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President Bush: Economy Down Because We Built Too Many Houses
President George W. Bush told NBC's Ann Curry that the trouble in the economy stems from building too many houses. Indeed, the slumping real estate market appears to be pulling down America's prosperity.
Studies Show Mixed Results on the Effects of Pet Ownership on Human Health
Is having a pet good for personal health? Studies are mixed, with some saying dog owners actually get less exercise, and others saying they get more. Companion animals are known to lower stress, however.
Pesticides to Be Sprayed on San Francisco
The little brown apple moth, an invasive species from Australia, threatens agriculture in California. In response, the government will be spraying pesticides, Checkmate, over the San Fransisco Bay area. Residents are worried about public health and s
Buy this House, Get this Car Free
In a difficult housing market, some homeowners are looking for more incentives to attract real estate buyers. Some brokers are trying to even offer cars as incentives to close a sale.
Spurred by Insurance Companies, Online House Calls Increase
Major insurance companies now cover online house calls by doctors. With virtual healthcare, people can consult physicians over the internet, instead of having to go to a doctor's office. That saves resources, gas, congestion and greenhouse gases.
Nigerian 5-Year-Olds Repair OLPCs in "Hospital"
One Laptop Per Child's discount XO laptop is so easy to repair that 5-year-olds in Nigeria can replace parts. The OLPC XO is also designed for low power use, high energy conservation and energy efficiency.
EPA to Set Lead Paint Abatement Standards for Remodeling
A lawsuit has forced the EPA to issue standards for limiting toxic exposure to lead paint during home remodeling and renovations. Lead poisoning is still a problem in old homes, especially for children.
Feds Turn Up Heat on Mattel Over Lead Toys
Federal lawmakers have written a letter to turn up the heat on Mattel, which they claim is not protecting public health when it comes to enforcing toy recalls on lead toys. Lead paint contamination continues in toys, especially those made in China.
1,000 Homes a Year Now Recycled
Instead of tossing building materials in the landfill, ReStore and others will recycle your home. Deconstruction is the way in which materials are reclaimed, salvaged, and reused in new construction. Saves resources.
FEMA Manipulated Science on Toxic Trailers: Congress
Members of Congress have accused FEMA of manipulating science with regards to safety of the indoor air quality in FEMA trailers. The toxic trailers were off-gassing volatile organic compounds (Vocs), especially formaldehyde, which is harmful and may
Trained Dogs Assist Autistic Children
Autistic children are getting help now from assistive animals, especially highly trained dogs. Dogs can help those with autism avoid danger and deal better with social situations.
5 Ways to Stay Safe from Mercury in CFLs
CFLs, compact fluorescent light bulbs, pack high energy efficiency and energy conservation, but they contain toxic mercury. Here are 5 ways to stay safe, including recycling, proper handling and treating them as hazardous waste when done.
Turning "First Suburb" into "First Green Suburb"
Levittown Long Island has begun going green, in an attempt to become the first green suburb. It is promoting energy efficiency and energy conservation: touting energy star appliances, cfls, soy based bioheat.
Mortgage Crisis Means More Homeless Pets
With the mortgage crisis and impending recession, many people are suffering foreclosures. The result is a rise in homeless pets. Abandoned pets are showing up at shelters, where some are being adopted. The Foreclosure Cats Project is one positive exa
Ty Inc. Still Selling Jammin' Jenna, the Lead-Tainted Doll
Ty Inc., the manufacturer of Beanie Babies toys, has been cited by Illinois for tainted lead vinyl on its Jammin' Jenna dolls. The state says Ty has not recalled the toy from shelfs, despite the risk of lead poisoning.
Employers Spending More To Move Workers
Given the slumping housing market, and recession in the U.S. economy, more employers are willing to give housing assistance to attract talent. Workers don't want to relocate, selling their homes in a poor real estate market, so companies are buying t
Ohio: Certified Sustainable
The prospect of locally sourced sustainable wood is growing as forests return to the Eastern U.S.
Think You Don't Like the Light or Color of CFLs?
A lot of people think they don't like CFLs, compact fluorescent energy efficiency lighting, because of the light and color. But newer bulbs are getting better, and there are some simple things you can do like adjust lamp shades.
California Home Builders Assoc. Announces Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals
The Home Builders Association of Northern California has announced a goal of slashing energy use 50 percent and carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent compared with 1990 levels. Ambitious energy conservation and energy efficiency goals.
Florida Dream Homes, School Plagued with Unexploded Bombs
Florida homeowners in Orlando have discovered unexploded bombs and possible toxins on their land, since it used to be near an old military firing range. They are losing their homeowners' insurance, and have launched a lawsuit. The army is testing for
What You Need to Know About Radon
January is Radon Awareness Month. Radon is the second-biggest cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Will Foreclosures Spark an Arson Firestorm?
In a down housing market, homeowners are facing a mortgage crisis and high foreclosures. Some are getting desperate, and are turning to arson to collect insurance money.
Mortgage Rates Plummet
Mortgage rates have fallen, at a time when the U.S. housing market has been battered, and is a buyer's market. Perhaps it will relieve some of the pressure on the real estate market. But will it eventually drive sprawl?
Chicago's Smart New Model Green Home
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is opening a model smart green home exhibit. It will showcase green building and energy efficiency, including a green roof, leds, etc. It is a prefab or modular home.
