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ARB Newsclips for April 1, 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 Californians to get first power bill credits from climate program. California residents and small businesses will receive a first-of-its-kind climate credit on their utility bills starting on Tuesday, as the state's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program begins to affect the pocketbooks of average citizens. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/31/california-climatechange-idUSL1N0MS1UR20140331 http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Calif-climate-change-fight-results-in-utility-5360311.php http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6284190/carbon-credit-coming-for-pge-electricity.html#mi_rss=Business http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/30/april-electric-bill-credit/ http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/California-utility-customers-get-climate-credit-5361452.php http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140331/A_NEWS/140339986/0/SEARCH http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/03/31/lower-power-bills-for-nearly-12-million-californians/ http://www.rtcc.org/2014/04/01/california-rewards-energy-users-with-climate-credits/ http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996994/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2014/04/01/stories/1059997094 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION On Canvas, Clues About Air Pollution. Sunsets painted by the great masters are now providing a type of information their creators could never have imagined: important clues about air pollution. Polluted skies result in redder sunsets, and artists captured this redness on the canvas, said Andreas Kazantzidis, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Patras in Greece who was involved in the research. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/science/on-canvas-clues-about-air-pollution.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%3Dqry461%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Company Tries to Catch CO2 Before It Touches the Sky. Andre Boulet, chief executive officer of Inventys Thermal Technologies Inc. in Burnaby, British Columbia, holds up a 6-inch piece of charcoal, showing how light passes through toothpick-sized air shafts. He says the crevices in this filter offer a cheap way to capture carbon dioxide before it ascends into the atmosphere and haunts future generations.. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-01/cleaning-dirty-gas-enabling-c02-sales-to-dirtier-oil-producers.html EPA seeks public input on Ill. carbon-capture plan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a plan to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in western Illinois. FutureGen Industrial Alliance wants to capture carbon dioxide from a coal-burning power plant in the Morgan County village of Meredosia, then inject it into underground wells near Jacksonville, about 20 miles to the east. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/01/epa-seeks-public-input-on-ill-carbon-capture/#ixzz2xekF3pBG CLIMATE CHANGE UN panel: Warming worsens food, hunger problems. Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said. A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a 32-volume report issued Monday. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT_FOOD?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CLIMATE_CHANGE_ASIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/science/earth/climate.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%3Dqry461%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-0401-climate-change-20140401,0,1584240.story http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6284558/climate-change-is-already-felt.html http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/30/6280954/global-warming-dials-up-our-risks.html#storylink=cpy http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/30/global-warming-dials-up-our-risks-un-report-02/#ixzz2xejsqtrc http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26810559 Costs of climate change steep but tough to tally. The economic and financial impact of global warming is complex and not well understood. In some scenarios there would be economic benefits for countries that get warmer and wetter and consequently more fertile agriculturally. Drier weather in some regions would result in sharply lower crop yields. Overall, changes in climate are expected to cause significant disruptions that also exact an economic toll. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CLIMATE_CHANGE_ECONOMY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CLIMATE_PANEL_LISTICLE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Exxon sees little climate change risk to assets. Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said on Monday that risks related to climate change pose little risk to its oil and gas reserves because the resources will be needed to meet expected growth in energy demand. Responding to queries from shareholder activists, the company also said it is "confident" that none of its oil and gas reserves will lose value or become "stranded" if governments act to slash carbon emissions. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/31/exxon-carbon-idUSL1N0MS1UF20140331 California Climate Policies Continue To Survive Legal Challenges. Lawsuits challenging California's climate policies have yet to delay implementation of the programs, attorneys involved in the various cases said March 26. “The California Air Resources Board is batting about 1,000,’’ Tom McHenry, a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Los Angeles…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-28/california-climate-policies-continue-to-survive-legal-challenges.html Climate Study Puts Diplomatic Pressure on Obama. A sweeping new study on the effects of climate change — which the report says is already disrupting the lives and livelihoods of the poorest people across the planet — creates a diplomatic challenge for President Obama, who hopes to make action on both climate change and economic inequality hallmarks of his legacy. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/world/climate-study-puts-diplomatic-pressure-on-obama.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%3Dqry461%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change. University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals. The goal of this class, however, is not to marshal evidence for climate change as a human-caused crisis, or to measure its effects — the reality and severity of it are taken as given — but how to think about it, prepare for it and respond to it. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/education/using-the-arts-to-teach-how-to-prepare-for-climate-crisis.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%3Dqry461%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F Cupertino officials crafting Climate Action Plan. The Cupertino City Council gave the go-ahead March 18 for the city to work with a consultant on its first Climate Action Plan. Cupertino, along with many local governments in California, is working on a Climate Action Plan to meet the regulations of the California Global Warming Solutions Act, commonly known as AB32. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_25427901/cupertino-officials-crafting-climate-action-plan DROUGHT Drought prompts some in Sacramento area to rethink lawns as landscaping norm. The capital’s turf tradition is deeply rooted and is even enshrined in the bylaws of various homeowners associations. That may be starting to change, however. Nudged by local governments worried about water shortages, home builders and homeowners associations are showing increased willingness to embrace the drought-tolerant landscapes that more naturally suit California. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6284201/drought-prompts-some-in-sacramento.html California Drought: San Joaquin Valley sinking as farmers race to tap aquifer. So wet was the San Joaquin Valley of Steve Arthur's childhood that a single 240-foot-deep well could quench the thirst of an arid farm. Now his massive rig, bucking and belching, must drill 1,200 feet deep in search of ever-more-elusive water to sustain this wheat farm north of Bakersfield. As he drills, his phone rings with three new appeals for help. http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_25447586/california-drought-san-joaquin-valley-sinking-farmers-race California Drought: After years of overpumping groundwater, state may be ready for reforms. For nearly 50 years, California has passed sweeping environmental laws that limit private property for the common good -- from the nation's toughest automobile pollution standards to curbs on clear-cutting forests to rules requiring that developers keep beaches open to the public…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25453902/california-drought-after-years-overpumping-groundwater-state-may In a new era, maybe we need a groundwater budget. Groundwater needs a budget, said Carl Hauge, who worked for the Department of Water Resources for four decades, including serving as chief hydrogeologist. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/chicostate/ci_25444052/new-era-maybe-we-need-groundwater-budget FUELS Exxon: Highly unlikely world limits fossil fuels. On the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future. Exxon Mobil issued a report Monday on the risks that climate change policies could pose to the value of its assets and future profitability…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EXXON_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Gas hits $4 a gallon in California once again. Once again, California motorists are forking over $4 a gallon for gas and they may have to dig for 10 to 15 cents more as prices continue to rise through the rest of the spring and into summer. The state hit an average of $4 per gallon Monday, the first time since September, with the usual factors in play -- increased driving as winter recedes, higher crude prices…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_25462076/gas-hits-4-gallon-california-once-again?source=rss VEHICLES Waiting list forms for Calif. green car rebates. A California program that gives rebates for the purchase of cars with no tailpipe emissions is so popular it's running out of money. The state's Air Resources Board (ARB) Friday announced the formation of a waiting list for its Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. The list will log people who buy eligible cars between now and late summer, when the state is expected to make more money available for the effort. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059996991/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL Estimated Travel Time Latest Issue with California Bullet Train. Travel time may be another issue facing California's controversial bullet train. When voters approved funding for the high speed rail project in 2008, they were told it would take two hours and 40 minutes to run between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Posted. http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/estimated-travel-time-latest-issue-with-12205358/ GREEN ENERGY All Your M&Ms Will Be Green by 2040: The Mars Mission. Mars Inc., which sells about $30 billion of deliciousness a year, is going green. We’re talking 100 percent. The Mars mission: to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2040. The maker of Snickers and M&Ms is just 3 percent green today, at least when it comes to renewable energy. But don't worry, your green M&Ms won't cost a penny more than the coal-colored ones, according to Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer at Virginia-based Mars. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-31/all-your-m-ms-will-be-green-by-2040-the-mars-mission.html For some, solar tariff will last 20 years. Rooftop solar customers can hold on to a popular tariff for 20 years as California reconfigures the payoff for utility customers who generate their own renewable energy, state utility regulators ruled Thursday. Solar installers and finance companies expect a quick boost in business from the decision by the California Public Utilities Commission, as new customers rush to lock in the old credit system. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/28/solar-tariff-grandfathered/ MISCELLANEOUS Car won't pass smog check? Get free help at event. Vehicle owners whose cars are unlikely to pass a smog check could be eligible for up to $500 in free repairs, if they attend an event on Saturday. The "Tune In & Tune Up" event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, but the gates open at 6:30 a.m. and drivers are advised to arrive early. Expect a wait of two hours or more. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140331/A_NEWS/140339993/0/SEARCH Environmentalists Sue to Block Explosive Fracked Oil Shipments in Richmond. The fight against shipping crude oil by rail through Bay Area communities intensified late last week when environmental groups filed suit to stop Kinder-Morgan from shipping highly explosive Bakken crude oil through its rail yard in Richmond. The groups are also suing the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for approving Kinder-Morgan’s switch to transporting crude oil…Posted. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2014/03/31/environmentalists-sue-to-block-explosive-fracked-oil-shipments-in-richmond http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/stories/1059996943/ BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Rat poison maker challenges rule restricting sales. The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife. Reckitt Benckiser, a major producer of health and home products, including d-CON rodent poison, filed a lawsuit in San Diego on Friday against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Rat-poison-maker-challenges-rule-restricting-sales-5365237.php http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25461592/makers-rat-poison-d-con-sue-state L.A. poised to OK sweeping overhaul of trash collection. Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-zero-waste-20140401,0,5164440.story OPINIONS Climate Signals, Growing Louder. Perhaps now the deniers will cease their attacks on the science of climate change, and the American public will, at last, fully accept that global warming is a danger now and an even graver threat to future generations. On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that since 1990 has been issuing increasingly grim warnings about the consequences of a warming planet, released its most powerful and sobering assessment so far. