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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. 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 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. https://www.bna.com/california-auction-raises-n73014463455/ http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-cap-trade-auction-results-20170823-story.html http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-cap-and-1503427903-htmlstory.html http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article168702607.html http://www.capradio.org/101013 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 vote… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/23/stories/1060059080 AIR POLLUTION 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 Earth… http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/science/article/Clearing-the-air-Dutch-activists-demand-action-11952073.php CLIMATE CHANGE 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… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/347622-study-concludes-exxon-mislead-public-on-climate-change http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-exxon-report-20170822-story.html 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… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/23/stories/1060059076 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… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/23/stories/1060059078 FUELS 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 requirements… https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2017/08/23/stories/1060059067 GREEN ENERGY '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. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40975719 OPINIONS 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… https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/23/climate/alaska-permafrost-thawing.html 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. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-preserve-california-20170823-story.html