District Green: UMD Plans to Pave Paradise, Tweedy Bikers, Chemicals “Feminizing” Baby Boys + More

The Washington Post rightly takes University of Maryland officials to task for wanting to bulldozed nine acres of forested hillock to put up a parking lot and an equipment shed. Anybody else hearing the stylings of Joni Mitchell here?

We Love DC has fun photos of all the handlebars – as in bikes – and handlebar mustaches – as in Victorian Era – worn by cyclists in full regalia during yesterday’s Tweed Ride to benefit Art for the Aging.

Responding to news that Obama administration plans to put subway oversight in federal hands, Urban Places and Spaces argues for national standards.

New Columbia Heights advertises the Northwest Columbia Heights Citizens Association meeting tonight, where neighborhood safety and quality of life are on the agenda in the wake of the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old boy Saturday night.

WUSA has a USA Today story on how more US job seekers are looking overseas – to places such as Brazil and China – where they hope to find more opportunity.

Anacostia Now and DC Metrocentric write about development plans on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue within walking distance of the Anacostia Metro.

YIKES! Chemicals in plastics alter the brains of baby boys making them “more feminine,” researchers say. Would this have any connection to the Inter-sex fish in the Potomac?

Copenhagen climate talks are looking increasingly lame: World leaders have already bailed on negotiating a deal to combat global warming. Here’s a New York Times story on why nothing is expected to get done at the International climate summit.  And, here’s a “news analysis” of the situation.

While world leaders continue mucking up the fight against global warming, here’s a little something we can do to improve the indoor air quality at home. To wrap up this morning’s roundup, I leave you with a post from Mother Jones on house plants that naturally clean the air in your house or apartment.

That’s all for now, but come back later when I report a few interesting finds from last Saturday’s Energy Expo at the Washington Convention Center. Free software that can help businesses lower their light bills and carbon footprints, homes made of straw – straw bale, that is – water purification systems and more.


About greendistrict

I'm Christine MacDonald, a journalist and the author of the book: "Green, Inc., An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone B

Posted on November 16, 2009, in DC green, Environment, health and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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