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CARB Newsclips for August 15, 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 ______________________________ CAP AND TRADE Mathis seeks farmers' input on cap-and-trade. On July 27, the California Air Resources Board adopted revisions to the state's cap-and-trade program passed by lawmakers a week earlier. While many large businesses are in support of AB 398, family-owned farmers remain skeptical about the state's efforts to lower greenhouse gases. Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia)… http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2017/08/15/mathis-seeks-farmers-input-cap-and-trade/561375001/ Carbon offsets help lower emissions — study. A new study examining the efficacy of paying to preserve forests finds that carbon offsets do produce genuine emissions reductions. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment by three Stanford University researchers, examines California's carbon offset program. It allows businesses to fund forest preservation in lieu of turning in some of their allowances… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/15/stories/1060058772 https://phys.org/news/2017-08-carbon-offsets-wide-ranging-environmental-benefits.html AIR POLLUTION Air pollution ups stress hormones, alters metabolism. Breathing dirty air causes stress hormones to spike, new research suggests, which could help explain why long-term exposure to pollution is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a shorter life span. Dr. Haidong Kan of Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and colleagues looked specifically at the health effects of particulate matter (PM)… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pollution-stress-hormones-idUSKCN1AV1VK Mapping West Oakand pollution, block by block. West Oakland has had an air pollution problem for years, and it’s taken a toll on residents. Emergency room visits for asthma are highly concentrated in West Oakland and Emeryville, but they drop off dramatically when you get to other parts of Oakland. A new study is bringing this variation into focus. Researchers mounted air quality monitors on Google Street View cars… http://kalw.org/post/mapping-west-oakand-pollution-block-block#stream/0 Air pollution: Are you better off in your car or on the sidewalk? Anyone walking along Capital Boulevard or Six Forks Road during morning rush hour is likely to get a lungful of engine exhaust, but they won’t be as bad off as the people in the passing cars. That’s one of the takeaways from a study of the exposure of drivers to pollution done by scientists at Duke University… http://www.newsobserver.com/news/traffic/article167253582.html#storylink=cpy APES pollution control still up in the air. After years of dithering, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is finally trying to force a North Portland used-oil recycling refinery, American Petroleum Environmental Services, to construct and install air pollution control equipment at its plant near the Expo Center. Last December, the agency ordered the plant to install the equipment… http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/369082-251681--apes-pollution-control-still-up-in-the-air CLIMATE CHANGE California Hopes ‘Healthy Soil’ Will Fight Climate Change. California lawmakers are enlisting farmers’ help in pulling carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it in their soil. California’s $7.5 million Healthy Soils initiative will pay farmers up to $50,000 if they adopt "carbon farming" practices, including applying compost on rangeland to increase carbon retention capacity. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/aug/14/california-hopes-farmers-healthy-soil-will-fight-c/ The Trump Administration Doesn’t Understand Climate Change and This Federal Report Proves It. “I’m not a believer in man-made global warming” is just the beginning. There’s little doubt: The climate is changing, human activity is accelerating the process, and the U.S. is already feeling its effects, according to an expansive climate report that dozens of government scientists drafted. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/08/the-trump-administration-doesnt-understand-climate-change-and-this-federal-report-proves-it/ Around the Island: Acting locally to fight climate change. As an island city, nearly every home and business in Alameda could be affected by climate change and rising sea levels, which threaten our environment, native wildlife and public health. We have dry spells that reduce our fresh water availability and storms that have a costly and lingering impact on our community. http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/15/around-the-island-acting-locally-to-fight-climate-change/ Montreal Protocol is helping U.S. on climate — study. A reduction of superwarming gases required by the Montreal Protocol has taken a big bite out of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but other categories of emissions have remained about the same, according to a new study by NOAA. The results of the study, derived from air samples taken regularly from 32 sites across the nation… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/15/stories/1060058752 FUELS Trump administration takes key step to rolling back auto fuel standards. The Trump administration has begun the process of rolling back tough fuel standards for America's car and light truck fleet. