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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 Board Meeting: On July 27 in Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board will consider the following items: Proposed Amendments to the Market-Based Compliance Mechanism Regulation (Cap-and-Trade Regulation); Proposed Compliance Plan for the Federal Clean Power Plan; and Volkswagen Zero-Emission Vehicles Investment Plan. https://www.arb.ca.gov/board/ma/2017/ma072717.pdf 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 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 AIR POLLUTION Maryland threatens to sue EPA over cross-state air pollution rule. For almost a year, Maryland officials have been pressing the federal government to address pollution from neighboring states that it says contributes to the formulation of harmful ground-level ozone. Last year, the Maryland Department of the Environment indicated 70% of the state's ozone pollution was coming from other states. The EPA gave itself a six-month extension to act on the request, but Grumbles said that expired July 15. http://www.utilitydive.com/news/maryland-threatens-to-sue-epa-over-cross-state-air-pollution-rule/447791/ Air pollution could increase risk of premature death. Long-term exposure to air pollutants may be linked to an increased risk of premature death, according to a recent study. The study used data from 60 million Americans aged 65 and or more years, which is 97% of that population. The air pollutants that are associated with premature death, according to the researchers, include airborne fine particulate matter and ozone. These pollutants still cause a risk when the exposure levels are below the national standard. http://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/news/air-pollution-could-increase-risk-of-premature-death/article/675325/ CAP AND TRADE California governor to extend climate change bill 10 years. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California, he backed environmental legislation that's become one of the world's most closely watched initiatives in the fight against global warming. On Tuesday, Schwarzenegger will join his successor, Jerry Brown, as Brown keeps alive a cap and trade program that both men have urged the rest of the world to emulate. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_CALIFORNIA_CLIMATE_CHANGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Related articles: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/07/25/gov-jerry-brown-sign-cap-and-trade-extension-global-warming/ https://www.voanews.com/a/california-governor-to-extend-climate-change-bill-10-years/3957912.html Cap-and-Trade Measure Good for Job Creation Says Clean Transportation Tech Industry Organization. An industry group representing more than 175 clean transportation technology companies said the bipartisan vote by the legislature and today's approval by the Governor to extend California's greenhouse gas Cap-and-Trade program will be create jobs and promote sustainable economic development. http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Cap-and-Trade-Measure-Good-for-Job-Creation-Says-Clean-Transportation-Tech-Industry-Organization-1002203158 CLIMATE CHANGE Despite Climate Change Setbacks, Al Gore 'Comes Down On The Side Of Hope'. Former Vice President Al Gore helped shape the conversation about climate change with An Inconvenient Truth. Now he's back with a sequel — called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, due out next month — and it follows Gore as he continues the crusade he made famous with that first film. The movie shows Gore standing in Miami floodwater, flying over imploding boulders of ice in Greenland and in Paris — trying to push the climate agreement over the finish line. http://www.npr.org/2017/07/24/538391386/despite-climate-change-setbacks-al-gore-comes-down-on-the-side-of-hope Related articles: http://www.businessinsider.com/al-gore-inconvenient-sequel-interview-trump-2017-7 Trump administration lining up climate change 'red team'. The Trump administration is in the beginning stages of forming an adversarial "red team" to play devil's advocate in a plan to debate the facts behind global warming and take on what skeptics call climate alarmism. The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency are recruiting scientists by enlisting the help of the Heartland Institute, considered to be the lead think tank for challenging the majority of scientists on climate change. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-administration-lining-up-climate-change-red-team/article/2629124 Video: Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice. Venice is a world class wonder. A city built on more than 100 small islands, connected by a maze of bridges and canals. The largest is the Grand Canal with its famous Rialto Bridge. Over the centuries, Venice has stood the test of time, but today this island city is under siege like never before…from “rising” seas and a “flood” of tourists. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change-challenges-sinking-city-venice/ As The Climate Changes, Kenyan Herders Find Centuries-Old Way Of Life In Danger. Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare it looks like a giant boulder. Stephen Long'uriareng, 80, has walked two hours to bring her two cows and goats to this watering hole. It's really just a dam carved out the earth, where the rain water mixes with mud and turns into a dark brown color. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/23/538373985/as-the-climate-changes-kenyan-herders-find-centuries-old-way-of-life-in-danger Acting on climate change is Africa’s opportunity. Acting on the climate remains firmly on the global agenda. It remained a top priority for all but one of the G20 leaders who gathered in Germany this month. That is because it is increasingly clear that strong action is in the economic self-interest of countries at all stages of development. https://www.ft.com/content/48e7ca40-712e-11e7-aca6-c6bd07df1a3c Climate change scientists 'very worried' Greenland ice sheet might start to melt 'faster and faster'. Scientists are “very worried” that the Greenland ice sheet might start to melt “faster and faster”, a leading scientist has said. The problem is that the warmer weather is allowing more dark algae to grow on the ice. Because ice is white, it reflects much of the sun’s energy, but dark algae absorb the heat, increasing the rate of melting. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-scientists-greenland-ice-sheet-melt-faster-worried-algae-a7858876.html DIESEL ACTIVITIES Uber’s Going Big Into Trucking Business, and Nowhere Bigger Than Texas. One of the biggest technology disruptors when it comes to shuttling people is now trying to transform the way goods are moved around the country. This spring, Uber launched Uber Freight, an app that matches truck drivers with loads of goods to pick up and deliver. Texas played a key role in the San Francisco-based tech giant’s inroads. Routes between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio served as its test ground before the app’s launch. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/ubers-going-big-trucking-business-and-nowhere-bigger-texas FUELS US fuel ethanol production continues to grow in 2017. US production of bioethanol has continued to grow in 2017, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Through the first six months of 2017, US weekly ethanol production averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d), an increase of 5% over the same period in 2016. http://biofuels-news.com/display_news/12642/us_fuel_ethanol_production_continues_to_grow_in_2017/ New report calls for cap on biofuels crops grown by farmers. This has happened in other parts of the world where food crops were replaced with biofuels production. Instead, the researchers from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) have said the UK should grow energy crops on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production or housing, or has been degraded through deforestation. https://www.fginsight.com/news/new-report-calls-for-cap-on-biofuels-crops-grown-by-farmers-23149 DOE Announces Up To $8 Million In Funding For Algae Biofuels Projects. On July 11, 2017, DOE announced the selection of three projects focused on reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts that will receive up to $8 million in funding. The projects aim to generate high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures and biology-focused breakthroughs. http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=92a6c2c4-3d75-483b-bbab-9f29b042a84d Queen's University given £8m for renewable energy research. Queen's University in Belfast has been awarded more than £8m in research funding from an EU cross-Irish border scheme. The money will be used for renewable energy projects with a particular focus on wave and tidal power generation. Known as the Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research, it will recruit 34 PhD students and six post-doctoral research associates. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40691668 Environmental report on pipeline favorable for developers. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines, released its final environmental impact statement Friday for the proposed 600-mile (965-kilometer) pipeline, which has broad support from political and business leaders but is staunchly opposed by environmentalists and many affected landowners. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_ATLANTIC_COAST_PIPELINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT VEHICLES Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper. Toyota Motor Corp is working on an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces charging time, aiming to begin sales in 2022, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday. Toyota's new electric car, to be built on an all-new platform, will use all-solid-state batteries, allowing it to be recharged in just a few minutes, the newspaper said, without citing sources. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toyota-electric-cars-idUSKBN1AA035 Volkswagen's 5 electric cars start in 2019: what we know so far. As Volkswagen works to look toward the future, following its damaging diesel deceit, electric cars and plug-in vehicles will be front and center in its product publicity. The German automaker has already hinted at its future electric cars with a handful of concepts, but its first high-volume electric cars won't arrive until 2019. What do we know about Volkswagen's five upcoming electric cars? We break it down below. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1111692_volkswagens-5-electric-cars-start-in-2019-what-we-know-so-far Toyota could finally start mass producing electric cars thanks to China. Toyota has long been one of the most reticent large automakers when it comes to producing all-electric vehicles. It had no problems with hybrids, e.g. the Prius, but the Japanese automaker would only produce the bare minimum when it came to zero-emission mandates, e.g. the Rav4 EV in California, and they quickly lobbied to change those mandates. https://electrek.co/2017/07/24/toyota-mass-producing-electric-cars-china/ VW/AUDI RECALL German automakers' shares fall on diesel emissions concerns. The German auto industry's troubles over excessive diesel emissions are looming larger. Shares in the three biggest German automakers fell Monday after a newsmagazine report claimed they had colluded for years over diesel technology. BMW was off 2.6 percent, Daimler 3.7 percent and Volkswagen 2.6 percent. Shares also fell Friday after Der Spiegel published its findings online. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_EU_GERMANY_DIESEL_EMISSIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT VW exec to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal. A Volkswagen official at the heart of the German automaker's wide-ranging diesel emissions cheating scandal plans to plead guilty in the case. "Prosecutors and lawyers in the Volkswagen AG criminal case informed U.S. District Judge Sean Cox this morning that defendant Oliver Schmidt has decided to plead guilty," according to a statement from U.S. district court this morning. http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/07/25/volkswagen-executive-pleads-guilty/508367001/ GREEN ENERGY U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void. As the nation's mayors closed their annual meeting on Monday in Miami Beach, they sent a clear signal that cities are looking for action on climate change and are eager to fill a policy gap created by the Trump administration. The United States Conference of Mayors, which includes both Republican and Democratic mayors from cities across the nation, adopted a series of resolutions that are far more assertive than federal climate policy, including a pledge supporting cities' adoption of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26062017/mayors-conference-supports-100-percent-renewable-energy-electric-vehicles-climate-change