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CARB Newsclips for April 26, 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 CLIMATE CHANGE 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… http://www.reuters.com/article/eu-farming-climatechange-idUSL8N1HY5X3 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… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-26/global-warming-costs-mount-as-heatwave-hits-chile-s-glaciers . 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… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/26/huge-storms-in-northern-africa-have-tripled-since-the-1980s-scientists-blame-climate-change/?utm_term=.e42033bcc5ca 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… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/climate/with-government-in-retreat-companies-step-up-on-emissions.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20170426&_r=0 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 reductions. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/capp-rejects-findings-in-methane-emissions-reports/article34824117/ 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… http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/trumps-climate-change-237611 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 economies. http://www.nature.com/news/climate-change-is-making-algal-blooms-worse-1.21884 DROUGHT 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 http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article146786244.html#storylink=cpy 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 so. http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/wildfire-season-california-rain-calfire-11098661.php 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 utilities… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/26/new-study-california-drought-increased-electricity-bills-and-air-pollution/ 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… http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/opinion/2017/04/26/big-water-year-leaves-huge-dearth-information/100890822/ FUELS 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 lands. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/politics/national-monuments-energy-drilling.html?hpw&rref=us&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=2 VEHICLES 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. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peugeot-diesel-idUSKBN17Q1S0 https://cleantechnica.com/2017/04/26/psa-group-now-subject-diesel-emissions-cheating-investigation-france/ OPINIONS 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… https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-26/the-dried-up-heart-of-california-s-water-dilemma 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. http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2017/04/26/Bob-Lee-Global-climate-change-demands-a-local-response/stories/201704260040?pgpageversion=pgevoke 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… http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/26/paradoxes-climate-change/ 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… http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/25/letters-politics-of-climate-change/ BLOGS 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… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-air-pollution-gets-into-the-bloodstream-and-damages-the-heart_us_5900c845e4b0026db1dd7227