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ARB Newsclips for April 28, 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 Calif. board adds mine methane capture to cap-and-trade system. The California Air Resources Board voted last week to allow the capture of waste methane from mines to count toward compliance with the state's cap-and-trade system. The vote is a win for California companies looking for new compliance avenues and mining companies looking for incentives to capture their methane emissions. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/25/6354235/climate-change-play-funded-by.html Calif. extends free allowances for oil and food companies, allows coal mines to get credits. California tweaked its cap-and-trade program Friday to make it less expensive for its companies to comply, giving them more free allowances and expanding its auxiliary offsets program to include a new sector -- methane reductions from coal mines. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998540/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Oil firm accused of hazardous South L.A. emissions agrees to upgrades. The agreement settles a probe by the EPA, launched after residents of the South L.A. neighborhood complained of health problems. An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-0425-fumes-20140425,0,5681734.story#ixzz30CcK4Bfw New maps pinpoint neighborhood health risks. California environmental officials released new data last week ranking neighborhoods based on their vulnerability to pollution, accounting for both demographic factors and environmental risks. The information, produced on what’s called a CalEnviroScreen map, was broken down by census tract…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/27/6356685/new-maps-pinpoint-neighborhood.html#storylink=cpy Sweeping new Chinese laws hope to tackle mounting pollution problems. China’s lawmakers approved sweeping new environmental protections this week amid mounting concerns over pollution poisoning the nation’s air, water and soil. The amendments, approved Thursday by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, are the first revisions to China’s environmental protection law…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/25/6353267/china-passes-sweeping-new-laws.html#storylink=cpy How pollution is harming the Earth - and our health. Pollution, quite literally, stinks. And as ominous images from around the world show, it is a problem that spans from China, India and Paris to California, New York and everywhere in between. Whether from vehicle emissions, coal plants, agricultural operations, forest fires, or other sources, pollutants take a toll - on the Earth, of course, but also on its inhabitants. Posted. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/28/how-pollution-is-harming-earth-and-our-health/ CLIMATE CHANGE They’re Not Sure What ‘Climate Finance’ Is But Say We Need a Ton of it Why is Google putting $100 million into financing rooftop solar power in the U.S.? There are two answers. The first is simple enough. The company has made a strategic commitment to invest in renewable energy. It will help the company to secure its own reliable energy sources, develop new products and services around energy-use data, earn tax credits and cut carbon pollution. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-28/they-re-not-sure-what-climate-finance-is-but-say-we-need-a-ton-of-it.html DROUGHT Gov. Brown orders more emergency drought measures. Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully. “I call on every city, every community, every Californian to conserve water in every way possible,” Brown said in a statement. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/25/6354618/gov-brown-orders-more-emergency.html#storylink=cpy http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998543/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY A few California cities start water-waste patrols. Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an "Officer Friendly" than a water cop. On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days. He approached two culprits. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/27/6357581/a-few-california-cities-start.html#mi_rss=Latest%20News#storylink=cpy California drought putting fish, birds and tree species at risk, scientists say. California’s drought is imperiling tricolored blackbirds, large trees and native fish, with some of the affected species already on the state’s endangered list and others likely headed there because of rapidly declining numbers, scientists say. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/25/6355521/california-drought-putting-fish.html#storylink=cpy California drought: Jobs, money dry up in farm towns. Jose Pineda Rivas could use the cash. He's got rent to pay, and his tooth hurts so badly he needs to see a dentist. But these days, money for fieldworkers like Rivas in this drought-parched stretch of California is about as scarce as rain. And the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-drought-Jobs-money-dry-up-in-farm-5431129.php DIESEL EMISSIONS Air quality regulators give truckers more time to meet smog standards. California Air Resources Board extends deadline for diesel trucks to cut emissions and comply with strict pollution rules. A day after hearing hours of impassioned testimony from a divided trucking industry, California air quality regulators on Friday postponed deadlines for aging heavy-duty trucks to comply with the nation's toughest diesel air pollution rules. