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ARB Newsclips for May 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 Forest group asks EPA to include offsets in power plant rule. A California forest group has asked U.S. EPA to consider offsets as a way for utilities to comply with the agency's upcoming standards for existing power plants. The Pacific Forest Trust, which represents private forest owners, wants the agency to adopt the California Air Resources Board's methods for buying and selling forest carbon offsets under A.B. 32, the state's cap-and-trade law. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999540/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE Study: Tropical cyclones migrating out of tropics. Tropical cyclones worldwide are moving out of the tropics and more toward the poles and generally larger populations, likely because of global warming, a surprising new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don't follow this trend. While other studies have looked at the strength and frequency of the storms, which are called hurricanes in North America, this is the first study that looks at where they are geographically when they peak. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_MIGRATING_HURRICANES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Obama Views Climate Change As Part of His Legacy. President Barack Obama views addressing the problem of climate change as a key part of his legacy and remains staunchly committed to implementing as much of his climate action plan as possible prior to leaving office, a senior aide said May 13. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, told the Association of Climate Change Officers' Climate Strategies…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-14/obama-views-climate-change-as-part-of-his-legacy.html Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers. The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded. The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the Middle East... Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/us/politics/climate-change-deemed-growing-security-threat-by-military-researchers.html?_r=0 Brown says rising sea levels could force costly move of LAX. California will face billions of dollars in spending to cope with the consequences of rising sea levels if low-lying communities along the coast are ultimately submerged, as scientists predict, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday. http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-brown-sea-level-airports-20140513-story.html Can A City Get To Net Zero? Lancaster, California Mayor Thinks So. R. Rex Parris is the mayor of Lancaster, California – a city of 158,000 inhabitants close to Los Angeles. He’s both a Republican and a strong believer that we have an obligation to do everything we can to combat the impending threat of climate change. With respect to climate change, he was quoted last year in the New York Times as saying “I may be a Republican, but I’m not an idiot.” Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2014/05/13/can-a-city-get-to-net-zero-lancaster-california-mayor-thinks-so/ DROUGHT Drought among the worst in Texas in past 500 years. Will record-breaking droughts become the "new normal" for South Texas? That question was posed by the state Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon at a meeting of the Edwards Aquifer Authority board Tuesday. The current drought, which started four years ago, is among the five worst in the past 500 years, he said. If it continues to be as dry as it is has been, the drought could be the third worst. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Drought-among-the-worst-in-Texas-in-past-500-years-5477812.php DROUGHT: State will short Castaic instead of shrinking Lake Perris. The magnitude of California’s drought hit home with water managers recently when they considered draining what’s left of Lake Perris just to get some Inland communities through a dry spring. The unprecedented move was averted in the past few weeks after Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s wholesaler, searched for another way to get 30,000 acre-feet of water to western Riverside County. Posted. http://www.pe.com/articles/water-694551-lake-perris.html How much would you pay for an avocado? California's drought will make fruit and vegetables more expensive, but whether consumers can stomach the cost is up for debate. According to farmers and food sellers, water shortages in Central California are forcing growers to pay more for imported water or cut back on planting. That means crops that use more water could see their prices rise steeply. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999541/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Westport Executive Talks About A New Dynamic in Natural Gas Trucking. At the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, Fool contributor Jason Hall sat down with Mark Aubry, Westport Innovations' vice president of sales and marketing, to talk about how adoption of natural-gas vehicles is ramping up in the heavy trucking sector. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Westport-Executive-Talks-About-A-New-Dynamic-in-5477790.php FUELS Fed govt acknowledges gaps in oil well inspections. The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OIL_AND_GAS_FEDERAL_OVERSIGHT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Fed-govt-acknowledges-gaps-in-oil-well-inspections-5477619.php Oil above $102 on Ukraine crisis, US supply drop. The price of U.S. oil climbed above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid ongoing tensions in Ukraine and an industry report showing crude stocks falling at a key U.S. storage hub. