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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for April 29, 2017.

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 16:27:58
CARB Newsclips for April 20, 2017. 

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May 8, 2017: Public Workshop to discuss ARB's Carbon Capture and
Sequestration (CCS) Program.

At this workshop, ARB staff will present an overview of
activities taken by the CCS program in 2016, and an initial
concept of a Quantification Methodology (QM) and Permanence
Protocol for CCS.

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:

For more information, including the White Paper and other
resources, visit our Built Environment webpage:

A fact sheet summarizing this document can be found here:

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:


County ranks third in clean air report. Lake County fell short of
reclaiming the title of cleanest county in the nation, ranking
third in the State of the Air report released on Wednesday by the
American Lung Association. The report, which grades state and
local air quality on an A through F scale, credited Lake County
with an A for ozone and a B for short term particulate pollution.

Enviros slam EPA bid to delay case on plant startup rule. A
federal appellate court should summarily reject U.S. EPA's bid to
indefinitely delay upcoming oral arguments in litigation over
tightened air pollution standards, lawyers for environmental
groups argued in a filing this morning. Not only would a
postponement be "hugely inefficient," but EPA officials have
failed to provide the needed "extraordinary cause" for postponing
arguments, now scheduled for May 8.


'Stopping carbon will be like stopping a heroin addiction': Gov.
Brown urges stronger action on climate change. If anyone was
hoping for a feel-good message from Gov. Jerry Brown at this
week's Navigating the American Carbon World conference on climate
change, they didn't get one. "Don’t relax," he told the audience
of environmental advocates, business representatives and
government officials on Thursday.

Report: Can't Blame El Nino as Global Temps Spike in March. Earth
hit a new milestone for warmth in March. In what scientists call
a clear sign of a warming world, Earth's temperatures in March
were the most above normal on record without an El Nino spiking
temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
calculated that the average global temperature in March was 56.8

Scientists discover networks of lakes and streams on Antarctica’s
ice sheets. The study, which included geographers from the
University of Sheffield, has found that huge lakes have been
forming on the surface of Antarctica since at least the 1940s and
extensive networks of streams have been draining water onto
vulnerable ice shelves that are prone to collapse.


Transit Agency Nets $12.5M for Fuel Cell Buses, Hydrogen Station.
On April 21, the state of California and partners SunLine Transit
Agency, New Flyer and Hydrogenics will celebrate the award of
$12.5 million that will bring five fuel cell buses and a
renewable hydrogen generating station to serve disadvantaged
communities within the Coachella Valley. According to the
California Air Resources Board (CARB), the funding for these
zero-emission buses…


California Caravan to Promote Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles. Today,
leaders from three California agencies will caravan from
Sacramento to the Bay Area and back to demonstrate the benefits
of driving and refueling hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles,
celebrating the state’s efforts to get more zero-emission
vehicles (ZEVs) on the road.
Representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB),
California Energy Commission (CEC)…


Former U.S. deputy attorney general to be named Volkswagen
monitor: source. The U.S. Justice Department is expected to name
a deputy attorney general under former President George W. Bush
to serve as independent monitor of Volkswagen AG under a plea
agreement over its diesel emissions scandal, a source briefed on
the matter said on Wednesday. Larry Thompson, a lawyer at Finch
McCranie LLP…

North Dakota to benefit from Volkswagen settlement.  A big boost
in electric vehicle charging stations in North Dakota is expected
from the record settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions
cheating scandal. That payout is headed to states, including
North Dakota, for dedicated purposes. Citizens Local Energy
Action Network, known as "CLEAN", is promoting the use of those
charging stations.


L.A. County creates a lower-cost alternative for Southern
California Edison customers. Southern California Edison customers
in Los Angeles County soon will have an alternative way to get
their electricity — from a new government-run utility promising
lower bills and easier access to clean-energy options. The county
Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the public
energy program...


Environmental sciences in danger. The defunding of environmental
research programs will gradually damage the atmosphere, one
columnist argues. As a college town and scientific community,
Pullman students, faculty and residents need to organize and
express their outrage toward the Trump Administration’s proposed
budget, which slashes funding for the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA)…

Cannabis and Carbon. You may drink your locally sourced tea out
of a Mason jar, have gone vegan and hung up your car keys in an
effort to combat climate change, but have you estimated the
carbon footprint of that dab? Let's break it down. The average
dab — a form of highly concentrated cannabis — contains about 10
milligrams of THC.


Proposals to Strengthen Pollution Control Program Fall Short.
This week, nine northeastern states presented three possible
options for strengthening the best regional clean air and climate
protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas
Initiative. This program limits dangerous pollution from power
plants across the region – helping to slow the warming of our
planet and clean up our air.

Dairy Farmers of America joins newly launched Project Gigaton
initiative to reduce emissions. On April 19, during Walmart’s
Sustainability Milestone Summit, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)
joined the retailer and other organizations in announcing our
participation in a new platform, Project Gigaton, aiming to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and supply
chains one gigaton by 2030.

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