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CARB Newsclips for February 24, 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. CARB BUSINESS One or more workshops/meetings have been scheduled and are now located in ARB's Workshop Calendar. Please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/app/calendar/cur_evnt.php?type=workshops which links to meeting details, including: March 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm March 9, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 9, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm March 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 2017. more info https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm The California Air Resource Board has posted an updated Notice of Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits Release for Non-Metered Residential Electric Vehicle Charging. http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/workgroups/elect/022217notice.pdf AIR POLLUTION Air pollution affects preterm birthrates globally, study finds. A pregnant woman's exposure to air pollution has adverse effects on her fetus, according to a new international study, with prolonged exposure associated with nearly 1 in 5 premature births globally. The study, published recently in the journal Environment International, is the first global estimate of preterm births associated with pollution caused by fine particulate matter. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/02/21/outdoor-pollution-affects-preterm-birth-rates-study-shows/?utm_term=.98eef99b4e5a https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/24/revealed-thousands-of-children-toxic-air-london-nitrogen-dioxide Start-Up Develops Particle Filter That Turns Pollution Into Ink. An Indian start-up company has devised a way to collect harmful pollution generated by vehicles, and it then turns it into something that humanity can use. Their idea is to make ink from soot and carbon residue, while also preventing harmful pollutants from entering the air. They have a successful Kickstarter campaign, and the plan… https://www.autoevolution.com/news/start-up-develops-particle-filter-that-turns-pollution-into-ink-115698.html CLIMATE CHANGE Idaho lawmakers delay science standards decision. Idaho lawmakers have postponed a decision on whether to include references to climate change in the state's proposed science standards. The standards haven't been updated since 2001 and have been criticized as vague. The House Education Committee sparked controversy by removing references to climate change and human impact on the environment from the proposed standards. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ID_SCIENCE_STANDARDS_CLIMATE_CHANGE_IDOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record. California's biblical deluge has occupied many a meteorologists’ mind this February. But another notable story is unfolding across the eastern U.S. Unseasonable warmth has kickstarted spring up to a month early in the Southeast, cut into already paltry Great Lakes ice cover and created skiing conditions more reminiscent of April in the Northeast. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/record-high-temperature-february-21186?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=6e82061c9a-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-6e82061c9a-327747457 Climate Change: Warming Temperatures Could Kill Deep Ocean Life-Forms By 2100. Over 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, and it amounts to about 99 percent of all living space on the planet. Both the water itself, as well as the ocean floor, is teeming with life, and many of its forms are still unknown to humankind. http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-warming-temperatures-could-kill-deep-ocean-life-forms-2100-2497147 DROUGHT California Today: On Catalina, the Drought Is Far From Over. Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) For many Californians, the drought now feels long gone. According to the latest figures from the United States Drought Monitor, about 17 percent of the state remains under “moderate drought” conditions or worse. This time last year, it was about 95 percent. But not everyone is rejoicing. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/us/california-today-catalina-island-drought.html?_r=1 Did the drought contribute to severe flooding in San Jose? Officials search for answers. For five long, drought-plagued winters, Mother Nature refused to refill Coyote Creek. Foliage filled its dry bed, and without regular rains, the vegetation remained in the creek rather than being flushed out to sea. Then an epic winter of rain hit Northern California, and the dry creek suddenly became wet again. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-san-jose-flooding-why-20170223-story.html Most of California is out of the drought. A year ago, some Californians thought this day would never come. But, after being battered by weeks of record-setting rain, the vast majority of the state is out of drought. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, less than 20% of the state faces any drought conditions and no place in California faces “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-drought-gone-20170223-story.html http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article134506439.html http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-drought-levels-lowest-since-2011-10954402.php http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170223/normal-never-better-at-new-melones-last-major-reservoir-to-recover-from-drought DIESEL ACTIVITIES Air pollution: NGT raps oil firms over data on diesel trucks. The National Green Tribunal has rapped public sector oil companies for not submitting status report on their 10-year old diesel trucks used for transporting petrol or petroleum products. | 1 Comments Air pollution: NGT raps oil firms over data on diesel trucks The National Green Tribunal has rapped public sector oil companies for not submitting status report… http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/air-pollution-ngt-raps-oil-firms-over-datadiesel-trucks_8553561.html?utm_source=ref_article VEHICLES Even in Trump’s America, California could decide how cleanly your car runs. President Trump has called environmental regulations “out of control.” Many automakers might welcome relief from them. But the state of California will likely have the final word. The nation’s most populous state has long been a bastion of liberal policymaking, and recent actions, such the legalization of marijuana, suggest it’s moving even farther left. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/02/23/even-in-trumps-america-california-could-decide-how-clean-your-car-runs/?utm_term=.37d24916ac01 GREEN ENERGY The EU’s renewable energy policy is making global warming worse. Countries in the EU, including the UK, are throwing away money by subsidizing the burning of wood for energy, according to an independent report. While burning some forms of wood waste can indeed reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in practice the growing use of wood energy in the EU is increasing rather than reducing emissions… https://www.newscientist.com/article/2122115-the-eus-renewable-energy-policy-is-making-global-warming-worse/ MISCELLANEOUS Lawmakers move to freeze federal regs at pre-Trump levels. California state lawmakers yesterday introduced a package of bills aimed at defending federal and state environmental regulations against President Trump's administration. The three bills are aimed at preserving current federal environmental laws on the state level, preventing public land transfers and protecting federal whistleblowers. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/24/stories/1060050513 Rare element turns CO2 into fuel using sunlight. Scientists have figured out a way to use tiny particles of a rare element to turn a greenhouse gas into fuel. In nanometer-scale particles, researchers found that the transition metal rhodium can break carbon dioxide apart and reassemble it into methane in a process powered by ultraviolet light. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/02/24/stories/1060050507 OPINIONS Oroville Dam shows urgent need for climate adaptation. The crisis at Oroville Dam should be a wake-up call to those making infrastructure decisions today that will affect Californians for many years to come. A centerpiece of the massive State Water Project, which provides water to 25 million Californians, has proved highly vulnerable to the kind of heavy winter rains we’ll see more often under climate change. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article134683439.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Freaky February Heat Waves Trigger More Chills Over Climate Change. A bonkers February with stretches of extremely high temperatures mixed periodically with plunging mercury is the latest chilling warning about global warming. Single-day record highs as well as multiple-day heat waves broke more than 248 month-to-date records for February in spots across the nation, according to the National Center for Environmental Information. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/february-heat-waves_us_58afbb53e4b0780bac2808f7 To get ahead, corporate America must account for climate change. Scott Pruitt’s confirmation last week as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency was a setback for environmentalists and scientists who waged a fierce campaign against the nominee. As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt led or took part in 14 lawsuits that sought to block EPA regulations and policies intended to tackle climate change. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/320973-to-stay-competitive-corporate-america-must-account-for-climate-change California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.