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ARB Newsclips for April 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. CALIFORNIA FORESTRY OFFSETS California issues first forestry offsets for carbon market. California air regulators on Wednesday issued the first carbon offset credits for a forest protection project, credits that power companies and others large emitters can use to meet their compliance obligations under the state's greenhouse gas reduction program. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/california-carbonoffset-idUSL2N0N12GR20140409 California Issues First Forestry Compliance Offsets. The Yurok tribe has seen first-hand the devastation that deforestation wreaks on trees and plant and animal species living on its tribal lands. Now, with a big stamp of approval from California regulators, the tribe is hoping to tap into the carbon markets to help reverse these devastating trends. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10283§ion=news_articles&eod=1 AIR POLLUTION Southern California city declares Sriracha maker a nuisance. A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance. The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HOT_SAUCE_CONTROVERSY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25537247/Southern-California-city-declares-Sriracha-maker http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_25537247/Southern-California-city-declares-Sriracha-maker 'Mecca stink' a thing of the past. Recent monitoring efforts in the eastern Coachella Valley show few signs of the past problems of pollution and foul smells sweeping the region, the agency charged with monitoring local air quality says. Posted. http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/2014/04/10/mecca-odor-aqmd/7538117/ Stench rankles Escondido club neighbors. The agency that acts as the county’s air quality watchdog said Wednesday it will cite the owner of the now defunct Escondido Country Club for creating a public nuisance by spreading chicken manure over several dying fairways, causing a stench that residents and an inspector described as horrible. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/09/manure-chicke-escondido-country-club/ CLIMATE CHANGE Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel. It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CLIMATE_ENGINEERING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.contracostatimes.com/AP%20Content/ci_25537436/Artificial-cooling-tricky-topic-for-climate http://www.insidebayarea.com/AP%20Content/ci_25537436/Artificial-cooling-tricky-topic-for-climate http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/10/artificial-cooling-tricky-topic-for-climate-panel/ Climate changes to result in bird, reptile shifts. As temperatures climb across the Southwest, researchers have found some species will win, but others stand to lose - and lose big. The U.S. Geological Survey and researchers from the University of New Mexico and Northern Arizona University released a report this week that takes a closer look at some of the effects climate change is likely to have on species such as the desert tortoise and the pinyon jay. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLIMATE_CHANGE_SOUTHWEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/09/climate-changes-to-result-in-bird-reptile-shifts/#ixzz2yV3Pqht8 U.N. climate report stops short of clear economic case for action. A U.N. report about ways to fix global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions. Authors say the report stops short of an economic bottom line since it is hard to put a value, for instance, on human lives lost to extreme weather or on risks of a faster melt of Greenland's ice sheet that would push up sea levels. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/us-climate-un-idUSBREA3919Q20140410 Slash Greenhouse Gases to Meet Climate Goals, U.N. Draft Says. A key United Nations report is expected to suggest that governments will have to drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to meet international goals to reduce the impact of global warming. Based on the current trend of emissions, the global temperature is projected to increase by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels in less than three decades, according to a draft summary reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579491620728985540?KEYWORDS=emissions&mg=reno64-wsj Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV. As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary. "Years of Living Dangerously," a nine-part documentary beginning Sunday on CBS Corp's premium cable network Showtime, chronicles the human impact on the global climate and the consequences for humans of climate change. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/us-climatechange-idUSBREA390UM20140410 DIESEL EMISSIONS Rail Yard Air Pollution Challenged in 9th Circuit. Rail yards must be stopped from emitting tons of harmful diesel pollution into neighborhoods surrounding Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit. Posted. http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/04/10/66960.htm DROUGHT California, federal officials officially unveil drought plan, no water delivery adjustments made. State and federal agencies on Wednesday officially unveiled a joint plan detailing how they will tackle the ongoing drought that has raised difficult questions about how California farmers, residents and wildlife share the dwindling supply of water. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_25533494/state-federal-officials-officially-unveil-drought-plan-no?source=rss Latest state drought plan eases standards for Delta. State officials unveiled a longer-term plan to deal with the drought Wednesday, one which relaxes some water-quality standards and endangered species protections in the Delta to allow for more water to be sent south to parched cities and farms. Officials described the plan as a "balance" that attempts to bolster supplies to the extent possible while minimizing harm to fish. