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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 4, 2017.

Posted: 04 Aug 2017 15:41:28
CARB Newsclips for August 4, 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.


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to
participate in a public workshop to begin discussing concepts for
minimizing community health impacts from seaports, railyards, and
warehouses/distribution centers.   

Workshops will be held at the locations and dates shown below.
Both workshops will follow the same format and present the same

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra
320 West 4th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013

SACRAMENTO (also webcast)
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) California
Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Sierra Hearing
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

For more information on this workshop, please see the meeting
notice at:  https://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/FreightFacility.htm 


Northern California Truck Owners and Operators -- You’re invited
to attend a One-Stop Truck event in Santa Rosa on Wednesday,
August 30. At this event, you’ll be able to get help with all of
your CARB compliance questions, get up-to-date info on truck
rules, learn about financial incentives to help purchase new
trucks, visit with vendors, and check out the latest clean

Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: 
• One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español
• Enforcement inspection demo
• Truck and bus and off-road regulation overview • New technology
options for compliance • Funding options for on-road trucks • CHP
Inspection update • Industry vendors & local agency booths •
Clean vehicle/technology displays
For more information and to sign up to attend, please visit our
One Stop Truck Event webpage: 
www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/azregs/onestop.htm   or call the
Diesel Hotline at 866-634-3735  



California Legislature Passes 10-Year Extension to Cap and Trade.
After weeks of negotiations in the California legislature, the
Senate and Assembly passed an extension to cap and trade on July
17. This is a win for California’s climate leadership and for
green building. USGBC actively supported the cap-and-trade
extension, as one of the state’s key strategies to reach its SB
32 goal to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by


China orders 82 industries to obtain licenses before polluting.
China has published a list of 82 industries that will need to
obtain licenses before discharging pollutants or face punishments
such as fines of up to 1 million yuan ($148,920.33). The
industries include feed processing, wine-manufacturing
paper-making, as well as the steel and chemical sectors,
according to the list…

EPA finds air quality improving. The nation's air quality
improved last year, according to figures in a newly released U.S.
EPA report. In 2016, for example, the total number of days rated
as "unhealthy for sensitive groups" in 35 major cities dipped to
697, slightly below the 2015 total of 706 days but much higher
than the 2014 total of 599 days, according to the report, posted
online earlier this week.

Emissions testing a racket? Could end soon. There are those in
the world who have strong emotions about the somewhat annoying
requirement that they have their cars checked for emissions
periodically. Some might call it a racket, but the state calls it
a legal requirement if your car is older than a 2009 model year
(and not otherwise exempt.


The Church of England Takes on Climate Change—and Generates a 17
Percent Return. The low-key $10 billion fund that finances
missions, cathedral costs and clergy pensions was instrumental in
passing Exxon shareholder resolution. President Donald Trump may
have quit the Paris climate accord, but shareholders aren’t going
to let carbon-producing U.S. ­companies off the hook.

As the climate continues to change, Al Gore’s here to boil down
the science. In late July, Al Gore was in Bellevue, holding a
training for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, the army he is
building to spread the word — and worry — about climate change
and global warming. At one point, Gore pointed out a crack in a
section of the Antarctic Peninsula — an area he visited during
the filming of his 2006 documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

9 States Deciding Whether to Tighten Power Plant Emissions Rules
in RGGI. Members of the RGGI cap-and-trade program talk tough on
climate change. What they decide now will reflect on states’
ability to counter Trump’s climate rollbacks. Nine northeastern
states that broke ground with the nation's first cap-and-trade
program are nearing a decision on whether to seek even deeper
greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

Climate Change Could Kill Off One-Fifth of the World By End of
the Century. Global warming is on pace to ravage a region home to
one-fifth of humanity by the end of the 21st century. If global
populations continue with a business-as-usual attitude toward
greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, a chunk of the
population could be in serious peril.


Global warming reports show we’re in hotter water than first
thought. Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Paris Climate
Agreement, you know that nearly every nation in the world —
except ours — has volunteered to cut carbon emissions enough to
prevent an increase in Earth’s temperature of 2 degrees Celsius,
or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, by the start of the 22nd century.

Global Warming Is Fueling Arizona’s Monstrous Monsoons. Summer in
Arizona and throughout the Southwest is monsoon season, which
means a daily pattern of afternoon thunderstorms, flash floods,
dramatic dust clouds and spectacular displays of lightning over
the desert. As the climate changes, Arizona’s monsoon rainfall is
becoming more intense even as daily average rainfall in parts of
the state has…

Scientists say patches of dead trees along the east coast are
‘the most obvious indicator of climate change’. They're called
"ghost forests" — dead trees along vast swaths of coastline
invaded by rising seas, something scientists call one of the most
visible markers of climate change. The process has occurred
naturally for thousands of years, but it has accelerated in
recent decades as polar ice melts and raises sea levels,
scientists say, pushing salt water farther inland and killing
trees in what used to be…

Millions at risk of protein deficiency as carbon emissions rise.
Scientists are seeing a troubling consequence of rising carbon
dioxide emissions: a decrease in the nutritional value of staple
crops in the global diet. This drop in crops' key nutrients
increases the risk for dietary deficiencies in the world's most
vulnerable populations, according to a new study.

