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ARB Newsclips for March 25, 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 China's Hubei province to launch carbon market on Apr 2. China's central Hubei province will launch its carbon trading market on April 2, its emissions exchange said Tuesday, a move that could cap carbon dioxide emissions from nearly 140 of its biggest companies. The Hubei market will be China's sixth of seven planned regional emissions trading schemes as the world's biggest-emitting nation steps up its efforts to limit its impact on climate change. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/25/china-carbon-carbontrading-idUSL4N0MM1FQ20140325 Public support for state-level climate policy has declined since 2008 – report. Public enthusiasm for state-level climate change policies has waned in recent years as rhetoric denying the role of humans in warming the planet has intensified and the federal government has taken the lead in tackling greenhouse gas emissions. The peak in public support for state climate policies came in the fall of 2008, according to a report released yesterday from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996663/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Polluted air linked to 7 million deaths in 2012 – WHO. Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. The toll, a doubling of previous estimates, means one in eight of all global deaths in 2012 was linked to polluted air and shows how reducing pollution inside and outside of people's homes could save millions of lives in future, the United Nations health agency said. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_MED_POLLUTION_DEATHS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USL5N0ML2TY20140325 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/who-pollution-kills-7-million-people-every-year/2014/03/24/8bd2f39a-b3b1-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140325-who.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/24/who-pollution-kills-7-million-people-every-year/#ixzz2wzbeDMEK Eleven EU nations exceed air pollution ceilings: EEA. Eleven European Union nations breached ceilings for air pollution in 2012 despite plans to avert health-damaging smog of the sort that choked Paris this month, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Monday. The number rose from 10 in 2011, with the addition of Malta to the list of states above national limits set for at least one of four pollutants from sources including industry and cars. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/24/us-pollution-idUSBREA2N0Z220140324 China's face mask industry under scrutiny as pollution worsens. Chinese citizens are feverishly snapping up face masks as worsening air pollution fuels a multi-million dollar industry where many products fail to provide even basic protection, drawing calls for better oversight and standards. The country's worsening air quality is at the top of the list of concerns of China's stability-obsessed leaders…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USBREA2O0GI20140325 China says polluting industry still growing too fast, heavy smog alert for Beijing. China's energy-hungry, high-polluting industries continued to grow too fast in 2013, putting "huge pressures" on the environment and causing air quality to worsen, the country's pollution agency said on Tuesday. Premier Li Keqiang "declared war" on pollution in a major policy address this month, but China has long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and keeping up economic growth. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USBREA2O0BZ20140325 UPDATE 1-China's Hangzhou latest city to restrict car sales. China's eastern city of Hangzhou will start restricting car sales from Wednesday, joining major cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, in the fight against snarling traffic and heavy smog in the world's largest automobile market. The Hangzhou government said on Tuesday the curbs would take effect while it canvassed public opinion on details of the move. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USL4N0MM2YZ20140325 Murray Energy sues EPA, alleges law noncompliance. An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the agency has failed to comply with the Clean Air Act's requirement to evaluate the potential impact of its regulatory actions on employment. "The Administrator has no discretion to avoid or limit its obligation to continuously evaluate the employment impacts of EPA's administration and enforcement of the Clean Air Act," Murray Energy's lawsuit states. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Murray-Energy-sues-EPA-alleges-law-noncompliance-5347430.php CO2 concentrations reach 400 ppm 2 months earlier this year. In May 2013, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at Hawaii's famed Mauna Loa observatory hit 400 parts per million for the first time. This year, it only took until March. "We have had five [days over 400 ppm] in the last week," said Pieter Tans, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who monitors the readings. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996651/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Climate scientists in Japan to study warming risks. Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists gathered in Yokohama for a climate change conference said Tuesday. The hundreds of scientists from 100 countries meeting in this Japanese port city are putting finishing touches on a massive report emphasizing the gravity of the threat the changing climate poses…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_JAPAN_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/climate-scientists-in-japan-to-study-warming-risks/2014/03/24/dcc2ffb0-b3cb-11e3-bab2-b9602293021d_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/25/climate-scientists-in-japan-to-study-warming/#ixzz2wzc7ZeyS World agriculture 'dangerously unprepared' for climate change – report. The global food system is "dangerously unprepared" for the onslaught of climate change, according to a new report that finds food prices could double by 2030, with rising global temperatures and extreme weather events largely responsible. The Oxfam study comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepares to release new findings that food supplies and the global economy will be a victim of rising sea levels…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996667/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California drought: Silicon Valley cities and farms hit with new water cutbacks. In the latest sign that California's historic drought is having a worsening impact on Silicon Valley, the region's largest water provider is putting in place unprecedented cutbacks this spring on cities, farmers and its own efforts to recharge groundwater supplies. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25411117/california-drought-silicon-valley-cities-and-farms-hit?source=rss DIESEL EMISSIONS Uruguay’s Public Transport Goes Electric. Uruguay plans to gradually replace oil-based fuels with electric energy in its public transport system, and is currently assessing the costs and benefits of the shift. Tests indicate that the running costs of electric buses can be six- to eight-fold lower than for diesel buses. For the last two years, studies have been under way on the potential benefits of adding electric vehicles to the public transport fleet in Montevideo, where half the country’s 3.3 million people live. Posted. