Sustainability at a glance
Dec 3, 2013
Dow Chemical says it’s shifting away from the commodity chemical market so much so that it may drop 'Chemical' from its name.
Nov 29, 2013
Cheap natural gas has made the U.S. one of the cheapest places to make plastics.
Nov 26, 2013
There's a financial cost to mortgages that stay at the same interest rate for 30 years, but there are also social benefits.
Nov 25, 2013
Lending money for 30 years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did 30-year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?
Nov 19, 2013
Meatpackers and ranchers are fighting each other over new labeling rules.
Nov 18, 2013
A byproduct of refining gasoline clouds the skies of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.
Nov 18, 2013
The coal-fired plants being retired by the Tennessee Valley Authority are more than 50 years old.
Nov 15, 2013
Recycling is expensive but good -- up to a point.
Nov 12, 2013
Typhoons beat on the Philippines regularly, destroying roads, bridges and buildings in an already poor country.
Jul 23, 2013
Farmers are buying more insecticides this season. That’s because one tenacious pest has developed resistance to a genetically modified corn variety.
Jul 22, 2008
Outdoor clothes drying racks save energy and money, but try convincing homeowners' associations in the U.S. that they're not just an eyesore. One Australian company is accepting the challenge. Joel Rose reports.
Jul 12, 2010
Easy Answer: Try water, shade and a little cave time....
Nov 14, 2012
Adding lots of train and bus lines to car-congested roads would seem to be an environmental slam dunk. If only the math would cooperate.
Apr 19, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about the idea of "conspicuous conservation," where people indulge in certain earth-saving acts as a way to show off that they care about the environment, and in turn, benefit socially.
Jul 31, 2008
Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is on a mission, and wants you to support his energy plan away from imported oil and towards natural gas and wind power. But commentator Will Wilkinson says to be wary of what you hear.
Aug 3, 2010
A Chicago project to turn human waste into fertilizer pellets is hitting opposition due to cost. But despite the setback, Marketplace sustainability reporter Adriene Hill explains there's a huge market and many eco-benefits to human fertilizer.
Jan 13, 2009
When Commentator Joe Bevilacqua lost his six-figure job, he left the city lifestyle and went to live with his wife in the Catskills. Since then, they have made due with what they've had, and have lived richly.
Sep 14, 2007
Our border collie Kiara is waiting to help drag the trash bins to the street... She helps by watching. So here's a first thought about carryin...
Jul 3, 2013
An argument for why the McDonald's burger is the "cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history."
Jun 12, 2013
It's been tried before, but a new generation of companies is hoping that manure will become the next solar.
Jun 10, 2013
Trying to give your children an advantage in growing up makes consuming a competition. When everyone has a tutor, a trainer or a special baseball bat, you can't help but keep up.
Mar 6, 2012
American nuclear worker Carl Pillitteri relives the earthquake and tsunami that precipitated the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where he was on site to see the destruction.
Jul 25, 2011
Tony Hsieh, CEO of mega online shoe retailer Zappos.com, talks with Kai Ryssdal about happiness, corporate culture and his new book on these subjects: "Delivering Happiness."