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    CLIMATE LETTER TO CONGRESS

    We think this public letter, signed by 18 prominent climate scientists, coordinated by the Project on Climate Science, gives a succinct and accurate view of the current situation, addressed to our national legislators.

    Meanwhile, the "Better Buildings Initiative" announced by the White House on February 3, 2011, is an important climate- and architecture-related package moving forward administratively, even as Congress fiddles. —Editors

    To the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate:

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    POSTCARD FROM PASSIVE HOUSE PORTLAND

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    There were 345 attendees (including me) at the North American Passive House Conference in Portland, Oregon, held from November 4 to 7, 2010. Twenty-six sessions focused on all aspects of the Passive House building energy-efficiency certification system, ranging from detailed conceptual overviews led by Passivhaus cofounder Dr. Wolfgang Feist to technical sessions about specific aspects of certification in our region.

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    MODERNIZING MODERN

    In the United States, there is a huge inventory of unused, underused, and poorly configured buildings, many of them modern-style. These buildings are a valuable resource, and until this resource has been exhausted, the pace and pattern of new building construction seen in the second half of the 20th century is a luxury that is not sustainable.

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    Climate Letter to Congressa — ArchitectureWeek, 2011.0202

    Cyclone May Be Tipping Point in Australia Climate Policy Debate — Reuters, 2011.0202

    Koch Industries: The 100-Million Ton Carbon Gorilla — Climate Progress (blog), 2011.0202

    GSA Updates Construction Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency — Federal Times, 2011.0201

    GE and GM Boost Energy Efficiency — Reuters, 2011.0201

    Scientists Make Solar Cells with Cheap Metal Oxide — BBC News, 2011.0201

    Are Cities the Best Place to Live? Are Suburbs OK? A Fight Grows in Urban Planning, with Harvard at the Center — Boston Globe, 2011.0130

    Are Cities the Best Place to Live? — Boston Globe, 2011.0130

    At Home: Reaching New Heights — NZ Herald, 2011.0128

    Little Owl Preschool Raises the Architectural Bar — Long Beach Post, 2011.0128

    Solar Pyramids Could Power Homes — Fast Company, 2011.0127

    In Snowy Whistler, a House with No Furnace — Tyee, 2011.0126

    Obama Energy Plan Best Chance for Clean Power — Reuters, 2011.0126

    Court Reverses New Mexico Governor on Environmental Rules — New York Times, 2011.0126

    U.S. Already Halfway to Obama's Clean Energy Goal — Reuters, 2011.0126

    Electricity 2.0 in Boulder — Time, 2011.0125

    Newt Gingrich Proposes Abolishing EPA — Climate Progress (blog), 2011.0125

    Cold Jumps Arctic 'Fence,' Stoking Winter's Fury — New York Times, 2011.0125

    Director of Policy on Climate Will Leave — New York Times, 2011.0125

    A Sustainable Trend in Urban Planning — Construction Digital, 2011.0124

    Is Extreme Weather a Result of Global Warming? — CBS, 2011.0124

    For Wildlife, a Safe Highway Crossing — New York Times, 2011.0124

    Rolling Stone Names 12 Politicians and Executives Blocking Progress on Global Warming — Climate Progress (blog), 2011.0124

    Slower Flow Threatens Aging Pipeline — New York Times, 2011.0124

    Some Himalayan Glaciers Advance, Despite Warming — Reuters, 2011.0123

    Coal-Fired Trigger of Mass Extinction — Nature, 2011.0123

    Thousands Protest in Berlin over Dioxin Scandal — Reuters, 2011.0122

    A Carbon Storage Leak? Not so Fast, Experts Caution — New York Times, 2011.0122

    International Builders Show Concept House Is LEED Platinum-Certified — Washington Post, 2011.0121

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