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White Roofs

The High Cost of White Roofs in the North

Charlie Soffel | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Charlie Soffel

Seattle and most northern cities in the U.S. waste millions in energy costs and precious natural resources by buying into the myth that white roofs are energy efficient regardless of climate zone.

White Roofs vs. Green Roofs: Recent Reports Declaring a Victor Overlook That Both Are Wins for the Environment

Noah Garrison | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Noah Garrison

Green roofs (and cool roofs/white roofs, too) can do a lot to reduce the harmful global warming effects that black roofs accelerate.

White Roofs, Green Myth?

Samir Ibrahim | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Samir Ibrahim

White reflective roofing certainly has its place, which is primarily in southern climates. But as a green solution in northern states, it's just not that cool.

Climate Change, White Roofs, and Common Sense

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Of all the geoengineering ideas, the one often cited as the simplest, most obvious one, the one we should get started on right away is painting roofs white -- after all how can that not help? How indeed.

Going Green by Going White

Dan Garodnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Garodnick

In the fight against climate change, simple solutions can have the most immediate impact. As a growing number of New Yorkers are finding out, one of the simplest is white roofs.

Green News Report -- February 16, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Buh-bye, Evan Bayh; Supertrains for China, not so much for the U.S.; Freeways cause heart attacks;...

Should You Invest In A White Roof?

Mother Jones | Photo Essay by Phillip Toledano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The latest white-roofs study used computer simulations to figure out what might happen if every roof in every city of the world were white. The findin...

Cool It and Warm It With a Chameleon Roof

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Reflective white roofs are good for keeping a home cool in summer, but what happens in winter? A temperature-sensitive tile -- black when temperatures are cold and white when temps are warm -- could offer a solution.

Cool Roofs

Mother Nature Network | Marsha Walton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The U.S. Department of Energy is encouraging the use of reflective paint and "cool roofs" to increase the energy efficiency of homes and commercial bu...

Is This the Most Important Meeting?

A. Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

As with looking toward better sanitation options in Finland, some potentially critical sessions proceed with too little media attention. Right now, Boulder, Colorado, is hosting one such meeting: North American Biochar 2009.

When "Yes We Can!" Meets "No We Won't!"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If the Democrats in Congress don't find a way to become co-advocates with the president on these important issues, their future political problems will be the least of it.

Paint It White: Chu Calls For White Roofs, Roads To Fight Global Warming

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate ch...