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ARB Newsclips for July 18, 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. AIR POLLUTION AQMD orders Exide to improve pollution controls. The hearing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District last week unanimously approved two orders for abatement requiring Exide Technologies to make substantial improvements to its air pollution control system before resuming operations at its battery recycling plant here. “These orders will put in place additional measures to protect public health during facility improvements as well as daily operations…Posted. http://wavenewspapers.com/news/article_ecac7a28-0e0c-11e4-8f96-001a4bcf6878.html CLIMATE CHANGE Death of Australian Pollution Levy Marks First U-Turn on Climate. Australia’s decision to repeal its levy limiting fossil-fuel pollution makes it the first nation to turn back from a market approach to fighting global warming. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government won final approval from Parliament yesterday to scrap a levy about 300 companies paid for their carbon dioxide emissions. The move leaves Australia, the largest polluter per capita among industrial nations…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-07-17/australia-scrapping-pollution-levy-marks-first-u-turn-on-climate.html Australia's Carbon Tax Message. Tony Abbott scored a big win Thursday when the Senate repealed Australia's carbon tax, fulfilling the Prime Minister's most prominent promise from last year's election. The global intelligentsia is now making Mr. Abbott public climate enemy number one, but he deserves applause for honoring his campaign pledge and removing a burden on the Australian economy. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/articles/australias-carbon-tax-message-1405616207 Australia Tax Repeal Is Big Blow to Fight Against Emissions. Australia’s repeal of laws requiring large companies to pay for carbon emissions is among the starkest expressions worldwide of how economic concerns have complicated efforts to combat climate change. Analysts are viewing the move as a blow to plans for countries to knit together markets for trading emissions allowances. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/business/international/australia-tax-repeal-is-big-blow-to-fight-against-emissions.html Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon Emissions. When city leaders and state legislators agreed last year to fund roughly half the $1 billion cost of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, they attached the usual strings for such projects: It had to be architecturally iconic, employ steel made from Minnesota iron ore and offer at least a few cheap seats. It also had to be energy efficient, from lighting to building materials to the sources of its power. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/us/politics/without-much-straining-minnesota-reins-in-its-utilities-carbon-emissions.html DROUGHT California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine for brown lawn. A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state's drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore - despite emergency statewide orders to conserve. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/17/us-usa-california-drought-idUSKBN0FM2OA20140717 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/california-couple-warned-for-having-brown-lawn/2014/07/17/8f815836-0dcc-11e4-9c90-0c289b74e142_story.html http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/17/6563230/california-couple-warned-for-having.html##storylink=cpy http://www.startribune.com/nation/267517061.htm http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/us/article/California-couple-warned-for-having-brown-lawn-5628216.php#/0 80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show. More than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to new data by the National Weather Service. The NWS' Drought Monitor Update for July 15 shows 81% of California in the category of extreme drought or worse, up from 78%. Three months ago, it was 68%. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-extreme-drought-data-20140717-story.html Wasting water? Fear ratting neighbors, not relentless cops. If you decide to spray-wash your driveway in the middle of the drought, God forbid, the cops aren't likely to show up at your doorstep. It's more likely your neighbor will rat you out. Despite new statewide regulations that will allow authorities to ticket residents for excessive outdoor watering - with fines up to $500 - many Bay Area police departments and water agencies say they don't plan to issue citations. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Little-enforcement-of-new-water-rules-planned-5629287.php DIESEL EMISSIONS Report warns of diesel fumes' risks. Leticia DeCaigny straps a portable air-sampling device to the side of a neighbor's deck. For two days, the small gray box with what looks like a chimney on top will gather evidence of pollution from diesel engines. "It's like a human lung," sucking in air as a person would breathe; DeCaigny says as she pushes some buttons that set the device whirring. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/17/6564048/report-warns-of-diesel-fumes-risks.html#storylink=cpy VEHICLES Business model borrowed from buildings can reduce barriers to natural gas vehicles – report. The energy services business model that has saved building owners billions of dollars in energy costs could also incentivize fleet managers to invest in natural gas vehicles, achieving both economic and climate benefits, according to a new report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060003103/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY Poll: Men and Women Think Differently About Energy. A new global survey for TIME shows how attitudes toward conservation may be guided by gender. More women than men worldwide say energy conservation is a “very important” issue, while men report greater personal concern about global warming, according to the results of a new global energy survey conducted for TIME. Posted. http://time.com/#3005357/energy-polling-climate-men-women/ Germany takes title in efficiency, while U.S. falls far behind. Taking yet another international crown, Germany yesterday came in first in a ranking of countries on energy efficiency. "We are pleased to win a second title in a week's time," said Philipp Ackerman, minister and deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, referring to the country's World Cup win during a conference call. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060003100/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Clean Power, Off the Grid. AFTER years of hype, renewable energy has gone mainstream in much of the United States and, increasingly, around the world. Enormous wind projects are moving ahead in oil- and gas-rich Wyoming, utility-scale solar projects are sprouting up in California and Nevada and tens of thousands of homeowners nationwide are installing affordable solar panels on their rooftops. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/opinion/wind-solar-clean-power-off-the-grid.html?_r=0 Editorial: Punished for saving water: A drought Catch-22. Talk about mixed messages: While Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that California faces its worst drought since record-keeping began and regulators have approved fines of up to $500 for wasting water, some Southern California cities are continuing to issue warnings and citations to residents who let their lawns go brown. “It's tone deaf and irresponsible to preach conservation and then slap people with penalties when they actually conserve water.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-brown-lawns-fines-california-drought-20140718-story.html# Opinion: What are we getting ourselves into with cap and trade? We sometimes get the impression that the pump price of gasoline goes up just before the construction holidays, right when thousands of families are heading out onto Quebec’s highways. These hikes are certainly annoying, although they don’t necessarily happen every year and prices usually come down later on. But I can predict with some certainty that in six months, the increases will be even more painful, and permanent this time. Posted. http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/trade+What+getting+ourselves+into/10038646/story.html The Sad, Sad, Cancellation of Australia's Carbon Tax. If you think that the whole idea of climate change is just something whipped up in the labs by scientists hungry for research grants then of course you’ll be delighted that Australia has just cancelled their carbon tax. If, like many, you’re rather more willing to go along with the scientific consensus on this matter then you’ll be a little less overjoyed. And if, like myself, you concentrate mostly on the economics of climate change then this is a sad, sad, day. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/07/17/the-sad-sad-cancellation-of-australias-carbon-tax/ BLOGS Google Takes On Rogue Methane Emissions With Street View Cars. Google Inc.'s Street View cars have captured the world's roads, highways and back alleys for years. Now they are being used for something entirely different: detecting the thousands of natural gas leaks blighting major U.S. cities. Google cars fit with air monitors have taken millions of readings along the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program run by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to help reduce methane emissions. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/16/google-methane-emissions_n_5592450.html Cap-and-Trade's Moment of Truth. With the looming expansion of its cap-and-trade program to transportation fuels like gasoline, California is fast approaching a significant moment of truth for its climate policy. This has some people nervous, and there are growing rumblings of proposals to delay, perhaps permanently, the expansion of the cap to transportation fuels. While many of the backers of these proposals profess continued support for AB 32 and its goals…Posted. http://theenergycollective.com/jamesbushnell/431681/cap-and-trade-s-moment-truth Wanna see what climate change looks like? Check out the vicious fires in northwest Canada. Lightning, an intense heat wave, and low rainfall are lighting up northwestern Canada like a bonfire, producing conflagrations that scientists are linking to climate change. More than 100 forest fires are burning in Canada’s lightly populated Northwest Territories, east of Alaska. Some residents are being evacuated from their homes; others are being warned to stay inside to avoid inhaling the choking smoke. Posted. http://grist.org/news/wanna-see-what-climate-change-looks-like-check-out-the-vicious-fires-in-northwest-canada/ Innovators In Norway Use Power Plant Carbon Dioxide To Grow Fish Food. Norway is known as a world leader in exporting oil and gas — but it’s also a leading fish exporter. However with global demand growing, feeding all these fish is getting more expensive and challenging. In the first half of this year Norway’s salmon export value reached the highest ever recorded and the value of exported Norwegian salmon to Asia during that time period was up 30 percent year-over-year. Posted. http://www.climatedepot.com/2014/07/18/innovators-in-norway-use-power-plant-carbon-dioxide-to-grow-fish-food/ Americans want the U.S. to act on climate change — even if it goes alone. A massive new study shows that voters are ready for the government to forge ahead even without an international agreement. he conventional wisdom on climate change is that the issue is politically toxic. But it turns out the American people may be prepared for the kind of enormous undertaking that would be required to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change — including unilateral action by the U.S. government. Posted. http://theweek.com/article/index/264928/americans-want-the-us-to-act-on-climate-change--even-if-it-goes-alone How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming. We all know that carbon dioxide is contributing to the warming of our planet but... how, exactly? In this video, Lieven Scheire explains how quantum mechanics holds the answer. Don't worry, though: he starts off slow, using the physics of rainbows and light bulbs to describe how gases can absorb light—and why, in the case of carbon dioxide, that's a real bad thing for us. Posted. http://gizmodo.com/how-quantum-mechanics-explains-global-warming-1607085714 Federal Study Confirms Aviation Glare Hazard From Solar Project. A federal laboratory has released its report on hazards from glare at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in San Bernardino County and the risk that glare poses to aviation in the area. That report isn't good news for those flying between L.A. and Vegas. ReWire reported in March on complaints from pilots flying near the 397-megawatt solar power tower plant that the facility's tens of thousands of mirrors... Posted. http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/solar-thermal/federal-study-confirms-aviation-glare-hazard-from-solar-project.html California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.