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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for March 7, 2017 Posted: 07 Mar 2017 14:40:37
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 CARB: Electric Trucks to Replace Diesel Freight Vehicles The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced that the state of California, the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG), and partners Daylight Transport and BYD will gather together this Friday, March 10, to celebrate the arrival of the first of 27 next-generation, zero-emission electric yard and service trucks. http://ngtnews.com/carb-27-byd-electric-trucks-replace-diesel-freight-vehicles The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) has released the Revised Proposed 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan (State SIP Strategy). The State SIP Strategy describes CARB’s proposed measures and commitment to achieve the mobile source and consumer products reductions needed to meet federal air quality standards over the next 15 years. The Board will consider adoption of the State SIP Strategy, along with the Final Environmental Analysis (EA) and Response to Comments on the Draft EA, at its March 23-24, 2017 hearing. The Revised Proposed 2016 State SIP Strategy is available at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/2016sip/2016sip.htm . AIR POLLUTION Cities and data: China’s weapons in the battle for clean air Birds fly in and out of the eight-storey "Green Office Building" in Shenzhen, China, because a third of its walls are completely open to the air. It's a clever natural design that enables the building to stay cool without air conditioners. Across town, in a vast campus known as the "Low Carbon Park", mist is sprayed into the air to cool the streets down and remove dust. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39156496 CLIMATE CHANGE A Threat by Any Other Name Climate change is political. Should planners talk about something else? In the past 50 years, the average temperature in the Great Plains has jumped 1.5 degrees. It’s enough to influence the natural world, and humans along with it: The pollen season for ragweed has expanded by as many as 16 days since the mid-1990s… http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/03/cities_are_throwing_out_climate_change_in_favor_of_resilience.html http://www.salon.com/2017/03/06/how-to-talk-climate-change-across-the-aisle-focus-on-adaptive-solutions-rather-than-causes_partner/ Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says An independent review of the state of Australia’s environment has found the impacts of climate change are increasing and some of the changes could be irreversible. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/07/climate-change-impact-australia-may-be-irreversible-report Trump set to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to increase significantly the efficiency of new cars and trucks, a key part of former President Barack Obama's strategy to combat global warming.http://www.sacbee.com/news/article136936183.html#storylink=cpy CAP AND TRADE Linking cap-and-trade markets across the Pacific China, the world’s leader in greenhouse gas emissions, is moving ahead with its plan to implement a national emissions trading (or cap-and-trade) system. Meanwhile in Canada, Quebec emitters can already trade with those in California, and Ontario is set to link with these markets in 2018. http://nationalmagazine.ca/Articles/March-2017/Linking-cap-and-trade-markets-across-the-Pacific.aspx VEHICLES Which states follow California's emission and zero-emission vehicle rules? California leads the nation in policies that promote reductions of carbon emissions from road vehicles. It is unique in having a federal waiver that allows it to set its own, stricter emissions standards, along with a zero-emission vehicle mandate that requires automakers reaching certain sales volumes to sell a certain number of cars without tailpipes. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109217_which-states-follow-californias-emission-and-zero-emission-vehicle-rules Ex-Tesla Manager Seeks $4 Billion for Europe's Biggest Battery Plant A former Tesla executive is trying to raise at least $4 billion to build Europe's biggest battery factory in Sweden to meet an expected surge in demand as the region's automakers switch to electric vehicles. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/03/07/business/07reuters-europe-batteries-gigafactory.html VW What Cities Stand to Gain From Volkswagen’s Multibillion-Dollar Settlement Cities may be able to tap into a new multibillion-dollar fund to accelerate their shared mobility and clean transit programs — but to do it will require a little hotwiring. As part of Volkswagen’s settlement with federal regulators over its diesel emissions scandal, the company has agreed to funnel billions of dollars to states over the next 10 years to promote the adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles (EV) and charging infrastructure. https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/cities-gain-volkswagens-multibillion-dollar-settlement-shared-mobility Stay calm but Volkswagen brand is struggling to find its way: CEO Volkswagen is struggling to plot a course for the future as the German carmaker battles an emissions scandal and attempts to hold off European competition, the company's CEO told CNBC on Monday. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/06/stay-calm-but-volkswagen-brand-is-struggling-to-find-its-way-ceo.html Volkswagen’s Emissions Fraud May Affect Mortality Rate in Europe From 2008 to 2015, Volkswagen sold 11 million diesel cars worldwide rigged with software that cheated emissions tests by running the full emissions-control system only if the car sensed a test was underway. