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PCAST suggests 6 key components for climate change strategy to President Obama; adaptation and mitigation

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter to President Obama describing six key components the advisory group believes should be central to the Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change. The first component aims to reduce the damage resulting from changes in climate (“adaptation”), while the last five aim to reduce the pace and magnitude of these changes (“mitigation”).

Georgia Tech study projects potential mixed impacts of climate change policies on air quality

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Results of a study by a team from Georgia Tech and their colleagues at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management show that national CO 2 emissions reductions strategies will play an important role in impacting air quality over the US. The results also show that CO 2 emission reduction policies can have mixed positive and negative impacts on air quality. Climate Change Emissions Health Policy

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EPA proposes first US greenhouse gas emissions standards for aircraft

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for airplanes used in commercial aviation and large business jets. Aviation Climate Change Emissions Market Background Regulations

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Virginia Legislature passes Clean Car Standards bill; to Governor for signing

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At the end of last week, the Virginia State Senate passed HB 1965, which directs the State Air Pollution Control Board to implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. With this rule, Virginia joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting clean car standards. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Regulations

EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan sees likely increase in tropospheric ozone, with more difficulty in attaining NAAQS in many areas

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Among the many climate-related vulnerabilities that can impact its mission, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites a likely increase in tropospheric ozone pollution as potentially making it more difficult to attain National Ambient Air Quality Standards ( NAAQS ) in many areas with existing ozone problems. The analysis comes in a draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan that the agency has released for public comment. Climate Change Emissions Policy

California ARB and NOAA Collaborating in $20M Research on Interaction of Air Pollution and Climate Change; One Atmosphere Approach

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Schematic diagram of the trade-offs between the implications for regional air quality and global climate change of new policies for management of the atmosphere. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are collaborating in the $20-million CalNex research project to examine the nexus between air pollution and climate change. What is the contribution from ship emissions? emission inventories?

Greyrock, NREL study determines reduction in GHG and criteria pollutant emissions from using synthetic fuels produced from flare gas

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A “well-to-wheel” life cycle assessment (LCA) by a team from synthetic fuels producer Greyrock ( earlier post ), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has determined the potential reduction of greenhouse gases and criteria pollutant emissions from the use of synthetic fuels directly converted from flare gas. This blend was also found to reduce criteria air pollutant emissions by an average of 28%, 18%, 24% and 5.5%

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EPA finalizes greenhouse gas standards for LDVs MY 2023-2026

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the federal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for Model Years (MY) 2023 through 2026. By MY2026 the final emissions targets are 47 grams of CO 2 /mile lower than the standards they replace.

Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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Schematic overview of the primary black-carbon emission sources and the processes that control. the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Black carbon (BC) is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this pollutant’s climate impact.

T&E study finds plug-in hybrids show higher CO2 emissions than claimed

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T&E has commissioned Emissions Analytics to test three of the most popular PHEVs sold in 2019: a BMW X5 (longest EV range PHEV available), a Volvo XC60 and the Mitsubishi Outlander. Our tests show that even in optimal conditions, with a full battery, the cars pollute more than advertised.

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California and Shenzhen, China, sign agreement to cooperate on fighting climate change

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Moving to further strengthen California’s ties with China, California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols and Director of the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission Xu Anliang signed a memorandum of understanding in Shenzhen that will expand cooperation at the subnational level to tackle global climate change. The collaboration will focus on building effective systems for data gathering, emissions verification, market monitoring, compliance and enforcement.

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New Jersey adopts Advanced Clean Truck Rules

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced the adoption of the Advanced Clean Truck and Fleet Reporting rules. The adoption of these rules establishes New Jersey as one of the first states to require phasing in of clean electric commercial trucks to replace diesel-powered trucks. New Jersey’s transportation sector is responsible for more than 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Study Concludes Warming Climate Will Increase Ozone Levels in Major California Air Basins; Climate Change and Regional Air Quality Are Intertwined Problems

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Illustration of projected ozone changes in the South Coast region due to climate change in 2050. In a new report released by the California Air Resources Board, scientists from the University of California at Davis and Berkeley estimate that rising temperatures from climate change will increase ozone levels in California’s major air basins. Our study reveals that climate change and regional air pollution are intertwined problems.