Obama rules could yield $300B annually in benefits — study. The
benefits of Obama-era rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions
would greatly exceed the costs in the coming years, according to
a new analysis. Regulations designed to control emissions from
power plants, oil production and motor vehicles could together
lead to close to $300 billion in net benefits per year by 2030…


U.S. to reject biofuel program tweaks in blow to refiners, Icahn:
sources. The Environmental Protection Agency will reject a
proposed overhaul of the U.S. biofuels program that would have
shifted blending responsibility away from refining companies
further down the fuel supply chain, three sources familiar with
the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The decision is a blow to
independent oil refiners like Valero Energy Corp…

National Biodiesel Board Announces New California Air Resource
Board Certified Biodiesel Additive. On July 25, 2017, the
National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that the California Air
Resource Board (CARB) certified a biodiesel additive that will
make California B20 blends the cleanest diesel fuel with the
lowest emissions profile available in the U.S. 

Researchers hope for more than 'bright light' North Dakota's
night sky burns with enough gas flares to see them from space.
Drillers are burning off methane, the oil byproduct that forms
the primary component of natural gas. It has about 30 times the
warming potential of carbon dioxide, but there's little market
value in piping it from the remote areas driving the country's
energy boom.

Interior moves to scrap fossil fuel valuation rule. The Interior
Department is moving forward with scratching an Obama era rule
related to calculating the value of fossil fuels on federal land.
Department of Interior. The Trump administration will carry
through on reversing recent changes made to how the federal
government values coal, oil and natural gas for assessing


Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion US plant, to partner in EVs.
Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan
to spend $1.6 billion to build a joint-venture auto manufacturing
plant in the U.S. - a move that will create up to 4,000 jobs,
both sides said Friday. The plant will have an annual production
capacity of about 300,000 vehicles, and will produce Toyota
Corollas for the North American market.




The all-electric Chevy Bolt is a Tesla Model 3 competitor. You
can easily argue that the Chevy Bolt is the most important car
General Motors has ever rolled out. What we have here is a
$37,495 all-electric vehicle with a range of nearly 240 miles on
a single battery charge. GM took it from intro to the assembly
line in less than two years, in the process beating the avidly
anticipated Tesla Model 3 to market by at least a year.

Sonoma County, Calif., Plans for 'Inevitable' Shift Toward
Electric Vehicles.Sonoma County has an estimated 4,500 EVs
rolling now. Meeting Sonoma County’s climate protection goals
will require putting 138,000 electric vehicles on the road by
2030 and effectively ending sales of fuel-burning cars, a local
environmental group said in a report due for release this week.
“We must now begin to create a future beyond combustion,”…


Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. diesel emissions case.
Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty
on Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit in connection with a
massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German
automaker as much as $25 billion. Under a plea agreement, Schmidt
faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of between $40,000
and $400,000 after admitting to conspiring to mislead U.S
regulators and violating clean air laws.








Electric cars are not the answer to air pollution, says top UK
adviser. Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK’s air
pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles,
according to the UK government’s top adviser. Prof Frank Kelly
said that while electric vehicles produce no exhaust fumes, they
still produce large amounts of tiny pollution particles from
brake and tyre dust…


Alphabet's Green Energy Ambitions Hit Turbulence. Makani kite
project struggles to take flight as cost of other energy sources
falls. On May 16, Makani released a YouTube video. A camera pans
on a T-shaped airplane, with wings stretching 85 feet holding
eight small turbines and a tether connecting it to a tall ground
station. The plane swoops into the air. It dips and soars,
looping elegantly in circles that mimic a windmill, something it
was built to replace.


A question for environmentalists who oppose cap-and-trade
programs. A half-century ago, Ellison Burton and I conducted the
first studies exploring cap-and-trade and demonstrated, as the
July 30 editorial pointed out, the dramatic cost-benefit
efficiency of this method of pollution control [“Look to
California on climate”]. Nevertheless, then as now, we were
chastised by fellow environmentalists for recommending an
approach to pollution control that allowed polluters to pollute.


Fleischman: CA GOP’s Phony Pushback Against Cap-and-Trade.
California voters could enshrine climate change in the state’s
Constitution — thanks to a phony ballot initiative being promoted
by weak Republican Party leaders as a brake on cap-and-trade
spending. If you search the terms “carbon emissions,” or
“greenhouse gas,” or “global warming” in the voluminous text of
the California State Constitution, you will come up empty.

Climate Change Could Get You Bumped from a Future Flight. Major
airports will see more frequent takeoff weight restrictions in
the coming decades due to increasingly common hot temperatures.
Hot weather has forced dozens of commercial flights to be
canceled at airports in the Southwest this summer. This
flight-disrupting heat is a warning sign. Climate change is
projected to have far-reaching repercussions…

Motion to Vacate EPA Stay of Landfill Emissions Rule. NRDC and
partners’ motion for summary vacatur, filed August 4, 2017 in the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, seeking to overturn
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s 90-day administrative stay of
standards of performance and emission guidelines for emissions of
landfill gas from new and existing municipal solid waste

The Death of ‘Alternative Energy’ Fifteen years ago, when I
joined the early ranks of clean energy entrepreneurs, we were
nearly dead in the water on climate. Oil was $15 per barrel, Al
Gore’s groundbreaking movie An Inconvenient Truth hadn’t come
out, and a solar panel was something that powered a calculator.
In 2005, I went to my first "alternative energy conference” in
Aspen, Colorado.

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