City of Pasadena Greenlights The Pasadena EcoHouse
December 20, 2007 12:00 PM -
PASADENA, Calif. - The Pasadena EcoHouse is a step closer to reality today, after the City of Pasadena approved the homeowners' hillside building permit at last night's meeting. When completed, The Pasadena EcoHouse will be the first single-family, structural concrete insulated panel (SCIP) home in the nation to earn the coveted Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Green Building Rating System(TM), as well as the first LEED Platinum home in Pasadena. To earn the Platinum rating, The Pasadena EcoHouse will score points in several categories, including design, location, site impact, water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and green building awareness and education.
Lose 41 Pounds in 5 Minutes - Stop Junk Mail With 41pounds.org!
December 20, 2007 11:39 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
FERNDALE, Mich. - You can make a Green New Year's Resolution that lasts five years -- lose 41 pounds in less than five minutes. The average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail every year, and you can stop yours right now. The nonprofit 41pounds.org service stops your postal junk mail and unwanted catalogs to clear the clutter off your desk and give you a junk-free mailbox. When you stop your junk mail, you also keep the trees in the forest doing what trees do best: providing oxygen for us to breathe and absorbing carbon to cool the planet. So take a moment now to start your year on a clean, Green foot -- sign up for 41pounds.org.
California will not get waiver on emissions
December 20, 2007 12:38 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Wednesday said it will deny California's request to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles, a setback for environmentalists and a victory for automakers. The administration said an energy bill signed into law hours earlier by President George W. Bush means no further action is needed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, which account for about 30 percent of the U.S. total.
Experts: Pricy Oil Will Push Renewable Fuels Development
December 19, 2007 03:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - researchers at the University of Minnesota has discovered a silver lining in the increasing cost of oil. Midwest experts in research, government, business and nonprofit sectors who attended the university’s E3 conference last month were surveyed on what they think will promote sustainable energy research within their geographic domain. Forty percent of the respondents said the cost of oil is the primary driver.
U.S. toy makers, trade policy caused recalls: report
December 19, 2007 01:40 PM - Karey Wutkowski, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A torrent of toy recalls this year is due in part to U.S. trade agreements encouraging American toymakers to cut costs by shifting production overseas, the watchdog group Public Citizen said on Wednesday. A report by the non-profit group said more than 87 percent of U.S. toys are imported, a dramatic shift from the 1970s when almost 90 percent of them were produced domestically. "This toy safety crisis was made in America by toy corporations who chose to relocate their production to locations that can't ensure toy safety," Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division, told reporters.
Consumer Worry About Product Safety Growing
December 19, 2007 12:21 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
EAGAN, Minn. - Consumers' worries over product safety are growing, according to an analysis by a major legal information services provider, and consumers are increasingly expressing those concerns in the form of lawsuits. Following recent publicity surrounding recalls of consumer products, including children's toys containing lead paint, beef and other foods contaminated with E. coli bacteria and children's cold medicine with improper dosage markings, Americans are increasingly concerned about product safety.
Holiday Flowers, Without Pesticides
December 19, 2007 11:46 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Los Angeles - Celebrating the holidays with flowers is inspired and wonderful, but poisoning the people who grow and prepare the flowers is not. No one does it intentionally. But what many consumers don't know is that the floral business often puts the health of the people who grow those flowers at risk.
Eight Tips: Reducing the Environmental Impact of Computing in 2008
December 19, 2007 10:54 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
PLANO, Texas - There is a drumbeat of change in business and society around 'green'. Concerns about the environment is at a fever pitch. Green, for all the right reasons has become red hot. With a steady demand for green information and action by corporations and governments, the IT company EDS, offers tips on greening your IT. To help corporations and governments kick-off the new year right, the EDS Fellows have highlighted eight ways CIO's can extend the life of existing facilities and reduce the environmental impact of computing in 2008.
Pakistan says no threat of bird flu pandemic
December 19, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Wednesday there was no threat of a pandemic from bird flu, as World Health Organization experts visited the country's northwest which reported the first human death from the virus. Pakistani authorities confirmed at the weekend eight human bird flu cases, including the one death, that the WHO said were likely a combination of infections from poultry and limited person to person transmission due to close contact.
UNEP deploys team of experts to help with oil spill in Republic of Korea
December 19, 2007 08:44 AM - UNEP
Nairobi/Daejon, 18 December 2007 - An emergency response plan has been activated by the United Nations Environment Programme to help the Republic of Korea respond to the worst oil spill in its history. On 7 December, the oil tanker Hebei Spirit collided with a barge 100km south of Seoul, releasing 10,500 metric tonnes of crude oil into the sea. The oil slick is affecting approximately 160 km of coastline near an important habitat for birds.