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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Features by Scott Tong

A view of Alaskan peak Mount Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley. In Alaska, 90 percent of the state budget relies on oil.

Alaska's oil industry struggles amid climate change

Melting ice leads to more drilling, which leads to more warming and melting ....
Posted In: sustainability, barrel of oil, Alaska, Trans Alaska Pipeline

Refugee smuggling is a big, bad business

The networks moving migrants to Europe are highly complex and competitive.
Posted In: Europe, migrants, refugees

How Nevada could cast a shadow over solar

State regulators are considering charging home users for connecting to the grid.
Posted In: solar power, utilities, Nevada
Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in California.

The long party for commodity producers is so over

Commodities run in long cycles, with booms sustained by a historical event.
Posted In: China, commodities, stock markets, Economy, corporations

Near Jamestown, Dominion power line battles history

A need for modern infrastructure is weighed against preserving a famed river view.
Posted In: Virginia, electricity, utilities
Arsenio Hall and Grammy-award winning producer and musician Emilio Estefan attend an AARP event in Miami Beach, Florida.

A new older generation may attract more ad dollars

Senior citizens aren't acting like old people, and some advertisers are noticing.
Posted In: AARP, ad agency, young adults
A worker wearing a protective suit and a mask looks up welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the

Japan prepares to restart its nuclear power plants

The country's safety culture needed updating to prevent a Fukushima-type disaster.
Posted In: Japan, tsunami, nuclear power, nuclear power plant

Shell starts drilling for oil in the Arctic

Environmentalists and other big oil explorers are watching.
Posted In: Shell, Arctic, big oil
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in Newburg, Maryland.

EPA's carbon rules are catching up with the market

The rules limiting carbon emissions will speed utilities' movement away from coal as a fuel.
Posted In: carbon emissions, Carbon, Obama, coal
Oil pumps in operation at an oilfield near central Los Angeles.

Crude oil is plunging ... again

The cost is at a 4-month low. What's going on?
Posted In: crude oil, OPEC, barrel of oil

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