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

2012 was a costly year for severe weather

Losses from hurricanes, tornadoes, drought and other severe weather events totaled more than any other year besides 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina.
Posted In: natural disasters, Hurricane Sandy, drought, flood insurance

A sign of recovery: More work for architects

Architects were slammed by the fiscal crisis and recession. Now an index of their billings shows work coming back as developers proceed with projects.
Posted In: architects, Jobs

U.S. energy production already affecting OPEC

Higher oil and gas production in the U.S. will change oil relationships around the world. The Middle East won't be called on to produce as much, costing it income, but Saudi Arabia will remain a key player.
Posted In: Oil, middle east

One fracking minute: an animated explainer on hydraulic fracturing

There's an oil and gas boom in North America thanks to an innovation known as hydraulic fracturing that extracts natural gas and oil from shale rock deep underground. Here's how it works.
Posted In: fracking, Oil

George Mitchell, 94, dies: Oil man unlocked fracking

It took nearly two decades for Texas oil man George Mitchell to develop fracking for natural gas. Now his process has unlocked an energy bonanza for the U.S.
Posted In: fracking, natural gas, george mitchell

Study supports exporting U.S. natural gas

Exports to most countries have long been barred by federal law. As the Department of Energy considers several requests for export licenses, a study says exporting our glut of natural gas would benefit the economy.
Posted In: fracking, natural gas, export, energy

Study: A hotter climate is pretty much baked in

As another U.N. climate change summit goes on in Doha, a new study of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere says current levels nearly guarantee a nearly four-degree increase in global temperatures.
Posted In: climate, climate change, UN climate conference

The importance of Black Friday this year

Today is supposed to be the day that retailers wait the whole year for; the day consumers line up early to be the first ones to get those Black Friday specials.
Posted In: Black Friday

Argentina ordered to repay $1.3 billion to U.S. hedge funds

Argentina is probably not feeling very thankful this morning. It's still digesting a U.S. court ruling involving a decade-long debt fight.
Posted In: Argentina, hedge funds

Last call for Twinkie? Hostess fails to reach agreement with union

Last-ditch talks to save the Hostess company from liquidation have failed. The Twinkie maker will likely begin the (legal) winding down process to shut everything down and sell off remaining brands and assets.
Posted In: Twinkies, Hostess

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