In L.A. Traffic, Drivers Lose 72 Hours A Year
September 18, 2007 02:23 PM - Joan Gralla, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Los Angeles metropolitan area led the nation in traffic jams in 2005, with rush-hour drivers spending an extra 72 hours a year on average stuck in traffic, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The metropolitan areas of San Francisco-0akland, Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland, and Atlanta were tied for the second most gridlocked areas, according to the study by the Texas Transportation Institute.

Drivers in those three areas spent an extra 60 hours on average during peak periods, defined as 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the study found.

Cooling From The Sun: SunChiller
September 18, 2007 02:16 PM - , BuildingGreen

The SunChiller provides air cooling as a primary output, with space and water heating also possible. The system uses vacuum-tube heat-pipe solar thermal collectors to heat water, which drives an absorption chiller to provide cooling. Water serves as the "refrigerant," avoiding the use of ozone-depleting compounds. A SunChiller can be used in a hybrid system to provide space heating and water heating in addition to absorption cooling.

Designer EcoLuxury Products; Vegetable-Tanned Leather and Custom Bamboo Furnishings
September 18, 2007 01:59 PM -

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Maria Yee, Inc. is introducing vegetable-tanned leather, and eco-friendly BambooTimbre, at the fall International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina. Vegetable tannin is extracted from natural plant materials to convert rawhide into leather. Its use eliminates heavy metals, such as chromium, commonly used in the tanning process.

2008 Green Car of the Year Will be Announced at Los Angeles Auto Show
September 18, 2007 01:51 PM -

LOS ANGELES - The winner of the 2008 Green Car of the Year award will be announced on Nov. 15 at the Los Angeles Auto Show during the show's Press Days. Green Car Journal, the leading automotive environmental magazine, initiated this annual award in 2005 and it has continued to grow in significance as consumer demand for more fuel efficient and environmentally positive vehicles has increased exponentially.


San Francisco Waldorf School Green Report
September 18, 2007 11:58 AM - , Triple Pundit

Dave Alsop, Head of Administration for the San Francisco Waldorf High School, watched along with excited parents, students, and faculty as the green ribbon was cut today welcoming the students to the first and only San Francisco LEED Gold Certified High School. Alsop explained, "We wanted the new high school to represent our values both visibly and outwardly"; and they succeeded.

Saving the California Redwoods, Again
September 18, 2007 11:45 AM - Amy Arcuri and John Griffith, Special to ENN

Eureka, California - Daylight and mist chase away the last of the night’s moon shadows, revealing a fern-dominated woodland floor and a forest defined by ancient redwood trees. A sense of peace rains down from the dense canopy in showers of bird song. Centuries have passed untainted in this place. At more than 2,000 years old, Spooner has stood witness over a long era of harmony. Spooner is a redwood that lives in this beautiful grove nestled in the Nanning Creek watershed—a tributary of the Eel River. Spooner, named by those who visit it, is among the last of the unprotected giants. But just two miles away at the Pacific Lumber mill, plans are being made to see Spooner--and his ancient neighbors--chopped down and turned to lumber.

Stevia Used in Japan, China and Brazil, But FDA Declares Herb "Unsafe"
September 18, 2007 11:31 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators warned Hain Celestial Group Inc about a potentially unsafe herb in some of its herbal teas, saying it might be dangerous to blood sugar, reproductive, cardiovascular and renal systems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Hain dated August 17 calling the herb, a natural sweetener made from a South American herb called stevia, "an unsafe food additive." The agency released the letter on its Web site on Tuesday.

Eco Lips Organic Lip Balm - Providing “Lip Service” to the Best Organic Brands in Natural Products!
September 18, 2007 08:13 AM -

Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Eco Lips, America’s premium organic lip balm, has a lot to say about the importance of the organic body care movement especially when it comes to lips! Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt maker, wants consumers to know that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet! With a common vision for delivering quality organic and natural products to consumers everywhere in order to effect dramatic change towards sustainability, the two companies have teamed up to do some co-promoting.

New Solar Plane Breaks Unmanned Plane Record
September 18, 2007 07:54 AM - Simmons, Environmental Graffiti

London - An unmanned solar-powered aircraft that soared for 54 hours more than 50,000 feet above New Mexico may hold the record for unmanned flight, defense research company QinetiQ announced Monday. The record is currently 30 hours, 24 minutes in a flight on July 23, the company said. The plane, the Zephyr UAV, may not hold the official record because officials did not see the actual flight.

Let There Be... Organic Food
September 18, 2007 07:39 AM - Reuters, Ed Stoddard and Jessica Rinaldi

COMMERCE, Texas - The Hale family has embraced organic farming because it is healthy, good for the environment and less cruel to animals. But do not mistake them for nature-worshiping New Agers or back-to-basics hippies.They are part of a small movement of conservative Christians who believe the Bible demands an organic or natural approach to agriculture.

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