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CARB NEWSCLIPS FOR April 25, 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 CAP AND TRADE Cap and trade faces protests from the left. California's climate policy architects are beginning to reckon with the demands of social justice groups that fundamentally disagree with the state's approach. Organizations that advocate for poor communities across California have long argued that emissions trading does not reduce pollution or even guarantee emissions reductions… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060053522/search?keyword=california California lawmakers push to link public health efforts to climate programs. California’s fight against climate change would be overhauled under legislation advanced by an Assembly committee on Monday. The legislation, a revised version of a measure introduced earlier this year, would link the state’s efforts against greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-1493070437-htmlstory.html California’s climate-change program would fight air pollution under proposal. As the Legislature weighs the future of cap and trade, California’s groundbreaking program to cut greenhouse gas emissions that expires in 2020, it is considering key changes pushed by environmentalists and fought by Big Oil… http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170424/NEWS/170429833 AIR POLLUTION Tories 'on very dodgy ground' over delay of air pollution plan, say experts. Constitutional experts say government is on ‘very dodgy ground’ claiming election purdah forces it to postpone publishing pollution strategy. The government’s attempt to delay publishing its air pollution strategy because of the election is “dishonest” and leaves ministers on “very dodgy ground”, according to constitutional experts. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/25/government-delay-air-pollution-plan-due-to-election-dishonest Online tool to track air pollution in Texas debuts. Air pollution happens every day in Houston. Sometimes, that pollution is well within permit limits, considered safe by state environmental regulators, and sometimes, it's not. So how do Houston residents who care about air quality tell the difference? Several environmental groups have recently debuted a handy new tool that… http://www.chron.com/local/planet-texas/article/Texas-environmental-groups-debut-online-tool-to-11097258.php Court cancels arguments over EPA's plant startup rule. A federal appellate court, acting in response to a Trump administration request, has canceled oral arguments in a legal fight over U.S. EPA regulations intended to reduce air pollution releases from industrial plant startups, shutdowns and malfunctions. In an order issued late yesterday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/04/25/stories/1060053555 CLIMATE CHANGE Record-challenging heat possible for climate march in Washington on Saturday. On the second-to-last-day of what’s destined to be Washington’s warmest April on record, tens of thousands of marchers will congregate on the Mall to call for climate action. And, perhaps as a symbolic point of exclamation, the mercury is predicted to soar to near-record levels. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/04/25/record-challenging-heat-possible-for-peoples-climate-march-in-washington-saturday/?utm_term=.09056661a8d7 Millions of Colombians at Risk to Climate Change-Minister. Climate change has put nearly 12 million Colombians at risk from natural disasters like flooding and landslides, which could kill hundreds and cause serious infrastructure damage, the environment minister said on Tuesday. Recent heavy rains have endangered residents in dozens of towns and cities, especially in neighbourhoods of makeshift construction… https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/04/25/world/americas/25reuters-colombia-environment.html?_r=0 Ventura moves on climate change plan. Shrinking Ventura’s carbon footprint, examining ways to prepare and adapt to changes in weather patterns and how to pay for such strategies could be part of a new climate change action plan. First, city staff will look at how much it would cost to put a plan like that together. The Ventura City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to take the first step in the process. http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/ventura/2017/04/25/ventura-moves-climate-change-plan/100872872/ Pruitt won't kill EPA 'endangerment' finding on climate change. The current EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, does not accept the scientific consensus on human contribution to climate change, though he has given some contradictory statements on that matter. His views correspond closely to those of his boss, President Donald Trump, who notoriously compared the science to bovine excrement… http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1110101_pruitt-wont-kill-epa-endangerment-finding-on-climate-change At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more. Global warming’s milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds. With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century… http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/at-least-global-warming-may-get-americans-off-the-couch/article_c8466f95-6852-50c8-8b7b-e0f643b0be43.html Climate Change Altering the Arctic Faster Than Expected. Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation and dissolving permafrost. A new report chronicles all these changes and warns that even… http://www.climatecentral.org/news/rapid-climate-change-arctic-21389 Consumers see AI as solution to climate change, cybersecurity: survey. American consumers believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will provide solutions to complex societal problems such as climate change, according to a new survey. Sixty-three percent of U.S. consumers believe AI will help solve complex problems, and 59 percent say… http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/330412-consumers-see-artificial-intelligence-as-solution-to-climate-change Today's Arctic is a 'profoundly different place'. The Arctic is experiencing a profound shift into a new state as it loses ice and breaks high temperature records, a clear sign that some of the worst effects of climate change are already happening. And as the region warms and ice melts, a new survey shows that sea levels may rise an additional foot on top of previous efforts… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/25/stories/1060053501 Study finds climate link to large share of extreme events. When extreme weather strikes, people want to know: Was it climate change? Now they have some answers. A new Stanford University study found that climate change increased the probability of the hottest days happening for more than 80 percent of the world where there's recorded data. For drought, it was about half. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/25/stories/1060053521 Agency asks for comments, gets an earful on climate. Green groups yesterday swamped U.S. EPA phone lines urging the agency to keep climate and pollution protections on the books. The comments were solicited as part of a three-hour call-in session hosted by EPA's Office of Air and Radiation aimed at airing public views about whether the agency should reform or review regulations. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/25/stories/1060053519 Fortune 500 companies forging ahead on climate policies. The Trump administration's efforts to eliminate eight years of climate change policies have not deterred the private sector from forging ahead with greenhouse gas emission reductions, according to a new study of America's wealthiest companies. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/04/25/stories/1060053502 DROUGHT Emergency water restrictions will extend beyond end of California drought. Former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most quotable words are frequently cited as the apogee of cynicism, but they simply point to reality in the political system: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” http://calwatchdog.com/2017/04/25/emergency-water-restrictions-will-extend-beyond-end-california-drought/ GREEN ENERGY China to boost non-fossil fuel use to 20 percent by 2030: state planner. China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050, its state planner said on Tuesday, as Beijing continues its years-long shift away from coal power. In a policy document, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)... http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-energy-idUSKBN17R0QK ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project. ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use. Riyadh-based ACWA received a request for proposals last week from Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry to develop the 300-megawatt solar project in Sakaka, Rajit Nanda, ACWA’s chief investment officer… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-25/acwa-power-will-bid-to-build-saudi-arabian-solar-energy-project Home to World's Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker to End All Subsidies. After more than four decades of relying on subsidies, Denmark’s renewable energy industry is ready to survive on its own much sooner than anyone expected. The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, says that “in just a few years,” renewable energy providers won’t need state support anymore. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-24/surprising-profits-and-how-an-energy-trail-was-blazed-in-denmark Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal. President Trump has promised to revive the coal industry and double down on fossil fuels, creating “so many energy jobs,” but he has not focused on the increasingly important role of renewable power in America’s energy economy. Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/25/climate/todays-energy-jobs-are-in-solar-not-coal.html ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Two Latinos Win Prestigious Prize as ‘Grassroots Environmental Heroes’ Two Latinos, one from East Los Angeles, California and one from Guatemala are the recipients of a prestigious prize honoring "grassroots environmental heroes." mark! Lopez, 32, has been leading efforts against lead contamination in East Los Angeles, while Rodrigo Tot, of the indigenous tribe the Q'eqchi… http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/two-latinos-win-prestigious-prize-grassroots-environmental-heroes-n750441 http://www.ktvu.com/news/250534290-story http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/04/24/mark-lopez-named-winner-of-the-green-nobel-the-goldman-environmental-prize/ http://grist.org/article/environmental-justice-starts-with-everyday-folks-who-feel-like-enough-is-enough/?utm_campaign=weekly-static&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=EDIT%20Weekly OPINIONS Did 'people power' save a trove of EPA data from a shutdown by Trump? The notice over the weekend shocked scientific and technical researchers on environmental issues: The Environmental Protection Agency’s 5-year-old open data website, a trove of data on air, water and ground pollution and the sources of toxic chemical releases, was about to be shut down. One day later, following an uproar on social media, the EPA seemed to backpedal. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-epa-opendata-20170424-story.html VW drives past disadvantaged Valley communities to the land of the fat cats. Volkswagen, one of the single-largest criminal polluters in U.S. history, is once more trying to weasel out of its responsibility to make good for damaging the lungs of low-income residents who were forced to breathe unlawful exhausts spewing from their modified diesel engines. http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article146454914.html#storylink=cpy The itsy bitsy spider explosion coming to Southern California. Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown declared the drought officially over. We've all seen the before and after pictures ... Winter rains have replenished fallow fields They've made our hillsides more verdant, giving rise to bunches of wildflowers ...But with the extra green comes extra critters to munch on it. And the things that like to munch on those critters. That's right, spiders. http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2017/04/24/56366/the-itsy-bitsy-spider-explosion-coming-to-southern/ Editorial: Time running out for drought relief. It appears right now the state will cut off all funding it has been providing for months now to assist families who have been hurt by the prolonged drought, which obviously has ended, but the suffering for many has not ended. Tulare County officials said last week the state has indicated it is cutting off its Disaster Assistance… http://www.recorderonline.com/opinion/editorial-time-running-out-for-drought-relief/article_efe19344-2958-11e7-b423-03460335a9e1.html Accepting climate change first step to protecting Florida land | Opinion. In the administration in Washington, D.C., it was announced that the Energy Department may no longer use the term "climate change." The governor of Florida has kept the state's Department of Environmental Resources from using the term "climate change." So how do we plan for the eventual risks of sea level rise? http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-viewpoint-south-florida-climate-change-20170425-story.html BLOGS Arctic Ice Melt Could Cost The World Trillions Of Dollars By 2100. But President Trump still might abandon the Paris climate accord. Climate change, driven by greenhouse gas emissions, is causing the Arctic to warm “faster than any other region on Earth,” according to a new international assessment. The thaw there is expected to have “major consequences for ecosystems and society,”… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arctic-ice-melt-report-2017_us_58fe1cabe4b018a9ce5d44c0?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000314&yptr=yahoo Ontario’s Government Makes Climate Change Challenge. Recently the Government of Ontario issued the following Challenge to local and international companies to develop the next generation of transformative clean technologies to help fight climate change: “Transformative technologies drive change… whether evolutionary, revolutionary or disruptive. http://tsss.ca/2017/04/ontarios-government-makes-climate-change-challenge/ That ridiculous heatwave really was caused by climate change. Or at least there’s a greater that 80 percent chance that it was. If you have ever been reprimanded by some insufferable pedant (maybe me) for blaming the record-breaking heat on climate change, prepare to receive some validation. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that you were likely right. http://grist.org/briefly/that-ridiculous-heat-wave-really-was-caused-by-climate-change/ New research clarifies how climate change influences severe weather. Floods, droughts, heatwaves and other incidents of nasty weather are on the rise. Each time one of these incidents happens, journalists want to know if climate change is to blame — and some scientists have been quick to say “yes.” http://www.scienceandtechnologyresearchnews.com/new-research-clarifies-climate-change-influences-severe-weather/ To understand climate change, look at it from a mussel's perspective. The phrase “climate change” triggers images of a huge, global phenomenon. Rising seas. Drought. Ocean acidification. But it's actually experienced on a much smaller scale, by individual plants, animals and people. And most of the world’s organisms experience it much differently than humans do. “As humans, we have this really biased view of the world. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-25/understand-climate-change-look-it-mussels-perspective UCR Project to Install Solar Microgrid for San Bernardino County’s Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, together with a team of industry partners, have begun work to install a power system that integrates solar panels, battery storage, advanced data analytics, and smart energy management controls on the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe reservation near Lake Havasu, CA. https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/46571