June 14, 2006
I haven't seen the film "An Inconvenient Truth," but I have problems with Jeff Klemzak's review of the documentary ("Hot topic leaves you cold," June 3, Reel Critic). I am a scientist working on a climatology satellite, so I do know something about this subject. In the film, former vice president Al Gore refers to 900 peer-reviewed scientific papers that he says reached 100% agreement that carbon dioxide causes global warming, and Klemzak says, "It is difficult to believe that lock-step unanimity exists in the scientific community."
April 24, 2010
We’ve all heard the warnings: Global warming is a catastrophic threat to our environment, our health and our economy. But far fewer people want to believe that it will impact their own lives, including our fellow California residents. And some are actively seeking to repeal California’s landmark climate change bill. Don’t listen to the spin about loss of jobs. Climate change legislation will reinvigorate our economy, create jobs and reduce climate change-causing pollution.
June 3, 2006
In "An Inconvenient Truth," director David Guggenheim features one-time presidential candidate Al Gore giving his presentation on global warming that Gore has, by his own admission, given almost 1,000 times since the late 1980s. Most of this rather dull documentary features the former senator and vice president lecturing a group of students in a classroom situation. Gore believes that the current state of global warming is to be blamed on the large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions that we as a civilization have been pumping into the atmosphere.
October 10, 2009
America should take lead in climate efforts Is all this talk about global warming really true? Is Earth’s temperature likely to jump nearly six degrees between now and the end of the century even if every country cuts greenhouse gases emissions as proposed? Carbon dioxide, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, is the main cause of global warming, trapping the sun’s energy in the atmosphere. Much of the projected rise in temperature is because of developing nations, which aren’t talking much about cutting their emissions.
January 27, 2007
They have spent hours after school together every day for the past nine months and it all comes down to today. The seven members of Burbank High School's Academic Decathlon team, the XNTRX — pronounced eccentrics — met for the last time Friday night before competing today in the first part of the United States Academic Decathlon Super Quiz challenge in Pico Rivera. They stood in their dress clothes and gave pre-written speeches, then began to critique each other on their individual performances.
October 28, 2006
State Sen. Jack Scott gave his annual State of the State address to the Glendale City Council on Tuesday night. Scott, whose district includes Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena, updated the council about various issues including his 16 education bills — 14 of which were signed into law by the governor, the $7.5-billion increase in revenues for public schools and additional spending on kindergarten per-pupil costs. He also spoke about the highlights of the year's legislative sessions, which included discussions on the environment and global warming.
June 14, 2003
Jackson Bell Actor Kevin Bacon and a host of other celebrities will usher in AMC's new 16-screen theater Wednesday night with a fund-raiser and grand opening celebration that is expected to draw between 3,000 and 4,000 guests. A film tribute to Bacon and block party will introduce the 4,200-seat megaplex at 125 E. Palm Ave. to those who pay $25 each for the experience, Downtown Manager Gail Stewart said. "This will be the place to be," Stewart said.
February 19, 2005
Jacqui Brown Supporters of electric vehicles gathered outside a General Motors facility on Riverside Drive in Burbank on Wednesday demanding that the company stop destroying its only zero-emission cars and resume active deployment of the fleet. Nearly 80 electric cars are being housed at the facility until they can be disposed of. In 1996, General Motors leased about 800 ultra-modern EV1s to drivers in Arizona and California. Despite widespread public demand and long waiting lists for the cars, they were all pulled back in August 2000, when all the leases expired.
July 19, 2006
It's been a long, hot day. You've been cleaning out that back-room closet and trying not to use the air conditioner to ease up on global warming. You're looking for something cool and casual. How about this? Pack up a picnic and head over to the shady lawn in front of the Doctors' House Museum in Brand Park in Glendale. Starting at around 7 p.m., the remarkable Hoover High Jazz Band starts jumpin' and wailin'. Then, at 7:30 p.m., an entirely refreshing production of "You Can't Take it With You" begins.