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Whole Tree Architecture
September 24, 2007 11:41 AM - Elizabeth Janicek, Radish Magazine

When you hear Roald Gundersen use the words “local,” “sustainable,” “better for us and for the environment,” you probably assume that he is talking about food. But he's not -- he's talking about houses.
 
Gundersen is a “whole tree architect,” which is exactly what it sounds like. His designs incorporate the whole tree: round timbers, curves and “what a tree does so well” -- branches.
 
“Right now we have a very dysfunctional relationship with our forests,” says Gundersen, who lives and works near Stoddard, Wis. “The forests aren't winning, and humans aren't benefiting either. We need to have a mutually beneficial relationship.” His work, he says, “gives us a way to do that.”

Australia's PM goes green, opponents see red
September 24, 2007 07:32 AM - Rob Taylor -Reuters

Australia's prime minister, facing a tough re-election fight and under pressure over his climate credentials, has pledged new "clean energy" targets in a move environment groups said would not sway green-leaning voters.

Schwarzenegger, UN Chief, Call For Fast Action On Climate
September 24, 2007 07:29 AM - Reuters

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Vice President Al Gore are set to join world leaders for a U.N. meeting on Monday aimed at spurring global negotiations on how to cool a warming planet.Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder and movie star who has pushed for environmental reforms in California, acknowledged that rich and poor countries have differing responsibilities when it comes to global warming, but said it is time to stop the blame game.

New Software Designs & Calculates the "Green" in Your Building
September 23, 2007 12:10 PM - Bruce Mulliken, Private Landowner Network

Santa Rosa, CA – Green Building Studio, Inc., today announced the beta availability of Green Building Studio V3.0, offering architects, owners, and building design teams the opportunity to use the new web service’s advanced capabilities firsthand. The new release updates the award-winning Green Building Studio web service with ground-breaking capabilities for assessing carbon neutrality potential, total PV & wind energy, emissions, total building energy, and water consumption for commercial and residential building design alternatives, interacting seamlessly with leading BIM design tools from Autodesk and Graphisoft.

Rising Seas Likely to Flood U.S. History
September 23, 2007 10:59 AM - Associated Press

Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting.

Bush Seeks Global Warming Process
September 22, 2007 08:49 AM - Associated Press

Bush administration officials set out Friday to convince the world it can cool the Earth with voluntary "processes," more cooperation and fewer barriers to trade among the U.S., China and other major polluters, contrary to the U.N.'s mandatory approach to global warming.

SoCal Man Charged With Smuggling Iguanas
September 22, 2007 08:39 AM - Associated Press

A man accused of stealing three endangered iguanas from a nature preserve in Fiji and smuggling them into the United States in his prosthetic leg has been indicted.

Forbes sees big business in women's lifestyle
September 21, 2007 04:46 PM - Robert MacMillan, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Forbes has spent nearly a century covering businessmen clad in Brooks Brothers shirts and gray flannel suits. Now the magazine empire is aiming at executives who prefer Prada skirt suits and Balenciaga pumps.

Forbes Life Executive Woman, whose first issue shipped this month, is an attempt to broaden the media company's coverage of senior-level businesswomen and to attract more sales from advertisers hawking luxury items.

The glossy quarterly contains profiles of female executives and aims to be a "concierge" with articles on fashion, travel, beauty and fitness.

1 Million Chinese-made Cibs Recalled; Linked To 2 Infant Deaths
September 21, 2007 04:36 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Simplicity Inc., a supplier of baby furniture to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big retailers, is recalling about 1 million Chinese-made baby cribs which have been linked to at least two infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday.

The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap that leads to an infant being trapped and suffocated, the safety agency said in a statement. It urged parents to check all Simplicity-made cribs to ensure the drop-side is installed correctly.

The cribs, priced between $100 and $300, were sold by U.S. retailers and chains including Target Corp., Big Lots Inc and family-owned Meijer Inc.

Biologist-Divers Complete 42-Mile Snorkel Survey of Elwha River
September 21, 2007 03:34 PM -

Washington State - In one of the longest snorkel surveys ever completed in North America, fisheries biologists recently swam the length of the Elwha River - from its headwaters to its mouth - with the goal of establishing a baseline of the river's fish population before dam removal begins.

The forty-two mile underwater trip began at an elevation of 2,250 feet, just above Chicago Camp in the upper Elwha Valley and ended at sea level where the river enters the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles.

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