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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for September 7 & 8,2017

Posted: 08 Sep 2017 15:59:49
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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.


Dutch judge orders government to do more on air pollution
A Dutch judge on Thursday ordered the government to do more to
rein in air pollution, a victory for activists who filed a civil
case seeking measures to ensure cleaner air. According to a
written summary of the decision, the civil judge in The Hague
ordered the government to draw up a plan to ensure that Dutch air
quality meets European Union standards "in the shortest possible

A Cheap, Accurate Machine-Learning Microscope Could Help Cut Air
Researchers from UCLA have created a mobile device called c-Air
that measures air quality in a cost-effective way. The device
uses a mobile microscope connected to a smartphone and a
machine-learning algorithm to analyze and determine the size and
concentration of pollutants it detects in the air.

Experts: Much of Harvey-Related Air Pollution was Preventable
Huge releases of hazardous air pollutants during Hurricane Harvey
could’ve been prevented if companies had simply shut down their
plants ahead of time or used more advanced emission controls,
experts say.

Air pollution takes a toll on solar energy
Air pollution is a drag for renewable energy. Dust and other
sky-darkening air pollutants slash solar energy production by 17
to 25 percent across parts of India, China and the Arabian
Peninsula, a new study estimates.

The air in your home is more polluted than you think. Here's how
to test and clean it.
Most people don't think much about indoor air quality, but they
should. It can be a matter of sickness or health – or at least
comfort or discomfort. "I think people are interested, but on the
other hand, they don’t do these little tasks to keep their own
air clean," said Mary Farrell, a senior editor at Consumer
Reports, which has conducted testing of air purification

First measurements of iodine in the Arctic reveal questions about
air pollution.
New measurements of molecular iodine in the Arctic show that even
a tiny amount of the element can deplete ozone in the lower
atmosphere. This is surprising because iodine is so scarce in the
Arctic snowpack compared to its close relatives and known
ozone-killers, chlorine and bromine. Less than one part per
trillion of iodine is enough to have a significant effect on
ozone concentration in the lower atmosphere, according to a study
published Sept. 5 in Proceedings of the National Academy of

Dutch judge orders government to do more on air pollution.
A Dutch judge on Thursday ordered the government to do more to
rein in air pollution, a victory for activists who filed a civil
case seeking measures to ensure cleaner air. According to a
written summary of the decision, the civil judge in The Hague
ordered the government to draw up a plan to ensure that Dutch air
quality meets European Union standards "in the shortest possible
time." The ruling also banned the government from taking any
measures that could lead to new breaches of air quality

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Quebec proposes carbon caps through 2030
The Quebec-California carbon market, which began 2017 on shaky
ground, appears ready to close it with solid gains and an eye
focussed on a clear future. Quebec has just released its proposed
annual caps for regulated industries for the period 2021 to


EIA urges CARB to fund refrigerant incentives
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a Washington,
D.C.-based NGO, is pushing California to fund a low-GWP
refrigerant incentives program that was proposed but not adopted
last year.

Hurricanes Are Sweeping The Atlantic. What's The Role Of Climate
Hurricane Irma is hovering somewhere between being the most- and
second-most powerful hurricane recorded in the Atlantic. It
follows Harvey, which dumped trillions of gallons of water on
South Texas. And now, Hurricane Jose is falling into step behind
Irma, and gathering strength.

France's Macron calls for efforts to tackle climate change.
French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off his first official
visit to Greece on Thursday with a call for concerted efforts to
tackle climate change, after Hurricane Irma slammed into the
northern Caribbean with deadly force. Irma, the strongest
Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record, has affected French, British
and Dutch Caribbean territories.

