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From trash to energy

Jan 27, 2011
Throwing trash into a pit is as good as throwing money into a pit. One landfill manager in Los Angeles tells us how to convert that trash into cash.
Posted In: Environment

Is telecommuting really green?

Jan 26, 2011
Working from home may not be as good for the environment as you think it is.
Posted In: Environment, Jobs

Military plans for alternative fuels criticized

Jan 25, 2011
RAND study says military's plans to use biofuels are not likely to pay off, so research should be curtailed.
Posted In: Environment

Nuclear power roadblock: Natural gas

Jan 25, 2011
Plans for new nuclear power plants in the U.S. lose appeal as Congress doesn't act on carbon emissions rules and natural gas becomes plentiful and cheap.
Posted In: Environment

Placing an economic value on a species

Jan 22, 2011
Canada -- home to two-thirds of the total polar bear population left on earth -- is debating putting the species on an at-risk list. That would mean trying to place an economic value on the animal.
Posted In: Canada, Environment

Missing: $36 million worth of carbon permits

Jan 20, 2011
This final note today: The curious case of the missing carbon permits. Europe, as you may know, has an emissions market (cap-and-trade is the term)...
Posted In: cap and trade, carbon credits, Environment, European Union

The sun sets on Evergreen Solar

Jan 17, 2011
The renewable energy company Evergreen Solar spent millions of dollars building a high tech plant to make solar panels. But after three years, the company is closing its Massachusetts factory.
Posted In: Environment, Jobs

Freakonomics: Should we pay for our trash?

Jan 11, 2011
In the latest edition of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner talks to Kai Ryssdal about what it might take to get people to throw away less trash.
Posted In: Environment, Taxes

The winners and losers in commodities

Jan 3, 2011
This final note today, a word on commodities as we leave 2010 in the rear view mirror....
Posted In: Agriculture, commodities, Environment, rare earths

Going "green" can be cutting jobs

Jan 1, 2011
Hotels around the country are urging their customers to "make a green choice" and opt out of daily housekeeping for their rooms. But cutting back on water and electricity might also be cutting back on something else: jobs. Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Environment, Jobs, Travel

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