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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. CARB BUSINESS 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 Location: 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 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 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. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/12/defying-trump-these-state-leaders-are-trying-to-impose-their-own-carbon-taxes/?utm_source=rss_energy-environment&utm_term=.13bb631e2e91 AIR POLLUTION 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… http://www.mercedsunstar.com/living/health-fitness/article150522287.html#storylink=cpy 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 pollution… http://www.plumasnews.com/air-pollution-affects-children-elderly/ 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. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4507670/Diesel-cars-generate-pollution-feared.html#ixzz4hA96E0VU CLIMATE CHANGE 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… http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-germany-climate-change20170513-story.html 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. http://www.hcn.org/articles/climate-change-is-shrinking-the-wests-water-supply 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… http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-making-allergy-season-worse-here-are-some-tips-alleviate-your-symptoms-2538450 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. http://bronx.news12.com/story/35400857/tillerson-says-us-wont-be-rushed-on-climate-change-policies 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. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/15/uk-faces-sharp-rise-destructive-wind-storms-global-warming 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 powerhouses… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060054537/search?keyword=california DIESEL ACTIVITIES 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… https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/05/15/science/ap-us-sci-diesel-deaths.html http://www.industryweek.com/environment/excess-diesel-truck-and-car-emissions-killed-38000-2015-study https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/05/15/stories/1060054558 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. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/05/20170515-nox.html 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. https://stnonline.com/news/latest-news/item/8613-largest-us-electric-school-bus-pilot-comes-to-california http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/722420/3-california-districts-receiving-electric-school-buses?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter http://kfbk.iheart.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/electric-school-buses-debut-in-sacramento-15827120/ http://fox40.com/2017/05/12/fleet-of-electric-school-buses-unveiled-in-sacramento/ MISCELLANEOUS 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 mowers… http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/05/13/annual-mowing-down-pollution-draws-hundreds-for-equipment-exchange/ OPINIONS 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. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/15/treat-climate-change-carbon-tax-flood-control-column/101445670/ 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… http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-a-twospeed-response-to-climate-change/news-story/2170ba61f190a2aef052cf4567d04cb5 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. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/13/climate-change-settled-science/ 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. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2017/05/15/the-u-s-tips-its-hand-showing-it-will-likely-join-the-global-climate-talks/#3719aae77687 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. http://theweek.com/articles/698551/biofuels-save-from-climate-apocalypse 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. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/opinions/no-science-in-trump-administration-whitman/index.html BLOGS 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. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-climate-change-xi-jinping_us_5919c109e4b0fe039b3646ca 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. https://phys.org/news/2017-05-scrutiny-polar-regions-world-braces.html#jCp 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. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170515111552.htm 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… http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/2513355/iowa-gov-branstad-signs-bill-for-biofuels-infrastructure-funding 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. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-small-senate-victory-maintains-methane-regulation_us_59199df7e4b00ccaae9ea4a8 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. http://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2017/05/15/texas-group-petitions-epa-for-softer-greenhouse-gas-rules 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… http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/05/brown-makes-environmental-justice-pitch-get-two-thirds-vote-cap-n-trade/