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CARB Newsclips for August 25, 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 meeting at the time and place noted below to consider updates to ARB’s Enforcement Policy. DATE: September 28, 2017 TIME: 9:00 a.m. LOCATION: California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 The draft Enforcement Policy may also be obtained from ARB’s website at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/policy2017.htm ____________________________________ 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 E.U. to host talk with Calif., carbon-trading nations. The European Union is hosting a climate workshop next month with China, Canada, New Zealand and California ahead of this fall's U.N. talks to discuss their emissions trading systems. The meeting is being organized by the European Commission's director-general for climate action, Jos Delbeke, and will involve discussion of the potential to link carbon markets… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1060059198/search?keyword=calif Where to spend $1.5B in cap-and-trade revenue? California's Legislature is debating how to spend about $1.5 billion in revenue from the state's cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide emissions in the next year, with the potential for far more in years ahead. The $1.5 billion reflects the amount projected for the upcoming fiscal year plus an existing pool of unspent funds… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/25/stories/1060059195 AIR POLLUTION Cleaner air, cooler buildings: urban trees save megacities millions. Trees in cities reduce air pollution, absorb carbon and protect people during heatwaves, saving megacities more than $500 million a year in healthcare, energy costs and environmental protection, according to new research. With one in ten people predicted to live in cities of more than 10 million inhabitants by 2030… https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-climatechange-trees-idUSKCN1B326Z Long Beach company ordered to reduce hexavalent chromium emissions. A North Long Beach aerospace supplier is the latest metal finishing facility being forced to reduce its emission of a hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen linked to lung cancer. An administrative board on Thursday ordered Lubeco, Inc., to curtail the release of chromium-6 to prevent any harm to residents and children at a nearby school. http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20170824/long-beach-company-ordered-to-reduce-hexavalent-chromium-emissions Key senator vows to block climate deal that would aid polluters. An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest polluters a cushion of more than $300 million. In a sharp rebuke of the board, Sen. Bob Wieckowski said Thursday that he’ll insert language into next year’s budget bill instructing regulators to reduce the free compensation… https://calmatters.org/articles/key-senator-vows-block-climate-deal-aid-polluters/ UW Study Finds Surprising Lack Of Research On How Air Pollution Affects Birds. The effects of air pollution on human health have been well documented. We also have research on how air pollution affects plants and wildlife. What’s not as well known? How this same pollution affects birds. "Even though we hear about the canary in the coal mine, when you start looking into it… https://www.wpr.org/uw-study-finds-surprising-lack-research-how-air-pollution-affects-birds Icy air reveals human-made methane levels higher than previously believed. In 2011 a team of researchers led by Vasilii Petrenko, an assistant professor of Earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester, spent seven weeks in Antarctica collecting and studying 2,000-pound samples of glacial ice cores that date back nearly 12,000 years. http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/52285 EPA recommends leaving current SO2 standard in place. U.S. EPA's air quality office is recommending against any change to the current primary sulfur dioxide standard, according to a draft assessment released yesterday. Currently available evidence does not call into question "the adequacy of protection" provided by the current 75 parts per billion standard… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/25/stories/1060059227 CLIMATE CHANGE Narwhals Are Helping NASA Understand Melting Ice and Rising Seas. Never send a satellite to do a whale's job. Greenland’s ice cap holds beneath it 10 percent of the earth’s freshwater, enough to raise global sea levels by 20 feet. While there's no doubt it is melting, scientists have little certainty about exactly what's happening inside this 10,000-year-old ice roughly three times the size of Texas. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-24/narwhals-are-helping-nasa-understand-melting-ice-and-rising-seas The Relationship Between Hurricanes and Climate Change. How much does Hurricane Harvey, or any particular storm, have to do with climate change? The relationship between hurricanes and climate change is not simple. Some things are known with growing certainty. Others, not so much. The most recent draft of a sweeping climate science report pulled together by 13 federal agencies as part of the National Climate... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/us/hurricane-harvey-climate-change-texas.html This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like. One of the best instruments scientists can use to map climate change is roughly the size of a thumb—and adorable. The humble tree frog (genus Hyla) has proliferated from Florida to Alaska, yet it’s a delicate critter. Its disappearance from a habitat is an early warning that the place is becoming deforested, drier, or simply hotter. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-24/this-is-what-climate-change-sounds-like How California’s car culture hurts the state’s fight against climate change. Californians can’t shake their love affair with cars – and pickup trucks and SUV’s. That’s hurting the greenest state in the union’s much-publicized crusade against climate change. While California is making headway in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the rate of progress is slowing. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article169249447.html#storylink=cpy Climate Change Will Likely Trigger More Deadly Landslides In The Alps. Yesterday morning, a large rock avalanche with an estimated volume of 4 million cubic meters was filmed happening at Piz Cengalo, on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and Italy. The rock avalanche was large enough to be seen from space. Mixing with ice and water, it formed a debris flow… https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/08/24/climate-change-will-likely-trigger-more-deadly-landslides-in-the-alps/#51267a5e3d28 Arctic Ice Cores Document Climate Change in Past 300 Years. Ice cores from arctic mountain glaciers show a dramatic climate change that began nearly 300 years ago, documenting an unprecedented increase in the intensity and duration of winter storms. Drilled by a Dartmouth-led team, the cores show striking changes in weather patterns that may have reached as far as Florida. http://www.enn.com/climate/article/52281 E.U. to host talk with Calif., carbon-trading nations. The European Union is hosting a climate workshop next month with China, Canada, New Zealand and California ahead of this fall's U.N. talks to discuss their emissions trading systems. The meeting is being organized by the European Commission's director-general for climate action, Jos Delbeke, and will involve discussion of the potential to link carbon markets… https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2017/08/25/stories/1060059198 Was scientist told to erase 'climate change' from proposal? The Department of Energy denied today that it's banning the use of "climate change" in materials after a public letter alleged scientific censorship and sparked a Twitter storm. Jennifer Bowen, an associate professor at Northeastern University in Boston, posted a letter on Facebook showing a DOE official asking her to remove the words "global warming"… https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/08/25/stories/1060059225 FUELS Methane "climate bomb" not likely according to new Scripps study. As climate change heats the planet, scientists fear that melting glaciers could release large stores of greenhouse gases — one of a number of scenarios some climatologists believe could trigger runaway warming. Similarly, researcher have expressed concerns about the massive amounts of methane trapped on the ocean floor. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-scripps-methane-20170824-story.html VW RECALL VW Engineer Sentenced to 40 Months for Emissions Role. A veteran Volkswagen AG engineer was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in helping the German carmaker cheat U.S. emissions tests, the first person prosecuted in one of the biggest scandals in the automotive industry’s history. James Liang, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy last year, got less than the statutory maximum time… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-25/vw-engineer-sentenced-to-40-months-for-emissions-cheating-role http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-volkswagen-emissions-20170825-story.html http://www.marketwatch.com/story/vw-engineer-sentence-for-role-in-emissions-fraud-2017-08-25 http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/08/25/volkswagen-engineer-sentenced-for-role-in-emissions-fraud.html http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41053740 http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/08/25/engineer-sentenced-volkswagen-emissions-scandal/598637001/ VW manager told CEO about U.S. 'cheating' in July 2015: media. A former senior quality manager at Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has told investigators he informed then-CEO Martin Winterkorn on July 27, 2015, that the carmaker had “cheated” during emissions tests in the United States, German media reported on Friday. Volkswagen (VW) has said its executive board did not learn about the severity of emissions test cheating using illegal software until late August 2015. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-timeline-idUSKCN1B51CD GREEN ENERGY We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem. Analysts have been underestimating the expansion of solar energy for nearly two decades, scientists report in a new study released Friday. And that could be a serious problem for the industry and, maybe, the planet. If policymakers believe solar is growing more slowly than it actually is… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/25/weve-been-underestimating-the-solar-industrys-momentum-that-could-be-a-big-problem/?utm_term=.894542d8383e OPINIONS Trump and Pruitt, Making America Polluted Again. Efforts to kill Obamacare have failed, at least for now. Tax “reform” — which really means big tax cuts for the rich — faces doubtful prospects. Indeed, these prospects may have become even more doubtful thanks to Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: Her now infamous Instagram rant may open at least a few voters’ eyes to the contempt “populist”… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/opinion/trump-pruitt-polluted-climate-.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=opinion&module=Ribbon&version=context®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&pgtype=article Should California extend its low-emission vehicle rebates program? Yes: 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. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/opinion/editorials/article169253802.html#storylink=cpy New study finds that climate change costs will hit Trump country hardest. In the USA, the southeastern states are most vulnerable to the costly impacts from human-caused climate change. 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. 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 Donald Trump’s climate denying Flat Earth Society. As Hurricane Harvey barrels toward the coast of Texas — a potential Category 3 storm in the making — the Trump administration’s environmental officials might want to get around to reading the new federal report on climate change. We’ve already fouled our planet, the report warns. https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2017/08/24/donald-trump-climate-denying-flat-earth-society/rLm2YcE4oId6aoVxxXb0tM/story.html?s_campaign=bdc:globewell:opinion Column: I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist. ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling… http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/column-exxon-funded-climate-scientist/ Trump White House Continues Attack On Renewables & Climate Change — “Clean Coal,” Wiping Climate Change, Grid Study. It’s been another rough week for the US effort to transition to a low-carbon economy and minimize its impact on the environment, with Donald Trump proclaiming his support for “clean coal,” while his Administration took aim at renewables and official acknowledgement of the phrase “climate change.” https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/25/trump-white-house-continues-attack-renewables-climate-change-clean-coal-wiping-climate-change-grid-study/ BLOGS Did climate change make Hurricane Harvey worse? As climatologist Katharine Hayhoe points out, seasonal hurricanes are a natural part of the weather system in the Gulf coast, and attributing the cause of a single storm entirely to climate change is currently an impossible task. “Once you get down to a small regional level, hurricanes are so rare and random that you would not be able… https://qz.com/1062574/hurricane-harvey-and-climate-change-did-rising-temperatures-and-sea-levels-make-harvey-worse/ California continues to lead the US in renewable energy. But its greenhouse gas emissions reductions have stalled. In 2006, California adopted aggressive legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting renewable energy production throughout the state. And since then, the state has been tracking its progress through its annual California Green Innovation Index report. https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/23/california-lead-us-renewable-energy/ Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst. Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae… https://phys.org/news/2017-08-cheaper-greener-biofuels-catalyst.html#jCp Big ethanol's fuel mandate costs American taxpayers millions. Big ethanol's fuel mandate costs American taxpayers millions. Government’s toll on taxpayers is easy to compute when April 15 rolls around or when a receipt clearly shows the portion of a cost that’s attributable to sales taxes. There is no such clarity for taxpayers where the federal renewable fuel standard is concerned. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/347810-big-ethanols-fuel-mandate-costs-american-taxpayers