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What was promised as the tallest building in the world built by modular construction is delayed and the subject of lawsuits. State documents, recently made public, describe water damage, tolerance challenges, and unanticipated repairs.
6 hours ago   City Limits
At a crucial two-day meeting, the California Air Resources Board may adopt, reject or modify two separate, landmark, controversial plans - one on climate change, the other on diesel emissions from trucks and buses.
Dec 11, 2008   San Francisco Chronicle
Rainforest Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council enjoyed a huge victory when Bank of America decided last week to end its financing of controversial, destructive mountain top removal coal mining in Appalachia.
Dec 11, 2008   The Charleston Gazette
In this Mercury News Op-Ed, San Jose State University Professor Larry Gerston proposes this bold tax for mass transit and alternative energy programs. It yields $175 billion annually and creates green jobs, enabling us to determine our destiny.
Dec 10, 2008   Mercury News
Bricks have been a building staple for a long time, but the sky's the limit for their aesthetic uses.
Dec 10, 2008   GOOD Magazine
Around Puget Sound, the spreading suburban fringe is changing the types of birds that live in those areas, pushing some out and attracting others. 'It's a change in who's top,' says a local biologist.
Dec 9, 2008   The Seattle Times
The Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports’ new Clean Trucks program is the object of a legal battle pitting Teamsters, environmental and public health groups, the NAACP, and community groups demanding clean air against trucking companies and shippers.
Dec 8, 2008   Los Angeles Times
Architect David Cook looks at the sustainability craze in building and architecture and warns that calling something "green" doesn't necessarily make it so.
Dec 8, 2008   Flavorwire
The current economic downturn has meant a drop in commodity prices, including for recycled materials. Now Toronto is facing the prospect of warehousing their collected recycleables until the market improves.
Dec 5, 2008   The Globe and Mail
Austin officials are wrestling with how to confront coyotes encroaching on suburban and urban neighborhoods.
Dec 4, 2008   News 8 Austin
The city of San Angelo, Texas bucks a regional trend towards stricter regulations for signs used as advertising.
Dec 4, 2008   San Angelo Standard Times