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/opinion/climate-signals-growing-louder.html?hp&rref=opinion&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%3Dqry461%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F Editorial: Yes, climate change is real and damaging. Faced with overwhelming evidence, climate-change deniers resort to cherry picking and spinning. Global warming will reduce cold-related deaths, they say, and plants will grow bigger with more carbon dioxide in the air. Seriously, that’s the deniers’ response to the latest report, released Sunday in Japan, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which reviewed more than 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6284069/editorial-yes-climate-change-is.html#storylink=cpy California climate law is paying off – literally. The millions of Californians receiving the first "climate credit" on their electricity bills in April have the state's landmark climate and clean energy law to thank. Not only is the Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB32, reducing the amount of carbon pollution dumped into the atmosphere and improving the air we breathe, it also is literally paying off for customers of Pacific Gas and Electric…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/California-climate-law-is-paying-off-literally-5361457.php Will electric-bill credit get reinvested? Given $75 and a choice, will Californians invest in energy-efficient appliances, light bulbs and other gadgets that address climate change? The state’s two top clean-air regulators said Monday that they hope it is a safe bet that millions of utility customers will put a twice-annual “climate credit” toward purchases that can further lower their utility bills. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/31/spending-your-climate-credit/ Combating climate change in San Diego. The real questions about global climate change have always come down to what to do about it, how quickly and at what cost. What San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria wants to do about it goes further than probably any other city in America. It would cost homeowners and businesses a bundle and could put San Diego at an economic disadvantage. And, with few if any other local governments doing anything similar, its impact on global climate change would be minuscule. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/29/climate-change-san-diego-gloria-plan/ Hedge the bet on energy. The U.S. Energy Department’s recent announcement of the construction of a $14 billion nuclear power plant in Augusta, Ga. — the first one to be built in the United States in nearly 30 years — is welcome news. But it’s not enough to reverse the current trend. Nuclear plants are shutting down in every region of the country: California, Wisconsin, Florida and Vermont. Posted. http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/202241-hedge-the-bet-on-energy#ixzz2xewwuw3E BLOGS Jerry Brown calls himself 'missionary' to oil executives in climate change fight. Gov. Jerry Brown, whose permissiveness of hydraulic fracturing has alienated many environmentalists, said Monday he is a "missionary" to oil executives in the fight against climate change. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/03/in-climate-change-fight-jerry-brown-calls-himself-missionary-to-oil-executi.html California Forms Waiting List for Electric Car Rebates. The growth of electric car sales in California can be attributed, in part, to the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. But the success of the program, which has surpassed expectations, caused the California Air Resources Board this week to temporarily suspend mailing rebate checks. The administrators of the program formed a waiting list for EV buyers seeking the rebate. Posted. http://www.plugincars.com/california-forms-waiting-list-electric-car-rebates-129566.html What the U.N.’s new climate report says about North America. Global warming is a global crisis, but the effects of climate change are being felt differently in different corners of the globe. The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a world wracked by hunger, violence, and extinctions. Posted. http://grist.org/news/what-the-u-n-s-new-climate-report-says-about-north-america/ The hellish monotony of 25 years of IPCC climate change warnings. The latest blockbuster United Nations report on the impacts of climate change makes dire reading, just as the first one did almost a quarter of a century ago. Entire island nations "rendered uninhabitable", millions of people to be displaced by floods and rising seas, uncertainties over global food supplies and severe impacts on human health across the world. Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2014/mar/31/ipcc-climate-change-impacts-report-history-warnings With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use. California’s historic drought and shrinking water supplies are putting a spotlight on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and its thirst for freshwater. In other states, the controversial technique is a heavy water consumer, using millions of gallons of freshwater to extract oil or gas from each well. In California, fracking uses less water on average than in other states, according to industry data. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/with-drought-new-scrutiny-over-frackings-water-use/ Palo Alto lawmaker opens inquiry into EPA’s toxic waste cleanup program. A Silicon Valley lawmaker has opened an inquiry into the toxic trail of environmental damage created by the Superfund cleanup program. U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, today requested details on how the Environmental Protection Agency deals with the pollution that’s left behind by treating and shipping toxic waste across the country and whether it’s looked into alternative cleanup methods. Posted. http://cironline.org/reports/palo-alto-lawmaker-opens-inquiry-epas-toxic-waste-cleanup-program-6226 Massachusetts introduces $2,500 state incentive for EVs. Now that the deuces are wild for Massachusetts, its governor is placing a bigger bet on electric-vehicle adoption in the Bay State. With exactly 222 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations currently available, the famously liberal Massachusetts is finally joining the ranks of those states that are piling rebates on top of the incentives the federal government provides for those who buy electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/31/massachusetts-introduces-2500-state-ev-incentive/ 60 Minutes can't even get Tesla Model S EV sound right. 60 Minutes has come under fire for screwing up important bits of news recently, but an error in Sunday's profile of Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk is completely perplexing. 60 Minutes has said it was an "audio editing error," but we're wondering how you manage to edit in internal combustion engine and transmission sounds into a video specifically on electric vehicles. The stock footage that 60 Minutes used is official Tesla material, but the videos on the company's YouTube page are devoid of engine sounds. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/01/60-minutes-cant-even-get-tesla-model-s-ev-sound-right/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.