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CARB Newsclips for March 8, 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 The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments, Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), and the potential $25 million Volkswagen settlement funds for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) aspects of vehicle replacement programs. The meeting will be held at the following time and place: Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building Coastal Hearing Room, Second Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 A meeting notice for the workshop is posted at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/meetings/meetings.htm . Staff at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in workshops on updates to Senate Bill 375 regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for California's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The workshops will be held at the locations and dates below, and will follow the same format and presentation. SACRAMENTO: March 9, 2017 (also webcast) FRESNO: March 14, 2017 For more information on these workshops, visit the ARB SB 375 website and see the meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/meetings.htm On March 14, 2017, at 1:30 pm, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff is providing an online training webinar to discuss tool changes, clarifications, and guidance document updates for Electric Power Entities for 2016 data reported in 2017. The session will include a staff presentation and time for questions. Slides for the webinar will be posted at the following link prior to the start time: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/guidance/guidance-training.htm The GHG reporting regulation and additional information are available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reporting/ghg-rep/ghg-rep.htm. Updated guidance documents will be posted prior to the webinar. In addition, updated Excel reporting workbooks for Electric Power Entities (EPE) will be posted prior to the webinar at the following link: https://www.ccdsupport.com/confluence/display/calhelp/Reporting+Form+Instructions#EPE . 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 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. CAP AND TRADE AIR POLLUTION How can Wales tackle air pollution? Air pollution is a "public health crisis" second only to smoking, according to Public Health Wales. Air pollution contributes to 2,000 deaths in Wales each year - that's 6% of all deaths. Research has found children who live on very polluted roads have slower lung development and can be more likely to cough and wheeze, while traffic pollution can also contribute to heart and lung problems in adults. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-39203185 CLIMATE CHANGE EU says to beef up climate diplomacy to save Paris agreement. EU foreign ministers on Monday said the bloc would strengthen diplomacy to promote the fight against climate change in the face of a possible U.S. exit from the Paris agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump campaigned on promises to reverse the climate-change initiatives of his predecessor… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-climatechange-trump-idUSKBN16D25H?utm_source=Inside+Climate+News&utm_campaign=fbfa302bd2-Today_s_Climate12_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-fbfa302bd2-327747457 Warming may disrupt four-fifths of world's oceans by 2050: study. Global warming will disrupt four-fifths of the world's oceans by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, threatening fish that are the main source of food for a billion people, scientists said on Tuesday. Curbs on man-made emissions, however, would give marine life more time to adapt to warming conditions or for marine life from algae to cod to shift to cooler waters nearer the poles, they said. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-oceans-idUSKBN16E24S RPT-From Africa to Asia, governments considering 'green' bond sales. A raft of developing countries are considering selling bonds earmarked for environmental projects, potentially accelerating growth in a market seen as crucial to efforts to keep global temperatures in check. France and Poland have in recent months become the first sovereigns to issue 'green' bonds, previously the domain mainly of development banks and companies. http://www.reuters.com/article/emerging-bonds-green-idUSL5N1GK1SZ Trump adviser Peter Thiel questions restricting carbon emissions. Peter Thiel, the technology investor and advisor to President Donald Trump, questioned the global push toward restricting carbon emissions as "group think" while speaking Tuesday at an international energy conference here. "I'm not sure I'm an extreme skeptic of climate change, but I have my doubts about the extreme ways that people… http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Trump-adviser-Peter-Thiel-questions-restricting-10985006.php Australia's summer broke 205 weather records, climate group says. More than 200 weather records were broken during Australia's most recent summer, a climate group has warned. The Climate Council report, titled "Angry Summer", said the season was defined by intense heatwaves and bushfires in eastern Australia but heavy rain and flooding in the west. It showed climate change was being felt across Australia, the researchers said. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39175668 Pacific states reaffirm climate commitments for Trump era. Eleven years ago, as a Republican president did little to address climate change, the states of California, Oregon and Washington agreed to work together to fight carbon emissions. Yesterday, they agreed to do it again. There was no pressing legal need for the heads of three state utility commissions to sign a memorandum of understanding. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051120 Nominee declines to discuss climate change. The nominee to become the third-highest official at the Department of Justice said yesterday she would enforce environmental regulations but didn't directly answer questions about climate change. Rachel Brand, President Trump's pick to be associate attorney general, said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051099 It's like a 'divorce' if U.S. ditches climate pact – Stern. The Trump administration would damage the United States' global prestige if it withdraws from the Paris Agreement, Todd Stern, the former special envoy for climate change, warned yesterday. In a post on the Brookings Institution's website, Stern said that exiting from Paris would be "an act of reckless disregard for United States standing in the world’. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051098 Alaskan caribou are adapting to warming. Alaska's iconic caribou herds appear to be surviving changes in the Arctic climate, despite shifts in the time periods during which their food supplies are most plentiful, according to a recent study. The report indicated that Alaska caribou apparently aren't facing what is known as a mismatch, a phenomenon created when caribou give birth… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051096 DROUGHT NASA images reveal impact winter storms have had on drought-ravaged California. It’s a photo that is making farmers, skiers and thirsty people across the Golden state very happy. Satellite photographs from the NASA Earth Observatory show the drastic change this winter’s almost-ceaseless rain and snow have had on the California landscape from 2014 – when the state was suffering through a devastating drought. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/08/nasa-images-reveal-impact-winter-storms-have-had-on-drought-ravaged-california.html FUELS Saudis to take ownership of country's largest refinery. Saudi Aramco will soon assume sole ownership of the United States' largest oil refinery. The Saudi Arabian oil giant will take over the massive Port Arthur Refinery in Texas within the next three months. The move comes as part of an agreement Monday between Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell PLC to dissolve their joint venture, Motiva Enterprises LLC. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051079 VEHICLES Lamborghini open to considering all-electric supercar: CEO. Lamborghini is open to an all-electric addition to its line-up of luxury sports cars, its chief executive said on Wednesday, evidence that German parent Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) interest in producing zero-emission vehicles could extend to the very top end of its brands. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-geneva-lamborghini-strategy-idUSKBN16F296 Enviros steel for battle if Pruitt takes aim at car standards. California environmentalists are preparing for a federal battle over the state's ability to carry out its existing greenhouse gas rules for vehicles. Media outlets reported over the weekend that the Trump administration is considering how to undo a January move by the Obama administration to lock in fuel economy rules for passenger vehicles through 2025. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051121 Former Tesla executives to build battery factory. Two former Tesla Inc. executives are planning to build a $4 billion battery plant in the Nordic region. Peter Carlsson and Paolo Cerruti, who both previously oversaw Tesla's global supply chain, announced yesterday that they hope to start producing lithium-ion batteries by 2020. The two executives are betting that the factory will help them… http://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/03/08/stories/1060051081 VW RECALL EPA auditor to review emissions testing checks after VW case. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency watchdog plans to review whether the agency's internal controls are effective at detecting vehicle emissions fraud, the EPA's Office of Inspector General said. In a memo dated Monday, the inspector general said it will "begin preliminary research to determine… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-emissions-idUSKBN16F231 Merkel Says She Learned About VW Diesel Cheating From the Media. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she learned of Volkswagen AG’s cheating on diesel emissions the day after the U.S. government disclosed it and later told then-CEO Martin Winterkorn that VW had put the German car industry’s reputation at risk. Merkel testified for more than two hours on Wednesday before German lawmakers probing… https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-08/merkel-says-she-learned-about-vw-diesel-cheating-from-the-media http://www.timesnow.tv/business-economy/article/angela-merkel-to-face-questioning-in-volkswagen-%E2%80%98dieselgate%E2%80%99-case/57217 FIAT/CHRYSLER (FCA) Fiat Chrysler's merger options dwindle as Volkswagen rejects overtures. Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) boss Sergio Marchionne's attempts to find a partner were frustrated for a second time in as many days on Wednesday, as Volkswagen (VW) joined General Motors (GM) in dismissing any interest in talks with their smaller rival. Marchionne said on Tuesday that European market leader VW (VOWG_p.DE) would be… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-geneva-volkswagen-fiat-chrys-idUSKBN16F14I GREEN ENERGY Big Battery Installations Surge After Gas Leak in California. The biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history led to a boom in large-scale energy-storage systems, the technology that’s long considered the elusive link to integrating solar and wind power into electric grids. U.S. homes and businesses -- primarily utilities -- installed storage systems with 336 megawatt-hours of capacity in 2016… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-07/big-battery-installations-surge-after-gas-leak-in-california MISCELLANEOUS MEDIA ADVISORY: 27 electric trucks coming to Fontana freight yard and two rail yards SAN BERNARDINO - On Friday, the State of California, San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) and partners Daylight Transport and BYD celebrate the arrival of the first of 27 next-generation zero-emission electric yard and service trucks in San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Fontana. The trucks were funded by $9 million from the State's climate change-fighting cap-and-trade program. http://www.publicnow.com/view/BC1D0B8CB7D12030BAA50AF45DED1B5B2B45B939 OPINIONS China's 'blue skies' dreams mean red flags for industrial metals: Andy Home. "We will make our skies blue again". That was the rallying call issued by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the start of the country's annual meeting of parliament. Any lingering doubts that air pollution has moved to the very top of Beijing's political agenda should be dispelled. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-pollution-ahome-idUSKBN16F1XR OTHER VIEWS: Air pollution around the world takes a staggering toll. Despite calling for clean air and clean water in his first speech to a joint session of Congress last week, President Trump is reportedly aiming to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s staff by a fifth. Maybe Trump really believes there are enough “superfluous” EPA programs — such as, apparently, those addressing climate change… http://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/other-views-air-pollution-around-the-world-takes-a-staggering/article_87f45fa7-0959-579b-a275-e621ef0da7eb.html Editorial: GOP owns Trump attack on the Earth. Republicans are killing the planet. We say that because President Donald Trump was their nominee and they own him – golden locks, who knows what stocks and barrel of childish tweets. Yesterday brought the news that 52,000 square miles of permafrost – an area about six times as large as New Hampshire – in Canada’s Northwest Territories has melted… http://www.concordmonitor.com/Republican-attack-on-the-planet-8531354 BLOGS Dozens of Advocacy Groups Challenge EPA on Factory Farm Pollution. Rural communities demand clean water, not environmental rollbacks. While the Trump administration orders the EPA do less to protect Americans from dirty air and water, and Congress threatens to dismantle the agency altogether, Food & Water Watch and 34 advocacy organizations are demanding that the agency do more to protect communities from factory farms. http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/dozens-advocacy-groups-challenge-epa-factory-farm-pollution Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently. A new study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased but in wetter regions soil carbon loss increased. A new European study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170307100311.htm California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.