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CARB NEWSCLIPS FOR April 19, 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 Sweeping climate control plan adopted by Bay Area air board. A blueprint for reducing greenhouse gases, smog and soot in the Bay Area over the next three decades was adopted Wednesday by the region’s air pollution board. Bay Area Air Quality Management District leaders boasted the plan will make the region a national leader in controlling pollution at a time when the Trump Administration is backing away from federal actions to control greenhouse gases. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/19/sweeping-bay-area-climate-control-plan-headed-for-vote/ Bay Area ranked among nation’s worst spots for air pollution. Even as the nation makes strides cleaning up dirty air, many parts of California, including the Bay Area, are struggling to reduce air pollution in the face of climate change. The hordes of fossil-fuel-burning cars and trucks that have become emblematic of the Golden State are combining with overall hotter, dryer weather… http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-ranked-among-nation-s-worst-spots-for-11082028.php Southern California’s smog clean-up future is far from clear. Southern California has once again won the distinction of having the worst summer smog in the nation but earned praised for its long-term efforts to improve air quality. Such were results of this year’s American Lung Association State of the Air report, a national air pollution analysis. http://www.pe.com/2017/04/18/southern-californias-smog-clean-up-future-is-far-from-clear/ Valley cities continue to dominate dirty-air report card. California has made progress in cleaning up air pollution since the first American Lung Association’s State of the Air report 18 years ago, but the state continues to have the most polluted cities in the country. And the Valley continues to rank among the most ozone and soot-filled areas. Now, climate change and threats to the federal Clean Air Act… http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article145305364.html#storylink=cpy California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities. California's smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA's 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report. Bakersfield, Calif., again holds the dubious distinction of having the USA's most days of highly polluted air, based on data from 2013-2015, the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air”… https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/04/19/most-polluted-cities-california/100615102/ More Than 90 Percent of Californians Live With Unhealthy Air. The American Lung Association says California cities continue to have the most polluted air in the country. The annual State of the Air report also finds wildfires and drought are contributing to an increased number of days with air pollution from soot. The report analyzes the most recent data available from air quality monitors. http://www.capradio.org/93928 EPA methane emission policy likely to cost less, miss 2025 targets, Stanford researchers find. Stanford research shows plugging methane leaks will cost about a third less than the EPA estimates, further underscoring the cost-effectiveness of emissions mitigation – but the agency will also likely fall short of its 2025 reduction targets. Regulations recently enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce methane emissions from oil… http://news.stanford.edu/2017/04/18/epa-methane-emission-policy-likely-cost-less-miss-2025-targets-stanford-researchers-find/ Fewer Americans breathing unhealthy air — report. The number of Americans exposed to unhealthy air has fallen steeply in recent years, but short-term spikes in fine-particle pollution have worsened in some areas and climate change could impede further progress, the American Lung Association said in its latest annual report card, released this morning. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1060053285/search?keyword=california CLIMATE CHANGE Policy Advisers Urge Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Accord. President Trump’s most influential policy advisers are urging him to keep the United States in the landmark Paris climate accord of 2015, a move that would break one of his signature campaign promises and further downgrade the counsel of his senior strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. Mr. Trump plans to make a final decision… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/us/politics/trump-advisers-paris-climate-accord.html?hpw&rref=politics&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0 San Francisco hits greenhouse gas reduction target 2 years early. While federal officials may be signaling a reduced commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the national level, San Francisco has reached an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gases locally two years ahead of schedule, city officials said Tuesday. Recently compiled figures show the city's overall greenhouse gas emissions had fallen to 28 percent below 1990 levels by 2015. http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/ In new paper, scientists explain climate change using before/after photographic evidence. A group of scientists offers photographic proof of climate change using images of retreating glaciers in a new paper, “Savor the Cryosphere,” appearing in GSA Today, a peer-reviewed publication of the Geological Society of America. Along with Gregory Baker, adjunct professor of geology at the University of Kansas, co-authors include an Emmy Award-winning… http://news.ku.edu/2017/04/18/new-paper-scientists-explain-climate-change-using-beforeafter-photographic-evidence DIESEL ACTIVITIES Toyota opens a portal to the future of zero emission trucking. Picture the 710 Freeway heading south, bumper-to-bumper semis hauling cargo to and from the bustling Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Now imagine those trucks are moving that cargo, quietly, quickly and without producing any emissions. Toyota is working to make this vision a reality. Today Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) revealed “Project Portal”… http://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/toyota-opens-portal-future-zero-emission-trucking/ http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1109999_toyota-project-portal-hydrogen-fuel-cell-heavy-duty-semi-tractor ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Carbon Tax Next Target for California’s Disadvantaged Communities. Advocates for California’s disadvantaged communities are flexing their newly honed political muscle with a new goal in mind: replacing the state’s landmark greenhouse gas trading program with a carbon tax. It’s a call that puts environmental justice advocates on a collision course with state regulators, powerful industry groups… https://www.bna.com/carbon-tax-next-n57982086840/ OPINIONS Surprise us, Mr. President, and embrace the Paris climate agreement. Donald Trump has been president for only three months and already he’s given up or reversed course or been stymied on a wide range of campaign promises. Given how awful some of those ideas were — ending Obamacare, declaring China a currency manipulator, ordering a blanket federal hiring freeze (done, but since lifted)… http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-climate-change-paris-agreement-20170419-story.html In defense of cap and trade. When it came to relocating their U.S. headquarters, electric bus manufacturer Proterra followed the market. In 2015, Proterra set up shop in Burlingame, California in response to our state’s growing appetite for electric vehicles. The company later opened a second facility in City of Industry, bringing a total of 100 new jobs to California with plans to nearly double that by the end of this year. http://capitolweekly.net/cap-and-trade-defense-california/ Is It O.K. to Tinker With the Environment to Fight Climate Change? Scientists are investigating whether releasing tons of particulates into the atmosphere might be good for the planet. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. For the past few years, the Harvard professor David Keith has been sketching this vision: Ten Gulfstream jets, outfitted with special engines that allow them to fly safely around the stratosphere… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/magazine/is-it-ok-to-engineer-the-environment-to-fight-climate-change.html Why California Can Afford Green Energy More Than Your State. California has been at the forefront of renewable energy investment and climate change initiatives. And the former EPA under the Obama administration routinely cited California as the model for other states. Although I'm an east coaster by birth, please note that I lived in San Diego for nearly a decade, and have numerous publications… https://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2017/04/19/why-california-can-afford-green-energy-more-than-your-state/#6a04ec5f53cc BLOGS Team develops new method to create the next fuel-efficient renewable energy. Scientists have long struggled with generating and storing hydrogen, the kind that might one day provide the backbone for renewable energy fuel cells that make our cars move, warm our houses and help produce food, in a way that also won't hasten climate change or otherwise harm the environment. https://phys.org/news/2017-04-team-method-fuel-efficient-renewable-energy.html#jCp Trump Shouldn’t Mess With The Clean Air Act, American Lung Association Warns. Nearly 4 in 10 Americans live in areas with dangerous levels of pollution, according to the ALA’s “State of the Air” report. A new report from the American Lung Association comes with a clear warning for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or jeopardize public health. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/american-lung-association-state-of-the-air-1017-us_us_58f4f5a0e4b0bb9638e566e6