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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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    More Environment

    City to Replace School Lighting Tainted by PCBs — New York Times, 2011.0223

    Climate Change Drives (Micro)Evolution in Finland — Scientific American, 2011.0223

    Money Pollution in Washington — CBS, 2011.0223

    Target 'Black Carbon' to Tackle Climate Change, Recommends UN — Guardian Unlimited, 2011.0223

    Study Shows Westerners' Complex Opinions on the Environment — Huffington Post, 2011.0223

    Hybrids Vs. Nonhybrids: The 5-Year Equation — New York Times, 2011.0223

    Ken Cuccinelli V. Climate Skeptics — New York Times, 2011.0223

    What Is Life after Plastic? — Metropolis P/O/V (blog), 2011.0223

    Studio 804 to Build Sustainable Energy Center at KU — Kansas City infoZine, 2011.0223

    Hill House: A Modern Green Cabin in the Not-so-Wild West — Mother Nature Network, 2011.0223

    An Artistic, Green Masterpiece — Coast Online, 2011.0223

    Five Star Modern Home at Sol Austin — Jetson Green, 2011.0223

    U.P.S. Finds a Substitute for Diesel: Natural Gas, at 260 Degrees Below Zero — New York Times, 2011.0222

    A Stopgap for Climate Change — New York Times, 2011.0222

    Lighting One Bryant Park — Architect's Newspaper, 2011.0222

    House Republicans Cut Funding to UN Climate Science Body — Guardian Unlimited, 2011.0221

    Investing in Greener Economy Could Spur Growth: U.N. — Reuters, 2011.0221

    Cities Pass Up Green Stamp of Approval, Say It Costs Too Much — Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2011.0221

    Green Economies for Growth, Urges UN — BBC, 2011.0221

    Russia May Tweak Arctic Park Border for Oil Firms — Reuters, 2011.0218

    How Rising Sea Levels Will Affect the US Coastline — ENN, 2011.0218

    Green Roof Collapses in Illinois — New York Times, 2011.0218

    Taking Sustainability Home — Vancouver Sun, 2011.0218

    Taking Sustainability Home — Vancouver Sun, 2011.0218

    Passive Houses Aggressively Reduce Energy — USA Today, 2011.0217

    DOE Transportation Budget Is All about EVs — Matter Network, 2011.0217

    A Harder Rain's Gonna Fall (and Already Is) — New York Times, 2011.0217

    Climate Change Raises Flood Risk, Researchers Say — BBC News, 2011.0216

    Can Homes Be Built Carbon Free? — Green Building Elements, 2011.0216

    Sulfur Emissions on the Rise — ENN, 2011.0215

    Suburban 'Green' — Wall Street Journal, 2011.0214

    Hopeful Signs — Metropolis, 2011.0214

    EPA's New Proposal for Four Corners Power Plant Cuts More NOx Emissions — EPA Press Release, 2011.0211

    Top-Down Sustainability — EDC, 2011.0211

    Historic Change to Building Codes Approved: Now What? — EDC, 2011.0211

    Peace through Sustainable Design — EDC, 2011.0211

    Design by Slinky? — EDC, 2011.0211

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