Sam Eaton is an independent radio and television journalist. His reporting on complex environmental issues from climate change to population growth has taken him all over the United States and the world.


Features by Sam Eaton

Atoning for pollution

Power plants and factories produce thousands of tons of pollutants and carbon dioxide, but so do driving and flipping on a light switch. As Sam Eaton reports, some consumers have found a way to atone for polluting by purchasing pollution credits that take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Dealing with global warming

A report out today ranks companies on how well they're dealing with the challenges of global warming. The ranking comes from a group that invests in environmentally-friendly technology. Sam Eaton reports.

Growing alternative fuels

Former Senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole are starting a new effort to bolster bio-fuel and wind energy programs on America's farms. Is that what farmers want? Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Washington

Senate looking into oil mergers

Today, executives from the nation's six largest oil companies go before a Senate committee. They'll be asked to explain whether mergers have anything to do with their gushing profits. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Washington

Dubai Ports World deal

In the wake of Dubai Ports World's announcement to transfer operations of US ports to a US entity, Sam Eaton looks at whether the arrangement could be a template for future deals involving foreign control of US assets.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Exxon to invest more in drilling

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will boost spending on oil and gas exploration from $18 billion to $20 billion a year through the end of the decade. Sam Eaton reports from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk.

Renewables bonanza

If oil prices stay high, sales of renewable energy could jump fourfold in the next decade to nearly $170 billion, according to newly released research. Sam Eaton reports.

China's new planning system

China has decided to abandon virtually all numerical economic targets from its planning system. For decades, the country's five-year economic plans have been based on stringent targets. Now the government wants to spend more on social programs and the environment. Sam Eaton has the story.
Posted In: Economy

New chromium regulations

Just as federal regulators are preparing new standards for chromium exposures, a new report charges the industry withheld data about chromium's health risks. Sam Eaton looks at the possible financial fallout.
Posted In: Science

Lead paint verdict

A Rhode Island jury has found three makers of lead-based paint liable for millions of dollars in cleanup costs. As Sam Eaton reports from the Sustainability Desk, the verdict opens up the possibility that other states will follow suit.
Posted In: Health


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