Environment

Clive Hamilton: "Earthmasters"

January 15, 2014

In the face of global climate change, some scientists are turning to new technologies that can manipulate the Earth’s weather patterns. An Australian expert on climate change explores this growing field called geoengineering and what it means for human beings to be in control of the planet’s atmosphere.

Update On The West Virginia Chemical Spill And The Safety Of Other States' Water Supplies

January 14, 2014

Following last week’s chemical spill, hundreds of thousands of West Virginians continue to live without safe running water. An update on the crisis and whether other states’ water supplies are at risk.

Chang-Rae Lee: "On Such A Full Sea"

January 13, 2014

Award-winning author Chang-rae Lee talks about the genesis for his new dystopian novel. It is a cautionary tale of income inequality, class divisions and environmental decline.

Environmental Outlook: "A Feathered River Across The Sky" By Joel Greenberg

January 7, 2014

For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the passenger pigeon’s flight to extinction and what it teaches us about the importance of conservation.

The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2013

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

Debate Over Proposed Global Trade Agreements

December 17, 2013

U.S. negotiators are pushing to reach agreement on a major trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a new deal with the European Union. But many unions, environmentalists and consumers are skeptical.

The Battle Over Cross-State Air Pollution

December 10, 2013

Eight East Coast states have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher air pollution standards on the coal-producing Midwest. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on air quality mandates. Diane and her guests discuss the battle over cross-state air pollution.

The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels

December 3, 2013

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

November 29, 2013

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

Gregory Zuckerman: "The Frackers"

November 14, 2013

A Wall Street Journal reporter tells the inside story about the group of ambitious entrepreneurs behind the fracking energy revolution. A look at how these headstrong "frackers" ignored experts, made their fortunes and dramatically transformed America’s energy production.

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