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ARB Newsclips for April 15, 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 California lawmaker scraps plan to replace carbon market with tax on fuels. A top Democratic lawmaker in California on Monday backed off an unpopular plan to tax gasoline and diesel fuels and instead proposed a less controversial plan to spend up to $5 billion a year from the state's fledgling carbon program on affordable housing and mass transit. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/us-california-carbonoffset-idUSBREA3E01H20140415 Other related articles: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/14/top-democratic-lawmaker-backs-off-carbon-tax/ http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/04/14/3021148/capitol-alert-steinberg-plan-would.html?sp=/99/177/348// AIR POLLUTION Asian air pollution could have impact on global weather patterns. A study finds that air pollution from Asia directly affects the storm pattern over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers further speculate that this could be driving freak winter weather in North America. "The Pacific storm track is a major driving force over global weather patterns," says the study's lead author Yuan Wang, a post-doctorate fellow at the NASA U.S. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Posted. http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/world/asia/asia-air-pollution-pacific-storm/ U.S. appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule. In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/us-usa-court-pollution-idUSBREA3E13Y20140415 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/15/court-upholds-epa-emission-standards/ Southland air regulators seek to hold ports to pollution targets. Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution from thousands of trucks, ships and trains carrying goods to and from the nation's largest port complex. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-ports-air-20140415,0,6421076.story#axzz2ysvK36GP CLIMATE CHANGE Political Rifts Slow U.S. Effort on Climate Laws. The United States needs to enact a major climate change law, such as a tax on carbon pollution, by the end of this decade to stave off the most catastrophic impacts of global warming, according to the authors of a report released this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But aggressive efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with political reality in Washington, where some Republicans question the underlying science of global warming and lawmakers’ ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/us/politics/political-rifts-slow-us-effort-on-climate-laws.html?hpw&rref=politics&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=csesort%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry559%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 El Nino Signs Detected, Presaging Global Weather Change. Signs have been detected that a periodic warming of the tropical Pacific known as El Nino is imminent, presaging changes to global weather patterns in the months ahead, the World Meteorological Organization said. Water temperatures below the surface of the Pacific’s equatorial waters have warmed to levels similar to the onset of El Nino, and about two-thirds of climate models indicate thresholds for the phenomenon may be reached from June to August, the United Nations’ WMO said today in an e-mailed statement. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-15/el-nino-signs-detected-presaging-global-weather-change.html City growth by almost 2 Manhattans a day said key to climate. The world's urban areas are set to grow by almost twice the size of Manhattan a day until 2030 and the design of future cities in Asia and Africa will be crucial to slow global warming, a U.N. study showed on Monday. The breakneck expansion means billion-dollar opportunities for companies, ranging from greener construction of homes and offices to improved rail and bus networks, according to a report by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/14/environment-cities-idUSL6N0N639720140414 DIESEL EMISSIONS EU lawmakers vote for redesign to make trucks safer and greener. European trucks will be transformed to make driver cabs more aerodynamic, cutting emissions and improving safety, under new rules backed by EU politicians on Tuesday that could divide the industry due to the cost. Campaigners hailed the vote at the European Parliament in Strasbourg as the beginning of the end of trucks' brick-shaped cabs blamed for cyclist and pedestrian deaths because of poor driver visibility. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/eu-trucks-idUSL6N0N50DF20140415 FUELS ARB posts 5 new LCFS pathways; two renewable diesel. California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted five new and one revised Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications to the LCFS public comment website. The new pathways include two renewable diesel pathways; two biodiesel pathways, and one corn ethanol pathway. The revised package is for corn oil biodiesel. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/04/20140415-lcfs.html Dual Turning Point for Biofuels. There is an old joke in the energy business that advanced biofuels are the fuel of the future, and always will be. A Spanish company, Abengoa Bioenergy, has bet $500 million on robbing that joke of its punch line. In the middle of a cornfield here it is building a 38-acre Erector set of electrical cable and pipe that will soon begin producing cellulosic ethanol, which it calls a low-polluting alternative to petroleum products. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/business/energy-environment/dual-turning-point-for-biofuels.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=csesort%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry559%23%2Ffuels%2F24hours%2F GREEN ENERGY Couple gets $1.3M in wind turbine settlement. A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million. In announcing they had agreed to settle a lawsuit over a boundary dispute filed against them by GMP, Don and Shirley Nelson said they felt they could have won in court, but it would not have led to the removal of the now-operating turbines. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/apr/14/couple-gets-13m-in-wind-turbine-settlement/#ixzz2yyPMV5G4 OPINION Public Attitudes About Climate Change. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger (“Global Warming Scare Tactics,” Op-Ed, April 9) embrace uncritically what can be called the ultimate technocratic illusion: that whatever we human beings do to our habitat can be fixed by a rescue technology. Just as the American media are beginning, belatedly, to take seriously the dire effects of climate change, the writers scold these efforts as “fear-based.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/opinion/public-attitudes-about-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=csesort%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry559%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F Climate change has arrived. In case there was still any doubt, and there shouldn't be at this point, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group of scientists, has made it official: Climate change is not coming, it's already here. And it's going to get worse unless the whole world - especially the industrial world - greatly reduces greenhouse emissions causing global warming. The U.N. panel periodically weighs in on the state of the Earth's climate. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/04/15/3293278/climate-change-has-arrived.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS By 2050, every company needs to be a zero-energy company. Or else. The latest climate change report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out, and the news isn’t good: attempts to reduce carbon emissions over the past decade have failed, and we’re looking at some pretty grim scenarios if governments around the world don’t find a way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by the year 2050. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/04/15/by-2050-every-company-needs-to-be-a-zero-energy-company-or-else/ Could natural gas be the answer to London’s pollution concerns? Over 8% of the deaths in some parts of London may be attributable to long-term exposure to man-made particulate air pollution, according to a new study from UK government body Public Health England. Posted. http://blogs.platts.com/2014/04/15/natgas-buses-uk/ Court upholds EPA air pollution rule. A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Obama administration's standards for curbing mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge to the rule, which was completed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 and set the first national limits on air pollution emitted by coal and oil-fired power plants, specifically mercury, arsenic and acid gases. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/203566-appeals-court-backs-epa-mercury-toxics-rule FEV says new PHEV transmission ready for 'sports car performance.' At the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week, FEV showed off what it calls an "innovative" new plug-in hybrid transmission. The reason for that moniker is that the system does away with the need for a torque converter while offering two speeds, which makes it particularly good during launch. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/15/fev-says-new-phev-transmission-ready-for-sports-car-performa/ Is 120 miles just about perfect for EV range? When it comes to battery-electric vehicles, our friend Brad Berman over at Plug In Cars says 40 miles makes all the difference in the world. That's the approximate difference in single-charge range between the battery-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Leaf. It's also the difference between the appearance or disappearance of range anxiety. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/14/is-120-miles-just-about-perfect-for-ev-range/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.