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May 4, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Stepping into the rancorous national debate over global warming, the U.S. intelligence community has launched an examination of the security threats that could be triggered by rising temperatures, officials said Thursday. The review was announced by the nation's intelligence director as congressional Democrats and Republicans sparred over whether it was appropriate for the beleaguered U.S. spy services to spend resources studying threats posed by the environment.
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 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Al Gore said Canada's new plan to reduce greenhouse gases was "a complete and total fraud." Gore said the plan, announced Thursday, did not specify how Canada would achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. He said it also allows industries that are increasing production to pollute more if they use emissions-cutting technologies.
April 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Premier Wen Jiabao pledged Friday to help clean China's air and water and combat global warming by phasing out tax breaks and discounts on land and electricity for highly polluting industries. "More work on energy conservation and emissions reduction is urgently required to deal with global climate change," Wen said. "Our country is a major coal producer and consumer, and reducing polluting emissions is a responsibility we should bear."
April 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rose 18% in the United States from 1990 to 2004, with Texas and Nevada leading the way, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group reported Thursday. Texas' carbon emissions grew by 95.8 million metric tons during the period, the largest increase of any state, followed by Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia. Fast-growing Nevada ranked first for percentage growth in carbon emissions, at 55%.
April 13, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Low-income families would get a chance to reduce their electric bills and help combat global warming if Southern California Edison Co. wins approval from state regulators to give away 6 million low-energy lightbulbs. The Rosemead-based electric company said Thursday that it was seeking permission from the California Public Utilities Commission to start a $22-million program to distribute six-packs of power-stingy compact fluorescent bulbs to 1 million homes across the Southland.
April 7, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Global warming on Mars? It turns out you don't need belching smokestacks and city-choking traffic to heat up a planet. Changes in surface reflectivity may also do the trick, according to research published Thursday in the journal Nature. The research team, composed of scientists from NASA's Ames Research Center in Northern California and the U.S. Geological Survey, compared images of Mars taken by the Viking missions in the 1970s to pictures taken a quarter century later by Mars Global Surveyor.
April 4, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
President Bush, while acknowledging Tuesday that he took "very seriously" the Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles as pollution, set up a potential conflict with Congress by attaching two conditions to comply with the decision.
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.
March 20, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
Government scientists, armed with copies of heavily edited reports, charged Monday that the Bush administration and its political appointees had soft-pedaled their findings on climate change. The accusations led Democrats and Republicans at the congressional hearing to accuse each other of censorship, smear tactics and McCarthyism.
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