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-diesel-trucks-20140426,0,3351398.story#ixzz30CaJwJDx FUELS Coal to Fill China's Nuclear Gap. Gigawatt Buildup by 2030 Will Be Huge, but Likely Short of Goal. Though China is pushing hard to promote the use of nuclear and renewable energy, coal is likely to be the fuel of the world's most populous and polluted country into the foreseeable future. To combat worsening greenhouse-gas emissions and pollution…Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304163604579529142484282038?KEYWORDS=energy&mg=reno64-wsj Industry lashes out at corn stover study. The biofuels industry is coming down hard on a study it feels has unfairly characterized ethanol from corn stover as being worse for the climate than gasoline and far from qualifying for U.S. EPA's coveted advanced biofuel designation. Last week, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, researchers published a paper in Nature Climate Change finding that fuels made from corn residue -- the tough, fibrous stalks…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998542/print VEHICLE Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas. Toyota's move to suburban Dallas would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for the American market. Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-toyota-texas-20140428,0,2881400.story#ixzz30CWhLIvR 2012 autos beat environmental standards, EPA reports. Cars and light-duty trucks for the 2012 model year exceeded new federal standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2012 fleet averages 23.6 miles per gallon, up from 22.4 for the previous model year - one of the greatest improvements in fuel economy in 30 years, according to a report released Friday. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/27/6357335/2012-autos-beat-environmental.html#storylink=cpy Musk says China could become Tesla's largest customer. Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first Model S electric sedans last week to enthusiastic customers in China, which is set to become the electric car-maker's largest market. "It was like a pop concert; it was just crazy," said Musk, who had just returned from a trip to Beijing, at the Export-Import Bank of the United States' annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998541/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing. In state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases. The measures, which have been introduced in about 18 states, lie at the heart of an effort to expand to the state level the battle over fossil fuel and renewable energy. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/a-battle-is-looming-over-renewable-energy-and-fossil-fuel-interests-are-losing/2014/04/25/24ed78e2-cb23-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html Nuclear Industry Gains Carbon-Focused Allies in Push to Save Reactors. Environmentalists and the nuclear industry are beginning a push to preserve old nuclear reactors whose economic viability is threatened by cheap natural gas and rising production of wind energy. They argue that while natural gas and wind are helpful as sources of electricity with little or no production of greenhouse gases…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/28/business/energy-environment/nuclear-industry-gains-carbon-focused-allies-in-push-to-save-reactors.html U.S. electricity prices may be going up for good. Experts warn of a growing fragility as coal-fired plants are shut down, nuclear power is reduced and consumers switch to renewable energy. As temperatures plunged to 16 below zero in Chicago in early January and set record lows across the eastern U.S., electrical system managers implored the public to turn off stoves, dryers and even lights or risk blackouts. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-power-prices-20140426,0,6329274.story#ixzz30CaifMXy Utility resumes construction of wind power project. Consumers Energy is resuming construction on a wind power project in Michigan that will expand the company's renewable energy options. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. broke ground last year on the project in Tuscola County's Akron and Columbia townships, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit. The renewed work announced Monday comes as warmer weather returns to Michigan. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/28/6359578/utility-resumes-construction-of.html#storylink=cpy Can a DOE competition jump-start wind power in America's vast offshore? Right about now, offshore wind developers across the United States have started holding their breath. Next month, the Department of Energy will announce three competition winners that could blaze a path for offshore wind's future in the United States, where, despite the best efforts of a few determined mavericks, no utility-scale offshore wind farms have yet been built. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998514/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Solar power's reach accelerates and moves east – survey. For the sixth consecutive year, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. provided more new solar energy to its customers than any other utility in the nation, with nearly 1,500 megawatts of new power coming from both utility-scale solar facilities and homes and businesses with rooftop solar systems, according to figures released today by the Solar Electric Power Association. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998539/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY National Renewable Energy Lab commissions global offshore wind database. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has hired Danish firm K2 Management to build a global installation database for offshore wind. NREL wants easily accessible data on installation times, correlation effects, implications and processes involved in developing offshore wind so the industry can develop in the United States with best practices…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059998512/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Indian man confronts mining industry, wins prize. The man walked into Ramesh Agrawal's tiny Internet cafe, pulled out a pistol and hissed, "You talk too much." Then he fired two bullets into Agrawal's left leg and fled on a motorcycle. The 2012 attack came three months after Agrawal won a court case that blocked a major Indian company, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., from opening a second coal mine near the village of Gare in the mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_INDIA_TAKING_ON_INDUSTRY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-goldman-prize-20140428,0,3262999.story#ixzz30CX4HUXP http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/28/6359026/indian-man-confronts-mining-industry.html Japanese wins California air award. A former senior official of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government became the first Japanese to win the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award handed out by the California state government. Teruyuki Ono, who once headed the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau of Environment, is managing director of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, which was established by Softbank Corp. Posted. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/25/national/japanese-wins-california-air-award/#.U13OF9iKBMs OPINIONS The Koch Attack on Solar Energy. At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels. For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/opinion/sunday/the-koch-attack-on-solar-energy.html China’s Ravaged Farmlands. China’s environmental degradation poses a health hazard that should be classified as a human rights violation. A report issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources last week was another reminder of just how bad things are: One-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted. And the area of polluted soil is increasing sharply. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/opinion/chinas-ravaged-farmlands.html?_r=0 Irwindale's a town where something always smells funny. The city, currently enmeshed in a flap over the Sriracha hot sauce plant, is no stranger to controversy. Let me state my bias up front. I like hot sauce. I like it on eggs. I like it in ramen. I like it on stir-fry dishes and Mexican food, and I don't think you can honestly call yourself a Californian if you're not a hot sauce lover. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0427-lopez-sauce-20140425,0,3819273.column#ixzz30CYk9DLM Calculating the costs of pollution. The EPA's rule on mercury will save lives. Last week, a divided court of appeals upheld what may well be the most important environmental rule in the nation's history: the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury standards. The regulation is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks a year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-sunstein-mercury-regulation-pollution-epa-20140425,0,5554039.story#ixzz30CXdZU00 Letters: The environment and the GOP. Re “Obama's Keystone trap,” Opinion, April 22 Jonah Goldberg has a point. On one side there are the global warming deniers; on the other are the hard-line environmental activists. One side refuses to accept there is a problem; the other demonizes those who raise questions. Environmentalists who consider global warming an emergency should support the construction of safe…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters/la-le-environment-and-the-gop-20140425,0,4127714.story#axzz30CX2Li4e The EPA's rule on mercury will save lives. Last week, a divided court of appeals upheld what may well be the most important environmental rule in the nation's history: the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury standards. The regulation is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks a year. Critics of the mercury rule have focused on its expense. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/28/6359367/the-epas-rule-on-mercury-will.html#storylink=cpy Dan Walters: California politicians jousting over how to spend cap-and-trade money. We humans crave free money – which explains why we buy so many lottery tickets despite infinitesimal chances of winning. Politicians are no different. Free money? There is, of course, no such thing, but politicians consider money borrowed via bonds, federal aid and money from fees “free” because they can spend funds as they wish without directly tapping constituents’ wallets. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/28/6356696/dan-walters-california-politicians.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters#storylink=cpy Communicating The Renewable Energy Revolution. The clean tech movement is about a shift toward a more peaceful world, a world in which there is more respect for others and in which our ways of living leave a smaller environmental footprint. Clean energy is not just about cleaning our air, preserving our water supplies and helping to protect our climate; it is also about democratizing the energy sector. Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2014/04/27/communicating-renewable-energy-revolution/#HLkMRiZZwFIeil2J.99 Atmospheric pollution. These days, the atmosphere of all major urban cities around the world has become overladen with gases emitted by automobiles. The alarming rate of deaths caused by automobile pollution is something that should be brought to the notice of the authorities concerned. With the passage of time, countless experts have maintained that polluted air has serious effects on health, climate and economics. Posted. http://tribune.com.pk/story/701436/atmospheric-pollution/ BLOGS Climate Change: The Externality That Came in From the Cold. An externality is something that costs nothing on the part of the person or enterprise that creates it, but imposes a cost or conveys a benefit to others. The world is full of them. My children create them by Skyping with their friends at elevated decibel levels all night. Externalities come in all sizes too. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-fox-gorte/climate-change-the-extern_b_5225870.html Apple's New Green Manifesto: Renewable Energy Is Ready to Become Mainstream. With the launch of Apple's new environmental initiative, the world is once again buzzing with comments, critique and speculation on what the world's biggest brand is doing. Apple's bold move is an impetus for the private sector to move in the same direction. Renewable energy is ready to become mainstream, and those companies that fail to pick up on the trend will lose their competitive edge. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kumi-naidoo/apples-new-green-manifest_b_5226037.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.