Green Building

Rooftops Key to Florida Green Energy Goal
July 17, 2007 09:42 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Despite its nickname, the Sunshine State, Florida's heavy rains and pricey real estate mean it has never been considered a good place to set up big solar energy plants.

System Relies on Ice To Chill Buildings
July 16, 2007 07:00 AM - Colleen Long, Associated Press

Some office towers and buildings have found a way to stay cool while keeping the AC to a minimum -- by using an energy-saving system that relies on blocks of ice to pump chilly air through buildings.

The Hague Announces Project To Warm 4,000 Houses Using Geothermal Heating
July 4, 2007 08:30 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The Dutch city of The Hague on Wednesday announced plans to use geothermal heating -- water from a hot well deep underground -- to warm 4,000 households and several industrial buildings, as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mushrooms Become Source for Eco-Building
June 25, 2007 09:51 AM - Jessica N. Pasko, Associated Press

Eben Bayer grew up on a farm in Vermont learning the intricacies of mushroom harvesting with his father. Now the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate is using that experience to create an organic insulation made from mushrooms.

Biosphere 2 Sold to Home Developer
June 6, 2007 06:00 AM - Associated Press

The landmark glass terrarium known as Biosphere 2, which was built as a self-sustaining environment for humans 20 years ago, and the 1,650 acres surrounding the research site were sold to a home developer for $50 million.

Peruvian Mahogany Logged Illegally, Report Says
May 31, 2007 09:59 AM - Gideon Long, Reuters

More than 12 percent of the mahogany exported by Peru is logged illegally and most of the companies working in the sector are guilty, environmentalists said Wednesday in a report rejected by the government.

Manual Lawn Mowers Are Making a Comeback
May 28, 2007 08:58 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press

Powerful, loud mowers have been showing lawns who's boss for decades. But now contraptions that couldn't cut butter without a good shove are quietly -- really quietly -- making a comeback.

China Says Environment Losing Out to Development
May 22, 2007 09:46 AM - Reuters

China must integrate environmental conservation into its development plans, officials said on Tuesday, as the environment ministry said pollution across the country was getting worse.

Referendum Over Highway Through Rare Peat Bog in Poland Ruled Invalid
May 21, 2007 10:00 AM - Associated Press

A referendum on whether to build a highway through a rare peat bog protected by European Union habitat laws failed to muster the necessary voter turnout and has been declared invalid, election officials said Monday.

Remote Florida Site Eyed for New Green Town for the Environmentally Aware
May 21, 2007 09:55 AM - David Royse, Associated Press

Homes here could be heated or cooled using the Earth's natural underground temperature. Appliances would be run by solar-powered batteries. Houses would be oriented to avoid the summer sun.

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