California Air Resources Board signs MOU with Australian climate agency

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California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols and Chair of the Australian Clean Energy Regulator, Chloe Munro, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to guide collaboration between the agencies in addressing the global issue of climate change. The Australian Clean Energy Regulator and the Air Resources Board have been sharing practical lessons over the past year on methods for setting carbon prices.

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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 may account for an estimated 40% of global warming, increasing the impacts of climate change.

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California mulls ban on new cars with engines, joining China in climate action

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China zero emissions California California Air Resources Board CARB climate change plug-in cars state laws legislationWith China mulling an eventual ban on sales of cars with gasoline or diesel engines, the world's largest car market made it clear earlier this month that it intends to force a conversion to zero-emission vehicles. Now California, which has led the U.S. in environmental awareness and emission reduction for decades, is doing the same. Governor Jerry.

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US DOI report highlights impacts of climate change on Western water resources

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Projected median temperature change in °F (of 112 climate projections) over the Western United States, 2070–2099 relative to 1950–1979. Resources. Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Water

Study: IMO low-sulfur fuel standards will decrease childhood asthma cases, premature deaths; climate tradeoffs

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While the health benefits are clear, the research also quantifies tradeoffs in terms of climate. Therefore, stronger international shipping policies may need to achieve climate and health targets by jointly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution. Resources.

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The Climate Change Caravan

Revenge of the Electric Car

Say Hello to Guest Blogger Alexis Ringwald - with this first dispatch from the Climate Change Caravan in India. On January 3, 2009, a group of passionate individuals launched the Climate Solutions Road Tour : an epic month-long 3,500 km journey from Chennai to New Delhi, India to demonstrate that clean transportation solutions do exist and call upon automakers globally to build them. More soon … Follow our Climate Solutions Road Tour at: [link].

BC government unveils climate plan

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The government of British Columbia recently unveiled its Climate Leadership Plan , targeting the reduction of net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050 and the creation of up to 66,000 jobs over the next ten years. The Climate Leadership Plan will be further updated over the coming year, in response to work underway between the federal government and the provinces and territories to develop a pan-Canadian approach to climate action.

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California ARB moves forward with climate and air quality actions

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On the first day of a two-day board meeting—the second day of which (Friday 24 March) will consider the Advanced Clean Cars Midterm Review—the California Air Resources Board (ARB) took a number of climate and air quality actions.

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American Chemical Society Posts Online Collection of New Resources on Climate Change

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) has posted a new online collection of resources related to climate change, including audio and visual presentations from a recent ACS forum on the science of climate change and video from an ACS press briefing on this forum. Topic: Climate change science. Topic: Observed and anticipated climate change impacts. Topic: Four things I think I know about climate. Topic: America’s climate choices.

California Air Resources Board unanimously adopts Advanced Clean Cars Package

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The Advanced Clean Cars package will help clean our air, help us fight climate change, and perhaps most important for average citizens, save thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicles. Resources. Climate Change Emissions Fuel Efficiency Hybrids Plug-ins Policy

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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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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. Resources.

Hansen paper emphasizes importance of retention and expansion of nuclear power for health and climate reasons

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Large-scale expansion of unconstrained natural gas use would not mitigate the climate problem and would cause far more deaths than expansion of nuclear power, according to their analysis, which is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Resources.

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Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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Climate, energy, and food security are three of the most important global challenges society faces during the twenty-first century. Resources. Corless (2016) “Marine microalgae: Climate, energy, and food security from the sea.”

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California Air Resources Board approves updated environmental analysis of state climate plan, re-approves AB 32 Scoping Plan; cap-and-trade back in motion

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved an updated environmental analysis of the Scoping Plan. California Air Resources Board, et al., Resources. Climate Change Emissions PolicyApproval of the updated environmental analysis (known as the Functional Equivalent Document, FED) was also accompanied by a vote to re-approve the AB 32 Scoping Plan.

