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ARB Newsclips for January 23, 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 Group urges E.U. not to count land-use emissions as offsets. With the recent announcement of Europe's carbon emissions reduction targets up to 2030, a forest group is urging the European Commission to restrict countries from counting forests and agricultural lands to help reach their goals. Since the European Union began keeping track, emissions from energy and those from land use – farming…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993332/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY AIR POLLUTION Beijing Warns Reduced Outdoor Activities on Heavy Pollution. Beijing warned its 20 million people to reduce outdoor activities as smog enshrouded the north and southwest of China. The concentration of PM2.5, fine particulates that pose the greatest risk to human health, was 230 micrograms per cubic meter at 4 p.m. near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, compared with an average of 229 over the past 24 hours…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-23/beijing-warns-reduced-outdoor-activities-on-heavy-pollution.html Utah lawmakers unveil air quality proposals. A bipartisan group of Utah lawmakers has unveiled more than dozen proposals to tackle the state's pollution problems this year. About 20 legislators held a news conference Wednesday afternoon while standing in the frigid smog outside Utah's Capitol. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2014/01/22/3148114/utah-lawmakers-unveil-air-quality.html#storylink=cpy Calif. Air Quality Affected By Lack Of Rain. California's drought is having a big impact on air quality. Winter storms usually clean out pollution, but without any rain the air is staying stagnant and could present a health risk. Posted. http://www.npr.org/2014/01/22/264742844/calif-air-quality-affected-by-lack-of-rain Wood smoke causing unhealthy air quality in SLO interior. Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive persons in the interior valleys of San Luis Obispo County: Air quality monitors are currently reporting particulate concentrations that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Stagnant weather conditions are allowing pollutants to be trapped in the interior valleys of San Luis Obispo County. Posted. http://www.ksby.com/news/wood-smoke-causing-unhealthy-air-quality-in-slo-interior/ CLIMATE CHANGE Europe, Facing Economic Pain, May Ease Climate Rules. For years, Europe has tried to set the global standard for climate-change regulation, creating tough rules on emissions, mandating more use of renewable energy sources and arguably sacrificing some economic growth in the name of saving the planet. But now even Europe seems to be hitting its environmentalist limits. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/business/international/european-union-lowers-ambitions-on-renewable-energy.html?hp&_r=0 Antarctica's peculiar climate appears connected to temperatures in Atlantic Ocean – study. One of the recent puzzles in polar science has been the question: Why is Antarctic sea ice growing and moving? In the Arctic, the story is clear. Sea ice, melted by a warming trend in the northern pole, is steadily diminishing. But in Antarctica, sea ice has been growing and moving to new places -- particularly in the wintertime. In the meantime, the Antarctic Peninsula has experienced the fastest warming on the planet. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993334/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY U.S. Navy prepares for broader operations in a rapidly melting Arctic. The U.S. Navy needs improved mapping and better wide-band communications to prepare for increased operations in the melting Arctic, the director of the Navy's Task Force Climate Change said yesterday. With many climate models predicting that the Arctic could experience an ice-free summer before midcentury…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993333/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DIESEL EMISSIONS Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner. The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NATURAL_GAS_LOCOMOTIVES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/22/3727854/natural-gas-locomotives-may-prove.html www.washingtonpost.com/business/natural-gas-locomotives-may-prove-cheaper-cleaner/2014/01/23/51af1f6e-83f4-11e3-a273-6ffd9cf9f4ba_story.html FUELS 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. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/business/energy-environment/australia-divided-on-fracking.html?ref=earth Arctic Ocean oil drilling opponents win appeal. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the government failed in evaluating the potential effects of offshore oil drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea when it sold leases to develop millions of acres there. The U.S. government violated the law when it opened millions of acres of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-arctic-drilling-20140123,0,2981481,print.story Proposed fracking in national forest meets broad opposition. The U.S. Forest Service considers allowing hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in George Washington National Forest in Virginia, stirring concern about risks to drinking water in the Washington, D.C., area. he headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-national-forest-fracking-20140123,0,987706.story#ixzz2rFAPYQ4O Sustainable Fracking? For Real? Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has hardly been the darling of the environmental movement. Plagued with such ominous-sounding concerns as fugitive emissions, induced seismicity, and groundwater contamination, fracking has emerged as something of a dirty word in many quarters. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Sustainable-Fracking-For-Real-5166397.php VEHICLES Automakers say 2014 is 'the moment' for emergence of fuel-cell vehicles. For almost two decades, fuel-cell electric vehicles have been another five years away. That is, until now, according to major automakers. Hyundai Motor Co. announced in November that it will begin offering a fuel-cell version of the Tucson crossover this spring, making it the first mass-market, federally certified hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in the United States. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993336/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY HIGH-SPEED RAIL Loan for bullet train part of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal. California would lend $29 million to the High-Speed Rail Authority. Financing proposals for the project have raised concerns from lawmakers, including a key bullet train supporter. Under a little-noticed item in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, the state would lend California's bullet train agency $29 million to keep the project moving ahead amid increased uncertainty about the availability of future funding for the massive project. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0123-bullet-loan-20140123,0,405875,print.story GREEN ENERGY EU Renewable Energy Loses Out on Bloc’s ‘Lame-Duck’ Plan. Wind and solar power producers said they’re at risk of losing investment after the European Union’s executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy use in 2030. The European Commission yesterday said the 28-nation bloc should get 27 percent of its energy from renewables by 2030, up from 20 percent at the end of this decade. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-01-23/eu-renewable-energy-loses-out-on-bloc-s-lame-duck-plan.html U.S. mayors plan to make cities more energy-efficient and save money – study. According to a survey released yesterday, 288 U.S. mayors, representing all 50 states, plan to increase their investment in new technologies over the next five years to make their cities more energy-efficient. The survey "Energy Efficiency and Technologies in America's Cities"…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059993331/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY OPINIONS 'Windfall' explores the business of climate change. “Apparently, if you look at climate change the right way, it looks like money instead of disaster — if you're looking at it from a corporate boardroom, for example, and not, say, coastal Bangladesh. Journalist McKenzie Funk spent six years traveling the world to report "Windfall," his account of how governments and corporations — many of whom heavily contribute to the problem of global warming but balk at mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions…Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BOOK_REVIEW_WINDFALL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Windfall-explores-the-business-of-climate-change-5165723.php A united call for action on climate change. When Nelson Mandela formed the Elders in 2007 to promote peace and human rights across the world, he challenged us to be bold and to give a voice to those who have none. No issue demands these qualities more than our collective failure to tackle climate change. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kofi-annan-a-united-call-for-action-on-climate-change/2014/01/22/3694fa0c-82c1-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html In California's drought emergency, Gov. Brown declares the obvious. Now that 2013 has gone down as the driest calendar year in 119 years of California rainfall records, Gov. Jerry Brown has officially declared a drought emergency, asking Californians to reduce their water usage by 20%. Times columnist George Skelton predicts: "Next comes serious flooding." Skelton says it's a familiar pattern…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-rall-drought-california-jerry-brown-20140122,0,3799723.story#ixzz2rFB8e7uT We've come a long way in slaking SoCal's thirst. Yes, we're in a drought. But Southern Californians should also know that the situation here isn't yet dire, and it doesn't need to be if we are careful. Given the record dry weather in recent months, it is quite possible that Southern California will receive very little water from Northern California this year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-kightlinger-drought-southern-california-20140123,0,276812.story#ixzz2rFfixLqF Encourage delivery trucks to go electric to clean the air. I live in West Oakland. From my apartment window in a two-story affordable-housing complex, the sounds of passing BART trains add to the other impacts of living on 7th Street, especially the trucks from the U.S. Postal Office Distribution Center and Port of Oakland, less than a mile away, that pass 24 hours a day. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Encourage-delivery-trucks-to-go-electric-to-clean-5166742.php State panel releases dueling climate reports. A bipartisan state climate panel has released dueling reports how to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. The panel posted separate reports online Wednesday, splitting along party lines. It had missed a December deadline to come up with recommendations on tackling carbon pollution. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/State-panel-releases-dueling-climate-reports-5165689.php BLOGS No one tries harder than Europe to fight climate change. The recession is testing that. This week, the European Union outlined a plan for the 28-member bloc to cut carbon-dioxide emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Seeing as how the E.U. tends to be the most aggressive region in the world on climate-change policy, it's worth taking a close look. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/23/no-one-tries-harder-than-europe-to-fight-climate-change-the-recession-is-testing-that//?print=1 Divesting from Big Oil — and making money. The fossil fuel divestment movement spreading across the country focuses most on ethics and the environment, not on cash. Its supporters push schools and cities to drop financial investments in oil, gas and coal companies, and they typically frame the argument in moral terms. Fossil fuel use is warming the world — therefore, holding stock in fossil fuel companies is wrong. Posted. http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2014/01/22/divesting-from-big-oil-and-making-money/ Inaction on Climate Change. Climate change has the potential to wipe out 20 years of economic and social development. Action is being taken and we're moving in the right direction, but not fast enough, so what more can be done? Inaction on climate change is fifth in this year's top-10 list. That's not due to climate skepticism, which is now less pervasive than it used to be. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christiana-figueres/inaction-on-climate-change_b_4648991.html?view=print&comm_ref=false Tesla announces aggressive Model S pricing for Chinese market. Most cars exported to China end up with a hugely inflated price tag – often hovering around twice as much as what we'd expect to pay in the United States. Part of that can be chalked up to duties and taxes – which can be quite prohibitive in the People's Republic – but a big part of it comes down to profitability. Posted. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/23/tesla-model-s-aggressive-pricing-china/