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ARB Newsclips for January 22, 2014. 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 EU Ban on UN Carbon May Flag End of Offset Market, Nomisma Says. A proposed European Union ban on the use of United Nations carbon credits in its emissions market may signal the end of the international offset market, according to energy consultant Nomisma Energia srl. The European Commission today set out emissions targets for 2030 that only allow the import of carbon credits if an ambitious global climate deal is agreed in Paris next year, the EU’s executive arm said on its website.. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-22/eu-ban-on-un-carbon-may-flag-end-of-offset-market-nomisma-says.html Kenya first to earn carbon credits from sustainable farming. A project bringing together thousands of small farmers in western Kenya has become the first to earn carbon credits using a new sustainable farming accounting system, the World Bank said on Tuesday. According to the bank - whose BioCarbon Fund is financing the initiative - the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project issued 24,788 credits under the Verified Carbon Standard last week. Posted. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/21/carbon-farming-kenya-idUKL2N0KV1QZ20140121?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews AIR POLLUTION Poor air quality in Western U.S. linked to China. The lack of rain is causing air pollution concerns across the state. It’s no surprise, the worst air quality is reportedly right here in the San Joaquin Valley. A new study attributes bad air in the western United States, to Chinese export. The National Academy of Science reports 12% to 24% of daily sulfate concentration in the western U.S., is directly related to produces manufactured in china and exported here. Posted. http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/news/local/story/poor-air-quality-in-western-us-linked-to-china/d/news/local/story/D2ZgqHFg8EqmxJBA252Aeg EPA advisory board to recommend ongoing review of carbon capture and sequestration. A scientific advisory board agreed yesterday not to review the science supporting U.S. EPA's proposed rule to cap carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Instead, the board will draft a letter for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, advising the agency's head to provide ongoing review of the implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993257/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Judge is asked to impose deadline for EPA ozone rule. Environmental groups are asking a federal judge to set a deadline for U.S. EPA to issue its long-delayed rule limiting ozone emissions, saying the agency is in violation of the Clean Air Act for stalling on the proposal. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059993284/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE NOAA: World in 2013 was 4th hottest on record. The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_GLOBAL_WEATHER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/science/earth/2013-listed-as-one-of-the-warmest-years-on-record.html?ref=earth http://www.latimes.com/nation/shareitnow/la-sh-nasa-global-warming-2013-20140121,0,7544506.story#ixzz2r9egNrQe http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/NOAA-World-in-2013-was-4th-hottest-on-record-5162377.php http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993253/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Can public procurement fight climate change? Public procurement is rarely thought of as a tool to combat climate change. But in 2010, the public sector -- the largest buyer in the economy -- accounted for 19 percent of the European Union's gross domestic product, making it a potential driving force for more innovative, energy-efficient products. On Jan. 15, the European Parliament approved an alteration to the public procurement directive -- rules that dictate the way public authorities buy goods and services. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993245/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT California drought: Scientists to probe cause. California's drought will be one of the extreme weather events that the American Meteorological Society will examine later this year to determine whether the cause is natural variability or human-caused climate change, a federal official said Tuesday. The American Meteorological Society's study will be similar to one the group undertook of extreme weather events of 2012. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/California-drought-Scientists-to-probe-cause-5163948.php FUELS UPDATE 1-U.S. appeals court won't revisit California fuel standard ruling. A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday refused to revisit a ruling which upheld California's low carbon fuel standard aimed at reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to a court filing. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld California's regulations last year. In a decision released on Wednesday, the 9th Circuit refused to rehear the case before a larger panel of judges. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/22/california-carbon-lawsuit-idUSL2N0KW1BR20140122 Ethanol Falls to Lowest Price in Five Weeks on Corn Crop Outlook. Ethanol futures dropped to the lowest level in five weeks on speculation that an abundant corn crop will encourage distillers to increase output. Futures fell as much as 3 percent following rain in Brazil and Argentina this week that may boost yields of the grain, U.S. ethanol’s primary feedstock. “Corn is not an issue,” said Mike Blackford, a consultant at INTL FCStone in Des Moines, Iowa Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-22/ethanol-falls-to-lowest-price-in-five-weeks-on-corn-crop-outlook.html Canadian company starts Keystone pipeline in Texas. A Canadian company on Wednesday started delivering oil through the Texas portion of a proposed cross-border pipeline that has stirred controversy and tension between the United States and its northern neighbor. TransCanada began delivering oil from a hub in Cushing, Okla., to customers in Nederland, Texas, early Wednesday, Alex Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines, said at a news conference. Posted. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/canadian-company-starts-keystone-pipeline-texas Australia Divided on Fracking. Debate over hydraulic fracturing is growing in Australia, where environmentalists are concerned about new efforts to tap the country’s substantial reserves of oil and natural gas. So far, experts say, hydraulic fracturing has made few inroads in Australia. But the practice, also known as fracking, is expected to grow as Australia seeks more natural gas for export. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/business/energy-environment/australia-divided-on-fracking.html 2 Reasons Companies Are Switching to CNG. What innovation could possibly satisfy environmentalists and economists? Natural gas vehicles, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines, may be able to do just that. Waste Management is part of the solution. With over 2,200 vehicles of its fleet powered by natural gas (mostly CNG), Waste Management is leading the switch from oil to natural gas. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/2-Reasons-Companies-Are-Switching-to-CNG-5164868.php VEHICLES Even major increase in EVs would not significantly reduce emissions – study. Even if electric vehicles make up almost half of the U.S. passenger vehicle fleet by 2050, there would be little reduction to key air pollutants like carbon, nitrogen and sulfur dioxides, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. The team ran 108 different scenarios under an intricate energy systems model to determine the impact of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles' use on emissions between now and 2050…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059993293/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY GREEN ENERGY EU relaxes renewables target, reaps criticism. The European Union on Wednesday shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc's sluggish economy appeared to dent its zeal in the global fight against climate change. To the dismay of Germany, environmentalists and others, the European Commission stepped back from proposing tougher binding renewable energy targets for each of the 28 member nations. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_EUROPE_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-22/eu-said-to-propose-40-greenhouse-gas-reduction-target-by-2030.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/22/us-eu-climate-idUSBREA0L1CI20140122 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/business/international/european-union-lowers-ambitions-on-renewable-energy.html?hpw&rref=business http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/EU-relaxes-renewables-target-reaps-criticism-5164744.php http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/22/report-european-union-carbon-emissions-cut-40-2030-using-low-cost-measures/ http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/01/22/eu-to-cut-carbon-emissions-40-by-2030/ At Davos, push for clean energy as climate weapon. Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos are pushing for nations worldwide to shift to cleaner energy sources as the best way to contain global warming and re-energize the global economy. U.N. climate Chief Christiana Figueres, reflecting the top billing that climate change has in Davos this year…. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_DAVOS_FORUM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/At-Davos-push-for-clean-energy-as-climate-weapon-5164824.php http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/22/3147068/at-davos-push-for-climate-relief.html BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY EU Must Contain Energy Costs or Risk ‘Deindustrialization’: EU. Europe must get a grip on energy prices to protect growth and stop its industry from fleeing abroad, according to two top policy makers. The region needs to reduce the cost gap with the U.S., where a shale-gas revolution has slashed prices, European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a conference in Berlin via a video link from Brussels. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-21/eu-must-get-grip-on-energy-costs-or-risk-deindustrialization-.html MISCELLANEOUS How to cope with allergic reactions brought on by dry spell. Seasonal variations may be pleasant to some but a nuisance to allergy sufferers. During a dry and windy season, those with allergies would probably rather stay indoors in the comfort of an air-conditioned room. In the last few weeks, I have had several patients who have showed up complaining of allergy and upper respiratory symptoms. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/How-to-cope-with-allergic-reactions-brought-on-by-5164062.php Awareness of climate costs, risks builds among major companies – survey. Despite rising awareness about the relationships between business success and environmental performance, many companies are still failing to adequately address the stresses caused to land, air and water by economic growth and the production of goods and services. Such are the findings of the 2014 "State of Green Business" report from the Oakland, Calif.-based GreenBiz Group, which monitors global businesses on a variety of environmental performance indexes. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993249/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS Letters: Recycling or robbery? Re "An income hit for recyclers," Jan. 19 The Times sympathetically portrays the plight of individuals who "earned an average of 7% of their income from returning bottles and cans." For many cases, the word "returning" should be replaced with "stealing." I have been at many meetings in Los Angeles where residents complained about people fishing through their recycling bins and taking what should be going to the city. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-le-0122-wednesday-recycling-20140122,0,6224750.story#ixzz2r9iI3ygX Stop the foot-dragging on climate change. The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Jan. 21: The world has very little time - perhaps 15 years - to make serious inroads on climate change, according to a leaked report from a U.N. panel. Current efforts, even among the most committed nations, fall short, and at the current rate of carbon emissions, the problem might grow too large to overcome with existing technology. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/22/6091613/stop-the-foot-dragging-on-climate.html#storylink=cpy Dan Walters: Jerry Brown assumes political ownership of drought. America’s political executives – presidents, governors and big city mayors – are often judged by how they respond to unanticipated crises. Thus, then-President George W. Bush’s popularity soared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the nation, then plummeted four years later after an erratic response to deadly Hurricane Katrina. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/22/6090585/dan-walters-jerry-brown-assumes.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS U.S. Delegation to Press Issues Like Climate Change and Syria. When the American delegation arrives in Davos, Switzerland, this week, it will be with a more triumphalist message than in years past. The United States economy appears to have turned a corner. The fever seems to have broken in Congress, with a bipartisan budget bill passing for the first time in half a decade. Posted. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/davos-to-turn-its-attention-to-noneconomic-issues/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 5 new ways Obama could jumpstart clean energy. President Obama can push clean energy forward without the need for congressional action, Cunningham writes. A new report lists over 200 recommendations for executive action on clean energy and energy efficiency. A group of energy experts released a thick report that details a laundry list of ways that the President can take executive action to push clean energy forward without the need for congressional action. Posted. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0122/5-new-ways-Obama-could-jumpstart-clean-energy Smooth Sailing: Wind Energy Is Breaking World and National Records. A gale of good news is hitting both the wind industry and the future of the planet. The new year started out with two world records. Spain became the first country ever to get more energy from wind than any other source during a complete year in 2013, with a 21.1-percent share at 55 gigawatts (GW). Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/javier-sierra/smooth-sailing-wind-energy_b_4639323.html?view=print&comm_ref=false DOE Secretary Moniz announces $50 million for cleaner vehicles, sees upside in Fisker loan failure. The Washington Auto Show started today with an announcement by US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about a new, $50-million boost for the DOE's work on supporting more fuel-efficient vehicles. The $50 million, Moniz said, will support advanced vehicle technologies. $30 million will go towards making plug-in vehicles better and charging more convenient…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/22/doe-secretary-moniz-announces-50-million-cleaner-vehicles/