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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for July 9, 2014.

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 14:42:55
ARB Newsclips for July 9, 2014. 

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EU Carbon Market Needs Deep Changes, Industry Panel’s Buzek Says.
The European Union should overhaul its emissions program to
ensure it encourages investment in clean energy without recurrent
market intervention, according to the chair of the industry
committee in the EU Parliament. Jerzy Buzek, who was elected
yesterday to head the panel for 2 1/2 years, said the EU
emissions-trading system has failed to stimulate a switch to
low-emission technologies…Posted.

http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002508/print BY


Regulators propose agreement to limit pollution from Exide plant.
 Air quality regulators have reached an agreement with Exide
Technologies that would bar its battery recycling plant in Vernon
from resuming operations until it installs new controls on
arsenic emissions that pose a health risk to surrounding
communities. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is
asking its hearing board this week to approve two enforcement
actions that have been agreed to by Exide…Posted.



In Cambodia, toxic air threatens timeless ruins.  A thousand
years ago, they were temples so sacred only high priests were
allowed to enter — the spiritual epicenter of a powerful empire
that dominated Southeast Asia. Now, millions of tourists climb
among the elaborate, enchanting ruins. In this poor, struggling
nation, they arrive at Angkor Archaeological Park’s ticket
counter via decades-old tour buses that belch dark, toxic fumes.
Here, air pollution is at its worst. Posted.


China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions. China and the
United States took small steps toward their shared goal of
fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and
No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider
global plan to cut emissions. China's chief climate official Xie
Zhenhua said China should not be subject to the same rules for
greenhouse gas emissions as the United States and other rich




Fix the Climate Problem? Easy. Cut U.S. Emissions to 1901 Levels.
A draft report prepared for the United Nations suggests, out
loud, what the U.S. needs to do about climate change: Cut
emissions to one-tenth of current levels, per person, in less
than 40 years. It’s perilous to say these things in the U.S.,
where a mere description of the scale of the climate challenge
too often invites ridicule and dismissiveness. Posted.

UN Proposes Building Blocks of New Global Climate Deal. The
United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to
remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up
a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases. In a
policy paper setting out possible language to include in a global
warming agreement envoys from 190 nations are drawing up for next
year, the UN set out an option for maintaining a divide between
developed and developing nations. Posted.

Global warming requires more frequent rethink of "normal"
weather-U.N. The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone
from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated
more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global
warming, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization said on
Wednesday. The WMO's Commission for Climatology believes rising
temperatures and more heatwaves and heavy rains mean the existing
baseline, based on the climate averages of 1961-90…Posted.

Global warming threatens Antarctica’s emperor penguins. The
biggest threat to emperor penguins may not be leopard seals or
even killer whales, but a much larger predator: global warming.
Climate change, which is quickly melting the sea ice that this
species depends on for survival, could cause dramatic drops in
the number of emperor penguins across Antarctica by the end of
the century, a new study finds. Posted.

Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis.  Here’s what your
future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing
devastating climate change. Within about 15 years every new car
sold in the United States will be electric. In fact, by
midcentury more than half of the American economy will run on
electricity. Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear
sources. Posted.

You May Be Denying Climate Change, But The US Military Isn't.
Climate change is still a contentious issue, as some people and
organizations deny it is even happening, or concede the world is
getting warmer, but it's not because of humans. The U.S. military
is not one of those organizations. Posted.

Miss. regulators seek input on carbon dioxide rule. The
Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from
others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed
federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from
Mississippi's power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, as part of a nationwide effort, proposed in June that
Mississippi's carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38
percent lower in the year 2030 compared to 2005. Posted.

Group presents sea level rise proposals for Va. The Chesapeake
Climate Action Network has released a report detailing its
recommendations for how Virginia should adapt to rising sea
levels. The group unveiled its recommendations on Wednesday in
Norfolk, which routinely experiences flooding during even minor
storms. Among other things, the report calls for improved
emergency planning coordination…Posted.

Meat-eaters are twice as bad for the environment as vegetarians:
Oxford researchers looked at eating habits and greenhouse gases
emitted from particular foods. More energy is used to raise
animals than plants, which is why carnivores’ carbon footprints
are bigger. Here's some meaty news: Carnivores are twice as bad
for the Earth as vegetarians, a new study out of Oxford
University found. Researchers found that meat-eaters have carbon
footprints about twice as large as vegetarians do. Posted.

