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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for September 6, 2017

Posted: 06 Sep 2017 17:36:44
This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office
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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:

The webpage and hearing notice is available at this link: 


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:

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.   

Monday, September 18, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) David Head Center
10300 San Diego Street, Lamont, CA 93241

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Long Beach Main
101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90822

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Jessie Turner
Health & Fitness Community Center
15556 Summit Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336

Monday, September 25, 2017, (6:00 – 8:00 pm) West Oakland Senior
1724 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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.


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.


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.

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

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.

Trump's NASA pick wants men on moon, has expressed climate change
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

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.
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.

'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.

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.

Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study
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.

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.


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.


CA legislators propose $1 billion to remove dirtiest diesel
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.


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.


Trump administration, states headed for showdown over fuel
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.



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.


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.


Can ‘cli-fi’ actually make a difference? A climate scientist’s
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

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.


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.

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