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May 6, 1990 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The nation's space agency, typically identified with trips to the moon and distant stargazing, is turning its telescopes back toward Earth in an unprecedented probe of the planet's ability to withstand environmental pollutants. Displaying its traditional knack of going where the money is, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has joined a slew of federal agencies competing for research dollars in the name of ecology. Thus far, NASA appears to be winning the competition.
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May 6, 1990 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The nation's space agency, typically identified with trips to the moon and distant stargazing, is turning its telescopes back toward Earth in an unprecedented probe of the planet's ability to withstand environmental pollutants. Displaying its traditional knack of going where the money is, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has joined a slew of federal agencies competing for research dollars in the name of ecology. Thus far, NASA appears to be winning the competition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2000
With the existence of global warming no longer in doubt, whatever the mix of causes, attention is shifting to what should be done right now, not to stop warming but to live with it. Some environmentalists still wrongly suggest that global warming would cease if only we switched to more fuel-efficient factories and cars. That would help, of course, but climatologists agree that a substantial rise in world temperatures is inevitable.
OPINION
April 8, 2013 | By Arnold Schwarzenegger
I will always remember the day I woke to the news that more than 2,000 fires were burning in California. I thought I must not have heard correctly. Two thousand fires? How could that be? In the end, the state's brave firefighters, joined by contingents from out of state, won the battle. But not before 11 emergency declarations were issued and more than 400,000 acres burned. Countless lives and livelihoods were ruined. Today, there's a new disaster looming, and although it's not as riveting or dramatic as walls of flames and billowing black smoke, it needs our immediate attention.
OPINION
December 8, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency released a historic finding Monday that greenhouse gases are endangering public health and welfare. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), an outspoken critic of the theory of climate change and of congressional attempts to cut carbon, responded by issuing a statement headlined, "Why the Rush? What's to Hide?" We have a different question for the EPA: Why has it taken so long? In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases were pollutants covered by the Clean Air Act, and it directed the EPA to determine whether they represented a health threat that would require federal regulation.
OPINION
February 5, 2010
If changes in the public mood and the party alignment of the U.S. Senate have stalled healthcare legislation, they may have thrown the highly anticipated climate bill under a bus. Even before Republican Scott Brown's stunning election to the Senate in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts last month, it was proving hard to corral moderate Democrats to support a bill capping greenhouse gas emissions. Now they're afraid to back anything that could be perceived as harmful to the economy.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern seaboard - laden with predictions of drenching rains, fierce winds, snow and extensive damage - some scientists are pointing out ways that climate change might be influencing hurricanes. No single weather event, be it drought, snowfall or hurricane, is caused by climate change, climatologists say. Rather, climate change amplifies the intensity or duration of extreme weather, akin to “putting hurricanes on steroids,” writes Amanda Staudt, a climate scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, an environmental advocacy group.
OPINION
February 5, 2011
Conservatives have been attacking the Clean Air Act since its passage in 1970, continually claiming that federal efforts to fight air pollution would wreak economic ruin. As congressional Republicans prepare to fire their latest broadside at the law, it's worth remembering how inaccurate these predictions have proved. Since the GOP takeover of the House in November, party leaders have been vowing to produce bills that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
OPINION
June 26, 2009
Conspiracy theorists point to an assortment of groups they think secretly run the country -- the gun lobby, Big Oil, the New World Order and even Yale's Skull and Bones society have all been fingered as the shadowy Illuminati who rule Washington. Yet the nation's real power brokers are in plain sight, amid amber waves of grain: the farmers.
SCIENCE
May 20, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
In a sharp change from its cautious approach in the past, the National Academy of Sciences on Wednesday called for taxes on carbon emissions, a cap-and-trade program for such emissions or some other strong action to curb runaway global warming. Such actions, which would increase the cost of using coal and petroleum — at least in the immediate future — are necessary because "climate change is occurring, the Earth is warming ... concentrations of carbon dioxide are increasing, and there are very clear fingerprints that link [those effects]
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