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CARB NEWSCLIPS FOR April 18, 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 Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct a public meeting at the time and place noted below to consider Truck Field Enforcement Activities and New Screening Technology for High Emitting Vehicles. DATE: April 27, 2017 TIME: 9:00 a.m. LOCATION: California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 WEBCAST: http://www.cal-span.org/ Air Resources Board staff have posted a white paper on the health benefits of physical activity and air pollution exposure while walking and bicycling for transportation. Download the White Paper: https://www.arb.ca.gov/research/vprp/physical_activity_and_health_final_161216.pdf For more information, including the White Paper and other resources, visit our Built Environment webpage: https://www.arb.ca.gov/research/vprp/vprp.htm A fact sheet summarizing this document can be found here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/html/fact_sheets/physical_activity_fact_sheet.pdf On Monday, April 24th, the California Air Resources Board will host a research seminar focusing on household transportation choices and commitments of statewide greenhouse gas reductions required by SB 375. Announcement available here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/mokhtarian/mokhtarian.htm AIR POLLUTION EPA stalling Harley-Davidson settlement — source. U.S. EPA is reportedly slow-walking a settlement with Harley-Davidson over emissions violations amid Republican concerns about a clean air project set up by the deal. The motorcycle giant agreed last August to pay $12 million in civil penalties and $3 million on a pollution mitigation project after EPA found the company had manufactured… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053229 CLIMATE CHANGE 3M-year-old sediment tells the story of today's climate. In 2009, studies of deep sediment layers from a largely unknown, unexplored lake in the tundra of Russia's eastern Arctic released a flood of new evidence about what global warming had done to the Arctic 3 million years ago. It is a distant mirror reflecting an image of growing climate instability that scientists warn is beginning to reappear today. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053182 Sea-level rise will shift U.S. populations. Migration from sea-level rise could reshape America's population in the coming decades as people move out of harm's way, a new demographic analysis suggests. Florida could lose as many as 2.5 million people, and Texas could gain nearly 1.5 million residents, according to predictions… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053199 Your guide to who's who in the Paris Agreement showdown. Trump and cabinet President Trump will meet with Cabinet secretaries, his National Security Council advisers and likely also his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for a final decision on how to proceed with the Paris Agreement. Photo courtesy of President Trump twitter account. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053205 Warming climate requires new approach to blazes — study. Land managers across the West must fundamentally change the way they address wildfires as the climate warms and the risk of blazes increases, according to a new study that argues against the Trump administration's calls for more logging to reduce fuel loads. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053225 DROUGHT What a difference! How drought-buster winter has changed NorCal. But it will take a long time to fully recover from the worst dry spell in 450 years. he Great California Drought is over, Gov. Jerry Brown declared earlier this month, but it's too early to parade in our rain, scientists say. A new study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists found that while October 2011 to September 2015… http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/What-a-difference-How-a-rainy-winter-has-changed-11078953.php Now that the governor declared the drought is history, what’s a conservationist to do? Seems like California is not the only land mass to benefit from a surplus of water these days. The moon of Saturn, Enceladus, is swimming in warm liquid water, enough to create plumes of hydrogen gas erupting from the subsurface of the ocean floor, NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists reported Thursday. http://www.record-bee.com/article/NQ/20170418/LOCAL1/170419857 Sierra Nevada Mountain Snowpack Is Larger Than Previous 4 Years Combined. Measurements of the Tuolumne River Basin show there's enough snow to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena about 1,600 times. The monster snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains is larger than it has been in the four previous years combined, new NASA data shows. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/California-Water-Drought-Sierra-Nevada-Mountains-Snowpack-419756113.html California Hits Precipitation Record. California hits precipitation record as spring warming commences By Daniel Swain on April 16, 2017. Record wet in Northern California; huge snowpack threatens floods. It’s official: the Northern Sierra “8-Station Index”–comprised of 8 precipitation observation sites in the northern half of the Sierra Nevada watershed–has eclipsed 1982-1983 to become the wettest Water Year (Oct-Sep) period on record! http://knau.org/post/california-hits-precipitation-record#stream/0 As historic drought ends, Californians vow to retain water-saving habits surfacing models of thought. California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the end of the state's six-year drought earlier this month, but Golden State residents say they have no plans to return to their wasteful ways. Cooper Olson was relieved when he first heard that California Gov. Jerry Brown had declared the end of the state’s drought this month. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2017/0418/As-historic-drought-ends-Californians-vow-to-retain-water-saving-habits FUELS States, industry debate litigation's fate as EPA reviews rule. Supporters and opponents of an Obama-era effort to slash methane emissions from the oil and gas industry made their pitches last night for whether litigation over U.S. EPA's rule should continue. As expected, industry and state critics of the methane standards argued to freeze a legal battle while the Trump administration reviews New Source Performance Standards… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053194 Does methane rule review shut out public input? Don Nelson estimates he can spot 60 or 70 natural gas flares from his North Dakota ranch — even now that the state has raised its gas capture rate to nearly 90 percent. Ahead of the release of the Bureau of Land Management's final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, Nelson attended two hearings to testify in support of the regulation to curb gas flaring… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053185 GREEN ENERGY Benefiting from Green Jobs. The renewable energy industry and its proponents regularly draw attention to the industry’s job creation potential. For example, the American Wind Energy Association reported that the US wind industry supported 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016, a 20% increase in one year. The Solar Foundation announced there were over 260,000 solar workers in 2016, which was a 25% increase over the prior year. https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/benefiting-from-green-jobs/ Study of how renewables hurt the grid puzzles analysts. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's call for a report on the grid and market impacts of renewable energy is raising eyebrows among clean energy experts. In a memo dated April 14, Perry directed his chief of staff, Brian McCormack, to develop a study by tomorrow to look at "[t]he extent to which continued regulatory burdens… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053204 World's first battery-gas peaker plant arrives in Calif. General Electric Co. and a Southern California utility announced yesterday that they have for the first time added batteries to a peaker plant, a tweak that could slash carbon emissions and water use while making it easier to incorporate renewable energy onto the grid. Peaker plants are used only when energy demand is cresting, but their energy and carbon footprint is wider than the peak. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/04/18/stories/1060053202 OPINIONS Why Big Oil wants Trump to stay in Paris climate deal. President Trump could deal the landmark Paris climate agreement a massive blow this week. The U.S. president is huddling with advisers on Tuesday to explore whether he should yank America from the international accord aimed at slowing global warming. But some powerful forces -- with real skin in the game -- are urging Trump not to abandon the 2015 Paris deal brokered among more than 175 nations. http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/18/investing/big-oil-paris-deal-trump/ Now that the governor declared the drought is history, what’s a conservationist to do?. Seems like California is not the only land mass to benefit from a surplus of water these days. The moon of Saturn, Enceladus, is swimming in warm liquid water, enough to create plumes of hydrogen gas erupting from the subsurface of the ocean floor, NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists reported Thursday. http://www.record-bee.com/article/NQ/20170418/LOCAL1/170419857 What the end of the emergency drought means to HOAs. On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency. The order is not only confirmation of good news for California, but also immediately changes the applicability of two important statutes in the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. http://www.pe.com/2017/04/17/what-the-end-of-the-emergency-drought-means-to-hoas/