Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy. He services the complete portfolio of Marketplace programming and has reported on several special series including long-term U.S. job creation, U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the BP oil spill one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries. Tong joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from January 2007 to July 2010. While there, he reported on a special series on the economics of one-child and the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, the food safety scares in 2007, labor strikes, slave labor, child lead poisoning and baby-selling in China’s international adoption program. Prior to joining Marketplace, Tong worked as a producer and off-air reporter at PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer for seven years, where he produced a special series from Iraq in 2003.  Tong received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. A native of Poughkeepsie N.Y., Tong now lives in Arlington, Va. with his wife and three children. He’s an acknowledged soccer dad, and enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis), and running slowly.

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The rare earth advantage

U.S. and EU complain to the World Trade Organization about Chinese dominance and policy in the vital high-tech sector.
Posted In: rare earths, rare earth minerals, China
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Families in Japan inching towards recovery after Fukushima

It has been a year since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. And the economy there is finally starting to look better, but many families are still struggling to regain their former lives.
Posted In: Japan, Fukushima, tsunami
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How Japan can move forward, one year after Fukushima

One year after the tsunami and Fukushima disaster in Japan, Scott Tong revisits with one Japanese man who sees the brighter future for his country.
Posted In: Fukushima, Japan
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Japan, Inc.'s long year

On the anniversary of the Fukushima quake and tsunami, Japan, Inc. faces two possible futures.
Posted In: Japan, Sharp, Rakuten
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The 'what ifs' in oil prices

Oil prices fell today on the possible resumption of nuclear talks between Iran, the U.S. and its allies. But would prices stay down for long?
Posted In: Oil, Iran
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Is Iran's nuclear program aimed at making weapons?

Not everyone is so sure that the answer is yes.
Posted In: Oil, Iran
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U.S.-China trade relations could still go south

China's vice president Xi Jinping met with corporate leaders at U.S. Chamber of Commerce as part of his Washington trip. Each side has put on a smile about their economic relationship, but that hasn't hid the tensions beneath the surface.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, trade
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China flexes trade muscles

The state visit by Chinese VP Xi Jengpeng highlights U.S.-China cooperation -- but behind the scenes, China plays hardball.
Posted In: China, clean technology, trade, wind power, solar power
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Grand Canyon announces ban on bottled water

Waste concerns lead to a ban on bottled water at the national park despite fears that Coca-Cola, a big parks sponsor, would react badly.
Posted In: grand canyon, bottled water, Coca-cola
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Money flows across border

As Western Union earnings show, the global remittance business is at record levels.
Posted In: Western Union, remittances

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