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April 25, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Tuesday from congressional Democrats, who said he had failed to respond more aggressively to the Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gas emissions could be federally regulated. EPA Administrator Stephen L.
April 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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 18, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The Security Council held its first debate about climate change Tuesday, an issue not usually considered within its international-security scope. But to overcome the objections of countries that said global warming was not a threat to peace and security, the council resolved to take no action on the subject.
April 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
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.
April 7, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Global warming on Mars? It turns out you don't need belching smokestacks and city-choking traffic to heat up a planet. Changes in surface reflectivity may also do the trick, according to research published Thursday in the journal Nature. The research team, composed of scientists from NASA's Ames Research Center in Northern California and the U.S. Geological Survey, compared images of Mars taken by the Viking missions in the 1970s to pictures taken a quarter century later by Mars Global Surveyor.
April 4, 2007 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
President Bush, while acknowledging Tuesday that he took "very seriously" the Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles as pollution, set up a potential conflict with Congress by attaching two conditions to comply with the decision.
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.
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.
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.
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