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CARB Newsclips for August 7, 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 (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 material. LOS ANGELES Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra Building 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 Room 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 trucks. Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: • One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español disponible) • 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 _____________________________________ AIR POLLUTION Studying dust around the Salton Sea, scientists find initial answers. Anyone who lives along the shore of the Salton Sea will tell you how the winds can rake across stretches of exposed lakebed and send dust floating through their neighborhoods. But until recently, no one had real estimates of how much dust from the lakebed is in the air around the lake on any given day. http://www.desertsun.com/story/salton-sea/2017/08/04/dust-health-salton-sea-scientists/537566001/ Banning ALL cars is the only way to beat air pollution CRISIS, claims adviser. A LEADING government adviser has said the only way to beat the air pollution crisis in the UK is a total ban on of all cars. After the recent government ban of petrol and diesel car sales by 2040 in the UK, many were outraged. Some, devastated over by the prospect of shelling out a lot of money for a new electric car… http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/837893/UK-cars-petrol-diesel-ban-electric-air-pollution CLIMATE CHANGE Trump Notifies UN of Paris Exit While Keeping Option to Return. The Trump administration began the formal process to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but says it’s willing to "re-engage" if terms more favorable to the U.S. are met. The State Department said it notified the United Nations that the U.S. will pull out of the global agreement as soon as it can under the terms of the 2015 accord… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-04/trump-notifies-un-of-paris-exit-while-keeping-option-to-return A flood of problems. Peru’s glaciers have made it a laboratory for adapting to climate change. It’s not going well. After a day of bright sunshine, a chunk of ice the size of a dump truck broke off the glacier on Mount Pucaranra a few weeks ago. It plunged into the lake below and kicked up a wave nine feet high. Victor Morales, a small, catlike man with a tattered ski cap who is the lake’s solitary watchman… http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/world/2017/08/07/perus-glaciers-have-made-it-a-laboratory-for-adapting-to-climate-change-its-not-going-well/?utm_term=.6a79354ce23b Citizen scientists track effects of climate change in the Northwest. At the pace of a wedding march, a group of six hikers saunters down the Sunrise Rim Trail on a recent Wednesday morning. Over their left shoulders, Mount Rainier’s Emmons Glacier wilts against a sapphire backdrop. Suddenly, Tucker Grigsby, an intern with the National Park Service… http://www.seattletimes.com/life/outdoors/citizen-scientists-track-effects-of-climate-change-in-the-northwest/ Both Sides Of Climate Change Debate Distort Science, Block Solutions, Expert Says. As the planet heats up, so does the rhetoric on both sides of the climate-change debate. Former Vice President Al Gore has a new film out about the dangers of global warming. His film follows a New York magazine article asserting that “absent a significant adjustment… http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/both-sides-climate-change-debate-distort-science-block-solutions-expert-says Death Valley set record for hottest month in U.S. history with average temperature of 107.39 degrees. Hell on Earth: With an average temperature of 107.39 degrees in July, Death Valley set the record for hottest month at a single location in U.S. history. Keep in mind that that number is an average of all the high and low temperatures. The average daily high temperature was an unbearable 119.6 degrees. https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/08/03/death-valley-set-record-hottest-month-u-s-history/537988001/ US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal. Exclusive: series of emails show staff at Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead. Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/07/usda-climate-change-language-censorship-emails Here's the Obama energy guy that Pruitt might hire. In the fall of 2014, Steven Koonin was finishing up an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. The theme was a contentious one, especially for a former Obama administration energy official: How certain is climate science? Koonin sent a draft around to about a dozen people he considers "friendly critics." He wanted their feedback. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060058443 'Huge test' for Gov. Cuomo's climate leadership. On June 1, fuming over President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a trio of Democratic governors formed an alliance aimed at keeping the United States on track to meet the Paris targets. Two months later, the governors who founded the U.S. Climate Alliance are looking for wins on the climate front. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/07/stories/1060058437 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Electric truck trial benefits for US port. Oakland says the electric truck trial fits well with its emission-reduction efforts. A US port could benefit from a feasibility trial of cost effective zero-emission freight handling using all-electric trucks. GSC Logistics said that its three-year trial to test battery-powered big rig technology will take place at the Port of Oakland from this September, and depending on the outcome, these trucks could be integrated into its fleet. http://www.portstrategy.com/news101/world/americas/electric-truck-trial-could-bring-port-cost-benefits VEHICLES Electric car maker to open plant in Hanford. Los Angeles-based Faraday Future will open an electric car manufacturing plant in Hanford early next year, bring hundreds of jobs to the Valley. The company announced their plans today to lease the 1 million square-foot, former Armstrong Tire plant in Hanford Industrial Park. The new plant is expected to employee 100 when it opens… http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/local/2017/08/07/electric-car-maker-open-plant-hanford/104376590/ OPINIONS Climate change is about science and solutions. As a university teacher, I have been baffled why some of my adult students follow me with enthusiasm and open-mindedness in all aspects of science except climate change. I do understand that climate change is scary, and I personally do not want to think about it and hence would prefer not to teach it. I have been more enthusiastic about teaching climate change once I found a viable solution to this complex problem with carbon-fee-and-dividend. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/ Editorial: Government rules ruined the simple gas can. Consider the lowly gas can - something many of us fill on a regular basis, if we want to keep ahead of our lawns. The gas can is a model of inefficiency and misguided government regulations. It’s also an object lesson in bureaucracy gone bad. http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Opinion/296389/editorial-government-rules-ruined-the-simple-gas-can BLOGS The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse. New research shows that increases in rainfall and extreme weather because of climate change will increase the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers and other waterways. It is a painful lesson of our time that the things we depend on to make our lives more comfortable can also kill us. Our addiction to fossils fuels is the obvious example… http://e360.yale.edu/features/the-nitrogen-problem-why-global-warming-is-making-it-worse To Stop Global Warming, Should Humanity Dim the Sky? The world’s top geoengineering researchers met off the record to discuss the possibility in Maine last month. An aircraft tries to seed clouds in Thailand in 2007. Late last month, about 100 researchers from around the world gathered at Logan International Airport in Boston. A fleet of buses appeared to whisk them to a remote and luxurious ski resort in northeastern Maine. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/geoengineers-meet-off-the-record/536004/