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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for May 15, 2017.

Posted: 15 May 2017 15:37:32
CARB Newsclips for May 15, 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.


Meeting Notice - Promoting On-Farm Composting Insights and
Analysis on Regulatory Safeguards and Sector Development. 

The public is invited to attend a meeting on recent research
examining the intersection of regulatory safeguards and the need
to promote on-farm composting operations in California.  

Date:  May 24, 2017
Time:  1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

CalEPA Building
1001 I St.
Room 550
Sacramento, CA

For people attending the meeting, please check-in at the CalEPA
Visitor’s Center and ask for Bonnie Waltz.

The meeting will provide a presentation on California’s
regulatory safeguards that protect air and water quality,
findings from recent research on the intersection of these
safeguards with on-farm composting operations, and an opportunity
for questions from the public.  

People can submit questions before and during the meeting at the
following email address: Organics@Calepa.ca.gov

Please contact Bonnie Waltz at 916-324-9701 with any questions. 


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:

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

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
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:


Defying Trump, these state leaders are trying to impose their own
carbon taxes. While the Trump administration continues to
consider a withdrawal from the Paris agreement, climate action in
the United States is increasingly falling to the state and local
level. And now, a handful of states, mainly clustered in New
England, are turning to the concept of carbon pricing with a
renewed sense of urgency.


Warmer weather means higher rates of ozone pollution in Central
Valley. The warmer the weather becomes, the more aware Valley
residents should be of ozone pollution, the dominant pollutant in
the summertime that can damage lung tissue, said officials from
the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
Ground-level ozone is a gas that’s formed when a variety of
pollution, from things like cars and factories…

Air pollution affects children and the elderly the most. Plumas
County air quality routinely exceeds U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency standards. This excessive pollution is related
to widespread severe forest fires, wood burning during
atmospheric inversion events and increased dust during droughts.
Effects of severe fires on air quality According to Will Barrett,
senior policy analyst for the American Lung Association of
California, Plumas County air exceeded EPA small particle

Diesel cars generate even MORE pollution than first feared:
Emissions are linked 38,000 early deaths a year. Diesel driven
cars, lorries and buses churn out far more air pollution than
standard testing procedures suggest, leading to many thousands of
unreported deaths, scientists claim. The excess emissions of
harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) exhaust gases can be linked to
38,000 premature deaths worldwide, according to the new research.


U.S. economic growth and security outweigh climate policy review,
envoy tells U.N. conference. The Trump administration will stay
focused on economic growth and national security no matter the
outcome of its climate change policy review, a U.S. official told
delegates at a United Nations convention in Germany on Saturday.
“It is clear that the administration will not take actions…

Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply. Three new
studies show dry times ahead. Picture a snowflake drifting down
from a frigid February sky in western Colorado and settling high
in the Rocky Mountains. By mid-April, the alpine snowpack is
likely at its peak. Warming temperatures in May or June will then
melt the snow, sending droplets rushing down a mountain stream or
seeping into the soil to replenish an aquifer.

Climate Change Is Making Allergy Season Worse, Here Are Some Tips
To Alleviate Your Symptoms. If you’re suffering from allergies
more than previous years, climate change might have something to
do with it. People may get seasonal allergies during the spring,
summer and early fall, and it’s usually caused by sensitivity to
airborne mold spores or to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds…

Tillerson says US won't be rushed on climate change policies.
Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address
climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says
the United States will not rush to make a decision on its
policies. Tillerson spoke Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska, at a
meeting of the Arctic Council, an advisory group made up of the
eight Arctic nations and indigenous groups.

UK faces sharp rise in destructive wind storms due to global
warming. If climate change heats world by more than 1.5C, damaged
buildings are likely to increase by over 50% across Midlands,
Yorkshire and Northern Ireland. The UK is set to reap the
whirlwind of climate change with the huge damage caused by wind
storms expected to increase sharply, according to new analysis.

Brown heading to China to promote climate policies. California
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is going to China early next month to drum
up support for climate and clean energy policies as well as
general trade cooperation. The weeklong trip will see Brown
attend an international clean energy conference in Beijing, the
Clean Energy Ministerial, and visit two other economic


Global Tailpipe Tests Vastly Underestimate Diesel Pollution.
Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more
than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests,
a new study says. That extra pollution translated to another
38,000 deaths from soot and smog in 2015, the researchers
estimated. The work published Monday in the journal Nature was a
follow-up to the testing…

New international study finds lab testing of diesel NOx emissions
underestimates real-world levels by up to 50%. A new
international study has found that laboratory tests of nitrogen
oxide emissions from diesel vehicles significantly underestimate
the real-world emissions by as much as 50%. A paper on the work
is published in the journal Nature. 

