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By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will target carbon emissions from power plants as part of a second-term climate change agenda expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks, his top energy and climate adviser said on Wednesday. Obama will take several steps to make tackling climate change a "second-term priority" that builds on first-term policies, said Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. "We know we have to do more — and we will do more," Obama said Wednesday in Berlin.
BERLIN (AP) — Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called "the global threat of our time."
For those waiting for the president to do something on climate change, Obama has offered two signs that action is imminent. The public sign came during his speech today in Berlin. The more subtle signal came in conversation with groups about to sue him for his inaction.
BERLIN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States understood it had to do more to fight climate change and he pledged that more action was coming. "Our dangerous carbon emissions have come down, but we know we have to do more. And we will do more," he told a crowd of cheering Germans in Berlin. Obama is expected to announce new U.S. measures to fight global warming in the coming weeks. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Stephen Brown; editing by Erik Kirschbaum)
By Jeff Mason BERLIN (Reuters) - In the city where John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan gave defiant Cold War speeches, President Barack Obama will call on Wednesday for a renewed spirit of activism by the West in tackling 21st century challenges from nuclear proliferation to climate change. Fresh from a two day summit with Group of Eight leaders in Northern Ireland, Obama concludes his short European sojourn with a trip to Berlin, the German capital that he last visited as a presidential candidate in 2008. A lot has changed since then. ...
Pool Corp., which distributes supplies for swimming pools, cut its profit estimate for the year because cool, wet weather in North America and Europe is hurting its sales. The company said the unusually ...
In Alaska, houses are built to keep warm air in and cold air out, not the other way around. So with a record-setting heat wave scorching the state, residents are sweltering amidst temperatures soaring past 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).
Hawaii fishermen on Monday asked policymakers to address how runoff caused by land development harms reefs, fisheries and oceans when they consider how to cope with the effects of climate change. Ocean ...
Warmer and drier weather across North Dakota last week allowed farmers to get the last of their crops planted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that there were 5 days suitable ...
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Few religious communities have gone as far in fighting climate change as a church in Queensland, Australia, which has 24 solar panels bolted to the roof in the shape of a Christian cross. "It's very effective. It's inspired some members of our congregation to install panels on their homes," Reverend David Lowry said of the "solar cross" mounted in 2009 on the Caloundra Uniting Church, which groups three Protestant denominations. ...
By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. mayors pledged Monday to make their communities more resilient to increasingly severe floods, droughts, extreme storms and wildfires, which they said was more efficient and cost-effective than disaster clean-up afterwards. Four dozen elected officials, from localities as diverse as Washington D.C., Des Moines, Iowa and Santa Barbara County, California, released a one-page plan which laid out actions such as using more renewable energy and making buildings and infrastructure more energy-efficient. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Soybeans dropped as improving weather across the Midwest boosted the outlook for this year's crop.
Madagascar is famous worldwide for being the only place on Earth where the evolutionary freaks known as lemurs run wild. But Madagascar’s wealth of weird and wonderful species found nowhere else on Earth isn’t limited to peculiar primates with oversized eyes. Madagascar is also home to some of the rarest tortoises in the world, which in addition to being threatened by habitat loss and climate change, are also being pushed to the brink of extinction by the exotic pet trade.
Shares of shoe companies edged down Monday on worries that continued cool and rainy weather in many parts of the country will significantly reduce their second-quarter sales of sandals and other summer ...
BONN, Germany (AP) — From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects of global warming.
By Patrick Rucker and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle climate change in his second term, but so far has not acted to strengthen a tool that does not require backing from Congress - the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA, a statute that dates to the Nixon administration, calls on officials to weigh whether projects such as highways, dams or oil drilling could harm the environment. ...
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Top producer Ivory Coast will offer a temporary refund on mid-crop cocoa in a bid to stimulate purchasing that has been hampered by small bean size, the country's marketing board, the CCC, announced in a statement posted on its website. Ivory Coast forward sold the bulk of the anticipated 2012/13 crop in order to fix a minimum guaranteed price for farmers as part of sweeping reforms that ended a decade of sector liberalisation. ...
By Kerry Grens NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite common complaints that the weather can aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms, a new study finds little consistency in the type of weather conditions linked to worsening of the mysterious pain syndrome. Furthermore, "the few significant associations that we found (between weather and fibromyalgia symptoms) were very small, too small to affect daily functioning," said Ercolie Bossema, a researcher at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, in an email to Reuters Health. ...
U.N. climate talks have hit a stumbling block that some delegates say poses a serious challenge to their already slow-moving attempt to craft a global response to climate change. As the latest negotiation ...
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