[Green tourism] Green Trend Taking Hold in Tourism Industry

Earth-friendly hotels and resorts have joined eco-tourism as a major emerging trend in the travel industry. Hotels try to lure guests with recycling, organic food, and gentler cleaning chemicals. Michelle Keller reports in the Los Angeles Times 5/19/06. [SEJ Environmental Journalism Today]

[Hospitals] Hospitals Challenge: Do No Harm

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]

[Environmental health] Climate Change and Human Health Impacts in the United States: An Update on the Results of the U.S. National Assessment

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]

[2008 Summer Olympics] China Integrating "Green" Concepts into Olympic Venues

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]

[Climate change] CO2: We call it life

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]

[Renewable energy] New York Sets Sights on Renewable Energy

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]