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Give Me A #BreakFreeLA & Then Give Me 100% Renewables RIGHT NOW

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” He always was so ahead of the curve… Like I say, I live in Torrance, home of the exploding Exxon Mobil refinery where our Air Quality Management District just gave the refinery operators exemptions to exceed pollution limits while they restart the aging climate wrecker back up. .

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OP engine developer Achates Power closes $29.8M Series D; OGCI Climate Investments comes onboard

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Achates Power, the developer of next-generation two-stroke compression-ignition opposed-piston (OP) engines ( earlier post ) announced that OGCI Climate Investments has invested in the company’s Series-D round. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), is a CEO-led initiative of 10 oil and gas companies that collaborate on action to lead the industry response to climate change. —Dr Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of OGCI Climate Investments. Resources.

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Pruitt's EPA emission rollback reasoning may well fail in court

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emissions EPA global warming California Air Resources Board CARB greenhouse gas climate change carbon dioxide regulation Donald TrumpDespite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will happen immediately. His determination last week that the Obama administration was "incorrect" and that the limits on those vehicles weren't needed kicks off a lengthy process of.

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UCLA/LLNL study concludes most climate models overestimate increase in global precipitation due to climate change

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UCLA and Lawrence Livermore researchers have found that most climate models overestimate the increase in global precipitation due to climate change. The intensification of the hydrologic cycle is an important dimension of climate change that can have significant impacts on human and natural systems, perhaps more so than rising temperatures alone, according to Zelinka. Resources.

India, China, Brazil, Japan, other non-Arctic countries want a voice on Arctic Council; interest in climate change impact and access to resources

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Many non-Arctic countries are interested in the Arctic as the “canary in the coal mine” that can teach them about how climate change will impact their own states. They are also interested in the potential access to the vast hydrocarbons and resources in the region and the cost-savings of using shorter Arctic shipping routes. Countries such as China, India and Brazil, which have no Arctic territories, are now seeking admission to the Arctic Council as permanent observers.

DOE launches major 10-year project to use high performance computing for climate change research; ACME

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Eight national laboratories—Lawrence Livermore, Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia—are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four academic institutions and one private-sector company in a 10-year project to use high performance computing (HPC) to develop and to apply the most complete climate and Earth system model. Resources. Climate Change Climate models High Performance Computing

National Academies report finds climate models need to evolve substantially, calls for strategy of increased unification amidst diversity

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A new generation of climate models will be needed to address a wide spectrum of climate information needs. Promoting unification in some aspects of the US climate modeling enterprise could enable more efficient, coordinated progress. Resources.

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California ARB approves 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan; requires doubling the rate of GHG cuts

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The California Air Resources Board unanimously approved the 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan , which sets the state on an aggressive course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions an additional 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 under SB 32. This will require California to double the rate at which it has been cutting GHGs. Earlier post.). Eleven years ago, the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) set the goal of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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Pruitt won't let California set emission standards; EPA not looking at post-2025 rules

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emissions EPA global warming California California Air Resources Board CARB climate change carbon dioxide regulation Donald TrumpNow, it's war, in the words of California's lead emission regulator. In what Bloomberg News called a "wide-ranging interview" with EPA chief Scott Pruitt, he indicated the agency does not intend to let California set the agenda for national emission limits on vehicles. Bringing California into line would require eliminating the state's 50-year.

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Analysis finds air-quality justification for CNG vehicle conversion in developing cities, despite negative climate impact

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Impact pathway approach for modeling policy interventions in (a) air quality and (b) climate impacts. However, CNG conversion was apparently detrimental from a climate change perspective, as CH 4 emissions increased. Resources.

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Opinion: Political Climate Shifting Against The Oil And Gas Industry

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First, the attorney general in New York announced an investigation into ExxonMobil, for what it sees as evidence that the company lied about the dangers of climate change. The probe comes on the heels of reports from InsideClimate News that the oil major’s own scientists knew about the threat of climate change decades ago. But, according to the report, ExxonMobil buried the science and instead began funding think tanks and scientific research to sow doubt about climate change.

