- A study in Science magazine has shown that ethanol, at least ethanol produced on farmland, is worse from a greenhouse gas perspective than gasoline. And worse for an affordable food supply as well.
- Morrisania Homes, an affordable housing project in the Bronx which had received a LEED-H Silver rating back last summer, has been making it easier for low-income residents to afford because mortgage lenders have been taking into account the lower utility costs of the green building, thereby making it easier for people to afford.
- Big banks are betting that Congress is going to start limiting carbon emissions. As a result, the banks are going to get more careful about financing future coal-fired power plants since they might not get paid back as plants become more expensive to build.
- As global warming increases, most scientists agree that the strength of hurricanes will increase as well, due to warmer waters. Compounded with rising seawaters and many more people flocking to hurricane prone areas like Florida, this could be a recipe for disaster.
- Georgia may keep all outdoor pools in the state closed through the summer due to the continuing drought, but this leads to a number of other issues, such as how to keep an empty pool safe and what to do to keep all the kids out of school occupied.
- A judge ruled last week that President Bush can’t waive environmental laws to allow the Navy to perform sonar training exercises, which are harmful to marine animals.
- President Bush’s latest budget slashes EPA funding by $330 million, and eliminating programs such as the cleanup of the San Francisco Bay.
Photo of a Coal Fired Power Plant in Germany by Bruno D. Rodrigues