China Plants Trees To Hold Back Desertification
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Mulvenney, Reuters
Seven years ago, with the desert creeping south at the rate of 3 km (2 miles) a year and the dust storms getting worse, the Chinese government decided to act and the solution was typical of a country where the Great Wall stands as the ultimate grand project. It began building a "Green Great Wall", a 700-km (435 mile) barrier of trees and enclosed grassland which will stretch across Inner Mongolia, Hebei and Shanxi provinces by 2010.
Gore Calls G8 Agreement on Climate Change a Disgrace
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore denounced a deal by world leaders on curbing greenhouse gases as "a disgrace disguised as an achievement", saying on Thursday the agreement struck last week was insufficient.
Southern Baptists Question Human Role in Global Warming; Say Regulations Hurt Poor
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Eric Gorski, Associated Press
Southern Baptists approved a resolution on global warming that questions the prevailing scientific belief that humans are largely to blame for the phenomenon and also warns that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor.
Transportation Department Acknowledges Intervention in California Emissions Waiver Request
June 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Ericka Werner, Associated Press
The Transportation Department acknowledged Tuesday encouraging members of Congress to weigh in with the EPA on California's request to implement global warming controls on automakers.
Salvage Logging, Replanting Worse
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, scientists have found that logging big dead trees after a wildfire and planting young ones makes future fires worse, at least for the first 10 or 20 years while the young trees create a volatile new source of fuel.
Environment Leaders Meet in Sweden for Informal Talks on Climate Change
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Environment experts and ministers from around the world on Monday gathered in Sweden to informally discuss the options and possibilities of a new global climate agreement that would replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.
Death Toll from Bangladesh Mudslides, Lightning Reaches 105
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Osman Gani Mansur, Associated Press
A torrent of mudslides, flooding and lightning killed at least 105 people and left scores more missing as the annual monsoon rains hit Bangladesh, washing away shanties and inundating cities, officials said Tuesday.
Lawmakers Pledge To Make Capitol Complex Carbon Neutral in Battle Against Climate Change
June 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Jim Abrams, Associated Press
Congress says it is going to join the war against global warming by cleaning up its own backyard, now cluttered with a coal-burning power plant, a fleet of fuel-inefficient vehicles and old-fashioned lights.
U.S. Religious Leaders Assert Need To Act on Climate
June 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish and evangelical Christian -- agreed Thursday on the need to confront global warming, while other faith representatives questioned the climate change threat.
Bush Administration Considering Cheaper Ways To Monitor Global Warming
June 8, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The President George W. Bush administration is considering less expensive options to putting up six new weather satellites equipped to monitor global warming, the White House's science adviser said Thursday.