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ARB Newsclips for July 7, 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 rice farmers could get pollution credit. California’s evolving cap-and-trade market may soon have a new player: rice farmers. A proposal by the California Air Resources Board staff, up for board approval in September, would allow rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/05/6535820/california-rice-farmers-who-reduce.html#storylink=cpy http://www.modbee.com/2014/07/05/3425929/california-rice-farmers-who-reduce.html#storylink=cpy Business groups, lawmakers accelerate drive to keep fuels out of Calif. cap-and-trade program. A political push is underway to block California's carbon cap-and-trade program from expanding next year to include motor fuels. State Assemblyman Henry Perea (D) on Friday stripped text out of one of his bills that was sitting in committee and replaced it with language that would put a three-year moratorium on adding fuels to cap and trade. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002394/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION IBM to Help China Manage Air Quality, Renewable-Energy Supplies. International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) started a project to support China in managing air quality and energy consumption as well as forecasting renewable-energy supplies. Under the project, the Armonk, New York-based company is cooperating with the Beijing municipal government on a system to determine the type, source and level of emissions and predict air quality in the capital, IBM said today in a statement. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-07-07/ibm-to-help-china-manage-air-quality-renewable-energy-supplies.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/business/international/ibm-will-help-beijing-monitor-pollution.html?partner=yahoofinance&_r=0&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw%2C[%22RI%3A7%22%2C%22RI%3A12%22] Air District to continue vehicle repair program. Vehicle emissions are key contributors to the formation of ozone, the major component of summertime smog. To help reduce these emissions, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has approved $4 million to continue the Tune In and Tune Up vehicle repair program. The program provides funding to Valley residents to make smog-related repairs to their vehicles in an effort to reduce pollution. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/07/06/3427168/air-district-to-continue-vehicle.html#storylink=cpy CLIMATE CHANGE Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax. In 2007, Australians were ready to do something to combat climate change, even if it was expensive. More than two-thirds of them said so in a poll, and both major political parties vowed to make industries pay for greenhouse-gas emissions. The undoing of that perspective will likely be complete after a new Senate is sworn in Monday. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_UNGREENING_AUSTRALIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Misconceptions-helped-kill-Australian-carbon-tax-5602292.php http://www.modbee.com/2014/07/05/3426227/misconceptions-helped-kill-australian.html#storylink=cpy U.S. Carbon Reduction Plan Will Fall Short of Europe Goal. U.S. efforts to regulate greenhouse gases will fall short of the European Union’s goal of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2030, according to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate emissions from coal-burning power plants will reduce carbon dioxide by 18 percent by 2030 from 2012 levels…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-07-07/u-s-carbon-reduction-plan-will-fall-short-of-europe-goal.html Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint. In November 2010, three combatants gathered in a sleek office here to build a carbon emissions policy that they hoped to sell to the Obama administration. One was a lawyer who had been wielding the Clean Air Act since his days at the University of California, Berkeley. Another had turned to practicing environmental law and writing federal regulations to curb pollution…Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/us/how-environmentalists-drew-blueprint-for-obama-emissions-rule.html BBC admonished for giving climate change deniers equal air time. BBC journalists are being schooled in how to cover science. A progress report from an independent body, the BBC Trust, says Britain’s public broadcasting service shouldn’t be giving equal air time to climate change deniers and others on the scientific fringe. The report found the BBC remains prone to “over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality”…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/07/bbc-admonished-for-giving-climate-change-deniers-equal-air-time/ Las Cruces council to consider climate measure. The Las Cruces City Council will consider a proposed resolution that would urge Congress to pass legislation promoting reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1ktOpRq) the council is scheduled to take up the proposal Monday. The measure states Las Cruces has a track record of acknowledging climate change and taking steps to counter it, such as the city's sustainability action plan. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Las-Cruces-council-to-consider-climate-measure-5603538.php Miami-Dade urged to accelerate climate change plan. A South Florida task force is urging officials to speed up climate change adaptation planning because sea level rise is a "measurable, trackable and relentless reality." The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force issued its recommendations earlier this week. The county commission created the task force a year ago to develop a report on sea level rise. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Miami-Dade-urged-to-accelerate-climate-change-plan-5600336.php Warming's impact on wolverines cast into doubt. A top federal wildlife official says there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Noreen Walsh said there's no doubt that the wolverine's high-mountain habitat is getting warmer. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/07/6538440/warmings-impact-on-wolverines.html#storylink=cpy http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/07/warmings-impact-on-wolverines-cast-into-doubt/ Climate Change Puts World's Energy Systems at Risk. Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world's energy systems as climate change takes hold, a new report has found. Energy companies are more often cited as part of the problem of climate change, generating the lion's share of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, amounting to around 40 percent of the total. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/state/climate-change-puts-worlds-energy-systems-at-risk_81326492 City wrestles with climate-change plan. How aggressively the city of San Diego should fight climate change will be a hot topic in coming months, with Mayor Kevin Faulconer starting to move forward with an ambitious plan that many of his political allies oppose. The worsening drought and the earlier-than-usual start this year of San Diego’s fire season have increased momentum behind efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/07/tp-city-wrestles-with-climate-change-plan/ DROUGHT Some Sacramentans let their lawns die, but city says that’s not necessary. Jerry let his lawn turn brown, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to. Around the state Capitol, expanses of grass are dead or dormant. The administration of Gov. Jerry Brown let the lawns die to make a point to residents during a historic drought, said Brian Ferguson, deputy director for public affairs at the state Department of General Services, which maintains the Capitol grounds. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/07/6534427/some-sacramentans-let-their-lawns.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY What’s Your Clean Energy Future? Do you think it's a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you'd be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can't read this post without electric power, for example.) Where Does Power Come From? Most electricity, by far, is generated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/What-s-Your-Clean-Energy-Future-5602475.php OPINIONS Congress’s head-in-the-sand approach to climate change. ANY GOOD business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Interest rates could spike. China could change its currency policy. Chaos in Iraq could push up gasoline prices. Smart firms account for these possibilities as best they can, adjusting business plans so that they aren’t caught flat-footed. The same can be said of wise societies. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/congresss-head-in-the-sand-approach-to-climate-change/2014/07/06/656db75e-0167-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html Are Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund and Sierra Club three of the richest bullies on the block? President Obama's anti-carbon emissions program is a classic illustration of how liberal elites shape federal regulatory policies. The New York Times on Sunday posted a revealing story that described in detail how two lawyers and a climate-scientist-turned-lobbyist at the Natural Resources Defense Council crafted a 110-page proposal that was Obama's "blueprint." Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/are-natural-resources-defense-council-environmental-defense-fund-and-sierra-club-three-of-the-richest-bullies-on-the-block/article/2550537 Two Approaches to Tidal Politics. The politics of climate change are veering in starkly different directions in the neighboring states of North Carolina and Virginia. Foolhardy denial about the severity of rising seas is underway in North Carolina, where the Republican Legislature, prodded by tourism-dependent coastal counties and alarmed homeowners, ordered a state commission of experts to soften its estimate that coastal waters could rise 39 inches by the end of the century. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/opinion/climate-change-politics-north-carolina-virginia.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Aw%2C[%22RI%3A7%22%2C%22RI%3A12%22] Editorial Building L.A. County segment would accelerate bullet train project. The "train to nowhere" is beginning to look a bit more like a train to somewhere. Flush with $250 million this year and the promise of billions more from the state's cap-and-trade program, the California High Speed Rail Authority has proposed accelerating plans to build the segment of the bullet train that will run through Los Angeles County. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-high-speed-rail-20140706-story.html Cap-and-trade won't help in the Delta. Re "Polluter games aren't so cool" (Dan Morain, June 29): Dan Morain is correct in calling cap-and-trade pollution laws into question and looking for better ways to handle pollution. He needs to look no further than Chapter 22 of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's Environment Impact Report which concerns pollution. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/06/6521910/cap-n-trade-wont-help-in-the-delta.html#storylink=cpy The risky business of not facing up to climate change: Editorial. Unafraid to make use of the commonest economic-political cliche of our time, a new group announced itself last fall thusly: “If the United States were run like a business, its board of directors would fire its financial advisers for failing to disclose the significant and material risks associated with unmitigated climate change.” Nothing wrong with a cliche in the service of the greater good. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/opinion/20140705/the-risky-business-of-not-facing-up-to-climate-change-editorial The time to act on global warming is now. It appears that concerns about climate change from global warming have not been exaggerated. Climate change appears to be happening now and this can have potentially serious damaging effects on the health of people. A calculation of the cumulative cost of carbon dioxide emissions offers new insights into the question of who is actually responsible for climate change…Posted. http://www.examiner.com/article/the-time-to-act-on-global-warming-is-now BLOGS Bill would delay cap-and-trade effects on gas. A Fresno Democrat has introduced a bill that would postpone a change in California's carbon-emissions law that is expected to push up gas prices for consumers, several news organizations reported late last week. AB 69 by Henry Perea would delay by three years a rule that would extend cap-and-trade requirements to transportation fuels, noted Jeremy White in the Sacramento Bee. That means refiners would have to purchase credits to offset the environmental effects of their products. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/blog/morning-roundup/2014/07/bill-would-delay-cap-and-trade-effects-on-gas.html California's Climate Revolution: Could It Change the National Conversation? Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming. Advocates of strong climate change policies have had an immense political challenge that goes far beyond debunking the antiscientific rants of global warming deniers. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/preeti-vissa/californias-climate-revol_b_5563386.html Climate Change This Week: Patriots Win the Fracking War, and More! Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 5, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-ellen-harte/climate-change-this-week_b_5561786.html California is in a drought emergency. 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