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MIT study cautions smaller nations on rushing to develop their natural gas resources; Cyprus as model

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Based on the interim results of a new study, MIT researchers are warning smaller nations to proceed with caution in pursuing the development of their natural gas resources. Resources. Cyprus offshore hydrocarbon exploration blocks. Paltsev et al. Click to enlarge.

US National Research Council reiterates need for action in US to limit magnitude of climate change; final volume in Americas Climate Choices

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Illustration of the steps in an iterative risk management approach for addressing climate change. From: America’s Climate Choices. This trend cannot be explained by natural factors such as internal climate variability or changes in incoming energy from the sun. Resources.

Cutting Non-CO2 Pollutants Can Delay Abrupt Climate Change; The Fast Action Climate Agenda

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This would mean that the climate system is close to entering if not already within the zone of “dangerous anthropogenic interference” (DAI). “We They are poised to become a larger part of the climate problem over the next few decades. Climate policy. Resources.

NRC report: US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard need to begin now to prepare for effects of climate change in the Arctic

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In response to the measured and projected effects of climate change, US naval forces—i.e., The committee found that even the most moderate current trends in climate, if continued, will present new national security challenges. Resources.

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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the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Accounting for all of the ways black carbon can affect climate, it is believed to have a warming effect of about 1.1 Synthesis of black carbon climate forcing terms. Resources.

Air Resources Board seeks nominations for 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

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The California Air Resources Board is accepting applications for the 2014 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards. The awards are annually bestowed upon scientists, policy makers, community leaders and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clean air and climate change science, technology and policy. Resources.

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World Bank to focus on reducing short-lived climate pollutants; transport projects

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A new report prepared by the World Bank at the request of the G8 identifies ways that the World Bank can do more through its projects to reduce the emission of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs): black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone, and fluorinated gases known as HFCs. Resources.

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New method details contributions of climate change & natural variability to rapid Arctic ice loss

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The study, from the University of Washington, the University of California Santa Barbara and federal scientists, is published in Nature Climate Change. Ding designed a new sea ice model experiment that combines forcing due to climate change with observed weather in recent decades. Some of this shift is related to climate change, but the study finds that 30-50% of the observed sea ice loss since 1979 is due to natural variations in this large-scale atmospheric pattern.

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

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In the study, the researchers assessed the impact of four potential climate mitigation policies—two climate tax scenarios (CT1 and CT2); a combined transportation and energy scenario (TE); a biomass energy (BE) scenario; plus a reference case—on air quality in the US in 2050 using a chemical transport model (CTM) to simulate air pollutant concentrations and applying recent climate downscaling and emissions modeling advancements. Resources.

Comprehensive assessment concludes black carbon second-most important human emission in warming climate

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A comprehensive assessment of black-carbon climate forcing accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres estimates that black carbon, with a total climate forcing of +1.1?W?m Resources.

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Canada and Norway to cooperate in energy resource development

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Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Ola Borten Moe, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, signed a joint statement on cooperation in the energy sector. Minister Moe is visiting Canada; the Globe and Mail [link] that the Energy Minister is backing Canada in its fight with the European Union over a fuel-quality directive that discourages the use of oil sands bitumen, saying the world needs more Canadian crude production.

UN Review of Recent Climate Research Concludes That Impacts Of Climate Change Coming Faster Than Anticipated

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Significant climate anomalies 2008/2009. Source: Climate Change Compendium. A UN review of some 400 major scientific contributions to Earth systems and climate science released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, has found that the pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the worst case predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC). Resources.

Study finds climate impact of long distance trip can vary by factor of 10 depending upon mode, efficiency and occupancy

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GWP100 weighted specific climate impact (g CO 2 -eq per pkm) as a function of vehicle occupancy. 25% occupancy, the climate impact is at the level of an average air trip, whereas a car with three or more passengers, 60% occupancy or more, it is at the low level of average trains or coaches.

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U-Mich researcher’s first-principles analysis challenges conventional carbon accounting for biofuels; implications for climate policy

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In a paper that could have a significant impact on climate policies for transportation fuels, Dr. John M. Such an approach can indicate policy directions consistent with fostering the conditions that comprehensive analyses imply are necessary for climate protection. Resources.

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