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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 efficiency targets to 35.5 miles per gallon for new passenger vehicles and light trucks by 2016, four years earlier than required under the 2007 energy bill, sources close to the administration said.

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 the document that stressed the action was only to “accept” the report, which was drafted by the 13-member Sustainability Task Force formed last year by Mayor Mary Verner.

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 potential emergency option, the president’s new science adviser said Wednesday. That’s because global warming is happening so rapidly, John Holdren told the Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month.

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 a shell of its former self. “It’s essentially a bill that does nothing,” environmental lobbyist Clifford Traisman said Wednesday night, shortly after the Senate approved a much-amended version of the plan. “They basically passed a bumper sticker.”

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 see a longer, more productive growing season, according to a new study from the University of Washington.