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"The United States pledged Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels under an international climate agreement, though it made its commitment contingent on passing legislation at home."
"President Obama refused to back down from his ambitious energy and climate change agenda during last night's State of the Union address, prodding the Senate to pass a comprehensive bill despite complaints from moderates in both parties that the issue is too big to tackle in an election year."
"A politically divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Wednesday to make clear when companies must provide information to investors about the business risks associated with climate change."
"A leading congressional Democrat said President Obama needs to 'lay the prestige of the presidency on the line' in his State of the Union address Wednesday and in the months to come on climate change."
"Just a month after world leaders fashioned a tentative and nonbinding agreement at the climate change summit meeting in Copenhagen, the deal already appears at risk of coming undone, the top United Nations climate official warned... . "
A move is afoot in California to put on the ballot an initiative that would cripple the state's effort to slash its greenhouse emissions.
A new peer-reviewed analysis by scientists at the National Climatic Data Center concludes that skeptic Anthony Watts' 2009 critique of the U.S. temperature record is itself contrary to the actual data.
Measured temperatures offer evidence of manmade global warming that belie the increasing success of deniers funded by fossil fuel industries in damaging public confidence in science.
"U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a leading Republican on energy policy, on Thursday moved to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions that are blamed for global warming."
"Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) plans to announce Thursday she will move to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare, according to sources familiar with the matter."
"As receding glaciers expose crumbly slopes, vast amounts of gravel and sediment are being sluiced into the rivers that flow from the Northwest's tallest peak. ... Climate experts blame global warming, triggered by emissions from industries and cars, for much of the ongoing retreat of glaciers worldwide."
The GOP gain of the formerly Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts is seen by some as diminishing the chances for a cap-and-trade climate bill in the Senate.
"A much-publicized estimate from a United Nations panel about the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers from climate change is coming under fire as a gross exaggeration."