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ARB Newsclips for June 25, 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. Earmarks a Quarter of Its Cap-and-Trade Riches for Environmental Justice. One-quarter of the $872 million generated by California's 18-month-old cap-and-trade scheme will go to housing and public transit programs for poor and minority communities this year, according to the recently approved state budget. The decision caps a long fight by environmental justice advocates over how much of the state's carbon proceeds…Posted. http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140625/calif-earmarks-quarter-its-cap-and-trade-riches-environmental-justice AIR POLLUTION Bid to save beach bonfires advances in California legislature. As rising temperatures send thousands to Southern California's storied beaches, lawmakers are rushing to make sure a classic rite of summer, the beach bonfire, doesn't burn out before they get there. Under a new anti-pollution measure adopted last year by regional air quality regulators, fire rings on beaches near houses or in places with poor air quality would have to be removed. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/24/us-usa-california-beaches-idUSKBN0EZ30J20140624 Oxnard gets traffic study grant. The $132,795 grant, combined with a $17,205 match from the city for a total $150,000, will pay for a consultant to work with large local employers on programs that reduce vehicle trips, said Cynthia Daniels, project manager. The funds were awarded last year but the city is just now kicking off the project, Daniels said. Overall, the goal is to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/jun/24/oxnard-gets-traffic-study-grant/#ixzz35fZe8MkH EPA study of CAFO emissions grinds on with no end in sight. U.S. EPA's nine-year effort to document air pollution at livestock operations is likely still many years from completion and unlikely to be as useful as industry and environmental groups had hoped. Still incomplete is what EPA promised to do under a 2005 deal cut with livestock producers to identify air emissions for different types of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060001938/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Ohio State helping develop 'clean' coal power plant. An Ohio company is working with Ohio State University researchers to develop a "clean" coal power plant that would capture up to 90 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions. A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy is funding the research, which will be used to scale up a small prototype plant that has already tested the coal-direct chemical looping process for 680 hours. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001877/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change: report. Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year. These are among the economic costs that climate change is expected to exact in the United States over the next 25 years…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/24/us-climatechange-economy-idUSKBN0EZ0AA20140624 Why the U.S. Needs Business to Save It From Congress. It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a climate bill to move through the United States Congress. That's why the Obama administration is threading its climate policy through the Environmental Protection Agency instead of Capitol Hill, where it tried and failed in 2010. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-25/u-s-business-is-the-grassroots-climate-movement.html Climate Forecast: A Heat More Deadly Than the U.S. Has Ever Seen. It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. And the U.S. is on a path to regularly experience a deadly combination of the two the likes of which have only been recorded once on planet Earth. That’s one of the findings in a report published today called “Risky Business,” commissioned by some of America’s top business leaders to put price tags on climate threats. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-24/what-to-expect-when-your-planet-is-expecting-risky-business-in-climate.html EPA’s Winning Streak Extended as High Court Backs Greenhouse Permits. The Obama administration added to a series of environmental court wins, as the Environmental Protection Agency retained the right to curb greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and chemical factories. The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday upheld the EPA’s requirement that such facilities address the emissions as part of permits for expansion. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-24/epa-extended-legal-victories-for-climate-change-moves.html Where Did the Supreme Court Leave EPA's Power on Greenhouse Gas? Confused by the Supreme Court’s ruling on carbon emissions? It’s understandable. Monday’s decision interpreted highly technical regulatory provisions and produced a splintered vote. Scholars, advocates, and pundits emphasized contrasting themes. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-24/where-did-the-supreme-court-leave-epa-s-power-on-greenhouse-gas-.html Fighting Climate Change Is Profitable: Mexico’s Calderon. Curbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon. Countries must act jointly and in a “comprehensive” way, targeting the energy industry, cities, agriculture and forests as the main areas where runaway greenhouse gas emissions can be reined in, Calderon said in an interview in London. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-25/fighting-climate-change-is-profitable-mexico-s-calderon.html Supreme Court backs EPA power to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. The Obama administration's drive to regulate global-warming gases won a surprising victory in the Supreme Court on Monday with the support of two conservative justices. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Antonin Scalia joined the court's moderates and liberals in a 7-2 vote to uphold most of an Environmental Protection Agency rule that requires new or rebuilt factories…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/25/6509893/supreme-court-backs-epa-power.html http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Supreme-Court-upholds-program-limiting-greenhouse-5574034.php Extreme heat a danger to all, especially elderly, young. Hot weather kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined, and the casualties continue to climb despite decades of warnings about how to recognize the signs of heat stress and take prompt corrective action. With climate change, some experts predict ever-worsening summer heat waves and even more related illnesses and deaths. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Extreme-heat-a-danger-to-all-especially-elderly-5576849.php Obama aides to meet with climate change mega-donor. Obama administration officials are planning a climate change meeting Wednesday that includes a Democratic donor who has pledged to spend up to $100 million to make climate change a major issue in the November elections. Billionaire Tom Steyer will be one of several people at the Wednesday meeting devoted to a new report detailing the economic consequences of climate change. Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/06/24/obama-tom-steyer-climate-change-white-house-meeting-wednesday/11312935/ How influential is billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer? Today marks the one year anniversary of an important speech President Obama made on climate change in which he detailed plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Tonight, the White House will be looking at the potential economic damage of climate change. Posted. http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2014/06/25/38062/how-influential-is-billionaire-climate-change-acti/ DROUGHT Drought takes toll on hydro generation in Calif. Hydropower generation in California has dropped by half as a result of the state's gripping drought, according to a new analysis. The state, which normally gets about 14 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric dams and turbines, saw its hydropower generation fall 48 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year, according to an analysis from SNL Energy. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001916/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS Beyond the Keystone XL Pipeline. Political wrangling continues over the Keystone XL project, a proposed TransCanada pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the U.S. With all the publicity around this controversial project, it's easy to get the impression that TransCanada's fortunes will rise or fall with the Keystone XL pipeline. But is that really the case? Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Beyond-the-Keystone-XL-Pipeline-5578379.php VEHICLES Japan Moves to Fast-Track Cars Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Japan’s government and the country’s top carmakers, including Toyota Motor, are joining forces to bet big that they can speed up the arrival of the fuel-cell era. The still-costly and complex fuel cell technology uses hydrogen as fuel and could greatly curb automotive pollution. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/business/international/japan-bets-big-on-cars-powered-by-hydrogen-fuel-cells.html http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2014/0625/Japanese-fuel-cell-cars-on-track-for-March-2015-release Study finds that electric cars are putting the brakes on pollution. Annual sales of electric vehicles have skyrocketed by 500 percent nationwide the past two years, according to a new report, benefiting public health and the environment. "It's clearer we need more cleaner vehicles on the road," said Mac Farrell, global warming organizer at Environment California. "We're in the middle of a technological revolution that is helping to clean up our air and reduce our dependence on oil. It's the rise of electric vehicles. It's time for this revolution to really charge ahead." http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_26025531/study-finds-that-electric-cars-are-putting-brakes GREEN ENERGY SunPower Offers Batteries to Hold Solar Power Until Night. SunPower Corp. (SPWR), the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is offering energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day. The company is testing systems that combine rooftop solar panels with battery storage in new homes built by KB Home (KBH), San Jose, California-based SunPower said in a statement today. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-06-24/sunpower-offers-batteries-to-hold-solar-power-until-night.html How much energy went into making your solar roof? Researchers want to know. When it comes to energy, you have to invest some in order to get some. Whether drilling for oil or baking silicon for photovoltaic panels, there is an energy price for the energy we produce, researchers say. However, these considerations are often in a policy blind spot, and most energy regulations focus on economic costs more than energy outlays. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001922/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Solar leasing helps drive PV boom, but market is shifting – study. Third-party leases that brought U.S. residential solar power from a niche market into a mainstream energy investment will account for a record 68 percent of all new residential solar systems installed this year, according to new findings from GTM Research. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060001915/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DOE finalizes furnace-fan standards to mark climate plan anniversary. The Department of Energy announced final energy efficiency standards for furnace fans today, the one-year anniversary of the release of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. "The part of the Climate Action Plan that got the most attention was the EPA rules on power plants," but the plan was packed with smaller DOE measures that will add up over time…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060001947/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY MISCELLANEOUS Divergent views on exporting gas through bay. Dominion Resources' proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay. Some, like longtime resident Tracey Eno are worried about increased air pollution. "That can't be good for me. I mean that's just common sense," said Eno, 44, who lives 1½ miles from the site. "Is that going to show up as asthma? Lung cancer? Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Divergent-views-on-exporting-gas-through-bay-5578812.php OPINIONS Taking Effective Action Against the Unstoppable. Carbon Cuts Now Won’t Stop Climate Change, but Could Limit Damage. Climate change is not an event in your children’s future. It is bearing down upon you now. And there is nothing you — or anyone else — can do to prevent the hit. Over the next quarter-century, heat-related death rates will probably double in the southeastern states. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/business/economy/carbon-cuts-now-wont-stop-climate-change-but-could-limit-damage.html?_r=0 Climate change: The peril is in all the things we don't know. Maybe space is indeed the final frontier, but here in Arctic Alaska, at the Toolik Field Station, it feels like the biggest gap in our knowledge of the universe is a lot closer to home — as in, what can we expect as the planet warms? The amount we don’t know about how geology, plants and animals will respond is daunting. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-climate-change-mysteries-20140624-story.html The economic climate [Editorial]. For too long and by too many, confronting climate change has been seen through the prism of economic sacrifice. Reducing greenhouse gases is viewed as a burden to growth and employment opportunity, the cause of global warming a fixation of left-wing environmentalists and against the interest of business, big or small. Posted. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-climate-20140624,0,1278590.story#ixzz35fbJQaN5 Good ruling on emissions. The Clean Air Act is a complex and often confusing piece of legislation, especially in confronting the challenges of global warming, which were not fully understood when the law was passed in 1970. At that time, the biggest risk to the environment and health was believed to come from more conventional air pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide and lead. But when the threat of greenhouse gases became clear…Posted. http://www.toledoblade.com/Editorials/2014/06/25/Good-ruling-on-emissions.html#pzftGvFleRUG4lyU.99 BLOGS Green Cement To Help Reduce Carbon Emissions. Cement production comprises around 10% of human CO2 emissions. In Switzerland, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EFPL), the same institute who created Roombots, recently received a round of funding to focus on the development and testing of a new blend of low-carbon cement. This new green cement has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of construction sites by 40%. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2014/06/23/green-cement-to-help-reduce-carbon-emissions/ Reform Conservatism and Climate Change. When the “Room to Grow” collection of reform conservative essays dropped last month, some of the most frequent criticisms from liberals focused on topics that the book did not address: In particular, comprehensive immigration reform (the subject of my last post) and climate change legislation. Posted. http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/reform-conservatism-and-climate-change/ Hardcore Capitalists Warn That Climate Change Is A Big Deal For American Businesses. Another day, another climate change report predicting serious consequences for the United States. Tuesday's report, however, focuses on the devastation that climate change could cause for American businesses. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/24/climate-change-business-b_n_5525742.html White House Plans Another Big Climate Push. One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its environmental agenda. The White House plans to host two roundtable discussions this week on the economic threats that climate change poses and the "opportunities to overcome those risks”…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/24/obama-climate-change_n_5523982.html Energy: Consider the global impacts of oil pipelines. The debate over the development of oil sands in Alberta, Canada, is inflaming tensions in and between Canada and the United States. In April, US President Barack Obama deferred a decision on the fate of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite escalating pressure to approve it from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Posted. http://www.nature.com/news/energy-consider-the-global-impacts-of-oil-pipelines-1.15434 Plug In America expects 250,000 EVs will be sold by September. The group of electric vehicle supporters known as Plug In America (PIA) figures that a grand total of 220,494 plug-in vehicles have been purchased in the US since the modern wave of EVs went on sale in late 2010. Just over a year ago, PIA celebrated the 100,000th EV sold in the US, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Based on current sales patterns…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/06/24/plug-in-america-expects-250000-evs-will-be-sold-by-september/ Toyota prices fuel cell sedan at $70k in Japan, coming to US and Europe next summer. Toyota has finally unveiled its FCV hydrogen fuel cell sedan and its Japanese price. We won't have to wait too long to see the first of these revolutionary vehicles on the roads. It will go on sale in Japan in April 2015 and will come to the US and Europe later that summer. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/25/toyota-prices-fuel-cell-sedan-70k-in-japan-coming-to-us-and-eu/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.