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ARB Newsclips for November 8, 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 Quebec Companies Seen ‘Engaging’ in California Carbon Market. Companies regulated by Quebec’s carbon cap-and-trade program are starting to eye California’s carbon market to hedge their environmental costs as the two governments plan to link systems on Jan. 1. Quebec companies are starting “to engage the marketplace” as they look to price carbon permits traded as part of the Canadian province’s cap-and-trade system against those in California’s market…Posted. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-11-07/quebec-companies-seen-engaging-in-california-carbon-market AIR POLLUTION First bird poop, now sea lion poop. After grappling with guano, La Jolla Cove faces new odor problem. A month after the city of San Diego cleared up foul-smelling bird droppings at La Jolla Cove, locals have gotten wind of a new odor. This time, it’s from sea lion poop. The animals have congregated at the cove in increasing numbers since the city fenced off part of the bluffs, residents and business owners said. Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/07/environment-la-jolla-sea-lion-odor/all/?print Bay Area company among DOE awards for carbon-capture projects. The Energy Department said Thursday it has awarded $84 million to 18 projects across the country, including one in the Bay Area, to help limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. The projects focus on so-called carbon-capture technologies intended to limit pollution blamed for global warming. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_24477548/bay-area-company-among-doe-awards-carbon-capture Pollution district bans burning Friday. If that cool, crisp autumn air has you contemplating the fireplace, don’t light that match. Just more than a week into the “Check Before You Burn” program, the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District issued its first prohibition Friday. Poor air quality prompted the district to issue the curtailment in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Kings counties. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/08/3018171/pollution-district-bans-burning.html CLIMATE CHANGE Poland gives coal a voice during UN climate talks. With coal-reliant Poland hosting U.N. climate talks, the fossil fuel industry will get a rare chance to play a more visible role in the global warming debate. But in a move that has infuriated climate activists; the Polish government will also preside over a high-level coal industry event on the sidelines of the two-week climate conference, which starts Monday. "It's been seen as a real provocation and a statement from the Polish government that they have no intention to move away from coal," said Wendel Trio, director of the Climate Action Network in Europe. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_POLAND_COAL_AND_CLIMATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Heat waves in Eastern US will become deadlier, study says. Wu J, Y Zhou, Y Gao, JS Fu, BA Johnson, C Huang, YM Kim, Yang Liu. 2013. Estimation and uncertainty analysis of impacts of future heat waves on mortality in the Eastern United States. Heat waves will kill about 10 times more people in the Eastern United States in 45 years than they did at the turn of this century, according to a new projection from researchers. The study builds on previous research that predicts as climate change…Posted. http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/2013/11/heat-wave-mortality-in-eastern-us/ Does nuclear power have a place in a low-carbon future? Friends and foes weigh in. The process used to generate electricity from decaying nuclear fuel creates a laundry list of toxic and radioactive byproducts along with plutonium, a man-made element that can be used to make nuclear weapons. What you won't find on that list, however, are substantial amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990176/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS More than $8 million available to reduce emissions from small Bay Area truck fleets. Money is now available to help Bay Area truck owners reduce emissions and meet upcoming state air quality requirements, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced. Recent program changes prioritize funding for small fleets of three or fewer trucks, provide for an extended application period, and allow trucks with older engines to participate. Grant applications must be submitted by Dec. 12 to be considered for funding. Posted. http://napavalleyregister.com/business/more-than-million-available-to-reduce-emissions-from-small-bay/article_75be439c-4832-11e3-b5cb-0019bb2963f4.html VEHICLES California's struggling 'hydrogen highway' plan gets new life -- and drivers will pay. In what may be California's last chance to build a "hydrogen highway" lined with thousands of high-tech vehicles emitting nothing but water vapor from their tailpipes, Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a plan to construct 100 hydrogen fueling stations across the state by 2024. However, it comes with a catch. Motorists -- not oil companies -- will pay for it. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science-environment/ci_24294103/new-life-californias-struggling-hydrogen-highway-plan HIGH-SPEED RAIL High-speed rail plans focus of hearings in Sacramento. Kings County, where sentiments against high-speed rail plans run strong, will be at the heart of action and arguments over the state's proposed train system today and Friday in Sacramento. The California High-Speed Rail Authority's board of directors meets today to consider a staff recommendation for a preferred high-speed train route between Fresno and Bakersfield. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/06/3015317/high-speed-rail-plans-focus-of.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY California Seen Beating Renewable Energy Generation Goal. Public support for rooftop solar and investments by major companies will push renewable energy generation beyond California’s targets by 2020, a Los Angeles energy lawyer said. Projects by Microsoft Corp. and other companies are showing an appetite for wind and solar power that will continue even if the federal government doesn’t extend tax credits that expire at the end of the year…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-08/california-seen-beating-renewable-energy-generation-goal.html San Jose launches non-profit to run planned center to promote 'cleantech' inventions. San Jose plans to open a non-profit center next summer for entrepreneurs and startups to bring in and test prototypes of new innovations in clean technology, according to a center spokesman. The San Jose Demonstration Center will be open for potential inventors of practical ways to make buildings, vehicles and energy systems more efficient…Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24482324/san-jose-launches-non-profit-run-planned-center# As green energy grows, Calif. agrees to share 'real time' power. The California grid manager approved sharing electricity resources yesterday in the immediate or "real time" market with five Western states. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) Board of Governors signed off on the design of the Energy Imbalance Market, or EIM, which pools energy resources in parts of Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Cal ISO, which already operates in part of Nevada, also is looking at further links with the Silver State. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059990219/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS Bay Area commits to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction. Air-quality officials in the oil-refinery-dotted and highway-laced San Francisco Bay Area committed Wednesday to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the famously progressive region. Bay Area Air Quality Management District leaders directed agency staff [PDF] to begin the work needed to reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Posted. http://grist.org/news/bay-area-commits-to-80-percent-greenhouse-gas-reduction/ Is protecting people’s health from climate change really that controversial? Last week, the president created a “Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.” Like the carbon pollution standards for coal- and gas-fueled power plants under development by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the task force is another step in the rollout of the administration’s Climate Action Plan, and like the EPA standards, it is a lightning rod for controversy. Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/189471-is-protecting-people%E2%80%99s-health-from-climate-change-really-that