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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for April 26, 2017.

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 15:41:45
CARB Newsclips for April 26, 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:


Europe's meat and dairy farming vulnerable as climate change
worsens water scarcity – study.  Water scarcity half a world away
caused by climate change could push up prices for meat and diary
products in Europe by disrupting supplies of soybean, which is
widely used as feed for livestock, researchers said Wednesday.
The European Union sources most soybean from outside the
28-nation bloc…

Global Warming Costs Mount as Heatwave Hits Chile’s Glaciers.
High, high up in the Andes mountains above Chile’s capital, at
the foot of the glaciers that date from the last ice age, the
temperatures were almost balmy this summer. That threatens
long-term water supplies to the city of seven million spread out
on the plain below. At the Olivares Alfa glacier, 4,420 meters
above sea level…

Huge storms in northern Africa have tripled since the 1980s.
Scientists blame climate change. Intense storms in northern
Africa have tripled in frequency since the 1980s, new research
finds. And scientists say rising temperatures in the Sahara — one
of the most rapidly warming regions of the world — are the likely
culprit. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature,
examined satellite records of storms…

With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions. The
Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United
States’ climate commitments, but corporate America is moving
ahead with its own emissions goals. Nearly half of the Fortune
500 biggest companies in the United States have now set targets
to shrink their carbon footprints…

CAPP rejects findings in methane emissions reports. Canada’s oil
and gas industry emits far more methane into the atmosphere than
was previously known, according to two reports from environmental
groups that are urging Ottawa to speed up plans to regulate

Trump's already making his mark on climate. His policies mean the
U.S. could release billions more tons of greenhouse gases into
the atmosphere in the coming decades compared with what Barack
Obama envisioned. President Donald Trump's aggressive rollback of
the Obama administration's climate policies is already changing
the trajectory of the world's efforts on global warming… 

Climate change is making algal blooms worse. Rising ocean
temperatures drive more intense and longer lasting toxic
outbreaks. Researchers have long suggested that climate change
could mean more damage from algal blooms — runaway growths of
algae that can strangle marine ecosystems and devastate coastal


California’s drought is over, but we’re still toting up the
costs. Californians paid for the drought in many ways. Homeowners
saw their water rates rise. Farmers sacrificed revenue when they
idled fields. And practically everyone spent more on
electricity.Californians’ electricity costs jumped by a combined
$2.45 billion from 2012 to 2016 because of severe shortages of
cheap hydroelectricity 

Heavy rain won't lessen Calif. wildfires – it will fuel them.
California emerged from its five-year drought after heavy winter
rains filled reservoirs and turned our golden hills green. But
don't be fooled by the emerald hues. The California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) expects wildfires to burn
just as fiercely as they did during drought years – if not more

California’s brutal five-year drought did more than lead to water
shortages and dead lawns. It increased electricity bills
statewide by $2.45 billion and boosted levels of smog and
greenhouse gases, according to a new study released Wednesday.
Why? A big drop-off in hydroelectric power. With little rain or
snow between 2012 and 2016, cheap, clean power from dozens of
large dams around California was scarce, and cities and

Big water year leaves huge dearth of information. In this
remarkable water year, which ended more than five years of severe
drought in California, there are still plenty of noteworthy water
questions to contemplate and act upon. Here’s the central one:
Three years after California passed what’s often called a
landmark groundwater regulation law…


Trump Is Expected to Sign Orders That Could Expand Access to
Fossil Fuels. After moving last month against Barack Obama’s
efforts to limit fossil fuel exploration and combat climate
change, President Trump will complete his effort to overturn
environmental policy this week, signing two executive orders to
expand offshore drilling and roll back conservation on public


French prosecutors open Peugeot diesel-cheating probe. French
prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into suspected
diesel emissions test-cheating by carmaker PSA Group, a court
official said on Monday. The probe was opened earlier this month
into alleged consumer fraud offences, the official said,
confirming a report in daily newspaper Liberation.


The Dried-Up Heart of California's Water Dilemma. California's
Tulare Lake was once the largest body of freshwater west of the
Mississippi. It was shallow, and it varied in size from year to
year and season to season. But it was home to lots of salmon,
turtles, otters and even, in the latter half of the 19th century,
a few schooners and steamboats. It was also at the heart of a
400,000-acre network of lakes and wetlands…

Global climate change demands a local response. The enemy has
changed, and so has the battlefront. In 1983, our enemy in
Lebanon had bullets and bombs. Now, the greatest danger to
America’s future is global climate change and environmental
degradation. With Donald Trump in the White House, we must act
locally if we are to meet this threat.

Don Paul: The paradoxes of climate change. Now that Earth Day and
the March for Science are behind us, I’d like to bring you a look
at ongoing climate science and some seeming paradoxes surrounding
it. Carbon dioxide is up more than 40 percent since around 1880,
and humans have caused nearly all of that increase. The Mauna Loa
Observatory in Hawaii, the longest-running site for precise
carbon dioxide measurement…

Letters: Politics of climate change. The story “Thousands rally
as part of nationwide March for Science” [News, April 23] was
properly placed under “Politics.” Galileo agreed that his
findings were incorrect when his life was threatened. If the
current climate scientists want to pay their mortgages and feed
their families, they fall in line. The U.S. government alone paid
$64 billion to climate researchers…


How Air Pollution Gets Into The Bloodstream And Damages The
Heart.  “There is no doubt that air pollution is a killer, and
this study brings us a step closer to solving the mystery of how
air pollution damages our cardiovascular health.” Inhaled
nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work
their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they
can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke…

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