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CARB Newsclips for July 12, 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 California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff has posted a report on ARB's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit transfer activity covering information on recent credit volumes transferred, credit prices and price trends through June 2017. Staff publishes monthly LCFS credit transfer activity reports on the second Tuesday of every month. The monthly credit transfer activity reports can be accessed here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtmonthlycreditreports.htm Staff also publishes weekly LCFS credit transfer activity reports on the Tuesday of every week. The weekly credit transfer activity reports can be accessed here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/credit/lrtweeklycreditreports.htm _______________________________ The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) staff have posted an agenda and the staff presentation for the July 12, 2017, workshop concerning proposed regulatory amendments to Heavy Duty Vehicle (HDV) emission warranty requirements in Title 13, California Code of Regulations, Section 2036. Agenda: https://arb.ca.gov/msprog/hdlownox/files/workshop071217/warrantyws_agenda.pdf Presentation: https://arb.ca.gov/msprog/hdlownox/files/workshop071217/warrantyws_presentation.pdf ______________________________ The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop July 19 & 20, 2017 to discuss concepts for a regulatory revision intended to clarify California’s racing vehicle definition. Pursuant to California law, racing vehicles, defined as competition vehicles not used on public highways, are exempt from emissions control requirements. Agenda: https://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/racingvehicles/racingvehicles.htm 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 _______________________________ 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 Calif. Cap-And-Trade Deal Hasn't Wooed The Groups It Intended. California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature may have struck a deal to the extend the state’s signature climate change-fighting program, cap-and-trade, but they’re still working to secure support from lawmakers. The measure, which two-thirds of both the Assembly and Senate would have to approve… http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/07/12/calif-cap-and-trade-deal-hasnt-wooed-the-groups-it-intended/ California climate deal takes aim at toxic air. A plan to extend California's signature climate initiative for another decade looks beyond cutting greenhouse gas emissions and takes aim at toxic air in the polluted neighborhoods around refineries and factories. The proposal comes as Gov. Jerry Brown moves to bolster California's reputation — and his own — as a global leader in the battle against climate change… http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/07/12/california-climate-deal-takes-aim-toxic-air/470642001/ Beyond the triumphant rhetoric, Gov. Brown's cap-and-trade plan is stirring up angst. While rolling out their plan to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have portrayed their proposal as a win on two fronts: reaching the state’s ambitious climate goals and tackling local air pollution. But beyond the triumphant rhetoric, there is ambivalence about the proposal… http://www.climatechange.ie/beyond-the-triumphant-rhetoric-gov-browns-cap-and-trade-plan-is-stirring-up-angst/ Gov. Brown and lawmakers unveil proposal to extend California climate program. After weeks of back-and-forth between environmentalists and business interests, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders introduced a proposal Monday evening to reauthorize California's cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state's efforts to battle climate change. The plan consists of two bills: Assembly Bill 398, which would extend the life of the program until 2030… https://www.carbonpricingleadership.org/news/2017/7/11/gov-brown-and-lawmakers-unveil-proposal-to-extend-california-climate-program How A Small Group Of Fresnans Got The State To Change Course And Send $70 Million Their Way. It’s not usually easy to get the state of California to quickly adjust how it spends money in places like the Central Valley, especially after the Governor Jerry Brown himself comes to town for a major bill signing. But that’s exactly what a group of activists in Southwest Fresno were able to do, convincing the state to make their part of town eligible for $70 million in cap-and-trade funding. http://kvpr.org/post/how-small-group-fresnans-got-state-change-course-and-send-70-million-their-way#stream/0 CLIMATE CHANGE Colorado joins 'climate alliance' of states fighting global warming. Colorado's governor signed an executive order on Tuesday making his state the latest to join a "climate alliance" of U.S. states and governors seeking to meet the goals of the Paris accord after President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the pact. The order calls for Colorado to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26 percent… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-colorado-idUSKBN19W2UH . California Today: Brown and Bloomberg, an Unlikely Team. In some ways, they could not be more different. On one coast, there is Jerry Brown, the governor and a California fixture, a leader of the Democratic opposition to the Trump White House. On the other side of the country is Michael Bloomberg, the former Republican New York mayor, a billionaire businessman and philanthropist who has arguably been as active outside of… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/us/california-today-jerry-brown-michael-bloomberg.html Governors From US States Gather Amid Multiple Challenges. The nation's governors gather this week amid great uncertainties for their states — on health care, solutions to the opioid overdose epidemic, even how to address the effects of climate change without help from the federal government. Proposed changes to the nation's existing health care law will be front… https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/07/12/us/ap-us-governors-meeting.html Scientists Say Massive Iceberg Has Broken Off in Antarctica. One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded, a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City, has broken off of Antarctica, triggering disagreement among scientists over whether global warming is to blame. The event, captured by satellite, happened sometime in the past few days when the giant chunk snapped off an ice shelf. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/07/12/world/europe/ap-iceberg.html Some troubling new math on carbon reductions. This week, the Climate Group’s three-year-old RE100 initiative trumpeted a major milestone: 100 large companies officially have committed to powering their operations entirely with renewable energy. That’s three years earlier than anticipated when this effort launched. What’s more, at least half of those businesses are promising to do this within three years, by 2020… https://www.greenbiz.com/article/some-troubling-new-math-carbon-reductions Iconic coast threatened as rising seas 'drown' beaches. Unstoppable sea-level rise is coming to California's iconic coastline, threatening to transform beaches, boardwalks and oceanfront cities known worldwide. It's a slow but steady peril, one state and local officials are just starting to address. Effects of higher oceans already are visible in the Golden State: Low-lying areas are experiencing more frequent flooding; chunks of. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/12/stories/1060057232 Agency warns against summer heat, gets trolled. Slather on sunscreen, douse yourself with bug spray. Watch out for ticks! U.S. EPA's official account has been tweeting about ways to protect against heat exhaustion, insect bites and asthma attacks from wood smoke — and the internet isn't having any of it. "It's summertime! That means the days can get hot. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/12/stories/1060057234 Growing number of storms makes the North warmer. North Pole winters are experiencing more bursts of relatively warm weather, potentially hobbling sea ice's recovery from summer melting. With a threshold of minus 10 degrees Celsius, warming periods are a normal part of the Arctic climate that have been observed for more than a century. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/12/stories/1060057235 Hundreds of communities face frequent flooding in 18 years — study. More and more visitors are traveling to Miami Beach to see how the poster child for sunny-day flooding is grappling with climate change adaptation. Visiting elected officials ask about funding for projects related to saltwater intrusion and rising seas. They tour the central sewer treatment plant on a barrier island that's undergoing a multimillion-dollar upgrade. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/07/12/stories/1060057255 VW RECALL U.S. EPA chief says to treat diesel emissions cheating 'very aggressively'. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said the agency must ensure Volkswagen AG's (VOWG_p.DE) excess diesel emissions is not repeated, and will treat improper behavior by automakers "very aggressively." Since Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to illegally using software to evade emissions regulations… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-pruitt-autos-idUSKBN19W2CM GREEN ENERGY Coal got knocked out in Calif. Now, gas is on the ropes. A wave of regulatory reconsiderations of natural gas-fired power plants in California has renewables advocates cheering. The state's grid operator is expected to release a study next month on whether the Puente Power Project, a gas-fired plant planned for the Southern California coast 60 miles west of Los Angeles, might be supplanted by solar panels… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/07/12/stories/1060057252 OPINIONS Here’s why to support Jerry Brown’s cap and trade deal. Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a re-envisioned cap-and-trade proposal, one aimed at winning support from Republicans, Democrats, industry and environmentalists. As in any compromise, no one gets everything they covet. Although California’s cap-and-trade program won’t expire until 2020, the governor wants to extend it now, before the next auction… http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article160849844.html#storylink=cpy Essential California: Some environmentalists aren't fans of Gov. Brown's key climate-change program. How big a win is California’s cap-and-trade deal? While rolling out their plan to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have portrayed their proposal an unconditional win on two fronts: reaching the state’s ambitious climate goals and tackling local air pollution. http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/la-me-ln-essential-california-20170712-story.html BLOGS Huge Antarctic iceberg breaks off. Here's why it worries scientists. Scientists had been observing the anomalous rift widening across a section of the so-called Larsen C ice shelf for the past several years. Now they’re left with some critical questions: What are this event’s broader consequences for the Antarctic ice sheet, what happens next, and – importantly – what role did climate change play here? https://www.edf.org/blog/2017/07/12/huge-antarctic-iceberg-breaks-heres-why-it-worries-scientists The Larsen C Crack-Up in Antarctica: Why It Matters. Ice shelf breaking free is a big deal, but not in the way you might think. So the moment is here. After months of teasing scientists who have been watching a widening crack in the ice of Antarctica via satellite cameras and surveillance aircraft, a 2,200-square-mile ice shelf known as the Larsen C has finally broken free… http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-larsen-c-crack-up-in-antarctica-why-it-matters-w491929 http://mashable.com/2017/07/12/massive-iceberg-breaks-off-antarctica-larsen-c-ice-shelf/#z0tX0u5eTOqu EPA Chief Wants Scientists To Debate Climate On TV. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the early stages of launching a debate about climate change that could air on television – challenging scientists to prove the widespread view that global warming is a serious threat, the head of the agency said. https://www.thegwpf.com/epa-chief-wants-scientists-to-debate-climate-on-tv/ California Models Climate and Air Pollution Action with Balanced Approach. California is once again demonstrating its bold climate leadership. As Washington, D.C. continues to abdicate its role as a climate champion, California is stepping up to extend its landmark cap-and-trade program, address local air pollution… http://blogs.edf.org/climatetalks/2017/07/12/california-models-climate-and-air-pollution-action-with-balanced-approach/