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ARB Newsclips for May 6, 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 Emissions Trading and the Supreme Court. Advocates of cap-and-trade should find support from the Supreme Court's opinion in the cross-state pollution case. In a number of areas, including climate change regulations, a key question is EPA’s power to control compliance costs. A particularly important method is the use of cap-and-trade systems. Posted. http://legal-planet.org/2014/05/06/emissions-trading-and-the-supreme-court/ AIR POLLUTION Salinas air quality nets an 'A' grade. A new report on air quality in California notes that Monterey County earned an A grade during 2013 — one of the healthiest counties in the state — but like overall health, the good news needs to be tempered with a caution that healthy air depends on your ZIP code. Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20140506/NEWS01/305060012/Salinas-air-quality-nets-an-grade CLIMATE CHANGE Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans' lives. Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CLIMATE_REPORT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED ARTICLES http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-06/half-u-s-population-vulnerable-to-climate-change-report.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-climate-report-says-global-warming-impact-already-severe/2014/05/06/0e82cd3c-d49c-11e3-aae8-c2d44bd79778_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/science/earth/climate-change-report.html?hp&_r=0 http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/06/6382315/climate-change-assessment-paints.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/06/6381519/fed-report-warming-disrupting.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Federal-report-Warming-disrupts-Americans-lives-5456950.php http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/06/3912248/new-report-climate-change-has.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/05/3325233/white-house-top-climate-threats.html#storylink=cpy http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/06/politics/white-house-climate-energy/ http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/06/3912081/fed-report-warming-disrupting.html http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999055/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059999091/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate change could worsen ozone levels across the U.S., study says. Smog could worsen across the United States in the coming decades as climate change boosts summer temperatures and makes ozone levels more difficult to control, a new study says. Americans can expect the number of days with unhealthy air to jump 70% by mid-century unless emissions of smog-forming pollutants are slashed, according to a study led by the federally funded National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-ozone-smog-20140505-story.html Germany and Brazil offer climate policy lessons for the U.S. Even across three continents, the United States, Brazil and Germany have much to learn from each other when it comes to fighting climate change, according to experts. "Illuminating state-national relations in Germany and Brazil also helps us in the United States," said Vivian Thomson, an associate professor of environmental sciences and politics at the University of Virginia. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999059/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Water flows uphill? Maybe, in California drought. Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the South’s parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill. State water engineers say using pumps to reverse the flow of the aqueduct would be a first in a drought. Posted. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/water-flows-uphill-maybe-california-drought FUELS Court upholds EPA's 2013 RFS rule. A federal court today upheld U.S. EPA's 2013 renewable fuel standard rule against a challenge from a refinery owned by Delta Air Lines Inc. The U.S. Court for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a ruling this morning that EPA issued a reasonable rule setting the targets for renewable fuel use last year. The agency also adequately took into account the ability of refiners to purchase credits to meet the standards…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059999082/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Toyota's American office gets hydrogen fuel cells. The first Toyota hydrogen fuel cell cars reach the market next year, but already the company is exploiting the technology to cut costs and carbon emissions at one of its largest office complexes. The Japanese manufacturer had gone green and had been focussing on hybrid cars with the Prius being its best-seller. Soon, Toyota will also introduce hydrogen fuel cell cars from next year onwards. Posted. http://www.cardekho.com/india-car-news/toyotas-american-office-gets-hydrogen-fuel-cells-12984.htm GREEN ENERGY Senate takes up energy bill amid Keystone squabble. The Senate has voted to take up a bill that supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline want to use as a vehicle to authorize immediate construction of the proposed pipeline from Canada to the United States. