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Where recession can hurt clean energy

May 28, 2009
Global electricity use is expected to fall this year for the first time since World War II. The plus side: less energy means less CO2 in the atmosphere. But Sam Eaton reports why the recession may pave the way for a dirtier future.

A green trade war over climate change

May 26, 2009
Congress is debating a climate change bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions. But it would impose extra costs on U.S. companies foreign competitors may not have to bear. John Dimsdale reports on a potential green trade war.

What's behind that Energy Star label

May 26, 2009
Consumers rely on the Energy Star label to tell them which products are the most energy efficient. But how thoroughly are those products tested before slapped with the green tag? Caitlan Carroll reports.

Businesses heat up over climate bill

May 21, 2009
The House is poised to approve the first ever climate bill, and that achievement hasn't come without some heated political debate. But Sam Eaton reports some of the fiercest battles are between businesses and their lobbying trade groups.

How a 'Cap and Trade' system will work

May 20, 2009
A House committee is weighing legislation to slash greenhouse gases. The centerpiece of the strategy will be a 'Cap and Trade' system. Sustainability reporter Sarah Gardner breaks down how it'll work with Kai Ryssdal.
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U.S. may be left in cold to get seabeds

May 13, 2009
Today is the deadline for nations to file claims on continental shelves extending beyond their coastlines. But without signing a treaty, the U.S. could be losing out on some potentially vast oil reserves. Sam Eaton reports.

Mandatory composting may come to SF

May 8, 2009
San Francisco wants to boost its high recycling rate, so it may become the first city to make composting and recycling mandatory. And there could be stiff penalties for those who don't comply. Caitlan Carroll reports.

Unsafe at any sip: Washington babies lose

May 7, 2009
And for today's jeopardy: Who is the U.S Trade Representative to China and why did he meddle with Maryland's proposed healthy toy bill? What...
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Solar users could trade power for cash

May 7, 2009
Solar panel users who generate more power than they need currently relinquish that excess energy to local utilities. A Senate committee is considering whether to require those companies to pay for that energy. Jennifer Collins reports.

Controversy over pollution permits

May 5, 2009
Congress is considering global warming legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. But, there is controversy over how to control the emissions, and whether to give the carbon allowances away or make emitters pay. Sarah Gardner reports.