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Beyond the Headlines

In this weeks trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra and host Steve Curwood discuss the passing of Rick Piltz, the famous environmental whistleblower and remember a deadly smog attack in Donora, Pennsylvania.

Cancer Risks from Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining

Mountain top removal coal mining in Appalachia blasts dust into the air that is carried on the wind for miles and inhaled by nearby residents. Dr. Michael Hendryx is a Professor of Applied Health Science at Indiana University Bloomington and co-author of a study linking that dust to lung cancer. He calls for a halt for this type of coal mining.

Lead In Licorice

The popular candy black licorice can come with a dangerous neurotoxin, lead, California public health officials have found. Youth Radios Rafael Johns reports on the leads origin and the Californian Center for Environmental Healths legal efforts to make consumers sweet on licorice again.

Carbon Capture and Recycling

A Texas company has just started capturing CO2 from a cement plant in San Antonio, and is set to recycle 75,000 tons a year of the global warming gas into profitable products, including baking soda, hydrochloric acid and bleach. The Skyonic Corporations process can also be used for fossil fuel power plants. Acting Assistant US Energy Department Secretary Christopher explains why the federal government invested $28 million in the venture.

Recycling E-Waste

Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, and a new survey from Best Buy found that only about a third of people in the United State recycle their electronic waste, even though many more would like to. Most of this e-waste ends up in landfills overseas, but stores including Staples and Best Buy are helping to close this gap with free e-waste environmentally responsible recycling programs.

Methane Hotspot Seen from Space

Using satellites, scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan found an unusually large methane hotspot over the Four Corners region of the United States in the desert Southwest. Christian Frankenberg of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory talks about the unexpected finding and its likely source.