Green Building

With New Port, China Aims for Cleaner Development
February 15, 2007 09:31 AM - Lucy Hornby, Reuters

Every fifty seconds, 38 tonnes of red-black Brazilian iron ore are scooped from the hull of the SG Prosperity, dumped on a conveyor and sped away to a yard. Caofeidian, China's newest and largest iron ore port, is open for business.

Green Buildings Need More Incentives in U.S.
February 14, 2007 10:04 AM - Nick Carey and Ilaina Jonas, Reuters

When it opens next year, the 54-story Bank of America Tower in New York will be the most environmentally friendly office building in the United States. The building is the latest in a trend toward office buildings that use less energy and cause less global warming. But developers say that trend is being held back by insufficient government support.

Wildlife Preservation Efforts Focus on Private Land
February 9, 2007 08:24 AM - Mary Esch, Associated Press

Historically, conservation has focused on public lands. But 70 percent of land in the United States is privately owned. Many states are working with private groups such as Audubon and Ducks Unlimited to survey species, work with landowners and develop education and management plans.

Eco-Friendly Home Projects Can Be Cheap, and Also Stylish
February 8, 2007 09:26 AM - Julia M. Scott, Daily News

Going green is going mainstream these days in environmentally conscious California. Record numbers of people here are moving toward an eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.

California Builders Win Long Fight to Use Plastic Water Piping
January 30, 2007 06:29 AM - Samantha Young, Associated Press

California homebuilders on Monday won the right to use less-expensive plastic water piping instead of copper, ending a two-decade-long battle against groups that warned of plastic's potential health hazards.

Lawmaker Moves Into Solar-Powered House
January 29, 2007 09:20 AM - Matt Reed, Associated Press

Senator Frank Wagner is staying warm at his temporary address, even in below-freezing weather and without a traditional power supply or fireplace. The Virginia Beach Republican, a proponent of alternative energy sources, is living for a week outside the Science Museum of Virginia in a solar-powered house designed and built by Virginia Tech students.

Brazil Maps Out Agricultural Sprawl in the Amazon
January 26, 2007 09:12 AM - Associated Press

Brazil's Census Bureau on Thursday published a new map outlining where agricultural boundaries are encroaching on the Amazon rain forest, in a move that will help authorities monitor human activities in the region.

Clean Energy 50 Percent of World Supply by 2050, Report Says
January 25, 2007 09:03 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Clean energies could surge to supply half of world demand by 2050 if governments crack down on use of fossil fuels, said a study by the renewable energy industry and an environmental group on Thursday.

Getting More from Wood
January 24, 2007 09:59 AM - Maury Thompson, The Post-Star

You can heat your house with Adirondack wood. Someday, you'll be able to fuel your car with it, too. A Lewis County, NY energy company is expected to begin making small batches of ethanol from wood products next year.

India Could Show the Way on Climate, UK Minister Says
January 19, 2007 09:34 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

India could set the pace for key developing countries by moving to a low carbon economy and opening the door to a new deal on global warming, British Environment Minister David Miliband said on Thursday.

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