Environment

The Wall Street Journal examines desalination efforts on the Central and South Coasts, starting with the reactivation of a Santa Barbara plant. Notwithstanding criticisms on costs and environmental damage, eight plants have been built since 2006.
15 hours ago   The Wall Street Journal
<p>Houston's MTA is planning to allow drivers to pay a toll to use the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on their freeways, and the local Sierra Club chapter is speaking out against the plan.</p>
Jul 23, 2008   The Houston Chronicle
Planetizen's Assistant Editor Nate Berg investigates the impact of recent court decisions on the Los Angeles River, and how it may affect development on the watersheds of rivers and waterways across the country. Exclusive
Jul 21, 2008  By Nate Berg
<p>More than 2 million people are expected to be added to the metropolitan Chicago region by 2030, and water supplies may not be able to keep up. Officials are trying to find a solution.</p>
Jul 17, 2008   The Chicago Tribune
<p>The Department of Energy is proposing to construct massive "energy corridors", land designated solely for the purpose of energy conduction like oil, hydrogen and electricity.</p>
Jul 15, 2008   Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
<p>In Kamikatsu, Japan, waste is not a problem -- mainly because new policies practically forbid it. But citizens have adapted to their new zero-waste lifestyle.</p>
Jul 15, 2008   BBC
<p>As the number of sustainable buildings increase rapidly, ecologically friendly designs are shedding an ugly past for a sleeker and more striking future.</p>
Jul 14, 2008   The Christian Science Monitor
<p>The USDA is considering a plan to put conservation land back into agricultural production -- a move farmers are trumpeting, but environmentalists are opposing.</p>
Jul 13, 2008   The Washington Post
<p>If buildings are responsible for almost half of the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, then our energy and building codes are incredibly important tools attaining energy and climate sanity.</p>
Jul 11, 2008   Gristmill
<p>When California declared a statewide drought, a couple decided to let their front lawn die.</p>
Jul 10, 2008   RedOrbit
<p>Officials in Africa have approved a plan to plant a "wall of trees" across the continent to prevent the southward spread of the Sahara desert due to winds and drought.</p>
Jul 10, 2008   Environmental News Network