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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
Aug. 26, 2009
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Ornamental Grasses Give Beauty, Noise, and Movement to the Yard
from The Examiner
"Grass is the forgiveness of nature – her constant Benediction…Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, But grass is immortal." said John J. Ingalls. Long before there were buildings, highways, or microbreweries in Boston, native grasses dominated the landscape. From the dry, barren patches of land to the swamps that the city was built on, these grasses were a major part of the terrain. Few other plants are as versatile, carefree, and dramatic as ornamental grasses. More

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Nightlighting: Create Ambience and Atmosphere
from Irrigation & Green Industry
When you hear the word "staycation," does a little light go off in your outdoor light, perhaps? With more Americans opting to vacation at home these days, many are looking for ways to get more enjoyment out of their own backyards. And one of the easiest, most economical ways to make the fun last longer is through quality outdoor lighting. More

Cooperative Extension Tries Out Grass Runways
from Forbes
Alaskan pilots accustomed to landing on a remote gravel runway and having their aircraft damaged by rocks, may soon be able to make softer landings - on grass runways. To minimize expensive repairs to dinged propellers or holes in airframes and promote safety, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Matanuska Experimental Farm recommends grass air strips, planted with hardy varieties. It's a softer surface, meaning longer takeoffs and landings, but it could save an expensive repair. More

What a Little Moonlight Can Do in the Garden
from New York Times
''By the light of the silvery moon'' is such a fine time to be in the garden. The look is quite different from the garden in daylight, and worth considering when you plan your plots. Even full moonlight bathes the garden with only about one-half-millionth as much light as sunlight. More


Oil Falls Below $74 as Shares Hit by Recovery Woes
from The Washington Post
Oil fell below $74 a barrel, down for the first time in six days as Chinese shares plummeted on renewed concerns over the economic recovery, after reaching a 10-month high a day earlier. Investors are looking to oil inventories in the United States for direction, with analysts calling for a draw in crude and gasoline stocks and an increase in distillates. More


The Renewable Landscape: A Look at Clean Energy in Asia
from Reuters
Despite President Obama's call for the United States to lead the clean energy technology industry, a weak climate bill (H.R. 2454) awaiting the Senate to return from recess promises limited funding for research and development of renewable clean energy technologies. Asia, however, has recognized the advantages of embracing clean energy development and the race for clean energy dominance is heating up faster than the planet. More

Getting Smart With Smart Water Controllers
from Irrigation & Green Industry
It wasn't so very long ago that the water situation in many states had reached crisis proportions, resulting in the implementation of some of the toughest watering restrictions that had ever been seen. You can imagine the amount of rejoicing when deluges of rain brought many states in the Southeast back up to comfortable water levels. In south Florida, for example, some water restrictions were actually lifted, as were those in Georgia and the Carolinas. More


The Greater Evil for Small Business? Health Insurers or Government
from Triangle Business Journal
For many small business owners, health care reform boils down to one issue: Who do you trust least – insurance companies or the federal government? Members of the Main Street Alliance contend a government-run insurance option is needed to force private insurers to be more competitive. More

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