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ARB Newsclips for April 14, 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 Which Voluntary Emissions Reduction Projects Will California Tap Next? The voluntary carbon market has been the breeding ground for offset project types welcomed into California’s regulated carbon market, which many say will face a shortage of offsets in its second phase. Market participants, including an official at one of the largest publicly-owned utilities in the United States, say it is critical for California regulators to quickly welcome even more voluntary project types. Posted. http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10294§ion=news_articles&eod=1 Sustainably Speaking: Cap and trade succeed. In 2013, California initiated its groundbreaking cap and trade system as one mechanism to mitigate greenhouses gas emissions produced in the state. Despite predictions by opponents of the cap-and-trade system and the broader California Global Warming Act that California’s proactive stance on climate change would create job loss and lead to economic downturn, in its first year this system has proven to be successful without harming the state’ economy. Posted. http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20140413/NEWS04/304130042/Sustainably-Speaking-Cap-trade-succeeds?nclick_check=1 AIR POLLUTION Regional air regulators step up efforts to shutter Exide's operations in Vernon. Pointing to numerous violations of lead pollution standards at the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant even while it's closed, regulators at the South Coast Air Quality Management District are asking their independent review board to halt maintenance work at the Vernon facility. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/04/11/43456/regional-air-regulators-step-up-efforts-to-shutter/ CLIMATE CHANGE UN climate report balances science and politics. After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CLIMATE_SCIENCE_OR_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Other related articles: http://www.contracostatimes.com/AP%20Content/ci_25553113/UN-climate-report-balances-science-and http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/13/6320792/cost-of-fighting-warming-modest.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/AP%20Content/ci_25558004/Cost-of-fighting-warming-modest-says Climate Efforts Falling Short, U.N. Panel Says. Delivering the latest stark news about climate change on Sunday, a United Nations panel warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks in coming decades. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so seems to be rising around the world. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/14/science/earth/un-climate-panel-warns-speedier-action-is-needed-to-avert-disaster.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Other related articles: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/13/climate-panel-warns-emissions-rising-blurs/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/world-must-turn-from-fossil-fuels-to-cleaner-energy-to-avoid-climate-disaster-panel-says/2014/04/13/21bd2144-c273-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/U-N-climate-change-panel-issues-dire-warning-5399739.php U.N. Climate Change Report Says Worst Scenarios Can Still Be Avoided. A United Nations report suggests that governments can still avert the more serious consequences of climate change provided they act quickly and aggressively to cut the accelerating pace of greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the report, global greenhouse-gas emissions have risen more rapidly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. The global economic crisis of 2007 and 2008 temporarily reduced emissions but didn't change the trend, the report says. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303663604579498721229249160?KEYWORDS=climate+change&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303663604579498721229249160.html%3FKEYWORDS%3Dclimate%2Bchange Factbox: U.N. issues guide to slow climate change. Following are main findings by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a report on Sunday saying that time is running out to keep global warming within agreed limits. The 33-page summary, by leading scientists, is meant to guide almost 200 governments which have promised to work out a deal by the end of 2015 to slow climate change. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/13/us-climatechange-un-factbox-idUSBREA3C06820140413 El Niño could whip up big California storms. Raising hopes that California’s severe drought could end with a series of soaking storms next winter, federal scientists on Thursday announced there is now a 2-in-3 chance of an El Niño climate pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean by the end of this year. “We’re seeing a pretty strong tilt toward El Niño,” said Michelle L’Heureux, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Md. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-nature/20140411/el-nixf1o-could-whip-up-big-california-storms DIESEL EMISSIONS The diesel decision: ARB ponders whether to allow current engines more time before tougher emissions standards set in. Area trucking companies and farmers may soon be given more flexibility with regulations aimed at reducing engine emissions on their diesel trucks and buses. The Air Resources Board is accepting comment through April 21 ahead of an April 24 board meeting, when it could decide to allow diesel truck and bus owners to be able to drive additional miles each year. Posted. http://www.appeal-democrat.com/business/the-diesel-decision-arb-ponders-whether-to-allow-current-engines/article_fece55d2-c2d0-11e3-bf37-001a4bcf6878.html DROUGHT California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns. At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes that irrigate the lawns of 4,000 homes. Proponents call it water recycling. Critics call it “toilet-to-tap.” But as the drought has taken hold in California, opposition to the idea has been drying up, and recycled water is winning acceptance. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/14/6321372/california-looking-to-recycled.html#mi_rss=Our%20Region FUELS Natural Gas Futures Drop as Milder U.S. Weather Cuts Fuel Demand. Natural gas fell for a second day in New York on speculation that stockpiling may accelerate as milder weather reduces fuel use. Gas dropped as much as 1.8 percent as MDA Weather Services predicted seasonal or higher temperatures for most of the lower 48 states from April 19 through April 28. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-14/natural-gas-futures-drop-as-milder-u-s-weather-cuts-fuel-demand.html GREEN ENERGY Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says. The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said. Investments needed to keep climate change within safe limits would shave a fraction of a percent off annual global growth, the UN said yesterday in the third part of its most comprehensive study on warming. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-13/renewables-nuclear-must-triple-to-save-climate-un-says.html California electricity grid tests ‘green’ technology. If a cloud goes over one of the large-scale solar farms east of the Coachella Valley — or one of the desert’s thousands of rooftop installations — Jim Blatchford is going to know about it and have a pretty good idea of its impact on the electric grid. Posted. http://www.desertsun.com/story/tech/science/greenenergy/2014/04/13/california-electricity-grid-tests-green-technology/7664637/ Improve now, pay later in Escondido. Two new ways to finance energy and water-efficient home improvement projects without significant upfront costs are now available to Escondido residents and business owners. Last week, the Escondido City Council approved participation in two programs that allow commercial and residential property owners to finance hundreds of types of projects — such as insulation, solar panels and high-efficiency faucets — through long-term, low-cost, financing paid through their property tax bill. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/11/energy-escondido-improvement-water-finance/ Energy Department seeks methane hydrate proposals. The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane hydrates, the potentially huge energy source of "frozen gas" that could step in for shortages of other fossil fuels. The department is looking for research projects on the North Slope of Alaska that could explore how to economically extract the gas locked in ice far below the Earth's surface. DOE is also seeking researchers to document methane hydrate deposits in outer continental shelf waters of coastal states. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/13/energy-department-seeks-methane-hydrate-proposals/ MISCELLANEOUS Cordless mowers a deal in Calaveras. Calaveras County residents who want to replace their gasoline-powered lawn mowers with cordless electric ones can get a $145 check for doing so. The Calaveras Air Pollution Control District is offering the money to anyone residing in Calaveras County with a working gasoline mower who turns it in and replaces it with a cordless electric model. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140414/A_NEWS/404140313/0/SEARCH State water board official shares views about the region’s groundwater concerns. Turlock resident Dorene “DeeDee” D’Adamo, one of five members of the State Water Resources Control Board, will participate in Tuesday’s “Groundwater Challenges” forum at California State University, Stanislaus. D’Adamo has lived in the San Joaquin Valley for more than 20 years. Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the water board last year, after she had served 14 years on the California Air Resources Board. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/04/13/3291236/state-water-board-official-shares.html?sp=/99/1623/#storylink=cpy BLOGS Energy Journal: U.N. Says Climate Change Needn’t Be So Bad. Worried about climate change? If so, the United Nations for once has some reasonable news. As Gautam Naik reports, a UN report this weekend has said the worst consequences of climate change can still be averted if governments act more quickly and in a co-ordinated way to cut back on the pace at which greenhouse gas emissions have been rising. The report reckons those emissions rose faster in the first decade of the 21st century than at any time in the previous three decades. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/14/energy-journal-u-n-says-climate-change-neednt-be-so-bad/ Nations’ Handling of New Climate Report Presages Divisions in Treaty Effort. Justin Gillis’s news story from Berlin on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the one on the world’s options for limiting global warming — tells you all you need to know about the familiar contents. The chart of trending news in the United States above tells you all you need to know about how much people are tuning in. Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/nations-handling-of-new-climate-report-presages-divisions-in-treaty-effort/?partner=rss&emc=rss Washington State governor signs pro-Tesla bill. Maybe Tesla should build its proposed gigafactory in the Evergreen State. Last week, Washington Govermor Jay Inslee signed a bill that will allow Tesla to keep selling its electric vehicles through its showrooms and not have to work through third-party dealerships, Automotive News says. That means the California-based electric-vehicle maker can keep its showrooms in Seattle and Bellevue open. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/13/washington-state-governor-signs-pro-tesla-bill/ California could put $60,000 MRSP limit on EV tax rebates. In California, electric vehicles have been selling so well that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is discussing ways to reduce the amount spent on the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). The program, which provides tax rebates to EV buyers, is $30 million in debt this year, according to the Capitol Weekly. A new discussion document that was presented at CARB's April 3 meeting lists two main ways that the state could save money while still supporting EV sales. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/11/california-could-put-60-000-mrsp-limit-on-ev-tax-rebates/ Air conditioners in EVs may not be that dirty of a secret. Reports that the leaking of a certain type of air-conditioning fluid used in electric vehicles may help cause global warming may be a bit of hot air. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is addressing stories saying that HFC-134a, also known as R-134a, may nullify the benefits of driving electric because of its potential effect on the ozone. The UCS debunks those stories. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/11/air-conditioner-in-evs-may-not-be-that-dirty-of-a-secret/ Beijing’s Bad-Air Days, Finally Counted. Thanks to the U.S. State Department, Beijing residents finally have the answer to one of the city’s greatest mysteries: How often is the air polluted? Well, a lot, a resident would say. But how many is a lot? Heavy pollution levels can stretch for weeks, leaving locals to grouse over hot pot about how the smog seems to last forever. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/04/14/beijings-bad-air-days-finally-counted/ GM Is Serious About Electric Cars, Despite Grumbling By Advocates. Sometimes memories are short. Electric-car advocates often forget that it took seven years from the first Toyota Prius hybrid, launched in Japan in 1997, until sales of the second-generation Prius started to grow in global markets. Posted. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1091380_gm-is-serious-about-electric-cars-despite-grumbling-by-advocates Tesla opposes reduced California electric car rebate. Government incentives have been a boon to the adoption of electric cars, which begs the question of whether they could survive without them. Tesla Motors apparently doesn’t want to find out. The Californian carmaker is lobbying against proposed changes to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) program of electric-car incentives, which would effectively end state-level incentives for its so-far popular Model S sedan. Posted. http://ecomento.com/2014/04/14/tesla-opposes-reduced-california-electric-car-rebate/ Some Thoughts on Near Roadway Air Pollution and L.A.’s Future. I attended a forum event yesterday, entitled “The Collision of Best Intentions: Public Health, Smart Growth, and Land Use Planning.” Speakers focused on “NRAP” – an acronym I wasn’t familiar with. NRAP stands for Near Roadway Air Pollution. It’s the study of pollution risks near freeways and other high-volume roads. Posted. http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/04/10/some-thoughts-on-near-roadway-air-pollution-and-l-a-s-future/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.