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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for May 11, 2017.

Posted: 11 May 2017 15:40:55
CARB Newsclips for May 11, 2017. 

This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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individual websites to view some of the following news articles.


Dept. of Public Health Webinar & Webcast
TOPIC:  Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Production in
DATE:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017
TIME:  1:00 to 4:00 pm PDT (WEBINAR & WEBCAST)
LOCATION:  CalEPA, Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
           1001 I Street, Sacramento, California

WEBINAR - register here:



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.    

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

The California Air Resources Board in collaboration with the
South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power, is holding a free professional
cleaning demonstration workshop.   

The free workshop will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from

2:00PM - 4:00PM in Los Angeles.  Doors open at 1:45 PM.

Venue: London Cleaners, 1073 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. 

Space is limited.  Register early at

or by searching for "wet cleaning workshop" on Eventbrite at:

For more details about the workshop, please visit ARB's Non-Toxic
Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998) website 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:


California Chamber of Commerce leans into fight to preserve
cap-and-trade program. When it comes to climate change, the
California Chamber of Commerce is best known for suing over the
state's cap-and-trade program, a cornerstone of the state's
efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. But the lawsuit has faltered,
and the powerful business group now wants to work with lawmakers
to extend the program…


Ruling that EPA must regulate carbon emissions: now 10 years old.
Anniversaries often provide an opportunity to reflect on
important past events, review what has happened since, and
reflect upon the future. April 2 of this year marks the 10th
anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Massachusetts vs EPA
in which the EPA was forced to regulate carbon emissions.

New waste plant piles on pollution in SW Detroit. As a
$143-million facility to convert human waste from the Detroit
Wastewater Treatment Plant into marketable fertilizer prepared
for start-up last year, Great Lakes Water Authority CEO Sue
McCormick touted it as "environmentally sound, proven
technology." But that biosolids dryer facility — operated by a
private, for-profit company in partnership…


To Simulate Climate Change, Scientists Build Miniature Worlds.
Climate change will alter the ecosystems that humanity depends
upon in the coming century. But given the complexity of the
living world, how can you learn what may happen? A team of
Australian scientists has an answer: miniature ecosystems
designed to simulate the impact of climate change.

California set an ambitious goal for fighting global warming. Now
comes the hard part. When Stanford University energy economist
Danny Cullenward looks at California’s policies on climate
change, he sees a potential time bomb. The state wants to slash
greenhouse gas emissions so deeply in the coming years that oil
refineries and other industries could face skyrocketing costs to
comply with regulations, driving up gasoline…

California climate change debate heats up. A variety of experts
told California lawmakers Wednesday that the state's
cap-and-trade program needs changes if they decide to keep it
beyond its expiration in 2020. The Senate Environmental Quality
Committee heard from environmental groups, industry officials and
others as the Legislature ramps up talks about…

Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change
doubters. New chair of Arctic council calls for Paris treaty on
global warming to be respected amid fears of commitment
downgrade. Finland, the new chair of the Arctic council, has
appealed to climate change scientists to fight the threat of the
US and Russia tearing up commitments to combat global warming.

Experts see climate change peril for South Florida's black and
Hispanic communities. African-American, Caribbean-American and
Hispanic communities are typically located miles from South
Florida beaches where climate change is most visible — but people
who live in those areas are profoundly vulnerable to the effects,
political leaders and climate science experts said Wednesday.

Indiana U Launches $55M Effort Studying Climate Change. Indiana
University is launching a new $55 million effort to study the
impact of climate change that could have a profound impact on
agriculture, industry and quality of life in the state. Indiana
University is launching a new $55 million effort to study the
impact of climate change that could have a profound impact on


Study details climate change in Zinke's backyard. Interior
Secretary Ryan Zinke is still uncertain about humanity's role in
climate change, but the scientists under his watch are sure
global warming is drastically shrinking the glaciers in his
backyard. Zinke, the former congressman from Montana, grew up
near Glacier National Park. Some of the glaciers there that give
the park of high peaks…

Tillerson lands at the 'frontlines' of global warming. On a sunny
evening in this central Alaska city, a line of climate protesters
slowly marched along the Chena River to the Fairbanks visitors
center, where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was hosting a
reception for high-level foreign dignitaries, state officials and
Native leaders for the Arctic Council ministerial meeting.
Carrying a massive banner that read "welcome to the frontlines of
climate change," the local protesters…


Environmentalists triumph as Senate upholds drilling rule.
Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate
on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule
restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed. The
51-49 vote against the repeal measure was a blow to the
fossil-fuel industry and groups linked to the conservative Koch
Brothers, which had waged a public campaign to overturn the
Interior Department rule.


