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Jul 2007 contains 7 News Articles.

Ideal metro Atlanta: Livable, affordable, green
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 30 Jul 2007
Futurist Joel Kotkin challenges new urbanism and downtown density as the wave of the future. He prefers to talk about "New Suburbanism," which he believes will be a much more lasting and popular choice for Americans as the population tops 400 million. He describes as an "archipelago" of self-sustaining urban villages that will have "medium density with a lot of public parks around a town center." These communities will have amenities once found only in downtown areas — classy restaurants, arts and cultural institutions with clean streets and good schools. Technology will be a major factor in these communities of the future as people are now able to access the same information as those living in major cities. Also, more people will end up telecommuting, or working from home full-time or part-time. Kotkin does not promote the phenomenon of sprawl where developers often destroy the natural environment to build mega houses on large lots.

US launches program to offset carbon with trees
Reuters News Service - 27 Jul 2007
Federal agency the US Forest Service and non-profit group the National Forest Foundation launched a Web site on Wednesday where consumers can pay a $6 to offset a tonne of carbon dioxide, the main gas scientists link to global warming. Their donations will pay for projects like the planting of ponderosa pines in a Montana forest wiped out by a fire, or Douglas firs in an Idaho forest damaged by a tornado.

Study says Houston ranks among metro leaders in green space
The Houston Chronicle - 25 Jul 2007
Houston, long regarded as a city lacking in parks and green space, actually is among the nation's leaders in providing this increasingly prized amenity to its residents, a new study says. A report released Monday by the Trust for Public Land shows that Houston has 27.2 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents, up from the group's survey a year ago showing Houston had 16.5 acres per 1,000 residents. The difference is mostly the result of a more thorough accounting of parks and green space owned by governmental agencies in Houston, said Peter Harnik, the trust's director. The nonprofit conservation group is the only organization that ranks cities nationally on land and funding devoted to parks, Harnik said.

IKEA plastic bags costing customers a pretty nickel
The Associated Press; Gainesville Sun - 12 Jul 2007
IKEA gets kudos from environmentalists who recognize the Swedish chain as the first major retailer in the U.S. to put a price on the omnipresent bags made of thin, flexible plastic film that clog landfills, don't readily decompose and can suffocate wildlife. The infamy of the nonbiodegradable plastic shopping bag is recent, but the war against it is moving fast. The bags will be banned altogether in San Francisco this fall, and similar embargoes are being considered by other jurisdictions. A California law that went into effect this month requires large grocery stores and pharmacies to recycle plastic bags returned by customers and to offer reusable bags for purchase. To encourage customers, IKEA places signs near registers that say: "The world uses a trillion plastic bags a year. Unfortunately most end up in the trash or in the ocean or in trees ... and they take forever to disappear." The signs recommend that people buy the reusable tote rather than drop 5 cents on plastic but note that every nickel spent on the latter is donated to American Forests, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., for the planting of trees to offset carbon dioxide emissions.

Leaf diseases may thrive in wet seasons
The Oklahoman - 12 Jul 2007
Homeowners are justifiably concerned when foliage of their yard trees becomes diseased, especially when these diseases cause defoliation, twig and limb death, and perhaps death of a tree that has been defoliated several years in a row. Concerned homeowners need information on how to prevent or otherwise control leaf diseases. Anthracnose is common during wet, mild spring weather and can also occur in fall when weather again turns wet and mild. Anthracnose symptoms include irregular dead areas on leaf margins, between and across or along veins, often moving onto the shoots and small twigs; sometimes whole leaves are engulfed. To read more about symptoms of Anthracnose on common tree species, see the full story at: http://newsok.com/article/3081341

A beautiful legacy
Fort Worth/Dallas Star Telegram - 12 Jul 2007
Lady Bird Johnson, widow of President Lyndon Johnson and lifelong advocate for the beautification of her native state and the nation, died Wednesday afternoon at her Austin home. Beauty was important to Mrs. Johnson. It was a salve for hard times, she said, and she taught the country to appreciate its splendor. When her husband embarked on his Great Society initiatives, she was there working to include conservation and beautification in the package. "Getting on the subject of beautification is like picking up a tangled skein of wool," she wrote in her diary. "All the threads are interwoven -- recreation and pollution and mental health, and the crime rate, and rapid transit, and highway beautification, and the war on poverty, and parks -- national, state and local. It is hard to hitch the conversation into one straight line, because everything leads to something else." To read more of Lady Bird Johnson's obituary, visit: http://www.star-telegram.com/obituaries/story/166670.html

Greenhouse gases, carbon emissions must be cut, Gov. Crist tells climage change summit
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel - 12 Jul 2007
The Florida Summit on Global Climate Change is bringing together business, political and environmental leaders in Miami to share ideas on how to develop alternate fuels and identify ways to be more energy efficient. Conference speakers include Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental attorney, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Theodore Roosevelt IV, the great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and an ardent environmentalist. Florida Governor Charlie Crist is putting big business and car-dependent residents on notice that tough emission control standards are imminent in the near future. Although the car industry has resisted some government's attempts to impose standards, Crist said if consumers are educated to buy only fuel-efficient cars he thinks that will drive the auto industry to change. The governor said he would like to see legislation passed that would put Florida among the nation's leaders in fighting for cleaner air.