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ARB Newsclips for October 3, 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 Traders float new standardized contract for Calif. Market. Oil companies, fuel providers, utilities and bankers hoping to capitalize on California's cap-and-trade system have come up with a uniform contract that they hope will make carbon trading easier. The agreement, unveiled yesterday at a carbon-trading conference in Washington, D.C., is aimed at standardizing secondary trades of carbon allowances and offsets in the state's economywide cap-and-trade market, which took effect in January. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059988283/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION One-fifth of U.S. lives near roads with higher air pollution, study says. Nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population lives near a high-volume road where pollution levels are typically elevated from vehicle exhaust, a new study says. The analysis found 60 million people living within about one-third of a mile from a busy road. In California, 40% of the population lives that close to traffic, the highest of any state. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-air-pollution-population-traffic-20131002,0,4321572,print.story Exide records excess lead emissions, despite cutbacks. The battery recycler will meet with air quality officials to discuss additional action to curb emissions. The company says it is now in compliance with regulations. Even after being forced to cut production last month because of high lead emissions, a Vernon battery recycler has continued to violate limits on releases of the potent neurotoxin, regulators said Wednesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-exide-20131003,0,7217980,print.story CLIMATE CHANGE Oceans face 'deadly trio' of threats, study says. The world's oceans are under greater threat than previously believed from a "deadly trio" of global warming, declining oxygen levels and acidification, an international study said on Thursday. The oceans have continued to warm, pushing many commercial fish stocks towards the poles and raising the risk of extinction for some marine species, despite a slower pace of temperature rises in the atmosphere this century, it said. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/03/us-climate-oceans-idUSBRE99208K20131003 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/03/ocean-acidification-carbon-dioxide-emissions-levels What the new climate report really says. The people who are paid to spread doubt and confusion about our changing climate have been working overtime this week, because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body that includes thousands of the world's best climate scientists, has just issued its latest assessment. The IPCC report is the Olympics of climate change - once every few years the best in the world show us the results of thousands of the most recent research studies. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/03/5790444/what-the-new-climate-report-really.html#storylink=cpy Risky Business adds up climate change costs. Tom Steyer certainly knows how to keep his name in circulation. The hedge fund billionaire turned climate activist has a knack for picking projects that keep him in the public eye. Whether he's pushing through a tax-reform ballot initiative in California or bankrolling a controversial ad against the Keystone XL pipeline, Steyer rarely drops out of sight for long. Now he has teamed with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a typically ambitious effort - counting up the economic costs of climate change. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Risky-Business-adds-up-climate-change-costs-4864153.php Students fight climate change, cite personal reasons. 2040. If energy consumption continues to grow at its current rate, that's when the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will cause permanent climate change, according to a new U.N. report. That year stuck out to Daniel Sherrell, a senior at Brown University. He will be 49 then. "Before then, members of Congress and the international community will have to swallow their hubris and make difficult decisions,”…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/03/students-climate-change-reasons/2910737/ Carbon-capture plant breaks ground at San Antonio cement plant. Skyonic Corp. broke ground this past week on the nation’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and mineralization plant. The facility, which is expected to be complete in 2014, is being built at Capitol Aggregates’ cement factory in Northeast San Antonio. Capitol Aggregates is a major supplier for energy companies working in the Eagle Ford Shale. Cement is used in the development of oil-and-gas wells. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/eagle-ford-shale-insight/2013/10/carbon-capture-plant-breaks-ground-at.html Sandy's 'freaky' path may be less likely in future. Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says. But don't celebrate a rare beneficial climate change prediction just yet. The study's authors said the once-in-700-years path was only one factor in the massive $50 billion killer storm. Posted. http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130913/GJLIFESTYLES/130909653/-1/FOSLIFESTYLES02 DIESEL EMISSIONS Diesel Exhaust Masks Odors Honeybees Use to Forage and Pollinate. Exhaust from diesel engines has been shown to prevent honeybees from differentiating between the odors of flowers, according to new research from the University of Southampton. Honeybees rely on floral odors to locate and identify the flowers they collect pollen from, but when the aroma of diesel exhaust fumes is present the odor profile of surround flora is masked. Posted. http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4295/20131003/diesel-exhaust-masks-odors-honeybees-use-forage-pollinate.htm The dangers of school bus diesel exhaust and what schools are doing about it. They carry your most precious cargo, sometimes for hours a day; but school buses have a hidden danger that's threatening your child's health. "I think everybody needs to be worried," says James Kenny, MD, a retired pulmonologist who's studied air pollution extensively. The source: dangerous diesel fuel exhaust. Posted. http://www.wnct.com/story/23594482/the-dangers-of-school-bus-diesel-exhaust-and-what-schools-are-doing-about-it FUELS Harvard fossil fuels. Harvard University, the world’s richest school, won’t divest from fossil fuel companies amid pressure from students, President Drew Faust said in a letter released today. “I do not believe, nor do my colleagues on the Corporation, that university divestment from the fossil fuel industry is warranted or wise,” Faust said in the letter, referring to Harvard Corp., the school’s governing board. “The endowment is a resource, not an instrument to impel social or political change.” Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-03/harvard-fossil-fuels.html Fuel From Landfill Methane Goes on Sale. Farmers, waste management companies and the energy industries have long experimented with converting methane, a byproduct of decomposing organic matter, into transportation fuel. Those efforts have met with mixed success, and a renewable natural gas fuel has not been widely available in the United States. But now, one leading supplier of natural gas transport fuel is taking a big step toward changing that. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/business/energy-environment/the-swamp-gas-station-fuel-from-landfill-methane-goes-on-sale.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1380826867-KpCv34CGH58JZjOxkj2BAg Industry groups ask for rehearing of low-carbon fuel standard decision. Industry groups yesterday asked federal judges to reconsider their ruling upholding California's low-carbon fuel standard. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month rebuffed an industry challenge to the standard, one of California's key programs for cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059988308/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Tesla shares fall further on Model S fire. Shares of Tesla Motors fell another 5 percent Thursday as investors in the high-flying company assessed the fallout from a fire in one of its $70,000 electric cars. The fire began in the car's battery after the driver hit metal debris. Firefighters extinguished the flames and no one was hurt. Tesla says it's the first fire in one of its cars. Experts say electric car fires are rare, and consumers should still consider buying them. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TESLA_FIRE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-10-03-03-44-00 MISCELLANEOUS Marin County's plastic-bag ban upheld by court. Plastic bag manufacturers lost another challenge to local ban-the-bag measures Wednesday when the state Supreme Court allowed Marin County to continue enforcing its restrictions at checkout counters in unincorporated areas. The justices unanimously denied review of an appellate ruling upholding the Marin ordinance, which since January 2012 has prohibited single-use plastic bags and required a 5-cent fee for a paper bag. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Marin-County-s-plastic-bag-ban-upheld-by-court-4864617.php Around Town: Free smog screenings return to Lemoore. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now will host a “Tune In & Tune Up” car cleanup on Saturday. The event will provide free car emissions screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at West Hills College Lemoore parking lot A. To qualify, you must be a Valley resident and have owned your car for at least six months. The first 525 vehicles that don’t pass the emissions test and are found to be repairable will receive a $500 voucher for a participating STAR smog check station. Posted. http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/features/community/around-town-free-smog-screenings-return-to-lemoore/article_eb13befc-2bbc-11e3-9a4d-0019bb2963f4.html OPINIONS What the new climate report really says. The people who are paid to spread doubt and confusion about our changing climate have been working overtime this week, because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific body that includes thousands of the world's best climate scientists, has just issued its latest assessment. The IPCC report is the Olympics of climate change - once every few years the best in the world show us the results of thousands of the most recent research studies. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/10/03/2955351/what-the-new-climate-report-really.html BLOGS CA’s greenhouse gas emissions fall — bad news for cap-and-trade? California’s new cap-and-trade system for cutting greenhouse gas emissions may soon face a paradoxical problem — emissions that are falling faster than expected. A report issued Monday argues that California’s emissions are already dropping, undercut by a sluggish economy and the state’s growing use of renewable power. Between 2008 and 2011, emissions fell about 15 percent. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2013/09/09/cas-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-bad-news-for-cap-and-trade/ California’s Sustainable Transport Incentives Leave Other States in the Stone Age. California has more electric vehicles per capita than any other state in the nation, in part because policymakers seem to love them. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a whole sheaf of bills intended to hasten their adoption, and the city of Palo Alto — home to Tesla Motors — will require every new home to be wired for EV charging hardware. Posted. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/california-bills-ev-ready/ US shutdown hits Obama's climate agenda as EPA staff are sent home. Officials say government shutdown will disrupt monitoring of air and water quality and delay new rules for penalizing polluters. About 94% of the employees of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been sent on leave of absence as part of the US government shutdown. Nearly all of the agency's 16,205 employees across the country, with oversight of air quality…Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/02/us-shutdown-obama-climate-epa