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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.
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NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The world's six largest automakers Tuesday asked a judge to toss out a novel federal lawsuit filed by California that seeks untold millions for future damage caused to the state by global warming. In its lawsuit filed in September, California blamed the auto industry for millions of dollars it expected to spend on repairing damage from global-warming induced floods and other natural disasters.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2007 | Marc Lifsher, Abigail Goldman and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
Since the first Earth Day almost 37 years ago, U.S. companies have been eager to trumpet their environmental good deeds, even when they were more about public relations than clean air or water. But increasingly, corporate America is going green in new, serious and costly ways. After years of being prodded -- and in some cases punished -- by protesters, lawmakers, regulators and, now, even Wall Street, businesses are looking beyond the bottom line.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2007 | Janet Wilson and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
In a plan to curb global warming, five governors from Western states agreed Monday to work together to set a regional cap this year on carbon dioxide emissions, and join forces in a market-based emissions trading program within 18 months. The agreement came as the largest utility in Texas, TXU Corp.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2007 | Marc Lifsher and Adrian G. Uribarri, Times Staff Writers
A new light is about to burn more brightly: the stubby, squiggly fluorescent bulb. Environmentalists love it, Wal-Mart is promoting it and Australia is eyeing it as an easy way to save energy and curb global warming. Now, California lawmakers are giving it some wattage by considering a ban on the sale of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs beginning in 2012. The proposed switch represents a revolution in a lampshade, because incandescents account for 95% of light bulb sales.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
California is preparing to label new autos to show for the first time the vehicles' annual emissions of so-called greenhouse gases linked to global warming. The stickers, the first in the U.S., should be approved by the California Air Resources Board by June and should start appearing on 2009 model cars and light trucks, board spokesman Jerry Martin said. The board will hold a hearing next month on the labels.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2007 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Republican presidential candidate John McCain was anything but subtle Wednesday as he took swipes at the Bush administration during a meticulously staged appearance with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the bustling docks of Los Angeles Harbor. President Bush's record on global warming? "Terrible," McCain declared. His pursuit of the Iraq war? "A train wreck."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Impatient with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's leadership in combating global warming, leaders of the Democratic-controlled state Senate plan to unveil a sweeping legislative package today that would impose new regulations on industries and government agencies. The measures reflect long-standing tensions between Schwarzenegger and the Legislature over how best to reduce greenhouse gases produced by vehicles, electricity suppliers, landfills and other sources.
TRAVEL
February 18, 2007 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
THE growth in lowfare air carriers flying in Europe coincides with a growing awareness of the environmental effects of air travel. The amount of carbon dioxide (which many scientists link to global warming) generated per passenger on short-haul flights is about four times that generated by a train trip, according to the Carbon Neutral Co. The company, based in Britain, helps businesses and individuals mitigate their contribution to global warming.
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