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What should be done with nuclear waste?

Dec 18, 2010
Globally, the nuclear energy industry is expected to quadruple capacity over the next 20 years. Britain is considering building several new nuclear reactors. But that raises an important question: what to do with nuclear waste?
Posted In: Environment

California takes lead in cap-and-trade carbon market

Dec 17, 2010
Although Washington seems to have given up on a climate change bill, environmental legislation is still alive in other places. California has just approved the second biggest carbon trading market on the planet, and others are watching closely.
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Gov't lays out plans for giant solar farms

Dec 16, 2010
The federal government today proposed new rules for solar farms to be built over public lands out west. But with the giant farms covering acres and acres of land, it could cause a debate over habitat protection.
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U.S. set to return to rare earth industry

Dec 16, 2010
Rare earths are the metals commonly found in cell phones and hybrid cars, and the U.S. is ready to jump back into the industry. Molycorp Inc. is re-opening a rare earths mine in California, and Sarah Gardner got a first-hand look.
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Was "Green the Capitol" a waste of money?

Dec 16, 2010
Nancy Pelosi's "Green the Capitol" initiative was supposed to reduce the House's carbon footprint. But it wasn't wholly successful, and critics complained it was a waste of money. It may be on the chopping block once the GOP takes over the House.
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GE's green projects dependent on gov't cash grants

Dec 14, 2010
The Senate is set to vote today on President Obama's compromise, and besides the big tax cuts, there is also the $3 billion in cash grants for renewable energy to consider. Sarah Gardner reports on one big name supporting the program's extension.
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Countries still working toward low-carbon agreement

Dec 10, 2010
As the U.N. climate conference gets ready to wrap up, there's still some sticking points before all 194 countries make an agreement. Scott Tong reports from Cancun, Mexico.
Posted In: Environment

Ethanol tax credits are getting bipartisan disapproval

Dec 10, 2010
It looks like there's at least one issue in Washington that might be getting bipartisan support today: the expiration of ethanol tax credits. Sarah Gardner reports.
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Mayan farmers struggle to grow corn

Dec 9, 2010
Within a few decades, corn crops in Tabi, Mexico went from abundant to sparse. Indigenous farmers there feel real change in the climate and want governments to help them cope.
Posted In: Agriculture, Environment

Bringing greater transparency to nonprofits

Dec 8, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Ned Breslin, CEO of the nonprofit Water for People, about the group's FLOW system, which measures the successes -- or failures -- of water projects around the world in real time.
Posted In: Charity, Environment

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