Living on Earth
President Obama's proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year would cut funding for domestic fusion research in order to fund ITER, a multi-national fusion research project in France. That could mean lost jobs and a more limited market for physicists at research facilities like the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center.
Two environmentalists, professor Lian Pin Koh and Dr. Serge Wich developed the conservation drone 1.0, an unmanned aircraft strapped with a camera. The drone flies itself after having its destination programmed and takes pictures of tropical forests in an effort to spot suspicious activity and prevent habitat destruction and other problematic illegal activities in tropical forests.
Despite not having an approved permit to construct its proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, TransCanada is moving forward in development along the southern leg. The company is seizing private property for pipeline development, claiming eminent domain, and are drawing controversy from landowners in Texas as well as environmentalists.
A First Nation community in British Columbia hopes exposing the rare white black bear will help protect the species from threat of a planned oil pipeline project.
Two authors debate whether we should move away from centralized power, water and other utilities or invest more in them.
A Boston program encourages low-income residents to eat healthier by giving them incentives to buy food at farmers markets.
Scientists have discovered that sunflowers can pull radioactive contaminants out of the soil, and researchers cleaning up the Fukushima site in Japan are putting the flowers to the test.
The oil pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast could provide 700 thousand barrels a day, but critics say it would wreak environmental havoc.
A bill passed by the House would revise the Clean Water Act to give states more authority to determine water quality standards.
A Dutch team is applying the principles of the fair trade to mobile phones to combat the 'conflict mineral trade.'