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  • Published 24 March 2007 by The Independent (UK)

    The 100-unit "BedZED" zero-energy housing development in Surrey could be a model for the future of environmentally sound living encouraged in forthcoming federal tax breaks in the UK.

  • Published 6 June 2007 by USA Today

    California is pioneering what could be the next battleground against global warming: filing suit to hold cities and counties accountable for greenhouse gas emissions caused by poorly planned suburban sprawl.

  • Published 4 June 2007 by BBC News

    A south Devon town has taken a step towards having its own currency after a month-long experiment. Marjana Kos, of TTT, said: "It's keeping wealth here. It's keeping local trade alive and supporting local businesses."

  • Published by AP

    Worried about aging and unreliable electric transmission systems, some U.S. cities are considering creating micro grid districts, in which neighboring companies band together to produce their own electric power. The concept is already popular among communities in Europe, and a similar version of it is being used in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

  • Published by New York Times

    Metro Fuel Oil Corporation, is awaiting city approval to produce 110 million gallons of fuel a year from raw vegetable oils at two industrial sites in Brooklyn. They would would be the first biodiesel refineries in the city, producing over 40 percent of current yearly U.S. biodiesel output.

  • Published 29 April 2007 by Sustainable Industries Journal (US)

    Some cities are redeveloping brownfields (abandoned, contaminated lots) not just for high-density urban infill but also for renewable energy production. “What’s important to note is the lost opportunity of not developing these sites,” says Sharon Kophs, of the Washington Department of Community Trade and Economic Development. “When a city council says they don’t want the liability, I tell them, ‘You’re losing all the revenue in the meantime.’

  • Published 30 May 2007 by

    While hundreds of megawatts of Northwest wind power are slated to come online in 2007, most of that power will have to travel many miles via transmission lines to reach electricity customers. As regional experts attempt to tackle wind integration issues, a handful of wind technology innovations could bring small-scale wind installations where power is needed most: urban centers.

  • Published 28 May 2007 by The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Gordon Laxer, Director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta, on his research of Canadian energy policy. "In researching how Canada's energy security would be affected by exporting more energy to the United States, I learned that Canada has no plans, or enough pipelines, to get oil to Eastern Canadians in the event of an international supply crisis. Further, I was surprised that the government was not even studying Canadian energy security."

  • Published by Der Speigel (D)

    Börnsen, a village in northern Germany, is spoiling energy giant E.on's business by creating its own electricity and natural gas supply. The idea could catch on elsewhere.

  • Published 31 May 2007 by Der Speigel (D)

    A handful of villages in Germany are already generating heat from local farm waste. Now more boroughs want to set up their own grids of self-produced bio-energy.

  • Published 23 May 2007 by McClatchy Newspapers

    Rising gasoline prices, crowded public buses and congested roadways have contributed to the surge in electric bicycles. Last year, Chinese bought 16 million to 18 million electric bicycles, up from 10 million the year before. At least 1,000 companies have sprung up to meet the demand.

  • Published 24 May 2007 by San Francisco Chronicle

    Six months after Berkeley voters overwhelmingly passed a mandate to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, the city is laying out a long-term road map for residents, business and industry. It includes everything from solar panels at the Pacific Steel foundry to composted table scraps.

  • Published 17 May 2007 by Philadelphia Inquirer

    Congress for the New Urbanism President John Norquist observes that cities have powerful environmental advantages: they make it easier to walk and use public transit.

  • Published 27 May 2007 by San Francisco Chronicle

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown, lawmakers, and other advocates are using a landmark global warming law enacted last year to fight sprawl, arguing that it creates more cars on the road and energy use and is therefore a key ingredient in the climate-change crisis that threatens the California coastline and snowpack.

  • Published 6 February 2007 by Grist

    Mayor Anderson's acclaimed Salt Lake City Green program has slashed the city government's greenhouse-gas emissions, built popular support for public transit, enticed private businesses to go greener, and made Salt Lake more friendly for walkers and cyclists. Grist asks him how he's pulled it all off, and why, after seven successful years, he's planning to quit government.

  • Published 24 May 2007 by Vancouver Sun (BC)

    Vancouver's new 'ecodensity' strategy aims to transform the city into a model of high-density living combined with cutting-edge environmental practices. A draft charter on the concept includes goals for increased density, affordable housing, sustainable business practices, transit planning, new park uses, and even reconfiguring roads.

  • Published 23 May 2007 by ASPO-USA

    Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) columnist Dave Cohen on recent record-setting gasoline prices and what they (and peak oil) may ultimately mean for driving behavior.

  • Published 22 May 2007 by Guardian (UK)

    Worldwide CO2 emissions rose at a faster rate in 2000-2004 than the worst-case scenario imagined in this year's UN reports on climate, according to new research. This is faster than scenarios developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), suggesting even its most alarming predictions of the effects of climate change may not tell the whole story.

  • Published 20 May 2007 by Worldchanging

    Sustainlane Chief Strategy Officer Warren Karlenzig reviews a new software tool that can be used to build an aggregate model of a city's carbon "footprint." Toronto is set to use the tool, and several major North American cities are in discussions.

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    Published 23 May 2007 by Global Public Media

    This paper by Post Carbon Institute fellow Dr. Jason Bradford explores "relocalization," a community development strategy that promotes greater local security through redevelopment of local and regional economies more or less self-reliant in terms of energy, food and water systems.

  • Published 27 May 2007 by AP

    New warnings on climate change, and Washington's reluctance to act on them, have led 16 major US cities to sign up for a deal brokered by former President Bill Clinton that lets them borrow money for energy conservation retrofits of municipal buildings, then repay the loans with the resulting cost savings.

  • Published 22 May 2007 by Guardian (UK)

    Worldwide CO2 emissions rose at a faster rate in 2000-2004 than the worst-case scenario imagined in this year's UN reports on climate, according to new research. This is faster than scenarios developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), suggesting even its most alarming predictions of the effects of climate change may not tell the whole story.

  • Published 22 May 2007 by AFP

    New York's signature yellow taxis will all run on hybrid gasoline-electric engines by 2012, reducing air pollution and helping to tackle climate change. The city's current taxis use almost 14 miles per gallon on average, while the new fleet would see fuel economy of around 30 miles per gallon.

  • Published 22 May 2007 by Reuters

    The jump in U.S. gasoline prices this year has so far drained consumers of an extra $20 billion, or about $146 for each passenger car in the country. The added expense is taking money away from consumers to spend on other goods and services.

  • Published 20 May 2007 by New York Times Magazine

    After more than a decade of tightening guidelines, Europe has made green architecture an everyday reality. In the United States, however, the federal government has yet to establish universal efficiency standards for buildings. Today the average building in the U.S. uses roughly a third more energy than its German counterpart.

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