Green Building

Solar Handbags? Wind Turbines? How to Get Green
February 26, 2007 09:44 AM - Sylvia Westall, Reuters

The idea of renewable energy at home is no longer as distant as an offshore wind farm. More companies are waking up to the popularity of green energy and the Web hosts many sites showing steps people can take -- or gadgets they can buy -- to use renewable technology.

Australia to Change Lightbulbs to Curb Warming
February 20, 2007 07:09 AM - Reuters

Australia will be the world's first country to ban incandescent lightbulbs in a bid to curb Greenhouse gas emissions, with the government saying on Tuesday they would be phased out within three years.

British Virgin Islands Approves Luxury Resort Despite Strong Opposition
February 20, 2007 06:53 AM - Associated Press

The British Virgin Islands has approved construction of a high-end resort and golf course that would take up most of a largely uninhabited island, the territory's government announced.

Environmentalists Protest Plans for Highway Across Rare Reat Bog in Poland
February 19, 2007 09:38 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of environmentalists on Sunday protested the planned construction of a highway that would cross one of Europe's rare peat bogs. Polish authorities have approved plans to construct a section of the Via Baltica highway, linking Poland to Finland, that would cross a protected peat bog area off the Rospuda River in the northeast of the country.

Asian Cities to Generate 1.8 Million Tons of Waste Per Day by 2025
February 15, 2007 09:37 AM - Associated Press

Rapid development, rising personal consumption and inefficient use of resources are producing unprecedented levels of waste in Asia, where cities will generate an estimated 1.8 million tons of garbage per day by 2025, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.

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.

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