Environment

Solyndra and What's Next For U.S. Energy Policy

November 17, 2011

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is facing tough questions on capital hill over the Obama administrations support for Solyndra. The now bankrupt solar panel company received a five hundred and thirty five million dollar loan from the federal...

Declining U.S. Bat Population

November 7, 2011

More than 1 million bats have died from white-nose syndrome in the past four years. What’s causing the disease and how a declining bat population affects the environment and the U.S. economy.

Environmental Outlook:  Plastic Pollution of the Oceans

Environmental Outlook: Plastic Pollution of the Oceans

November 1, 2011

A seafaring environmental researcher describes the "Great North Pacific Garbage Patch." Captain Charles Moore explains why addressing plastic pollution could help save the world's oceans.

Proposed Oil Pipeline from Canada

October 18, 2011

Pros and cons of a proposed pipeline to bring crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Understanding the stakes for the environment, the U.S. economy and the White House.

Environmental Outlook: Declining Political Support for Ethanol

October 4, 2011

The U.S. produces more than half the world’s ethanol. Yet, the once strong political support for the bio-fuel is, for the first time, showing signs of waning. As part of the Environmental Outlook series we discuss why an industry that was once the darling of the renewable energy sector seems to be falling out of favor.

Diana Reiss: "Dolphin in the Mirror"

September 15, 2011

For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship. One of the world's leading dolphin experts reveals the secrets behind their sophisticated playfulness, emotional intelligence, and ability to communicate in ways we never imagined. She talks with Diane about how the animals are mistreated and what can be done to stop it.

Environmental Outlook: Battle Over the EPA

September 6, 2011

No fewer than seven Republican presidential candidates have vowed to either cut or close the EPA. As part of our environmental outlook series we discuss why the EPA has become such a lightening rod.

Growing Concerns Over Fracking

August 29, 2011

Widening concerns over natural gas fracking.

Environmental Outlook: Can We Adapt to Climate Change?

August 2, 2011

Why the prospect of climate change doesn't have to be all gloom and doom and may in fact provide humanity with an opportunity to radically reinvent itself.

Environmental Outlook: The Military and Alternative Energy

July 5, 2011

The military goes green: How it's using renewable energy to cut costs and improve national security.

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