Rich Kids Get Richer as 1% of America Out Earns France and Italy
A look at consumption, money, wealth and power; rich kids get richer as 1% of America out earns France and Italy. Is it tearing apart society and the environment?
At 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, Green Is Buzzword
The Consumer Electronics Show, the largest of its kind, will feature green technology this year.
Kids in Smokers' Cars Breathe Air 10-30 Times Worse Than Smog
Tests by a Stanford scientist in California show that smoking in a car releases toxic particulate pollution at hazardous levels, 10 to 30 times worse than smog during air quality warning days.
10 Easy Tips for Going Green in the Kitchen
Check out these 10 tips for going green in the kitchen, including energy efficiency, reducing waste and packaging, saving money, eating local, healthy eating and more.
In Weak Housing Market, Some Homeowners Investing More in Green Features
In San Francisco, interior designers surveyed are reporting rising demand for high-end customization, including green building and green design, despite the weak housing market. That means more energy efficiency appliances, organic and non-toxic prod
Green Your Driveway with Pervious Pavement
A growing trend in green building is pervious pavement, also called permeable pavement or porous pavement, made of pervious concrete or pervious asphalt. It reduces stormwater runoff, flooding and need for retention ponds.
Refurbishing Best Chance to Fight Affordable Housing Crisis
To address America's affordable housing crisis, the MacArthur Foundation suggests refurbishing aging rental units. It saves money and means going greener.
Sales of Efficient LED Holiday Lights Surging
Sales of LED holiday lights are surging, as consumers discover the energy efficient bulbs can save money and are safer.
Unprecedented Number of Adults Getting Money From, Living With, Parents
Tough housing market, energy prices, soft economy change relationships between the Baby Boomers and Twixsters generations. An unprecedented number of adults are getting money from and living with their parents.
Congress Likely to Pass Incandescent Bulb Ban
U.S. energy bill nearing passage boosts efficient lighting, will ban incandescent light bulbs in favor of more efficient technology, like compact fluorescents (cfls) and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Darth 'Vator: Private Home Elevators on the Rise
Private home elevators use a lot of energy, but they are becoming more common in home construction across the country, especially in town homes and condos.
No Solution to Drought in Sight: Atlanta Water Czar
With a record Southeast drought gripping Atlanta and the rest of the region, officials don't know the solutions. Many want to ramp up water conservation, some have suggested desalination of seawater and building new reservoirs, but no easy answers ar
Parents Told Where to Stick Toxic Toys
In an effort to keep toxic, poisonous lead out of the waste stream, parents in California are being told by Los Angeles not to toss out recalled toys in the regular garbage. After toy recalls, take toys to hazardous waste collection sites, or return
Sharing Benefits of Energy Efficiency with Needy
Toronto, Canada's Energy Greenbox program seeks to distribute some 25,000 home energy efficiency kits to needy families through food banks. The kits will help people lower their energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions.
Southeast Drought Means Potential Ban on New Home and Business Water Hook-ups
North Carolina, like most of the Southeast, is crippled by serious droughts. Now, states and counties are debating water conservation tips. Some people have started digging their own irrigation wells, while towns may begin water rationing, or prevent
Holiday Catalogs and Endangered Forests
Sears is accused of using endangered forests to make the paper that goes into its famous catalogs.
Allergic to Christmas?
Mold on Christmas trees can harm indoor air quality, making people allergic or causing those with allergies to suffer.
Happy Holidays Needy Child, Here's Your Lead Toy
Organizers fight to remove lead tainted toys from donation stream. Toy recalls have left donors and nonprofit groups leary for the season this holidays.
New York Launches Investigation of Toxic Mold
In New York State, the Toxic Mold Task Force has been convened to study and investigate the potentially lethal indoor air polluter toxic mold.
Acclaimed Inventor Loses Savings, Family Over Energy Efficiency Stove
In a bid to help save the planet, acclaimed Salvadoran inventor rene nunez suarez of San Salvador bets it all on his green invention, a high energy efficiency cooking stove called the Turbococina, or Turbostove. He has lost his family and life saving
Breakthrough on World's Most Efficient LEDs
North Carolina company hopes for dramatically lower costs.
Glass "Wall of Death" Surrounds California Suburb
Developers of a new real estate project in Huntington Beach, California have angered conservationists, after the Hearthside Homes project has been killing birds with a nearly mile-long glass wall around the homes.
Ride the Energy Efficiency Wave to Lower Costs
Ride the energy efficiency wave to lower energy costs; energy conservation is the smart, and growing, way to save money on those energy bills, as well as combat global warming greenhouse gases.
Raising Chickens at Home? It May Become Illegal
Raising chickens in the city or suburbs has become popular, but there is a growing backlash against the practice on grounds it is unsanitary and a nuisance. Chicago may outlaw urban chickens now.
Lead Toy Recalls Spark State Lawsuit
In response to this year's rash of toy recalls over dangerous, toxic lead paint contamination, California lawmakers have launched a lawsuit against Mattel and other toy manufacturers. They are seeking increased inspection for toy safety.
Take Advantage of Expiring Energy Tax Credits
Save money on those sky-high heating bills with energy efficiency improvements like weatherstripping, insulation and an Energy Star rated heating system, all subsidized with energy tax credit rebates through the 2005 Energy Policy Act. The Act is set