A Kaiser Permanente facility in Modesto, CA, exemplifies how hospitals are rethinking nearly every aspect of their design, construction, and operations. Mercury blood-pressure cuffs are becoming a thing of the past. Shia Levitt reports for American Public Media’s “Marketplace” 5/17/06. [SEJ Environmental Journalism Today]
Ebi KL, Mills DM, Smith JB, and Grambsch A. 2006. Environ Health Perspect: doi:10.1289/ehp.8880. [Online 18 May 2006] [EHP-in-Press]
As Beijing moves forward with construction for the 2008 Summer Olympics, project developers are embracing state-of-the-art energy technologies as well as measures to save water and protect sensitive ecosystems. [Worldwatch Institute]
Via Gil Friend:
Here’s an amazing example of what the mind of a skilled propagandist can produce:
Two 60-second television spots from the Competitive Enterprise Institute ‘focusing on the alleged global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use.’
Carbon Dioxide: It’s what we breathe out, and what plants breathe in. They call it pollution. We call it life.
True enough, but put true statements in distorting contexts, and what do you get? Highly polished sleeze.
I’m wondering who, at what agency, did the creative on these, and how well they’re sleeping at night, and how well they’ll sleep with seawater lapping at their feet. ‘Got milk’ has got nothing on these guys.
Brought to you by the Let’s Go To Hell In A Faster Handbasket Marketing Board. [Gil Friend]
There’s an urban renaissance going on in Seattle, and savvy marketers are asking passersby ‘what’s green.’ The buildings, for one. [SIJ News headlines]
Gov. George Pataki of New York wants a quarter of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by the year 2013. Guests examine the plausibility of the plan, in a live broadcast from Syracuse, N.Y. [NPR Topics: Technology]
Are “green computers” the next big thing after “green buildings”? A new industry standard is hoping that will be the case. [Joel Makower: Two Steps Forward]
Around the country, cities are aging — especially cities built around industries that are now long gone. This week, Syracuse, N.Y., town officials agreed to move forward with a proposed mega-mall called Destiny USA, which would rival the size of the Mall of America. The developers of the mall promise that it will be ‘green,’ with all of its power coming from renewable sources. [NPR Topics: Environment]
The heads of the major U.S. automakers are on Capitol Hill talking about the future of building cars that use alternative fuels. [NPR Topics: Environment]
This publication explores research to develop pest control methods based on pheromones, chemicals “secreted by an animal, often an insect, that influence the behavior or development of other members of the same species.” Includes images, a timeline of the study of insect pheromones back to 1870, glossary, and links to related research. From Beyond Discovery, a publication series from the National Academy of Sciences. [Librarians’ Internet Index: New This Week]