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Natural shields against global warming being weakened: study

PARIS — The soil and the ocean are being weakened as buffers against global warming, in a vicious circle with long-term implications for the climate system, say two new investigations. If the seas and the land are less able to soak up or store greenhouse gases, more of these carbon…

Supreme Court rejects global warming lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now…

Aussies may kill 1.2 million camels to reduce greenhouse gases

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for killing feral camels as a way to tackle climate change. The suggestion is included in Canberra’s “Carbon Farming Initiative”, a consultation paper by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, seen Thursday. Adelaide-based Northwest Carbon, a commercial company, proposed…

Brazil needs to unblock climate talks: Bill Clinton

MANAUS, Brazil (AFP) – US ex-president Bill Clinton urged Brazil to push to get global climate change talks unblocked by getting key trade partners, the United States and China, to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “You cannot create a sustainable future for Brazil alone; you have got to convince enough other…

Republicans target federal pollution regulations

Republicans introduced legislation to the House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Rep Fred Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the House version of the bill, called the Energy Tax Prevention Act.…

GOP aims to slash $1.6 billion in EPA funding

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on the appropriations committee released a plan Thursday that would eliminate $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The news, as first noted by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, is part of a broader GOP assault on the EPA as the Obama administration seeks to…

Obama drops plan to limit global warming gases

Battle over global warming now turns to EPA as Obama says he will pursue other solutions Environmental groups and industry seem headed for another battle over regulation of greenhouse gases, as President Barack Obama said he will look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a…

Poll: Just 34% of likely US voters oppose regulating greenhouse gases

In spite of massive astroturfing campaigns by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and major industrial polluters, a clear majority of Americans support the regulation of greenhouse gases, according to a poll commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Remarkably, just 34 percent said they oppose the plan, while 60 percent…

EPA prepares rule to regulate industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to more tightly control air pollution from large power plants, factories and oil refineries, a step to limit emissions widely blamed for global warming. The EPA said it is completing a rule requiring large polluters to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide and other…

Palin contradicts herself with illegible climate tweets

Former lawmaker Sarah Palin was for man-made climate change before she was against it. Or to put that another way, Alaska’s ex-governor appears to think that she is “Arrogant&Naive”. Ah, the joys of abbreviation. On Friday just before 3 a.m., Palin unleashed a Twitter volley at reality, slamming anyone who…

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