India's "toxic" Hindu idols choke rivers: activists
September 25, 2007 07:52 AM - Nita Bhalla -Reuters

The immersion of thousands of statues of Hindu gods containing toxic chemicals into India's rivers and lakes every year poses a pollution threat as festivals become increasingly commercialized, environmentalists said. Hindus across India celebrate various religious festivals in September and October, paying homage to deities like Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, and Goddess Durga, the destroyer of evil.

European fishing pirates hit Pacific: Greenpeace
September 25, 2007 07:33 AM - Rob Taylor -Reuters

Illegal fishing vessels linked to large European fishing firms have begun plundering endangered ocean stocks in the Western and Central Pacific, environment watchdog Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

Surveillance of fishing fleets near the tiny Pacific nations of Kiribati and the Cook Islands showed European owned or operated vessels had expanded their range from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans -- mainly in search of tuna.

Groups Hope to Excite City Kids to Parks
September 25, 2007 07:14 AM - Juliana Barbassa -Associated Press

Jorge Castaneda knelt on a rocky ledge with a map of the Sierra Nevada spread before him.

"There aren't street names," the 18-year-old city kid said only half-jokingly just before his first backpacking trip. "How are we supposed to read these maps?"

Going Beyond LEEDs, Beautifully, In Iowa
September 24, 2007 07:07 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Fairfield, Iowa - On a quiet beautiful 156 acre parcel of farmland a little north of Fairfield Iowa, developer Dan Walker gazes out at his dream and brainchild: a 'green' development that goes a long step further. Welcome to Cypress Village, a first of its kind green community in the world. Not only will homes all will be certified and built to Platinum or Silver LEED quality specifications, but the village will incorporate organic permaculture agriculture and more. Walker's architects and designers have designed the homes to reduce energy consumption by 70%. The homes will also respect other sustainable values. They'll all be built according to the ancient system of architecture called "Maharishi Sthapatya Veda". And, one more thing, the land is free. More about that later

Young Nepal Conservation Heroes Awarded Scholarships By World Wildlife Fund
September 24, 2007 05:15 PM -

KATHMANDU, Nepal - World Wildlife Fund has awarded scholarships to four promising Nepalese conservation students in memory of the 24 people who perished in last year's Himalayan helicopter tragedy.

The scholarships are designed to encourage promising Nepalese students to pursue careers in conservation, recognizing the tremendous loss of leadership in last year's accident. Some of Nepal's -- and the world's -- finest conservation leaders were lost when the helicopter went down in the mountains surrounding Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain. The leaders had been celebrating the handover of Kangchenjunga's conservation areas to the local community.

Study: Cancer deaths to hit 17 million in 2030
September 24, 2007 04:53 PM - Michael Kahn, Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Cancer deaths will more than double to 17 million people each year in 2030 with poor countries shouldering the heaviest burden from the disease, the head of the United Nation's cancer agency said on Monday.

An ageing population will bump up cancer rates worldwide in the coming years, especially in developing countries where the number of people who smoke and drink is on the rise, said Peter Boyle, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

And the disease will hit poorer countries harder because of limited health budgets and a lack of treatments such as radiotherapy that can extend people's lives, he told the European Cancer Conference.


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.

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