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NATIONAL
November 29, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration reported a small drop in greenhouse gas emissions for the United States last year, the first decline since 2001, but the emissions still represented a sizable increase over the last decade and a half. The gases, including carbon dioxide, are widely blamed for global warming. The Energy Information Administration said that in 2006 the United States released 1.5% fewer tons than in 2005.
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BUSINESS
October 20, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
California will sue the Bush administration next week in a bid to force the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state to issue greenhouse gas regulations for automobiles. The lawsuit, which would make good on a threat made six months ago by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will demand that federal regulators give California a waiver under the U.S. Clean Air Act, as they've done dozens of times for similar air pollution controls. "The governor has made his intention clear.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Automakers said they would appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Vermont that said states could regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The industry, represented by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, has argued that federal law preempts state rules in the regulation of fuel economy standards. The trade group represents nine automakers.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2007 | Judy Pasternak, Times Staff Writer
washington -- At the World Bank -- heavily influenced by its largest shareholder, the United States -- the effect of projects on climate change is not even calculated. Bank environment officials pressed to account for emissions in the mid- to late-'90s and again in an unpublished paper in 2002, and only now, five years later, are attempting again.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2007 | Judy Pasternak, Times Staff Writer
washington -- At the Group of 8 summit of world leaders in June, President Bush repeated his calls for developing nations to curb their emissions of greenhouse gases. Without their cooperation, he said, drastic measures in the United States to battle climate change would make little sense. "We all can make major strides, and yet there won't be a reduction until China and India are participants," he told reporters. But just weeks earlier, the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County government's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, cut down on waste and save energy are commendable but more needs to be done, the Board of Supervisors said Tuesday. Everything from installing solar panels on administrative buildings to changing how supervisors quench their thirst during meetings should be considered, county leaders said. "We have to do something about these bottles," Supervisor Steve Bennett said, lifting his plastic water bottle from the dais.
WORLD
July 22, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
The boy was feverish, vomiting, and wouldn't eat. His mother rushed him to a village clinic, suspecting measles, typhoid or one of the other usual childhood ailments found in Kenya's central highlands. Instead, the doctor diagnosed a disease she knew little about: malaria. Though it is Africa's biggest killer, malaria has always been a regional blight. In the secluded coffee-farming villages around Mt.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Pacific Gas & Electric, California's largest utility, said it wanted to purchase credits from projects that would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to fight global warming. The San Francisco-based utility is searching for projects in the livestock manure management sector that will offset the equivalent of 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide, it said. It will also include other types of investments for forestry management.
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.
SCIENCE
May 11, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
The oceans burped ... twice. About 13,000 and 18,000 years ago, carbon dioxide poured into the atmosphere in two giant belches that drove concentrations of the greenhouse gas from 180 to 265 parts per million, where it held relatively steady until the Industrial Revolution. Scientists have long known about the jump in gas levels from looking at ice cores.
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