If you’re in a green building, are you happier? But first — can you even hear the question? Find out why green buildings are noisier — and all the other day’s hot green news — in this edition of Coolness:
- President Obama proposed tougher auto emissions and gas mileage standards for American-made autos yesterday. But do you know how much auto emission standards around the world differ? PlanetARK provides a comparison.
- How green is McDonald’s? Rather, according to a report the company has released on its green initiatives around the world. But Environmental Leader reminds us of McDonald’s un-green side…
- How much will the Waxman-Markey climate bill save consumers? Up to $750 billion, says a new report by the market analysis firm Point Carbon. Nothing, says David Sokol in the Washington Post, who argues the bill will end up costing Americans a lot.
- Green buildings are noisy as all get out, according to a new survey of occupants of buildings that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. (Those occupants are happier than those in un-LEED buildings in all other respects.) Read why in 60-Second Science.
- Sustainability is a forgotten word on the world political stage, reports the BBC’s Richard Black from the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. (But the meeting did put on a nice radio show…)
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