Marketplace for Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Marketplace for Thursday, December 23, 2010

EPA to establish new greenhouse gas rules

Congress failed to pass a climate change bill this year, so the EPA is taking charge. The agency announced it's going to start coming out with new rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions next year. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Environment

Health care: End-of-the-year checkup

Marketplace's health reporter Gregory Warner talks with Kai Ryssdal about the tumultuous year in health care -- whether the recent court case in Virginia is taking health care off track, what's being done to control costs, and what we can expect in 2011.
Posted In: Health

Increasing Internet use means higher energy costs

People rarely think about how much energy they're using to look up directions on their smartphone or a quick factoid on their netbook. But Internet-related energy use is rising rapidly in the U.S.
Posted In: Environment

Giving what you can to charity

Like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Toby Ord is promising to give most of his wealth away during his lifetime. But unlike Zuckerberg, Ord is not rich. The university researcher earns just a bit more than Britain's average wage. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Charity

Investors more confident about retail companies

Investors, like private equity firms, are eyeing companies like Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Prices are still low and there's signs that the economy is slowly, but surely, in recovery.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, Retail, Wall Street

Getting used to dimmer, but more energy-efficient LED holiday lights

Bright lights may be a key part of people's holidays, but tight budgets are pushing many people and municipalities to use LED lights. For a slightly dimmer Christmas tree, you can save a lot on your electricity bill.

High-tech robotics change disabled children's lives

YokyWorks is a nonprofit that develops useful contraptions for disabled children. Marketplace's Steve Henn talks to the founder of the nonprofit and sees a YokyWork gadget at work.
Posted In: Health

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