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Air pollution explainer: What's an externality?

Dec 9, 2013
Pollution isn't free … but who should pay?
Posted In: air pollution, clean air act, EPA

When air pollution crosses state lines, which state has to do the cleanup?

Dec 9, 2013
Some governors asked the EPA to rein in polluting states, and EPA is asking the Supreme Court for permission.
Posted In: EPA, Supreme Court, Northeast, midwest, air pollution

Going bearserk in Jersey

Dec 9, 2013
The black bear population has grown so large in the state that it ended a hunting ban a few years ago.
Posted In: bears, hunting, new jersey

Dow: Time for an industry built by plastics to move on

Dec 3, 2013
Dow Chemical says it’s shifting away from the commodity chemical market so much so that it may drop 'Chemical' from its name.
Posted In: Oil, plastics, chemicals

Chemical and plastics industries love fracking

Nov 29, 2013
Cheap natural gas has made the U.S. one of the cheapest places to make plastics.
Posted In: fracking, plastics

Lummi tribe objects to coal terminal in Washington

Nov 27, 2013
Fifty-seven Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest have come together to oppose plans to build coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington State.
Posted In: coal, native americans, Washington, Oregon

Why we can't let go of the fixed-rate mortgage

Nov 26, 2013
There's a financial cost to mortgages that stay at the same interest rate for 30 years, but there are also social benefits.
Posted In: Mortgages, interest rates, home buying

Who thought 30-year mortgages were a good thing?

Nov 25, 2013
Lending money for 30 years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did 30-year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?
Posted In: Mortgages, interest rates, home buying

Where's the beef? (Raised, slaughtered and processed?)

Nov 19, 2013
Meatpackers and ranchers are fighting each other over new labeling rules.
Posted In: ranching, meatpacking, food safety

In Chicago, piles of petroleum coke suggest the future of Canadian tar sands oil

Nov 18, 2013
A byproduct of refining gasoline clouds the skies of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.
Posted In: petroleum-based, Koch, BP, Chicago, Environment

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