May 12, 2007 |
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.
May 9, 2007 |
General Motors Corp. said it would be the first automaker to join a coalition of environmental groups and large businesses in pressing the U.S. government to pass mandatory caps on emissions of gases linked to global warming. The U.S. Climate Action Partnership, formed this year, seeks economywide greenhouse gas emission reductions of 60% to 80% by 2050.
May 4, 2007 |
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 |
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.
May 1, 2007 |
Arctic sea ice is melting three times faster than many scientists had projected, U.S. researchers reported just days ahead of the next major international report on climate change. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder on Monday said they had concluded, using actual measurements, that Arctic sea ice had declined at an average rate of about 7.8% per decade between 1953 and 2006.
April 30, 2007 |
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 |
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 23, 2007 |
Karl Rove's debate with singer Sheryl Crow and producer Laurie David about global warming heated the atmosphere at a black-tie Washington dinner. On the eve of Earth Day, Crow and "Inconvenient Truth" producer David walked over to the presidential advisor's table at the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner Saturday night at the Washington Hilton. Their differences on global warming quickly bubbled over, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
April 14, 2007 |
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 |
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.