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ARB Newsclips for August 21, 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 Carbon Permits Rise on China’s First Market to Exceed EU Price. Carbon permits rose on the Shenzhen Emissions Exchange, the first of seven trial markets in China, to a price exceeding those in Europe, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Shenzhen carbon allowances for 2013 increased to 43 yuan ($7) a metric ton yesterday, up from 28 to 32 yuan a ton on June 18, the first day of trading, said Charlie Cao, a Beijing-based analyst for New Energy Finance. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/carbon-permits-rise-on-china-s-first-market-to-exceed-eu-price.html Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon. After its first review, a panel of technical experts from 11 government agencies raised the so-called "social cost of carbon," known as SCC. The measure is used by many arms of the U.S. government to determine the financial benefits of new regulations since 2010.The new 2020 forecast of $43 a ton was a 58 percent jump from the previous estimate, made in 2010. The issue is to be reviewed biannually. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/20/us-epa-carbon-tax-analysis-idUSBRE97J0YK20130820 California ‘Freebies’ Drive Carbon to 2013 Low: Energy Markets. Carbon prices in California have slumped to the lowest level this year as the state weighs increasing the number of free permits offered to polluters in an effort to kick-start the fledgling market. Allowances for December delivery, which can be used by companies from BP Plc (BP/) to Chevron Corp. (CVX) to cover emissions as early as this year, dropped to $13.35 a metric ton on Aug. 19, the lowest since Dec. 10, according to data compiled by CME Group Inc. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/california-freebies-drive-carbon-to-2013-low-energy-markets.html AIR POLLUTION Hong Kong Air Pollution ‘Very High’ at All 3 Roadside Stations. Hong Kong’s Air Pollution Index was “very high” at all three of the city’s roadside-monitoring stations, according to data from the Environmental Protection Department’s website. The index was 122 in the Central business district and 119 in Causeway Bay as of 7 a.m. local time. The reading in Mong Kok was 106. A reading of more than 100 triggers a government warning for people with heart or respiratory illnesses to avoid prolonged stays in heavy-traffic areas. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/hong-kong-air-pollution-very-high-at-all-3-roadside-stations.html CLIMATE CHANGE Expert brings public health into climate change. Temperatures are intensifying. Sea levels are climbing. Wildfires are spreading. None of this is news to Dr. Linda Rudolph, a Bay Area expert on climate change. What worries her most, however, are the human health disasters that global warming may end up unleashing. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Expert-brings-public-health-into-climate-change-4747377.php Scientists Turn to Melted Ice to Make Climate-Change Case. A report from an international scientific team due next month will probably focus on a range of evidence that the Earth is warming rather than just changes in air temperature, according to a climate scientist who has seen drafts of parts of the study. The rate of polar ice melting, warming of oceans and the steady rise of sea levels all point to a planet heating up, said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist in the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-19/scientists-turn-to-melted-ice-to-make-climate-change-case.html Scientists nearly certain that humans have caused global warming. It is all but certain that human activity has caused a steady increase in global temperatures over the past 60 years, leading to warmer oceans and an acceleration in sea-level rise, according to findings in the most recent climate change report by an international panel of scientists. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scientists-nearly-certain-that-humans-have-caused-global-warming/2013/08/20/d6e4a20a-09b8-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html Coastal flooding could cost cities $60 billion by 2050, study says. Coastal flooding could cost big cities more than $60 billion a year by mid-century, with losses jumping even more dramatically if nothing is done to counter rising sea levels and subsiding land, a new study has found. A team of researchers analyzed data on flood exposure in 136 of the world’s largest coastal cities to project steep increases in economic losses, from an estimated $6 billion a year in 2005 to $52 billion by 2050 based on changes in population, economic growth and urbanization. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-coastal-flooding-economic-losses-20130820,0,1830419.story Gimme shelter: Wall Street braces for next superstorm. Heading into the heart of hurricane season 10 months after Sandy slammed the New York metropolitan area, Wall Street has had time to reassess and revamp backup plans. Sandy's storm surge caused the first weather-related, 48-hour closure of markets since the Great Blizzard of 1888. Posted. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9241734/Gimme_shelter_Wall_Street_braces_for_next_superstorm FUELS Coming Full Circle in Energy, to Nuclear. I’m staring over the edge of a cliff into a seam of coal some 80 feet thick running along a chasm cut deep into the earth. A gargantuan claw rips a massive bite from the slab and swings it into the bed of a preposterously large dump truck. Scott Durgin, who manages the mine for Peabody Energy, tries hard to communicate its enormous scale. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/business/economy/coming-full-circle-in-energy.html?ref=earth VEHICLES Tesla's challenge: Build an affordable car without government help. Now that Tesla Motors has turned a profit, and its Model S electric car has scored the top federal safety rating and the top Consumer Reports rating, what’s left for the upstart Palo Alto automaker? Plenty. What Tesla has accomplished is remarkable, and it appears on track to become the first successful automotive start-up in a century. Investors certainly think so, having pushed the stock up 323% this year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-model-s-20130820,0,4137969.story Ferrari Plans More Hybrids to Follow $1.34 Million LaFerrari. Ferrari SpA plans to build more hybrid vehicles following the success of the 1 million-euro ($1.34 million) LaFerrari as the manufacturer works to attract environmentally conscious wealthy buyers. “I don’t believe in the electric cars, but I strongly believe in hybrids,” Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said in a Bloomberg Television interview with Sara Eisen at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Ferrari-Plans-More-Hybrids-to-Follow-1-34-4748478.php GREEN ENERGY Solar customer caught unawares by PG&E bill, receives a notice saying he owes more than $7,000. A PG&E customer has learned the hard way how the utility company bills for power generated by solar panels and how asking a few questions can save thousands of dollars. After John Church had solar panels put on his roof last year, he installed a swimming pool, figuring the alternative power system would help with the cost of heating it. When his monthly PG&E bill never exceeded $35, he thought his solar system was working pretty well. Then, in July, he received a notice saying he owed $7,228.32. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_23895089/hayward-solar-customer-caught-unawares-by-pg-e MISCELLANEOUS NH pols ask DOE for further review of power plan. New Hampshire's congressional delegation has asked the federal Department of Energy to do a more rigorous review of a contentious proposal to build a 187-mile electric transmission line through the northern part of the state. The senators and representatives, in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, cite a change in the route of the proposed Northern Pass project and concerns they've heard from constituents. Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/aug/20/nh-pols-ask-doe-for-further-review-of-power-plan/#ixzz2ccOUj5mN NYC considers 10-cent charge for plastic bags. Months after the mayor proposed a ban on foam takeout containers, City Council members have found a new target to make the city greener: the plastic bag. City Council members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin announced Tuesday what they called a common-sense bill to cut the use of single-use plastic shopping bags. Under the proposal, all grocery stores and retailers would be compelled to charge customers 10 cents for every bag used. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/08/20/2874180/nyc-considers-10-cent-charge-for.html#storylink=cpy OPINION Climate change reaching crisis point. The scientific consensus on climate change is growing grimmer and more definitive. Regrettably, the political will to do something about it, especially in this country, continues to lag. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Climate-change-reaching-crisis-point-4747568.php Reducing Emissions. In “New Tools Pinpoint Natural Gas Leaks, Maximizing a Fuel’s Green Qualities” (Business Day, Aug. 7), new technology is described that some say can improve the way we detect methane emissions in the country’s vast natural gas pipeline system. But zeroing in on methane releases is only the first step in reducing the amount of this potent greenhouse gas that we put into the atmosphere. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/opinion/reducing-emissions.html?src=recg BLOG Land Rover announces Range Rover hybrids. Big as they are with all their differentials and transfer cases, SUVs are arguably better suited towards hybrid propulsion than most vehicles. But one of the biggest names in the business has yet to go down that route. That is, until now. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/21/land-rover-announces-range-rover-hybrids/ Mercedes reveals S500 plug-in hybrid, rated at three liters per 100 km. The third model in the lineup of Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrids has arrived: the S500 Plug-in Hybrid brings with it a 0-to-62 mile-per-hour time of 5.5 seconds, 30 kilometers (nearly 19 miles) of electric-only operation and a fuel economy rating of three liters per 100 kilometers on the European cycle (78.41 mpg US, though that's not apples-to-apples). Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/20/mercedes-s500-plug-in-hybrid-official/ New report points to a sure disaster. If you are at the beach this week, you probably don’t want to hear about the latest climate report, as opposed to weather report. Spoiler alert! Here’s the scientists’ assessment: Unless we reduce carbon emissions dramatically, we are looking at a sea-level rise of 21 inches to 36 inches by the end of this century. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/08/20/new-report-points-to-a-sure-disaster/ Leaked climate report: Ten nuggets worth noting. The latest review of climate science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), though not finalized, is making the rounds. The prevailing headline is that the panel is more certain than ever that most of the warming observed in recent decades is human-caused. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/08/20/leaked-climate-report-ten-nuggets-worth-noting/ What Al Jazeera America Didn't Say About Climate Change. During its first day on the air, Al Jazeera America gave climate change nearly half as much coverage as network news programs did during the year 2012, all while avoiding common pitfalls like providing false balance to those that deny the science and leaving the crisis' manmade origins ambiguous. Posted. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/08/21/what-al-jazeera-america-didnt-say-about-climate/195510