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Study shows that fat tissue enables cancerous tumors to grow faster

October 15th, 2012

Fat cells may facilitate the growth of cancer tumors by strengthening the blood vessels that supply the tumors, medical researchers in Texas reported in the journal Cancer Research.

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Solar energy will illuminate Houston students’ studies

June 16th, 2010

Students in Pasadena, Texas see an example of a solar panel like the ones that will help power their school (Photo: HARC)While many high school science students labor over the usual time-tested science projects, dissecting frogs or building toothpick bridges, a group of Houston students will soon get a cross-curriculum education in cutting-edge solar technologies.

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Waste Management invests in recyclable plastics company

May 19th, 2010

Waste Management, Inc. today announced it participated in a $6.9 million strategic investment in MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc. as part of a Series B round of financing. Houston-based Waste Management joined Seattle-based WRF Capital, Northwest Energy Angels and other private investors in the funding.

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Against oil odds, Houston races to a greener future

May 14th, 2010

The Bayou City -- Greener than you think (Photo: Green Right Now)

The Bayou City -- greener than you think (Photo: Green Right Now)

Driving around Houston, or idling in traffic on one of the city’s big expanses of highway, it’s hard to think of the nation’s oil capital as a green city. Like other sprawling Sunbelt meccas built on the assumption that roads were forever, the city deals with intense traffic-related pollution. It’s known in the parlance of the EPA as a “non-attainment” metro area for its inability to meet healthy air quality targets. It can mount a hazy skyline to rival L.A.’s and it’s got the added burden of benzene and other toxics wafting in from nearby oil refineries. And still, the petrol city gets that it is a new greener day in America.

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Campaign aims to restore Galveston’s historic Broadway esplanade

April 27th, 2010

A rendering of two key demonstration blocks in Galveston that will be replanted to restore the esplanade to its historic grandeur. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/Apache Corporation and Galveston Island Tree Conservancy)

The loss of trees along the Broadway esplanade on Galveston’s historic central thoroughfare, is one of many devastating damages sustained by the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy is spearheading a regional fundraising campaign targeted to the energy and corporate communities in the Houston and Galveston area to raise funds to replenish the iconic blocks.

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Aveda sponsors Walk for Water in Houston

April 14th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Houston’s Aveda network of salons is hosting a Walk for Water in Houston, starting at Terry Hershey Park on Sunday, April 18. The walk is open to the public, and many Aveda stylists, spa therapists and owners will be participating.

The Walk will be 6 km (4 miles) to represent the average distance women in developing nations have to walk every day for access to clean water.

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Earth Day events around the U.S.

April 12th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Thousands of events will commemorate this 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. In the U.S., many gatherings will focus on making environmental progress by cleaning up a wildlife area or prepping a community garden. Some cities will host festivals, with info booths and giveaways, live music and food.

In Washington D.C., a rally on the National Mall on April 25 aims to show broad support for climate legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate. Speakers will include the Reverend Jesse Jackson; film director James Cameron; AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong; producer Trudie Styler; author Margaret Atwood and others. Performers will include Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Q-Tip, Booker T and others

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Green stores spring forth, from New Jersey to California

January 14th, 2010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Everyone knows you can’t shop your way to green. A true greenie is always looking for ways to reduce and reuse. That line of thinking generally doesn’t propel you to the mall, at least not often.

BUT…you knew there was a but… eco-conscious consumers still have needs. Their motivations are just different. They look to buy lower impact, organic products from like-minded companies and retailers. They want fairly produced goods to create a less-toxic home environment, with healthful food, that supports sustainable practices.

Over the past two years, we’ve noticed that the market is bringing us more and more small, green stores that aim to be a nexus for this movement. Take it back. Some are large, like the home supply Green Depot in New York City. They sell lotsa stuff that can really help you dig in to cut your energy bills and remodel greenly.

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Renew Blue says Texas site to be first to make fresh water from ocean waves

October 8th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Ocean waves near Freeport, Texas (Photo: National Weather Service)

Ocean waves near Freeport, Texas (Photo: National Weather Service)

Ocean waves off the coast of Texas may soon provide the first commercial wave power in the US to generate electricity and desalinate water.

Renew Blue Inc. said today that the Texas General Land Office has granted it the first-ever state off-shore wave energy lease. The company said it will use ocean water and waves to produce desalinated water; the first 100 percent fossil-fuel-free bottled water.

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Houston’s Willow Waterhole Greenway flourishes

July 22nd, 2009

By Deborah Wrigley

HOUSTON (KTRK) — Development has created more opportunities for Houston, but it also costs land that wildlife used to call home. But, in southwest Houston, near South Post Oak, it’s coming back. As it turns out, all it needed was a little space courtesy of a flood control project. >> Read the full story

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Digging into nature in air-conditioned comfort

July 3rd, 2009

By John DeFore
Green Right Now

Somewhere in between the sleep-away camps, beach excursions and baseball games of summer, kids and parents alike generally see the appeal of the sand-free floors and refrigerated air of a good museum. Institutions across the country know this is a great time to squeeze some education into kid-friendly, entertaining exhibitions; here’s a list of some of the best nature-oriented attractions for vacationers who’ve felt a bit too much heat this month.

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Continental biofuel flight cut greenhouse gas emissions

June 18th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

The friendly skies are getting cleaner thanks to efforts made by Continental Airlines in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell’s UOP. In early January of this year, Continental Airlines conducted the first biofuel demonstration flight by a commercial carrier in North American. Wednesday, Continental Airlines announced their analysis of this flight in a statement.

The 90-minute test flight, taking off from, and then returning to, Houston, successfully completed many necessary flight operations. Engine 1 operated on 100% jet fuel, while Engine 2 of the Boeing 737-800 operated on a blend of 50% jet fuel and 50% biofuel. The biofuel was made from a combination of algae and jatropha plants, which do not impact food harvests, water resources or contribute to deforestation.

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