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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.
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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 Bank environment officials pressed to account for emissions in the mid- to late-'90s and again in an unpublished paper in 2002, and only now, five years later, are attempting again.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.
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.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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