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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for April 23, 2013.

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 12:45:58
ARB Newsclips for April 23, 2013. 

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California Carbon Credits Will Soon Be Good In Quebec.  A deal's
been in the works for some time, but the California Air Resources
Board (CARB) made it official Friday: greenhouse gas emission
allowances acquired as part of California's cap and trade auction
program can soon be traded along with those issued under a
similar program in the Canadian province of Quebec.  As of
January 1, 2014, the carbon emissions markets in California and
Quebec will essentially merge…Posted. 

California and New England Carbon Markets Unfazed by Europe’s
Woes.  News of the European Union and its troubles with the
program there to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions is spreading
around the globe. What will happen and how might that experience
affect California and New England, where similar efforts are
underway?  Europe’s cap-and-trade mechanism to cut heat trapping
emissions is struggling for a multitude of reasons, some of which
are applicable to other regions and some of which are endemic to
its continental strategy. Posted. 


In China, Breathing Becomes a Childhood Risk. The boy’s chronic
cough and stuffy nose began last year at the age of 3. His
symptoms worsened this winter, when smog across northern China
surged to record levels. Now he needs his sinuses cleared every
night with saltwater piped through a machine’s tubes. The boy’s
mother, Zhang Zixuan, said she almost never lets him go outside,
and when she does she usually makes him wear a face mask. The
difference between Britain, where she once studied, and China is
“heaven and hell,” she said. Posted.

3 Areas of the World Continue to Pollute Our Air. When it comes
to checks and balances, carbon emissions could do without.
Despite massive gains in growth for both solar and wind in 2012,
emissions per unit of energy remain nearly at the same level as
15 years ago. Let's take a closer look at who's polluting, who's
greening, and if there are profits in store for your portfolio
picks. Posted.

Air pollution report shows Oxnard has highest levels in the
county. Ventura County's communities had a range of air pollution
in a new report from the California Environmental Protection
Agency. The report, called CalEnviroSceen, pulls together
information about a range of pollutants to create an overall
score for each zip code in the state. The Oxnard and Port Hueneme
area had the worst score in the county, including 93030 which was
in the highest pollution score category for the report. Posted.

Air pollution report shows Oxnard has highest levels in the
county. The report, called CalEnviroSceen, pulls together
information about a range of pollutants to create an overall
score for each zip code in the state. The Oxnard and Port Hueneme
area had the worst score in the county, including 93030 which was
in the highest pollutin score category for the report. The study
of 1,769 ZIP code areas by the Cal EPA looked at everything from
pesticide use to traffic density to groundwater threats. Posted.


Wis. utilities settle with EPA over air pollution. Wisconsin
utilities have agreed to spend more than $1 billion to clean up
aging coal-fired power plants under a settlement with federal
regulators announced Monday. Under the agreement filed in federal
court in Madison, the utilities will pay a civil penalty of $2.45
million for alleged violations of air pollution laws over the
years. Wisconsin Power & Light Co. and the other utilities also
agreed to pay $8.5 million to fund a series of environmental
projects over the next five years. Posted.

OC supes to weigh in on proposed beach bonfire ban. Orange County
supervisors could throw their support behind maintaining the
Southern California tradition of beach bonfires as a possible ban
looms. The Los Angeles Times says that a staff report for
Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting recommends they oppose a
broad ban and let cities decide for themselves whether to allow
the fires. Posted. 

Tool identifies Calif.'s most polluted cities. Seven of
California's 10 ZIP codes most burdened by pollution are in the
San Joaquin Valley and three are in Los Angeles, according to a
new tool developed by state environmental officials to target
communities for cleanup. "People tend to think of more urban
areas when they think of pollution effects," said Sam Delson, a
spokesman for the California Environmental Protection Agency.
"That isn't necessarily the case." Posted.


Yuba-Sutter air quality improvement may boost status.
Yuba-Sutter's air quality has improved enough in recent years
that officials are seeking an upgrade in Environmental Protection
Agency clean-air status. Feather River Air Quality Management
District, which monitors air quality for both Yuba and Sutter
counties, is seeking "attainment" status for the first time since
2006. Posted. Read more:

Model for megacities? Mexico City cleans up its air.  As people
around the world celebrate Earth Day, Mexico City may serve as an
unlikely environmental example for cities in developing countries
suffering poor air quality. Mexico City was once known for its
smoggy landscape with industrial eyesores such as the 18 de Marzo
Refinery spewing ozone-forming emissions such as sulfur dioxide.
The cloud of contaminants hanging over the capital played into an
apocalyptic reputation for pollution, crime, and

States, cities ask Supreme Court to review cross-state ruling.
Nine states, five cities and the District of Columbia yesterday
urged the Supreme Court to grant U.S. EPA's request to review a
lower court decision that throw out its regulations for air
pollution that drifts across state lines. Led by New York
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), the local officials filed
a brief in support of petitions from EPA and environmental groups
challenging a August 2012 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/04/23/11 BY


Redwood clones planted to combat warming. A team led by a
nurseryman from northern Michigan and his sons has raced against
time for two decades, snipping branches from some of the world's
biggest and most durable trees with plans to produce clones that
could restore ancient forests and help fight climate change. Now
comes the most ambitious phase of the quest: getting the new
trees into the ground. Posted.

