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newsclips -- ARB Newsclips for November 13, 2013.

Posted: 13 Nov 2013 15:30:07
ARB Newsclips for November 13, 2013. 

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UN Climate Panel Amends CO2 Estimates for Policy Makers. A United
Nations climate panel that was criticized after a 2007 study
overstated the rate of glacial melting backtracked on global
carbon-emissions estimates. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change cut its estimate of total emissions since 1870 to
515 billion metric tons, or 515 gigatons, from 531 gigatons,
according to a document released this week. It raised its
calculation of total carbon emissions since 1750 to 555 gigatons
from 545 gigatons. Posted.

Keystone Defended by Alberta Premier as Carbon Questioned.
Alberta’s premier defended her province’s environmental record
while lobbying in Washington yesterday for the Keystone XL
pipeline amid new questions over Canada’s ability to meet
greenhouse-gas reduction targets. Alison Redford, making her
fifth trip to promote the $5.3 billion project that would connect
the oil sands in her Canadian province to refineries on the Gulf

At climate-change summit in Warsaw, countries look to lay
foundation for global pact. Representatives of more than 190
countries gathered in Warsaw on Monday to continue debating how
to deal with climate change beyond 2020, even as nations are
falling further behind on their collective goal of reining in
greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. Posted.

UN: Besides Haiyan, 2013 storm season near average. Apart from
Typhoon Haiyan, which has devastated the Philippines, it's been
an average year for tropical cyclones, the U.N. weather agency
said Wednesday in its annual climate report. The World
Meteorological Organization counted 86 tropical storms so far
this year, just three short of the annual average since 1981.
They were unevenly spread across the globe. Posted.


Work not done, Obama climate adviser moves on. Heather Zichal
admits her job is unfinished. The architect of President Barack
Obama's climate-change plan, Zichal left the White House last
week after five years as a top adviser on energy and climate
change. Her departure comes as the Environmental Protection
Agency moves ahead with the linchpin of the president's climate
plan: emissions limits for new and existing power plants to curb
greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Posted.


Climate change threatens Pandora's Box of troubles.  Climate
change will disrupt not only the natural world but also society,
posing risks to the world's economy and the food and water supply
and contributing to violent conflict, an international panel of
scientists says. The warnings came in a report drafted by the
U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The
29-page summary, leaked and posted on a blog critical of the
panel, has been distributed to governments around the world for
review. Posted.

UCSD students attend climate-change talks.  Ten UC San Diego
graduate students are attending the 19th session of the U.N.
Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, this
week. The event seeks appropriate actions during what Christiana
Figueres, executive secretary of the convention, called a
“pivotal moment” in international efforts to deal with greenhouse
gases and other factors linked to climate change. Posted.

Port seeks cut in greenhouse gases.  Board members said they
support the foundations of these policies, but expressed concerns
about how specific measures would be adopted and funded. They
also worried that the port’s climate policies could conflict with
or duplicate those of surrounding cities. “Regulations cost,”
Commissioner Dan Malcolm said. “They have impacts.” Posted.

How climate change will affect the Southeast USA.  A changing
climate is projected to increasingly affect the region over the
next 20 years and beyond. Rising sea levels, warming
temperatures, heat waves, worsening air quality and stresses on
the water supply are issues the Southeast will face over the next
20 years because of man-made climate change, according to a
report released Tuesday. Posted.

Americans back greenhouse gas cuts from power plants. The vast
majority of Americans in each of 40-plus states surveyed say
global warming is real, serious and man-made, and the concerns
tend to be slightly higher in coastal or drought-stricken areas,
says an analysis out today. At least 75% of U.S. adults say
global warming has been happening, but the Stanford University
research found that 84% or more took that view in states recently
hit by drought …Posted.

Filipino delegate: no denying climate change now. Monday, the
Filipino delegate to the ongoing climate summit, Naderev 'Yeb'
Saño, dared climate change deniers to take a hard look at what's
happening not just in the Philippines, but the whole world. Over
the weekend, the Philippines was hit by what may have been the
largest typhoon to ever make landfall: Typhoon Haiyan. Posted.

Climate change talks in Warsaw heat up. Activists said yesterday
that they will also refrain from eating during the next two weeks
of climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland, in solidarity with the
lead Philippines negotiator, Naderev Saño, who has vowed to fast
until nations take "meaningful" action. Australia's new
climate-denying government came in for a major beating,
meanwhile, for moving to repeal its carbon tax and declining to
send a Cabinet minister to the Warsaw talks. Posted.
http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990363/print BY


North-state alliance files lawsuit over California Air Resources
Board regulation. A rural-based group of north-state truck owners
and operators who transport commercial and agricultural loads
have filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board,
regarding the legality of truck and bus regulations.  In a
lawsuit filed Friday in Glenn County Superior Court, the Alliance
for California Business maintains CARB executives failed to
disclose information about the diesel particulate filters the
state is requiring California truck owners to install by Jan. 1
or park their trucks. Posted.


