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CARB Newsclips for March 16, 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 Staff of the California Air Resource Board has completed the 2016 annual credit calculations for non-metered residential electrical vehicle charging and placed a total of 394,818 credits in the Electric Distribution Utilities’ accounts. For more information on these credit calculations, please refer to the Notice of Upcoming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits Release for Non-Metered Residential Electric Vehicle Charging. The notice can be accessed at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/workgroups/elect/022217notice.pdf Please consider the following news release from the California Air Resources Board: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=900 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 The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted the staff presentation for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Working Meeting on March 17, 2017, that will focus on potentially including alternative jet fuel in the LCFS. The presentation can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_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 California gas prices could rise if the state's cap-and-trade program is extended, legislative analyst says. As California lawmakers debate the future of the state's battle against global warming, there's one politically sensitive issue they'll have to consider: gas prices. Gov. Jerry Brown wants lawmakers to extend the cap-and-trade program… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-gas-prices-cap-and-1489617386-htmlstory.html State lawmakers question choice of cap and trade. California state lawmakers appeared open to alternatives to Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) plans to extend the state's landmark cap-and-trade system past 2020. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D) is one of the authors of a bill, A.B. 378 that could carry out Brown's directive to extend the program. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060051549/search?keyword=california AIR POLLUTION Now there are air-pollution deniers, too. This story was originally published by the New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It was known as the Great Pea Soup. In 1952, a thick, greenish-yellow fog smothered London, halting traffic and daily life. At the time, when households burned cheap coal for heat, factories spewed unregulated smoke, and buses burned diesel fuel… http://grist.org/article/now-there-are-air-pollution-deniers-too/ Here’s how climate change is already affecting your health, based on the state you live in. Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-climate-change-affects-your-state-2017-3 Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans. Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe. "In a few years, it will be like Chernobyl here: houses without souls," said unemployed Goran Stojak. http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/16/03/2017/Polluted-air-causing-early-deaths-in-fossil-fuelled-Balkans CLIMATE CHANGE This Is How the EPA Uses Its Budget—Now Targeted for Deep Cuts. The White House's newly proposed federal budget would cut the EPA's funding by a third, targeting regional and climate change-oriented initiatives. Ensuring clean air, land, and water—this is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses nearly 90 percent of its budget. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/environmental-protection-agency-budget-cuts/ 17 Republicans join fight against global warming despite Trump's 'hoax' remark. 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March has provided an unexpected dose of winter, but a freakishly balmy February broke more than 11,700 local daily records for warmth in the United States. The average temperature last month was 41.2 degrees — 7.3 degrees warmer… https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/2017/03/15/1af691c2-041c-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html?utm_term=.c9b671ab84e0 Budget Proposal Would Hamper Climate Efforts Abroad. The Trump administration’s budget proposal would hamper efforts abroad to slow global warming, especially by poor and fast-developing countries, compounding the hazards of America’s retreat from efforts to ease its own climate impacts. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/trump-budget-would-hamper-climate-efforts-abroad-21253 DROUGHT DIESEL ACTIVITIES FUELS Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards. 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