Related articles:

What caused Hurricane Irma? Did climate change cause this
Category 5 tropical storm?
Hurricane Irma, like Hurricane Harvey, was not caused by climate
change. But the horrifying destruction it has sent across the
Atlantic might have been.
Scientists say that asking whether global warming was the reason
for the extreme weather is the wrong question. Instead, we should
be focusing on how global warming has helped turn the hurricanes
into even more destructive forces than they ever would have been

Big Oil must pay for climate change. Now we can calculate how
As communities in coastal Texas and Louisiana confront the damage
wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, fueled by abnormally warm
waters, is barreling into the Caribbean and threatening Puerto
Rico and Florida. We know that the costs of both hurricanes will
be enormous and that climate change will have made them far
larger than they would have been otherwise. How much larger?
Careful studies will take time but the evidence that climate
change is warming ocean waters, increasing both sea level and the
risk of extreme precipitation in these regions is well

The Energy 202: Why climate change deniers mistrust hurricane
forecasts too.
This week, one of the most popular radio hosts in the country
issued a dire warning about Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm
barreling its way through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Though it could diverge from its predicted path, modeling from
meteorologists say the storm will most likely crash into South
Florida over the weekend. The ominous warning from conservative
fire starter Rush Limbaugh was this: Don't trust those

Senate bucks Trump on some climate funding.
Senate appropriators will consider a State Department and Foreign
Operations spending bill today that would not fund the United
Nations' Green Climate Fund, but that appears to leave the door
open for other climate-related aid and diplomatic work. The
fiscal 2018 bill, which receives a full committee markup today,
would allow the State Department and U.S. Agency for
International Development to move ahead with projects that would
have been covered under the now-defunct Global Climate Change
Initiative in the Obama years.

Trevor Noah Says ISIS Could Trick Deniers Into Acknowledging
Climate Change.
By now, Trevor Noah said, it seems obvious that climate change is
causing the catastrophic hurricanes that continue to sweep across
the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. Fed up with those who deny
artificial climate change, he hatched a plan to change their

PG&E Awards $200,000 in Grants to Support Local Climate Change
Resilience Planning.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the first
two recipients of its Better Together Resilient Communities
grants – a program created to support local initiatives to build
greater climate resilience throughout Northern and Central
California. PG&E will award $100,000 each to the University of
California, Merced, and the Karuk Tribe of California for
projects designed to help communities prevent and prepare for
increasing wildfire risk through building healthy and resilient
forests and watersheds.


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.

SoCal School District Latest to Adopt Electric Buses.
Colton Unified School District east of Los Angeles is joining a
growing number of student transporters in testing ZEVs as it
prepares to employ two Type-C, all-electric school buses from
Creative Bus Sales and Starcraft into route service this month.
The Starcraft eQuest XL school buses displayed this summer at
industry conferences such as the STN EXPO feature all-electric
powertrains from Motiv Power Systems, who also provide the
electric system for the Trans Tech SSTe Type-A school bus.


How Electric Vehicles Are Changing The Auto Landscape.
As automakers gather at the Frankfurt Auto Show next Thursday, an
unprecedented transformation of the $1.8 trillion auto industry
is already underway, whether it has been fully embraced by the
industry or not. In addition to the new models and concept cars
that will be on display at the show, the proverbial elephant will
also be in the room, or convention hall, as you like. At
Frankfurt this year, the impending threat of electric vehicles
(EVs) to the internal combustion engine (ICE) will be on
everyone’s mind.

BMW joins Jaguar in boosting electric car models.
The German luxury carmaker said that by 2025 it plans 12
all-electric models, and 13 hybrid versions. BMW's first electric
Mini will be released in 2019. BMW's announcement follows an
earlier one from Jaguar Land Rover. JLR said every vehicle line
launched from 2020 will have an all-electric or hybrid version,
the first of which would be the Jaguar I-Pace, to go on sale in

The most beautiful car ever made has gone electric.
Car buffs debate everything and usually agree on nothing. But on
one matter there is consensus: The Jaguar E-Type is the most
beautiful car ever crafted by human hands on Earth. The elegant,
sporty Jag was produced for a surprisingly long time, from 1961
to 1975. Seeing one in the flesh is as showstopping now as it was
when Lyndon Johnson was president. No less an authority than Enzo
Ferrari pronounced it the best-looking vehicle of all time.

