Climate

FACTBOX: Methane, from Cow Burps to Rice Paddies
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Methane is among the most potent greenhouse gases and scientists say controlling emissions from cows and sheep, rice fields and the oil and gas industry is a major step in limiting climate change.

The Heat Is on for Greenhouse Gas Methane
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Government policies and a U.N.-backed system of emission credits is proving a money-spinner for investors, farmers and big polluters such as power stations wanting to offset their own emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2).

Germany in Losing Battle To Save Last Glacier
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

The winds are cold at any time of the year on Germany's highest mountain but the country's last glacier is melting away despite Herculean efforts to counter the effects of climate change.

Cardinal Says Pope Should Talk Climate Change with Bush
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Philip Pullella, Reuters

A senior adviser to Pope Benedict said on Thursday he believes the Pontiff should raise the dangers of climate change and global warming with U.S. President George W. Bush when the two meet in June.

Study Shows Australia To Exceed Kyoto Targets
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia, already the world's biggest polluter per capita and a Kyoto climate pact hold-out, will exceed its greenhouse gas targets within three years, an independent study said on Friday.

Canadian Economy Can Handle Emission Plan, Flaherty Says
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Frank Pingue, Reuters

The Canadian economy will be able to handle any impact of the Conservative government's plan to cut emissions by 20 percent by 2020, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Thursday.

China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies.

Scientists Demand Changes to Film by Global Warming Skeptic
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press

A group of British climate scientists is demanding changes to a skeptical documentary about global warming, saying there are grave errors in the program billed as a response to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

EPA Accused of Flouting Supreme Court in Proposing New Pollution Standard
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government proposed a pollution standard for power plants Wednesday that critics said flouts the spirit of a Supreme Court ruling on clean air enforcement. The proposal would make it easier for utilities to expand plant operations or make other changes to produce more electricity without installing new pollution controls.

Schwarzenegger Warns of California Suit Against EPA
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it fails to act soon on a state bid to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

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