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

Towers carrying electical lines are shown in South San Francisco, California

A call to invest in safety of the power grid

Department of Energy proposes billions in investment in power grid infrastructure.
Posted In: power grid, electricity, department of energy
Many members of working families use aid programs such as Medicaid to supplement their paychecks.

Most aid to families goes to working families

A majority of Americans who use certain aid programs are from working families.
Posted In: medical costs, minimum wage, subsidies
A boy rides a donkey cart past an internally displaced persons camp near the Somali Parliament in Mogadishu on March 24, 2015.

In Somalia, wire transfers go underground

Banks' efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing may have backfired.
Posted In: Somalia, remittances, terrorism
Court case in Oklahoma examines whether oil and gas firms should be held liable for earthquake-related damage.

Should oil companies be liable for earthquake-related damage?

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will soon decide if fracking is linked to earthquakes.
Posted In: earthquakes, fracking, oklahoma
A freight train pulling out of the Hess Gas Plant in Tioga, North Dakota, 2013.

Canada proposes tougher standards for oil tankers

Stricter rules are likely south of the border too.
Posted In: Canada, trains, oil tankers
Police officers observe a minute of silence to commemorate of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2015 in Fukushima, Japan.

Japan struggles to build a new electricity network

The expansion of solar power to replace nuclear has hit a wall: The capacity of Japan's grid.
Posted In: Japan, electricity, solar, power, fossil fuels
Another oil train derails prompting further discussion on regulation.

Another oil train derails, as new rules approach

An uptick in accidents suggests tougher rules for oil tankers will prevail.
Posted In: crude oil, trains, oil spill
Didier Leroy, President of Toyota Motor Europe, spoke at the Toyota factory of Onnaing during the awarding of the certificate 'Origine France Garantie' for the Yaris.

Toyota tries to break out of its island mindset

The Japanese worry that their corporations are as insular as the country, and aren't adapting to the global market.
Posted In: Toyota, France, Japan
"It's a snowball."

Tallying the economic winners of the status quo

There is a cost to gridlock, but there are also economic winners.
Posted In: snow, Congress, climate change

How to turn sewage into a product people want

DC Water considers sewage a natural resource it can convert to a profitable product
Posted In: DC, sewage, treatment

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