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ARB Newsclips for January 8, 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 EU makes carbon pollution more expensive. It will become more expensive for businesses in the European Union to burn fossil fuels this year after the 28-country bloc decided Wednesday to beef up its carbon trading system. The agreement ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe's prime tool in the fight against climate change and the world's biggest emission trading system. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/08/eu-makes-carbon-pollution-more-expensive/ California cap and trade updates. Learn how the market is doing. California officially launched its world class cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas pollution on January 1, 2013. California Carbon Allowances (CCAs) are auctioned by the State’s Air Resources Board on a quarterly basis through 2020. Posted. http://www.edf.org/california-cap-and-trade-updates AIR POLLUTION Pollution Costs to Rise as EU Governments Back Market Fix. Carbon prices are poised to rebound from a three-year slump as European Union member states backed a stopgap plan to reduce a record glut of pollution permits. The cost of emitting carbon dioxide will jump to 7.75 euros ($10.54) a metric ton by the end of the year, from today’s close of 4.65 euros, according to the median of nine analyst and trader estimates compiled by Bloomberg News. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-08/pollution-seen-costlier-after-eu-intervention-carbon-climate.html China sets targets for curbing air pollution. China has set new targets for its provinces to reduce air pollution by 5 to 25 percent, state media said late on Tuesday, underscoring the government's concern about a source of public anger. China regularly issues directives to try to tackle air pollution in major cities, but these have had limited effect. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-china-pollution-idUSBREA0705720140108 L.A. sues to block oil field near USC from reopening. The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Allenco Energy Inc. from reopening in South Los Angeles, accusing the company of ignoring years of evidence that fumes from its oil fields were sickening residents of the surrounding neighborhood. City Atty. Mike Feuer's investigation found that Allenco willfully disregarded violation notices issued by oversight agencies and that regulators did not move forcefully to enforce their numerous and repeated citations. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-fumes-charges-20140108,0,2901824.story#ixzz2pq6RnwkN CLIMATE CHANGE L.A. storms to grow more destructive as sea level rises, study says. Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change. The study by USC took inventory of the city's coastal neighborhoods, roads, its port, energy and water infrastructure to evaluate the damage they would face from a storm under sea level rise scenarios anticipated for mid-century and 2100. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-sea-level-20140108,0,3069596.story#ixzz2ppphEuga Climate change still real despite cold snap. It happens every winter. Sometime between Santa's squeeze down the chimney and the Groundhog's peek out of his hole, a cold snap or big snowstorm gives climate-change skeptics another chance to suggest that global warming isn't happening. Some examples this week: Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said the "polar vortex" the cold was blamed on is a new term invented by the media to link the cold wave to man-made climate change. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/01/07/climate-change-cold-snap/4359363/ Polar freeze: It’s weather, not climate. Tuesday’s polar vortex has set off a new round in one of the world’s most predictable disputes: Does Extreme Weather Event X prove or disprove climate change? In short: No. The crazy weather that plunged almost all of the U.S. into a deep freeze represents a millisecond in long-term planetary climate trends — a rounding error in the calculation of mean global temperature. Posted. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/chill-cant-kill-same-old-climate-debate-101862.html#ixzz2pq0TaMNs FUELS Lawmakers call on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking in California. This post has been updated. See the note below for details. Calling a recent bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in California insufficient, a group of lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to halt the oil and gas extraction method. The issue of fracking, in which sand, water and chemicals are injected into the ground to release oil and gas, was one of the most contentious battles in the Legislature last year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-fracking-letter-levine-20140107,0,230027,print.story Judge endorses Otay Mesa power plant. In an abrupt reversal, state utility regulators are embracing plans for a new natural gas power plant at Otay Mesa that environmentalists condemn as costly and unnecessary. Approval of the Pio Pico Energy Center would accentuate the state's increasing reliance on natural gas to replace electricity once generated by the San Onofre nuclear plant, retired in June because of flawed replacement steam generators. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/07/otay-mesa-power-backed/ U.S. exports surge as producers eye new and emerging markets. U.S. producers shipped more ethanol to foreign countries in November than in any other month in the last year and a half, according to federal data kept by the Agriculture Department. Ethanol producers in the United States exported 82.4 million gallons in November, a 54 percent increase over October and the highest level since March 2012. While Canada and Brazil remained top importers of U.S. ethanol, much of the product went to new and emerging markets. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059992567/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Researchers find easier, lower-cost way to break down plants. Researchers at North Carolina State University say they've discovered a new way to break down plant materials, a development that could lower production costs for advanced biofuels. Their method uses liquid salts to extract lignin -- the tough parts of a plant that protect cell walls -- from farm residues and grasses. Unlike in prevailing methods for breaking down plants, liquid salts can be used at lower temperatures and be almost fully recovered after the process. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059992569/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Plug Gains on U.S. Funding to Boost Range of Electric Trucks. Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a maker of fuel-cells for warehouse forklifts, rose to a 32-month high after winning U.S. Energy Department funding to adapt its systems to extend the range of electric trucks. Plug rose 39 percent to $3.85 at the close in New York, the highest since May 2011. The Energy Department will provide $3 million for Plug to develop hydrogen fuel cells for 20 FedEx Corp. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-07/plug-power-rises-on-u-s-funding-to-double-electric-truck-range.html GREEN ENERGY Slowly, Asia’s Factories Begin to Turn Green. When Intel went about setting up its chip factory in Vietnam, it found an oddity: Local laws did not govern every aspect of the building. The government had no comprehensive standards, for instance, on refrigerant chemicals, which in the United States are typically regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, officials asked Intel whether the company had any ideas on the subject that might be useful to other manufacturers operating in the country. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/business/international/asian-factories-see-sense-and-savings-in-environmental-certification.html Survey: Green power should replace nuclear. A majority of utility customers in San Diego and Orange counties say climate change considerations should weigh in replacing power from the recently retired San Onofre nuclear plant, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Sierra Club. The survey conducted by Raleigh, N.C.-based Public Policy Polling found 51 percent of utility customers believe the "potential impact on climate disruption" should be a major consideration in replacing San Onofre. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/08/survey-hightlights-green-energy/ MISCELLANEOUS State Senate panel to hold hearing on toxic substances regulator. The Jan. 15 hearing by the Environmental Quality Committee will focus on the Department of Toxic Substances Control's oversight of hazardous waste operations. The state Senate's Environmental Quality Committee has scheduled a hearing on the Department of Toxic Substances Control's oversight of hazardous waste operations in California, officials announced Tuesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-toxics-20140108,0,7244496,print.story OPINIONS The Cold This Time. By now, we all know that a polar vortex is a cyclone of frigid air centered on the Arctic. A rogue sweep of that air moved south and pushed the temperature in Central Park in New York City to a 118-year low of 5 degrees on Tuesday morning; records were similarly broken in scores of other American and Canadian cities; and flights were canceled across North America. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/opinion/the-cold-this-time.html Editorial: Dump the ethanol mandate. Let's get the government out of your gas tank. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be mixed into the nation's fuel supply. Fuel blenders would be required to use 15.21 billion gallons of biofuel in 2014, down from 16.55 billion gallons last year. Posted. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-06/opinion/ct-ethanol-mandate-edit-0106-20140106_1_fuel-blenders-ethanol-mandate-more-ethanol BLOGS A Closer Look at Cold Snaps and Global Warming. I spent a couple of hours this morning discussing the Northern Hemisphere cold snap in the context of global warming on CBC radio shows across Canada. Between 1 and 2 p.m. Eastern Time this afternoon I’ll be discussing extreme weather and climate change on the The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU with Jennifer Francis, a climate scientist at Rutgers University focused on the impact of Arctic conditions…Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/a-radio-chat-on-cold-snaps-and-global-warming/ Balancing The Energy Mix In A Green World -- What Execs Need To Know. For today’s business executives, choosing the right energy mix to power and support operations has become an increasingly important element of strategic planning. Where energy decisions were once based primarily on cost, companies now must factor in considerations that include price volatility, sustained reliability, regulatory trends, brand image and consumer preferences and expectations. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ey/2014/01/08/balancing-the-energy-mix-in-a-green-world-what-execs-need-to-know/ Ford C-Max Solar Energi takes a recharging station wherever it goes. Companies ranging in size from small startups to major automakers have been experimenting with solar-powered charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrids. And, of course, people have been powering vehicles with onboard solar panels for quite some time, too. Still, Ford's new C-Max Solar Energi Concept shows the promise of a truly practical implementation of solar on a production vehicle, and it may not be as far off in the future as we had thought. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/08/ford-c-max-solar-energi-concept-ces-2014/