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CARB Newsclips for May 11, 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 Dept. of Public Health Webinar & Webcast TOPIC: Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Production in California. 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: https://cdph.webex.com/cdph/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed68c92894d8105b772615a49bbb6bacf WEBCAST Option: http://video.calepa.ca.gov _____________________________________________ 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 http://www.casustainablefreight.org/ _________________________ 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 wet 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-professional-wet-cleaning-demonstration-workshop-for-dry-cleaners-tickets-33498967313 or by searching for "wet cleaning workshop" on Eventbrite at: http://www.eventbrite.com. For more details about the workshop, please visit ARB's Non-Toxic Dry Cleaning Incentive Program (AB998) website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/dryclean/ab998.htm __________________________ 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 CAP AND TRADE 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… http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-cap-trade-chamber-1494514033-htmlstory.html AIR POLLUTION 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. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1110368_ruling-that-epa-must-regulate-carbon-emissions-now-10-years-old 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… http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2017/05/09/detroit-waste-conversion-plant-air-pollution/101328136/ CLIMATE CHANGE 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. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/science/climate-change-simulation-miniature-world.html?_r=0 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… http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-california-climate-policies-20170511-story.html 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… http://www.kcra.com/article/california-climate-change-debate-heats-up/9635413 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. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/11/finland-voices-concern-over-us-and-russian-climate-change-doubters 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. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-alcee-hastings-climate-change-20170510-story.html 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 agriculture… https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/indiana/articles/2017-05-10/indiana-u-launches-55m-effort-studying-climate-change http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-alcee-hastings-climate-change-20170510-story.html 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… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/11/stories/1060054383 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… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/05/11/stories/1060054403 FUELS 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. http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Senate-blocks-moves-to-overturn-Obama-era-rule-on-11135574.php VEHICLES 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… http://www.sfexaminer.com/deal-finally-reached-electric-vehicle-requirement-municipal-fleet/# 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. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/israel-tests-wireless-charging-roads-for-electric-vehicles/ VW RECALL 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 … http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKBN1871WO?il=0 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. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1110375_reports-of-diesels-death-are-greatly-exaggerated GREEN ENERGY 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/tesla-s-solar-roof-is-finally-ready-for-you-to-buy 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. http://www.businessinsider.com/americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-diesel-plant-block-island-2017-5 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. http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=ports-turning-to-renewables-to-cut-carbon-footprint&id=145072 OPINIONS 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. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-11/snap-earnings-and-emissions-fraud BLOGS 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. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/arctic-nations-may-confront-u-s-on-climate-change/ 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… https://cleantechnica.com/2017/05/11/reporting-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. http://www.autoblog.com/2017/05/10/vw-ceo-says-diesel-will-remain-indispensable/ 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,… https://electrek.co/2017/05/11/bmw-electric-vehicles-hamburg-car-sharing/ 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 comparison. http://www.theenergycollective.com/willem-post/2404277/comparison-energy-efficiency-co2-gasoline-electric-vehicles