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140410/A_NEWS/404100328/-1/A_NEWS14 Drought plan doesn't change water allocation to California farms, cities. State and federal agencies on Wednesday officially unveiled a joint plan detailing how they will tackle the ongoing drought that has raised difficult questions about how California farmers, residents and wildlife share the dwindling supply of water. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25533490/state-federal-officials-officially-unveil-drought-plan-no FUELS Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31. Eleven U.S. Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/usa-keystone-democrats-idUSL2N0N20UD20140410 VEHICLES Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids. Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader. Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/toyota-gas-cars-get-efficient-engine-from-hybrids/2014/04/10/d6623004-c08d-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_story.html Ford unveils new 2015 Focus four-door sedan; 1.0L EcoBoost with start/stop comes to US model. Ford unveiled the new Ford Focus four-door sedan prior to its debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show next week. The debut of the new Focus four-door sedan and the Focus Electric in New York follows the Geneva Motor Show debut in March of the Focus three- and five-door hatchback and wagon. (Earlier post.) A new version of the performance Focus ST will be shown later this year. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/04/20140409-focus.html GREEN ENERGY Clean Power Funding Easier as Investors Seek Simplicity. Simplifying finance vehicles for renewable energy will lure more investors and lower the costs of capital. “Renewable power requires a lot of explanation,” Jim Barry, the head of renewable power investing at BlackRock Inc., said during a panel discussion today at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York. “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-09/clean-power-funding-easier-as-investors-seek-simplicity.html MISCELLANEOUS In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860. Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors late last month, and it fetched 5,250 yuan ($860). Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_JAR_OF_CLEAN_AIR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/in-china-jar-of-french-mountain-air-fetches-860/2014/04/10/a3f5777c-c077-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_story.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/10/in-china-jar-of-french-mountain-air-fetches-860/#ixzz2yV1Q9WAG Why hasn't the US tried cap and trade for emissions? Dear EarthTalk: If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.? Posted. http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20140410/why-hasnt-the-us-tried-cap-and-trade-for-emissions OPINION Isaac Orr: On fracturing: Clearing the air. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found air pollution from China is lowering air quality in the western United States. Thankfully, residents in this region may soon find relief from an unexpected source: hydraulic fracturing. Posted. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/states-609137-united-manufacturing.html BLOGS New U.N. Climate Report Meets a Complicated World. Cut emissions and expand the use of renewable energies. Not unexpectedly, that’s the recommendation expected from a key United Nations report on how to meet international goals to reduce the impact of climate change. The Wall Street Journal’s Gautam Naik has seen a draft of the report, due to be presented on Sunday. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/10/new-u-n-climate-report-meets-a-complicated-world/?KEYWORDS=climate+change It’s time to refocus California’s climate strategy. You know this already, but let’s review: Climate change is a global emissions problem, California produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, Over the next few decades, the majority of emissions will come from developing countries, If we don’t solve the problem in the developing world, we don’t solve the problem. Posted. http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2014/04/09/its-time-to-refocus-californias-climate-strategy/ Climate change just reshaped America’s wildfire strategy. Like a tree in a greenhouse, America’s forest fire problem is growing ominously. Rising temperatures and declining rain and snowfall are parching fire-prone areas and juicing conflagrations. On Thursday, following years of meetings and scientific reviews, the Obama administration published a 101-page strategy that aims to help meet the country’s shifting fire threats. Posted. http://grist.org/news/climate-change-just-reshaped-americas-wildfire-strategy/ California’s drought plan will screw the environment. California has a radical plan for managing its rivers and reservoirs as drought grips the Golden State for the third consecutive year. It could help the state cling to water that would normally flush through rivers and into the Pacific Ocean — at the expense of wildlife and fishing folk who rely on the health of those rivers. Posted. http://grist.org/news/californias-drought-plan-will-screw-the-environment/ Saab begins 9-3 EV pilot production. To say that Saab has had a tough time lately would be like saying that it's been a little colder than usual this winter. After General Motors finally gave up and sold it to Spyker in 2010, Saab declared bankruptcy the following year. GM successfully blocked Spyker from selling Saab to Chinese automaker Youngman the following year, but ultimately it ended up in the hands of another Chinese consortium called NEVS. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/10/saab-9-3-ev-pilot-production-report/ Honda Accord Hybrid sales capacity constrained. Honda might be selling more hybrids if it could just get them to dealers. While the second-generation Insight never lived up to sales expectations and production is ending, the Japanese automaker is seeing strong demand for the Accord Hybrid here and abroad. However, there is so much global consumer desire that it can't keep them in US showrooms. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/10/honda-accord-hybrid-sales-capacity-constrained-report/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.