Climate

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.

China Overtakes U.S. as Top CO2 Emitter
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has overtaken the United States as the top emitter of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, because of surging energy use in its economic boom, a Dutch government-funded agency said on Wednesday.

In Climate Change Debate, U.S. Eyes Turn to California
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Samantha Young, Associated Press

It celebrates tree-sitters like Julia Butterfly Hill, who spent two years on top of a giant redwood to prevent it from being chopped down. And its laws protect geckos, yellow-billed cuckoos and the Mohave ground squirrel.

Google Aims To Go Carbon-Neutral by the End of 2007
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Google Inc. aims to voluntarily cut or offset all of its greenhouse emissions by the end of the year, the Web search leader said Tuesday. Google is one of a number of companies, including News Corp., and Yahoo Inc. that are attempting to cut emissions of gases scientists link to global warming.

Desalination Could Aggravate Climate Change
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Eliane Engeler, Associated Press

Extracting salt from seawater to make it drinkable is the wrong way to handle water shortages around the world and could exacerbate climate change, a leading conservation group said Tuesday.

Search for Water Gets Harder in U.S. Southwest
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Carey, Reuters

The heavily forested, mountain town of Flagstaff has grown to 62,000 people from 45,000 in 1990, straining its water resources. Upper Lake Mary, a man-made reservoir that provides up to 40 percent of the town's water needs of 11 million gallons a day, is down to 18 percent of normal levels.

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