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 better battery is hard to invent

Better batteries are the key to better consumer electronics and electric cars.
Posted In: batteries, electric cars, smartphone
The 14 week old polar bear twins play with their mother in their enclosure during the first outside excursion in the zoo in Munich Hellabrunn, southern Germany, on March 19, 2014.

Why the Pentagon is preparing for climate change

The Pentagon sees climate change ratcheting tensions in already problematic regions.
Posted In: climate change, Pentagon, alternative energy

The first electric cars weren't 'manly' enough

Decisions about fuel have as much to do with gender norms as energy density.
Posted In: gasoline, battery, electric cars, history

What you need to know about the AIG trial

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner testifies at the AIG trial.
Posted In: AIG, Timothy Geithner, bailout

Saudi Arabia is losing its grip on oil

A global glut of oil has potential to pit key suppliers in a price war.
Posted In: Oil, OPEC, energy, Environment, fuel

These are the ISIS refineries we're bombing

The U.S. is bombing refineries so small, they could almost fit in a pickup truck.
Posted In: crude oil, Islam, refinery

Here's how we'll cut down on greenhouse gases

Putting a price on carbon will create financial incentives to emit less.
Posted In: carbon dioxide, sustainable energy, alternative energy

A big week to come in climate change policy

There's more to just environmental concerns to climate change policy.
Posted In: climate change, climate, divestment

You may see $3 a gallon for gas in your lifetime

The global glut of oil is pushing gasoline prices down.
Posted In: gas prices, fracking, gasoline
Iraqi militia fighter

What a $6 billion anti-terrorist campaign amounts to

In the larger scheme, a $6 billion investment against ISIS is war on the cheap
Posted In: ISIL, terrorism, defense department

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