An infrastructure for charging electric vehicles takes shape.
A NEW phrase, “range anxiety”—the fear that an electric vehicle
(EV) will run out of power before it reaches a
charging-point—entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. At
the time a Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV, could travel
only 120km between charges. A car with a full tank of fuel will
travel 650-800km between refills. A motorist relying on batteries
has to find a public charger, a rare sight in 2013, or plug in at
home to cover the same distance. Range anxiety has not gone away
as EVs have advanced. But the problem now feels much more

Goldman: How to play the electric vehicle boom.
Goldman Sachs predicts electric vehicles will have dramatic
implications on the auto industry supply chain during the coming
decades. "After more than 100 years, it seems that an auto
industry dominated by internal combustion engines is nearing an
end," analyst Kota Yuzawa wrote in a note to clients Wednesday
entitled "Electric Vehicle Boom: ICE-ing the Combustion Engine."

Nissan Leaf electric car goes further with one-pedal driving.
The new Leaf can travel about 50% further on a single charge than
its predecessor, according to the firm. But it still falls short
of the ranges offered by other recent electric cars from Tesla
and General Motors. Other updates include a new one-pedal driving
system, auto-parking tech and a more modern design.

Consequences of drought stress on biofuels.
Plant-derived sustainable fuel sources could contribute to
near-term U.S. energy security and independence. However, weather
conditions could greatly affect crop yields. In this study,
researchers examined the effect of weather on biofuel production
by comparing switchgrass and corn stover harvested after a year
of major drought and after 2 years of normal precipitation. They
found that the plants produced more sugar, but the sugar changed
during pretreatment and produced toxic compounds rather than the
desired fuels.

Is This Country About To Revive Biofuels? Fundação de Amparo à
Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo researchers found the use of
ethanol in vehicles reduces pollution by significantly lowering
the number of nanoparticles emitted. Levels of ultrafine
particulate matter in São Paulo City, Brazil, increased by up to
30 percent at times when ethanol prices rose and its consumption

Renewable Fuel Standard Ready for an Overhaul?
Last week, a coalition of environmental groups led by Mighty
Earth urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce
production mandates for food crop-based biofuels. In recent the
years, the EPA has called for incremental boosts in annual
biofuel production, including 1.928 trillion gallons this year.
The coalition voiced its concerns as the EPA announced the
conclusion of a comment period inviting feedback from the
business community and the general public. The EPA has proposed a
modest 40 million gallon decrease in volume for bio-based
transport fuel for 2018.

Dan Kammen on renewable energy, kids and cars and, yes,
Kammen, who is a professor and chair of the Energy and Resources
Group and a professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at
Berkeley, recently talked with Vox.com about his resignation, his
not-so-hidden message — and, especially, the state of renewable
energy in the United States.

Germany To Help India With Grid Integration Of Renewable Energy
India will receive help from one of the leading renewable energy
generators in the world for integration of the large number of
renewable energy projects the former expects to install over the
coming years.

Frentz Pushing For Renewable Energy Mandate
Now that Minnesota has already reached its goal of 25% renewable
energy, some lawmakers want to push it even further. A bipartisan
group of legislators want to challenge the energy industry even
more, by upping energy creation from 50% renewable sources.



Wind turbine manufacturers are dipping toes into energy storage
Danish company Vestas Wind Systems is one of the biggest makers
of wind turbines in the world, recently surpassing GE’s market
share in the US. But as the wind industry becomes more
competitive, Vestas appears to be looking for ways to solidify
its lead by offering something different. Now, the company says
it’s looking into building wind turbines with battery storage

Your solar panels could power the neighborhood during a
A new set of algorithms could make it possible for renewable
energy-generating homes to not only access their power reserves
during outages, but share their resources with their neighbours
-- a move which could play a significant role in disaster relief


Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A.
I have been worried about how the Environmental Protection Agency
would be run ever since President Trump appointed Scott Pruitt,
the former attorney general of Oklahoma, to oversee it. The past
few months have confirmed my fears.

With climate change upon us, where’s the safest place in
California to live?
Last week, as Los Angeles burned, San Francisco baked, Houston
reeled amid biblical flooding and the Florida Keys braced for
Hurricane Irma, David W. Titley picked up his phone on the other
side of the country and cut to the chase. “Forty north,” the Penn
State University meteorology professor of practice told me,
almost before I’d asked the question. “I’d basically look at
being north of that.” 

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