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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for February 14, 2017.

Posted: 14 Feb 2017 15:17:35
CARB Newsclips for February 14, 2017. 

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ARB Business

The California Air Resources Board and the AB 32 Environmental
Justice Advisory Committee (Committee) are holding a joint public
meeting on February 15, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm (PST) at the
CalEPA Headquarters Building
The meeting notice and agenda are posted at:

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff invites you to
participate in a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) public working
meeting that will focus on potentially including alternative jet
fuel in the LCFS
Additional meeting details are included in the notice that is
posted here: 


LAO Recommends Renewal Of California's Cap-And-Trade Program.
Calling it the most cost-effective way for California to fight
climate change, a non-partisan fiscal analyst is recommending
lawmakers renew the state’s cap-and-trade program. Under the
cap-and-trade program, companies buy credits from the state,
which permit their emissions. The program is not only set to
expire in 2020, it also faces a lawsuit challenging its

New Hampshire bills would withdraw state from RGGI, repeal
renewables mandate. Dive Brief: •Two proposed bills in New
Hampshire would see the state exit a regional cap-and-trade
system and end its renewable energy mandate, the Portland Press
Herald reports .•HB 592 would end New Hampshire's involvement in
the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state
emissions trading scheme…


India’s Air Pollution Rivals China’s as World’s Deadliest.
India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1
million people to die prematurely each year and is now surpassing
China’s as the deadliest in the world, a new study of global air
pollution shows. The number of premature deaths in China caused
by dangerous air particles, known as PM2.5, has stabilized
globally in recent years…

Breathless in Bakersfield: is the worst air pollution in the US
about to get worse? In California’s Central Valley emissions from
oil refineries and agriculture make Bakersfield America’s most
air-polluted city. Activists fear the Trump administration could
undo small but steady improvements. The bluffs on Panorama Road
offer a wide view of the northern half of Bakersfield, which is
one of the few major population centres in California’s Central
Valley – perhaps the US’ leading agricultural motherlode.


El Niño triggered unprecedented erosion across California's
coast. l Niño may not have brought much rain to Southern
California, but it has taken its toll on the Golden State’s
beaches. A new study looking at the waves, water levels and
coastal changes at 29 beaches across California, Oregon and
Washington has found that the 2015-16 El Niño winter season
triggered unprecedented erosion across much of the West Coast.

Floods, food security and wildlife loss top public's climate
change concerns. Nearly two thirds of British adults accept
climate change is happening and is primarily due to human
activity, according to a major new poll that detects a
"discernible shift" in the public's engagement with
climate-related risks. The ComRes survey of 2,045 British adults
found 64 per cent say climate change is happening…

Trudeau, Trump Meeting Sidesteps the Countries' Climate Change
Agreements.  A year after Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama pledged
cooperation on climate goals, Canadian PM's first meeting with
President Trump produced no mention of them. President Donald
Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada voiced
commitments to work together on a range of issues at a meeting…

Scientists underestimate impact of global warming on wildlife.
"We need to greatly improve assessments of the impacts of climate
change on species right now," researcher James Watson warned. A
recent review of the scientific literature suggests ecologists
and conservation groups have underestimated the impact of climate
change on wildlife.

Gas issue hospitalizes 6 workers; scores evacuated from Tualatin
workplace. Six people were hospitalized and around a hundred more
evacuated from a Tualatin workplace due to an issue with oxygen
deprivation early Tuesday morning.  According to Tualatin Valley
Fire & Rescue, workers at Lam Research Corporation - a
semi-conductor manufacturing company…

How a changing climate will affect Alaska by the end of the
century. By the end of this century, Alaskans may be enjoying
tropical evening breezes for about a week each year. That's an
increase from the almost zero such nights we currently savor. But
it could happen, according to a graduate student who has
tightened the grids of computer models to perhaps offer a more
detailed glimpse of Alaska's future.

Oroville Dam: Window into a warmer future — experts. A deluge of
repeated rainstorms set the stage for the near-disaster at the
Oroville Dam in California, a crisis that foreshadows what the
Golden State can expect more of with climate change, several
experts said. The situation at Oroville — in Butte County,
Calif., northeast of Sacramento — happened after both an
infrastructure failure and a weather event…

Forget climate. When leaders meet Trump, 'boring is good'.
Climate change went from the top of the list to off the page in
talks between U.S. and Canadian leaders. The reshuffling was
evident yesterday during four hours of meetings between President
Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has made climate
action a key part of his administration. Neither leader mentioned
the issue during Trudeau's first visit to the Trump White House.


Biggest Driver of Cleaner-Car Rules Is California, not
Washington. Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Mark Fields used a
recent White House breakfast with President Donald Trump to argue
for relaxing U.S. car-emissions standards. But Mr. Fields and
other auto executives need to travel 2,700 miles west of
Washington to find the government officials who are pushing them
the most on environmental regulations.


100% renewables bill gaining support.  A bill that would require
Massachusetts to meet 100 percent of its energy needs with
renewable resources is gaining momentum in the state Legislature,
with more than a quarter of the commonwealth's lawmakers backing
the bill, according to clean energy advocates. The "100 Percent
Renewable Energy Act," introduced last month by three Democratic


U.K. Lobbies Trump Officials to Stay in Paris Climate Deal. The
U.K. government is seeking to convince Donald Trump to support
the landmark Paris climate deal, touting the economic benefits of
clean energy while steering clear of the debate about climate
science, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
British government representatives stationed in Washington have


Pay now to fight global warming, or pay more later: Your Say.
Letter to the editor: I commend USA TODAY for the editorial “A
serious Republican idea on climate change,” on the new
conservative proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by putting
a price on fossil carbon. Thankfully, your analysis focused on
the merits of the plan rather than the dismissive cynicism found
in much of the political press.

Don Paul: What's behind February's extreme warmth? Sharp February
warming: Is it weather or climate? Or is it both? To say it’s
hard to tell is a scientific understatement. There is the
irrefutable footprint of a warming climate when averaged
globally. Winters have been warmer, again on average, across the
United States for many decades.
Note that there are no regions in the lower 48 states that have
had mean cooling in that time period since 1970.


Big Oil’s Grip on California. In America’s greenest state, the
industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape
regulation and legislation. It wins more than you think. n the
morning of June 21, 2011, a worker named Robert David Taylor was
walking through an oil field west of Taft, California, when he
noticed a plume of steam coming from the darkened earth.

Corporations like Exxon are using spurious free speech claims to
fend off regulation. Why is the attorney general of
Massachusetts, Maura Healey, being forced to justify to a Texas
judge why and how she is doing her job? In the latest instance of
the corporate takeover of the First Amendment — and other
constitutional rights — Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil and
gas corporation…

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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