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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 East Coast states agree on greater carbon cuts for regional cap-and-trade pact. Maryland and eight other states that have a regional compact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have agreed to deeper cuts to carbon emissions over the next decade. The states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are pledging… https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/east-coast-states-agree-on-greater-carbon-cuts-for-regional-cap-and-trade-pact/2017/08/23/e0283710-882a-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html?utm_term=.7c9c48bfdffb http://www.powermag.com/eastern-states-expand-emission-cuts-as-part-of-cap-and-trade/ Nine states aggressively step up plans to cut emissions. A coalition of nine states from Maryland to Maine on Wednesday announced an aggressive plan to cut power plant emissions in the next decade, one of the broadest efforts to address climate change since President Trump said the United States would withdraw from the Paris accord. After more than a year of negotiations… https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/08/23/emissions/Bu8VXv5jqkqldVNKXpafON/story.html https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23082017/rggi-northeast-states-tighten-power-plant-emissions http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-hogan-carbon-emissions-20170823-story.html http://wnpr.org/post/nine-states-agree-accelerate-emissions-reduction-next-decade http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/23/maine-eight-other-states-in-rggi-cut-cap-on-carbon-emissions-further/ Northeast strengthens carbon goals as federal rules fade. Nine Northeastern states delivered a boost to U.S. climate efforts yesterday. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced a proposal to cut power plant emissions 30 percent between 2021 and 2030. The plan puts the regional cap-and-trade program's members on pace to greatly exceed the emissions targets… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/24/stories/1060059139 Assembly GOP leader steps down over pressure on climate vote. The California Assembly's top Republican said Thursday he will resign his leadership post after weeks of pressure from his party over his support for major climate change legislation. Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley will be replaced as leader by Assemblyman Brian Dahle of Bieber, a tiny town in far northern California. http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article169099287.html AIR POLLUTION China commits to cut northern air pollution by 15 percent. China has pledged to cut average concentrations of airborne particles known as PM2.5 by more than 15 percent year-on-year in the winter months in 28 northern cities to meet key smog targets, the environment ministry said. In a 143-page winter smog "battleplan" posted on its website on Thursday… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-pollution-idUSKCN1B40CM CLIMATE CHANGE Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes. From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren - a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer. Yet beneath the forbidding surface of the world's fifth largest island… http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BATTLE_FOR_THE_ARCTIC?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Exxon Misled the Public on Climate Change, Study Says. As Exxon Mobil responded to news reports in 2015 that said that the company had spread doubt about the risks of climate change despite its own extensive research in the field, it urged the public to “read the documents” for themselves. Now two Harvard researchers have done just that, reviewing nearly 200 documents representing… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/23/climate/exxon-global-warming-science-study.html http://mashable.com/2017/08/23/exxon-misled-public-global-warming-study-finds/#aDmVdXHlVsqH https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/23/exxon-mobil-misled-the-public-on-climate-change-harvard-study-finds.html Another US agency deletes references to climate change on government website. The National Institutes of Health deleted multiple references to climate change on its website over the summer, continuing a trend that began when the Trump administration took charge of the dot.gov domain. The changes were first outlined in a report by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), which has been using volunteers to track changes to roughly… https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/23/us-government-agency-climate-change-references-removed-again 4 things to watch as Trump team readies rollback. The Clean Power Plan has been considered dead since President Trump's election, but exactly how he kills it is important. Five months ago, Trump signed an executive order aimed at repealing the Obama-era rule, which would limit power plants' greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan is on hold for now, after the Supreme Court blocked it last year. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/24/stories/1060059135 FUELS Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean. The push for renewable energy in the U.S. often focuses on well-established sources of electricity: solar, wind and hydropower. Off the coast of California, a team of researchers is working on what they hope will become an energy source of the future — macroalgae, otherwise known as kelp. