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CARB Newsclips for August 18, 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 PA approves air pollution plan for $59M Perdue soybean plant in Conoy Township. The state is allowing Perdue Agribusiness to “offset” 174 tons of annual air pollution at its $59 million soybean-processing plant in Lancaster County by paying for emissions reductions at four industries elsewhere in Pennsylvania and New York. The emissions from the plant nearing completion… http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/state-approves-air-pollution-plan-for-m-perdue-soybean-plant/article_94b364c6-837f-11e7-9145-df1a29b9f58e.html Scottish scientists provide first definite link between air pollution and increased risk of infection. SCIENTISTS at a Scottish university have for the first time shown a definite link between car-choked streets and illness, concluding that air pollution can make people more vulnerable to infection. And the man leading the team at Edinburgh Napier University has said that strong action plans should be put in place urgently to combat the threat. http://www.thenational.scot/news/15480470.Scottish_scientists_provide_first_definite_link_between_air_pollution_and_increased_risk_of_infection/ https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170818/Air-pollution-particles-could-make-you-more-susceptible-to-infection-say-scientists.aspx CLIMATE CHANGE Kuwait's inferno: how will the world's hottest city survive climate change? Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. But as oil and water reserves dwindle, the energy-guzzling citystate heads for an existential crisis. It is 9am and the temperature in Kuwait City is 45C and rising, but already people working outside. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/18/kuwait-city-hottest-place-earth-climate-change-gulf-oil-temperatures Global warming 'is causing the Alps to CRUMBLE': Huge rock fall in Austria is latest sign of climate change's effects on the mountain range - with SKI RESORTS at risk. Global warming is causing the Alps to literally fall apart, as the rise in temperature is melting snow caps on the mountains, experts warn. The Alps' permafrost - soil, sediment, or rock that stays frozen for at least two years - is thawing rapidly, causing rock avalanches and floods. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4799300/Global-warming-causing-Alps-CRUMBLE.html#ixzz4q7e1fQqK Global warming, habitat conversion curb biodiversity, encouraging uniformity. "Both of these global pressures are favoring the same species and threatening the same species," said researcher Daniel Karp. Nature is becoming homogenized, researchers at the University of California, Davis, claim in a new study. The research, published this week in the journal Global Change Biology… https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/08/18/Global-warming-habitat-conversion-curb-biodiversity-encouraging-uniformity/2931503060725/ Economists, legal experts challenge Trump on carbon pricing. A group of economists and lawyers is arguing that the current calculation of the societal cost of greenhouse gas emissions is the best estimate available, despite President Trump's decision to withdraw the metric and disband the interagency working group that developed it. The social cost of carbon, which currently sets the price of CO2 at $50 per ton emitted… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/18/stories/1060058953 Leading Scientists, Lawyers Challenge Trump On Social Cost Of Carbon. Despite the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the official estimate of the Social Cost of Carbon and disband the interagency working group that developed it, a group of prominent economists and lawyers have highlighted the metric’s continued validity for policymaking. In a letter published today in the journal Science (archived PDF here)… http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/articles/leading-scientists-lawyers-challenge-trump-social-cost-carbon/ Leaks you'll never see in food stores are warming the Earth. When newly graduated environmental lawyer Keilly Witman joined U.S. EPA in 2007, she was handed one of its toughest jobs. She had to convince supermarkets that their leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems needed to be fixed or they would substantially warm the Earth's atmosphere. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/18/stories/1060058932 It's the deadline for a big climate report. Agencies are mum. Today is the deadline for 13 federal agencies to respond to a sweeping climate science report that draws on extensive research to show that humans are warming the world at an unprecedented pace. Some Trump administration Cabinet members, and the president himself, have contradicted the type of basic climate science contained throughout the 669-page report. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/18/stories/1060058933 DIESEL ACTIVITIES FUELS New gas plants cheaper than distributed power — Calif. study. A hotly awaited study on alternatives to building a new gas-fired power plant in Southern California has found that distributed resources could fill the need but would be more expensive than conventional resources. The state's grid operator released a study late Wednesday that found NRG Energy Inc.'s proposed Puente Power Project on the California coast would be far cheaper than varying combinations of distributed resources.. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/18/stories/1060058926 VEHICLES Swiss road agency bans new Porsche Cayenne registrations. Switzerland's road agency on Friday imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of Porsche Cayenne cars equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software. The preliminary ban, imposed on Cayenne cars with three-litre diesel motors of emissions standard euro 6, does not affect cars already registered in Switzerland, the agency said. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-porsche-hldg-swi-idUSKCN1AY19Q Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift. Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla (TSLA.O) and other rivals. Like Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T), Hyundai had initially championed fuel cell technology as the future of eco-friendly vehicles but has found itself shifting electric as Tesla shot… http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hyundai-motor-electric-vehicle-idUSKCN1AX039 http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112165_hyundai-kia-eight-electric-cars-by-2022-dedicated-ev-platform http://www.thedrive.com/news/13564/hyundai-ditches-hydrogen-fuel-cell-technology-for-now-pivots-to-electric-vehicles Tesla electric-car plant expansion could double size of Fremont factory. Electric-car maker Tesla is at a pivotal time in the 13-year-old company's history as production of its mass-market Model 3 ramps up and ambitious plans to roll out additional vehicles loom. Coinciding with the production start of the Tesla Model 3 are plans for a major expansion the Silicon Valley automaker's assembly plant in Fremont, California. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112189_tesla-electric-car-plant-expansion-could-double-size-of-fremont-factory Chevy Bolt EV reviewed by BMW i3 driver: electric cars compared. Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney, whose purchase of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car in the U.S. he wrote about for us three years ago. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112164_chevy-bolt-ev-reviewed-by-bmw-i3-driver-electric-cars-compared OPINIONS What should you say to a climate change skeptic? We’ve all been there: The perfectly innocuous conversation you’ve been having at a friend’s party or your kid’s soccer game devolves into an argument about climate change. Suddenly, you realize you’re talking to a climate change skeptic. You want to help your acquaintances see the light. But how? We asked climate scientists and communicators how… http://www.latimes.com/la-sci-sn-climate-change-arguments-20170818-htmlstory.html Editorial: New climate change report likely to be ignored to death. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially confirmed last week that 2016 was the Earth’s hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which surpassed 2014. The NOAA had reported this unofficially back in January. What made last week’s announcement noteworthy is that the NOAA is now part… http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-new-climate-change-report-likely-to-be-ignored-to/article_80383a19-d671-5703-b909-f928f594e75b.html Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don't buy the science. The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change. In 50 years, the region near where I grew up, Cameron Parish in south-west Louisiana, will likely be no more. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/18/louisiana-climate-change-skeptics-donald-trump-support GUEST COLUMN: Clean air, water and land are for the health of all Hoosiers. Indiana residents are at risk of worsening air pollution levels, water contamination and deteriorating quality of life due to an extreme budget and devastating staff cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed cuts will significantly impact the ability of the EPA to protect human health and the environment… http://news-sentinel.com/opinion/your-voice/guest_column_clean_air_water_and_land_are_for_the_health_of_all_hoosiers_20170818 Pick for chief scientist post just another Trump quack. President Donald Trump’s pick to be chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture should not be confirmed by the Senate. Sam Clovis has pushed unfounded theories about then-President Barack Before gaining national attention as a vocal supporter of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, Clovis was a conservative radio host and political activist in Iowa. http://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/editorials/pick-for-chief-scientist-post-just-another-trump-quack/article_05d5ecbc-b0ed-5f63-849e-c1e76b9430e4.html BLOGS A burning smell? This device can detect air pollution in real time. With the haze season now underway in Southeast Asia, there’s now a technology that can detect air pollution quickly and accurately. Southeast Asians are no strangers to the effects of air pollution. Many across the region painfully recall the haze that has periodically, over decades, blanketed the lands of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei with smog. http://www.eco-business.com/news/a-burning-smell-this-device-can-detect-air-pollution-in-real-time/ The world's biggest logistics company races towards net-zero emissions. DHL is the largest logistics and express delivery company in the world. It’s not surprising that its carbon emissions are massive. But those emissions have declined substantively in the last nine years, and those reductions will be tiny compared to what DHL will achieve if its aggressive projections are realized. https://www.greenbiz.com/article/worlds-biggest-logistics-company-races-towards-net-zero-emissions Women may bear the brunt of climate change's impacts. In the weeks following Hurricane Sandy, I traveled from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Staten Island to help community members rebuild their devastated neighborhoods. Perhaps the most poignant experience I had was helping to clean out the flooded basement of a single woman in Staten Island, named Rebecca. https://phys.org/news/2017-08-women-brunt-climate-impacts.html#jCp Curbing climate change: Why it’s so hard to act in time. This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland’s accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to sea level as it melts. http://theconversation.com/curbing-climate-change-why-its-so-hard-to-act-in-time-80117 Leaders Looking to Curb Emissions Should Focus on Transportation, Not Energy Choice. A plan to reduce emissions in San Diego that does not include solutions that reduce pollution from cars and other forms of transportation is incomplete. Why? Because emissions from our transportation choices in San Diego County are twice as large as the next source, electricity, and account… http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/science-environment/leaders-looking-curb-emissions-focus-transportation/ Prepping For World Electric Car (Tesla) Distance Record Attempt. This weekend, members of the Tesla Shuttle crew are going to attempt to break the world record for miles/kilometers driven on a single charge in an electric car. The attempt is being led by Tomasz Gać, founder/CEO of Quriers and co-founder of Tesla Shuttle. But I’m also one of those people and will be doing a good chunk of the driving — weather permitting. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/18/prepping-world-electric-car-distance-record-attempt/ Climate Change and Water. On July 28, 2017, carried an article that caught many Americans off guard. While several of us have been focused on the soap opera in Washington, Italian government leaders have been dealing with a much more severe issue: water, or lack thereof. They announced on July 28 that two-thirds of the citizens in Rome are set to have their water reduced to just eight hours a day, effective immediately. https://eponline.com/blogs/environmental-protection-blog/2017/08/climate-change-and-water.aspx Trump Forest organizers want to resist Trump with billions of trees. Trump Forest wants to plant a big, beautiful forest to make up for Trump-fueled carbon emissions. Resistance to the Trump administration’s rollback of U.S. climate policy is literally taking root across the globe, driven by three climate-savvy campaigners in New Zealand and hundreds of thousands of trees. https://thinkprogress.org/offset-trumps-terrible-climate-policies-with-trees-a36e8d7117d4/ How the U.S. Navy is Responding to Climate Change. Forest Reinhardt and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School professors, talk about how a giant, global enterprise that operates and owns assets at sea level is fighting climate change—and adapting to it. They discuss what the private sector can learn from the U.S. Navy’s scientific and sober view of the world. https://hbr.org/ideacast/2017/08/how-the-u-s-navy-is-responding-to-climate-change