The Obama administration’s new vehicle emissions standards would increase the fuel economy of automobiles to a minimum of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Analysts mull the plan’s costs and benefits and assess the challenges ahead for the auto industry. Continue reading
Columnists Ruth Marcus and Michael Gerson discuss the week’s news, including the release of memos detailing CIA interrogation methods and the possibility of the U.S. and Cuba holding new talks. Continue reading
An EPA report has labeled greenhouse gases as pollutants that threaten public health, paving the way for possible new emissions regulations. Analysts examine what the move means. Continue reading
NASA plans to launch a satellite Tuesday that will measure concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere, providing scientists with the most complete and precise set of measurements yet of the greenhouse gas. Continue reading
The Bush administration on Monday proposed a regulatory change that would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether construction projects such as roads and dams have the potential to harm endangered animals and plants. Continue reading
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday delayed making a decision about whether human health and welfare are being harmed by greenhouse gas pollution. In a federal notice, the agency instead called for more public comment, essentially bumping the decision to the next administration.
Leaders of the Group of Eight nations agreed Tuesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. But on Wednesday, a group of five emerging economies refused to sign the deal, saying they want more aggressive emissions cuts. A reporter examines the story. Continue reading
Since undertaking market reforms in late 1970s, China has enjoyed an economic boom — but the economic progress has also produced serious environmental damage and pollution problems. Margaret Warner reports on China’s environmental woes and their impact on the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. Continue reading