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AIR POLLUTION Study: Light Rail Commuters Exposed to Lowest Pollution Levels The mode of travel you take on your daily work commute can make a big difference in your exposure to air pollution, a new study finds. https://scvnews.com/2017/08/31/study-light-rail-commuters-exposed-to-lowest-pollution-levels/ UK citizens are taking air pollution monitoring into their own hands A growing number of citizens are monitoring local air quality because of fears official figures are not capturing “dangerous” levels of pollution. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/01/uk-citizens-are-taking-air-pollution-monitoring-into-their-own-hands Air Pollution Economic Impact Model Lacks Clarity: EPA Advisers The EPA’s model for evaluating the broad economic costs and benefits of air pollution regulations isn’t clear enough to help the general public, members of the agency’s Science Advisory Board said Aug. 29. https://www.bna.com/air-pollution-economic-n73014463827/ Port of Long Beach (California) Accomplishes Significant Air Pollution Reductions Through its Clean Air Action Plan, the Port of Long Beach in California has managed to greatly reduce local air pollution levels, according to the most recent annual Emissions Inventory. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/29/port-long-beach-california-accomplishes-significant-air-pollution-reductions/ Tokyo to Paris: could city waterways ease air pollution? Once bustling thoroughfares for boats of all kinds, to some entrepreneurs the rivers in major cities are a source of untapped potential. They envisage passenger vessels expanding beyond sightseeing trips and becoming a daily means of travel for residents. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/aug/31/tokyo-paris-city-waterways-rivers-solve-congestion-air-pollution Wildfire threats Smoke from wildfires is an important source of air pollution, posing a substantial risk to human health due to high emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). In many locations, the frequency and extent of wildfires — and thereby PM2.5 emissions — is anticipated to increase with human-induced warming … http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n9/full/nclimate3383.html?foxtrotcallback=true Air officials warn spikes in summer air pollution related to wildfires Don't be surprised if you smell smoke from distant wildfires this weekend. And if you do, air officials say you should probably go indoors. Smoke from the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County, the Railroad and South Fork fires burning in both Madera and Mariposa… http://www.bakersfield.com/news/air-officials-warn-spikes-in-summer-air-pollution-related-to/article_4935b3b8-8de4-11e7-ac17-8b4bd05d9d20.html China’s Environment Ministry Says Some Local Governments Aren’t Taking Air Pollution Reduction Goals Seriously The Ministry of Environmental Protection in China released a statement earlier today revealing that some local governments haven’t been taking efforts to reduce air pollution seriously enough. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/08/31/chinas-environment-ministry-says-local-governments-arent-taking-air-pollution-reduction-goals-seriously/ Northstate public health departments issue warnings about unsafe air quality The Shasta County Air Quality Management District, the Glenn County Air Pollution Control District, and the Tehama County Air Pollution Control District are warning residents in all three counties of unsafe air quality because of wildfire smoke. http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/northstate/northstate-public-health-departments-issue-warnings-about-unsafe-air-quality/615060873 http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/shasta/smoky-thursday-did-not-dampen-everyones-plans-in-the-northstate/615267446 Air quality warning with Ponderosa Fire The Butte County Air Quality Management District Air Pollution Control Officer and the Butte County Public Health Officer are issuing this Air Quality Advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions in Butte County due to smoke from the Ponderosa Fire http://www.gridleyherald.com/news/20170901/air-quality-warning-with-ponderosa-fire 110 degrees in September? Northern California faces smoke and record heat Record-breaking heat combined with smoke from numerous wildfires burning across the region will make the air dangerous to breathe and push California’s electrical grid to its limits Friday and Saturday http://www.sacbee.com/news/weather/article170582967.html CLIMATE CHANGE What do we know about the relationship between climate change and Hurricane Harvey? Hurricane Harvey has dumped more water on the United States than any other weather event in history, and its costs are expected to be huge. The unprecedented storm has inevitably posed the question: What impact has climate change had on producing Hurricane Harvey? We took a look at what scientists had to say. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/aug/31/what-do-we-know-about-relationship-between-climate/ Related: Sanders: It's 'pretty dumb' not to ask about climate change after Harvey Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that the unprecedented rainfall and resulting flooding from Hurricane Harvey should spark a discussion about climate change. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/31/politics/bernie-sanders-climate-change-harvey-cnn-tv/index.html Hot Spots in a Freezing Ocean Offer Lessons in Climate Change Climate change will dramatically alter life in the oceans, scientists say, but there’s so much still to learn about marine ecosystems that it’s hard to know exactly how. On Thursday, researchers with the British Antarctic Survey offered a glimpse of that future with the results of an unusual study years in the making. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/science/climate-change-antarctic-ocean.html How forests balance the books in a changing climate Climate change poses a unique set of threats to the world’s forests. Forests are vital for ecosystems, water and nutrient cycles, and carbon management, so dying trees are a worrying prospect. And increased temperatures and droughts certainly have the potential to kill trees. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/with-climate-change-some-forests-will-win-and-some-will-lose/ Pope, Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to 'heal wounded creation' Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew called on Friday for a collective response from world leaders to climate change, saying the planet was deteriorating and vulnerable people were the first to be affected. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-climatechange/pope-orthodox-leader-make-climate-change-appeal-to-heal-wounded-creation-idUSKCN1BC43O Report: NY school board members support teaching climate change Seventy percent of school board members statewide support teaching the subject of climate change in public schools, according to a new survey.But the state School Boards Association warned that what children are currently being taught on the subject might be too dependent on a teacher's own views. http://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/Report-NY-school-board-members-support-teaching-12164361.php Car scrappage schemes 2017 – Ford, VW, BMW, Hyundai, Vauxhall and Mercedes diesel trade-in deals explained CAR manufacturers are taking matters into their own hands and offering scrappage schemes to encourage diesel motor owners to swap for a cleaner vehicle. If you own an older car you can cash in on one of the discounts offered by several companies – here’s all you need to know. https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/4363047/car-scrappage-schemes-2017-ford-vw-bmw-hyundai-vauxhall-mercedes-diesel/ VW VW plots return to relevance in U.S. following diesel scandal Volkswagen is rolling out its plan for reselling most of the cars involved in the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal. Volkswagen brand head Herbert Diess told reporters after a board meeting at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee … http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hy-volkswagen-emissions-scandal-20170901-story.html http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/01/vw-plots-return-to-relevance-in-us-following-diesel-scandal/ https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-09-01/vw-plots-return-to-relevance-in-us-following-diesel-scandal Phones for VW Lawyer, Emissions Tester Were Lost or Wiped Clean Volkswagen AG’s top U.S. lawyer and the leader of its emissions-testing lab in California are among the employees whose mobile devices were either lost or erased as the company’s diesel cheating scandal emerged, according to court records made public on Thursday. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-31/phones-for-vw-lawyer-emissions-tester-were-lost-or-wiped-clean Volkswagen offers UK drivers up to £7,000 to scrap diesel cars Volkswagen will pay British drivers up to £7,000 to scrap older diesel cars and switch to newer models as the German carmaker follows rivals in moving to calm political pressure over air pollution and boost sales of other vehicles. https://www.ft.com/content/7fa6cd04-8e68-11e7-a352-e46f43c5825d German court rejects compensation for VW diesel owners A German court in Braunschweig, Germany, said on Thursday it had rejected a case seeking compensation for German owners of diesel Volkswagen passenger cars. The case was brought by consumer rights group myRight and U.S. law firm Hausfeld. https://www.autoblog.com/2017/08/31/german-court-rejects-compensation-vw-volkswagen-diesel-own/ CA should use VW mitigation funds for cleaner diesel trucks to cut NOx: diesel lobbying group California is set to receive a lump sum of funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust following its diesel emission scandal. With $423 million at the state's discretion, groups are lobbying hard to ensure the funds are used to have an immediate and positive impact on the environment and air quality. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112415_ca-should-use-vw-mitigation-funds-for-cleaner-diesel-trucks-to-cut-nox-diesel-lobbying-group Colorado has a plan for spending $68.7 million from the VW settlement The state of Colorado has come up with a plan for spending the $68.7 million it’s set to receive as part of Volkswagen’s settlement of its emissions cheating scandal. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/30/colorado-vw-settlement-spending/ FUELS Purdue study shows biodiesel benefits undervalued for years A new academic paper published in Biotechnology for Biofuels shows biodiesel’s benefits are even better than previous models suggest. Updated modeling from Purdue University suggests the advantage of using biodiesel has been underestimated by 10 percent. http://biodieselmagazine.com/articles/2516132/purdue-study-shows-biodiesel-benefits-undervalued-for-years VEHICLES and MOTORCYCLES Funding for $3-billion electric car rebate bill is up in the air The California state Legislature will decide Friday whether to go forward with a $3-billion plan to increase electric vehicle rebates far beyond the current rate of $2,500 per car, even as the source of funding remains in question. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-ev-rebate-bill-20170830-story.html Electric cars may get a charge from Sacramento “By means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?” –19th century author Nathanial Hawthorne “Stick with redheads, my boy, they’re full of electricity!” – 20th century roustabout W.C. Fields http://www.sonomanews.com/opinion/7367993-181/jason-walsh-electric-cars-may 2018 BMW S1000RR Will Not Have Changes Shows CARB Filings A revamped S1000RR was snapped several times undergoing tests, suggesting huge upgrades. Sorry to burst the bubble, but as per latest filings with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the emission figures of the new BMW S1000RR are the same as the 2017 model. Yes, you guessed it right, no updates with the engine. Read more at: https://www.drivespark.com/two-wheelers/2017/no-new-bmw-s1000rr-for-2018-023505.html CLEAN ENERGY Sonoma, Marin clean energy suppliers add solar, biogas Sonoma Clean Power is adding solar power to its wind and geothermal stable of energy sources, and MCE (Marin Clean Energy) will be ushering in a landfill gas-to-energy plant late in September. SCP broke ground on Thursday on its first solar facility that will generate 2 megawatts of solar energy facility-- enough electricity to power 600 homes. http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/sonomacounty/7367468-181/sonoma-marin-clean-energy-suppliers?artslide=0 MISCELLANEOUS Harvey Wasn’t Just Bad Weather. It Was Bad City Planning Houston has been wet since birth. In the 1840s, the German explorer Ferdinand von Roemer described the Brazos River prairie just outside the young town as an “endless swamp” that mired the wheels of his wagons. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-31/a-hard-rain-and-a-hard-lesson-for-houston Research: Climate impacts of land use are underestimated When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell-led study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously thought. https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/07/research-climate-impacts-land-use-are-underestimated OPINIONS What would it take to persuade you to buy an electric car? Even with up to $10,000 in federal and state incentives, only 4% of car buyers in California chose electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles last year. That’s a huge problem in a state with rising greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles, and with a goal to more than quadruple the number of zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2025. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-electric-car-rebates-201708901-story.html Harvey has your eyes this week, but climate change needs your action There is immediate human drama playing out in the Gulf Coast. Most of us can relate to the tragedies and struggles of people in that area of the country, and we feel for them. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/harvey-has-your-eyes-this-week-but-climate-change-needs-your-emaction-em/ Climate change juiced Hurricane Harvey Even as floodwaters raged this week in Texas and Louisiana, so did the debate over the possible link between Hurricane Harvey and man-made climate change. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/30/climate-change-juiced-hurricane-harvey-editorials-debates/105130334/ BLOGS Climate Change Is About To Make Gentrification Even Worse The national tragedy that is Hurricane Harvey brings attention to the often overlooked but very human cost of climate change that increasingly affects the lives of many Americans -- climate gentrification. https://impact.vice.com/en_us/article/7xxqea/climate-change-is-about-to-make-gentrification-even-worse Understanding San Diego’s Path to 100% Renewable Energy Two years ago, San Diego took the national spotlight for its commitment to source 100% renewable energy by 2035. The city is now poised to make decisions that chart the path towards this bold goal. http://energycenter.org/blog/understanding-san-diegos-path-100-renewable-energy