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CARB Newsclips for July 10, 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 The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) is pleased to announce that the Dairy and Livestock Working Group Subgroup #1 (Fostering Markets for Non-Digester Projects) will hold its kickoff meeting on July 17, 2017. Date: July 17, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM Location: CA Department of Food and Agriculture Building, Main Auditorium 1220 N Street, Sacramento More information on Subgroup #1 can be found at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/dairy/dsg1/dsg1.htm ________________________________ Do you own or operate forklifts, sweeps/scrubbers, industrial tow tractors, or airport ground support equipment? If so, this regulation may apply to your business. For more information please go to the ARB Rulemaking webpage: https://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2016/sparkignition2016/sparkignition2016.htm ________________________________ The Air Resources Board (ARB) announces the launch of its new California Dairy and Livestock GHG Reduction Working Group (Dairy Working Group) and Subgroup list serves that will provide interested stakeholders with up-to-date information about current activities and processes. Sign-up for the main Dairy Working Group process List Serve: https://www.arb.ca.gov/listserv/listserv_ind.php?listname=dairy CAP AND TRADE Jerry Brown, a global climate leader, fights to reach deal at home. As Gov. Jerry Brown pushes an international climate-change agenda, he faces a crucial test at home: ensuring that California’s signature program to tackle global warming survives into the next decade. Brown is fighting for a deal this month to extend the state’s cap-and trade program, which forces power plants… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/09/jerry-brown-a-global-climate-leader-struggles-to-reach-deal-at-home/ https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/06/cap-and-trade-deal-could-woo-gop-support-anger-environmentalists/ Cap and trade is alive, and it might grow under Trump. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative once labored in the shadows of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. No longer. President Trump's dismantling of climate initiatives has pushed America's only multistate cap-and-trade program to the fore of U.S. carbon-cutting efforts. RGGI, as the compact of nine Northeastern states is known, can already claim several impressive achievements. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/10/stories/1060057096 AIR POLLUTION L.A. requires air filters to protect residents near freeways. Are they doing the job? Despite growing warnings about the health problems tied to traffic pollution, Los Angeles officials continue to approve a surge in residential development along freeways. And the crux of their effort to protect people’s lungs is a requirement that developers install air filters. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-freeway-pollution-filters-20170709-story.html EPA asks court to let it delay Obama air pollution rule. The Trump administration asked a federal appeals court Friday to allow it to delay enforcement of an Obama administration rule to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling. Justice Department lawyers representing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Monday ruling from the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341071-epa-asks-court-to-let-it-delay-obama-air-pollution-rule CLIMATE CHANGE World Leaders Move Forward on Climate Change, Without U.S. World leaders struck a compromise on Saturday to move forward collectively on climate change without the United States, declaring the Paris accord “irreversible” while acknowledging President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. In a final communiqué at the conclusion of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/world/europe/group-of-20-climate-change-agreement.html?_r=0 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/at-g-20-eu-warns-of-trade-war-if-trump-imposes-restrictions-on-steel/2017/07/07/0ffae390-62f4-11e7-a6c7-f769fa1d5691_story.html?utm_term=.2d99d951d5c8&wpisrc=nl_most-draw7&wpmm=1 http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341087-g20-world-leaders-statement-hinges-on-us-climate-change-issue Jerry Brown Announces a Climate Summit Meeting in California. Gov. Jerry Brown of California on Thursday reinforced his reputation as America’s de facto leader on climate change, announcing to cheering crowds in Hamburg, Germany that his state would gather leaders from around the world for a global warming summit next year. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/climate/jerry-brown-california-climate-summit.html?te=1&nl=california-today&emc=edit_ca_20170710 http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article159905494.html http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Challenging-Trump-Gov-Brown-plans-world-11271047.php http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/340838-california-governor-to-host-climate-summit-amid-clash-with-trump http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/us-politics/california-climate-change-conference-paris-agreement-deal-targets-a7828076.html https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/07/07/stories/1060057075 Trump administration may let California keep emissions standards. The Trump administration may be quietly conceding defeat to California on car tailpipe emissions, the biggest battleground in the state’s showdown with President Trump over climate change. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt backed away last month from his threats to challenge California’s unique legal authority… http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Trump-administration-may-let-California-keep-11276368.php Climate change could make California wetter, study finds. California could get wetter — not drier — in coming decades, according to a UC Riverside study that upends some conventions about climate change. The study, by climatology professor Robert Allen and graduate student Rainer Luptowitz, was published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature Communications. It ran climate forecasts through. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-california-wet-20170707-story.html Al Franken and David Letterman take on climate change in new series of shorts. David Letterman and Sen. Al Franken were both feeling frustrated about pessimism around the topic of climate change — so they got together to talk about it. Thankfully they invited some cameras along, too, with the help of Funny or Die and the Primetime Emmy Award-winning "Years of Living Dangerously." http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-al-franken-david-letterman-climate-change-20170710-story.html 25 Fossil Fuel Producers Responsible for Half Global Emissions in Past 3 Decades. CDP traced the greenhouse gas emissions of 100 oil, coal and gas companies, together linked to 71% of emissions since 1988. A handful of big fossil fuel producers have been responsible for the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions in the years since climate change seized the world's attention as a looming crisis… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10072017/fossil-fuel-companies-responsible-global-emissions-cdp-report. An increase in carbon-intensive fuels like tar sands oil has accelerated greenhouse gas emissions. A handful of big fossil fuel producers