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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for May 3, 2017.

Posted: 03 May 2017 14:26:05
CARB Newsclips for May 3, 2017. 
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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:

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

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:

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.

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:


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…

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...

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).

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.


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.


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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…


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…


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…

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…


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…

'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


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…


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.


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…

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…


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.

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…

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…

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?


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.

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.

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.

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’…

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