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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
In a decision that could set a precedent for local governments across the United States, trash haulers, school and city bus lines and other publicly funded fleets in Southern California can be required to buy low-polluting vehicles fueled by natural gas or other alternative fuels, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. But private and federal fleets such as Federal Express and the U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
State regulators will move cautiously toward reducing greenhouse gases, officials implementing the nation's toughest clean-air standards indicated Thursday. California Air Resources Board members voted 6 to 3 to adopt "early action" measures that could eventually require cars and trucks to use alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel, restrict the use of some automobile air-conditioning refrigerants and force landfills to capture methane gas formed by rotting garbage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Southern California air regulators Friday approved a comprehensive clean air plan that, if fully implemented, could place stringent restrictions on home fireplaces. But individual elements of the plan, approved unanimously by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, must be separately passed by the board in order to become law. A September vote on the fireplace measure is scheduled, but several members who approved the larger plan say they may not ultimately support those restrictions.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2007 | James Gerstenzang and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
On the eve of a major international summit, President Bush proposed Thursday that the United States and the other nations that produce most of the gases responsible for global warming initiate a campaign to limit emissions and set long-term goals for reductions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SCIENCE
May 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Biofuels like ethanol can help reduce global warming and create jobs for the rural poor, but the benefits may be undone by serious environmental problems and higher food prices, the U.N. has concluded in its first major report on bioenergy. The report raised alarms about the potential negative effect of biofuels, just days after a climate conference in Bangkok said the world had the money and technology to stabilize global warming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SCIENCE
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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