Largest U.S. Electric School Bus Pilot Comes to California. 
California had to first clear a legal hurdle with its
one-of-a-kind, cap-and-trade fund. An appeals court ruled last
month that the program requiring companies to purchase permits
for emitting certain levels of greenhouse gases does not
constitute an unconstitutional tax and could proceed. It's the
largest single deployment of electric school buses nationwide.




Annual “Mowing Down Pollution” draws hundreds for equipment
exchange. Hundreds of gas-powered pieces of yard equipment were
exchanged for battery-powered ones Saturday morning in Mission
Valley, during San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts’ 18th
Annual Mowing Down Pollution event at Qualcomm Stadium. San
Diegans were encouraged to turn in their gasoline-powered lawn


Treat climate change symptoms and don't worry about the cause.
For the vast majority of scientists, global warming is a fact.
Not so for many conservatives and Republicans, who believe it is
a ruse to impose new taxes and regulations on the economy. “The
concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in
order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” President
Trump said in a 2012 tweet.

Talking Point: A two-speed response to climate change. WHEN you
think about it, it’s breathtaking. The 2017 Federal Budget is
seeking to close the books on Australia’s biggest economic,
social and environmental issue of this or any century. Buried
deep in the Budget papers is the revelation that two national
climate agencies — the Climate Change Authority and the National
Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility…

Is man’s role in climate change “settled science”? (4 letters). 
Re: “There’s no such thing as settled science, and that’s a
fact,” May 5 Teresa Keegan column. Congratulations to The Denver
Post for running the article by Teresa Keegan regarding the myth
of the “settled science” of climate change. This op-ed is one of
few like it that make it into the mainstream news.

The U.S. Tips Its Hand, Showing It Will Likely Join The Global
Climate Talks. When it comes to President Trump’s thinking on
climate change, the White House has put its cards on the table —
that such efforts are essentially a waste of national time and
treasure. However, when it comes to joining the Paris climate
accord, the administration is tipping its hand and might be
taking a seat at the table.

Can biofuels save us from climate apocalypse? If humanity has any
hope of stopping the civilization-threatening climate change
crisis, gas-powered cars have to go. But how are people supposed
to get around without them? Public transit is one answer, as are
electric cars. And then there are biofuels, which present the
tempting halfway prospect of carbon-neutral automobiles that can
use technology very similar to that which already exists.

No room for science in Trump administration. On Monday,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt
declined to renew the terms of nine of the 18 scientists on the
EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors. According to an EPA
spokesperson, this change was made in order to bring different
scientists into the mix, including industry ones.


China Proposes Major Green Investment Amid U.S. Retreat From
Climate Change. In a sweeping foreign policy address on Sunday,
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to invest in clean energy,
build scientific coalitions, and support other countries’ efforts
to adapt to climate change.

New scrutiny of polar regions as world braces for climate shifts:
UN. The polar regions are by far the most impacted by climate
change. The polar regions are by far the most impacted by climate
change. Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions
as part of an international campaign to improve global weather
predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change,
the UN said Monday.

Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef when global
temperatures hit 1.5C. When global warming hits 1.5°C or 2°C,
extreme events grow in frequency. If global temperatures hit
1.5°C above pre-industrial conditions -- the target negotiated at
the 2015 Paris Agreement -- it will be twice as likely that we
will see a repeat of the extreme ocean heat that severely damaged
the Great Barrier Reef in 2016.

Iowa Gov. Branstad signs bill for biofuels infrastructure
funding. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a steadfast supporter of
growing the job-creating biofuels industry, has signed
legislation that will help ensure its continued success in Iowa.
The Iowa Biodiesel Board praised Branstad for signing the Rebuild
Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643…

A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation. The Trump
administration’s relentless march to repeal federal regulations
is not limited to environmental rules, but the environment is a
real target. The shame of these attacks is that rather than
seeking to improve and refine our approach to environmental
protection, we see a destructive effort at dismantling the
structure of environmental law.

Texas Group Petitions EPA for Softer Greenhouse Gas Rules. Texas
Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank whose mission
is to influence policymakers with "academically sound research,"
is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to retract a
policy that regulates greenhouse gas emissions — which critics
argue would essentially nullify one of the most important reasons
for the agency's existence. 

Brown Makes Environmental Justice Pitch to Get Two-Thirds Vote
for Cap-n-Trade. At the budget revision press conference last
week, Gov. Jerry Brown tried to assuage Democratic lawmakers over
costs on his cap-and-trade extension by arguing for environmental
justice so as to assure a two-thirds vote for the plan. Brown is
aware that some Democrats in low-income areas…

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