John Kerry on climate change: ‘Science is screaming’ for new
energy controls. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry vowed
during Earth Day remarks to deal with climate change, one of the
world's foremost "clear and present danger[s]." He also said, in
honor of Monday's Earth Day message: "The science is screaming at
all of us and demands action. From the far reaches of
Antarctica's Ross Sea to tropical wetlands in Southeast

Earth Day: California coastal redwoods to be planted in 7 nations
to fight climate. Ceremonial plantings of two dozen clones from
California's mighty coastal redwoods were taking place Monday in
seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland,
Canada, Germany and the U.S. A team led by a nurseryman from
northern Michigan and his sons has raced against time for two
decades, snipping branches from some of the world's biggest and
most durable trees with plans to produce clones that could
restore ancient forests and help fight climate change. Posted.

A way to curb global warming: Suck carbon emissions right out of
the air? Most efforts to address carbon emissions focus on
preventing them from entering the atmosphere in the first place.
But how to get rid of CO2 already there? Start-ups are developing
prototype air-capture systems. Efforts to combat global warming,
triggered and reinforced by rising levels of carbon dioxide as
humans burn fossil fuels and convert forests to farmland, largely
focus on preventing CO2 from entering the atmosphere in the first
place. Posted.


Trucking Industry Is Set to Expand Its Use of Natural Gas. The
natural gas boom has already upended the American power industry,
displacing coal and bringing consumers cheaper electricity. Now
the trucking industry, with its millions of 18-wheelers moving
products like potato chips, underarm deodorant and copy paper
around the country, is taking a leap forward in switching from
petroleum to cleaner-burning natural gas. And if natural gas
remains cheap, consumers may benefit again. Posted.

State Department Criticized by E.P.A. on Pipeline Report. The
Environmental Protection Agency sharply criticized the State
Department’s impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL oil
pipeline, saying the report failed to adequately consider the
climate change impacts of building the pipeline or to
realistically assess alternative pipeline routes or modes of
transport. Posted.


Could Biofuels Help Power Jets?  A new synthetic type of biofuel
created by mixing and matching bits of DNA from different
organisms could one day replace diesel and jet fuel, scientists
say.  Biofuels are renewable sources of energy created using
living organisms such as plants. The most common biofuel used in
vehicles today is ethanol, more commonly known as drinking
alcohol.  Posted. 

Researchers seek new ways to capture methane. With drillers
tapping into massive stores of natural gas across the United
States, scientists are researching ways to capture it more
effectively. Natural gas mostly consists of methane but has
smaller amounts of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and nitrogen
in the mix. Energy companies are looking for a cheap way to
separate these gases to yield a pure methane stream. Developers
also want to control methane leaks because the gas is an
especially potent heat trapper in the atmosphere. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2013/04/23/6 BY

Researchers engineer bugs to create diesel replica. Since the
recession, stars moved out of alignment for clean-tech startups
looking to replace fossil fuels with synthetic biofuels. Some
companies have shuttered their biofuel enterprises or moved
toward producing more lucrative pharmaceuticals and chemicals for
cosmetics. But John Love, a researcher at the University of
Exeter, has not wavered since 1993, when he first began working
on biofuels. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2013/04/23/5 BY

Calif. advancing measures to stop or limit fracking. A slew of
measures are advancing in California to stop or limit hydraulic
fracturing as the oil industry works to unlock a massive shale
formation in the state. California lawmakers have offered 10
bills that would affect the technique known as fracking, where
companies blast chemical-laced water underground at high pressure
to break apart rock formations and release oil or natural gas.
Critics charge it endangers watersheds, wildlife and air quality,
while industry disputes those claims. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/energywire/print/2013/04/23/2 BY


Fisker Automotive misses Energy Department loan payment. Troubled
sports car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. failed to make a
$10-million payment on a federal government loan Monday, tipping
the Anaheim company closer to a bankruptcy reorganization or
liquidation. Fisker was scheduled to start to pay down about $192
million it had borrowed under the Energy Department’s Advanced
Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program. Posted.


