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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 Staff from the California Department of Transportation, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development invite you to participate in workshops to discuss implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan). The workshops will be held at the locations and on the dates noted below. The agencies will follow the same format and show the same presentation at each of the workshop locations. OAKLAND: May 9, 2017 LOS ANGELES: May 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO: May 31, 2017 For more information on the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan including upcoming workshops, please visit the webpage at http://www.casustainablefreight.org/ _________________________ David Cocker, PhD University of California, Riverside. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., PDT (WEBCAST) Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, CalEPA Building 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California Low vapor pressure-volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) are a set of VOCs currently exempted for VOC content based on a combination of boiling point, vapor pressure, and/or elution time from a GC-column. This work explores evaporation rates and secondary pollutant formation from a series of individual LVP-VOCs associated with consumer products, select generic consumer products that include these LVP-VOCs, and several hydrocarbon solvents. For more go to the announcement at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/cocker/cocker.htm 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 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 Bill Would Return California Carbon-Fee Money to Consumers California Senate Democrats on Monday proposed a significant overhaul of the state's cap-and-trade program that would use money raised from taxing polluters to give rebates to consumers. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-05-01/bill-would-return-california-carbon-fee-money-to-consumers Ontario lowers projections for cap-and-trade revenues. Ontario is lowering its projections for how much money its cap-and-trade program will bring in this year and next to allow for market fluctuations. The Liberal government estimated in last year's budget that the program would bring in $1.9 billion per year, but this year's budget projected $1.8 billion for this fiscal year, and $1.4 billion annually starting in 2018-19. http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/05/01/ontario-expecting-smaller-cap-and-trade-revenues.html http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/national/canada-m-tonnes-away-from-meeting-international-emissions-promise/article_c9b1c3ec-3315-5358-af34-1ff4441ff697.html http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7271764-emissions-down-but-climate-goal-far-off/ AIR POLLUTION UK government agrees to publish air pollution strategy in next week A draft plan to tackle air pollution will finally be published within the next week, after No 10 said it would not challenge a court ruling forcing the government to release information before the election. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/02/uk-government-publish-air-pollution-strategy Judge approves Obama deal on EPA reviews After the Trump administration raised no objections, a federal judge has approved a settlement that sets firm deadlines for U.S. EPA to complete its latest reviews of air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/05/01/stories/1060053838 EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water The Trump administration got an earful Tuesday from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren't tough enough, even as it was seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut. http://www.latimes.com/nation/ct-epa-rules-cut-comments-20170502-story.html North Dakota oil refinery's air quality application amended. A Houston-based company that wants to build an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota has amended its state air quality permit application with a new design it believes will lower emission rates and construction cost. https://www.apnews.com/2f0afb1d8b404e529b6bfd47468be933/North-Dakota-oil-refinery's-air-quality-application-amended APD Foundation to assess impact of air pollution on auto drivers' health After conducting a pulmonary function test (PFT) on the traffic police of Mangaluru city, the Anti-Pollution Drive Foundation has initiated a programme to assess the impact of air pollution on the health of auto rickshaw drivers in the city. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru/apd-foundation-to-assess-impact-of-air-pollution-on-auto-drivers-health/articleshow/58464257.cms CLIMATE CHANGE State committee launching 9-stop climate change tour. The chairman of the Senate's global warming committee hopes a listening tour launching next week will pressure legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker to take further action to address climate change. Senate Global Warming and Climate Change Committee Chairman Marc Pacheco said the nine-stop tour aims to keep energy policy issues "on the front burner." http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/business/ci_30957568/state-committee-launching-9-stop-climate-change-tour#ixzz4fsG4FkGO How climate change deniers’ lies made a leading sceptic change sides The head of a libertarian think tank in the US has explained how he turned from a climate science denier into a leading advocate for taking action to prevent further global warming. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-denier-lies-sceptic-change-sides-jerry-taylor-niskanen-libertarian-a7713016.html FUELS New study shows economic value of RNG in California A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/14339/new-study-shows-economic-value-of-rng-in-california VW RECALL How will N.J. use millions from Volkswagen settlements? As New Jersey waits to receive up to $72 million related to deals Volkswagen reached in the past year to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests, state lawmakers are starting to lay out priorities for how the money should be spent. http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/05/01/how-nj-use-millions-volkswagen-settlements/101159158/ GREEN ENERGY Green California may become even greener Kevin de León wants to make environmentally friendly California even greener. A day after unveiling a plan to upend California’s cap-and-trade program, Democrats in the Senate are introducing a proposal Tuesday that calls for 100 percent of the retail electricity sold in the state to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2045. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article147971884.html#storylink=cpy NY state saves $20M through green energy, recycling. Increased recycling, greater reliance on renewable energy and less use of copy paper have saved New York state government nearly $20 million over five years. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office released a list of savings Friday that it says are the result of efforts to reduce the state's environmental impact. Since 2011, the state has reduced its use of copy paper by 35 percent. https://www.apnews.com/afb46d2294f34a2da4140bfc3508aef0/NY-state-saves-$20M-through-green-energy,-recycling Work starting on 4,000-panel solar farm in Indiana. Work is about to start on installing 4,000 panels for a solar energy farm along Interstate 65 near Columbus, Indiana. The new farm covering about seven acres is among 10 being built by Hoosier Energy to produce power for 18 electrical cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. https://www.apnews.com/61ff7921526544d18192d59f4c608b4e/Work-starting-on-4,000-panel-solar-farm-in-Indiana 1st US offshore wind farm powering more of Rhode Island. The nation's first offshore wind farm is powering more of Rhode Island. The Block Island Power Company says it shut down its diesel generators and transferred the island's electrical grid Monday, a savings of nearly 1 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. Deepwater Wind's five turbines began generating power for the mainland grid in December. https://www.apnews.com/c2e57ae5670a403fac50994e726d03f5/1st-US-offshore-wind-farm-powering-more-of-Rhode-Island Dominion plans to add more solar to its energy mix. Dominion Virginia Power said Monday it plans to substantially increase the amount of electricity it generates from solar power in the coming decades. Virginia's largest utility laid out its long-range forecast of electricity demand and production in a regulatory filing called an integrated resource plan. https://www.apnews.com/913d1fc2d23349bfb7299c9ae8441b9f/Dominion-plans-to-add-more-solar-to-its-energy-mix MISCELLANOUS California's Clean Air Agency Endorses LA 2024's Commitment to Greenest Games in History LA 2024’s commitment to host the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games ever in 2024 was backed today by California’s clean air agency, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which issued a letter praising the bid committee’s approach to environmental protection. http://aroundtherings.com/site/A__59971/Title__Californias-Clean-Air-Agency-Endorses-LA-2024s-Commitment-to-Greenest-Games-in-History/292/Articles Leonardo DiCaprio Attends Climate Change March in Washington, D.C. Academy Award–winning actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio continued his work on the latter this weekend and took it back to activism basics. The superstar was spotted amongst the masses participating in a climate change march in Washington, D.C. http://www.wmagazine.com/story/leonardo-dicaprio-attends-climate-change-march OPINIONS New bill would help California combat climate change California’s cap-and-trade program, the crucial mechanism for California’s fight against climate change, is facing stiff headwinds. The California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the program years ago, challenging the program’s legality because it functions like a tax but did not receive a two-thirds vote in the state Legislature. http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/New-bill-would-help-California-combat-climate-11113145.php Marin IJ Editorial: Marin’s ‘A’ for air quality just part of the story Marin got an “A” from the American Lung Association for having some of the cleanest air around. Our county can take pride in the high mark, but it’s no reason to breathe easy. The grade comes from the association’s 18th annual “State of the Air” report which grades the Bay Area on the number of days air pollution levels exceed federal health standards. http://www.marinij.com/opinion/20170501/marin-ij-editorial-marins-a-for-air-quality-just-part-of-the-story Reader View: Leaders must push to clean air, safe communities. Northern New Mexico is home to many sacred things that we love about calling New Mexico home: beautiful acequias and ranch land, rich and diverse cultural history, and communities that feel like (and in some cases are) family. We live in New Mexico because to us, it’s home. Our families are rooted here, and our history can be traced back generations. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/reader-view-leaders-must-push-to-clean-air-safe-communities/article_91ece3bd-27ea-527a-a89d-f9393852f3ef.html Economics of climate change. Most of us think of climate change as an environmental issue. In reality it is more of an economic issue. In an average year extreme weather events are now costing us well over $100 billion, and some years over $200 billion. And that’s just for weather-related events such as droughts, extreme heat, extreme rain, floods and wind storms. http://idahostatejournal.com/opinion/columns/economics-of-climate-change/article_d6b088b7-e831-5d30-a1c3-79817dbfdf35.html Bipartisan effort to undo climate change. Recently retired Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Jones, a Republican, had his guest opinion piece “During Earth Day Week, Here’s a Nonscientific Approach to Climate Change,” published in the Boise Idaho Statesman on April 17. It’s well worth reading, especially if like me you join Justice Jones in the category of nonscientist citizens… http://idahostatejournal.com/opinion/columns/bipartisan-effort-to-undo-climate-change/article_c3a31661-d6a6-5c32-8ea1-f206fb235f20.html U.S. hydropower: Room to grow in renewable energy production and water storage For millennia, humankind has harnessed the power of water. The ancient Romans developed the earliest water wheels to grind grain into flour. In modern times, hydropower emerged as an affordable, clean, and reliable source of renewable energy. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/1/us-hydropower-room-to-grow-in-renewable-energy-pro/ BLOGS Unmask My City: Because everyone deserves clean air and a stable climate Unmask My City launches today, which is World Asthma Day, to raise awareness of the threat of air pollution on health. This month, APHA’s Year of Climate Change and Health is looking at air quality and climate change, and our guest bloggers explore this topic in today’s post. Linda Rudolph, MD, directs the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute and hosts the US Climate and Health Alliance… http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=17631 Suit Seeks Info About Bullying Of Federal Workers Over Climate Change A nonprofit watchdog organization has filed suit against two federal agencies, seeking any documents concerning possible harassment of federal workers amid political suppression of their work. One of the agencies, the Department of Energy, requested information almost immediately after Donald Trump moved into the White House on workers who had links to climate change issues. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-climate-change-intimidation_us_5907db46e4b05c397681cc0e Atlanta Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2035 Atlanta lawmakers approved a measure on Monday aimed at powering the city entirely on renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, by 2035. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/atlanta-renewable-energy_us_5907ca45e4b05c397681b81b Switzerland wants to save a glacier from global warming by literally throwing cold water on it. Global warming will affect everyone on Earth, likely causing environmental devastation and human displacement at massive economic costs. Those economic effects can sometimes be forestalled by spending now to fight the effects of climate change. https://qz.com/972621/to-save-its-famous-morteratsch-glacier-switzerland-is-testing-blowing-artificial-snow-to-prevent-glacier-melt/