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ARB Newsclips for January 30, 2017. 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 BP Advocates for Putting a Price on Carbon. A key oil and gas company is saying that governments internationally need to put a price on carbon to increase the percentage of renewables, natural gas and energy efficiency. BP’s Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in the company’s “BP Energy Outlook 2035” that even though carbon emissions will grow at a slower rate than in the past, they will still rise overall. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/01/bp-advocates-putting-price-carbon/ AIR POLLUTION Mongolians Demonstrate in Capital Demanding Action on Smog. Thousands of Mongolians stood in frigid weather on Saturday for the second time this winter to demand that the government strengthen its response to the smog that routinely blankets Ulan Bator, the capital. About 7,000 people, many in air masks and gas masks under thick winter hats, braved temperatures below minus 4 Fahrenheit. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/world/asia/mongolia-smog-capital-demonstration.html?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e9bc8c3360-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e9bc8c3360-327747457 Shell Not Revealing Full List of Gases Released in December Martinez Refinery Flares. Electrical engineers inadvertently caused a power outage at the Shell Oil Company’s Martinez refinery last month that led to a loud flaring operation, sending thousands of pounds of toxic gas into the air, prompting a health alert for nearby residents. The refinery workers were troubleshooting a separate problem with an alarm… https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/01/30/shell-wont-say-what-gases-its-martinez-refinery-sent-into-the-air-during-outage/ CLIMATE CHANGE In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’. Doug Palen, a fourth-generation grain farmer on Kansas’ wind-swept plains, is in the business of understanding the climate. Since 2012, he has choked through the harshest drought to hit the Great Plains in a century, punctuated by freakish snowstorms and suffocating gales of dust. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/business/energy-environment/navigating-climate-change-in-americas-heartland.html?ref=energy-environment&utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e9bc8c3360-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e9bc8c3360-327747457 As the White House changes course on climate change, California stubbornly presses forward. With cheese and shrimp cocktail piled on their plates, guests strolled the exhibit like patrons at an art gallery, sipping beer and pausing to ponder the displays that lined the room. But instead of paintings or sculptures, they were examining scientific charts about climate change at a state environmental agency. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-california-climate-resolve-20170129-story.html?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e9bc8c3360-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e9bc8c3360-327494049 Al Gore puts the CDC's health and climate conference back on track — minus the CDC. n abruptly postponed conference on climate change and its effects on human health is going to take place after all — thanks to Al Gore. But there’s a caveat: The conference’s original sponsor — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — won’t be involved. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Assn.,… http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-health-climate-cdc-gore-20170127-story.html Fearing deletion, Tom Steyer copies Environmental Protection Agency website on climate change. With President Trump in the White House, information about climate change has been disappearing from government websites. Some fear the same thing could happen with the Environmental Protection Agency. Now the advocacy organization run by environmentalist and political donor Tom Steyer is taking steps to preserve the information. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-fearing-deletion-tom-steyer-copies-1485541980-htmlstory.html World leaders ‘goofing off’ amid climate change threat, Jerry Brown says. Gov. Jerry Brown, continuing his broadsides against those “sworn to deny,” accused world leaders Friday of “goofing off” and averting their collective gaze from the existential threats of climate change and nuclear war. Brown noted that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists a day earlier moved the clock up 30 seconds to 2 1/2-minutes... http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article129186039.html#storylink=cpy Researchers: Abandon Neighborhoods, Avoid Flood Zone to Limit Sea Level Rise. Understanding the sociology and politics around word ‘retreat’ San Francisco is partway through a years-long process of proposing elaborate — and incredibly expensive — engineering fixes to the looming prospect of sea level rise. But the current sketches of a future city buttressed by dikes, levees and seawalls, which could cost tens of billions of dollars over coming decades… http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2017-01/researchers-avoid-flood-zone-to-limit-sea-level-rise Trump Will Withdraw From Global Climate Pact, Transition Official Says. The United States will switch course on