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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 Merkel doubles funding to help German cities fight air pollution Angela Merkel has pledged a further €500m to help German cities fight air pollution caused by diesel cars, as a scandal strangling the automobile industry threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign. https://www.euractiv.com/section/air-pollution/news/merkel-doubles-funding-to-help-german-cities-fight-air-pollution/ CLIMATE CHANGE Irma, Harvey reveal ‘massive national security risks’. Even as emergency management officials in Texas scramble to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, they acknowledge that they were unprepared for the scope and strength of the storm, which was made more severe by the effects of climate change. The widespread destruction in Houston shows that the changing climate is a direct threat to our citizens' security right here at home. Hurricane Irma gaining strength in the Caribbean and threatening Florida and Puerto Rico is further worrying officials and emergency responders. It's clear that we need to think bigger and act now. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/05/irma-harvey-reveal-massive-national-security-risks-commentary.html Record-Strength Hurricane Points Toward Florida. Hurricane Irma has a high-profile target in its potentially deadly path as it races toward the Florida coastline: President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. Irma is the second-strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, and the National Hurricane Center is warning that its projected track toward a U.S. landfall on Sunday is “potentially catastrophic.” As of 5 a.m. today, the storm was bearing down on the Leeward Islands and is expected to engulf the northern Virgin Islands later today. It could skim Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight, passing just north of the island. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/record-strength-hurricane-points-toward-florida/ First Harvey, Then Irma and Jose. Why? It’s the Season. First came Hurricane Harvey, which barreled into Texas on Aug. 25. Now Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes on record, is battering the Caribbean and has Florida in its sights. Jose, currently a tropical storm, trails behind in the mid-Atlantic. And early Wednesday, a coalescing weather system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico became tropical storm Katia — the fourth named storm in two weeks. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/climate/storms-harvey-irma-jose.html Trump's NASA pick wants men on moon, has expressed climate change skepticism. President Donald Trump recently announced his pick for NASA administrator: Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., a former pilot whose goals for our solar system include installing humans on the moon and cleaning up space junk. He also has expressed skepticism about human-caused climate change. NASA has lacked a permanent administrator since January. The previous one, former astronaut and retired Marine Corps aviator Charles Bolden, resigned the day that Trump took office. NASA's associate administrator, Robert Lightfoot Jr., stepped in as the temporary head of the agency. Lightfoot holds the record for longest tenure as an acting NASA administrator. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-nasa-climate-skeptic-20170905-story.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jim-bridenstine-trump-nasa-pick-climate-change_us_59ae5ea8e4b0b5e531007b3a Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change? Among Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects were environmental accidents. In Crosby, Tex., for example, a chemical plant lost electrical power, leading to a massive fire. While media reports have understandably focused on the flooding, these accidents reveal a new consequence of climate change — some of which will prompt fierce political fights over who should pay for the cleanup. With Hurricane Irma barreling down on Florida, more such fights seem likely. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/09/06/harvey-caused-a-chemical-plant-explosion-is-that-the-next-face-of-climate-change/?utm_term=.2127bdb08d63 Panel on climate change opens session in Montreal to map out future reports. Against the backdrop of extreme weather worldwide, a United Nations body that vets climate change science began meeting in Montreal on Wednesday to shape its next set of reports to help guide policy-makers. The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change runs until Sunday and on the agenda are various reports in the works, including the outline for a sixth assessment report due out in 2022. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/09/06/panel-on-climate-change-opens-session-in-montreal-to-map-out-future-reports.html 'We're trying to go all in': Chocolate giant Mars pledges $1 billion to fight climate change. The chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change. The $35 billion food giant behind brands like M&Ms, Skittles, and Twix on Wednesday launched its "Sustainability in a Generation" plan, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and supply chain by more than 60% by 2050. http://www.businessinsider.com/mars-climate-change-investment-global-warming-sustainability-plan-greenhouse-gas-2017-9?r=US&IR=T A meteorologist says climate change will make it more expensive to fly – and it's all because of turbulence. Climate change could make flying more expensive in the future and it's all down to increased turbulence, according to Paul Williams, a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. He said: "Invisible turbulence in the atmosphere is generated by what atmospheric scientists call a wind shear. It means that the higher up you go, the stronger winds blow. http://www.businessinsider.com/meteorologist-climate-change-flying-expensive-technology-science-environment-aviation-planes-2017-9 Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds. Climate change could wipe out a third of all parasite species on Earth, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. Tapeworms, roundworms, ticks, lice and fleas are feared for the diseases they cause or carry, but scientists warn that they also play a vital role in ecosystems. Major extinctions among parasites could lead to unpredictable invasions of surviving parasites into new areas, affecting wildlife and humans and making a “significant contribution” to the sixth mass extinction already under way on Earth. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/climate-change-could-wipe-out-a-third-of-parasite-species-study-finds To guard against climate change, Los Angeles is painting its streets white. Labor Day weekend delivered record-breaking temperatures to California as a heat wave swept the state, fanning the flames of the largest wildfire Los Angeles has seen in decades. The unusually warm weather bears the mark of climate change, which is fueling record heat around the globe. While politicians elsewhere waffle on climate change, officials in Los Angeles are tackling the problem head on with a radical plan to lower the temperature of the city. Mayor Eric Garcetti intends to cut the average temperature in LA by 3 degrees F over the next two decades. As part of that effort, LA streets are getting a new coat of paint. http://www.popsci.com/la-is-painting-its-streets-white-to-keep-city-cool VW Lower Saxony Premier Candidate Calls for Outsider as Next Volkswagen Boss Someone from outside the auto industry should succeed Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Mueller, the man expected to lead the German state which is the carmaker's second-biggest shareholder told Reuters on Wednesday. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/09/06/business/06reuters-volkswagen-emissions-ceo.html DIESEL EMISSIONS CA legislators propose $1 billion to remove dirtiest diesel trucks. The state of California has officially launched its legislative push for stricter heavy-duty truck and bus emission regulations. Following calls for the state to use its recently-extended carbon cap-and-trade program to fund updates to fleets of semi trucks and other commercial vehicles, four state senators have stepped forward with an official proposal. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112492_ca-legislators-propose-1-billion-to-remove-dirtiest-diesel-trucks 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. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/diesel-cars-never-extinct-electric-vehicles-volkswagen-emissions-scandal-atsushi-horiba-vw-a7930031.html FUELS Trump administration, states headed for showdown over fuel rules. The Trump administration and major U.S. states appear to be headed for a showdown over landmark rules aimed at doubling the fuel efficiency of vehicles sold in the United States. At an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on Wednesday on the fuel rules in Washington, California air resources board official Annette Hebert warned that the state could withdraw from a nationwide vehicle emissions program if the EPA weakens the regulations or ignores the technical record. New York state also urged the administration not to weaken the rules. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-epa/trump-administration-states-headed-for-showdown-over-fuel-rules-idUSKCN1BH28I http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press-release/fuel-efficiency-benefits-hearing#.WbCSV8iGN7w 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. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-states-will-hit-100-percent-clean-energy/ MISCELLANEOUS Maine Center to Study Climate Change Impact on Cod, Haddock. The federal government is giving a Maine science center more than $1 million to investigate the impacts of climate change on important commercial fish species such as cod and haddock. Gulf of Maine Research Institute says it's getting $1.1 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Portland-based center says researchers will also try to learn more about how fisheries management can be improved in the era of climate change. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/maine/articles/2017-09-06/maine-center-to-study-impact-of-climate-change-on-cod-sole OPINION Can ‘cli-fi’ actually make a difference? A climate scientist’s perspective. Climate change - or global warming - is a term we are all familiar with. The warming of the Earth’s atmosphere due to the consumption of fossil fuels by human activity was predicted in the 19th century. It can be seen in the increase in global temperature from the industrial revolution onwards, and has been a central political issue for decades. Climate scientists who moonlight as communicators tend to bombard their audiences with facts and figures - to convince them how rapidly our planet is warming - and scientific evidence demonstrating why we are to blame. http://theconversation.com/can-cli-fi-actually-make-a-difference-a-climate-scientists-perspective-83033 Climate, Power, Money and Sorrow: Lessons Of Hurricane Harvey I get a lot of "climate" hate mail. Whenever I write a piece on global warming, someone will email to call me a "lie-bra-tard," or something similar, and tell me I should be in jail. Sometimes I try to engage these folks and see if they might be interested in how the science of climate change works and what it has to tell us. http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/09/06/548658019/climate-power-money-and-sorrow-lessons-of-hurricane-harvey BLOGS They come hat in hand for California’s ‘green’ money. It should come as no surprise that when the California Legislature recently began the process of divvying up proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, a cavalcade of local officials, community activists and lobbyists rushed to Sacramento, with hands out. Billions of dollars burning a hole in the state’s pocket has that effect on people, and the competition is fierce. Appeals from advocates to fund pet projects were spread over two days in late August, in windowless rooms before sometimes distracted officials. The requests are for cash for electric vehicles, to create green spaces, even for machines to cut pollution from cow manure. https://calmatters.org/articles/come-hat-hand-californias-green-money/