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Energy Secretary Bodman Opens Solar Power System On Energy Dept. Build
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Solar grows, with government help

Apr 18, 2014
Despite some failures, solar is growing into a big industry.
Posted In: solar power
National Geographic Cover
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What happens when there are 9 billion mouths to feed

Apr 16, 2014
This month's National Geographic explores why 2 billion extra mouths could mean disaster.
Bangladesh's Shrimp Industry Accused Of Worker Exploitation
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Attack of the shrimp (prices)

Apr 16, 2014
A bacterial infection is roiling through shrimp farms in Southeast Asia.
Posted In: shrimp, seafood
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Beer: Saving a town from drought

Apr 15, 2014
A brewery steps in when a town's given a grave diagnosis.
Posted In: beer, California drought 2014
A boy walks along a seaweed farm
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Global warming: 15 years to change things...

Apr 14, 2014
...or else, says The U.N.’s climate panel.
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Don't expect greenhouse gas emissions to change

Apr 14, 2014
Al Gore warned us. Did we listen? A little.
Posted In: greenhouse gases
Burns And Tester Square Off In Montana Senate Race
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Wal-Mart: Everday low (organic?) prices

Apr 11, 2014
Wal-Mart is challenging stores like Whole Foods with a new line of cheaper organic foods.
Posted In: organics
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When the coal layoffs trickle down

Apr 11, 2014
Coal communities in eastern Kentucky have been reeling from the effects of a relentless wave of mining layoffs.
Posted In: coal, layoffs, coal mining
Miner's strike
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An English village, 30 years after its mine closed

Apr 8, 2014
Brampton lost its coal mine 30 years ago, despite a year-long miner's strike. What's there now?
Posted In: coal, Britain
Laid-off miners Jeff Combs and Ryan Trent in Hazard, Kentucky.
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Coal country starts to ask 'What's after coal?'

Apr 7, 2014
In eastern Kentucky, coal mines are closing, putting thousands out of work.
Posted In: coal, Appalachian Trail

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Save the earth, drive your car?

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.
Posted In: public transportation, Transit
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Corn farmers turn to insecticides again

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.
Posted In: farming, insects, pesticides, corn, Iowa, Monsanto
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Clothes lines: Energy savers or eyesores?

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.
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What are the best ways to stay cool in the summer without an air conditioner?

Jul 12, 2010
Easy Answer: Try water, shade and a little cave time....
Posted In: air conditioner, save energy
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Freakonomics: Saving the environment, or just showing off?

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.
Posted In: Environment
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Energy plan ads just a bunch of wind?

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.
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It's a fertile market for recycled human waste

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.
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Living within your means as a choice

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.
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The Good, the Bad and the Stinky

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...
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We ought to bag the plastic bag tax

Aug 5, 2010
Some cities have tried to curb the proliferation of what some call "the urban tumbleweed" by charging consumers for plastic bags at the checkout aisle. Commentator Susan Lee says that's not the way to go.
Posted In: Environment

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There's the Keystone XL pipeline, and there's the other one

Feb 28, 2014
A Canadian company has asked for permission to double the capacity of another pipeline.
Posted In: Keystone XL
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Drought or not, how should we value water?

Feb 17, 2014
The deep California drought is a reminder that water isn’t an infinite resource.
Posted In: California drought 2014
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What seasonally adjusted data does and doesn't mean

Feb 13, 2014
Retail numbers out today don’t look great, sales fell by 0.4 percent in January— when you take into account “seasonal adjustment”.
Posted In: Unemployment, seasonally adjusted data, weather
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The pollutants in your face wash

Feb 12, 2014
Groups say pieces of plastic -- called microbeads -- end up in our waterways
Posted In: Environment, water, consumer products
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Where can I recycle all this wrapping paper?

Dec 26, 2013
That dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year means an increase in the trash from all the packaging.
Posted In: packaging
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Freakonomics: Can the McDouble save humanity?

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."
Posted In: McDonald's, big mac, Food
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Poop power: A new generation of companies bet on a different renewable energy (Infographic)

Jun 12, 2013
It's been tried before, but a new generation of companies is hoping that manure will become the next solar.
Posted In: renewable energy, electricity, cows
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For middle-class parents, raising children becomes a consumer arms race

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.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children
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Interview: Witness at Fukushima Daiichi

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.
Posted In: Fukushima, earthquake, nuclear energy, interview, Japan
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Zappos CEO on corporate culture and 'Happiness'

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."

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