6HWbNHN-show-poster2x3-c7tgE2Y.png

Artbound

Start watching
MJ250sC-show-poster2x3-Bflky7i.png

Tending Nature

Start watching
Southland Sessions

Southland Sessions

Start watching
Earth Focus

Earth Focus

Start watching
5LQmQJY-show-poster2x3-MRWBpAK.jpg

Reporter Roundup

Start watching
City Rising

City Rising

Start watching
Lost LA

Lost LA

Start watching
Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Learn about the many ways to support KCET.
Support Icon
Contact our Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams.

Greenhouse Gas Auction Price Holding Steady in California

Support Provided By
haze-california-farm-2-22-13-thumb-600x450-45897
The price for polluting California's air with greenhouse gases hasn't changed much | Photo: Alpha Bunny/Flickr/Creative Commons License

 

California's Air Resources Board (CARB) has released the results of its February auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowances, and it would seem the price of polluting isn't going up by much. Permits to emit carbon dioxide and other GHGs sold for an median price of $12.56 during the February auction, down $.40 from the median bid price during the first auction in November.

During the February 19 auction, the second since the state's greenhouse gas Cap and Trade program began, permits to allow emissions of nearly 13 million tons of CO2 in 2013 were sold; with the 2013 allowances sold in November, that comes out to over 36 million tons of CO2 or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.

Authorized under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), CARB's emissions allowances auction is intended to provide an incentive for large emitters of greenhouse gases to reduce their emissions. By forcing polluters to buy permits in order to emit GHGs, AB32 creates a market in which owners of unused allowances can sell them to companies that haven't had as much success reducing their emissions. The February 19 auction also offered 9,560,000 allowances for emissions in 2016; about half of those sold with a median bid of $11.12.

The third of CARB's quarterly auctions will be held in May.

Support Provided By
Read More
A nurse fills a syringe with the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine at the Dhaka Medical College vaccination centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 9, 2021.

Bangladesh Inoculates Older Sex Workers at Biggest Brothel

Bangladesh has started inoculating older sex workers at the country's biggest brothel in a push to protect the most vulnerable in the pandemic.
A nurse in blue personal protective gear administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to a woman in a red shirt.

How to Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment in Southern California

Booking an appointment for your free COVID-19 vaccine is complicated. To keep track of all the moving parts, LAist reached out to cities and counties in the greater Los Angeles area for specifics. Find your location below for your guide to booking vaccine appointments in Southern California.
A person in a red sweatshirt administers COVID-19 vaccine to a young Black man. Both are wearing face masks.

State Sets Aside Vaccines for Hard-Hit Areas, Speeds Reopening Efforts

Southern California counties and others across the state could be cleared to open more businesses and lift other restrictions sooner than anticipated under a plan announced today that will prioritize COVID-19 vaccines in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.