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Spain reclaims its beaches

The World's Gerry Hadden reports that Spain's government is starting to enforce a law aimed at protecting the country's coastline, and it's now demolishing structures built illegally on the country's beaches, even though that's upsetting many homeowners.

Lifestyle & Belief

Forgive Me Father

The Vatican recently called pollution of the environment a modern-day sin. Kurt calls Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, to ask what kind of penance polluters are in for.


Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Ellesmere Island. An international dog sled expedition led by explorer Will Steger is currently crossing the island in an effort to document the effects of climate change.


Power Cart

Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who's always been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances. Ada Lee Halofsky hit the New York City streets with Andraos to see Power Cart in action.


Bacteria Biofuel

Frances Arnold is a biochemical engineer at Cal Tech working on one part of the energy crisis. In a process called ?directed evolution,? Arnold's team is altering the genetic codes of bacteria to evolve a strain of organisms than can digest grass and excrete biofuel.

Business, Economics and Jobs


In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in March, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony. Then he realized that his ?superadobes? could take root on Earth. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky visited Cal-Earth with some friends who dream of living in giant igloos made of dirt.


Coney Island Sunshine

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof. Kurt checked it out with architect Greg Kiss.

Business, Economics and Jobs

William McDonough

He's a grand old man in the young field of green architecture. In the 1970s, William McDonough built the first ?green roof? in America ?- a corporate headquarters with a meadow on top -- and now works on projects all over the world.

Arts, Culture & Media

Green Rockers

Corn-based shrink wrap on the CDs, biofuel buses, organic hair spray: this is the greening of rock n' roll. Sarah Lemanczyk talked to the indie rock band Cloud Cult, which manages its carbon footprint and has fun at the same time.


Paved Paradise

Joni Mitchell's song ?Big Yellow Taxi,? from 1970, is the closest thing we've ever had to an environmental anthem. Mitchell told Reese Erlich why she's bothered by ?green? hypocrisy.


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