Climate

Manual Lawn Mowers Are Making a Comeback
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press

Powerful, loud mowers have been showing lawns who's boss for decades. But now contraptions that couldn't cut butter without a good shove are quietly -- really quietly -- making a comeback.

Trouble Brews in Germany as Biofuel Boom Jacks Up Price of Beer
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

In the last two years, the price of barley has doubled to euro200 (US$271) from euro102 per ton as farmers plant more crops such as rapeseed and corn that can be turned into ethanol or bio-diesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil.

Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade? The question isn't as silly as it sounds. People worried about global warming increasingly are trying to "offset" the carbon dioxide _ the leading greenhouse gas _ they spew into the atmosphere when they drive, fly or flick on a light.

Costa Rica Aims To Win Carbon Neutral Nation Race
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - John McPhaul, Reuters

Green trail-blazer Costa Rica is drawing up plans to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2030, the government said Thursday, and aims to be the first nation to offset all its carbon.

Killer Hurricanes Thrived in Cool Seas
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Hurricanes over the past 5,000 years appear to have been controlled more by El Nino and an African monsoon than warm sea surface temperatures, such as those caused by global warming, researchers said Wednesday.

Two-Base EU Parliament Seeks Carbon Neutral Status
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The European Parliament, accused of contributing to climate change by holding sessions in both France and Belgium, discussed proposals on Tuesday aimed at cutting its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Study Shows that Climate Change Could Harm Crops
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ariel David, Reuters

Climate change could drive many wild relatives of plants such as the potato and the peanut into extinction, threatening a valuable source of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought, an international research group reported.

Film Stars and Their Green Credentials
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Leonardo DiCaprio is in Cannes for its 60th film festival with "The 11th Hour," an environmental documentary and the latest product of Hollywood's growing concern over global warming.

World Growth Spurs Faster Climate Change, Report Says
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Global warming is occurring faster than predicted because rapid economic growth has resulted in higher than expected greenhouse gas emissions since 2000, said an Australian report on Tuesday.

Australian Foreign Minister Says Regional Carbon Trading Scheme Unlikely Soon
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Chinese and U.S. opposition to international carbon trading make a regional scheme to place a price on pollution unlikely in the near future, Australia's foreign minister said Monday.

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