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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: Staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) invites you to participate in a webinar on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to discuss the South Coast Incentive Measure. The webinar will be conducted by CARB staff to discuss the concept of an incentive measure for on-road heavy-duty vehicles operating in the South Coast Air Basin. The webinar will be casted from this link: https://global.gotowebinar.com/join/6641329892664621570/910670298 The webpage and hearing notice is available at this link: https://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/imp2016sip/imp2016sip.htm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to participate in the Refinery Investment Credit Pilot Program (RICPP) workshop to discuss potential amendments to the RICPP under LCFS to make credit calculations simpler and workable for a wide-range of refinery investment projects. The RICPP is designed to encourage GHG reduction projects at refineries. The RICPP provides credits for GHG reductions at refineries. The workshop will be held at the following time and location: Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Coastal Hearing Room, Second Floor Address: Cal/EPA Headquarters Building 1001 "I" Street Sacramento, California 95814 Staff presentation and a staff discussion paper will be posted before the workshop here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/lcfs_meetings.htm The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in community meetings to discuss concepts to control pollution from large freight facilities including seaports, railyards, and warehouses/distribution centers. CARB staff are co-hosting the following meetings to talk with residents living in communities near seaports, railyards, warehouses, and distribution centers about regulatory actions already underway and the development of new concepts to reduce the air pollution and health impacts from freight. Community Meetings will be held at the locations and dates shown below. The meetings will begin with a brief welcome and overview of the issues at hand, then convene with multiple breakout sessions where participants can gather in smaller groups to discuss their views and raise questions with CARB staff. SAN JOAQUIN Monday, September 18, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) David Head Center 10300 San Diego Street, Lamont, CA 93241 LONG BEACH Tuesday, September 19, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Long Beach Main Library 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822 INLAND EMPIRE Wednesday, September 20, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Community Center 15556 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336 OAKLAND Monday, September 25, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) West Oakland Senior Center 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607 SAN DIEGO Location and date TBD For more information on this workshop, please see the meeting notice at: https://www.arb.ca.gov/gmp/sfti/FreightFacility.htm. ______________________________________________________________________ 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. The study, “Commuter exposure to PM2.5, BC, and UFP in six common transport micro-environments in Sacramento, California,” conducted by researchers at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), was published recently in Atmospheric Environment, a prestigious scientific journal in the field of air pollution. https://scvnews.com/2017/08/31/study-light-rail-commuters-exposed-to-lowest-pollution-levels/ Map shows which SF neighborhoods are hit hardest by air pollution Black dust cakes the poplar trees in South Park, the San Francisco waterfront neighborhood at the western end of the Bay Bridge. The soot piles up on stairwells and speckles window blinds. It stains the surfaces of magnolia branches. It covers the leaves that fall into nearby Alice Street Community Gardens, where low-income seniors tend vegetable plots. http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Map-shows-which-SF-neighborhoods-are-hit-hardest-12172473.php Federal judge orders EPA to act on Delaware air pollution A federal judge on Friday ordered The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action within 90 days on a Delaware plan to reduce ozone-causing air pollution. The order came as Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s motion for relief from a consent decree, which had mandated the EPA either approve or reject Delaware’s plan to use “reasonably available technologies to control major sources” of ozone pollution by Sept. 29. http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/09/04/judge-orders-epa-delaware/631101001/ Air Quality Alert Issued Due To California Fires Smoke from wildfires in the southern Sierra has prompted an air quality alert that remains in effect until Tuesday, September 5 at 11 a.m. Tuolumne, Mariposa and San Joaquin Valley air pollution control districts issued the alert Monday. Affected counties include Mariposa, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern. http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/09/04/fire-air-quality-california/ VIDEO: How you can help reduce air pollution Smog, haze, pollution -- it's bad for you, your family and the Bay Area. Watch the video above for some ways on how you can help spare the air every day. http://abc7news.com/weather/video-how-you-can-help-reduce-air-pollution/2376369/ CLIMATE CHANGE State Attorney Generals Attack Trump’s EPA Over Clean Power Plan Advice As promised, the left-leaning states are carrying through with their promises to bring about carbon reductions not just in their jurisdictions but also nationally. To that end, the attorney generals in such states as California, Illinois and New York have written EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt letters stating that his advice to states that wish to delay their implementation of the Clean Power Plan is both ill-advised and terribly conflicted. