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Whitebark pines’ decline ‘rapid’

Ravaged by an introduced pest and facing threats from climate change, stands of whitebark pines are disappearing rapidly from the West’s high-elevation forests. The gnarly looking pines, whose fat-laden seeds …


Forecast: Sunny with a 50 percent chance of anxiety

On May days here in the 1970s, I didn’t worry much when I looked out the window of my morning high school classes and saw the pouring rain. I knew …


Global warming heats up Inland NW ag research

The Inland Northwest has been going through one of its coolest and wettest springs ever while farmers and scientists are convening this week to launch a $20 million research program …


Senate drops climate bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leaders shelved plans for major energy and climate legislation on Thursday, a bow to political reality that ended their hopes for action this year to reduce …


Warming adds to marmots’ mealtime

LOS ANGELES – Every year, scientists fan out across Colorado’s Upper East River Valley to count the yellow-bellied marmots that make their home there in rocky meadows bordered by aspen, …


Climate change bill proposes compromises

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. senators Wednesday unveiled a new climate and energy bill that makes some concessions to business and would change the way the nation produces and uses electricity …


Panel clears climate researchers

LONDON – Climate-change researchers accused of manipulating or hiding data in last year’s “Climategate” affair were guilty of sloppy record-keeping but not bad science, an independent panel in Britain concluded …


Park loses 2 more namesake glaciers

BILLINGS – Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, …


2 more glaciers gone from Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, a government …


Earth Hour event turns into face-off

Global warming protesters generated a lot of heat Saturday night at the entrance to Spokane City Hall.


Landmarks, cities worldwide unplug for Earth Hour

Europe’s best known landmarks — including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome’s Colosseum — fell dark Saturday, following Sydney’s Opera House and Beijing’s Forbidden City in joining a global …


Pope chides Copenhagen climate talks failure

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI denounced the failure of world leaders to agree to a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen last month, saying Monday that world peace depends …


Experts say big chill a blip, doesn’t disprove warming

Beijing had its coldest morning in almost 40 years and its biggest snowfall since 1951. Britain is suffering through its longest cold snap since 1981. And freezing weather is gripping …


Report predicts less snow

Snow that piles up on streets, shuts down schools and immobilizes communities could be a distant memory in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene by the end of the century. But wildfire …


Obama: ‘Meaningful breakthrough’ on climate change

President Barack Obama said the United States, China and several other countries reached an “unprecedented breakthrough” Friday to curb greenhouse gas emissions — including a mechanism to verify compliance — …


Amy Goodman: Climate justice isn’t charity

COPENHAGEN – Denmark is the home of renowned children’s author Hans Christian Andersen. Copenhagen is dotted with historical spots where Andersen lived and wrote. “The Little Mermaid” was one of …


U.S. pushes for carbon cuts in developing world

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – With an offer of significant new aid to help poor nations cope with the effects of global warming, the Obama administration began a major diplomatic effort Thursday …


U.S., Japan extend aid to developing nations

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – As President Barack Obama prepared to visit the historic climate conference here, there were signs Wednesday of a break in the impasse between rich and developing nations. …


New climate bill plan laid out

WASHINGTON – Senators working on a compromise climate bill unveiled the basics of their plan for the first time on Thursday, including encouragement for new nuclear power plants, a continued …


Amy Goodman: Grass roots asking for action

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – “Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit. Inside the convention center, …


Draft texts stir climate talks

COPENHAGEN – A leaked Danish document at the U.N. climate conference provoked angry criticism Tuesday from developing countries and activists who feared it would shift more of the burden to …


Mockery is the last refuge

“A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.” (Proverbs 15:12) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has taken the route of many who would rather call names than have …


China says it will cut greenhouse gases

BEIJING – China pledged Thursday to increase its efforts to limit greenhouse gases and said that Premier Wen Jiabao would attend the Copenhagen climate summit next month. The announcements came …


Joint climate statement hazy

BEIJING – A joint statement by the U.S. and Chinese presidents on climate change is encouraging as pressure builds in the last few weeks before a 192-nation conference in Copenhagen, …


Nuclear moving up in climate bill

WASHINGTON – Will a heaping spoonful of nuclear power help Congress swallow a climate bill? The Obama administration and leading congressional Democrats are wooing wavering Democrats and Republicans to back …


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 …