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Guatemala Earthquake Wednesday Causes Landslides – Magnitude 6.8 Quake Hit At 1:29 PM Local Time – Epicenter Location

Guatemala Earthquake Wednesday Causes Landslides – Magnitude 6.8 Quake Hit At 1:29 PM Local Time – Epicenter Location

Epicenter Location

(Best Syndication) A strong earthquake hit Guatemala and parts of neighboring countries Wednesday. The US Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 6.8 saying it was located 70 miles south-southwest of Guatemala City in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 40 miles.

The trembler struck at 1:29 p.m. local time and sent residents in El Salvador's capital rushing into the streets for safety. According to Benedicto Giron, spokesman for the National Disaster Reduction Center, there had been some landslides in the southwest province of Escuintla.

Senators Listen To Automakers Concerning Higher Fuel Mileage Requirements

Senators Listen To Automakers Concerning Higher Fuel Mileage Requirements

Harry Reid

(Best Syndication) Senators met with of U.S. based automakers executives Wednesday and were told to expect higher fuel standards. The auto industry has lobbying hard to avoid these added requirements claiming it will hurt them financially and could slow new car sales. The Senate is currently considering higher fuel mileage requirements for auto manufactures.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "We need to have CAFE standards. Whether it's enough, we'll find out." Reid has said “Today, the nation consumes more than 21 million barrels of oil a day, and produces yearly emissions of approximately 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.” His goal is to clean the environment while helping eliminate our dependence on foreign oil.

China Encouraged By President Bush Plan For Climate Change But Recommends The Framework Be Part of Kyoto Agreement

China Encouraged By President Bush Plan For Climate Change But Recommends The Framework Be Part of Kyoto Agreement

2001 G8

(Best Syndication) China welcomes discussion with the United States on global warming, but recommends the conversation complement the Kyoto Protocol. Last week President Bush proposed a new strategy to limit greenhouse gasses and fight global warming. The proposal which will be made at the G8 summit in Germany this week, advocates a strategy to deal with greenhouse gas emissions.

The Bush Administration’s plan asks that both developing and developed nations adopt a framework by the end of 2008 to deal with climate change and the emission of greenhouse gasses. The President said that the problem needs to be tackled in a way that “enhances energy security and promotes economic growth.”

President Makes Recommendation On Global Warming – Some Environmental Groups Skeptical – Climate Change G8 Summit Next Week

President Makes Recommendation On Global Warming – Some Environmental Groups Skeptical – Climate Change G8 Summit Next Week

President Thursday

(Best Syndication) The President announced Thursday that he hopes to convince both developing and developed countries to adopt a framework by the end of 2008 to deal with climate change and the emission of greenhouse gasses. President Bush said that the problem needs to be tackled in a way that “enhances energy security and promotes economic growth.”

The President said that “each country will work to achieve this emissions goal by establishing its own ambitious mid-term national targets and programs (post 2012).” These goals will be based on each nation’s circumstances. He calls for the 15 nations that produce the most greenhouse gasses to confer and curb emissions.

NASA study Predicts Extreme Summer Heat in the US by 2080

NASA study Predicts Extreme Summer Heat in the US by 2080

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NASA scientists believe that greenhouse gases will cause summer temperatures in the eastern United States to increase by nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit by 2080.

Think about this, the study predicts temperatures to be between 100 -110 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago, Washington, and Atlanta during the peak summer months of July and August by 2080.

"There is the potential for extremely hot summertime temperatures in the future, especially during summers with less-than-average frequent rainfall," said lead author Barry Lynn of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University, New York.

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