Green Building

Mercury in Energy-Saving Bulbs Worries Scientists
March 28, 2007 08:41 AM - Lisa Von Ahn, Reuters

There's an old joke about the number of people it takes to change a light bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard part is getting rid of them when they burn out.

Malaysia To Make Rainwater Collection Mandatory for Big Roofs
March 28, 2007 08:34 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia plans to require many buildings throughout the country with large roofs to install gutters and tanks so that they can harvest rainwater, news reports said Wednesday.

Bald Eagle Returns to Philadelphia after 200 Years
March 27, 2007 08:43 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

A pair of bald eagles, a species that has recovered from the brink of extinction in the last 40 years, has built a nest in a former Navy yard on the south side of Philadelphia, the sixth-largest U.S. city and where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written.

New Trust Seeks Damages for Massachusetts Trees Killed by Gas Leaks
March 26, 2007 08:54 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Bob Ackley says minor natural gas leaks that are no threat to people can still cause harm: They kill public shade trees by choking off the oxygen at its roots. Ackley, who has spent 25 years testing natural gas lines for leaks, says it's happening to thousands of trees around the state, and gas companies are slow to fix it.

Gore Find Solar Plans Thwarted by Neighborhood Rules
March 21, 2007 05:43 AM - Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Zoning rules in Al Gore's upscale Tennessee neighborhood have prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on his roof.

U.S. Researchers Trying To Find New Uses for Cow Manure
March 15, 2007 05:52 AM - David N. Goodman, Associated Press

Researchers at Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture say fiber from processed and sterilized cow manure could take the place of sawdust in fiberboard, which is used to make everything from furniture to flooring to store shelves.

Residential Green Building Slow to Gain Momentum
March 8, 2007 09:44 AM - Vinnee Tong, Associated Press

Green building as a cause has united disparate parties from environmental groups to big business to policymakers, but one key industry has struggled to react to the change in public sentiment.

Auto Companies Look for Faster Way to Turn Green Thinking into More Sales, Better Clout
March 7, 2007 09:42 AM - Matt Moore, Associated Press

The global auto industry is experiencing a green revolution, convinced that lower emissions and hybrid engines could turn eco-minded drivers into a long-term customers.

China Building Blitz Holds Key to Energy Saving
March 7, 2007 09:30 AM - Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

Forget how much coal it burns. Forget its double-digit economic growth. Forget subsidised prices and the fact that a new car hits China's roads every six seconds. The biggest obstacle in China's path to curbing its wasteful energy ways may be the roofs over its citizens' heads.

Older, Wiser but Ghana Is Less Green at 50
March 5, 2007 09:49 AM - Orla Ryan, Reuters

The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence, Ghana turns 50 this month. While it may be older and wiser, it is also decidedly less green. Originally forests covered 36 percent of Ghana's territory but by 2000 this had shrunk to just 10 percent, according to a 2004 report by the country's Environmental Protection Agency.

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