Want to limit global warming? Bring cash  Any effort to limit
global warming to 2ºC will require deep investment in low-carbon
research and development, a new assessment warns. Promises on
emissions cuts alone are not sufficient. The world lacks not only
the will, but the technology to achieve the deep carbon cuts
needed to avert catastrophic climate change, according to a
report presented to the United Nations today by leading research
institutions in 15 countries. Posted.

Global climate change solution still possible ... but barely,
says report. Climate change requires a rapid and dramatic
decarbonization of the global energy supply, according to a new
report. It comes as world leaders aim to learn from past failures
in forging an international pact on climate change at
international talks next year in Paris. World leaders have a
rapidly closing window of opportunity to decarbonize the global
energy supply before rising greenhouse gas emissions cause
irreversible harm to the planet. Posted.

The Real Deal with Global Warming And Climate Change  Decades
since the issue of global warming reared its ugly head; a lot of
people still argue the validity of scientific findings put forth
by researchers and professionals around the world. Arguments,
such as “the climate is a natural process”, to the issue being
entirely a hoax is still ravaging the minds of the world's
population. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1151191 

A plan to de-carbonize the world by 2050 -- doable, though
chances are slim. Holding back catastrophic climate change is
still possible -- but just barely, and doing so will require a
tremendous technological effort, according to a sweeping new
report that analyzes what it would take to de-carbonize the
world's top economies. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002534/print BY


California board considers fines for wasting water. Wasting water
outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians
in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by
state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering
front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose. The
State Water Resources Control Board next week is scheduled to
consider draft emergency regulations made public Tuesday. They
are intended to put teeth into conservation efforts that so far
have produced disappointing results. Posted.


If It's a War on Coal, Coal Is Winning.  As wars go, the fight
between clean and dirty energy sources is more like a
centuries-old religious conflict than shock and awe. 
That’s one lesson from a new study of U.S. power generation by
the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In 2040, the electricity
sector might not look radically different from the way it does
today, with emissions a little higher, or lower, and power
sources still clubbing each other over the head for market share.


China to Exclude Electric Cars From Purchase Tax Amid Smog Fight.
China will exempt electric cars from purchase taxes as part of
expanded government measures to combat pollution. Authorities
will exclude new-energy autos -- China’s term for electric cars,
plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles -- from the taxes starting
September 1 this year until the end of 2017, according to a
statement posted on the central government website yesterday,
citing a State Council meeting.  Posted.

Tesla Sued by Businesseman Claiming China Trademark Right. Tesla
Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric carmaker led by Elon Musk, was
sued in China for trademark infringement in the latest example of
the difficulties foreign companies face doing business in the
country.  Zhan Baosheng, who registered the rights to the name
before the U.S. carmaker entered China…Posted.

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy.  A group of
San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has
joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest
single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the
country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have
united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8
million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation

http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060002535/print  BY

Sonoma County's electric-car infusion (w/video).  Sonoma County
is playing a major role in what is being billed as the single
largest government purchase of the electric vehicles in the
nation. More than a third of the 90 vehicles being purchased by a
collective of 10 Bay Area government agencies are headed to
Sonoma County in a bid to reduce fuel costs and demonstrate
environmental leadership. Posted.

Fuel cell vehicles can refuel at existing gas stations – report
The gas 'n' go at the rest stop could offer not only soda and
gasoline but also hydrogen fuel, according to a new study from
Sandia National Laboratories. The report examined the feasibility
of integrating hydrogen at 70 California commercial gas stations
under the 2011 fire codes from the National Fire Protection
Association and found almost half could accommodate separation
distances and other issues of hydrogen fuel based on the
risk-informed analysis.
http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060002566/ BY


GE to Operate 211-Megawatt Wind Farm in Texas Panhandle With EON.
General Electric Co. (GE), the largest U.S. producer of wind
turbines, agreed to own and operate a project in Texas with EON
SE (EOAN), Germany’s biggest utility, that will power about
64,000 homes. GE Energy Financial Services Inc. and EON Climate
and Renewables North America LLC each provided half of the equity
investment in the 211-megawatt Grandview I wind farm, according
to a statement today. Posted.


