Climate

A Tale of Two Tahoes: Tourists on Beaches; Elsewhere, Destruction
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press

A measure of normalcy began to return to this resort community Thursday, even as crews battled an unpredictable mountain wildfire for a fifth day. Sunbathers ventured to some beaches, and the smoke lurking in the mountains largely cleared.

Desertification a Threat, According to UN Report
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Desertification represents one of the "greatest environmental challenge of our times" and could set off mass migrations of people fleeing degraded homelands, a United Nations report warned Thursday.

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.

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