It's lights out as UCLA enacts tobacco ban on Earth Day. UCLA is
the first school in the UC system to implement the ban, following
a call by President Mark G. Yudof for all 10 UC campuses to go
smoke-free by 2014.  Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as
he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not
noticing that the ashtrays were empty and askew. The electrical
engineering graduate student had no idea that the university had
enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. Posted.


Cal students want oil money for education, green energy, county
governments and state parks.  Tired of rising tuition at UC
Berkeley, a group of students said Monday it would help gather
signatures for a state ballot measure taxing oil and gas
extraction $2 billion for education, green energy, county
governments and state parks.  The UC Berkeley group is joining 12
other student and environmental groups to get the California
Modernization and Development Act on the November 2014 ballot. 


How to put America back together again - it can start with a
carbon tax. Until we fully understand what turned two brothers
who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into
murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other
than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America
stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to
whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men.

NO ON SONOMA CLEAN POWER: Higher cost, more greenhouse gases. As
Sonoma County considers paying more for electricity that is
purportedly “green” through a community choice aggregation
system, we hope residents and leaders will look beyond the grand
claims and focus on the hard fact that this new program will, in
all likelihood, emit more greenhouse gases than our current
supply. How could that be? How could a plan that politicians
boldly call “green” actually increase greenhouse gases? Here's
how. Posted.

Expand the potential of energy-saving Prop. 39. In response to
the important hearing in Riverside regarding implementation of
Prop. 39 for energy-saving projects (“Area makes grab for Prop.
39 money,” April 5), we need to widen the possibilities. The
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice believes
that if we are to maximize the job-creation potential of this
program, we need to include not only schools but also public
buildings such as affordable housing, community colleges,
libraries, senior centers and other facilities in disadvantaged
communities as permitted by the Prop. 39 rules. Posted.

The real deniers of climate change.  The Northern Hemisphere is
experiencing unusually cold weather. Snow cover last December was
the greatest since satellite monitoring began in 1966. The United
Kingdom had the coldest March weather in 50 years, and there were
more than a thousand record low temperatures in the United
States. The Irish meteorological office reported that March
“temperatures were the lowest on record nearly everywhere.”

Jerry Brown, the bullet train and an unsurprising surprise. 
Kevin Starr, the historian and author of the multi-volume
"Americans and the California Dream," appeared at the Los Angeles
Times Festival of Books on Saturday at the University of Southern
California.  Naturally, when the audience got a chance to ask
questions, Gov. Jerry Brown's high-speed-rail proposal came up.
Nothing says "California dream" like the highly speculative
bullet-train plan.  Posted. 


How Americans see global warming — in 8 charts. Earth Day
organizers have dedicated the celebration’s 43rd anniversary to
highlighting the impact of climate change. Even though President
Obama made mention of the issue in his second inaugural address
and his 2013 State of the Union speech, climate change has a long
way to go to be a top-of-the-mind issue in the U.S. even as most
Americans broadly acknowledge the existence of global warming and
support laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. Posted.

Study Charts 2,000 Years of Continental Climate Changes. A
comprehensive new analysis of temperature changes over the
continents through 2,000 years has found that a long slide in
temperatures in most regions preceded the unusual global warming
of recent decades, but with a lot of regional variability and
other fascinating details. A National Science Foundation news
release has ample background. Posted.

Silicon Valley biofuel company gets $2.5m grant. A Silicon Valley
company is getting a $2.5 million federal grant to develop a
pilot-scale “biorefinery” that will make jet fuel out of
switchgrass. The Energy Department announced the grant to Cobalt
Technologies of Mountain View as part of the Obama
administration’s efforts to find and use alternative fuels to
lower costs and improve performance. Posted.

The smart money is on renewable energy.  Fossil fuel cheerleaders
take note: Renewable energy ain’t going nowhere — and it may
prove to be the better bet in the long run.  By 2030, renewables
will account for 70 percent of new power supply worldwide,
according to projections released Monday from Bloomberg New
Energy Finance. Bloomberg analysts examined gas prices, carbon
prices, the dwindling price of green energy technology, and
overall energy demand (which, in the U.S. at least, is on a
massive decline), and found solar and wind beating fossil fuels
like coal and natural gas by 2030.  Posted. 

Where Do Green Cars Really Live? California, Yeah, But Then... 
One or two locations appear time and time again when it comes to
electric or hybrid vehicle sales.  If you didn't think California
was up there, then you've not been paying much attention. Oregon
too--in Portland, the Nissan Leaf actually outsold other Nissan
models last month. And of course Lima, Ohio.  What was that last
one again?  Ah yes, Lima, Ohio--according to Cars.com's search
traffic data…Posted. 

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