Borrowing from taxman to buy solar.  Homeowners in San Diego and
surrounding areas gained access this week to a new kind of
financing for home improvements to reduce energy bills or save
water that is repaid through property tax bills. So-called PACE
financing -- short for property assessed clean energy -- was
extended Monday to homeowners within San Diego city limits,
unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Escondido
and El Cajon. Posted.


Capitol Corridor hope: 10 passenger trains a day between
Roseville and Sacramento. Capitol Corridor has launched plans for
a $200 million track construction project that would allow it to
increase passenger rail service tenfold between Sacramento and
Roseville. The intercity rail line, which runs from Placer County
to the Bay Area, has long operated one round-trip commuter train
a day between the two cities…Posted.


Is Greener Always Better? A high recycling rate is a bit like a
civic penance. Yes, we consumed, the figure admits. But we paid
for it by going through the trouble of sorting our waste into
green and blue bins. High recycling rates are demonstrations of
personal and civic virtue, and so long as green is good, greener
--as measured by a higher rate -- is obviously better. Posted.

How much water does California have left? Southern California
water managers are doing such a great job that you would hardly
know we are in the midst of the worst drought since
record-keeping began in the late 1800s. However, excellence in
water management has a real downside: a false sense of security.
It is exceedingly difficult to convey the urgency of the
situation when most everything around us is green. 

No drought for the rich. Re "No need to let your grass die" (Page
A1, July 7): I recently flew over Sacramento in a Cessna. From
the plane, I could see that throughout South Sacramento, the
majority of lawns were straw-colored as residents heed the call
and do their part in conserving water. I sometimes walk my dog
through the Fabulous Forties in East Sacramento. The lawns there
are invariably large and lush and green. Posted.

Ranchers coming around on global warming. The chorus of global
warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire
issue is fraudulent are not going away. But realism is also
slowly setting in among some California groups that long tried to
wish away the issue by claiming any warming that's happening is
strictly a cyclical natural phenomenon. California ranchers are
now among the first interest groups to realize that like it or
not, global warming can no longer be denied with any semblance of
accuracy. Posted.


Get Outside While You Can: Beijing and Shanghai’s Air Pollution,
By the Clock. With its notoriously smoggy skies, Beijing seems to
launch a new initiative to reduce air pollution almost every
week. Last week, local authorities said they wanted to build wind
tunnels to funnel wind through the streets and blow away the bad
air. This week, the state-run People’s Daily reported plans to
spend $7.7 billion in the next five years to reduce air
pollution. Posted.

HYBRIDS.  I love my Toyota Prius so much, I don’t’ want it
totaled. Thus, it is still unfixed. I filed a complaint with the
Insurance Commission and they agreed with me that Triple AAA
should revalue my car because I installed a new EV battery pack
in it 18 months ago. So, now I wait. The wheels of justice from
insurance, complaints, etc. turn slowly. Today, I went on line
and looked at other electric vehicles, thinking maybe I’d buy a
second hand EV. Posted.

Oil companies try to weasel out of California’s cap-and-trade
program. Like climate change, California’s cap-and-trade program
is an evolving and growing beast. Since its official launch last
year, power plants, cement producers, glass manufacturers, and
some other heavy industries operating in the Golden State have
been required to reduce carbon emissions and pay for the
privilege of polluting the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases.

5 Things You Should Know About Generating Electricity From
Landfill Gas. With EPA's recent announcement that new landfills
will be required to capture two-thirds of their methane and air
toxic emissions by 2023 (13 percent more than current
requirements), the Obama Administration takes another step
forward to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Posted.

Nissan's 'No Charge to Charge' is what incentives look like in
the EV age.  Nissan knows that offering free charging can
increase Leaf sales, so it only makes sense for them to expand
the "No Charge to Charge" program. And that's exactly what
happened yesterday. As previewed during the New York Auto Show,
No Charge To Charge gives new Leaf buyers free charging at
participating public charging stations – which is pretty much any
public station – for two years. Posted.

Customers want wireless charging in next-gen Prius Plug-In; they
might get it. Could 2016 be the year prospective Toyota Prius
Plug-in Hybrid buyers are waiting for? Why, yes, says an
unidentified Toyota spokesman. That's according to Plug-in Cars,
which reports that a wireless plug-in vehicle charging system may
be less than two years away for the Prius Plug-in. Posted.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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