Environment

Travelers' Philanthropy

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

It's a step beyond eco-tourism: travelers turning their vacations into a work experience that benefits a local community. Hear about opportunities to share your time, talent, and financial resources with local communities in developing...

Social Engineering & Local Roads

Monday, Dec 22, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Roads have a simple purpose: getting people from "Point A" to "Point B". But our region's highways have always had a cultural significance beyond their basic use, reflecting the politics, cultural values and public policy priorities of...

The Future of the Chesapeake Bay

Monday, Dec 8, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

A comprehensive effort to restore the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay will reach its 25th anniversary on Dec. 9. But despite that effort, some people say the Chesapeake is every bit as much at risk as it was in 1983. We explore...

Gas Pump Politics

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

Soaring gas prices forced a lot of people to think twice about their energy consumption habits this past summer -- and forced lawmakers on Capitol Hill to take a hard look at alternative energy policies. But some are worried now that...

Food Politics and Animal Rights

Monday, Nov 24, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

Does your dinner table reflect your worldview? Americans of all political persuasions are thinking more about where their food comes from - whether it's grown locally or raised in a humane way. Kojo talks with the leader of the country's...

Oil and Africa: Rethinking the "Resource Curse"

Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 1:06 p.m.

It's a continuing paradox: the same countries blessed with natural reserves of oil, timber and diamonds often have the most human inequality and government dysfunction. Challenging this "resource curse" is difficult, and creative...

The Paper vs. Plastic Debate Goes Local

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

"Paper or plastic"? It's a simple question we hear every time we go into the grocery store. But for a growing number of cities, it's become a public policy issue. Baltimore officials are weighing a fee or an outright ban on plastic bags in...

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...

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