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ARB Newsclips for January 9, 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 California Players Predict. Offset Market Growth in 2014. Things were quieter than expected in the California offset market last year, but that’s likely to change in the New Year, a report by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) predicts. California’s cap-and-trade program officially launched in January 2013, and the launch brought expectations of strong trading activity in the offset market because compliance entities are allowed to use offsets from uncapped sectors to meet up to 8% of their compliance obligations. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10139§ion=news_articles&eod=1 Budget Proposal Would Spend Cap and Trade Money. As expected, Governor Brown wants to invest a large portion of money raised from carbon auctions on High Speed Rail. The proposal includes $300 million for construction and integration of the rail system that he’s pitched as an environmentally-friendly alternative to cars. He also proposes investing in low carbon transportation, sustainable communities and clean energy. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/01/08/budget-proposal-would-spend-cap-and-trade-money/ Finite Carbon and Potlatch register forest carbon project with California Air Resources Board compliance offset market. Finite Carbon and Potlatch Corporation announced the successful completion and registration of the Finite Carbon – Moro Big Pine CE Improved Forest Management Early Action Offset Project with the California Air Resources Board. Located on 15,809 acres in south-central Arkansas, Moro Big Pine is the nation’s first and only improved forest management (IFM) compliance offset project…Posted. http://www.lesprom.com/news/Finite_Carbon_and_Potlatch_register_forest_carbon_project_with_California_Air_Resources_Board_compliance_offset_market_59844/?lng=eng Gov. Brown diverts Calif. cap-and-trade money again, to cheers rather than jeers. Last year, California environmental groups howled when Gov. Jerry Brown (D) diverted half a billion dollars from the auction of carbon dioxide permits to bolster the state's financial reserves. The news this week that Brown wants to keep the lion's share of the money for at least another year was met with muted criticism, however, as environmentalists were lured by another piece of news: $600 million of cap-and-trade money would go for renewable energy… Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992624/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Hong Kong Warns Against Outdoor Activity as Pollution Rises. Hong Kong said it will probably experience elevated levels of air pollution “for a while” as light winds fail to disperse pollutants, prompting the government to warn residents to reduce outdoor activity. The Air Quality Health Index should be in the “moderate” to “very high” range in the afternoon, rising from “low to high” in the morning, according to forecasts by the city’s Environmental Protection Department. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-08/heavy-hong-kong-smog-prompts-warning-to-reduce-outdoor-activity.html China Vehicle Sales Seen Slowing on Pollution Controls. China’s main car association forecast that the world’s biggest automobile market will see slower growth this year as anti-pollution and austerity campaigns spread. China, which in 2013 became the first country to see domestic sales surpass 20 million units a year, will see deliveries rise as much as 10 percent in 2014 after last year’s 14 percent growth, the state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said yesterday. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/china-vehicle-sales-climb-past-20-million-as-smog-chokes-cities.html EPA moves to cut woodstove pollution. The smell of wood smoke wafting on a cold winter's night may be a hallmark of life in many states, but the federal government says it also may be a health hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday moved to reduce pollution from new woodstoves, wood boilers and pellet stoves used for heating purposes starting in 2015. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/09/3125629/epa-moves-to-cut-woodstove-pollution.html#storylink=cpy Wildfire smoke exposure may do lifelong harm. Smoky summer days in Davis have led researchers to find for the first time evidence that being exposed in infancy to high levels of fine-particle pollution harms the development of the immune system’s ability to fight disease. The study also found that exposure negatively impacts the development of normal lung function, according to immunologist Lisa Miller, the head of the respiratory diseases group and associate director of research at the California National Primate Center. Posted. http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/ucd/wildfire-smoke-exposure-may-do-lifelong-harm/#cat_features Tesoro refinery to pay $472,000 in air pollution penalties. The Tesoro oil refinery has agreed to pay $472,000 in civil penalties for 35 alleged air pollution violations -- some related to a 2010 emission release that triggered shelter in place warnings to neighbors. The Bay Area Air Quality District reported Wednesday that it reached the settlement with the Tesoro's Golden Eagle refinery east of Martinez to resolve a series of district violation notices between 2009 and 2011. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_24872129/tesoro-refinery-pay-472-000-air-pollution-penalties http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24872129/tesoro-refinery-pay-472-000-air-pollution-penalties?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com Yolo-Solano breathing easy. Residents in Northern Solano County can breathe a bit easier, air officials said this week, but that doesn't mean air quality should be taken for granted. For 360 days in 2013 the air quality in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District was healthy, according to the annual report published by the district this week. The report includes data on air quality through 2013 and information on the district's programs, achievements and goals and can be viewed in its entirety online at ysaqmd.org/reports…Posted. http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_24875637/yolo-solano-breathing-easy FUELS EPA to require S. Calif. offshore fracking reports. Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the federal register, and will become effective March 1. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/epa-to-require-calif-offshore-fracking-reports/2014/01/09/8b6ffec4-7947-11e3-a647-a19deaf575b3_story.html As Winter Takes Hold, Plunging Temperatures Test Utilities. The short-term price of natural gas in the Northeast eased on Wednesday after surging during the cold snap this week, but many consumers face the prospect of higher bills as utilities seek to pass along the added costs. Already, several utilities, including Connecticut Light and Power as well as National Grid and NStar, which serve Massachusetts, have recently announced increases in their retail electricity rate as they struggle to meet peak periods of demand. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/business/energy-environment/as-winter-takes-hold-plunging-temperatures-test-utilities.html GREEN ENERGY POLL: Green power should replace nuclear poll: green power over 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/09/tp-poll-green-power-should-replace-nuclear-poll/ Solar energy to power iconic Vegas welcome sign. Officials in Las Vegas are harnessing the power of the sun to light the city's iconic welcome sign. Elected officials and project leaders flipped a switch Wednesday linking solar panels on 25-foot towers to the glittering neon "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. The project was headed by the Green Chips and Clean Energy Project nonprofit organizations…Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/09/solar-energy-to-power-iconic-vegas-welcome-sign/ Marines are molding energy savings along with young troops. Richard Hatcher is devoted to saving energy, but there are some things he refuses to do to save kilowatts -- like changing the strict training regimen to teach young Marines how to survive in the toughest of circumstances. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059992623/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Four reasons California cap and trade had an extraordinary first year. In California, we’ve just marked the one year birthday of the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to reducing the Golden State’s carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2020. EDF thinks it’s a pretty big deal, and we’re not alone: the program weighed in at number one on Time’s top 10 green stories of 2013. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2014/01/08/four-reasons-california-cap-and-trade-had-an-extraordinary-first-year/?ss=business%3Aenergy Green Groups Rip Jerry Brown for Tapping Cap and Trade to Fund Train. California Governor Jerry Brown's plan to spend millions from the state's cap-and-trade program on his high-speed rail project set off a firestorm from powerful environmental groups. Last year, the controversial bullet train system, which aims to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco, had $9 billion in state funding blocked due to unsuccessful litigation surrounding the project. Posted. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/08/Green-Groups-Assail-Gov-Brown-for-Tapping-Cap-and-Trade-to-Fund-Bullet-Train New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage. Researchers at the California National Primate Research Center & UC Davis examined the health effects of exposure to PM2.5 on primates, in a study funded by the California Air Resources Board. A new study suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke can result in reduced immune system function. The study, funded by the California Air Resources board, looked at primates which were exposed to unusually high levels of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 for 10 days in 2008, during a number of wildfires. Posted. http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pm-25-pollution-immune-system-damage Ignore Climate Change at Your Peril. "Extremely dangerous," "Do not travel" -- these are the phrases that have welcomed in the new year along the East Coast of the United States. Extreme weather caused thousands of flights to be delayed, placed the elderly and other vulnerable people at risk due to the extreme cold and impacted negatively on supply chains. The increasing risk of extreme weather events due to climate change has been acknowledged by President Obama. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-robinson/ignore-climate-change-at-_b_4561649.html Auto Dealer Emissions Certification Bill Clears House, Heads To Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives has taken a step toward enabling automobile dealers to bypass a law requiring them to provide emissions certification on cars and light trucks, a rule that auto dealers say adds burdensome red tape to the buying process. Lawmakers on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of the bill, which would repeal a 1977 mandate aimed at ensuring that vehicles sold in the United States conform with the Clean Air Act aimed at reducing air pollution. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/auto-dealers-emissions-bill_n_4564182.html Bentley's SUV will be first of many plug-in hybrids. Bentley is not exactly a company known for its environmental credentials. Sure, it recently cut its water usage down by over a third, and given the relatively small number of vehicles it produces, the British firm's overall impact on the environment may be negligible compared to mass-market rivals. And of course, its affluent customers are hardly likely to feel the pinch of rising fuel costs, so Bentley's idea of engine downsizing has been going from twelve cylinders to eight. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/08/bentley-suv-phev-plug-in-hybrid/ Making driving less energy-intensive than flying. Currently, the energy intensity (BTU per person mile) of driving is 57% greater than that of flying, according to a new analysis by Dr. Michael Sivak, Director, Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). To make driving less energy intensive than flying, the fuel economy of the entire US fleet of light-duty vehicles would have to improve from the current 21.5 mpg (10.9 l/100 km)…Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/01/making-driving-less-energy-intensive-than-flying20140109-sivak.html