- Brad Lancaster, the author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, talks about things you can do to your house to collect rainwater and reuse greywater effectively.
- New York City Council passed a bill requiring all large supermarkets to have bins to collect plastic bags for recycling, and put labels on the shopping bags indicating they should be recycled.
- Clorox acquired Burt’s Bees, a natural personal care products company, in Fall 2007 in an attempt to market itself as a green company. Has it been working?
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates advertising claims, expressed concern yesterday regarding the carbon offset industry during its first in a series of hearings on green marketing. Do you know where your carbon offset dollars are going?
- Switchgrass might be the future of ethanol production, requiring little effort on the growing side for 5.5 units of ethanol per unit required to grow the grass.
- In an update to a green news story from last week, an American environmental consultant has released heavy criticism of Beijing’s Blue Sky air monitoring program, indicating that air quality may have actually decreased over the last couple years.
- At the same time India’s Tata Motors unveiled the cheapest car in the world, at $2500, Indian environmentalists worry for the future of the country, with lax air quality standards and an proliferation of diesel-powered cars. And the fact that many people buying cars don’t even know how to drive them is another story all together.
- In light of recent fatal cycling accidents, bike boxes will be laid out at 14 intersections across Portland “to provide a clearly designated place for cyclists, in front of and in full view of drivers, to wait for traffic lights to change. Bike boxes have also been popping up in NYC over the last 6 months as well, and Streetsblog has a video on how to use them.
- Venice is quickly learning how to deal with rising sea level, as people stop living on the first floors of their homes.
Photo of Brad Lancaster’s garden in Tuscon, Arizona from NPR.org