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ARB Newsclips for May 6, 2013. 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 European carbon market in trouble. As the centerpiece of Europe’s pledge to lead the global battle against climate change, the region’s market for carbon emissions effectively turned pollution into a commodity that could be traded like gold or oil. But the once-thriving pollution trade here has turned into a carbon bust. Under the system, 31 nations slapped emission limits on more than 11,000 companies and issued carbon credits that could be traded by firms to meet their new pollution caps. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/european-carbon-markets-trouble-darkens-outlook-for-remedying-climate-change/2013/05/05/0178ccea-b30f-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html AIR POLLUTION Beach bonfire spat gets hot in Southern California. Anna Abderhalden and her siblings woke before dawn to stake a claim to a coveted beachfront spot where bonfires blaze each night as a rite of summer in this surf-crazy Southern California city. More than 12 hours later, Abderhalden's toes were tucked in the sand as an orange sun dipped below the horizon and flames warmed her family. "This is a unique place," she said as her sister-in-law skewered a marshmallow. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FIRE_PIT_FIGHT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/05/04/3285894/beach-bonfire-spat-gets-hot-in.html http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/popular-seaside-fire-pits-touch-off-dispute-over-air-pollution_2013-05-05.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/may/04/beach-bonfire-spat-gets-hot-in-southern/#ixzz2SWv6JCye EU Pollution Push in Disarray on Debt Crisis Distraction. Europe’s program to halt climate change is in disarray with lawmakers in the region expressing concern the drift is undermining the planet’s most significant effort to combat global warming. Representatives of political groups in the European Parliament’s environment committee tomorrow are set to discuss dates of new votes to revive a plan the full assembly rejected. It would have boosted the cost of greenhouse-gas emissions. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-05/eu-pollution-push-in-disarray-as-crisis-focus-sharpens.html Neighbors Resist a Plan to Clean a Toxic Canal. One neighborhood fears that the sludge taken out from the canal would poison the air over their ball fields, and others worry that the location of a sewage-processing site needed for the cleanup would destroy a beloved swimming pool. The disputes illustrate a predicament that often crops up in environmental remediation: those affected see the cure as worse than the disease. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/nyregion/epa-plan-to-clean-up-gowanus-canal-meets-local-resistance.html?ref=earth&_r=0 Air quality alert issued for SLO County as wildfires burn around California. Large wildfires burning north and south of San Luis Obispo County have prompted county officials to issue an air quality alert. “Due to changing winds and weather conditions, it is difficult to predict which areas of the county may be most affected by smoke from the fire,” said Aeron Arlin-Genet, spokeswoman for the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Posted. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/05/03/2495049/fire-air-quality-smoke-health.html Disposal fee waived to reduce smoke. In an effort to curb an increase in smoke pollution caused by yard waste burning in Calaveras County, the county's Air Pollution Control District and Public Works Department are offering residents a chance to dispose of waste for free at county landfills Saturday and Sunday. The fee waiver does not apply to businesses or non-residential waste collection customers. Residents will be able to dispose of up to four cubic yards of yard waste without a fee. After that, they will pay the standard $4 per cubic yard. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130506/A_NEWS/130509919&cid=sitesearch CLIMATE CHANGE California, Arizona see spike in valley fever cases as worsening drought kicks up dust. California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it. The fever has hit California’s agricultural heartland particularly hard in recent years, with incidence dramatically increasing in 2010 and 2011. The disease — which is prevalent in arid regions of the United States…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/california-arizona-see-spike-in-valley-fever-cases-as-worsening-drought-kicks-up-dust/2013/05/06/1be9770e-b60d-11e2-b568-6917f6ac6d9d_story.html Climate change may bring drought to temperate areas, study says. 'Wet areas will get wetter and dry areas will get drier,' says a scientist, describing the findings of a NASA-led study on rainfall trends. Drought-prone places include the Southwestern United States. Climate change may increase the risk of extreme rainfall in the tropics and drought in the world's temperate zones, according to a new study led by NASA. "These results in many ways are the worst of all possible worlds," said Peter Gleick, a climatologist and water expert who is president of the Pacific Institute, an Oakland research organization. "Wet areas will get wetter and dry areas will get drier." Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-nasa-climate-20130504,0,2772152.story EPA to defend its greenhouse gas emission rules tomorrow. U.S. EPA will return to court tomorrow to defend its regulations for fighting climate change from multiple challenges by Texas and industry groups. At issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit are two cases that center on EPA's implementation of greenhouse gas air emissions standards under the Clean Air Act after the agency determined the emissions endangered public health. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/05/06/4 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY FUELS New technology propels 'old energy' boom. Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade - just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae - or powered by hydrogen or cheap batteries that burned nothing at all. Electricity would be generated with solar panels and wind turbines. When the sun didn't shine or the wind didn't blow, power would flow out of batteries the size of tractor-trailers. Fossil fuels? They were going to be expensive and scarce, relics of an earlier, dirtier age. But in the race to conquer energy technology, Old Energy is winning. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/may/04/new-technology-propels-old-energy-boom/#ixzz2SWvrfnCG Gloster signs lease for biofuels plant. The town of Gloster has signed a lease with Drax Biomass International for its Amite BioEnergy wood pellet plant. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the 15-year lease calls for the company to pay the town $8,000 per year for the first 10 years and $9,000 for the next five. There are options to continue the lease at $10,000 per year for the next 10 years and $11,000 per year thereafter. The board of aldermen this week issued a permit to Haskell Co. of Jacksonville, Fla., to begin site work at the local industrial park. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/may/05/gloster-signs-lease-for-biofuels-plant/#ixzz2SWwSl8Pu McCarthy says low-carbon fuel standard not in the cards. Gina McCarthy, President Obama's pick to head U.S. EPA, said the agency is not considering a national low-carbon fuel standard that would promote diesel and biofuels with lower carbon emissions in the transportation sector. Responding in writing to questions from Senate Republicans ahead of her confirmation vote in the Environment and Public Works Committee this week, McCarthy said the agency is "not considering nor does it currently have any plans to establish an LCFS under the Clean Air Act." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/05/06/3 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Obama says U.S. likely to be gas exporter by 2020. President Obama indicated over the weekend that he's warming to the idea of the United States exporting its new glut of natural gas and that doing so would ensure the nation plays a larger role on the global geopolitical stage. "Because of the extraordinary advances in technology that we've made in the United States, we are likely to be a net natural gas exporter as soon as 2020," Obama said during a development forum Saturday in San Jose, Costa Rica. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2013/05/06/5 BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla drives California environmental credits to the bank. Zero Emission Vehicle credits could give the automaker as much as $250 million this year, highlighting the state's effort to promote the electric car. When Tesla Motors reports its first-ever profit Wednesday, much of the money will come courtesy of the state of California. In its zeal to push electric cars into the market, the state has created a system in which Tesla can make as much as $35,000 extra on each sale of its luxury Model S electric sports sedans. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-electric-cars-20130506,0,3647114.story GREEN ENERGY SOLAR POWER: Developers close to flipping the switch. Nearly four years after the fanfare, the Obama administration’s vision of tapping California desert sunshine to fight climate change is getting close to becoming a reality. The developers of three commercial-scale solar projects on public land in Riverside and San Bernardino counties say they will start feeding the electrical grid this fall, if not earlier: Genesis, about 25 miles west of Blythe, being built by NextEra Energy Resources using thermal troughs to collect solar energy. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-environment-headlines/20130503-solar-power-developers-close-to-flipping-the-switch.ece Sebastopol poised to add solar requirement to new construction. Sebastopol, the small town of 7,400 tucked next to the green hills of west Sonoma County, would seem to have little in common with Lancaster, a high desert city of 146,000 located 400 miles away in northeast Los Angeles County. Sebastopol Mayor Michael Kyes is a Democrat, and the city is represented in Congress by Rep. Jared Huffman, a Democrat who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris is a Republican, as is Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Posted. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130504/ARTICLES/130509768/0/SEARCH Some in W. Pa. worry over proposed wind farm. Some western Pennsylvania residents say a proposed wind energy farm might involve too much noise and heavy equipment, but others support the project. The Erie Times-News reports Monday that some residents of North East Township are concerned about setbacks between wind turbines and neighboring properties, turbine noise, and heavy equipment during construction. The township is about 15 miles northeast of Erie. Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy began leasing property for the wind farm near Interstate 90 two years ago. Posted. http://www.sbsun.com/ci_23180763/some-w-pa-worry-over-proposed-wind-farm#ixzz2SX1onAnT MISCELLANEOUS GM recalls more than 38,000 Chevy, Buick hybrids due to fire risk. General Motors announced Monday it’s recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet and Buick eAssist light hybrid cars for a potential fire issue. The automaker said circuit boards in the trunk can potentially overheat, causing the cars’ 12-volt battery to drain and one of several indicator lights to turn on. If owners ignore the warning lights, the engine could stall and a fire could occur in the trunk, GM said. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-autos-gm-recalls-eassist-20130506,0,9218.story Bill would create 'Made in California' label. The legislation, for manufactured products, would enhance the state's reputation for making environmentally safe and energy efficient products, a senator says. A "Made in USA" label has long been seen as an advantage in marketing a product. Now there are in-state manufacturers that want to see the adoption of an official label that declares Made in California. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-capitol-business-beat-20130506,0,1869554.story OPINIONS Letters: Climate change is news we can use. Re "Atmospheric CO2 approaches a dire milestone," May 2 If astronomers had just discovered that a meteor would strike Earth in a few years and that its impact would make our world a radically different place than the one we have known, the article about it would be above the fold on the front page. But when scientists at UC San Diego tell us we are pumping carbon dioxide into our atmosphere at a rate that can, in a few decades, raise the Earth's average temperature and ocean levels to heights not seen in millions of years…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0505-sunday-co2-climate-change-20130505,0,7929536,print.story BLOGS With Carbon Dioxide Approaching a New High, Scientists Sound the Alarm. If uncertainty runs rampant in the global-warming debate, it is in part because scientific data is often too complex to be well understood by anyone but climate scientists. This month, however, the world is likely to reach a scientific milestone that appears impressively scary even to those with only a cursory knowledge of climate science. For the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will surpass 400 parts per million, according Scripps Institution of Oceanography…Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/with-carbon-dioxide-approaching-a-new-high-scientists-sound-the-alarm/ Tesla thrives, Fisker fades. Electric-car critics have been having a field day with the implosion of Fisker Automotive. And yet just 380 miles away from Fisker’s almost-empty headquarters in Anaheim, another plug-in car company appears to be doing just fine. Tesla Motors of Palo Alto is expected to report its first quarterly profit on Wednesday, a month after Fisker fired most of its employees. Tesla builds pure electric cars, while Fisker made plug-in hybrids. But the two companies targeted the same customers and used similar business strategies. Both received big federal loans. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2013/05/05/tesla-thrives-fisker-fades/