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Garbage across the Pacific

Nov 9, 2007
One country's garbage is another country's gold. Scott Tong takes us across the Pacific to see how America's trash has spawned a whole industry in China.

Why buy new when used will do?

Nov 9, 2007
Meet the Mullens, a family of four who've sworn off buying new consumer goods for a year. Tess follows the family through their experiment in scrounging.

Turning trash into cash

Nov 9, 2007
Landfills may be eyesores for residents, but they have money and jobs to offer communities. Amy Scott visits a Pennsylvania town stuck in the middle of the trash trade.

How much longer can we 'overshoot'?

Nov 9, 2007
Our population is consuming about 30% more trees, fish and fossil fuels than the planet can regenerate. How big a hole can we dig before we can't get out of it? Kai Ryssdal talks with Jared Diamond, a geography professor at UCLA.

Alternative fuels come with added costs

Nov 8, 2007
Crude is not the only oil near record highs. Palm oil is trading near $900 a ton in Malaysia. Prices for other vegetable oils are sizzling, too. Jeff Tyler reports these hot commodities are cooking up some controversy.

A well-traveled breakfast

Nov 7, 2007
Steve Henn figures his typical family breakfast journeyed 6,000 miles to his kitchen table. It's a symptom of the ever-growing global food trade, and the fossil fuel cost required to move commodities across the planet is growing with it.

Windy City plans climate initiative

Nov 6, 2007
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is expected to announce on Wednesday a climate initiative intended to make the city a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Only problem is, Chicago's got a lot of competition. Sam Eaton reports.

Windy City to cut down on its gas

Nov 5, 2007
Chicago is set to announce a plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 40 years. Sarah Gardner reports on the city law's bend towards a greener mentality.

Tax man catches up to car-sharing

Nov 1, 2007
Drivers who use car-sharing services in the state of Washington will now have to pay almost 10% in car-rental taxes. Users call it a penalty on doing right by the environment. Cathy Duchamp reports.
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Cheaper rates for using more power?

Oct 30, 2007
Differential pricing for utilities is nothing new -- paying less for electricity used during off-peak hours. But in Los Angeles, city officials floated a slight variation on that theme -- lower rates for people who use more electricity. Lisa Napoli reports that it's a growing trend.