climate change and pull out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his inauguration. Ebell is the director of global warming and international environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a U.S. conservative think tank… http://www.newsweek.com/trump-withdraw-global-climate-pact-transition-official-550272 FUELS Natural Gas Falls as Forecasts Call for Warmer Weather. Expectations of coming cold weather have frequently failed to materialize this winter. Natural-gas prices tumbled Monday as the latest weather forecasts called for warmer temperatures. Natural-gas futures for March delivery fell 12.6 cents, or 3.75%, to $3.232 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange. About half of all U.S. households burn gas for heat… http://www.wsj.com/articles/natural-gas-falls-as-forecasts-call-for-warmer-weather-1485790403 Trump's Promise to Pay for Infrastructure With Fossil Fuel Revenue Rings Hollow. The president and his industry allies argue that a drilling boom will raise billions, but raising money through higher royalties and taxes is not a simple equation. Among the fuzzy pledges President Trump has made in his energy plans, his idea to pay for a $1 trillion public infrastructure program with a bonanza of fossil fuel mining and... https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28012017/trump-infrastructure-fossil-fuel-royalties-drilling-public-land?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=9e41019175-InsideClimate_News12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-9e41019175-327494049 VEHICLES GM-Honda Joint Venture to Make Fuel Cells in Michigan. The auto makers will split the $85 million cost to fund the operation at an existing GM facility. General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. are ratcheting up their partnership to build fuel cells for use in future vehicles, as the auto industry continues its push into the pricey, emissions-free technology despite barriers to commercial success. http://www.wsj.com/articles/gm-honda-joint-venture-to-make-fuel-cells-in-michigan-1485792001 Toyota Still Biggest Car Maker by Measures that Matter. Volkswagen stole Toyota’s crown, but investors may not care. Car buffs, journalists and economists pay a lot of attention to unit-car statistics, but investors shouldn’t—just look at Volkswagen’s rise to the top of the official league table of manufacturers. Toyota, which overtook General Motors in the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers’… http://www.wsj.com/articles/toyota-still-biggest-car-maker-by-measures-that-matter-1485784526 2017 Ram, Jeep diesels should be certified by EPA shortly, company says. Fiat Chrysler may have a plan to address EPA complaints regarding software in its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, according to comments by CEO Sergio Marchionne. The EPA announced earlier this month that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had failed to disclose eight separate software routines that affect the engine's emissions, each of which is a violation of the Clean Air Act. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1108598_2017-ram-jeep-diesels-should-be-certified-by-epa-shortly-company-says VW RECALL Germany Names Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn as Suspect. Investigation relates to Volkswagen’s long-running emissions scandal. German prosecutors on Friday named Volkswagen AG’s former chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, as a suspect in a fraud investigation stemming from the auto maker’s emissions-cheating scandal, alleging that Mr. Winterkorn may have known about the issue earlier than he acknowledged. http://www.wsj.com/articles/volkswagens-ex-ceo-martin-winterkorn-probed-on-suspicion-of-fraud-1485518259 GREEN ENERGY Where are the trees? Not Paris, new 'Green View Index' finds. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology project that maps trees in the world's major cities is making it easier for city officials and citizens to figure out where more green is needed. The project, called Treepedia, uses Google Street View to create what the MIT team calls the Green View Index. Carlo Ratti, director of MIT's Senseable City Lab, says trees play a critical role in urban environments. http://www.wsj.com/articles/APf0903a7af3664d418e17e5cb6bd83a45 MISCELLANEOUS Allaying concerns, EPA lifts temporary freeze on grants to states. The Environmental Protection Agency has resumed issuing grants following a brief pause that alarmed state regulators, environmental advocates and congressional lawmakers already concerned the Trump administration would rein in the EPA’s reach and scope. But the tight control on how the agency communicates with the public… http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/26/allaying-concerns-epa-lifts-temporary-freeze-grants-states/97103198/?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=e9bc8c3360-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e9bc8c3360-327747457 How Trump’s travel ban could hurt science. Ubadah Sabbagh felt goose bumps rise on his skin Saturday morning as he scrolled through the reports that immigrants from the Middle East — people just like him — were no longer being allowed into the United States. Sabbagh, 23, is a student at Virginia Tech, working on his PhD in neuroscience. He's also a green-card holder, and a citizen of Syria — one of the seven countries named… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/29/how-trumps-travel-ban-could-hurt-science/?utm_campaign=e9bc8c3360-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Inside Climate News&utm_term=.1814179bc795 OPINIONS In California, ‘Paper or Plastic?’ Is Against the Law. Supermarkets can no longer give out shopping bags, though the claimed benefits are dubious. There’s no such thing as a free bag—at least not anymore in California. Voters in November approved, 53% to 47%, a law outright banning single-use, carry-out plastic bags. Grocery and convenience stores can offer paper or reusable bags, but the law requires them to charge at least 10 cents a pop. http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-california-paper-or-plastic-is-against-the-law-1485560488 Human nature makes it easier to deny climate change than to confront it. A t one point in the Senate hearing to confirm Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders asked the nominee to share his personal views about climate change. Pruitt, a longtime ally of the oil industry and bane of the EPA, repeatedly evaded the question, saying policy and law.. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-deny-climate-20170126-story.html Silencing the EPA will make America unhealthy again. In June 2003, a former lobbyist for the petroleum industry edited climate change out of a report on the environment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Philip Cooney, who served as chief of staff of George W. Bush’s Council on Environmental Quality after serving as a lawyer for the American Petroleum Institute… http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/column-silencing-the-epa-will-make-america-unhealthy-again/ Are Climate Policies Really an Economic Boon to the San Joaquin Valley? “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” – Margaret Peters State climate policies are boosting the San Joaquin Valley’s economy. At least that’s the basic message that the authors of a recent study are trying to convey. On January 19 the Bay Area organization Next 10 released a commissioned report entitled… http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/01/climate-policies-really-economic-boon-san-joaquin-valley/ The Implications of the Paris Climate Deal. Rational people want a clean environment. Usually it has been western, wealthy nations leading the environmental movement with California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) leading the way. California can afford to clean up their air, water and be concerned about carbon emissions; now that their economies are mature enough since Maslow’s hierarchy… http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/01/implications-paris-climate-deal/ EPA under fire. Environmental agency is dealing with critical issues. The Trump administration has, thankfully, lifted the freeze it imposed on grants administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Oregon, for example, had about $1 million worth of grants in the pipeline. About one-third of the grants were for oversight and assistance for public drinking water systems across the state. http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/35222208-78/epa-under-fire.html.csp BLOGS EPA-Funded Scientists Share Their Concerns About the Trump Era. Four researchers on how their work will be affected. Several news agencies, including Reuters, are reporting that the EPA lifted its freeze on grants and contracts on Friday. At least one of the scientists below, Tamma Carleton, reports that she has already received her normal stipend check. This doesn’t necessarily mean that EPA-funded scientists are in the clear, however. https://psmag.com/epa-funded-scientists-share-their-concerns-about-the-trump-era-597f0cc0d929#.yr8u85knf Plastics scientists using nanomaterials to fight carbon emissions. A project to use nanomaterials to capture carbon dioxide is underway at the Plastics Technology Centre AIMPLAS in Valencia. Project Gramaphon will advance technologies that have successfully reduced industrial carbon emissions by 90 per cent, to reduce costs and increase efficiency gains. http://www.eppm.com/industry-news/plastics-scientists-using-nanomaterials-to-fight-carbon-emis/ A Vulnerable Community Braces for the Impacts of Sea Level Rise. Experts warn that the flooding exacerbated by climate change will disproportionately impact low-lying, low-income communities. In the Wilmington, Delaware neighborhood of Southbridge, residents are determined to build up their flood defenses and to stand their ground. Wilmington, Delaware’s Southbridge neighborhood is an enclave of South Wilmington, a low-lying peninsula separated from the city’s main… http://e360.yale.edu/features/a-vulnerable-community-braces-for-the-impacts-of-sea-level-rise Donald Trump may ditch ‘onerous’ US fuel economy laws. The new US president is indicating a shake-up in emissions and fuel economy regulations. President Donald Trump looks set to pull the plug on plans for “onerous” US fuel economy laws as his administration embarks on its promised ‘business first’ policy drive and seeks to massively reduce the number of regulations in US law. http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/donald-trump-may-ditch-%E2%80%98onerous%E2%80%99-us-fuel-economy-laws California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.