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CARB Newsclips for February 14, 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. 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: www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ejac/meetings/meetings.htm 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: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_meetings.htm CAP AND TRADE 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 legitimacy. http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/02/14/lao-recommends-renewal-of-californias-cap-and-trade-program/ 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… http://www.utilitydive.com/news/new-hampshire-bills-would-withdraw-state-from-rggi-repeal-renewables-manda/436127/ AIR POLLUTION 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… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/world/asia/indias-air-pollution-rivals-china-as-worlds-deadliest.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1&utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ebdf96122f-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ebdf96122f-327747457 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. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/14/bakersfield-california-bad-air-pollution-us CLIMATE CHANGE 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. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/ https://www.usgs.gov/news/severe-west-coast-erosion-during-2015-16-el-ni-o 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… http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3004509/floods-food-security-and-wildlife-loss-top-publics-climate-change-concerns 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… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13022017/justin-trudeau-canada-trump-climate-change-agreements 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. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/02/13/Scientists-underestimate-impact-of-global-warming-on-wildlife/8611487015621/ 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… http://katu.com/news/local/gas-exposure-hospitalizes-6-workers-scores-evacuated-from-tualatin-building 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. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/02/11/hows-how-a-changing-climate-will-affect-alaska-by-the-end-of-the-century/ 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… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/14/stories/1060050005 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. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/14/stories/1060050008 VEHICLES 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. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/biggest-driver-of-cleaner-car-rules-is-california-not-washington/ar-AAmQW38 GREEN ENERGY 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 lawmakers… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/14/stories/1060049988 MISCELLANEOUS 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 been… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-14/u-k-said-to-lobby-trump-officials-to-stay-in-paris-climate-deal?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=ebdf96122f-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-ebdf96122f-327747457 OPINIONS 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. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/13/pay-now-fight-global-warming-pay-later-say/97872228/ 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. http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/14/don-paul-whats-behind-februarys-extreme-warmth/ BLOGS 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. https://www.thenation.com/article/big-oils-grip-on-california/ 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… http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/2/14/14601932/exxon-first-amendment-free-speech-citizens-global-warming California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.