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ARB Newsclips for August 25, 2016. 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. AIR POLLUTION Air Pollution = Huge Threat To Human Life In China. Fresh air is missing as a core part of life in areas of China. Instead, air that creates illness and hastens death is dominant. China is not alone in terms of air pollution and water pollution. (See this story or this one on the EU and this one on the US, for example.) As a case of how bad it can get, however, China is a frightening example. http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/25/air-pollution-huge-threat-human-life-china/ CLIMATE CHANGE Global warming is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, fast. The Greenland Ice Sheet is losing 110,000 Olympic size swimming pools worth of water each year. A new study measures the loss of ice from one of world’s largest ice sheets. They find an ice loss that has accelerated in the past few years, and their measurements confirm prior estimates. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/aug/25/global-warming-is-melting-the-greenland-ice-sheet-fast Limiting Global Warming Vital To Australia Preventing Global Warming Entering “Uncharted Territory”. New research commissioned by the Australian Climate Institute has concluded that it is imperative for Australia to involve itself in limiting global warming to well below 1.5°C to prevent the impacts upon Australia entering into “uncharted territory.” The Climate Institute commissioned globally recognized science and policy institute… http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/25/limiting-global-warming-vital-preventing-global-warming-entering/ Man-made warming may have begun a lot earlier than we thought. Before gasoline-powered cars crowded roads, before even the first coal-fired power plant was built in the United States, humans had begun warming Earth's climate. By 1831, the signals of man-made global warming could be seen in the Arctic and the tropical oceans. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/25/stories/1060042027 Climate change highlighted in Maine woods designation. Featured in the work of Henry David Thoreau and a favorite hiking spot of young Theodore Roosevelt, Maine's north-central forests have long been a source of inspiration. Now climate change is being cited as a reason to save it. "In addition to protecting spectacular geology, significant biodiversity and recreational opportunities… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/25/stories/1060042029 Coal official says it's 'no good' to reject climate change. It's one thing when environmentalists say that fossil fuel companies' positions on climate change are similar to Big Tobacco's past deflections about the hazards of smoking. It's another entirely when it's done by a coal official, who says his industry should heed tobacco's costly lessons. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/25/stories/1060042035 Climate change to double hay fever in Europe — study. More miserable mornings with watery eyes, scratchy throats and sneezing are on the horizon for allergy sufferers in Europe, according to a new study. Pollen from ragweed, a plant that's native to the Americas but is an invasive species in Europe, can cause hay fever. By midcentury, the number of people sensitized to ragweed pollen will double… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/25/stories/1060042038 SB 32 Business groups urge members to lobby against climate change bill. The California Assembly approved sweeping climate-change legislation on Tuesday that is vigorously opposed by many business groups in the Central Valley and throughout the state. The bill, SB 32, would make the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. http://cvbj.biz/2016/08/24/business-groups-urge-members-lobby-climate-change-bill/ Gov. Brown poised to sign 2030 climate targets. California will set a sweeping economywide carbon emissions target of a 40 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2030, after lawmakers voted yesterday to approve a bill giving them more say in the state's climate policies. The state Senate passed a bill to give lawmakers more oversight of the California Air Resources Board, the agency charged with writing... http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/25/stories/1060042036 FUELS API-funded study takes aim at biofuels' carbon neutrality. New research funded in part by the American Petroleum Institute finds that burning ethanol and biodiesel for fuel is not carbon-neutral. The findings contradict the widely accepted assumption that carbon released by burning biofuels will be replaced through the growth of feedstock crops like corn… http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/08/25/stories/1060042033 VW RECALL Volkswagen to Compensate Dealers Affected By Emissions Scandal. Volkswagen has reached a "deal in principle" to compensate 652 VW brand dealers affected by its diesel emissions scandal, the company announced today. The settlement amount has not yet been disclosed, but will involve cash payments to "resolve alleged past, current… http://abcnews.go.com/US/volkswagen-compensate-dealers-affected-emissions-scandal/story?id=41648493 GREEN ENERGY San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has rejected a controversial solar plant proposed for the Mojave Desert’s Soda Mountains, citing concerns that the project would destroy habitat and block ancient trails used by bighorn sheep for thousands of years. In a 3-2 vote, the board on Tuesday declined to certify documents required under state law in order to issue county permits… http://www.latimes.com/local/california/ OPINIONS With new climate legislation, Gov. Brown gets even with the oil industry. Gov. Jerry Brown got mad and one year later has gotten even with the oil lobby. It’s a textbook example of what can happen in a representative democracy when a leader is willing to settle for realistic goals. It’s what results when one doesn’t get too greedy and agrees to compromise. It’s also symptomatic of one-party control. http://www.latimes.com/politics/ When did global warming start? It could be earlier than we thought. Researchers say man-made climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions can be tracked as far back as the mid-1800s, rather than the late 1800s, as previously thought. When did manmade global warming begin? A new study suggests it could have been decades earlier than we had thought. Until now, scientists believed that climate change started in the late 1800s. http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0825/When-did-global-warming-start-It-could-be-earlier-than-we-thought Oil companies stoke class warfare to stop climate-change legislation. To the editor: The oil industry excels at pitting poor people’s concerns against needed climate legislation. (“A big question complicating the climate debate: Are current policies only benefiting the rich?” Aug. 22) Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) is the latest to carry water for the oil lobby. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-climate-change-legislation-rich-poor-20160825-snap-story.html Climate change is the culprit in fires and floods alike. Gee, what a fire season we’re having. At least five major fires in California alone, one in our county. And it seems, year by year, this situation is only getting worse. It is not difficult to see the link between this and climate change, aka global warming. Another scary feature of these times is the prevalence of heavy rains and floods in many parts of the country. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article97745317.html#storylink=cpy How the Voters Feel About Climate Change Legislation. When the greenhouse gases extension bill seemed to be stalled in the legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Secretary, Nancy McFadden, said that the administration would get its way on the climate change: Either the bill would pass the legislature or the governor would take his agenda to the ballot. He filed papers for a ballot measure committee as a first step. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2016/08/voters-feel-climate-change-legislation/ California's emissions regulations are about to get even stricter. The Golden State wants its greenhouse-gas emissions to be 40 percent lower than 1990's levels by 2030. California has led US states when it comes to strict emissions regulations. But being ahead of the pack clearly isn't good enough for the Golden State, as it's on the verge of signing into law even stricter regulations for cutting down on pollution. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/californias-emissions-regulations-are-about-to-get-even-stricter/ BLOGS Coal Executive Says His Industry Must Confront Climate Change. Richard Reavey says climate denial is eerily parallel to the tobacco industry’s old tactics, which hurt that business long-term. It’s one thing when environmentalists say that fossil fuel companies’ positions on climate change are similar to Big Tobacco’s past deflections about the hazards of smoking. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-executive-says-his-industry-must-confront-climate-change/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.