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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 17, 2017 Posted: 17 Aug 2017 15:52:49
CARB Newsclips for August 17, 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 EU, Switzerland To Link Emissions Trading Systems. The European Commission and the Swiss Federal Council have each approved proposals to link their emissions trading systems (ETSs), meaning formal signature of a new agreement could take place by the end of the year. Once the agreement takes effect, participants in the EU ETS will be able to use units from the Swiss system for compliance, and vice versa. http://www.tax-news.com/news/EU_Switzerland_To_Link_Emissions_Trading_Systems____75023.html California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters. Against the sparkling backdrop of sailboats bobbing on San Francisco Bay, Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program, assuring that the most high-profile piece of the state’s fight against climate change persists for another decade. In a Sacramento hearing room two days later… https://calmatters.org/articles/california-climate-deal-net-big-bucks-polluters/ Report says carbon price would have little effect on N.Y. consumers. In a first step towards possibly adopting a price for power plant carbon dioxide emissions, New York’s grid operator is reviewing a report that found that adding a $40 per ton charge would have little effect on customer bills in the state. http://www.publicpower.org/media/daily/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=48695 State to hand out nearly $7 million in grants for soil health. The state is taking applications for nearly $7 million in grants to help farmers and ranchers adopt such soil health practices as composting, cover crops and reduced tillage.Applicants have until Sept. 19 to seek $3.75 million in incentives or about $3 million for demonstration projects from the state Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program. http://www.capitalpress.com/20170817/state-to-hand-out-nearly-7-million-in-grants-for-soil-health CLIMATE CHANGE A Growing Threat on the Shoreline. The Pacific has been gobbling up the California coast with growing voraciousness. A study this year by the United States Geological Survey predicted that as much as two thirds of Southern California’s beaches could be lost by the end of the century. Among the variables, said Patrick Barnard, a geologist and author of the report, are rising seas and intensified storms… http://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/2017/08/17/california-today?nlid=79449713 California scientists push to create massive climate-research programme. Effort backed by the state’s flagship universities comes as US President Donald Trump shrugs off global warming. California has a history of going it alone to protect the environment. Now, as US President Donald Trump pulls back on climate science and policy, scientists in the Golden State are sketching plans for a home-grown climate-research institute… https://www.nature.com/news/california-scientists-push-to-create-massive-climate-research-programme-1.22455 Investigating the Enigma of Clouds and Climate Change. As climate scientists attempt to forecast the future pace of global warming, one of the more complex variables has proven to be the interrelation of clouds and climate change. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, physicist Kate Marvel discusses the double-edged effect clouds have on rising temperatures. http://e360.yale.edu/features/investigating-the-enigma-of-clouds-and-climate-change VEHICLES Legislation calls for $3B in rebates for electric cars in California. California Assembly member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, says electric cars are the future. And the future he envisions in a bill making its way through the Legislature comes with a $3 billion price tag. “If we don’t change the cars we drive, we’re not going to be able to reach (California’s) greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Ting, who was in San Diego on Wednesday. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/sd-fi-electric-rebates-20170816-story.html EPA gathers consumer data as it rethinks GHG standards. U.S. EPA is gathering data on consumer preferences and jobs as it reconsiders the feasibility of greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles. The Trump administration announced last week it will take public comments and hold a public hearing on changing the standards for model years 2021 to 2025, though the schedule hasn't yet been set (Climatewire, Aug. 11). https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/17/stories/1060058906 OPINIONS Climate Lessons from California. California faces serious risks from climate change. Some are already being felt, like the severe heat this summer and recent episodes of extremely low snowpack in the mountains, which the state depends on for much of its water. Those are among the key messages in a new climate science report now under review in the White House. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/opinion/california-climate-snow-heat-trump.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0 Opinion: Will Trump allow oil drilling in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary? Just look west. Right off our coastline is the majesty and wonder of the Pacific Ocean. From the largest mammal to the smallest microbe, our oceans house an abundance of life like no other place on our planet. Though much of it is unexplored, the parts we know are teeming with marine wildlife. Here on shore, surfers, sailors, divers and more treasure this abundance. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/16/opinion-will-trump-allow-oil-drilling-in-the-monterey-bay-marine-sanctuary/ A very big fish story. This could be the greatest fish story since the one about loaves and fishes — and with a lot more fish involved, at that. But first some background. http://www.boulderweekly.com/opinion/big-fish-story/ BLOGS California’s big pushback: Golden State sets the standard for resistance to Trump agenda. After Donald Trump’s shocking meltdown on Tuesday afternoon, it’s even clearer that progressives need effective strategies to blunt the effect of having a conspiracy-theory-driven, racist authoritarian in the Oval Office, backed by a congressional majority that is still too afraid to offer meaningful checks on his worst behavior. http://www.salon.com/2017/08/17/californias-big-pushback-golden-state-sets-the-standard-for-resistance-to-trump-agenda/