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Taking the LEED in Green Building and Design
From China and Australia to Canada and the United States, the green building movement, which espouses eco-friendly building practices, has taken the world by storm. Following closely on its heels is the coveted certification referred to as LEED.

Greener Growth
Robert Thomas wanted to keep his family's 14,000 acres a working ranch forever, but as subdivisions in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel crept closer, the Thomases relented.

Rainwater as a Cash Crop
Promoting rainwater catchment systems on homes and businesses in Kendall County -- the first major initiative by a new development agency here -- will make more and more economic sense as growth strains area aquifers, officials say.

Seeking a Sustainable Lode
The boom-and-bust cycle of resource addiction is old news in the Mother Lode. First gold, then timber built towns that later went into decline when each raw material started running out.

Wal-Mart Letting the Sun Shine Iin: The Sky's the Limit
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, first tried out its bright idea -- skylights -- at a store in Oklahoma. The "early experiment" was in 1995, when the roof of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Moore was dotted with skylights.

Leaner Designs Fuel Race to Build Next Generation of Reactors
Jose Reyes' research lab looks like a three-story tangle of pipes and instruments. But to nuclear engineers like him, it's evidence that generating electricity by splitting atoms can cost less and be done more safely than in the past.

Interior Secretary Says North Slope Drilling Is Safe, Will Proceed
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne declared after a helicopter tour that drilling will proceed in a North Slope region that has become the focus of a new dispute over Alaska oil drilling.

EU Tells Carmakers to Do More to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The European Union warned carmakers Tuesday that it will introduce legislation to enforce cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, if the industry does not work harder to meet voluntary pollution-cutting targets.

Power Plants Seek Solutions to Mercury
Designed by power company researchers, a new system called Toxecon prevents gaseous mercury from escaping into the atmosphere by mixing it with carbon, creating ash that is collected in the fabric bags and trucked to landfills.

U.S. Government Wins Round in Power Struggle with Industrial Plants over Air Pollution
The government won a round Thursday in a long-running dispute over how much authority it has to force industrial plants to cut air pollution.