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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.
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.
May 15, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Joining the ranks of political leaders who are seizing the issue of climate change, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will release his own proposal today to curtail greenhouse gases in Los Angeles over the next two decades. The plan, obtained by The Times, relies on greatly expanding renewable energy sources and providing alternatives to driving in a city well-known for its love affair with the automobile, one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in the region.
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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
A United Nations panel on Friday released its most comprehensive strategy to avoid the catastrophic effects of global warming, but experts said political and economic realities likely doom it to failure. Although more than 100 countries backed the report, experts said its call for a global, multi-trillion-dollar effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is unrealistic.
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.
May 3, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
China, on pace to become the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, has emerged as the major stumbling block in approving a United Nations report on how to stabilize global warming and generate the trillions of dollars needed for the endeavor. The report, to be released Friday in Bangkok, Thailand, is the third of four installments being issued this year by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
May 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Arctic sea ice is melting three times faster than many scientists had projected, U.S. researchers reported just days ahead of the next major international report on climate change. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder on Monday said they had concluded, using actual measurements, that Arctic sea ice had declined at an average rate of about 7.8% per decade between 1953 and 2006.
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