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Small Culverts, New Houses Contribute To Flooding

By Tom Paulu LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) _ When Lomor Drive flooded in 1996, 3 feet of water washed into Diana Bach’s house. She and her late husband, Gene, spent $30,000 to raise the home 4 feet. But last week’s flood waters covered her front yard and driveway and came within inches of her floor. ` […]

With Hydro, State on Track to Meet Pollution Goals

By Bob Salsberg BOSTON (AP) — The state is on track to meet its ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration said Tuesday while cautioning that success may hinge on legislative approval of a plan to import more Canadian hydropower. The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, signed by […]

Navy to Launch Carrier Group Powered Partly by Biofuels

By Julie Watson SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy is launching a carrier strike group to be powered partly by biofuel, calling it a milestone toward easing the military’s reliance on foreign oil. The maritime branch is touting the warships as the centerpiece of its “Great Green Fleet.” Most of the group’s ships will be […]

Alucobond® Panels Certified MO in France

Paris, France — Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) announced that its Alucobond composite panel has been certified MO — non-combustible materials, which is the highest level of certification for fire resistant building materials in France. Alcan’s Alucobond is a composite material made of two aluminum sheets with a polyethylene or high-density mineral center that is […]

Amid Drought, Los Angeles Looks to Upgrade ‘Swamp Coolers’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Old-school cooling systems on the roofs of larger Los Angeles buildings may be wasting billions of gallons of water each year. The Los Angeles Times reported recently that some of these “swamp coolers” are so inefficient they can use as much water as all the bathrooms, drinking fountains and kitchens in […]