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/22/542903378/scientists-hope-to-farm-the-biofuel-of-the-future-in-the-pacific-ocean VEHICLES German Auto Giants, Once Courted, Become Political Pariahs. After decades of cozying up to car makers, German politicians are turning their backs on a scandal-ridden industry many voters now see as an embarrassment rather than a source of national pride. In the first public speech of her campaign to win a fourth term in next month’s election, Chancellor Angela Merkel lambasted the country’s leading auto makers and their top management earlier this month for their response to a now two-year-old diesel emission scandal. The comments came a day after her main rival, Social Democratic Party chairman Martin Schulz, pledged to implement a mandatory quota for electric vehicles—a technology German manufacturers have been slow to embrace—on new car sales if elected.https://www.wsj.com/article_email/german-auto-giants-once-courted-become-political-pariahs-1503567001-lMyQjAxMTI3MTI1NDQyMjQ4Wj/ Used electric cars: the best bang for your buck? Electric vehicles are cheaper than conventional cars to maintain, but they're more expensive upfront and lose value at a much faster pace over time, according to a new study. Takeaway: Consider buying a used electric car, said AAA, which releases its annual True Cost of Vehicle Ownership report Wednesday. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/08/23/aaa-cost-of-ownership-study/589833001/ GREEN ENERGY Energy Dept: Government should ease rules on power plants. The Energy Department said Wednesday the government should make it easier and cheaper to operate power plants, including coal and nuclear plants, to strengthen the nation's electric grid. The department said in a new report that the closure of many plants that once formed the backbone of the grid has raised the risk that consumers might not have… http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ELECTRIC_GRID?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Perry’s Grid Study Calls for Easing Pollution Rules on Power Plants. The Department of Energy study also concedes that the electricity grid can handle renewable power. A rush study on the reliability of the nation's electric grid ordered by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry concedes that the rapid increase of clean, cheap solar and wind power hasn't thrown the power network out of kilter. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23082017/perry-grid-study-protect-coal-nuclear-renewable-energy-dominance-clean-air-act California Lawmakers Begin Push for 100% Clean Energy by 2045. California could solidify its position as a global leader on the issue of climate change in the coming weeks, when the state Legislature considers a bill that would push for the state to obtain all its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Hawaii is the only other state in America to have committed to that ambitious goal… https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-lawmakers-begin-push-100-clean-energy-2045-n795411 City buildings move closer to solar energy. The buildings for City Hall, Fire Department, WIC and YMCA are looking at making a change to solar energy, and the Soledad City Council approved further research into projects on Aug. 2. “There were five projects that were considered citywide,” said Richard Guillen, engineering consultant for the city. “The City Hall, Fire Department and the WIC building, the YMCA building… https://soledadbee.com/article/city-buildings-move-closer-to-solar-energy Grid study omits climate change from final version. The Department of Energy removed the words "climate change" from the final version of the agency's long-awaited study on electric grid stability. The only reference to rising average temperatures was in the context of rolling back environmental rules under Executive Order 13783. https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/24/stories/1060059141 OPINIONS California cap-and-trade program generates more than $1 billion. Who gets the money? Yesterday’s carbon permit auction, the first since California extended its cap-and-trade system through 2030, was among the most successful the state has held in the program’s five years. After several quarters of anemic auction results, businesses bought $935 million in credits to emit polluting greenhouse gases. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article168777792.html#storylink=cpy What California should really do with cap-and-trade windfall. Starting with Thursday’s Senate budget subcommittee hearing, lawmakers can use a $1.4 billion cap-and-trade windfall to bring about important change in the lives and lungs of Californians, or they can squander it. Lawmakers last month approved legislation extending the cap-and-trade program through 2030. http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article169011037.html#storylink=cpy Ignore climate change, and California wildfires will get worse. In John Lindsey’s July 16 column, “It’s getting hotter and hotter, and that’s not good news,” he reports that Cal Fire predicts by 2050 a 300 percent increase in wildfire risk “due to climate change.” So, should we just crank up the air conditioner and go about our business as usual? Powering our air conditioners will add to… http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article168838212.html#storylink=cpy Rebates a prudent way to save world from climate change. California Gov. Jerry Brown may soon sign legislation extending cash rebates given to residents who buy low-emission vehicles from Tesla and other automakers. While the bill’s details are still evolving, the governor should in principle sign off on… http://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/opinion/18178/rebates-a-prudent-way-to-save-world-from-climate-change Another roadblock for Newhall Ranch. Environmentalists are once again standing in the way of the Newhall Ranch development in the Santa Clarita Valley. Two environmental groups have filed suit against Los Angeles County and the developer over the Board of Supervisors’ vote to allow two of five planned segments of the development to proceed. http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20170823/another-roadblock-for-newhall-ranch New study finds that climate change costs will hit Trump country hardest. Humans are causing Earth’s climate to change. We know that. We’ve known it for decades. Okay so what? The follow-up questions should be directed to what the effects of warming will be. What will the costs be to society, to the natural biosystem, and to human lives? Let’s be honest, if the consequences of warming are not large, then who cares? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/aug/24/new-study-finds-that-climate-change-costs-will-hit-trump-country-hardest How natural gas became the dirty fuel, at least in your home. Not long ago natural gas – the fuel that probably gave you your hot shower this morning – was hailed as the clean “bridge fuel,” the one that would create a safe transition for society from yesterday’s dirtier home fuels, coal and oil, to a fully renewable future. But now the gold standard for a home, from a climate-change perspective, is to go all electric… http://inewsource.org/2017/08/23/natural-gas-vs-electric/ BLOGS California-Quebec August auction results reflect a secure cap-and-trade future. Strong results from the California-Quebec August auction released today reflect that the future of cap and trade is secure in California. The August 15 auction saw increased demand and prices for carbon allowances, which will now be usable at least through 2030. These strong results are particularly significant because the auction … http://blogs.edf.org/climatetalks/2017/08/22/california-quebec-august-auction-results-reflect-a-secure-cap-and-trade-future/ Cap and Trade Has a Good Week in California. A month after a bruising political battle to extend California's cap-and-trade program, the state received a big vote of confidence in the policy's future. Cap and trade requires oil refineries, food processors and other facilities to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, and state regulators auction off the permits several times a year. http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/tns-cap-trade-california.html Can California Protect Frontline Communities From Climate Change? In the last five years, San Jose has seen severe drought followed by the worst floods in a century, and to top it off, record-breaking temperatures. These extreme weather events are not unique to the Bay Area, but are happening all around California as well as the U.S. and the world. Climate change makes them more common and more severe. http://www.alternet.org/environment/can-california-protect-frontline-communities-climate-change EPA Plan to Revisit GHG Phase 2 Raises Questions. Less than five months from the starting date of Phase 2 of the federal rule on greenhouse gas emissions from trucks, a brief statement from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on his plan to revisit the regulation’s sections on trailers and glider kits has created confusion and uncertainty among the manufacturers and purchasers of those products. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/epa-plan-revisit-ghg-phase-2-raises-questions California Vehicle Emissions Are Up, Despite Strict Pollution Controls. In spite of tough CARB standards, road vehicle emissions rose 3.1 percent in 2015. California is known for being among the most restrictive states when it comes to legally modifying cars. Their emission requirements are much more strict than other states'—except for those parts of the Union that have adopted California's standards for themselves. http://www.thedrive.com/news/13738/california-vehicle-emissions-are-up-despite-strict-pollution-controls National Institutes of Health wipes references to climate 'change' from site. References to "climate change" have been wiped from parts of The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Environmental Health Science division website, according to a report by the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative. In one of the changes, for example, an article formerly titled "Climate Change and Human Health," now reads, "Climate and Human Health." http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/347798-nih-unit-deletes-references-to-climate-change Wind Energy Isn’t a Breeze. Nearly 175 years ago, Lana Wanders’ ancestors settled in what would soon become the state of Iowa. The farm served as a stopping point for people heading west who had run out of money. Her forefathers would rent a piece of land to them for up to five years, so they could farm and earn a living to pay for their continued journey. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/08/why_farmers_in_iowa_hope_wind_energy_will_blow_over.html New green solvent could help clean our air. Eco-friendly mixture made from choline salt and urea could absorb harmful gaseous pollutants. French researchers have patented an eco-friendly liquid mixture that could help trap harmful pollutants from the air. The non-flammable solvent contains urea and choline salt, a common ingredient in chicken feed, says Leila Moura of the Unité de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant in France.. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170824101812.htm View from the Academy: silos should not hold back biofuel development. The systems that constitute the world around us do not recognise the silos into which we organise ourselves. This is a key lesson for engineers as they seek to integrate their individual efforts towards achieving positive outcomes. Whether concerned with small components within discrete technical systems… https://www.theengineer.co.uk/silos-biofuel-development/ Warmer waters from climate change causing fish to shrink in size, finds study. As cold-blooded animals, fish cannot regulate their own body temperature. Fish could shrink in size dramatically as ocean temperatures rise because of climate change, according to a new study. When the water gets warmer, cold-blooded fish need more oxygen. However, one of the consequences of climate change is less oxygen in the sea. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/climate-change-fish-shrink-size-warm-waters-global-warming-cod-tuna-a7910216.html