Ice core data show why air pollution is dropping more slowly in US and Western Europe despite lower sulfur emissions

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Low-sulfur gasoline standards and regulations on power plants have successfully cut sulfate concentrations in the air, reducing the fine particulate matter that harms human health and cleaning up the environmental hazard of acid rain. Emissions Market Background

California Legislature passes $1.5B California Clean Air Initiative to cut emissions; $895M for mobile sources

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The California state legislature has passed a set of bills ( AB 134 and AB 109 ) providing $895 million towards programs that will reduce air pollution from mobile sources which are responsible for 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Air Initiative marks the single largest investment in clean air in state history. 140 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program for rebates for light-duty vehicles. Climate Change Emissions Policy Regulations

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Exxon/Mobil Guilty of Climate Change Coverup. Now Ordered Out of Torrance 3 Years Sooner.

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I initially gave Exxon/Mobil till 2020 to get out of Torrance and clean up their toxic mess here in my town. But now that I’ve found out they’re still lying and covering up their role in climate change and the size of their own carbon footprint, I’m going to have to get tougher with them. They know as I do that we should turn that 750 oily acre into a clean, renewable solar power generating station.

Study measures the effect of regional change in clouds caused by ships’ emissions; masking GHG warming

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This puffy line is not just exhaust from the engine, but a change in the clouds that’s caused by small airborne particles of pollution. The result implies that globally, cloud changes caused by particles from all forms of industrial pollution block 1 Watt of solar energy per square meter of Earth’s surface, masking almost a third of the present-day warming from greenhouse gases. Pollution from ships creates lines of clouds that can stretch hundreds of miles.

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Get Your Monkeywrenches Ready! Politicians Beg For Climate Change Wake Up Call

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While the finely tailored and pampered leaders of the G8 met in Italy to talk the issue of climate change to death and do nothing tangible about it, activists with a more realistic sense of urgency started to take the necessary action to start cutting greenhouse gases right now. Brave environmental activists from Greenpeace actually took a bold climate initiative today, doing so in my grandfather’s homeland of Italy, where they occupied four coal-fired power plants.

Nine states and DC to design regional approach to cap greenhouse gas emissions from transportation

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A coalition of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia announced their intent to design a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels, and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure. The work of TCI is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center. —Transportation & Climate Initiative Statement.

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Report: $12.1T must be invested in new renewable power generation over next 25 years to limit climate change

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To reach the level of investment in new renewable power generation needed to avert dangerous climate change, $12.1 The report, Mapping the Gap: Road from Paris, was announced at the UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk, a gathering of 500 global investors this week organized by Ceres, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Office of Partnerships. trillion of investment will be needed over the next 25 years—$5.2

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CARB draft of updated AB 32 Scoping Plan for climate change actions post-2020; pushing for greater transportation reductions

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The Scoping Plan describes the comprehensive range of efforts California must take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and meet the state’s long-term goals to combat climate change. The original Plan, first released in 2008, was developed on the principle that a balanced mix of strategies is the best way to cut emissions and grow California’s economy in a clean and sustainable direction.

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

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The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) expects to cut greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles in the region by an estimated 26% from 2022 to 2032, and generate a total of more than $3 billion dollars over ten years for the participating jurisdictions to invest. Auctioning those allowances would generate $300 million every year among the jurisdictions for investments in equitable, less polluting, and more resilient transportation, according to the program.

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New analysis suggests Uber adding significantly to pollution and traffic in European cities

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Uber is adding more polluting car trips to already-clogged European cities such as London and Paris, new analysis by European NGOs suggests —contributing to air pollution and climate change and exploding the company’s sustainability claims.

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New study puts air-pollution related deaths in India in 2019 at 1.67 million

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Air pollution in India resulted 1.67 million deaths in 2019—the largest pollution-related death toll in any country in the world—and also accounted for $36.8 billion (US) in economic losses, according to a new study led by researchers from the Global Observatory on Pollution and Health at Boston College, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Public Health Foundation of India. The 2019 death toll attributed to air pollution in India accounted for 17.8%

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Study finds that steady reduction in fossil fuel emissions will not result in short-term warming spike

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One view advanced in some studies attempting to model future climate is that cleaning up fossil-fuel air pollution rapidly will unintentionally lead to a near-term rise in atmospheric warming of about a half-degree Celsius, which might take up to a century to reverse. We analyzed 42 scenarios presenting different timescales for a very rapid worldwide transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. It will take decades to transition to clean energy.

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Coal in China: huge problem for clean power, climate efforts

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The promotion of renewable energy will only become more important as China works to meet its commitments under the recently-ratified Paris climate agreement. emissions China climate change renewable energy clean energy air pollution fossil fuelsOver the past few years, China has made impressive strides in renewable-energy investment.

