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ARB Newsclips for January 6, 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 Jerry Brown wants to use pollution funds for bullet train. Gov. Jerry Brown will ask state lawmakers to use funds raised from the sale of pollution credits to help pay for the state's beleaguered high-speed rail program, according to sources familiar with the proposal who were not authorized to speak publicly about the plan. Under its "cap-and-trade" credit system, the state has generated millions from polluters who pay for the right to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-jerry-brown-budget-highspeed-rail-cap-and-trade-20140105,0,6294114.story#ixzz2pe4DV4nu Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown eyes cap-and-trade money for high-speed rail. Jerry Brown plans to propose spending millions of dollars in fees paid by carbon producers to aid the state's controversial high-speed rail project, sources said. The proposal - and the prospect of additional funding from the state's cap-and-trade program in future years - could provide a significant lift to a $68 billion rail project beleaguered by uncertainty about long-term financing. Brown plans to propose allocating several hundred million dollars this year. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/05/6048394/capitol-alert-jerry-brown-eyes.html#storylink=cpy Quebec, Calif. team up on cap and trade. The Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday officially linked its cap-and-trade system with California's marketplace, in an effort to place a rising price on carbon to curb emissions. Quebec-based companies can now buy credits from California to meet Quebec's targets for emission cuts. California companies can use Quebec's carbon market as well. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/01/06/stories/1059992398 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION New wood stoves may soon have to meet tougher EPA standards. Starting later this decade, new wood stoves sold in Wisconsin may have to meet tougher air pollution requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that new residential wood stoves and heaters emit about 80 percent less air pollution. The new rule would cover devices built in 2015 and later, but some manufacturers would have five years to adapt emission controls to particular models. Posted. http://www.haywardwi.com/news/regional/article_ceecff70-76e1-11e3-aaa5-001a4bcf887a.html Unhealthy air quality affects some Valley sporting events. Unhealthy air is taking a toll on many Central Valley residents and putting some sporting events on hold. Clovis West was hosting a club swim meet Saturday when it t was cut short by bad air quality. Friday the air quality cancelled a high school soccer game. And according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Sunday is expected to be another unhealthy air quality day. Clovis West Athletic Director Matt Loggins said the morning started off with more than 300 swimmers at the pool. Posted. http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=9382016 CLIMATE CHANGE California's dry year is a chance to rethink water use. It's a fact of life in California that we have dry spells and wet years, and living in this Mediterranean climate means figuring out how to adapt when we don't get wet weather. Typically, our state makes progress on evolving water management only in dry years, and thus 2014 promises to be a banner year for innovation. Snowpack, nature's water storage system that we rely on, so far this year is 20 percent of average, according to Friday's statewide survey. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/California-s-dry-year-is-a-chance-to-rethink-5115990.php FUELS U.S. EPA unlikely to step up fracking enforcement efforts for now –analysts. Federal regulators are unlikely to step up enforcement of potential water contamination cases linked to natural gas drilling - despite new concerns about water safety - given a lack of political will and limited resources to pursue such cases, analysts said. A report quietly made public on Christmas Eve by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog brought back into the spotlight concerns about the effects on water quality from the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/05/usa-energy-fracking-idINL2N0KC0T320140105 VEHICLES Electric race car makes debut on Las Vegas Strip. A new electric race car is set to get the star treatment on the Las Vegas Strip. Organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship, the first series exclusively for electric cars, are giving racing aficionados their first chance to see a fully-electric car in action. Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi is expected to show off the capabilities of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car during a test drive at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino Monday. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Electric-race-car-makes-debut-on-Las-Vegas-Strip-5118092.php San Diego leads US in electric vehicles per capita. San Diego is one of the biggest markets in the nation for electric cars, and the latest models were on display Friday at the San Diego International Auto Show. One area of the auto show is the Eco Center, where visitors can learn more about ways to save money while helping to save the environment. Electric vehicles come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Posted. http://www.10news.com/news/san-diego-leads-us-in-electric-vehicles-per-capita-010314 Researchers call for major change in US policies supporting plug-ins; failure of “mainstream consumer bias”. Although sales of plug-in vehicles (plug-in hybrid-electric and battery-electric vehicles, collectively PEVs) in the US climbed more than 80% in 2013 to more than 96,000 units (Tesla has not yet released its final figures) from 52,835 units in 2012 EDTA), the 2013 results still reflect a meagre new light-duty vehicle market share of ~0.6% for PEVs. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/20140106-green.html Ford introduces solar-powered concept car. This week, Ford Motor Co. will officially unveil the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi, a first-of-its-kind concept car that could turn sunlight into a viable transportation fuel without ever drawing from the grid. Like the conventional C-MAX Energi it's modeled on, the Solar Energi has a plug-in hybrid gasoline platform with a total range of 620 miles, 21 of which are purely electric. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992419/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Spain’s Solar Pullback Threatens Pocketbooks. Six years ago, Justo Cruz Rodríguez, who runs a small business here designing signs, was looking for a way to generate a steady, if modest, pension for himself and his father. So when the government passed a law offering attractive rates for solar energy — and guaranteed them for the next 25 years — he mortgaged his house, his father’s house and even his workshop to install half a dozen rows of solar panels in his father’s garden, with the idea of selling his excess electricity. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/world/europe/spains-solar-pullback-threatens-pocketbooks.html?ref=earth&_r=0 OPINION Editorial: It's a cloudy forecast for our climate change. Just how much will the Earth heat up over the next 100 or 200 years? Climate scientists are not able to predict with high certainty. They have estimated that average global temperatures will increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius — 2.7 to 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit — given a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_24852967/editorial-its-cloudy-forecast-our-climate-change http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_24852967/editorial-its-cloudy-forecast-our-climate-change?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_24852967/editorial-its-cloudy-forecast-our-climate-change?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Opinion: Just who is monitoring those who monitor the air quality? Of course it's great that we no longer have the smog of the 1970s and we never will return to those days, but how clean is "good enough"? With beautiful blue skies (not trapped by fog or bitter-cold misty days), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has again issued its Spare the Air alerts, complete with criminal threats if any citizens even dare to have an old-fashioned Christmas…Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/endorsements/ci_24835899/just-who-is-monitoring-those-who-monitor-air Air-pollution solution could be as easy as funding woodsheds. Winter’s not messing around this year, and with the heating season off to a frigid start, here’s a multiple-choice question about wood heat and air pollution. What’s the best way to cut the smoke and lung-damaging particles coming from dirty-burning wood stoves? A. Force stove makers to produce super-clean machines, even if it adds hundreds of dollars to the price. Posted. http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/Air-pollution_solution_could_be_as_easy_as_funding_woodsheds_.html Moving California's green economy into the fast lane. Did you know that the state's 25 million passenger vehicles produce nearly 40 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions? These figures convinced me that if we are going to meet the state's clean air and emissions reduction goals by the 2050 deadline, we need to take a hard look at how we can convert these vehicles to zero- or near zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/vehicles-595873-zevs-california.html BLOGS In One Image: Cold Snaps In Global Context. There is likely to be a decline in the frequency of cold air outbreaks (i.e., periods of extreme cold lasting from several days to over a week) in pNorthern Hemisphere] winter in most areas. Exceptions could occur in areas with the smallest reductions of extreme cold in western North America, the North Atlantic and southern Europe and Asia due to atmospheric circulation changes. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/in-one-image-cold-snaps-in-global-context/?ref=earth Evatran, Bosch will sell wireless home charger for as low as $1,998*. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, the big news for plug in vehicles is that they can now start to ditch the plug. As expected, the system costs around $3,000 and is available for both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. For the first 250 customers, though, Evatran is offering $1,000 off the standard price, a 30 percent discount. Deliveries start next month and Evatran says it expects the discounted units to all be snatched up in the first half of the year. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/06/evatran-bosch-sell-wireless-home-charger-2000/ URB-e foldable trike is 'world's most compact electric vehicle'. How small can you go? We haven't measured all of the electric vehicles on the planet, but we suspect the claim by Urban Mobility that its Urb-e foldable electric ... um, seat? ... is the "world's most compact e-vehicle" is at least close to accurate. We haven't seen many other EVs that look like we could fit them into a big backpack. The idea behind the Urb-e is to make it ridiculously easy to use batteries and wheels to help you get to work (and your gorilla/human lunch date, according to the video below). Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/04/urb-e-foldable-trike-is-worlds-most-compact-electric-vehicle/ How global warming works, in 35 words, or 52 seconds. Earth transforms sunlight's visible light energy into infrared light energy, which leaves Earth slowly because it is absorbed by greenhouse gases. When people produce greenhouse gases, energy leaves Earth even more slowly – raising Earth's temperature. And that, in an ultra-brief nutshell, is how global warming works. This 35-word description can be a powerful tool in helping people understand the science behind global warming and climate change…Posted. http://phys.org/news/2014-01-global-words-seconds.html Carbon trading is booming in North America, no thanks to U.S. or Canadian governments. In most of the carbon-trading world, it has been getting cheaper in recent years to buy the rights to pollute the atmosphere with climate-changing carbon dioxide. That’s largely because recession-afflicted Europe is awash with too many carbon allowances for its trading scheme to have any real bite, and because demand for U.N.-issued allowances has crashed along with hopes of a meaningful international climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol Posted. http://grist.org/news/carbon-trading-is-booming-in-north-america-no-thanks-to-u-s-or-canadian-governments/ How global warming can make cold snaps even worse. The cold air pushing toward America’s heartland is of a duration and magnitude rarely seen since record-keeping began in the 1870s. In Minneapolis, forecasters warned that all-time wind chill records could be broken, with a stunning -65ºF predicted for Monday morning. As the record-setting cold spreads across the US, brace yourself for this conversation: Your friend: “Sure is cold outside, amirite? Minneapolis is as cold as Mars right now. Posted. http://qz.com/163636/how-global-warming-can-make-cold-snaps-even-worse/#163636/how-global-warming-can-make-cold-snaps-even-worse/ The quiet failure of climate denial in 2013. The latest IPCC report proves that scientists are unwavering in their view that human carbon emissions are causing dangerous climate change. In the scientific world, climate denial has no traction. It isn’t gaining traction in the judicial or congressional worlds either. First, the judiciary. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit, headed by a conservative judge, brushed aside objections to EPA’s finding that carbon emissions endanger human health and welfare. Posted. http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2014/01/06/the-quiet-failure-of-climate-denial-in-2013/