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENATE_KEYSTONE_PIPELINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Yakima Basin canals could generate electricity. Farmers across the Yakima Basin depend on a network of canals to deliver water for their crops. Now, scientists believe the canals could provide another resource to the region: renewable energy. Capturing the energy contained in the water flowing in the Northwest's rivers is nothing new — hydropower dams have been doing just that since the 1930s. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Yakima-Basin-canals-could-generate-electricity-5456966.php Mars Moves Toward Carbon-Neutral Operations With Massive Wind Farm In Texas. Mars Inc. is partnering with the Sumitomo Corp. of Americas and BNB Renewable Energy Holdings to build a wind farm capable of producing enough renewable electricity to power all of its U.S. operations. Mesquite Creek Wind, a 118-turbine, 200-megawatt wind farm, was jointly developed by Sumitomo and BNB. Its output will equal Mars's electric use at of its 70 U.S. sites, which includes 37 factories. Posted. http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=Vending+Features&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=D151BCEC7BE04A15B3BB40D7564AE2D5 Solar Inc. gets CA$115 million loan to build solar projects for Ontario. Ontario's energy transformation from fossil fuels to renewables took another step forward last week with the announcement of 115.5 million Canadian dollars ($105 million) in financing from the National Bank of Canada to Canadian Solar Inc., allowing for the completion of 30 megawatts of new utility-scale solar power in the province. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999044/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Thieves find a lucrative new commodity: grease. In darkened alleyways, a slimy cat-and-mouse game is playing out across America. Men in trucks are fighting over a dirty and sometimes foul-smelling substance that restaurants once paid to get hauled off. Now it can be worth thousands per truckload. Liquid gold, some in the trade call it. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/06/6381845/thieves-find-a-lucrative-new-commodity.html#storylink=cpy Acidification already eating away at tiny creatures along West Coast. It didn't take long for researchers examining the tiny sea snails to see something amiss. The surface of some of their thin outer shells looked as if they had been etched by a solvent. Others were deeply pitted and pocked. These translucent sea butterflies known as pteropods, which provide food for salmon, herring and other fish, hadn't been burned in some horrific lab accident. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/06/6381810/acidification-already-eating-away.html#storylink=cpy Lodi’s air and water quality will be discussed at Thursday event. Lodi’s air and water quality will be discussed at the Lodi Lake Nature Area Docent program from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Bud Sullivan Community Room of the Lodi Public Library, 201 W. Locust St. Lodi’s Storm Drain Detectives, students from Lodi and Tokay high schools, will present their findings on their yearlong monitoring of the Mokelumne River. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140505/A_NEWS/140509952 OPINIONS Setting it straight. The editorial “Fracking fluid’s disclosure is step in the right direction” on May 3 should have said California’s fracking laws require companies to publicly disclose trade secret ingredients in an additive but not the ingredients’ precise concentrations. They must release these concentrations to regulators confidentially. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/06/6380565/setting-it-straight.html#storylink=cpy Trade wter for gas, oil? SB 4, the legislation regulating hydraulic fracturing and acid matrix well stimulation practice within California, is a half-step in the right direction. At least there are some restraints put on hydraulic fracturing within California. The main problem is that, in a time when Californians are being asked to conserve water, drillers are permitted to use as little as 3 million gallons…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/05/6379060/trade-water-for-gas-oil.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Beijing Kebab Vendors Among List of Polluters Hit With Fines. China has engaged in a “war against pollution,” as Prime Minister Li Keqiang has said. And in the trenches on the enemy side are legions of roadside kebab vendors, if one takes Beijing officials at their word. On Monday, the state-run China News Service reported that in the first four months of this year…Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/06/beijing-kebab-vendors-among-list-of-polluters-hit-with-fines/?action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3As&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry635%23%2Fair%2Bpollution%2F24hours%2F Chrysler 100, midsize CUV and plug-in hybrid minivan launch bid to go mainstream. The news just keeps on rolling from Auburn Hills today, as Fiat Chrysler continues to detail its five-year growth plan. This time round, we're talking about Chrysler. The troubled American brand has been limited in the past few years to the lamentable Sebring/200, the Town & Country and the 300, although that's likely to change in the coming years. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/06/chrysler-100-cuv-plug-in-hybrid-minivan/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.