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CARB Newsclips for August 14, 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) will conduct a public hearing at the time and place noted below to consider approving for adoption the proposed amendments to California Evaluation Procedures for New Aftermarket Catalytic Converters. DATE: September 28, 2017 TIME: 9:00 A.M. LOCATION: California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 Electronic submittal: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php ______________________________ 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 Railroads fined for not reporting dirty diesel trucks at SoCal rail yards. Ports have been working to reduce fumes from diesel trucks, but local rail yards have remained a hot spot for diesel air pollution. To help remedy that, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced a combined $1.25 million in fines this week against two railroads that let dirty diesel trucks enter their rail yards. http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/08/11/74584/railroads-fined-for-not-reporting-dirty-diesel-tru/ Diesel car sale forecasts tail off amid air pollution fears. Diesel car sales are expected to take an ever smaller bit of the market. Industry forecasts for 2017 and 2019 suggest continued decline in demand for new diesel cars as public concern over air pollution mounts. Diesel car sales are set to see their market share eroded over the next two years as public concern over air pollution continues to mount, the latest industry forecasts suggest. https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3015572/diesel-car-sale-forecasts-tail-off-amid-air-pollution-fears Thirty Years After the Montreal Protocol, Solving the Ozone Problem Remains Elusive. Despite a ban on chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons, the ozone hole over Antarctica remains nearly as large as it did when the Montreal Protocol was signed in 1987. Scientists now warn of new threats to the ozone layer, including widespread use of ozone-eating chemicals not covered by the treaty. http://e360.yale.edu/features/thirty-years-after-the-montreal-protocol-solving-the-ozone-problem-remains-elusive States Are Using Social Cost of Carbon in Energy Decisions, Despite Trump's Views. The climate metric, maligned by the Trump administration, helps build the cost of future climate harms into state electricity plans and markets. The social cost of carbon was an arcane but important tool in the federal climate toolbox until President Donald Trump targeted it in his sweeping March 2017 executive order to weaken climate actions. Now, states are taking up the metric. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11082017/states-climate-change-policy-calculate-social-cost-carbon EPA backs utility bid to delay cross-state rule case. U.S. EPA is open to going along with a utility-proposed delay in proceedings in litigation over the agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule update, according to a Friday court filing. But the agency isn't happy at all with a related proposal to put its handling of the administrative reconsideration process under judicial supervision. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/14/stories/1060058739 CLIMATE CHANGE China Is Preparing to Launch the World’s Biggest Carbon Market. The emissions market will cover roughly a quarter of the country's industrial CO2. As the United States reverses its climate policies, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter is in the midst of setting up a national carbon-trading system. Chinese officials are preparing to launch an emissions market later this year that will cover roughly a quarter of the country's industrial CO2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/china-is-preparing-to-launch-the-world-rsquo-s-biggest-carbon-market/ The Daily 202: Evidence of climate change abounds amid extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest. This city known for its rain just went a record-breaking 55 days without any. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had not measured any precipitation since June 18 until the wee hours of Sunday morning, when it drizzled. Barely. Some sprinkles also allowed Portland to break its own 57-day dry streak. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/08/14/daily-202-evidence-of-climate-change-abounds-amid-extreme-weather-in-the-pacific-northwest/59910b8e30fb0462b8e1a9c4/?utm_term=.c13bc536c127 http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/The-Daily-202-Evidence-of-climate-change-abounds-11817191.php#photo-12728587 California Republicans face backlash for backing climate change program. After weeks of escalating criticism, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes still doesn’t have any regrets over bucking his party to support California’s cap-and-trade program on climate change. There’s just one thing Mayes would have done differently: He wishes he had attended the ceremony… http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-republican-california-climate-change-20170814-story.html In Egypt, A Rising Sea — And Growing Worries About Climate Change's Effects. On Egypt's Mediterranean coast, August should be prime tourist season. But the seaside restaurants in Alexandria are almost empty. Worries over security are keeping a lot of foreign tourists away. But there's a much bigger worry looming: that hotter weather and a disappearing shoreline could make Egypt's prospects even worse. