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.
The EPA today hears from outside scientists about proposed rule changes to regulate air-borne particulate emissions. As Sam Eaton reports, the debate pits public health advocates against proponents of economic development.
As the Big Easy rebuilds in the wake of Katrina, some are calling for a Dutch-style network of levees and flood control structures. But a study to be presented this week warns such coastal protections would destroy the region's wetlands. Sam Eaton reports.
Conventional wisdom suggests that China has yet to go green. But the Chinese government wants to leapfrog Western-style industrialization and pioneer a whole new Green economy. From the Marketplace Sustainability Desk, Sam Eaton reports.
A new law in Maine requires manufacturers to pick up the cost of recycling old TVs and computer monitors. Sam Eaton looks at whether other states are considering similar laws, and how the TV and computer industries are reacting to the trend.
A forecast out today warns that global economic growth could crash by 2050 if we don't take steps now to place a monetary value on ecological services such as clean air and water, flood-tempering wetlands, weather moderation, and other benefits. Sam Eaton reports.
The Supreme Court has upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law. Critics worry the law will encourage poor patients to choose suicide rather than burden their families with expensive medical bills. But as Sam Eaton reports, that hasn't been the case in Oregon.
Bold predictions abound that by 2030, if not sooner, China will become the world's largest economy. But getting there may depend on more than just making stuff for really cheap. To sustain that growth, China needs to move up the food chain. For our Sustainability Desk, Sam Eaton reports from the southern city of Shenzen near Hong Kong.