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ARB Newsclips for November 18, 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 Alliance pushes ahead with CARB lawsuit. Giving credit to the state for a delay, the Alliance for California Business won't halt its lawsuit over the required diesel particulate filters (DPF) it calls "dangerous and mechanically defective." In a press release issued Friday, alliance president Bud Caldwell of Northgate Express trucking of Chico said the steps taken by the California Air Resources Board are in the "right direction" but the announcement isn't changing the problem. Posted. http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_24536886/alliance-pushes-ahead-carb-lawsuit AIR POLLUTION Environmental groups challenge IPCC finding on palm oil emissions. Environmentalists have slammed a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report they say underestimates the carbon emissions from developing more palm oil plantations and have alleged government interference. The opposition, led by Netherlands-based Wetlands International, said the IPCC report's numbers for the level of carbon emissions that result from digging up peat soils for oil palm operations is too low. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990605/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE U.N. boss urges Europe to lead climate fight. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the European Union on Monday to stay at the vanguard of efforts to combat climate change, sweeping aside arguments led by Poland and business leaders that the bloc has to prioritize economic growth. Talks in Warsaw due to end on Friday are meant to be a step on the way to a new global deal in 2015 on how to limit global warming to the 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) that scientists say would prevent the most devastating effects of climate change. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/18/us-climate-talks-ban-idUSBRE9AH0GE20131118?feedType=RSS US considering greenhouse gas reduction target post-2020. The U.S. government has started to analyze what sort of emissions reductions it can commit to after 2020 in a new agreement to fight global warming, a State Department official said. “The process has started — it’s been going on for a while in the U.S. government to think about and develop a post-2020 commitment,” Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy on climate, told reporters at United Nations climate talks in Warsaw today. Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/us-considering-greenhouse-gas-reduction-target-post-2020/article/2539305 Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis. Following a devastating typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, a routine international climate change conference here turned into an emotional forum, with developing countries demanding compensation from the worst polluting countries for damage they say they are already suffering. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/world/growing-clamor-about-inequities-of-climate-crisis.html?ref=us&_r=1&&pagewanted=print Volcano discovery hints at fire below ice in Antarctica. A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate. Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions, according to a study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-volcano-ice-antarctica-20131115,0,6645564.story#axzz2l16ciPqm http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990582/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY UN climate chief calls on coal industry to change. The U.N.'s chief climate diplomat on Monday urged the coal industry to diversify toward cleaner energy sources and leave most of the world's remaining coal reserves in the ground. On the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, Christiana Figueres told dozens of CEOs of coal companies meeting at Poland's Economy Ministry that their industry needs to change radically to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that scientists say are warming the planet. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/UN-climate-chief-calls-on-coal-industry-to-change-4990472.php http://www.modbee.com/2013/11/18/3038012/un-climate-chief-calls-on-coal.html http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/nov/18/un-climate-chief-calls-on-coal-industry-to-change/ Missing data from Arctic one reason for 'pause' in global temperature rise – study. Keeping track of our planet's temperature is no easy task. The keepers of such long-term data sets, usually government institutions, know they have to account for numerous variations to keep a consistent measurement of temperatures through time. Without that, it is impossible to know how our world is changing. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990589/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Deadlier heat waves to strike eastern U.S. – study. Temperature spikes spanning several days or more will rack up a higher body count in the eastern United States during the coming century than they have in the past, according to a new study. Heat waves are the deadliest weather phenomenon in the United States, killing more people annually than hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990606/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Climate-change-caused extremes difficult to pinpoint locally but clear at larger scale – study. For policymakers and planners, a key aspect of preparing for climate change involves understanding what, exactly, is going to change. Should they prepare for more drought? Floods? Severe storms? Unfortunately, knowing this at a local or regional scale is difficult. And it won't get easier for a while, a new study finds. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059990587/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS State air officials give truckers more time to meet new diesel standards. Truckers struggling to make the deadline to meet new state diesel emission standards are getting a reprieve. The California Air Resources Board announced this week it is extending the Jan. 1 deadline to July 1. The regulatory advisory comes three weeks after a public hearing in Sacramento, where state air officials got an earful from trucking advocates. Posted. http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_topdoc=1&p_docnum=1&p_sort=YMD_date:D&p_product=NewsBank&p_text_direct-0=document_id=(%2014A2904E75F602B8%20)&p_docid=14A2904E75F602B8&p_theme=aggdocs&p_queryname=14A2904E75F602B8&f_openurl=yes&p_nbid=J5DY56PKMTM4NDgwMTU4MS44OTQ3MTM6MToxMzoxMDYuMjMwLjExMC4w&&p_multi=RSLB BY SUBSCRIPTIO ONLY FUELS Coal Industry Needs Dramatic Change, Says UN Climate Boss. The coal industry needs to change rapidly to help prevent global warming by leaving most of the fuel in the ground and closing the least efficient power plants, the top climate official at the United Nations said. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said fumes from burning the fossil fuel are loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, competing for water resources and harming public health. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-18/coal-industry-needs-dramatic-change-says-un-climate-boss.html http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/world/top-un-official-warns-of-coal-risks.html?rref=science&pagewanted=print Ethanol Futures Advance as Fuel Consumption Outpaces Supply. Ethanol futures climbed for the seventh time in eight days as the highest production rates in 21 months fail to replenish stockpiles. Futures rose as much as 2 percent as supply has been at record seasonal lows most of this year even as output increased amid cheaper prices for corn, the primary ingredient used to make the additive in the U.S., data compiled by Bloomberg show. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-18/ethanol-futures-advance-as-fuel-consumption-outpaces-supply.html As Pentagon invests in green fuel, critics focus on the cost. On a recent Navy voyage, alternative fuel cost $26 a gallon, and millions are being invested in bioenergy firms. Some experts worry there won't be sufficient benefits. When the U.S. Navy sailed an imposing fleet near Hawaii that was powered in part by algae and used cooking grease, environmentalists weren't the only ones who were thrilled. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-green-military-20131118,0,6681167.story#axzz2l16ciPqm Why gasoline costs so much in California. Californians usually pay more for gasoline than do drivers in other states. But not this much more. Throughout this summer and fall, California's gasoline prices have hovered about 40 to 45 cents per gallon above the national average. The difference has sometimes reached 50 cents. In most years, it's more like 30 to 35 cents. The increase hasn't received much attention, largely because gasoline prices in California and the rest of the country have been remarkably stable this year. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Why-gasoline-costs-so-much-in-California-4988144.php Industry backs, environmentalists question draft fracking rules. State regulators released draft rules Friday that, for the first time, would require oil companies to apply for permission to perform hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the controversial but highly effective technique increasingly important to Kern County petroleum producers. The proposed regulations call for a variety of measures ranging from groundwater monitoring and oil well pressure-testing…Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/oil/x2127193825/State-releases-draft-fracking-rules Ethanol is losing its clout — Ag and ethanol groups respond to 2014 RFS proposal. ETHANOL LOSING ITS CLOUT: “Corn-based biofuel has for years been untouchable politically, as presidential candidates seemed to over-promise on ethanol every four years in Iowa — but even that clout may be waning as both the tea partiers on the right and greens on the left push to abandon it. Reasons for the turnaround are many: The boom in domestic oil drilling has dimmed the urgency to find other alternatives to Mideast petroleum. Posted. http://www.politico.com/morningagriculture/1113/morningagriculture12253.html Enviros renew push for moratorium as Calif. issues draft fracking rules. California on Friday unveiled draft rules to police unconventional oil drilling, a highly anticipated development that followed a multiyear debate on whether new restrictions were needed. Companies using oil recovery techniques that include hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," under the proposal must obtain permits from the state, give at least 72 hours' notice and identify where the work will occur. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1059990609/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY VEHICLES Fuel cell cars from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai set to debut at auto shows. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai will debut fuel cell cars this week amid regulators' push for zero-emission vehicles, with all three in showrooms by 2015. Price and few fuel stations present a challenge. For decades, hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the automotive technology of tomorrow: the big idea, for someday far in the future. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-fuel-cell-cars-20131117,0,5007194.story#axzz2l16ciPqm Gasoline-only engines are top choice of most U.S. car buyers – survey. While most U.S. consumers have a favorable view of alternative vehicles and believe they're less expensive to own over the long run, more than half would still prefer a gasoline-only engine for their next car, according to a report released today by a market research firm. The Navigant Research survey conducted this fall found 55 percent of survey respondents would choose a gasoline-only engine as their first or second choice for their next vehicle purchase, followed by 43 percent for a hybrid electric vehicle…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059990637/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL Japan Pitches Americans on Its Maglev Train. As the world’s fastest train raced through the mountains of central Japan, former Gov. George E. Pataki of New York hoisted his 6-foot-5 frame into the aisle, lifted his hands from his seat and marveled at the smoothness of the ride. “In the subway I’d need a strap, at least,” Mr. Pataki said as the speedometer hit 314 miles per hour and fleeting glimpses of Mount Fuji appeared through the porthole-like windows. “This is amazing. The future.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/business/international/japan-pitches-americans-on-its-maglev-train.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print MISCELLANEOUS Toxic waste seems to naturally vanish from Palos Verdes Shelf. Tests suggest DDT, PCB levels are naturally lowering along Palos Verdes Shelf, which could save EPA millions of dollars on cleanup. Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California's seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-palos-verdes-shelf-20131118,0,3932148.story#axzz2l16ciPqm State fails to keep track of hazardous waste. Year after year the trucks rolled in, dumping loads of sewage sludge and contaminated dirt at a soil-recycling plant in this tiny desert community. Thousands of deliveries were dutifully recorded in a state database. Anyone who checked it would have seen that the plant had no state permit to accept hazardous waste. Yet the dumping went on for seven years — because state regulators either did not look at their own records or did not act on the information. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-hazardous-waste-20131117-dto,0,2085710.htmlstory#axzz2l16ciPqm OPINIONS Climate campaigners reserve a special scorn for coal-fired power generation. Coal has replaced nuclear as the form of energy that environmentalists most love to hate. "The world needs to turn its back on the fossil fuels of the past, like coal, which have helped to create today's climate and instead look to the clean, renewable energy sources of the future," the UK charity Christian Aid said on Monday. "If we are to avoid dangerous climate change we must leave most of the remaining coal reserves in the ground," the charity warned. Posted. http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/18/coal-climate-idINL5N0J32VX20131118 Global warming pragmatism. Economist Robert Pindyck of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently examined the computer models that estimate the effects and costs of climate change — and he didn’t like what he found. The models reflect two gaping uncertainties, he says. First, we don’t know how much increased atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) will raise global temperatures. “There are feedback loops” — interactions between greenhouse gases and weather…Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-j-samuelson-global-warming-pragmatism/2013/11/17/01a09856-4e1e-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_story.html UN climate change negotiations in Poland this week. With the United Nations meeting this week in Warsaw, Poland, for its annual conversation on climate change, one wonders if the international community can come together quickly enough to respond to this month’s warnings from the International Energy Agency of a CO2 emissions rise by 20 percent by 2035 and a long-term average temperature increase of 3.6°C. Despite reports by U.N. scientists and nature researchers that the planet’s climate is still warming, ice is still melting…Posted. http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/cause-conflict-conclusion/2013/nov/18/un-climate-change-negotiations-poland-week/#ixzz2l1pDsQAz BLOGS U.S. Dials Back on Ethanol. ETHANOL LOSES ITS SHINE. Biofuels may have begun their fall from federal favor. The latest sign that ethanol’s sway could be waning came Friday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed scaling back government rules that mandate a certain level of the corn-derived fuel to be blended into gasoline. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Tennille Tracy and Keith Johnson, the move represents one of the biggest setbacks to date for the biofuel. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/11/18/u-s-dials-back-on-ethanol/tab/print/ Wealthy nations pledged billions to help the poor adapt to climate change. So where did it go? One of the harsh ironies of climate change is that the poor countries that have contributed the least to the problem are expected to get hit the hardest. That's why, in recent years, many of the world's wealthier nations — including the United States, Germany, Britain, and Japan — have been promising billions of dollars in aid to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of global warming and switch over to cleaner energy sources. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/18/wealthy-nations-promised-billions-to-help-the-poor-adapt-to-climate-change-where-did-it-go/?print=1 Examining ‘Media’s Global Warming Fail’. Frank Sesno, who runs the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and has been a longtime presence on CNN, anchored the Reliable Sources show on Sunday and invited me and Philippe Cousteau to discuss what the show described as “the media’s global warming fail.” Posted. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/examining-medias-global-warming-fail/?_r=0 EPA eases off ethanol, a bit, for first time ever. Forget raising the national ethanol blend in standard gasoline to 15 percent (E15), the Environmental Protection Agency has, for the first time ever, proposed reducing the ethanol requirement in the American gas supply. The reduction (technically, a not-as-big-as-possible increase) was proposed Friday (PDF) and, according to The New York Times, represents something of a head-scratcher for the ethanol industry, despite being expected. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/11/17/epa-eases-off-ethanol-a-bit-for-first-time-ever/ Toyota Prius Plug-In keeping short, 10-mile EV range. Are lower cost and longer all-electric range in a plug-in hybrid mutually exclusive concepts? That's what Toyota appears to be arguing to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). In documents recently filed with CARB concerning the Golden State regulator's 10-mile minimum requirement for all-electric range in plug-in hybrids. The EPA says the Prius Plug-in Hybrid has an all-electric range of 11 miles, but CARB's calculations put it at six. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2013/11/16/toyota-prius-plug-in-keeping-short-10-mile-ev-range/ Surviving Climate Change. Is a Green Energy Revolution on the Global Agenda? A week after the most powerful “super typhoon” ever recorded pummeled the Philippines, killing thousands in a single province, and three weeks after the northern Chinese city of Harbin suffered a devastating “airpocalypse,” suffocating the city with coal-plant pollution, government leaders beware! Although individual events like these cannot be attributed with absolute certainty to increased fossil fuel use and climate change…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-t-klare/climate-change-protests_b_4293667.html?view=print&comm_ref=false