Ethanol Discount to Gasoline Grows as Harvest Reaches 84%
Ethanol’s discount to gasoline expanded as the U.S. corn harvest
progressed, increasing supplies of the raw material used to make
the biofuel. Gasoline rose more than ethanol, widening the spread
by 3.97 cents to 88.41 cents at 1:48 p.m. New York time. Corn
growers harvested 84 percent of the crop as of Nov. 10, up from
73 percent a week earlier, the U.S. Agriculture Department said
yesterday. The department projects a harvest of 13.989 billion
bushels, the largest ever. Posted.

Black Treasure in Poland Clouds UN Warming Negotiations. A few
weeks after it finishes hosting United Nations talks on limiting
fossil-fuel emissions, Poland may decide to double the size of
one of its biggest coal-burning power plants. Prime Minister
Donald Tusk in June revived a $3.8 billion plan to expand the
Opole electricity plant to guarantee security of power supplies,
as it uses domestically mined coal. Next month, a final decision
on the project is to be made by a government utility that owns
Opole. Posted.

Brazil to Boost Oil Exports as Output Triples, IEA Says. Brazil
will triple oil production by 2035 and become a major exporter as
it develops the Americas’ largest discoveries in almost four
decades, the International Energy Agency said. Latin America’s
largest economy will produce 6 million barrels a day in 2035 and
account for one-third of the increase in global crude output, the
Paris-based agency said. The IEA forecasts that Brazil will be
the world’s sixth-largest producer, up from 12th now. Posted.

Shell Is Working on ‘Promising’ Renewable Technology, Voser Says.
The following are excerpts from an interview with Royal Dutch
Shell Plc (RDSA) Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser at the
company’s headquarters in The Hague. Voser, who has headed
Europe’s largest oil and gas producer since 2009, steps down at
the end of the year, 31 years after first joining the company. On
Shell and renewable energy…Posted.

Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is Forecast to Be Brief.  The boom
in oil from shale formations in recent years has generated a lot
of discussion that the United States could eventually return to
energy self-sufficiency, but according to a report released
Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, production of such
oil in the United States and worldwide will provide only a
temporary respite from reliance on the Middle East. Posted.

20 top scientists urge CA gov. to stop fracking. Twenty of the
nation's top scientists have sent a letter to California's
governor urging him to place a moratorium on the controversial
practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." They say the
practice increases pollution and runs counter to Gov. Jerry
Brown's efforts to cut the state's emissions. In the letter, the
group argues that Brown can't say he wants to reduce global
warming while also expanding fossil fuel development in
California. Posted.



In key shift, US oil production tops net imports. For the first
month in nearly two decades, the U.S. in October extracted more
oil from the ground than it imported from abroad, marking an
important milestone for a nation seeking to wean itself off
foreign oil. A promising sign for a still-slugging economy, the
shift could foreshadow future opportunities to boost jobs in the
U.S., lower the trade deficit and insulate the economy from
foreign crises that can send oil prices rising. Posted.


AAA survey: Gas prices tumble throughout California. Motorists in
the Sacramento area and statewide have been enjoying declining
gasoline prices for weeks, and the latest AAA numbers show just
how steep the drop has been. The average statewide price of
regular unleaded gasoline fell 24 cents over the past month to
$3.61 a gallon, according to the latest monthly gas price survey
released by AAA. Posted.

Ethanol push taking toll on environment. The hills of southern
Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: the brown
gashes where rain has washed away the soil, the polluted streams
that dump fertilizer into the water supply. It wasn't supposed to
be this way. With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in
2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a
centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. Posted.

The secret environmental cost of US ethanol policy.  The hills of
southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy:
The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The
polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even
the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a
cornfield. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Posted.


A Recharging Industry Rises.  Tens of thousands of new electric
cars are zipping into traffic this year, and with them come a
trunkful of strategies about how to recharge them. There are at
least four ways to go: recharging slowly through a standard
120-volt wall socket, the type a consumer would use for a hair
dryer; buying a faster 240-volt home charger, about the size of a
garden gnome, for several thousand dollars; plugging into the
same 240-volt charger in a public parking space but paying a

Most consumers don't know about electric vehicle incentives. One
of the reasons why electric cars are poor sellers is because
consumers have little understanding of the financial incentives
and other benefits available to owners of the vehicles. That’s
the finding of two Indiana University researchers who surveyed
more than 2,000 drivers in 21 of the nation’s largest cities.
They discovered that 95% of respondents didn’t know about state
and local subsidies, rebates and other incentives. Posted.