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/09/state-attorney-generals-attack-trumps-epa-clean-power-plan-advice/ California Today: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like? It was a wild weather weekend in California. In Los Angeles, firefighters battled a blaze that swept through 11 square miles in the Verdugo Mountains. It burned four homes, forced hundreds of residents to flee and prompted an emergency declaration from the governor. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/california-today-is-this-what-climate-change-looks-like.html Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity. But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have suggested that the authors of studies indicating that climate change is not real, not harmful, or not man-made are bravely standing up for the truth, like maverick thinkers of the past. (Galileo is often invoked, though his fellow scientists mostly agreed with his conclusions—it was church leaders who tried to suppress them.) https://qz.com/1069298/the-3-of-scientific-papers-that-deny-climate-change-are-all-flawed/ Climate Action Won’t Happen Unless the Private and Public Sectors Work Together, Fast The cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be electric, according to the head of a top energy consultancy. But this expected exponential rise in cleaner vehicles, coupled with booming renewable energy production, will not be enough to meet the Paris Agreementgoal of limiting climate warming, Ditlev Engel, chief executive of DNV GL's energy consulting business, told Reuters in an interview. http://fortune.com/2017/09/04/climate-action-private-public/ Electric cars and renewables not enough to meet Paris climate goal: consultant The cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall to match those running on combustion engines by 2022, a key trigger that will mean by 2035 half of all passenger vehicles sold globally will be electric, according to the head of a top energy consultancy. But this expected exponential rise in cleaner vehicles, coupled with booming renewable energy production, will not be enough to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting climate warming, Ditlev Engel, chief executive of DNV GL’s energy consulting business, told Reuters in an interview. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-energy-outlook-dnvgl/electric-cars-and-renewables-not-enough-to-meet-paris-climate-goal-consultant-idUSKCN1BF2HM DIESEL EMISSIONS Germany’s Merkel, Vulnerable on Diesel Emissions, Moves to Address Issue Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has been hailed as the “climate chancellor” for her efforts to help the country shift toward renewable energy. But she has faced criticism from consumers angered by her refusal to come down harder on German automakers over a widening diesel emissions scandal. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/04/business/germany-merkel-diesel.html VEHICLES and MOTORCYCLES Diesel cars will never be fully replaced by electric vehicles, says man who exposed VW emissions scandal What is the market leader in equipment for measuring car emissions to do if the vehicles of the future don’t spew exhaust? Japan’s Horiba, whose gear was central in exposing Volkswagen’s diesel-cheating scandal, believes that day will never come. Electric vehicles won’t ever make up more than a third of cars worldwide, says chief executive Atsushi Horiba, because it’s just not feasible to build the scale of infrastructure to enable battery-powered cars. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/diesel-cars-never-extinct-electric-vehicles-volkswagen-emissions-scandal-atsushi-horiba-vw-a7930031.html Toyota chairman: Battery technology must evolve before widespread electric vehicle adoption Despite the buzz around electric vehicles, the chairman of Japanese car maker Toyota is skeptical that consumers will embrace such cars immediately, given current limitations in battery technology. The remarks by Takeshi Uchiyamada, told to CNBC in an exclusive interview, mark a departure from the sentiment of several players in an industry that's trying to shift quickly to more "green" technology. Volvo, for instance, says that all new models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrids. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/05/toyota-chairman-uchiyamada-electric-vehicles-will-come-but-no-rapid-shift.html So You Want To Buy An Electric Car? It Requires Some Planning Over the last few years, many of my colleagues have asked me questions about cars. Recently at NPR West in Culver City, Calif., we got two electric chargers. When my colleague Melissa Kuypers said she wanted an electric car, I thought: perfect guinea pig for a little test. "I drive by myself 13 miles each way. I don't care about performance. I sit in a lot of traffic," says Kuypers, the mother of a toddler. Her family also has another car that can serve as primary vehicle. And since NPR recently installed an electric charging station, Melissa would have a place to charge a car. http://www.npr.org/2017/09/04/545593956/so-you-want-to-buy-an-electric-car-it-requires-some-planning CLEAN ENERGY How States Will Hit 100 Percent Clean Energy California Democratic leaders want their state to commit to a future of 100 percent renewable electricity, a goal approved so far by only one U.S. state—Hawaii. Top officials in both places hope their policies will serve as a model for others as the Trump administration rejects actions on climate change. California and Hawaii offer very different models for committing their power sectors to clean electricity. They differ on everything from mandate deadlines to what's considered renewable. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-states-will-hit-100-percent-clean-energy/ Renewables helping secure electricity but undersupply risk in short term, report says Australia’s Energy Market Operator says the introduction of more renewable energy is helping secure Australia’s electricity grid but that “new approaches” will be needed to avoid blackouts in coming years. The report comes as the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, confirms the government is seeking to extend the life of Australia’s oldest coal power plant, Liddell, and is in talks with owners AGL. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/05/renewables-helping-secure-electricity-but-undersupply-risk-in-short-term-report-says Report: Oil fading as an energy source because of electric vehicles The global demand for oil will peak within the next five years, driven largely by the increased market presence of electric vehicles, a top energy consultancy said. DNV GL, a Norwegian company providing risk management advice, said in an energy transition outlook that global demand for energy in general will level off by 2030 and then move lower as efficiency improves. For oil, demand peaks in 2022 because of the rise in the use of electric vehicles, though energy trends might not be enough to stave off the impacts of climate change. https://www.upi.com/Report-Oil-fading-as-an-energy-source-because-of-electric-vehicles/7181504607007/ Santa Fe joins the movement of US cities committing to 100% renewable energy Last week, Santa Fe’s City Council adopted Mayor Javier Gonzales’ resolution to develop a feasibility study on how the city can meet the 100 percent renewable electricity goal by 2025. The City Council directed City Manager Brian Snyde to manage the development of the report, and he will be responsible to present the findings in ninety days. http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/santa-fe-joins-the-movement-of-us-cities-committing-to-100-renewable-energy Egyptian renewable energy projects get $210 million boost The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced as much as $210 million in debt financing in order to "tap" the renewable energy potential of Egypt. In a statement on Tuesday, the Beijing headquartered AIIB said the project would comprise 11 solar power plants with an "aggregate" capacity of 490 megawatts and would help the country to meet its pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/05/egypt-renewable-energy-projects-get-210-million-boost.html Germany Needs to Halve Coal-Fired Capacity by 2030-Deputy Economy MinisterGermany would have to shut 25 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power capacity, equivalent to about half its current total, by 2030 to meet carbon-cutting targets agreed under the Paris climate deal, Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said on Tuesday. Baake told an energy conference in Munich that the measures would have to be worked out by the incoming government after this month's general election. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/09/05/business/05reuters-germany-energy-emissions.html MISCELLANEOUS Hawthorne Cat to Host California Air Resources Board Training Course Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat® equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Region, will host a training course sponsored by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The free course will take place on Wednesday, September 27 at the Hawthorne Cat Corporate Training Center located at 16945 Camino San Bernardo, San Diego, CA from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14653233.htm BLOGS Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast As Houston begins a recovery from Hurricane Harvey that is likely to last several years and cost many billions of dollars, the threat of extreme weather events around the country and the globe are illustrating the impact of climate change—and the damage being done by right-wing politicians including President Donald Trump who have refused to heed repeated warnings from scientists and other experts. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/04/look-around-costs-not-acting-climate-are-adding-fast Can business save the world from climate change? "We are still in." On June 5, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. President Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corporate America was not following suit. https://www.greenbiz.com/article/can-business-save-world-climate-change 5 Ways to Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream to Mainstream At the Intersolar conference in San Francisco this year, I opened a presentation on new solar and storage business models by highlighting recent milestones for the industry: The United States now has an impressive 44.7 gigawatts of operating solar systems, solar became the No. 1 source of new electricity in 2016, and in April 2017, for the first time ever, solar energy generation out-produced nuclear. I invited the audience to pat themselves on the back. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/5-ways-100-renewable-energy-dream-mainstream