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Nation in brief: Residents’ doubts grow on global warming

Washington – Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming. In a poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, released Thursday, the …


EPA unveils climate change proposal

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled a detailed proposal for using the government’s regulatory powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions – reassuring foreign allies on the U.S. …


Senate bill tougher on emissions

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats are pushing for a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gases by 2020 – deeper than what the House has passed and what President Barack Obama wants …


House tests hydrogen power

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The elevated floor, tall ceilings, steeply pitched roof and broad overhangs are borrowed from the traditional “cracker house” that relied on shade and air movement for relief …


UI professor joins ice melt research

At the Greenland ice sheet’s coldest and thickest point, where temperatures can plunge to 55 degrees below zero and ancient ice layers are 10,000 feet deep, a University of Idaho …


New global climate pact possible, but with wrinkle

Several world leaders Tuesday gave the most decisive indication in months that they would work to revive floundering negotiations aimed at securing a new international climate pact. But the vision …


China could set pace on climate

UNITED NATIONS – China’s ambition to grow quickly but cleanly soon may vault it to “front-runner” status – far ahead of the United States – in taking on global warming, …


Greenhouse gas limits targeted

WASHINGTON – Two industry groups have filed suit in federal court in an attempt to keep the federal government and the state of California from moving ahead with new greenhouse …


Ice melt sends walruses ashore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thousands of walruses are congregating on Alaska’s northwest coast, a sign that their Arctic sea ice environment has been altered by climate change. Chad Jay, a U.S. …


Warming Arctic a reversal of 1,900 years of cooling

WASHINGTON – The Arctic was cooling for 1,900 years because of a natural change in Earth’s orbit until greenhouse gas accumulation from the use of fossil fuels reversed the trend …


Council candidates split on global warming’s cause

Only four of the dozen candidates running for Spokane City Council say human activity contributes significantly to global warming. The rest – including two incumbents – question what has become …


G-8 climate talks divide rich, poor countries

L’AQUILA, Italy – The chasm between rich and poor on how to address climate change burst into the open at the G-8 summit Thursday, showing how difficult it will be …


G-8 leaders pledge emissions cuts

L’AQUILA, Italy – Targeting global warming, President Barack Obama and other leaders of the world’s richest industrial countries pledged Wednesday to seek dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 …


Climate bill closer to passage

WASHINGTON – House Democrats grew increasingly confident on Thursday that they have the votes to deliver on one of President Barack Obama’s highest priorities: a landmark effort to fight global …


Wind power may not be so abundant, study warns

WASHINGTON – The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming …


Proposal curbs car emissions

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration plans today to propose tough standards for tailpipe emissions from new automobiles, establishing the first nationwide regulation for greenhouse gases. It will also raise fuel …


Sustainability plan gets cool acceptance

The Spokane City Council on Monday gave a lukewarm endorsement to ideas designed to help combat climate change. The council’s approval was so reluctant that it added an amendment to …


Quelling global warming on science adviser’s plate

WASHINGTON – Tinkering with Earth’s climate to chill runaway global warming – a radical idea once dismissed out of hand – is being discussed by the White House as a …


Senate passes whittled-down climate change bill

OLYMPIA – Less than two months after Gov. Chris Gregoire and other state leaders proposed a groundbreaking law to combat climate change, political opposition has whittled the plan down to …


In short term, climate change effects could be boon for farmers

Jay Cronk looks out over his Valleyford- area farm and sees the same rolling wheat fields he always has. But things here could change as the climate does. Farmers might …


World in brief: Antarctic melt faster than thought

Antarctic glaciers are melting faster than previously thought, which could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels, scientists said today. A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 …


Pace of warming may be understated

CHICAGO – The pace of global warming is likely to be much faster than recent predictions, because industrial greenhouse gas emissions have increased more quickly than expected and higher temperatures …


Warming a win for winemakers

When Rick Small began growing wine grapes in the 1970s as a third-generation farmer in Lowden, Wash., winemaking in the state was largely an experimental venture. “I wasn’t sure that …


Governor admits climate is warming

MOSCOW – Scientists and energy experts stood on a podium at the University of Idaho on Monday and proclaimed that the debate over climate change is dead. Humans are making …


Roads facing troubled waters

During the first week of November, 17 inches of rain and snowmelt came gushing out of Lightning Creek east of Sandpoint. Flowing with the record amount of water was at …


Saving world, one bulb at a time

Over the past few months, about 100 people across North Idaho have been meeting to do something about climate change and, they hope, help prevent a global catastrophe. The consequences …