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May 24, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
The California Energy Commission on Wednesday imposed new rules that effectively forbid the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and all other municipal utilities in the state from signing new contracts with coal-fired power plants. The move, together with identical regulations imposed on private utilities in January, is a significant step toward reducing the contribution of California, the world's sixth largest economy, to global warming.
May 3, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Southern California air regulators cannot require railroads to shut down idling locomotives or obey other local laws designed to clean up deadly diesel pollution, a federal judge ruled this week. The decision invalidates action taken last year by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to reduce a major source of air pollution in the Southland. Locomotives are responsible for more than 32 tons per day of pollutants, an amount equal to that produced by 1.
May 3, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
China, on pace to become the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has emerged as the major stumbling block in approving a United Nations report on how to stabilize global warming and generate the trillions of dollars needed for the endeavor. The report, to be released Friday in Bangkok, Thailand, is the third of four installments being issued this year by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
April 21, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
You'd be forgiven for thinking that in its first environmental special, MTV's often tongue-in-cheek "Pimp My Ride" might simply paint an old car bright green and use woven grass for the floor mats. But part of being outrageous -- one of the popular show's primary goals each week -- is being able to surprise.
April 14, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest seaport complex, are proposing an "unprecedented" overhaul of dockside trucking that officials say would slash diesel pollution from trucks by 80% in five years while improving domestic security and working conditions for drivers.
April 3, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a more aggressive attack by government on global warming, which could include the first national rules to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new cars, trucks and power plants. In a 5-4 decision, the high court rebuked the Bush administration and ruled that so-called greenhouse gases -- like carbon dioxide -- were air pollutants subject to federal regulation.
February 23, 2007 | Rick Wartzman, Rick Wartzman is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is reachable at
Luis Ceja's orange Freightliner is rumbling down Ferry Street near the Port of Los Angeles, spewing diesel fumes. As a tiny, plastic hula girl shimmies on the dashboard, Ceja starts fuming too -- about how hard his job is, about how little he earns and about the fact that he and his fellow truckers can't bear the burden of improving the air quality here. "I hate that my truck pollutes," he says. "But I don't have the money to retrofit it or replace it.
January 20, 2007 | From Reuters
Carbon-trading market developers hope that a potential billion-dollar U.S. market will move closer to reality now that major companies are urging legislation to set mandatory curbs on the gases linked to global warming. "We are ready to jump into the U.S. with both feet," said Richard Rosenzweig, chief operating officer at New York-based carbon asset management company Natsource. Ten major U.S. corporations, including Aloca Inc., DuPont Co. and General Electric Co.
January 20, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Insisting there is no other way to meet looming federal deadlines to clean up the nation's dirtiest air, Southern California air regulators will seek greater authority to regulate ships, trains and other large sources of air pollution. "We're at the end of our rope," said William Burke, chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District board. "The state and federal governments simply have not acted quickly enough to address the public health crisis."
September 8, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to vote today on a plan that would allow major new power plants across Southern California to buy air pollution credits designed for hospitals, fire stations, sewage plants and other essential service providers.
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