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ARB Newsclips for March 10, 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 Swiss Seek Precision as Nations Shape Carbon Market. Nations setting up carbon markets must standardize their emission-reduction benchmarks to ensure international efforts to limit global warming stay on track, according to Switzerland’s climate envoy. At least 30 of 200 countries meeting at talks this week in Bonn are developing carbon trading systems to help meet emissions targets under a worldwide treaty to start in 2020. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-10/switzerland-seeks-precision-as-30-nations-shape-carbon-markets.html Auction change has early success in boosting European CO2 price. European carbon prices have more than doubled since April last year and are expected to double again after permit auctions are cut this month, analysts say. Carbon has risen to more than €7 ($9.70) per metric ton this month after trading as low as €2.60 last April. The price rebounded after the European Parliament approved in December a plan to temporarily withhold 900 million CO2 pollution allowances from auctions beginning this month…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995801/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Four New Ozone-Depleting Gases Found in Atmosphere. Gases Are of Type Banned or Being Phased Out. Traces of four previously undetected man-made gases have been discovered in the atmosphere, where they are endangering Earth's protective ozone layer, a team of scientists from six countries reported Sunday. Researchers led by atmospheric chemist Johannes Laube at the U.K.'s University of East Anglia identified small amounts of three industrial chlorofluorocarbons and one related hydrochlorofluorocarbon gas in the air. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304020104579429220381691800 Pollution burden higher for state's Latinos and blacks, report finds. Latinos and African Americans make up a disproportionately high percentage of the population of California ZIP Codes most burdened by pollution, according to a report released Friday by state environmental officials. Latinos account for nearly two-thirds of residents in the top 10% most polluted ZIP Codes despite making up only 38% of the state’s population, the analysis by the California Environmental Protection Agency shows. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-latinos-blacks-pollution-burden-california-20140307,0,5581423.story#ixzz2vaFnEY3G Wood smoke plan could make new stoves too costly. In the poorest state in New England, where residents already struggle to heat their homes, officials are worried a federal proposal to reduce wood smoke pollution will make new stoves too expensive and prevent Mainers from buying cleaner technology. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/03/09/3230302/wood-smoke-plan-could-make-new.html#storylink=cpy China to tighten rules against pollution. China will tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, the country's top legislator said Sunday. Zhang Dejiang said in a report to the ceremonial legislature's annual session that businesses were responsible for the environmental damage they caused and must be held to account. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/08/china-to-tighten-rules-against-pollution/#ixzz2vZlstzrR CLIMATE CHANGE Democrats plan all-night 'talkathon' on climate change. Just don't call it a filibuster. A majority of Senate Democrats on Monday will launch an overnight "talkathon" until approximately 9:00 a.m. Tuesday to draw attention to climate change. The overnight effort, organized by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is part of the recently launched Senate Climate Action Task Force headed by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. In a statement, Boxer said Democrats want to "wake up Congress" to the dangers of climate change. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/03/09/senate-democrats-talkathon-climate-change/6172647/ Workshop on Climate Action Plan scheduled. The city's draft of a Climate Action Plan will be the subject of a community meeting and workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in the south hall of the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium. The goal of the proposed Climate Action Plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, as required by Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the California Air Resources Board Scoping Plan and a 2008 settlement agreement among Stockton…Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140308/A_NEWS/403080316 Advantages Of A Global Strategy For Carbon Emissions Reduction. Carbon emissions reduction is among the top objectives for corporate environmental management programs. Not only is the environmental impact of greenhouse gases familiar and visible to the public, it carries a high potential for future regulation. In addition, lowering carbon emissions often goes hand-in-hand with energy cost-cutting, which can provide a critical business advantage. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/10/advantages-global-strategy-carbon-emissions-reduction/#TpggUJgiiMVY6zwE.99 Conserving water, cutting greenhouse gases may conflict in drought-parched Southwest. Actions to limit climate change and calls for water conservation are on a potential collision course, some water researchers believe. Making low-carbon electricity from sources like concentrated solar, geothermal and coal with carbon capture and sequestration consumes more water than fossil fuel-generated power, experts said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995823/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate sensitivity to change underestimated in last IPCC report – study. