Green Building

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.

New Developments in Sustainable Technology
January 18, 2007 12:00 PM - George Furukawa

Sustainable technology is making significant advances across several industries -- and that’s encouraging news for a nation that is largely dependent upon countries outside of the United States for energy. So exactly what kind of sustainable technology is out there?

Solar Power Eliminates Utility Bills in U.S. Home
January 17, 2007 09:43 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

Michael Strizki heats and cools his house year-round and runs a full range of appliances including such power-guzzlers as a hot tub and a wide-screen TV without paying a penny in utility bills.

Where It's Easy Being Green
January 14, 2007 01:39 PM - Doug Smith, Charlotte Observer

Rhein Medall Communities was confident an eco-friendly housing development would play well in Charlotte when it broke ground there in 2004, but even its experts underestimated demand.

Cities Most Innovative in Global Warming Fight
January 11, 2007 08:54 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

In an increasingly urban world, the most innovative ideas in the fight against global climate change are coming from cities and local initiatives, an environmental think-tank reported Wednesday.

Building a Green Revolution
January 8, 2007 06:34 AM - Ermina Karim, The Tribune

Mounting evidence of global warming and increasing awareness of indoor air pollution have pushed green building into the mainstream with both the National Home Builders Association and the American Institute of Architects, which have identified it as a top priority in recent years.

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