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ARB Newsclips for January 3, 2014. 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 Quebec-California partnership blazes trail for carbon trading. The province of Quebec formally linked its cap-and-trade system with California’s market on Thursday, as the two jurisdictions plow ahead with ambitious plans to put an escalating price on carbon in order to reduce emissions. Quebec and California are the only members moving forward with cap-and-trade programs in what was once a promising alliance of 11 states and provinces comprising the Western Climate Initiative that envisaged a North American market for carbon trading. Posted. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/quebec-and-california-press-ahead-with-carbon-trading-plan/article16176708/ AIR POLLUTION Lingering Dry Weather Prompts Another Spare The Air Day Friday. The Bay Area is experiencing a winter with some of the worst air quality in years as a fourth consecutive “Winter Spare the Air” day was announced for Friday. Friday will be the 26th day this season that an alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which is banning wood burning in the region because of poor air quality. A dry, stagnant weather pattern with little wind continues to linger in the Bay Area and does not appear to be leaving any time soon, air district officials said. Posted. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/03/lingering-dry-weather-prompts-another-spare-the-air-day-friday/ Bay Area Experiencing Worst Air Quality Since 2006. The Bay Area is experiencing a winter with some of the worst air quality in years as a fourth consecutive “Winter Spare the Air” day was announced for Friday. Friday will be the 26th day this season that an alert has been issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which is banning wood burning in the region because of poor air quality. A dry, stagnant weather pattern with little wind continues to linger in the Bay Area and does not appear to be leaving any time soon, air district officials said. Posted. http://sfappeal.com/2014/01/bay-area-experiencing-worst-air-quality-since-2006/ EPA moves to regulate new wood stoves. The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to curb emissions of particles and other pollutants from residential wood stoves and other wood-fired appliances built after 2015 in an effort to curb a form of pollution that can present a significant health problem in parts of the country. The proposed new rules would require manufacturers of wood stoves, wood pellet stoves, forced-air wood furnaces, hydronic heaters and masonry heaters to build a generation of appliances that burn 80 percent more cleanly than current models. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-moves-to-regulate-new-wood-stoves/2014/01/03/b08cb232-7484-11e3-8b3f-b1666705ca3b_story.html Air district offering money for clean fireplaces. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is accepting applications for its Burn Clean Program in an effort to encourage more clean burning fireplaces. As part of the program, Valley residents can get incentive money when they replace their old wood or pellet burning device with new, cleaner hearth options such as a natural gas insert or an EPA Phase II certified wood insert. Incentives are limited to $500 for the purchase of a freestanding natural gas stove or insert, $250 for a certified pellet stove or insert and $100 for a certified wood stove or insert. Posted. http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/news/energy-and-environment/10208-air-district-offering-money-for-clean-fireplaces Wood smoke is a health concern. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, the American Lung Association in California is urging the public to avoid using wood-burning heating devices in favor of cleaner burning alternatives such as electric, natural gas, propane and pellet stoves. Burning wood emits harmful toxins and fine particles into the air that can worsen asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “Breathing particle pollution or soot can shorten life and send those most at risk to the emergency room,” said Dr. Kari Nadeau, a researcher and volunteer physician for the ALA in California. Posted. http://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/news/2014-01-03/Health_%28and%29_Wellness/Wood_smoke_is_a_health_concern.html FUELS Firms investing to fuel demand for natural gas vehicles. Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens thinks his long bet on natural gas is finally paying off. The legendary oilman has long declared it his mission to wean America off its addiction to foreign oil. He co-founded an Orange County company that builds natural gas stations around the country and sank billions into wind turbines. Pickens' gambles have not always paid off. He lost an estimated $150 million of his personal fortune in wind farming, and admits that he was a couple of decades early into natural gas. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-natural-gas-stations-20140103,0,5424680.story#axzz2pMUK2kaa BLOGS With a bit of luck, the U.S. could actually hit its 2020 climate change goals. This week, the U.S. State Department released its 2014 Climate Action Report, explaining how the Obama administration plans to meet its official goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. That's considered a first step toward building a new international treaty to address global warming. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/03/with-a-bit-of-luck-the-u-s-could-actually-hit-its-2020-climate-change-goals/ As Battery Cost Falls, Fast-Charging Becomes Key Electric-Car Issue. It's a given that the costs of batteries for electric cars will fall in the coming years. The industry hotly debates how much and how fast--after interviewing numerous auto and battery engineers, our figure is around 7 percent a year--but by 2020 or so, costs may be as low as half what they were in 2011 when the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt launched. The large-volume makers--BMW, GM, Nissan, and Tesla today--will benefit most from these economies of scale, but even lower-volume and compliance-car makers will find their costs falling. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1089401_as-battery-cost-falls-fast-charging-becomes-key-electric-car-issue Cloud shortage will push temperatures higher as climate warms. Climate scientists have looked to the heavens for help with their latest decades-long weather forecast. Their conclusion? “Oh, my god.” Science has long struggled to forecast how global temperatures will be affected by a doubling of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere compared with pre-industrial times, which looks likely to occur this century. Recent consensus suggests that temperatures will rise by between 1.5 and 5 degrees Celsius (2.7 to 5.4 F). With a rise in CO2 levels to 400 parts per million, up from 280 in the 19th Century, the world has warmed by nearly 1 C so far. Posted. http://grist.org/news/cloud-shortage-will-push-temperatures-higher-as-climate-warms/ Honda Accord Hybrid: A Long, Strange Trip It Can Be. VISUALIZE 50 MILES, any 50 overland miles: Los Angeles to Irvine, Rochester to Seneca Falls, from somewhere in the Carolina lowlands to nowhere in particular, all stud pines and little houses. Fifty miles. You wouldn't want to walk it. Now turn, with gratitude, to a gallon of gasoline. Go ahead, pick it up. It weighs just 6 pounds, fills a container about the size of a shoebox, yet it represents about 114,000 BTUs of potential heat energy, depending on the seasonal blend at the pump. Anybody who has spent time around cars has marveled at the disproportion of it. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303870704579296424164040790?KEYWORDS=green+energy