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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 14, 2007 | Patrick Comiskey, Special to The Times
UNLESS you've been living under an air-conditioned rock for the last couple of decades, you may have noticed signs that the world seems to be getting warmer. It's been widely reported that the trend is likely to wreak some interesting havoc upon California's wine regions in the not-too-distant future, leaving Napa and parts of Sonoma with conditions that resemble the Central Valley.
February 11, 2007 | Gayle Pollard-Terry
A new ranking of cities measures quality of life based on environmental factors that reduce global warming. Excellent public transportation, bikeways and neighborhood retail get workers and consumers out of cars. Food produced locally eliminates the energy consumption of long-distance transportation. Based on these and other categories, the top five cities for 2006 were Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Seattle; Chicago; and Oakland, according to SustainLane (www.sustainlane.
February 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Airline tycoon Richard Branson announced Friday that he would award a $25-million prize to the first person to come up with a way of scrubbing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and alleviate global warming. The prize will initially be open for five years, with ideas assessed by a panel of judges. The winning technique must remove 1 billion tons of carbon gases a year from the atmosphere for 10 years -- with $5 million going to the inventor at the start and $20 million at the end.
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