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/science/volkswagen-emissions-scandal-air-pollution-deaths.html The "Queen of Green" shares explosive knowledge about Merkel Mary Nichols was the driving force in uncovering the VW diesel scandal. Now the California environmental leader testifies. Mary Nichols hasn’t forgotten the meeting with Angela Merkel. In the spring of 2010, the German Chancellor traveled to California at the invitation of then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and met for breakfast in Los Angeles. The discussion was intended to deal with climate change and regulation, according to the director of the California environmental authority CARB. This was a topic in which the Europeans at that time seemed somewhat ahead of the curve. However, the two mighty women did not quite find common ground. http://www.sz-online.de/nachrichten/die-queen-of-green-weiss-brisantes-ueber-merkel-3628750.html (In German) Green Enlightenment She is considered the "Queen of Green", her agency’s staff revealed the diesel scandal. Now the American Mary Nichols brings the enlightenment to Germany. It was supposed to be a casual get-together for scrambled eggs, bagels, and coffee hosted by then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles. But the hosts learned that Angela Merkel is not up for chatting, not even at breakfast. “Before any other issues were discussed, she turned to me and said, ‘Your standards are too strict,’” remembers Mary Nichols, who has been running the California environmental agency CARB for 10 years and was sitting at the table in April 2010. The strict nitrogen oxide limits of the state, the chancellor complained, prevented the German manufacturers from selling diesel cars. http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/nahaufnahme-gruene-aufklaererin-1.3407106?reduced=true (In German) Related Articles in German https://www.nzz.ch/wirtschaft/vw-abgasskandal-die-queen-of-green-und-das-brisante-treffen-mit-merkel-ld.149376 https://www.greenpeace-magazin.de/tickerarchiv/die-queen-green-und-das-brisante-treffen-mit-merkel-von-hannes-breustedt-und-sascha GREEN ENERGY 1 In 6 Scottish Renewable Energy Jobs At Risk A new survey of the Scottish renewable energy sector has highlighted fears that a sixth of the country’s workforce will lose their jobs within the next 12 months, says Scottish Renewables, the country’s renewable energy trade body. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/03/06/one-six-scottish-renewable-energy-jobs-risk/ Amazon Announces Solar Energy Project At Dozens Of Warehouses Amazon on Thursday announced plans to install solar energy panels on 50 of its warehouses around the world over the next four years. The e-retail giant expects to complete installation of the first 15 panel systems in the U.S. this year, which will generate up to 41 megawatts of power. http://www.inddist.com/news/2017/03/amazon-announces-solar-energy-project-dozens-warehouses Amidst Rumors That Trump Will Revoke Clean Power Plan, GE Launches Global Powering Efficiency Center Just as news circulated this week that US President Donald Trump is gearing up to quash the Clean Power Plan and to resuscitate the coal mining industry, General Electric launched a global Powering Efficiency Center of Excellence (COE) … https://www.energymanagertoday.com/ge-launches-global-powering-efficiency-center-0167987/ EU approves Czech plan to subsidize efficient electricity The European Union's executive commission says it has approved a Czech subsidy plan worth 420 million euros ($444 million) for electricity generated through more efficient power plants. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_CZECH_EU?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT MISCELLANEOUS Lin-Manuel Miranda releases climate change-themed playlist Talk about a jack of all trades. Lin-Manuel Miranda is an actor, singer, songwriter, and playwright, and now, the Hamilton scribe can add environmental activist to the list. http://ew.com/music/2017/03/06/lin-manuel-miranda-climate-change-playlist/ OPINIONS A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan asked me to return to Washington to run the Environmental Protection Agency. I had been the E.P.A.’s first administrator, from 1970 to 1973, and over the agency’s first 10 years, it made enormous progress in bringing the country’s worst pollution problems under control despite resistance from polluting industries and their lobbyists. A worried and outraged public had demanded action, and the government responded. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/opinion/a-lesson-trump-and-the-epa-should-heed.html?_r=1 Trump, The CPP, EPA, & Renewable Energy Jobs — What To Expect This Week? For many of us, the discontent that has been quietly growing (quickly escalating?) over the future of America’s environmental, climate, and energy policies was set to come to a head this... https://cleantechnica.com/2017/03/06/trump-cpp-epa-renewable-energy-jobs-expect-week/ BLOGS Solar energy: Now is the time for India to catch the sun The recent tenders for setting up and operating solar and wind power generation farms show that the price of renewable power is now approaching that from greenfield coal-based power plants in India. It will not take too long for solar photovoltaics to become the cheapest source of power. http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-commentary/solar-energy-now-is-the-time-for-india-to-catch-the-sun/ Only Mass Mobilization Can Save the EPA To defeat President Trump and the Republican Party's attack on the environment, we must come together with fierce resistance, deep organizing, and a bold vision. It’s not yet halfway through Trump’s first 100 days in office and his administration has already shown they’ll go to any length to dismantle the laws and regulations that protect our air, water and climate. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/06/only-mass-mobilization-can-save-epa California Heads Down a Command-and-Control Blind Alley as Carbon Pricing Falters Although at the federal level the biggest barrier to decarbonizing the economy is a lack of political will, in California, public opinion seems more supportive. In a recent poll, 69 percent of California voters backed policies to cut emissions. Yet the state’s carbon policy is in disarray.https://niskanencenter.org/blog/california-heads-command-control-blind-alley-carbon-pricing-falters/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.