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NMSU Working on Project to Use Wastewater on Landscapes

New Mexico State University wants to change unusable wastewater into water that can be used on lawns and landscapes.

Using so-called gray water from dishwashers or bathroom sinks and showers could reduce water use and make it easier for homeowners to grow plants that clean the air.

Source: Associated Press

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U.S. Leaders Say More Infrastructure Spending Needed

The governor of America's largest state and the mayor of its largest city called on the federal government on Sunday to dramatically boost its spending on bridges, sewers, high-speed rail and other infrastructure.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" the United States needs to spend up to $1.6 trillion to make up for decades of neglect and stay globally competitive.

Source: Reuters

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Natural Gas, Suddenly Abundant, Is Cheaper

The decline in crude oil prices gets all the headlines, but the first globalized natural gas glut in history is driving an even more drastic collapse in the cost of gas that cooks food, heats homes and runs factories in the United States and many other countries.

Six giant plants capable of cooling and liquefying gas for export are due to come on line this year just as the economies of the Asian and European countries that import the most gas to run their industries are slowing.

Source: New York Times

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EPA Proposes First National Reporting on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the United States.

“Our efforts to confront climate change must be guided by the best possible information,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Through this new reporting, we will have comprehensive and accurate data about the production of greenhouse gases. This is a critical step toward helping us better protect our health and environment – all without placing an onerous burden on our nation’s small businesses.”

Source: EPA

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Cash-Strapped Green Tech Changes Strategy

The continuing economic recession has abruptly halted a number of large solar and biofuels projects. But while green-technology companies dependent on such capital-intensive projects have foundered, things look brighter for other ventures, such as those that require little in the way of expensive equipment and facilities, or those that have managed to attract foreign investment. Those were some of the conclusions of clean-tech investors who gathered at this week's GoingGreen East conference in Boston.

Source: Technology Review

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