Deal finally reached over electric vehicle requirement for
municipal fleet. San Francisco’s effort to replace polluting
sedans in the municipal fleet with electric vehicles was approved
Tuesday after scaling back the proposal following robust debate
on several occasions over costs. After postponing a vote on the
proposal last week and making several amendments Tuesday, the
Board of Supervisors unanimously…

Israel Tests Wireless Charging Roads for Electric Vehicles. New
technology could power buses and cars on the go, but will it be
cost-effective? Electric vehicles have long been a promising
option for sustainable transportation. They come with practical
headaches like expensive, bulky batteries that often need
recharging, however. Israel is tackling those hurdles by
investing in roads that power electric buses—as they ride down
the street.


U.S. judge approves Volkswagen 3.0 liter, Bosch diesel
settlements. A federal judge on Thursday granted final approval
to a plan for Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) to pay at least $1.22
billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 3.0-liter vehicles in
the United States linked to the German automaker's diesel
emissions cheating scandal. At a court hearing in San Francisco,
U.S. District Judge Charles …

Reports of diesel's death are greatly exaggerated. The fallout
from the Volkswagen diesel scandal has cost the fuel plenty of
not-so-great headlines, but the idea that diesel will soon die
off entirely for passenger vehicles simply isn't true. A report
in The Car Connection compiled the proof to show diesel is far
from its deathbed. There remain more diesel vehicles on sale
today than there have been in recent years.


Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire. Tesla
Inc. has begun taking $1,000 deposits for its remarkable solar
roof tiles—to be delivered this summer at a price point that
could expand the U.S. solar market.  Tesla will begin with
production of two of the four styles it unveiled in October: a
smooth glass and a textured glass tile.

America’s first offshore wind farm just shut down a diesel plant.
America’s first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a
small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, Rhode
Island. Block Island officials on Monday switched on a connection
between the island and a cable linking the wind farm to Rhode
Island’s mainland power grid.

Ports turning to renewables to cut carbon footprint. THE
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it will be pursuing the use
of renewable energy to keep up with international maritime
standards and to reduce the carbon footprint of ports. In a
statement on Thursday, PPA said the “Green Port” project is in
line with the 25-year port development roadmap adopted by
Philippine port stakeholders last month which will be submitted
to President Rodrigo R. Duterte later this year.


Snap Earnings and Emissions Fraud. Also whistle-blowers, social
media and volatility, unicorn lawsuits and management philosophy.
Why would a company do an initial public offering? There is a
traditional, boring, correct answer, which is to establish or
deepen a relationship with the capital markets so that it can
grow and strengthen its business. An IPO is not an endpoint; you
don't take your company public and then jet off to your private
island with a bag of money.


Arctic Nations May Confront U.S. on Climate Change. Leaders of
the Arctic Council could rebuff U.S. position. Diplomats from
eight Arctic nations are facing a standoff today over the Trump
administration’s efforts to downplay the importance of climate
change in an Arctic Council ministerial statement marking the end
of the United States’ two-year council chairmanship.

Reporting On Climate Change.  The latest elections in the U.S.,
the UK, and now in France have resulted in criticism towards the
media, with journalists are often held responsible for the wounds
of a crises and the frustration for lack of political
transparency. So we asked two journalists what it’s like in the
field today, what shapes the debate around climate change…

VW CEO says, 'Diesel will remain indispensable for the
foreseeable future'. At the Volkswagen Group's annual general
meeting, VW's CEO Mathias Müller reiterated the company's plans
for developing and implementing environmentally friendly
vehicles. These include the company's plans to have 30 EVs on the
market by 2025, and plans to have 10 electrified models
introduced across the group by the end of 2018.

BMW will deploy 400 electric vehicles across the city of Hamburg
in a car-sharing program. BMW has been using DriveNow, its
car-sharing program, to deploy large numbers of electric vehicles
quickly. They delivered 400 BMW i3 EVs in Copenhagen back in
2015. The German automaker announced this week that it will
deploy 550 electric vehicles, 400 all-electric cars and 150
plug-in hybrids,…

Comparison of Energy Efficiency and CO2 of Gasoline and Electric
Vehicles. Many articles have been written about the comparison of
the energy efficiency of gasoline and electric vehicles. Most
such articles have various flaws. This article will avoid these
flaws and will show, electric vehicles are only slightly more
energy efficient than gasoline vehicles, on a source
energy-to-wheel basis, which is the most rational way to make the

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