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California Air Resources Board posts revised draft of strategy to reduce “Super Pollutants”

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted a revised draft of California’s proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy. SLCPs are a category of pollutants which remain in the atmosphere for a relatively brief period, but have global warming potentials that are much higher than those of CO 2. SLCPs may account for an estimated 40% of global warming, increasing the impacts of climate change. Climate Change Emissions Policy Regulations

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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. Reductions in Emissions. The US proposal is to cut emissions by 3 to 4% of the amount produced in 1990.

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Nevada launches “Clean Cars Nevada” effort; adopting California LEV and ZEV

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the “ Clean Cars Nevada ” initiative, which will evaluate the adoption of new regulations to provide Nevadans with more choices for low and zero emission electric passenger cars and trucks at dealerships throughout the state beginning in 2024.

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New international Climate and Clean Air Coalition to focus on reduction of short-lived climate pollutants

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Global benefits from full implementation of measures for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants in 2030 compared to the reference scenario. The climate change benefit is estimated for a given year (2050) and human health and crop benefits are. Such pollutants together account for approximately one-third of current global warming, have significant impacts on public health, the environment, and world food productivity. Climate Change Emissions Policy

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California Assembly weighing integrating air pollution performance into GHG cap-and-trade

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This bill creates a framework for grading industrial facilities’ air quality performance and creating a uniform air pollution standard that facilities must meet to receive allocation of free allowances from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) beginning in 2021. The bill also prohibits ARB, after 2020, from allocating allowances pursuant to cap-and-trade industrial facility that does not meet the air pollutant emissions standards. Climate Change Emissions Regulations

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California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that greenhouse gas emissions in California in 2016 fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004—a reduction roughly equivalent to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year. Under Assembly Bill 32 passed in 2006, California must reduce its emissions to 1990 levels (431 million metric tons) by 2020. Climate Change Emissions Policy Regulations

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Next 10 report finds California must increase GHG reductions to 4.9%/year through 2030 to meet target

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California’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions has temporarily reversed, with pollution upticks signaling an increasingly difficult path ahead in achieving the state’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets, according to the 12 th annual California Green Innovation Index —released by the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics. Data from the report illustrate that California now must reduce emissions by an average of 4.9%

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California Energy Commission approves $95M plan for clean transportation investments; zero-emission infrastructure

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $95-million plan for critical clean transportation investments to expedite the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and help the state reach its climate, air quality and other goals. The -2020 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) allocates $85.2

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Ports of LA, Long Beach approve 2017 Clean Air Action Plan; targeted GHG reductions; zero-emissions on-road drayage by 2035

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The governing boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach unanimously approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update , ushering in a new era of aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex. The document provides high-level guidance for accelerating progress toward a zero-emission future while protecting and strengthening the ports’ competitive position in the global economy.

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Columbia team organizes available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children’s health

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Researchers at Columbia University, with colleagues at Boston University and Abt Associates, have identified concentration-response (C-R) functions for a number of adverse health outcomes in children associated with air pollutants largely from fossil fuel combustion. The study, led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH), organized the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children’s health. Emissions Health

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Northeast States, DC release proposal for regional plan to cut emissions and invest in clean transportation

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Beginning with the initial regional base annual CO 2 emission budgets for 2022, the regional base annual CO 2 emission budgets are to decline by an amount per year to be set in the final MOU. Electric (Battery) Emissions Policy

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CARB responds to State Auditor’s report; “doubling down”, new Scoping Plan in 2022

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The report suggested that California might not meet its GHG reduction goals for 2030, determined that CARB must do more to help the State work strategically toward its climate change goals, and recommended a number of courses of action that would, in the view of the Office of the Auditor, increase the chances for success. The board will soon hear new regulatory items related to doubling down on zero-emission vehicles, trucks, and equipment.

CARB scrap-and-replace incentive program Clean Cars 4 All reaches 10,000th participant milestone

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As a direct result of the state’s Clean Cars 4 All program, more than 10,000 Californians have now scrapped old, dirty cars and replaced them with cleaner alternatives such as new and used zero-emission, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid cars. There is strong consumer demand for Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) which incentivizes lower-income California drivers to scrap their older, high-polluting cars and replace them with clean cars.

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White House forms Climate Innovation Working Group; on the way to ARPA-C

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President Biden has created a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance his commitment to launching an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C). The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net zero economy-wide emissions by 2050.

EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

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After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized Clean Power Plan, the EPA will attempt to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Environmental emissions EPA energy policy climate change air pollution

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

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation. Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

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EPA releases final Clean Power Plan; 32% reduction in CO2 from power plants by 2030

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP). The rules establish the first national standards to limit CO 2 emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants, with a target of a 32% reduction against a 2005 baseline by 2030. The 2030 target is in alignment with the Administration’s earlier economy-wide emissions targets, including the goal of reducing emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

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