Marathon markup to tackle 21 land, renewable energy bills. The House Natural Resources Committee will begin consideration of 21 bills tomorrow, including bipartisan legislation to promote renewable energy development on public lands and a measure that would develop a central database for federal land properties. Members will gather to give opening statements tomorrow before reconvening to consider amendments and vote on the measures Wednesday. https://www.eenews.net/eedaily/2017/07/24/stories/1060057766 Scotland breaks new record as wind energy provides equivalent 118% of the country’s electricity need. In June, wind turbines produced 1,039,001MWh, which could meet Scotland’s energy needs for 6 consecutive days. Analysis by WWF Scotland of data provided by WeatherEnergy found that during the first six months of 2017, wind turbines produced 6,634,585MWh of electricity, an increase of 24% compared to the respective months in 2015. http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/scotland-breaks-new-record-as-wind-energy-provides-equivalent-118-of-the-co Green energy giants on verge of war. War has broken out between two of Britain’s largest green energy suppliers ahead of a boardroom showdown that could clear the way for one of the ¬industry’s biggest names to launch a controversial takeover of its rival. Aim-listed Good Energy will square up to Ecotricity later this week in a bid to crush its competitor’s controversial plan to infiltrate the board months ¬after taking a large stake in the company. Dale Vince, the multi-millionaire founder of Ecotricity, became the biggest shareholder of his long-time rival in October after clinching a 25.3pc stake worth £9m. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/07/22/green-energy-giants-verge-war/ MISCELLANEOUS 360 camera, drones: AP team gears up for a melting Arctic. One of the big benefits of being a text reporter is that I can travel fairly light - a notebook, pencils and sharpeners. The same can't be said for my colleagues, Associated Press photographer David Goldman and video journalist David Keyton. When their assignment is to document climate change's impact on the Arctic Circle's Northwest Passage - and do it from aboard an icebreaker - they don't have the luxury of dropping by a camera shop for a forgotten item or getting it shipped. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/N/NEW_ARCTIC_THE_JOURNEY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OPINIONS California Shows How States Can Lead on Climate Change. California, which has long been a pioneer in fighting climate change, renewed its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions last week by extending, to 2030, its cap-and-trade program, which effectively puts a price on emissions. It’s a bold, bipartisan commitment that invites similarly ambitious policies from other states, and it sends a strong signal to the world that millions of Americans regard with utmost seriousness a threat the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge, let alone reckon with. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/california-climate-change-cap-trade.html To save his climate change program, Jerry Brown sacrificed his bullet train. When he was cajoling lawmakers to extend the centerpiece of California’s ambitious climate change program, Gov. Jerry Brown talked a lot about hard choices and the compromises necessary to get politically controversial legislation passed. Turns out that to get a deal, Brown may have sacrificed one of his own pet projects — California’s bullet train. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-cap-and-trade-bullet-train-20170724-story.html Cap and trade’s cost: California’s fire prevention fee. In order to win votes for AB398, the measure extending California’s cap-and-trade program through 2030, Gov. Jerry Brown offered a sweetener to Republicans representing rural areas: a suspension of the state fire prevention fee. State lawmakers approved the fire fee during the recession in June 2011. It’s a levy that’s intended to support fire prevention in the (overwhelmingly rural) areas where the state shoulders primary firefighting responsibility. Most of the hundreds of thousands of fee payers pay less than $200 a year for each habitable structure. http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Cap-and-trade-s-cost-California-s-fire-11342452.php Representative Babin gets it. God bless Texas. I’m going to admit, I wasn’t fond of Texas when I first started traveling with George. My first real trek all the way across the state was done in July, when Texas officially becomes hotter than Satan’s blowtorch. I may have made a snap judgment on my initial dislike for Texas, because every time we got out of the truck, my skin evaporated immediately. (Y’all remember – I grew up in Georgia. It gets hot there, but it’s a wet heat. You puddle. In Texas, you shrivel and blow away.) http://www.overdriveonline.com/representative-babin-gets-it/ 'Clean cars' will save us from climate change deniers. Donald Trump has, as we all know, withdrawn America from the Paris Climate Change Accords. The biggest, most promising international agreement since the founding of the United Nations. It was to be expected. He said he would. When he took office, the official White House website removed every mention of climate change. Except for the promise to get rid of the Climate Action Plan. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/cars-save-climate-change-deniers-170720151012940.html BLOGS This framework could help measure climate action in cities. How can cities ensure that new actions being taken to mitigate climate change don’t negatively affect broader issues of equity? Likewise, how does a multinational company prove that a sustainable urban development project it is investing in is having a significant local impact — and global ramifications? https://www.greenbiz.com/article/framework-could-help-measure-climate-action-cities Study: Utilities knew about climate change risks decades ago. American electric utilities knew decades ago about the role fossil fuels play in climate change, according to a study released Tuesday. The Energy and Policy Institute study, citing industry documents, found that utilities and industry groups were aiming to investigate the “effects of carbon dioxide” on the environment — including rising temperatures and sea levels — as early as the 1970s. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/343636-study-utilities-knew-about-climate-change-risks-decades-ago