have been responsible for the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions in the years since climate change seized the world's attention as a looming crisis, according to a new report issued today. When emissions from agriculture and land-use changes are taken out of the equation… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10072017/fossil-fuel-companies-responsible-global-emissions-cdp-report FUELS Trump moves to open more public land to drilling in California. The Trump administration forged ahead with its commitment to boosting domestic fossil fuel production Thursday, directing more public lands to be opened for oil and gas extraction — a move that could bring new drill rigs to California. The state hasn’t seen new onshore oil and gas leases offered up on federal land in four years… http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Trump-moves-to-open-more-public-land-to-drilling-11271227.php VEHICLES Ports Go Electric in Drive to Decarbonize and Cut Pollution. Led by the Port of San Diego, California’s dockyards are moving away from diesel machinery and plugging in. Jesse Nelson, operations manager for Terminalift, a cargo loading company, is taking his new toy for a spin. The electric semi-truck is about 22,000 pounds unloaded, but it slides silently between the towering loading cranes… https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07072017/california-ports-electric-vehicles-air-quality-reduce-emissions FIAT/CHRYSLER (FCA) U.S. judge to name Feinberg as Fiat Chrysler diesel settlement master. A U.S. judge overseeing lawsuits against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) over its alleged excess diesel emissions said he intends to name well-known compensation expert Ken Feinberg to try to reach a settlement. Feinberg has overseen compensation funds for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, General Motors (GM.N) ignition… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fiatchrysler-emissions-idUSKBN19V28X?il=0 VW RECALL VW bosses told costs of emissions saga a month before disclosure –report. A Volkswagen manager told the then chief executive and other managers that the carmaker's diesel emissions cheating could cost up to $18.5 billion, almost a month before investors were informed, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported. http://www.reuters.com/article/volkswagen-emissions-penalty-idUSL1N1K10BM?DCMP=NWL-pro_top GREEN ENERGY California's new-home energy goal by 2020 is within reach. As green building practices expand, new homes are becoming more energy-efficient and healthier for their occupants. In fact, California lawmakers have set a goal that all new construction will be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. That means that three years from now, all new homes coming on line should produce as much energy as they consume. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/real-estate/home-pride/sd-ad-nh-homepride-20170705-story.html OPINIONS California can fight climate change and reduce local pollution at the same time. To the editor: This editorial concludes with the right message: So far our state’s climate change program has worked well and should be extended. (“California may be leading on climate change, but that doesn’t mean it can ignore local pollution,” editorial, July 1) The role of offsets in California’s cap-and-trade program is small but often misunderstood. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-climate-change-local-pollution-20170710-story.html Here’s how Jerry Brown can truly build a lasting environmental legacy. Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement that he will host the world’s climate leaders in San Francisco was well-timed. Ensuring he will remain relevant as his days in office come to an end, the event will take place in September 2018, at the height of the campaign to replace him. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article160144879.html#storylink=cpy Nipomo Mesa has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. So where’s the outrage? For years, residents of the Nipomo Mesa have been breathing air polluted with dangerously high levels of tiny dust particles linked to respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis, even lung cancer. There have been days when the Mesa’s level of PM (particulate matter) pollution has been the worst in the nation, according to federal Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow website. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/editorials/article160439814.html#storylink=cpy Burning carpet at Crows Landing poisons the air; it needs to stop. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report says four of the most polluted metropolitan regions in the U.S. are in the San Joaquin Valley. Of those, Modesto-Merced ranked No.4 for short-term particle pollution and No.6 for annual-particle pollution… http://www.modbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article159928099.html#storylink=cpy BLOGS Environmental justice for all How California’s greenhouse gas laws can better serve disadvantaged communities. It was a time of year that should have been perfect. Warming temperatures marked Southern California’s gentle return to spring. The grass had shifted from drab to glowing green. The sky, which can be pale and hard in winter, had softened to a gentler blue. http://www.corporateknights.com/channels/leadership/environmental-justice-for-all-14993172/ Probing the Power of Pacific Supertyphoons. Despite higher than normal surface temperatures and heat contents of ocean waters where the storms developed, evidence is lacking that global warming is revving them up. Typhoon Meranti blasted the western Pacific in 2016, wreaking havoc in the Philippines, Taiwan, and mainland China, leaving dozens dead or missing and doing billions of dollars’ worth of damage. https://eos.org/articles/probing-the-power-of-pacific-supertyphoons In Wake of Trump's Paris Announcement, Investors and Companies Show Remarkable Climate Leadership. As world leaders gather in Hamburg this week for the G20 Summit, there has been understandable focus on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. This move is intended to disengage the U.S. government from global consensus and cooperation when it comes to climate change, and it stands in stark contrast… https://www.forbes.com/sites/mindylubber/2017/07/07/in-wake-of-trumps-paris-announcement-investors-and-companies-show-remarkable-climate-leadership/#336d6a5c6ea5 Particulate matter air pollution kills many elderly people in the U.S., even at levels the EPA considers ‘safe’ A study of over 60 million American seniors recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that long-term exposure to particulate matter air pollution raises the risk of premature death of people over 65 years of age… http://www.movingforwardnetwork.com/2017/07/particulate-matter-air-pollution-kills-many-elderly-people-in-the-u-s-even-at-levels-the-epa-considers-safe/?utm_content=buffer06e4f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Environmental & Tribal Citizen Groups Defend BLM’s Waste Prevention Rule. Trump administration undermines rules to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Today, a coalition of environmental and tribal citizen groups filed a lawsuit over the Trump Administration’s decision to indefinitely delay common-sense standards that reduce the waste of publicly owned natural gas resources… http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2017/environmental-tribal-citizen-groups-defend-blm-s-waste-prevention-rule