Reducing Black Carbon Emissions and Ground-Level Ozone Would Provide Immediate Benefit Against Climate Change

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Reducing emissions of black carbon soot and ground-level ozone would quickly make a considerable dent in the climate change problem and would also contribute to public health and protect crop yields, according to an essay in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. The piece was co-authored by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego climate and atmospheric scientist V. A provision on black carbon is also included in the Waxman-Markey climate bill.

Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

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Oceans, already expanding from warmth and melting glaciers, would rise, increasing coastal flooding; a chain reaction of climate changes is projected to lead to harsher, more widespread droughts and more powerful storms. US intelligence and defense agencies say such environmental changes can lead to energy insecurity, water and food shortages, and social instability. It’s about time we changed course. COP15 , United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009.

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State Auditor says California may not meet 2030 GHG reduction goal; says aspects of CARB efforts lacking

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To help the California Air Resources Board (ARB)—the state’s key organization in this area—to fight climate change by reducing GHG emissions, the Legislature has allocated more than $2 billion from the State’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (cap?and?trade

3 East Coast states and DC first to participate in TCI-P cap-and-invest program for transportation

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The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and the mayor of the District of Columbia announced that theirs will be the first jurisdictions to launch a new multi-state program that the principals expect will invest some $300 million per year in cleaner transportation choices. If all of the TCI jurisdictions eventually choose to implement the TCI-P, total proceeds available for investment could exceed $2 billion annually.

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Biden sets 2030 net GHG reduction target for US of 50-52% below 2005 levels

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federal, state, local, and tribal governments have many tools available to work with civil society and the private sector to mobilize investment to meet these goals while supporting a strong economy. ”. Speeding up this shift will be vital to meeting climate targets.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. Preparing the US for the impacts of climate change. In terms of investment in innovation for cleaner energy, the plan calls for: Investment in advanced fossil energy projects. Providing a toolkit for climate resilience.

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Washington governor proposes slate of measures to curb GHG emissions & transition state to cleaner energy; cap-and-trade and EV incentives

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. Each year, the number of available allowances will decline to ensure emissions are gradually reduced. Cleaner transportation options for consumers. Clean technology development and climate science. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Infrastructure Policy

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CARB proposes amending California LEV III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation to maintain stringency if US standards change

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To ensure that the effects of any federal weakening for model years 2021 through 2025 are not felt in California, CARB is proposing amendments to its LEV III greenhouse gas emission regulations to clarify that the “deemed to comply” option is available only for the currently adopted federal greenhouse gas regulations. Climate Change Emissions Regulations

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JATO: new car CO2 emissions rise for the first time in a decade in Europe; diesel down, gasoline up, SUVs up

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This could be due to consumer scepticism when it comes to the battery ranges of BEVs and the number of charging points available on the road network at present, JATO suggested. The shift in fuel type from diesel to gasoline—combined with an increase in registrations in the SUV segment—is crucial to understanding the change in CO 2 emissions. Climate Change Diesel Emissions Europe Policy Regulations

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Lung Association report highlights health and climate costs of petroleum-based transportation and the benefits of shifting to ZEVs

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A new report produced by the American Lung Association concludes that over-reliance on petroleum-based fuels for transportation costs the 10 ZEV states in the US (California and nine other states that have adopted the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program) an estimated $37 billion in health expenses and climate costs every year—with California costs alone hitting $15 billion. in hidden health and climate costs. Climate benefits include $5.5

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WHO report urges greater attention to improved land use, rapid transit, cycling and walking to achieve health co-benefits from transport GHG emissions mitigation

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These strategies need more systematic study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)i in the assessment of transport mitigation measures, according to the report, Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation - Transport sector , released this week during the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa. —Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation—Transport sector.

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Europe moves forward on the Energy Union; transport key element

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The European Commission has adopted the European Energy Union package —a framework strategy for a resilient energy union with a forward-looking climate change policy. Today, we set in motion a fundamental transition towards a low-carbon and climate-friendly economy, towards an Energy Union that puts citizens first, by offering them more affordable, secure, and sustainable energy. The EU will provide an ambitious contribution to the international climate negotiations.

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Calif. ARB releases GHG scoping plan update; more ZEVs, “LEV IV”, MD and HD regulations; ZEV for trucks; more LCFS

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The update identifies eight key sectors for ongoing action: Energy; Transportation, fuels, land use and infrastructure; Agriculture; Water; Waste management; Natural lands; Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (such as methane and black carbon); and Green Buildings. Since its launch in 2011, the regulation has generated a multitude of unique approaches for cleaner fuels. Additional strategies are needed over the next five years to define the paths for longer-term change.

