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CARB Newsclips for April 20, 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 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. https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ccs/meetings/meetings.htm 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 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. http://www.record-bee.com/general-news/20170419/county-ranks-third-in-clean-air-report 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. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/04/20/stories/1060053361 CLIMATE CHANGE '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. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-jerry-brown-climate-1492709142-htmlstory.html 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 degrees… https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2017-04-19/report-cant-blame-el-nino-as-global-temps-spike-in-march 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. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/meltwater-antarctica-surface-ice-sheets-ice-shelves-study-1.696258 http://www.sfgate.com/news/media/ DIESEL ACTIVITIES 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… https://ngtnews.com/transit-agency-nets-12-5m-fuel-cell-buses-hydrogen-station VEHICLES 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)… https://ngtnews.com/california-agencies-promote-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicles-caravan-display VOLKSWAGEN RECALL 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… http://wifc.com/news/articles/2017/apr/19/former-us-deputy-attorney-general-to-be-named-volkswagen-monitor-source/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4426530/Former-U-S-deputy-attorney-general-named-Volkswagen-monitor--source.html 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. http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2017/apr/19/north-dakota-to-benefit-from-volkswagen-settlement/ GREEN ENERGY 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... http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-county-utility-20170418-htmlstory.html OPINIONS 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)… http://www.dailyevergreen.com/opinion/article_8ec6f9e4-239c-11e7-949d-7bbdd62cf7c3.html 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. http://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/cannabis-and-carbon/Content?oid=4892820 BLOGS 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. https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/20/proposals-strengthen-pollution-control-program-fall-short 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. http://www.farmforum.net/2017/04/19/dairy-farmers-of-america-joins-newly-launched-project-gigaton-initiative-to-reduce-emissions/