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department have opened the public comment period on the rewriting of standards for greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/08/14/74667/trump-administration-takes-key-step-to-rolling-bac/ VEHICLES You could get up to $20,000 off the price of an electric car — if you live in San Diego. The city’s power company offers $10,000 off the price of BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf on top of other state and federal incentives. California already has some of the most generous incentives to get an electric car, but people living in San Diego are being further enticed to go the plug-in route. Through September 30th, San Diego Gas & Electric will… https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/14/16127106/bmw-i3-nissan-leaf-electric-car-rebates-san-diego GREEN ENERGY Unlikely allies try to sway White House before trade decision. In an event matching the upside-down politics of 2017, some ideologically right-wing voices are allied with the solar industry's main lobby group in a trade case that could shape the future of solar power. Consider this: The American Legislative Exchange Council is on the same team as the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar's main trade group. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/15/stories/1060058772 MISCELLANEOUS Judge Rules Monterey County 2016 Wildlife Control Agreement Needed Environmental Review. A Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that the county should have conducted an environmental review of its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year to kill wild animals that threaten human activities. Superior Court Judge Lydia Villareal, in a decision issued on Aug. 9… http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Judge-Rules-Monterey-County-2016-Wildlife-Control-11819598.php Federal climate agencies operating without Trump nominees. In the seven months since President Trump took office, his administration hasn't nominated a head to either of the nation's premier climate science agencies. NOAA and NASA conduct the bulk of climate research in the United States and collect and disseminate essential data for scientists across the globe. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/15/stories/1060058770 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Consortium wants to fix 'environmental injustice' in Wedgewood. Residents of the pollution-plagued Wedgewood community met with scientists and professors Saturday to discuss ways of restoring health and prosperity to their neighborhood. The meeting was helmed by a coalition of community-based organizations and historically black colleges and universities called the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium. http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/08/15/consortium-wants-fix-environmental-injustice-wedgewood/561279001/ OPINIONS Should Assembly GOP leader Mayes resign? The California Assembly’s Republican leader has been under fire from conservatives since he and seven other party members voted with Democrats last month to extend a major environmental program. Should Assemblyman Chad Mayes resign as Republican leader? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. The controversy stems from the passage of Assembly Bill 398… http://www.pe.com/2017/08/15/should-assembly-gop-leader-mayes-resign/ Fighting climate change at the cap-and-trade level. Only if all states in our region ascribe to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI, we can make a real dent in the climate change problem. And if that seems grand, then I ask you: who else will? Our federal government, when not embroiled in cartoonish scandals, touts the very outdated carbon fuel technology that kicked off this entire problem! States must lead… http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-rr-rggi-states-20170814-story.html LETTER: Time for a wakeup call on climate change. Thanks to the APP for the article of August 13 titled “Five signs that climate change is starting in New Jersey”. This article should be a clarion call to action by the public and elected leaders. Unfortunately, because of our current combustion of fossil fuels, we are already committed to a changing climate… http://www.app.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/08/15/letter-time-wakeup-call-climate-change/564899001/ BLOGS Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide. Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate change. However, an early look at ongoing work by a University of Kansas researcher examines alternative reasons for climate change denial… https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170815095049.htm CARB meetings to allow input on incentive program. A series of community meetings and a state-wide webcast scheduled this month in California offer HVAC&R stakeholders a chance to promote an HFC-reduction refrigerant incentive program that has been on the state’s agenda since last year. The meetings (see below), which will be held under the auspices of the California Air Resources Board (CARB)… http://www.ammonia21.com/articles/7790/carb_welcomes_input_on_ghg_reduction_funding California Republicans battle one another over cap-and-trade. After months of quarreling between establishment and progressive Democrats, the California Republican Party now has an internal struggle over the recent extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program. [LA Times] On July 17, eight Republican legislators, including Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), broke rank… https://calcoastnews.com/2017/08/california-republicans-battle-one-another-cap-trade/ Nigel Lawson admits claim that global temperatures have fallen was false. Global Warming Policy Foundation concedes that the Tory peer's supposedly official figures were wrong and produced by a right-wing think tank. A claim by Britain’s leading climate science sceptic, Nigel Lawson, that the world’s average temperature has fallen in the past 10 years… http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/Judge-Rules-Monterey-County-2016-Wildlife-Control-11819598.php