Climate

Wildlife, Crops Hit by Southeast Europe Heatwave
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Karolos Grohmann, Reuters

A heatwave that has killed more than 30 people in parts of southeast Europe has hit wildlife and crops, from the humble toad in Greek lagoons to grain across the region, while fruit is ripening weeks early in Italy.

U.S. House Passes Bill Affirming Global Warming Exists
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowen, Reuters

The House of Representatives Wednesday, aiming to put an end to the debate over whether global warming is actually occurring, passed legislation recognizing the "reality" of climate change and providing money to work on the problem.

Canada Must Charge Firms a Lot for Emissions, Panel Says
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada's government will eventually have to charge companies a much higher price than anticipated for polluting the atmosphere if it is to stand any chance of meeting promises on cleaning up the environment, a panel said Wednesday.

Researchers Say Antarctic Ice Sheet Stable
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

An ice sheet in Antarctica that is the world's largest -- with enough water to raise global sea levels by 200 feet -- is relatively stable and poses no immediate threat, according to new research.

Lake Tahoe Fire Destroys 200-Plus Buildings, Clouds Lake with Ash
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Aaron C. Davis, Associated Press

A raging wildfire near Lake Tahoe on Monday forced hundreds of residents to flee towering flames that destroyed more than 200 buildings, turned the sky orange and fouled the lake's famously clear waters with falling ash.

Desert Dust Cuts Mountain Snow, May Spur Warming
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Desert dust blown onto Rocky Mountain peaks has cut the duration of snow-cover by a month or more, and the same thing is probably happening in the Alps and Himalayas, researchers reported Monday.

U.S. Climate Law May Linger Intil Next President
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Global warming is the focus of at least seven bills on Capitol Hill, but whether any of them will become law before President Bush leaves office in 2009 is a matter of keen debate.

EPA Proposes Tougher Smog Standards
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Pollution standards are too weak to protect people from the air they breathe, the EPA's chief declared Thursday. He recommended tougher limits on the smog that makes children cough and asthmatics wheeze from Los Angeles to Houston to New York.

Rich Nations Accused of Green Imperialism on Climate Change
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

Rich countries are being hypocritical in criticizing China's greenhouse gas emissions while using the country's cheap labor in industries that pollute, Asian business and government leaders said Monday.

Drifting Icebergs Are Hotspots of Life
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Icebergs that break off Antarctica and drift away turn out to be hotspots of life in the cold southern ocean, researchers report. Climate warming has led to an increase in the number of icebergs breaking away from the Antarctic in recent years, and a team of researchers set out to study the impact the giant ice chunks were having on the environment.

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