Canadian Solar Returns to Profit as Project Sales Surge. Canadian
Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the best-performing solar manufacturer this
year, reported its first quarterly profit in more than two years
as sales of power plants surged. Net income for the third quarter
was $27.7 million, or 56 cents a share, compared with a loss of
$43.7 million, or $1.01 a share, a year earlier, the Guelph,
Ontario-based company said in a statement today. Revenue
increased 29 percent to $490.9 million, with 41 percent coming
from sales of solar farms. Posted.

Rooftop solar could generate jobs. Los Angeles County could
create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce
global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels
are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a
just-issued report. The study by the Environmental Defense Fund
and the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA, released Wednesday,
predicts that 29,000 installer jobs would open up. 

http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990362/print  BY

With nuclear plants idled, Japan launches pioneering wind
project. Japan inaugurated a floating offshore wind turbine
Monday that energy industry leaders hope will open a new frontier
in Japanese renewable technologies and help the country reduce
its dependence on nuclear energy and fossil fuels. The floating
platform is anchored 13 miles offshore from the crippled
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the scene of earthquake,
tsunami and reactor meltdown disasters in March 2011. Posted.

Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy.  Robert Malsam
nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that
prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about
to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn. Across the
Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great
Plains are giving way to corn fields as farmers transform the
wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American
pioneers. Posted.


Device makes turning human waste into compost safer. Your toilet
bowl may hold the key to replenishing forests, growing crops and
saving countless gallons of water. And that's why Gary Andersen,
a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is
so excited about poop. Andersen has invented a device that tracks
the decomposition of compost made of human feces; a function that
he says could help improve environmental health all over the
world. Posted.

Long Beach’s plastic bag ban, two years later. As Los Angeles
gets ready to institute a ban on single-use plastic bags, Long
Beach’s two-year-old prohibition is running so smoothly that
there’s been only one infraction. “It was a small, mom-and-pop
liquor store,” said Environmental Services Bureau Manager Jim
Kuhl. “When we talked to them about the law, they stopped using
plastic bagsPosted.


California firm Electro-Forming ordered to remove hazardous
waste. A judge orders Electro-Forming of Richmond, Calif., to
remove large amounts of hazardous waste, including cyanide, after
it is deemed a neighborhood health threat. A judge has ordered a
metal plating company in Richmond, Calif., to remove large
quantities of hazardous waste, including potentially deadly
cyanide, after state officials argued that it poses a health
threat to nearby residents. Posted.


Who cares about the environment or conservation? Green energy at
all costs! They were supposed to help reverse global warming, but
it turns out the green energy interests on which President Obama
has lavished hundreds of millions of tax dollars damage the
environment. That’s not to say developing workable renewable
energy sources and alternatives to oil are not worthy pursuits.
But green energy's biggest problems are the repeated crony
capitalism, political corruption and false promises that give the
emerging industry a black eye. Posted.

Lesson of Typhoon Haiyan: Tackle climate change, or it will
tackle us. Was man-made global warming responsible for Typhoon
Haiyan? Or Superstorm Sandy? Or the recent flooding in Colorado?
I don’t know. Neither do you. Neither do the scientists, really.
It’s impossible to pin a specific weather event on climate
change. But that doesn’t mean there’s not an important lesson to
be learned from Haiyan: Too many people live in places that are
vulnerable to extreme weather, and whether or not extreme events
are tied to climate change…Posted.

High Speed Rail Authority fails to protect against global
warming. Re "After derailing bullet train funding, judge looks at
how far ruling can go" (Capitol and California, Nov. 9): Superior
Court Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled that the California High-Speed
Rail Authority also failed to certify that it had completed all
of its environmental clearances to proceed with construction.

Congress should end the ethanol sham.  The nation should end a
“green” policy that makes neither environmental nor economic
sense. Congress should kill the federal mandate to use corn
ethanol in fuel. That requirement is a handout to the agriculture
industry rather than a credible ecological strategy. An
Associated Press report this week suggests that the nation’s rush
toward ethanol is damaging the environment for little real
benefit. Posted.


Time to kill the corn ethanol mandate. Given total Republican
obstructionism in Congress, President Obama’s climate legacy will
depend mostly on executive action. But new developments on the
corn ethanol front could pave the way for a the rarest of
Washington beasts: a bipartisan compromise on an issue that could
have a real impact on climate change. On the climate and
environmental side, corn ethanol is turning out to be worse than
anyone imagined. Posted.

Study Shows California on Pace to Meet Carbon Reduction Goals. A
new study commissioned by the California Air Resources Board
projects California will come in well under the 2020 carbon
pollution limit established in the landmark Global Warming
Solutions Act (AB 32), and has the policy framework in place
today to get a significant head start toward achieving the
state’s long-term emission reduction goals. Posted.

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