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was up 38 cents to $102.08 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns. As the shale gas boom continues, the atmosphere receives more methane, adding to Earth’s greenhouse gas problem. A Cornell ecology professor fears that we may not be many years away from an environmental tipping point – and disaster. “We have to control methane immediately, and natural gas is the largest methane pollution source in the United States,”…Posted. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/05/control-methane-now-greenhouse-gas-expert-warns VEHICLES Gas scooters pollute more than Hummers, new study finds. It's common to see scooters crowding city streets throughout Southern Europe and countries in the Asia-Pacific region, where they offer a relatively cheap and low-carbon way to travel. But new research finds that certain gasoline-powered scooters also pose a significant threat to public health. Two-stroke scooters can produce 10 to 1,000 times more particulate matter than a full-sized light-duty vehicle…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999536/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY California Heat Pushes Power to Six-Year Seasonal High. Spot electricity in California, the second-leading power-consuming state, jumped to the highest seasonal level in six years as surging temperatures boost air-conditioning demand. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-13/california-heat-pushes-power-to-six-year-seasonal-high.html 'Resourceful consumers' push energy efficiency, home and business solar. U.S. consumers appear increasingly sophisticated in their consumption of energy, and they have emerged as an important force in expanding home energy efficiency and distributed power generation, according to two new reports from Deloitte. While part of this movement may be based on increasing awareness of sustainable energy, the reports…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999527/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY World demand grows for renewable energy, boosting related jobs by 14%. Surging demand for renewable energy pushed global employment in the solar, wind and biofuels energy sectors to 6.5 million in 2013, a 14 percent increase from 2012, according to new figures released this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency. "Renewable energy employment continues to spread to more and more countries. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999525/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY U.K. government to cut financial support for solar farms. The U.K. government is planning to make sweeping changes to the financial support it provides to solar energy farms, an action that renewable power companies and green activists think will reduce the nation's capacity to produce low-carbon power and green jobs as well as boost dependency on fossil-fuel imports. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059999518/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS An Inconvenient Truth About Our Food. “Fed Up” is probably the most important movie to be made since “An Inconvenient Truth,” to which it’s related in a couple of ways. One of its producers is Laurie David, who also produced “An Inconvenient Truth.” Climate change, diet and agriculture are inexorably intertwined; we can’t tackle climate change without changing industrial agriculture…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/opinion/bittman-an-inconvenient-truth-about-our-food.html?hp&rref=opinion&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Aw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry816%23%2Fclimate%2Bchange%2F24hours%2F BLOGS Three Long Views of Life With Rising Seas. After finishing my post on the inevitability of substantial long-term sea-level rise from Antarctic ice loss, I sent this question to Curt Stager, a paleoclimatologist and author of “Deep Future,” Kim Stanley Robinson, the novelist focused on “cli fi” before that term was conceived, and the astrobiologist David Grinspoon: Given your focus on long timescales, environmental change…Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/three-long-views-of-life-with-rising-seas/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=future&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs®ion=Body&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry24%23%2Femissions%2F24hours%2F&_r=0 Roadside Poem Combats Pollution — Literally. “Poetry makes nothing happen,” William Butler Yeats once wrote. But then he never got a chance to read “In Praise of Air,” a poem by Simon Armitage just installed on a building along a busy road at the University of Sheffield, England, and billed as the world’s first bit of air-cleansing verse. Posted. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/roadside-poem-combats-pollution-literally/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 Kia expects US to be Soul EV's top market. While its sister brand Hyundai invests in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Kia is entering the battery-powered electric vehicle market with the new Soul EV. The Korean automaker plans to sell some 5,000 units of its first electric vehicle around the world. While it's not saying exactly what proportion it hopes to sell in (or how many it's allocating to) any individual market, the latest reports indicate that it expects the United States to be its biggest market. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/13/kia-soul-ev-us-top-market-report/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.