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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for August 23, 2017.

Posted: 24 Aug 2017 09:21:00
CARB Newsclips for August 23, 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.


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:  


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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Junipero Serra
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
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

Here's what you will find at this One-Stop event: 
• One-on-one compliance assistance (Asistencia en español
• 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     



California Auction Raises $640 Million for Greenhouse Gas Fund.
California raised an estimated $640 million for its greenhouse
gas fund by auctioning permits to curb carbon emissions—a result
that analysts said shows restored confidence in the state’s
cap-and-trade program. Every allowance offered in the auction
sold at above the $13.57 floor price, according to California Air
Resources Board results released Aug. 22. 




Cap-and-trade vote sparks GOP revolt. California Republicans are
having an identity crisis fueled by climate policy. The state's
25 Assembly Republicans are having a leadership election next
week, motivated by current leader Chad Mayes' (R) support for the
state's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases. Mayes led six
other Assembly Republicans to cross the aisle last month in a


Dutch activists in legal battle to urge action on pollution.
Environmentalists went to court Wednesday to demand that the
Dutch government take urgent action to improve air quality,
arguing that authorities haven't done enough to meet European
Union-mandated targets. The summary hearing in The Hague was part
of a crowd-funded legal battle by the Dutch arm of Friends of the


Study concludes Exxon misled public on climate change. A study
published Wednesday asserts that Exxon Mobil Corp. misled the
public for years about what it knew regarding the science of
climate change. The findings from a pair of Harvard University
researchers add to charges from environmentalists, Democratic
attorneys general and others that Exxon knew decades ago that its
fossil fuels…


Depleted climate staff 'in limbo' as agency reshuffles.
Pastoralist women in Ethiopia participate in an activity on
resource mapping. The State Department's climate team is
operating on autopilot as it waits for a departmental
reorganization that will likely lessen its clout. Staff rosters
are shrinking at the agency's Office of Global Change and the
Special Envoy for Climate Change (SECC) office…

Warmer waters mean smaller fish — study. Fish will struggle to
breathe as the ocean waters warm, researchers say, and bigger
fish will have bigger problems. That means important species
could soon top out well short of their current sizes — shrinking
fisheries and potentially causing problems up the food chain.
Fish have proved sensitive to subtle changes, and higher
temperatures could present them with two problems…


Proposed rule pushes BLM requirements to July 2019. Federal lands
regulators last week offered the Office of Management and Budget
a proposal for rolling back Obama-era requirements to limit
methane releases from oil and gas operations on public lands.
In a notice received by OMB last weekend, the Bureau of Land
Management announced its proposed rule to suspend certain


'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight.
Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors
that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon
dioxide and water. The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic
acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic.
In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more efficient at
harvesting sunlight than plants.


The loss of frozen ground in Arctic regions is a striking result
of climate change. And it is also a cause of more warming to
come. The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of
the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of
warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing;
higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages. But to the
scientists from Woods Hole Research Center who have come here to
study the effects of climate change…

Don’t let Trump roll back California’s environmental gains.
California has long been an environmental leader, adopting strong
laws to protect the air, water and land that often, eventually,
become national policy. Yet the task of setting and enforcing
environmental standards is a huge one, and even Green California
has relied on the federal government to handle much of that work.

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