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CARB Newsclips for March 1, 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 7, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 7, 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 14, 2017: SB 375 Targets Update Workshop March 14, 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 Request for Proposal (RFP): Data Monitoring, Collection, and Analysis for Projects Granted under Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and Low Carbon Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Investments. The California Air Resources Board is seeking a contractor to monitor, collect, and analyze data for heavy-duty vehicle, off-road equipment, and bulk ship projects granted under AQIP and Low Carbon Transportation GGRF Investments, as identified in the fiscal year (FY) 14-15 Funding Plan approved by the Board in June 2014. The contractor shall collect and monitor vehicle and facility data, as applicable, such as vehicle specifications and performance data, as well as capital costs and operation and maintenance data for vehicles and facilities. RFP Information: The Data Monitoring, Collection, and Analysis for Projects Granted under FY 14-15 AQIP and Low Carbon Transportation GGRF Investments RFP advertisement is available at: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/Events-BS3/event-search.aspx (Event ID 0000004538). In order to submit a response, please register on the Cal eProcure website at: https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/ . The final date for the proposal submission is Friday, March 24, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. AIR POLLUTION California Weighs Tougher Emissions Rules For Gas-Powered Garden Equipment. Those gas-powered leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and mowers you hear in your neighborhood aren't just annoying — they make a lot of pollution, too. In California, they're about to pass cars as the worst air polluters, spewing out formaldehyde, benzene and particulate matter. http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=517576431 CLIMATE CHANGE Here are 4 ways climate change is messing with our brains — for the worse. We might think of climate change as purely physical: wildfires blazing through forests, rising seas lapping at the doors of coastal homes. But those brutal conditions also affect our mental health, changing how we think and act. http://grist.org/briefly/here-are-4-ways-climate-change-is-messing-with-our-brains-for-the-worse/ VEHICLES California May Push To Eliminate Gas, Diesel Light Vehicles. California is obviously a highly-environmentally-minded place, especially when it comes to vehicles. It has instituted many systems, including one mandating a certain percentage of zero-emissions vehicle sales, which encourage/force automakers to step up their game in newer, greener technology. http://thenewswheel.com/california-may-push-to-eliminate-gas-diesel-light-vehicles/ MISCELLANEOUS White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs. The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs, according to details of a document reviewed by The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/01/white-house-proposes-cutting-epa-staff-by-one-fifth-eliminating-key-programs/?utm_term=.8153462df715 He Will Soon Run a Fifth of the Nation. Meet Ryan Zinke. As a child in this town at the edge of the Continental Divide, Ryan Zinke cut his own trails through alpine forest, swam laps in Whitefish Lake and hiked the snow-packed paths of nearby Glacier National Park. Later, as an Eagle Scout, he traced how railroad oil spilled into the Whitefish River and watched as a single spark set that waterway on fire. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/for-interior-montanan-with-deep-roots-and-inconsistent-record.html?_r=1 SF supervisors’ vote to let natural resources plan go forward. It took more than a decade, but the new blueprint for Mount Davidson and Twin Peaks and about 1,000 acres of natural areas in San Francisco will finally move forward after the Board of Supervisors rejected an appeal of the plan on Tuesday. The supervisors voted 9-1 to reject it, after about four hours of public comment… http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-supervisors-vote-to-let-natural-resources-plan-10967505.php OPINIONS Can The Courts Check Trump's Desire To Emasculate EPA? When President Trump said last night that the time has come to put “small thinking behind us,” he may not have fully thought through his comments. During his national address, he spoke of clean air and clean water, for example, while also saying he would rollback the regulations to protect them. That’s the paradox of the whole Trump administration… https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/03/01/can-the-courts-check-trumps-desire-to-emasculate-epa/#44d464317f82 . BLOGS Maps Show Where Americans Care about Climate Change. The updated Yale Climate Opinion maps suggest Americans' opinions on climate change differ sharply from that of the president. If you were wondering how many Americans think coal-fired power plants should cap emissions, how much they worry about climate change or even how often they talk about it, well, there’s a map for that. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/maps-show-where-americans-care-about-climate-change/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.