Environment

Environmental Outlook: The Vertical Farm

October 5, 2010

By 2050 an additional three billion people are projected to living on earth - most of them in urban areas: The case for sustainable cities, urban agriculture, and vertical farms.

The Pros and Cons of Genetically Altered Salmon

September 22, 2010

Salmon that grows twice as fast as conventionally farmed fish could become the first genetically modified animal approved for American consumption. The benefits and risks -- and concerns over how the product might be labeled.

Creating Livable Cities

September 16, 2010

Cities in the U.S. and around the world are discovering the economic and social benefits of improved urban spaces. Diane and guests discuss how bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, and attention to scale can transform city life.

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail"

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail"

September 8, 2010

Honey is a global food -- part of tradition, culture and trade. But it's not all sweet: the story also involves smuggling, deforestation and climate change. One woman explains what she found out when she went around the world in pursuit...

Environmental Outlook: Extreme Weather

September 7, 2010

Several parts of the world are coping with severe weather related events, including a record heatwave in Russia, severe flooding in Pakistan, mudslides in China, droughts in sub-Saharan Africa, and record high temperatures in parts of the...

Oil-Eating Microbes and the BP Spill

Oil-Eating Microbes and the BP Spill

August 26, 2010

A new study suggests mother nature might be cleaning up the BP spill faster than expected. Researchers found several species of oil-eating bacteria thriving in the submerged plume, but uncertainty remains over the threat to marine life.

World Wheat Supplies

World Wheat Supplies

August 10, 2010

Drought and record high temperatures in Russia and locusts in Australia threaten global wheat production. How planting decisions made by farmers could affect world-wide grain prices and supplies.

What's Happened to Oil in the Gulf

What's Happened to Oil in the Gulf

August 5, 2010

A new government report says about three quarters of oil from the massive BP spill has been contained, dispersed, or has evaporated..... ongoing efforts to plug the well, clean up the Gulf, and risks posed by the remaining oil

Environmental Outlook:  Intelligence Under the Sea

Environmental Outlook: Intelligence Under the Sea

August 3, 2010

Whales and dolphins are the animals closest to humans in their mental, social and behavioral complexity. As part of our ongoing Environmental Outlook Series, we take a look at what recent research tells us about intelligence under the sea.

Implications of BPA in Paper Receipts

Implications of BPA in Paper Receipts

July 28, 2010

Federal regulators have expressed concern over BPA in food and beverage containers. Now an environmental group finds the controversial chemical in a surprising source - paper receipts. The health risks of exposure to BPA.

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