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/08/13/542645647/in-egypt-a-rising-sea-and-growing-worries-about-climate-changes-effects Arctic Voyage Shows Global Warming Impact. Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on historic Northwest Passage's sea ice, wildlife, native communities. The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise. "The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. There is going to be snow and ice on the deck… https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2017-08-14/arctic-voyage-finds-global-warming-impact-on-ice-animals http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/arctic-voyage-finds-global-warming-impact-ice-animals-49199647 Refugees of a different kind are being displaced by rising seas — and governments aren't ready. This week, University of Florida scientists discovered the sea level along the southeastern U.S. coast has risen far more quickly than the long-term rate globally, underscoring new concerns about the effects of climate change. Increasingly, the phenomenon of rising sea levels has amplified fears over climate refugees… https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/11/climate-change-refugees-grapple-with-effects-of-rising-seas.html Climate Change: Is the World Doing Enough To Tackle Global Warming? The global temperature of Earth is expected to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, and this can lead to an inundation of large areas of land. Climate change has also been linked to deaths, diseases and suicides, according to many studies. http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-world-doing-enough-tackle-global-warming-2577506 Air-conditioning industry scrambles in HFC ruling's wake. A federal appeals court's decision to toss an Obama-era rule against chemicals used in cooling is creating uncertainty for that industry. At issue are hydrofluorocarbons, known as HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. The previous administration, with the support of many companies, moved to phase them out as part of its climate agenda. https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/14/stories/1060058744 China is about to have the world's biggest carbon market. As the United States reverses its climate policies, the world's top greenhouse gas emitter is in the midst of setting up a national carbon-trading system. Chinese officials are preparing to launch an emissions market later this year that will cover roughly a quarter of the country's industrial CO2. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060058665 New rules clamp down on greenhouse gases. Massachusetts regulators finalized a series of rules last week intended to make deep cuts in the Bay State's carbon emissions. The regulations, required under state law, establish a state cap-and-trade program, gradually increasing requirements for renewable energy and rules for leak detection and repair on pipelines and natural gas infrastructure. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/14/stories/1060058725 DIESEL ACTIVITIES Poop-Powered Electric Feed Truck Debuts at Northern California Creamery. One of the first things that you pass on the dirt road to Straus Family Creamery in Northern California is a pond. It has a white tarp over it, and you don’t want to get too close because the tarp is collecting methane gas — gas produced by the poop from the ranch’s nearly 300 cows. https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/08/11/poop-powered-electric-feed-truck-debuts-at-northern-california-creamery/ FUELS A scientist thinks his gizmo can see methane leaks better. Research scientist Dirk Richter wants to change the way oil and gas companies detect methane leaks. The founder and CEO of Quanta3, a Colorado-based startup, is developing a lightweight, solar-powered and cloud-connected laser methane sensor that would allow companies to monitor oil wells for leaks 24 hours per day, without having to physically visit their facilities. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/14/stories/1060058717 GREEN ENERGY Sierra Club sues U.S. Energy Department over power grid study. Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. It was the latest push-back on the department’s study from backers of renewable energy such as wind and solar power… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-powergrid-suit-idUSKCN1AU1T1?il=0 South Australia state follows Tesla battery project with thermal solar plant. An Australian state leading a push for renewable energy over fossil fuels is backing a new solar thermal plant costing A $650 million ($512 million) to replace a coal-fired generator. The 150-megawatt (MW) facility located in the city of Port Augusta is the second large-scale renewable power project planned for the state of South Australia. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-power-solar-idUSKCN1AU0SR London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030. The reverse auctions would be similar to the Solarize NYC model already used in New York, where multiple buyers pool together and panel sellers compete for one single contract, according to a draft solar action plan. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-11/london-mayor-plans-solar-auctions-in-city-environment-strategy How to Watch a Solar Eclipse. On Aug. 21, at midday, people who live in, or have ventured to, a band about 70 miles wide arcing from Oregon to South Carolina will get to see the moon pass directly in front of the sun. For a minute or two day will turn to night. If you are one of the lucky people who will get to see this total eclipse live and in-person, make sure you take advantage. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/science/how-to-watch-a-solar-eclipse Grid officials say California is ready for the Great American Eclipse. What's been nicknamed the Great American Eclipse is going to cast a large shadow on solar generation on the Golden State. The last time a solar eclipse was seen throughout California was 1979, when Jimmy Carter was president, the L.A. Clippers were based in San Diego and solar-powered generation was largely an afterthought when it came to the grid. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/sd-fi-eclipse-preparations-20170811-story.html Severing ties with utilities isn't as easy as cutting the cable cord. If disaster ever struck, Joe Fleischmann could keep the lights, refrigerator and big-screen TV running in his Orange County home, even if the power company went dark. Fleischmann is an early adopter of home energy storage: In his garage is a battery strong enough to help keep the essentials in operation. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-home-energy-storage-20170813-story.html MISCELLANEOUS California Sues for Answers About Pruitt's EPA Stewardship. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to compel it to say what steps were taken to ensure its rule making and procedures remain impartial even as it’s led by a man who opposed the EPA in at least a half dozen lawsuits while serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-11/california-sues-for-answers-about-scott-pruitt-s-epa-stewardship http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Trump-s-EPA-sued-over-sluggish-response-to-11758885.php Can Grey Pavement Paint Cool the Planet? Los Angeles to Test. In Los Angeles, where summer temperatures regularly surpass 100 degree Fahrenheit (38 degree Celsius), workers are coating streets in special grey treatments in a bid to fight global warming. In Los Angeles, where summer temperatures regularly surpass 100 degree Fahrenheit (38 degree Celsius), workers are coating streets in special grey treatments in a bid to do just that. http://www.news18.com/news/world/can-grey-pavement-paint-cool-the-planet-los-angeles-to-test-1490631.html OPINIONS How did the air fare in cap-and-trade? The bills (AB 398 and AB 617) that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on July 25 and 26 represent the culmination of years of debate in the Capitol over global warming and air quality. Now that those bills have become law, what have we learned? Californians want to both clean up our local air and show the world how to reduce climate-changing emissions. http://capitolweekly.net/air-fare-cap-and-trade/ GUEST COLUMN: Climate change opinion column rebuttal. Scott Weiser's recent column ("Michael 'hockey-stick' Mann headed for penalty box", August 8) subjected readers to falsehoods about the science of climate change as well as untruthful assertions about me. While some of the most egregious untruths were subsequently removed by the paper's editors, what remains is half-truths… http://gazette.com/guest-column-climate-change-opinion-column-rebuttal/article/1609020 The urban answer to climate change: Rally a city to capture stormwater. It may well be in our future. A definitive government report on climate science makes clear that the frequency and intensity of precipitation in the northeast (already the highest in the nation, with a 17% increase in the last 25 years) will only grow dramatically in years to come. In New York City, we should brace ourselves. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/urban-answer-climate-change-article-1.3404347 BLOGS Competition Fierce for Manure-to-Energy Projects in California’s Dairy Industry. Last Friday, several dozen farmers, government officials, dairy industry representatives and clean energy professionals met at Philip Verwey Farms in rural Madera County, 160 miles southeast of San Francisco. They congregated near where 5,600 dairy cows contribute to the region’s growing dairy industry – as well as the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. http://www.triplepundit.com/2017/08/competition-fierce-manure-energy-projects-californias-dairy-industry/ California's Clean Energy Drive Is Earning It Tens Of Billions Of Dollars. One of the most common misconceptions about clean energy is that it’s expensive and will harm the American economy. This isn’t just untrue, but it’s the exact opposite of what really happens when nations invest in solar and wind power. Even a modest expansion of both by 2050 would result in a net saving of $12.5 trillion to the global economy. http://www.iflscience.com/environment/californias-clean-energy-drive-is-earning-it-tens-of-billions-of-dollars/ SunPower Unveils Pilot Line for Manufacturing Solar Panels in California. Solar technology design, manufacturing and installation methods have come a long way in just 20 years, and as a trailblazing solar energy company, SunPower has witnessed the trajectory first-hand. Globally, there is now 305 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity, up from around 50 GW in 2010 and virtually nothing at the turn of the millennium. http://www.solarnovus.com/sunpower-unveils-pilot-line-for-manufacturing-solar-panels-in-california_N11093.html California Energy Commission Funds More Hydrogen Fueling Stations. In a recent announcement, the California Energy Commission says it awarded more than $16 million to Houston, Texas-based Equilon Enterprises LLC, which does business as Shell Oil Products US, to develop seven new hydrogen stations in Northern California. https://ngtnews.com/california-energy-commission-funds-hydrogen-fueling-station-development