straying emissions regardless of the court ruling. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-to-hear-arguments-tuesday-over-epa-pollution-rules/2013/12/09/5417b50a-60ee-11e3-8beb-3f9a9942850f_story.html?tid=hpModule_ba0d4c2a-86a2-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394 Third consecutive Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area. Wood fires will be banned in the Bay Area on Tuesday as a result of a Spare the Air alert issued for the third consecutive day. A prolonged spell of cold stagnant air is trapping pollutants near the ground, spurring the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue its seventh Spare the Air alert of the cold season. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_24687918/third-consecutive-spare-air-alert-issued-tuesday-bay?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_24687918/third-consecutive-spare-air-alert-issued-tuesday-bay?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Supreme Court seems receptive to some EPA arguments in cross-state case. U.S. EPA pressed the Supreme Court today to uphold its effort to curb air pollution that drifts from one state to another. At issue is the 2011 Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, or CSAPR, a regulatory regime for 28 Eastern states tossed out last year by a federal appeals court after challenges from industry and some states. EPA maintains it reasonably interpreted the phrase "contribute significantly" in the Clean Air Act's…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059991595/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Local leaders planning for climate effects. When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, floods, hurricanes and other extreme events associated with climate change. As a presidential task force prepares for its first meeting Tuesday, local officials say they want and need federal support…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_RESPONSE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Local-leaders-planning-for-climate-effects-5050235.php http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Local+leaders+tell+Washington+climate+change+response/9267183/story.html The Montreal Protocol, a Little Treaty That Could. Here is a remarkable fact about global warming: It might be twice as bad right now were it not for a treaty negotiated by a conservative American president, for an entirely different purpose, based on motives no one has ever quite understood. That treaty is known, in shorthand, as the Montreal Protocol. Its formal purpose is to save the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere, which protects the planet and its people from debilitating levels of cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/10/science/the-montreal-protocol-a-little-treaty-that-could.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print San Mateo County most vulnerable in California to seal level rise. A regional or countywide flood protection district dedicated to sea level disaster preparations should be assembled immediately, according to a group of nearly 400 people who packed a College of San Mateo auditorium today. The group assembled to attend a four-hour conference titled "Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County," which was presented by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_24692910/san-mateo-county-most-vulnerable-california-seal-level?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com State releases carbon footprint app. California has released a new app that businesses and families can use to calculate their impact on the environment. The app, Cool California, was made available by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) this week to reveal the estimated tons of carbon dioxide emitted each year when families use gas, electricity, water and even shop for food and clothes. Posted. http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/9929-state-releases-carbon-footprint-app New greenhouse gas has higher global warming impact than Carbon dioxide. Toronto: Scientists have discovered a man-made greenhouse gas that appears to have the highest global-warming impact as compared to any other compound to date. The chemical - perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA) - is the most radiatively efficient chemical found to date, breaking all other chemical records for its potential to impact climate…Posted. http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/new-greenhouse-gas-has-higher-global-warming-impact-than-carbon-dioxide-456916 New Report: Rising Seas Threaten 233 Federally Protected Species. Sea-level rise driven by climate change poses a deadly threat to 233 federally protected animal and plant species in 23 coastal states, according to a new scientific report from the Center for Biological Diversity, and U.S. wildlife protection agencies are not doing enough to protect at-risk species. For the “Deadly Waters” report, Center scientists analyzed data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as scientific literature. Posted. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2013/sea-level-rise-12-10-2013.html DIESEL EMISSIONS Carrier’s Exhaust Emissions System Gets CARB Conditional Approval. An optional engine emissions system (EES), capable of reducing diesel particulate mass from trailer refrigeration unit exhaust by more than 98%, has received conditional verification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Carrier Transicold says. The CARB level 3+ verified diesel emissions control (VDEC) device can be included on new trailer refrigeration units or added later for users who do not initially require it…Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/products/article/story/2013/12/carrier-s-exhaust-emissions-system-gets-carb-conditional-approval.aspx FUELS Gasoline Declines as Fuel Inventories Expected to Rise. Gasoline futures fell on speculation that supplies of the motor fuel increased for the third week in a row as refiners increased operating rates. Futures sank as much as 0.5 percent. Inventories expanded by 2 million barrels last week, according to the median estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Refinery utilization rose 0.5 percentage point from the prior week, which marked highest seasonal level since 2004, the survey showed. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-10/diesel-advances-as-cold-weather-boosts-heating-oil-use.html VEHICLES Ford considers diesel, hybrid and electric versions of new Mustang. Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower. Future versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was revealed last week, might possibly get diesel, hybrid, and even electric powertrains. At the car's unveiling, Ford global powertrain chief Bob Fascetti told GoAuto that the Blue Oval is pondering all of these options, in an effort to make the Mustang greener. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2013/1209/Ford-considers-diesel-hybrid-and-electric-versions-of-new-Mustang Electric Cars Kick Your Car’s Boot — 8 Ways How. “Boot” = “trunk” in British English. It also sounds a bit like butt. Hence, the headline. It’s no secret at all to people who own or have driven electric cars — electric cars totally kick the ass (or boot) of their gasmobile cousins. It’s not simply a matter of how nicely they drive, but there are probably a dozen reasons why we see them as being much more awesome. I’ll quickly run down 7. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/09/electric-cars-kick-cars-boot-8-ways/#gjZsKzJTpUWmaIh6.99 MISCELLANEOUS Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8. Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold. Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe. A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_COLDEST_EVER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Cold-dis-comfort-Antarctica-set-record-of-135-8-5049200.php Cows to get carbon credits for not burping. By replacing urea supplements with nitrate salts, the amount of methane burped by cattle can be reduced by up to 20 per cent. Using a new methodology, producers could then claim credits on their herds' reduced methane emissions through the Federal Governmentas Carbon Farming Initiative. RAMP Carbon developed the methodology with Meat and Livestock Australia and the Australian Agricultural Company. Posted. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20245744/cows-to-get-carbon-credits-for-not-burping/ OPINIONS Lewis Diuguid: China could lead efforts to end global warming. Necessity places this great city ahead of most in fixing humanity's shared global warming problem. Pollution costs China billions of dollars a year in health and other losses, but that hasn't slowed China's growth. Its economy is No. 2 behind the U.S., and it is the world's largest auto market and growing. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/12/10/3659188/lewis-diuguid-china-could-lead.html http://www.modbee.com/2013/12/10/3080517/lewis-diuguid-china-could-lead.html On climate change, action vs. inaction: Your Say. A decline in sea ice and increased risk of extinction for some plant and animal species are linked to man-made climate change, according to a National Research Council report released last week. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar: The severity of global warming is potentially catastrophic. Leaning toward doing something about global warming, even though it is unproved…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/12/09/on-climate-change-action-vs-inaction-your-say/3935307/ Green Power Gridlock: Why Renewable Energy Is No Alternative. Since just about everything we do and the equipment needed to support it depends upon a source of energy, wouldn’t it be great if someone would invent perpetual motion machines that can generate all we want without consuming any resources or producing pollution? Okay, some of you are doubtless saying: “Yes, and they already exist. There are wind turbines and solar power systems that can do that if we build enough of them.” Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/12/10/green-power-gridlock-why-renewable-energy-is-no-alternative/ BLOGS New EPA chief visits China to talk air pollution in first trip abroad. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy embarked on her first international trip this week, visiting China to talk about collaborating with that country to combat air pollution and climate change. In a speech on Tuesday morning, the EPA chief planned to commend China for confronting those environmental issues with ”urgency and commitment,”…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/12/10/new-epa-chief-visits-china-to-talk-air-pollution-in-first-trip-abroad/ China Releases Blueprint for Adapting to Climate Change. China issued its first nation-wide blueprint for adapting to climate change, as governments around the world shift their efforts from focusing solely on curbing global warming to minimizing its impact on people and the environment. “Addressing climate change isn’t only about reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, it’s also about taking initiative on adaptation,” …Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/12/10/china-issues-blueprint-to-help-minimize-effects-of-global-warming-and-climate-change/ Climate Change Capitalism. Several leading energy companies and public utilities have quietly accepted the reality of climate change. They acknowledge that carbon will be taxed or a price added to it to discourage fossil fuel use and encourage renewable energy sources. In their long-term strategies, they now assume that the cost of carbon will rise significantly. Last week, a non-profit research organization called CDP…Posted. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2013/12/10/energy-and-utility-companies-recognize-the-climate-change-reality For Our Children--and the Economy--Congress Must Act Now to Continue Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy. Few of us have the tedious details of the U.S. tax code on our minds during this holiday season. But one of the best gifts Congress could give us—and future generations—would be to extend the renewable energy tax incentives expiring this month. Without congressional action, only the long-subsidized fossil fuel industry will benefit. Posted. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kkennedy/for_our_children--and_the_econ.html U.S. Cities Prepare For Climate Change Effects. When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way. Local governments have long acted as first responders in emergencies and now are working to plan for sea level rise, floods, hurricanes and other extreme events associated with climate change. As a presidential task force prepares for its first meeting Tuesday, local officials say they want and need federal support, but they worry that congressional gridlock and balky bureaucratic rules too often get in the way. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/cities-climate-change_n_4417955.html Electric Cars: Which States Are Doing It Right, Which States Lag? If you live in parts of California, electric cars--from the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid all the way up to the Tesla Model S--are no longer uncommon. The streets of Palo Alto, in the center of Silicon Valley, are practically crawling with Teslas these days. But in other parts of the country, you may go months without seeing a single car with a plug. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1089014_electric-cars-which-states-are-doing-it-right-which-states-lag Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'. Perfluorotributylamine is an unregulated, long-living industrial chemical that breaks all records for potential climate impacts. A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto. The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century. Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/10/new-greenhouse-gas-powerful-chemical-perfluorotributylamine