Environment

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland is joining with nine other states on the Eastern seaboard to create the country's first mandatory "cap-and-trade" system for carbon emissions. The goal is to use market mechanisms to provide companies with incentives to invest in...

The Future of Nuclear Power

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Nuclear power once deeply divided environmentalists and business interests, but the lines are blurring. As concerns about carbon emissions continue, nuclear power is re-emerging in our national energy debate. Kojo explores the issue, by...

"Where the Wild Things Were"

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2008 at 1:20 p.m.

They're stories that might seem like odd local examples of environmental change: ants devouring the jungles of Venezuela and elk destroying the landscape of U.S. national parks. But scientists say these phenomena are not random -- they're...

Going Green in Washington: Museums

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Environmental issues can affect the nation's museums in unexpected ways, whether it's the aquarium struggling to keep its water clean or the art gallery fighting to prevent air pollution from damaging its collection. Now, a growing number...

Going Green in Washington: Performing Arts Venues

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 12:30 p.m.

When you're at a concert listening to your favorite band, environmental issues probably aren't the first thing on your mind. But performing arts venues are putting a lot of thought into how to cut their large "carbon footprints." We look...

Going Green in Washington: The Federal Government

Thursday, Aug 7, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

How many federal employees does it take to change a light bulb? The short answer is a lot, considering how much energy is consumed by federal buildings. But there's a new federal focus on making workplaces environmentally friendly. In the...

Shaping the City (and Suburbs): "Smart Growth"

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Environmentalists & forward-thinking developers have long touted "Smart Growth" plans that link homes with offices and public transportation systems. Now, $4 gasoline may be kick-starting Smart Growth ideas out of the planning phase and...

Agencies Battle Over Contaminated Land

Thursday, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The Pentagon and the Environmental Protection Agency are clashing, and Maryland's Fort Meade and Fort Detrick are near the center of the dispute. So who trumps whom when federal agencies fight? And why should you care? Kojo looks behind...

Metro General Manager John Catoe

Monday, Jul 21, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

It's been a challenging summer for the region's public transportation system. Ridership is soaring, as commuters ditch gas-guzzling cars in favor of bus and rail. But the system is grappling with major maintenance issues and an uncertain...

"The Carbon Age"

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

Carbon is one of the key building blocks of life as we know it. It can be found in human DNA, in tennis rackets, and in the bubbles of popular soft drinks. But "carbon footprint" has also become one the buzz phrases in the debate over how...

The Nuts and Bolts of Solar Homes

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Solar energy was once dismissed as something that only appealed to hard-core environmentalists and the rich. But concerns about high energy costs and the environment have many people giving solar power a second look. We'll talk with local...

Clothing and Culture: Ethical Fashion

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

Out with the old, in with the new: it's the unofficial motto of the fashion industry. But these days, everyone from Giorgio Armani to Wal-Mart is introducing eco-friendly items -- from blouses made of bamboo to shoes with recycled rubber...

Kosher Ethics

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

A recent immigration raid at the country's largest kosher slaughterhouse has fueled a long-simmering debate: If food meets the strict rules elaborated in religious texts, does it matter how food arrives at our plates? And where do workers'...

Chemical-free Lawn Care (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

Gardening and 'going green' may seem like a perfect match. But many homeowners think a picture-perfect green lawn is impossible without using commercial weed-killers and pesticides. Find out what a pilot program at the National Mall is...

International Journalists: Brazil and Mexico

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

Brazil and Mexico are two of America's most important trade partners in Latin America. But on issues such as the environment, free trade and energy policy, Washington doesn't always see eye to eye with Brasilia or Mexico City. We look at...

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