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/03/uruguays-public-transport-goes-electric/ FUELS Infographic: U.S. oil production outpaces imports. For the first time since 1995, U.S. oil production surpassed oil imports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Predictions are that the trend will continue, eliminating the 'oil deficit' between what we drill ourselves and what we take in, and making the U.S. the number one oil producer in the world by 2020. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/la-cod-energy-exports-20140317-dto,0,4331048.htmlstory#ixzz2wzWR58VM Omnitrans to study possible risk of natural gas storage. Community fears regarding liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas storage at the Omnitrans facility on the Westside spurred an agreement Monday to hire a consultant to study the potential danger. Officials told the operations and safety committee of the Omnitrans board that the two 30,000-gallon liquefied natural gas tanks and smaller amounts of compressed natural gas have been stored in compliance…Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140324/omnitrans-to-study-possible-risk-of-natural-gas-storage FRACKING Are New Fracking Regulations in California Enough? California is instituting what some are calling the toughest regulations in the nation for the controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But some say the regulations don't go far enough and instead want a ban. Posted. http://www.capradio.org/20628 Another Calif. city moves toward fracking moratorium. A suburban Los Angeles city last night took a significant step toward blocking unconventional oil drilling, making it the third in recent weeks to make such a move. The City Council in Culver City, located about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, in a 5-0 vote directed aides to come back with language for a moratorium on oil drilling that uses hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking"; gravel packing; or acidization. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059996669/print BY SUBSCRIPITON ONLY VEHICLES Car Companies Take Expertise in Battery Power Beyond the Garage. As more homeowners generate their own electricity from solar panels, they still need power from a utility after the sun goes down. Now, automakers say they may have an answer, by storing that carbon-free energy in electric car batteries for later use. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/business/car-companies-take-expertise-in-battery-power-beyond-the-garage.html?_r=2 Quietest road race ever? Croatia hosts electric vehicle rally in May. Nikola Tesla would be proud. In May, Croatia will host its first electric car rally that winds from the northern coast to the capital Zagreb through some of the country's most scenic spots. The route includes a visit to electricity pioneer Tesla's hometown too. The Nikola Tesla EV Rally 2014 starts May 27 and will be divided into five legs that cover some 530 miles. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trb-croatia-electric-car-road-rally-20140318,0,6007550.story#ixzz2x00SRl6d GREEN ENERGY Siemens to Invest $264 Million in British Wind Turbine Project. Siemens, the German power and industrial giant, said on Tuesday that it would build facilities for offshore wind turbines off the east coast of England, as Britain rapidly expands its wind-power generation. Siemens plans to invest about 160 million pounds, or about $264 million, in the production and installation facilities. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/business/international/siemens-to-invest-264-million-in-british-wind-turbine-project.html?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%3Dqry830%23%2Fgreen%2Benergy%2F24hours%2F MISCELLANEOUS Electronic cigarettes may not help people stop smoking: study. A small U.S. study raises new questions about whether using electronic cigarettes will lead people to quit smoking, adding to the debate over how tightly the products should be regulated. The study, which looked at the habits of 88 smokers who also used e-cigarettes, was published as a research letter in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USBREA2N1JT20140324 25 years later, have we learned anything from the Exxon Valdez? Some lessons take a long time to sink in. The Exxon Valdez disaster, which occurred 25 years ago this week when the oil tanker struck a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound, was both the product of previous lessons unlearned and the source of new lessons that continue to be overlooked. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-exxon-valdez-20140325,0,280616.story#ixzz2wzXBX0TN OPINIONS Letters: Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Re "Energy boom may augur a new export era," March 23. Every dollar invested to expand the use of fossil fuels here or abroad is a bad investment. Spending a single penny or drilling any new wells to find more dirty energy is wrongheaded. We have more fossil fuels in the ground than we can afford to burn. To avoid a climate catastrophe, most of that dirty energy must remain where it is. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-le-0325-tuesday-energy-boom-20140325,0,3657482,print.story BLOGS Climate Change Art: That Sinking Feeling. I apologize for 10 days of blog silence while I co-led our Pace University documentary production class on a filmmaking trip in Brazil. Now comes crunch time as we shift to editing mode. The film will describe efforts in three places — Ilha Grande, Paraty and Rio de Janeiro — to make sure the benefits of tourism aren’t exceeded by the environmental and social costs. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/climate-change-art-that-sinking-feeling/?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%3Dqry830%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Fomm Concept One is a floating EV for dangerous times. Somewhat reminiscent of the all-electric Rinspeed sQuba concept from the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the new Fomm Concept One is an electric car with a bit of buoyancy. This Japanese car is being billed not only as the "world's smallest class four-seater electric vehicle," but also as an EV that floats and "even moves on water surface." In other words, this thing is kind of a boat. And for good reason. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/24/fomm-concept-one-is-a-floating-ev-for-dangerous-times/ Compliance Car Update: Which Electric Cars Are Loss Leaders? The Fiat 500e is perhaps the most critically lauded new all-electric vehicle that arrived in 2013. It's received rave reviews from unlikely sources, like buff-book magazines—even from Consumer Reports. There's reportedly been a long waiting list for these cars, with a $199/month lease deal and, yes, even some reports of markups. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1091059_compliance-car-update-which-electric-cars-are-loss-leaders California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.