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CARB Newsclips for May 3, 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 Presentations are available for downloading!. Ronnen Levinson, Ph.D. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and John Harvey, Ph.D. University of California, Davis Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., PDT (WEBCAST) Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, CalEPA Building 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California "Cool" (high albedo) pavements represent one part of sustainable, cool community programs that-alongside other strategies like urban forestry, solar PV, and cool roofs-help cities, regions, and the state meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and sustainable communities goals. While cool pavements can reduce GHG emissions from building energy use, mitigate urban heat islands, and improve air quality in cities, it is also important to consider the environmental consequences of pavement materials and pavement construction, and thus the life-cycle environmental impacts. For more go to the announcement at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/research/seminars/levinson/levinson.htm 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 Ontario lowers projections for cap-and-trade revenues. The province originally expected the program to bring in $1.9 billion in revenue each year; it's now lowered those estimates considerably. 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… http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/environment-and-safety/ontario-lowers-projections-cap-trade-revenues-192056/ As Trump reverses climate actions, California considers a bold new step. As the Trump administration continues its efforts to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, many of the nation’s most significant efforts to combat climate change are now happening at the state and local levels — and California is among those leading the way. Now, a new proposal, announced Monday, would replace the state’s current cap-and-trade carbon pricing program... https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/05/02/trump-reverses-climate-actions-california-considers-bold-new-step/c8kI2n18AxtefYCujp0M5K/story.html California is about to revolutionize climate policy … again. California’s ambition on climate change policy has become dizzying to track. A few months ago, the leader of the senate introduced a bill that would commit the state to 100 percent renewable energy — and that’s not even the biggest California climate policy story of 2017.The biggest story broke yesterday, though it didn’t make much of a splash and will likely sneak under the public’s radar. Unlike “100 percent clean energy,” which is very sexy, “cap and trade” is … not.But cap and trade is the focus of a crucially important new bill, released yesterday by State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/5/3/15512258/california-revolutionize-cap-and-trade Cap-and-Trade 2.0 – A Lesser Version of Its Better Self? The Legislature is considering two bills to extend Cap-and-Trade beyond its 2020 sunset. One of these bills, AB 378, would make Cap-and-Trade less about greenhouse gases and more about local air pollution. The 2006 law that authorized Cap-and-Trade notes that a co-benefit of reducing greenhouse gases is a reduction in local air pollution – criteria and toxic pollutants that are regulated under federal and state clean air acts. The law also prohibits greenhouse gas reduction programs from interfering with efforts to reduce local air pollution. http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/05/cap-trade-2-0-lesser-version-better-self/ AIR POLLUTION Tests reveal vapors entered homes in El Cajon. Vapors from a dangerous chemical that runs underground in El Cajon have seeped into people’s homes, new air testing shows, contrary to what some residents were led to expect when they learned of the plume last October. In some homes, people may have breathed the gas for years or even decades. http://inewsource.org/2017/05/01/vapors-entered-homes-el-cajon/ CLIMATE CHANGE German minister to try to persuade U.S. to remain in climate pact. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said on Tuesday she would seek to convince the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to remain part of the Paris Climate Agreement during her trip to the United States later this month. Trump, elected in November, had vowed during his campaign to withdraw from the Paris accord… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-germany-climatechange-idUSKBN17Y1E5 In the Trump White House, the momentum has turned against the Paris climate agreement. Foes of the Paris climate agreement have gained the upper hand in the ongoing debate at the White House over whether the United States should pull out of the historic pact, although President Trump has yet to make a final decision, according to participants in the discussions and those briefed on the deliberations. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/02/in-the-trump-white-house-the-momentum-has-turned-against-the-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_term=.0df6203d0732 Q&A Detailed look at the global warming ‘hiatus’ again confirms that humans are changing the climate. For years, the global warming ‘hiatus’ from 1998 to 2012 puzzled scientists and fueled skeptics looking to cast doubt on the very idea that Earth’s temperature has been on the rise, largely because of human-produced greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide… http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-global-warming-hiatus-20170503-htmlstory.html https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/03/global-warming-hiatus-doesnt-change-long-term-climate-predictions-study Don't scrap Paris deal on global warming, Gov. Jerry Brown and other Democrats write in letter to Trump. California Gov. Jerry Brown was one of a dozen governors who sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday urging him not to withdraw from the Paris agreement to fight global warming. "Collective action to limit emissions worldwide is critical; without collaboration, climate change will cost the world’s nations several… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-don-t-scrap-paris-deal-on-global-1493838692-htmlstory.html Study: Climate change affected spotted skunk evolution. The western spotted skunk, the 2-pound smelly creature, evolved more than a million years ago because of climate, according to new research. Adam Ferguson, the collections manager of mammals at the Field Museum in Chicago, is the lead author of a new study, published in the journal Ecology and Evolution… http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/05/03/Study-Climate-change-affected-spotted-skunk-evolution/9011493832395/ NYC Creates Climate Change Roadmap for Builders: Plan for Rising Seas. The city’s new resilience guidelines map out the expected risks from sea level rise and increasing heat in the decades ahead. The nation's largest city has a message for the architects and engineers planning the New York of tomorrow: Fortify new buildings against the ravages of climate change or risk rebuilding as global warming worsens. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02052017/nyc-publishes-building-design-guidelines-adapting-climate-change Bloomberg: I hope Trump listens to Ivanka on climate. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that he hopes President Trump "listens to his daughter" and remains a party to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Speaking to CNBC and later at financial services firm BTIG's 15th annual charity day in New York, Bloomberg said the United States is already on its way to meeting the targets… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/03/stories/1060053967 Climate change remains industry's strongest driver — report. Climate change remains an important driver for the nuclear energy industry, even in an era when climate action is sliding onto the back burner. In a paper released yesterday, a nuclear industry group and a think tank made the case that the United States should continue investing in nuclear power due to energy challenges, security concerns and rising average temperatures. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/03/stories/1060053975 Can Canada meet its Paris Agreement goals? It could already be impossible for Canada to achieve its 2030 climate targets, some energy analysts say. The country's emissions dropped by 0.7 percent to 722 million metric tons in 2015, according to the latest national inventory report. But in order to meet its goals under the Paris Agreement… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/03/stories/1060053943 DIESEL ACTIVITIES UPS Launching World’s First Fuel Cell Electric Class 6 Delivery Truck. UPS, long a catalyst for the development of advanced-fuel commercial vehicles, took another step into the future Tuesday with the introduction of the world’s first hydrogen-electric Class 6 delivery truck. The van, developed as part of a $10-million federal Department of Energy program, is the first of 17 hydrogen fuel cell vans the parcel delivery giant will be… https://www.trucks.com/2017/05/02/ups-fuel-cell-electric-delivery-truck/ https://www.trucks.com/2017/05/02/ups-testing-advanced-electric-motor/ Trash trucks in San Diego will soon be quieter, emit less pollution and be cheaper to operate. rash trucks in San Diego will be quieter, emit less pollution and cost less to operate thanks to a new $5.3 million natural gas fueling station the city unveiled Tuesday at the Miramar landfill. The station will allow the city to convert its entire fleet of 131 trash trucks from diesel to natural gas by 2022, slashing annual fuel costs as much as $1.5… http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-clean-fuel-20170502-story.html Hydrogen-powered train could revolutionize rail travel. Plans for the Coradia iLint, a hydrogen-powered, zero-emission train in Germany could revolutionize rail travel. Alstom, the company behind the new trains, says the iLint is the world’s first low-floor passenger train that uses a hydrogen fuel cell to create its electricity. The trains – which are described as 60 percent less noisy than diesel trains and can travel up to 500 miles per day… http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/03/hydrogen-powered-train-could-revolutionize-rail-travel.html VEHICLES Combining 3 Vehicle Technologies Could Nearly Eliminate Auto Emissions. A new report finds that layering autonomous and electric tech with ride-sharing could cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Imagine jumping into a self-driving car with two other commuters in the morning, the electric engine humming as you drive through smooth traffic and past empty parking lots… https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/combining-3-vehicle-technologies-could-nearly-eliminate-auto-emissions/ 'Revolutions' could eliminate auto emissions — report. Imagine jumping into a self-driving car with two other commuters in the morning, the electric engine humming as you drive through smooth traffic and past empty parking lots, before arriving at work and paying a couple of dollars for the ride. The auto industry and researchers say this utopian view of transportation is on the horizon… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060053971/feed VW RECALL VW resumes U.S. diesel sales after emissions scandal. Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) said on Wednesday it resumed selling diesel cars in the United States last month, and that they accounted for nearly 12 percent of its April sales, a sign consumer demand for such cars had not been dampened by its emissions scandal. The world's largest automaker by sales was barred by U.S. authorities in September 2015… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKBN17Z2ET GREEN ENERGY Bill aims to go 100% renewable a lot faster than planned. California's Senate leader yesterday put forth an aggressive proposal to generate all of the state's electricity from renewable energy by 2045. Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León's S.B. 100 would accelerate the state's existing renewable targets and set an eventual goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/03/stories/1060053973 MISCELLANEOUS 23 Environmental Rules Rolled Back in Trump’s First 100 Days. President Trump, with help from his administration and Republicans in Congress, has reversed course on nearly two dozen environmental rules, regulations and other Obama-era policies during his first 100 days in office. Citing federal overreach and burdensome regulations, Mr. Trump has prioritized domestic fossil fuel interests… https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/02/climate/environmental-rules-reversed-trump-100-days.html?_r=1 Older, denser neighborhoods offer better access to everyday destinations, UCI study finds. Proximity of homes to restaurants and stores reduces traffic congestion, CO2 emissions. Residents of older, denser, lower-income neighborhoods and smaller, multifamily homes in Southern California can more easily access commonly frequented sites such as grocery stores, restaurants… https://news.uci.edu/press-releases/older-denser-neighborhoods-offer-better-access-to-everyday-destinations-uci-study-finds/ OPINIONS Bret Stephens Takes On Climate Change. Readers Unleash Their Fury. Jim Thomas is a gay man living in a red state. He has friends who voted for Donald Trump and he interacts daily with people whose political views he finds questionable. Which is fine, because he believes that hearing perspectives different from your own is essential to healthy public discourse. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/public-editor/bret-stephens-climate-change-liz-spayd-public-editor.html?_r=0 http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-goldberg-bret-stephens-climate-denial-20170501-story.html Cap-and-Trade 2.0 – A Lesser Version of Its Better Self? The Legislature is considering two bills to extend Cap-and-Trade beyond its 2020 sunset. One of these bills, AB 378, would make Cap-and-Trade less about greenhouse gases and more about local air pollution. The 2006 law that authorized Cap-and-Trade notes that a co-benefit of reducing greenhouse gases is a reduction in local air pollution… http://www.davisvanguard.org/2017/05/cap-trade-2-0-lesser-version-better-self/ Can California Tap Carbon Markets To Save Its Delta (And Its Drinking Water)? Fifty miles inland from San Francisco, cows are grazing on lush grass, and small purple flowers seem to pop out of every bush. In the distance, a sailboat glides across the treetops – and it’s not a mirage. It’s because I’m looking up. This idyllic farmland is twenty feet below sea level… http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/articles/california-delta/ Should US exit the Paris climate deal? Some fossil-fuel firms say no. As a candidate, Donald Trump appealed to Americans’ worries about jobs by vowing to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement and end job-killing environmental regulations. But what happens if President Trump calls for a revolt on the international agreement and corporate America doesn’t show up? http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/0502/Should-US-exit-the-Paris-climate-deal-Some-fossil-fuel-firms-say-no BLOGS The U.S. Auto Industry Needs Fuel-Efficiency Gains To Remain Globally Competitive. Abandoning fuel economy innovation is certainly not in the interests of American consumers. Last month, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that directed his administration to bury its head in the sand when it comes to climate science and clean electricity. He tried to sell this plan as a way to increase energy independence. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-us-auto-industry-needs-fuel-efficiency-gains_us_5909ff76e4b05279d4edc1b3 California is about to revolutionize climate policy … again. The state’s cap-and-trade program would be replaced by a new, sleeker one. California’s ambition on climate change policy has become dizzying to track. A few months ago, the leader of the senate introduced a bill that would commit the state to 100 percent renewable energy — and that’s not even the biggest California climate policy story of 2017. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/5/3/15512258/california-revolutionize-cap-and-trade ExxonMobil and SaudiAramco to write intergovernmental report on impacts of global warming. 108 national and international environmental organizations sent a letter to the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to raise their concerns about the selection of authors for the special report on the impacts of global warming, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will present next year. https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/270-general/52944-exxonmobil-and-saudiaramco-to-write-intergovernmental-report-on-impacts-of-global-warming.html Consider a medical approach to global warming. Could physicians offer guidance on responding to global warming? The story below demonstrates the consequence of waiting when potential tragedy looms: High fevers wracked a man’s body as he was admitted to the hospital. Blood cultures and lab tests were taken. An intern, a young doctor-in-training, wrote up a ‘differential’… http://www.standard.net/Letters/2017/05/03/Global-warming-EPA-coal-air-quality-greenhouse-gases-fossil-fuels-letter-Kluthe.html