Aliso Canyon Should Close Permanently, Says California Governor Jerry Brown. Aliso Canyon Should Close Permanently, Says California Governor Jerry Brown A call to phase out Southern California’s biggest natural-gas storage site in 10 years, and bring in efficiency, solar PV, energy storage and demand response to take its place. Aliso Canyon, the leaking natural-gas storage site that’s been shut down for the past year and a half… https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/aliso-canyon-should-close-permanently-says-california-gov-jerry-brown The eclipse will block solar energy production, so adjust your thermostat. When the total solar eclipse hits on Aug. 21, it's going to be quite the party. The problem? Solar panels need the sun to generate electricity. With the sun dimmed, solar energy sources will be affected. More than 100 million solar panels are expected to be affected, which will drop output by 20 percent — or the equivalent of all the energy the city of San Francisco uses in a week. http://mashable.com/2017/08/11/solar-eclipse-clean-energy-nest-thermostat/#7b_XCVlHHaqG Air Pollution Ranking In 32 Cities — How Does Yours Measure Up? (State of Pollution Series). As we revealed in our previous article, air pollution is a serious problem that costs millions of lives each year and is a drain on the world economy. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution is now a bigger health threat than HIV and Ebola. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/11/air-pollution-ranking-32-cities-measure/ The Republican Retreat From Market-Based Regulation. During the debate over the repeal of Obamacare, Republicans made frequent reference to their desire for a “free market” for health care. This is consistent with the GOP’s long-standing support of deregulation and free market principles. But all well-functioning markets are regulated to one degree or another. Consider, for example, an important set of regulations we mostly take for granted, weights and measures. http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2017/08/14/Republican-Retreat-Market-Based-Regulation Air pollution is blamed as lung cancer rates among non-smokers double in just a decade. The number of lung cancer cases among non-smokers has doubled in the last decade, with experts blaming air pollution on the rise. If the trend continues, the number of deaths from lung cancer among non-smokers will leapfrog those among nicotine users in a decade. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4783676/Air-pollution-blamed-non-smokers-lung-cancer.html#ixzz4pkL5e9FG How is climate change affecting the Great Lakes? Across the globe, climate change is increasing temperatures, spurring on extreme weather, harming ecosystems and raising sea levels. But what does it mean for the Great Lakes? For the 30 million Americans and Canadians who live in the Great Lakes basin, climate change, primarily attributed to human activities increasing greenhouse gas emissions… http://www.cleveland.com/weather/blog/index.ssf/2017/08/how_is_climate_change_affectin.html California counties sue oil and gas companies for damages caused by climate change. As investigations continue into whether ExxonMobil misled investors by failing to report its own scientists’ predictions about global warming, the company and other fossil fuel titans are being challenged on another legal front. Marin and San Mateo counties, along with the City of Imperial Beach in California, are taking 37 companies and trade groups to court. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-08-14/california-counties-sue-oil-and-gas-companies-damages-caused-climate-change Global warming will leave different fingerprints on global subtropical anticyclones. Subtropical anticyclones are essential components of the atmospheric circulation in the subtropics, and are responsible for the formation of subtropical monsoons and deserts. There are two subtropical anticyclones in the subtropical northern hemisphere in boreal summer... https://phys.org/news/2017-08-global-fingerprints-subtropical-anticyclones.html#jCp Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions. Ozone treaty taking a bite out of US greenhouse gas emissions. The ozone hole over Antarctica, captured by NASA’s Aura satellite on October 2, 2015. A new study shows the Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth’s ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced …more. https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ozone-treaty-greenhouse-gas-emissions.html#jCp A Former EPA Adviser on How to Push for Environmental Justice Under Trump. “In our country there are two things that move policy. One is money. The other is the power of people.” Clean-air crusader Mustafa Ali spent more than two decades and most of his adult life as an environmental justice adviser with the Environmental Protection Agency before his abrupt departure under President Donald Trump. http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/a-former-epa-adviser-on-how-to-push-for-environmental-justice-under-trump-20170809 Massive El Niño sent greenhouse-gas emissions soaring. Disruptive weather pattern in 2014–2016 spurred tropical forests to pump out 3 billion tonnes of carbon. The monster El Niño weather pattern of 2014–16 caused tropical forests to burp up 3 billion tonnes of carbon, according to a new analysis. That's equivalent to nearly 20% of the emissions produced during the same period by burning fossil fuels and making cement. http://www.nature.com/news/massive-el-ni%C3%B1o-sent-greenhouse-gas-emissions-soaring-1.22440