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Analysis concludes that current transportation policy in most US states will likely worsen GHG emission trends in US

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However, most states use few of the available transportation policy tools to reduce. In the 50-state assessment, no state received a higher grade than “B-,” and most states scored lower than “D,” demonstrating a lack of alignment between transportation and climate policies, according to the analysis. transportation policy with climate change and energy goals, and some put in place systems that effectively sabotage these goals. Climate Change Emissions Land use Policy

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South Bay Bicycle Coalition Scores $240,000 Grant! Huge Grassroots Victory for Brand New Bike Group

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But it’s even better news for the health of our South Bay communities – not just for the obesity-fighting exercise that people on bicycles are going to be getting, but just as importantly, for the cleaner air we’re going to get to breathe thanks to people using pollution-free bicycle transportation instead of driving their cars. citizen volunteer climate change environment South Bay Bicycle Coalition Steve Diels Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas Todd Dipaola

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IEA: carbon intensity of global energy supply has barely changed in last 20 years; “window of opportunity in transport”

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The global energy supply became 6% cleaner from 1971 to 1990,in response to the oil shocks of the 1970s. Since 1990, however, the ESCII (2010 = 100) has remained essentially static, changing by less than 1%. The world must slow the growth of energy demand as well as make its energy supply cleaner, the IEA said. The world must slow the growth of energy demand while making the energy supply cleaner. The ESCII, along with projections for three scenarios.

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California Air Resources Board unanimously adopts Advanced Clean Cars Package

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In a unanimous vote on Friday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) regulatory package ( earlier post ), launching California into another round of major automotive regulations for model years 2015-2025 that are designed to deliver cleaner air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to help build the future market for battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Hybrids Plug-ins Policy

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Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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emissions, the NO x and SO 2 increases are significant enough to notably change total national emissions, they conclude.China has made a firm commitment to improve its air quality. Since coal-use control is a near-term goal, NG appears more adequate than other energies to replace coal in the short term, because of its greater availability and technological maturity. China Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Lifecycle analysis Natural Gas

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GCP Carbon Budget Finds Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Rose 2% in 2008 Despite Global Financial Crisis; Natural Sinks Not Keeping Pace With Increasing Emissions

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The authors, under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project , reported a 29% increase in global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008 (the latest year for which figures are available), and by 41% between 2008 and 1990, the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol. Emissions from land use change have remained almost constant since 2000, but now account for a significantly smaller proportion of total anthropogenic CO 2 emissions (20% in 2000 to 12% in 2008).

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Perspective: The UN Approval Process for Carbon Offsets

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The other goal, of course, is the system’s ultimate purpose: to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by channeling funds into cleaner technologies. Verification of the emission reduction or carbon sequestration is critical in efforts to mitigate climate change. One question is who will be responsible for verifying changes in carbon, which raises questions about the role of a regulatory agency for accrediting claimed changes in carbon levels from an activity.

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Massachusetts sets state GHG emissions limit for 2020 at 25% below 1990 levels, releases plan with additional measures, including Pay As You Drive auto insurance

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Secretary Bowles set the limit today at the statutory maximum of 25 percent and released the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which contains a portfolio of policies designed to meet the limit. The 136-page Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 contains a portfolio of established and new measures that reduce energy waste, save money, and stimulate the adoption of clean energy technologies, thereby creating jobs at the same time that they reduce GHG emissions.

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EPA, DOT and California align timeframe for proposing MY 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards

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Proposing the new standards on the same timeframe—by 1 September 2011—signals continued collaboration that could lead to an extension of the current National Clean Car Program, providing automakers certainty as they work to build the next generation of cleaner, more fuel efficient cars. The new announcement ensures that both proposals will come out simultaneously after a thorough, joint review of all data available when the proposals are issued.

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, built their climate change bill last year in large measure around it. As Senators Graham, Kerry and Lieberman try to resuscitate the climate change bill by introducing a revised bill in mid-to-late April, twenty-three U.S. Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Participation by a large number of bidders for a small slice of the overall pie of available allowances leads to the most economically efficient outcome.

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National Academies Report Examines Hidden Cost of Energy Production and Use in US; Estimates $120B in 2005

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Health and other non-climate damages by life-cycle component for different combinations of fuels and light-duty automobiles in 2005 (top) and 2030 (bottom). That figure does not include damages from climate change, harm to ecosystems, effects of some air pollutants such as mercury, and risks to national security, which the report examines but does not monetize. Climate-related monetary damages range from 0.1 Tags: Climate Change Emissions Policy

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California Energy Commission Adopts $176M Green Transportation Plan

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The Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program’s Investment Plan allocates $176 million over the next two years to stimulate green transportation projects and encourage innovation to help meet the state’s aggressive climate change policies. The Alternative and Renewable Fuels Vehicle Technology Program was established by Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) and is an essential element of the California's climate change and energy policies.

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California Assemblymembers introduce bill phasing out gasoline-fueled small off-road engines

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We must look beyond transportation if we are to achieve the emissions reductions needed to fight climate change and improve air quality and health in our communities. We can and must help small landscaping businesses replace their gas-powered equipment with cleaner alternatives. The bill also requires CARB to make funding available for commercial rebates to support the transition to zero-emission SORE.

IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

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MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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The report is the culmination of MITEI’s three-year Mobility of the Future study, which is part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change. areas of inquiry: The potential impact of climate change policies on global fleet composition, fuel consumption, fuel prices, and economic output.

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BloombergNEF: clean energy investment in developing nations slumps as financing in China slows; coal burn surges to record high

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The findings suggest that developing nations are moving toward cleaner power but not nearly fast enough to limit global CO 2 emissions. The transition from coal toward cleaner sources in developing nations is underway.

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California Air Resources Board approves $663M funding plan for clean cars, trucks, buses

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The funding will help the state cut climate-changing gases while promoting technologies that reduce harmful diesel emissions, particularly in disadvantaged and low-income communities. These investments support the emission reduction goals of the California’s 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan ( earlier post ), State Implementation Plans and the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan. 20 million to make loans for clean trucks more widely available.

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Finnish NGO UFF to use Neste Renewable Diesel in trucks

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In addition to supporting sustainable development, reducing the effects of climate change is also a cornerstone of our organization’s work. Up until now no similar solution has been available at all, so we are very excited about this partnership. Its leading properties ensure cleaner combustion and reduce engine noise and local emissions.

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T&E study: EVs can be cheaper for Uber drivers to run than latest diesels in many European capitals

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Medium-sized battery-electric cars are on average 14% cheaper to run than equivalent diesels today, if slow charging overnight near home and/or fast charging at preferential rates are available. By then more than 200 different EV models will be available in the showrooms.

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DOE announces $209 million for electric vehicles battery research 

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The country is completely dependent on importing battery components from abroad that deals with the national supply chain vulnerabilities that threaten to disrupt the availability and cost of these technologies. DOE announces $209 million for electric vehicles battery research . The U.S.

UK and China launch 3-year, £20M low carbon innovation program

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Representatives from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Program, signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) at a meeting in London which was witnessed by the UK’s Minister of State for Climate Change, Greg Barker. million (US$11 million) available each year.

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Congestion charge and electric vehicles: Everything you need to know

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Faced with the rising threat of climate change, one of the government’s first major steps to combat dangerous levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the country was introduce the Congestion Charge.

Bank of America joins Stanford’s Global Climate & Energy Project

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Bank of America has joined Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP), a collaboration of academic and business experts that identifies and supports new avenues of research to make environmentally sustainable, low-cost energy available to everyone. The GCEP collaboration expects to benefit from the bank’s expertise in financing sustainable businesses dedicated to addressing climate change and advancing low-carbon solutions.

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Announcing Canada’s electric vehicle industry leaders

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The EV Awards program is available to dealerships and electrical utilities across Canada. Electric vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, while helping Canada reach its climate change action goals.

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California Air Resources Board Unveils $3.7M in Rebates for Plug-in Hybrid and Zero-Emission Vehicles

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Rebates are available to individuals, business owners and government entities in California that purchase or lease new eligible zero-emission or plug-in hybrid electric light-duty vehicles now. million to fund air quality improvement programs that will pay for cleaner equipment such as hybrid truck and buses, zero-emission and plug-in hybrid cars, and motorcycles. Cleaner vehicles reduce California smog and climate change emissions, and save consumers money.

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Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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These incentives can help fleet managers replace aging gasoline and diesel vehicles with cleaner alternatives. Three grants totaling nearly $15 million will expand incubator-type services and facilities available to clean energy entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and San Diego regions. Nine grants totaling more than $6 million will focus on air quality, aquatic resources, terrestrial resources and climate change related to energy generation.

2016 163

GM commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

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This new renewable energy goal, along with the pursuit of electrified vehicles and efficient manufacturing, is part of the company’s overall approach to strengthening its business, improving communities and addressing climate change. This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs. —Amy Davidsen, North America executive director at The Climate Group.

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Measurements of CO2 and CO in China’s Air Indicate Sharply Improved Combustion Efficiency

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The findings, published in the 21 September issue of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics , are generally consistent with official Chinese government statistics and could bolster their credibility as international negotiations proceed on commitments of China and other nations to combat climate change. Fuel combustion releases energy by converting carbon to CO 2 , but some is only converted to CO, losing some of the available chemical energy.

2010 181

California Energy Commission adopts $100M investment plan for 2013-2014 for green vehicles and fuels

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Funding priorities through the ARFVT Program support fuel and vehicle development to help attain the state’s climate change policies. In a separate action, the California Energy Commission approved $4,979,070 through the current ARFVT program to projects that will support increased numbers of cleaner, alternative fuel vehicles on California roadways.

2013 246

Secretary Moniz dedicates new supercomputer at NETL to support fossil energy research

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It provides the new computer with one of the lowest power utilization efficiency (PUE) infrastructures available, at times using only 1% of total electrical consumption to cool the equipment. That’s why any serious effort to protect our kids from the worst effects of climate change must also include developing, demonstrating and deploying the technologies to use our abundant fossil fuel resources as cleanly as possible.

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