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have lowballed its estimates of climate sensitivity, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Climate sensitivity describes the relationship between the Earth's temperature and radiative forcing, or the accumulation of solar energy in its atmosphere, lands and oceans. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995827/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Kerry directs State Dept. to make climate change a top priority. Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down Friday on comments that climate change is "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction" and instructed the agency's nearly 50,000 employees globally to make the issue a "top tier" diplomatic priority. In a policy directive -- Kerry's first since taking the helm of the State Department last year -- he told all bureaus to put climate change at the center of their daily work and set establishing a new global climate deal in 2015 as a top priority. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995826/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate change may cause spongy algae called 'rock snot' to proliferate – study. Thick, wooly carpets of "rock snot" algae proliferating across eastern Canada may be driven by climate change, according to a new study. Previously, many water managers in the region had believed that the algae blooms of the diatom Didymosphenia geminata -- which resemble blobs of wet toilet paper or shag rugs…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059995824/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Water fight pits farmer against farmer. Forget farmers vs. fishermen — or south state vs. north state. California's current water war is being waged most intensely by farmers against fellow farmers. San Joaquin Valley growers' demand for water conflicts with the needs of delta agriculture. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-cap-drought-20140310,0,5765786.column Where local drought money goes. North County avocado farmers irrigating their groves with all recycled water. Residents of the southeast San Diego working-class neighborhood of Encanto enjoying a revitalized Chollas Creek, a respite in a sea of concrete. And dozens of homeowners cashing rebate checks in return for tearing out thirsty lawns. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/09/where-local-drought-money-goes/ HOAs get real about water shortage. When residents at Regency Villas in University City got a peek of the condo complex’s drought-resistant landscaping during a clubhouse reception last week, it was a watershed moment, said community association manager Pamela Walker. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/09/environment-homeowner-association-water-shortage/ California's drought-prone pattern forcing farmers to adapt. Shawn Coburn farms land that holds senior water rights to the giant Central Valley Project, rights that usually assure him water. Not this year. He already has decided to let his pomegranates die, abandon alfalfa and cut his tomato crop by half. He may not plant any row crops if the state water board follows through on its intention to slash deliveries to "protect human health and safety" from the effects of drought. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-s-drought-prone-pattern-forcing-5300681.php El Nino watch issued; could portend rain for dry California. The odds are increasing that El Niño, the powerful climate phenomenon that alters precipitation patterns across the globe, will develop in the Pacific Ocean this year, U.S. government forecasters say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center activated its alert system on Thursday to issue an El Niño watch. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-el-nino-watch-alert-california-rain-20140306,0,2778584.story Conserving water, cutting greenhouse gases may conflict in drought-parched. Southwest. Actions to limit climate change and calls for water conservation are on a potential collision course, some water researchers believe. Making low-carbon electricity from sources like concentrated solar, geothermal and coal with carbon capture and sequestration consumes more water than fossil fuel-generated power, experts said. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/03/10/stories/1059995823 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Nichols: After 'we listened,' CARB unveils Truck and Bus tweaks. Five months after taking heat from much of the industry and being sued by OOIDA and others, the California Air Resources Board unveiled multiple changes to enforcement and deadlines tied to its Truck and Bus Rule Thursday. “The trucking community spoke and we listened,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols said according to a CARB news release. “The good news is that we will not have to sacrifice the state’s air quality goals to assist fleet owners. Posted. http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=26660 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY New All-Electric School Bus Saves California District $10,000+ Per Year. We don’t have to wait any longer for all-electric school bus transport in the US. The Kings Canyon Unified School District in California’s San Joaquin Valley is paving the way for districts across the nation to provide students with zero-emissions transport. The district has four of these electric school buses on the way from Trans Tech Bus, featuring an innovative standard powertrain from Motiv Power Systems. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/05/new-electric-school-bus-saves-california-district-10000-per-year/#LG2IWlTZjTgkV3dE.99 http://www.kmph.com/category/170789/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9916366#.Ux3e3LdenYc.gmail FUELS Gas prices may jump from California emissions law. California’s greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state’s industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees. It’s now poised to hit the pocketbooks of everyday Californians. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_CARBON_TAX?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/gas-prices-may-jump-from-california-emissions-law/2014/03/09/6588fb38-a7a1-11e3-8a7b-c1c684e2671f_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/03/09/3812649/gas-prices-may-jump-from-california.html Diesel Futures Slide as Supplies to Increase With Winter’s End. Diesel futures fell on speculation supplies will increase as warmer weather reduces demand for heating fuel. Futures tumbled as much as 1.6 percent and the premium to gasoline narrowed to the smallest since July. Supplies of distillates, including diesel and heating oil, jumped to a five-week high in the seven days ended Feb. 28, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-10/diesel-futures-slide-as-supplies-to-increase-with-winter-s-end.html Developers for biofuel beets plant turn to growers. Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn a variety of sugar beets into ethanol have preached patience for the last five years. Now they're looking for a commitment from farmers to sweeten the deal. A North Dakota State University agriculture economics professor who's helping developers with the project is touring the state to talk with farmers about their interest in first growing the so-called energy or industrial beets and then in investing in a plant. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Developers-for-biofuel-beets-plant-turn-to-growers-5301544.php California ARB staff posts concept paper on re-adoption and modification of LCFS; possible more stringent post-2020 targets. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Re-Adoption Concept Paper, which will be discussed during the LCFS workshop on 11 March 2014. The LCFS regulation mandates a 10% reduction in the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels used in California by 2020. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140310-lcfs.html US ethanol exports soar in January to highest since December 2011. US ethanol exports in January totaled 326 million liters (86 million gallons), the highest monthly volume since December 2011, according to US Census Bureau data released late Friday. Exports are up 36% month on month and up 33% from January 2013. The volume is also a new record for January. The data includes all ethanol types except for beverage use. Posted. http://www.platts.com/latest-news/agriculture/montreal/us-ethanol-exports-soar-in-january-to-highest-21312326 VEHICLES State mission: connecting electric vehicles to the grid. The governor’s office is leading a summit on zero-emission vehicles today at the CalEPA headquarters in Sacramento, including brainstorming sessions on how to get 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025. The invitation-only event includes participants with regulatory, energy and vehicle expertise working together to figure out how electric vehicles can work with the state’s existing electrical grid. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/03/07/state-mission-connecting-electric.html Richmond event to feature alternative fuel vehicles. A one-stop event to see, ride and drive alternative fuel vehicles is coming to the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, this week. The AltCar Expo is a regional version of shows that have been held in Southern California and Dallas showcasing vehicles -- including electric, hybrid electric, natural gas and hydrogen cars -- touted as less harmful to the environment than their traditional gasoline counterparts. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_25304061/richmond-event-feature-alternative-fuel-vehicles?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com GREEN ENERGY Google Reaps Tax Breaks in $1.4 Billion Clean Energy Bet. On a Northern California farm where silage for animal feed once grew, Google Inc. (GOOG) is generating power from more than 100,000 solar panels to heat nearby homes - - and double down on an area of energy many investors shun. The Galt solar farm, 20 miles south of Sacramento, is one of 15 alternative-energy projects that Google has funded since 2010 as part of a more than $1.4 billion investment in clean power production. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-10/google-reaps-tax-breaks-in-1-4-billion-clean-energy-bet.html India's view of climate change shifts toward adaptation, clean energy. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz arrives in India today for high-level meetings that many hope will help ease recent diplomatic tensions between the two countries, including a spat over renewable energy. The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue was originally scheduled for January but was upended by bitter feelings in India over the strip search and arrest of a diplomat in New York who was charged with visa fraud. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/03/10/stories/1059995803 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Burn scheduled for Hetch Hetchy area. Yosemite National Park is planning a “prescribed burn” in the Hetch Hetchy area, near the O’Shaughnessy Dam, according to a National Park Service news release. The burn will take place sometime in mid- to late March on 57 acres. The fire will last about one to two days, officials said, but the process will continue for a few more days after that. Posted. http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/03/07/3810257/burn-scheduled-for-hetch-hetchy.html BPA-free plastics could be just as harmful – study. Some bisphenol A-free plastic cups may contain other chemicals that have similar properties to BPA. New research from the Oakland, Calif.-based Center for Environmental Health has found that the replacement chemicals also may disrupt the body's naturally produced hormones. That means exposure to them may have the same risk of cancer, diabetes, reproductive problems, early development and obesity that some studies have linked to BPA. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059995841/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Global Warming? Not Always. CALIFORNIA is now in the midst of the third year of one of its worst droughts on record. As our planet gradually warms from our rampant burning of fossil fuels, it’s only natural to wonder what role climate change has played in California’s troubles. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/global-warming-not-always.html?_r=0 Mercury News editorial: Steinberg's carbon tax proposal going nowhere, but raises important discussion. The reasoning behind Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's proposal last month to make a major change to California's cap-and-trade system remains puzzling. Steinberg is no environmental squish. Why would he try to undermine the state's painstakingly constructed market for carbon emission permits? The reason probably doesn't matter because the idea is going nowhere. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_25296462/mercury-news-editorial-steinbergs-carbon-tax-proposal-going No amount of wishful thinking can stop global warming. RSS processes and analyses data from microwave sensors on orbiting satellites to track changes in the atmosphere from the surface to the edge of space. Their work complements other data sources, with a special strength in remote places not so well covered by surface weather stations. As RSS points out, the troposphere (the lower atmosphere…Posted. http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/no-amount-of-wishful-thinking-can-stop-global-warming/story-fnj4f64i-1226850766406 BLOGS Here’s Video of China’s New Pollution-Fighting Drone. The killer new weapon in China’s so-far ineffectual “war on smog“ is the same one the U.S. has relied on in its similarly problematic war on terror: the drone. Earlier this month, state media reported that China is testing a new domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicle with a glide parachute, also known as a parafoil drone, to help clear the country’s notoriously smoky skies. Now thanks to CNC, the television arm of China’s official Xinhua news agency, we have footage of the little pollution fighting machine: Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/03/10/heres-video-of-chinas-new-pollution-fighting-drone/ Pollution Is Causing Lung Cancer in China. Or Is it? Can air pollution cause lung cancer? That’s the question many in China are asking as they snap up face masks to avoid breathing hazardous particles in the country’s often pewter-colored, polluted skies. The answer—like the air—isn’t so clear. Health experts like Wang Ning, deputy director of the Beijing Office for Cancer Prevention and Control, say they’ve seen a rise in a certain kind of cancer known as adenocarcinoma—which is characterized by duct formations and the production of mucus that is tied to pollution…Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/03/10/does-air-pollution-cause-cancer/ The Red Faces of the Solar Skeptics. If the faces of renewable energy critics are not red yet, they soon will be. For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. A recent Wall Street Journal blog post continues the trend, asserting that solar subsidies take money from the poor to benefit the rich. But solar-generated electricity is turning into a powerful environmental and economic success story. Posted. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/the-red-faces-of-the-solar-skeptics/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Business%20Day&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry500%23%2Ffuels%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Rolls-Royce planning plug-in hybrid. Rolls-Royce is not the first marque you'd think of when it comes to environmentally friendly transportation. Its cars are big – often the size of SUVs – and pack ginormous twelve-cylinder engines displacing over six and a half liters. Those upright Parthenon grilles can't be very aerodynamic, either. But the way the wind is blowing these days, Goodwood will have to get with the program sooner or later. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/10/rolls-royce-plug-in-hybrid-report/ First all-electric school bus in US starts service in California. Over two years after its introduction, the first all-electric school bus in the US has gone into service. Produced by the partnership between Trans Tech and Motiv, the SST-e school bus can carry up to 25 students, has a range of 80 or 100 miles (depending on options) and can save a school district over $10,000 a year in running costs. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/09/first-all-electric-school-bus-in-us-starts-service-in-california/ Moral Pollution. When asked to define pollution, I usual reply "excess," advocating that not all things are polluting in or of themselves, but become so in excessive quantities - thus natural sugar is a body health requirement, but too much sugar contributes to unhealthy outcomes that accelerate disease and death. Too much chocolate, too much untreated waste, too much pesticide, too many emissions, too much acid in the air and sea, too much money…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-neill/moral-pollution_b_4935796.html Climate Change Poses Major Threat To Energy Infrastructure, Agency Warns. Oil refineries and drilling platforms in the U.S. are vulnerable to sea level rise and greater storm surge. Fuel pipelines, barges, railways and storage tanks are vulnerable to melting permafrost and severe weather. Warming seas and water shortages put nuclear and other electric power plants at risk. Power lines can be blown away by hurricanes and other extreme weather. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/climate-change-energy-infrastructure_n_4934759.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.