Will Bradshaw of Green Coast Enterprises tells Living on Earth about Project Sprout, a test plot of sunflowers in New Orleans. The sunflowers will remove heavy metals from contaminated soils and the sunflower seeds will be pressed to make biofuels.
Next, if you've ever wondered what possible good could come of expired beer, an ethanol refinery in Ohio might have the answer. We take a tour of a plant where bio-fuel is made not from corn, but recycled booze.
Tiny particles and acid-forming chemicals from industry can affect the air of an entire town or region and the health of its residents. So some people who live in or near Clairton, PA, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, are suing US Steel to force them into compliance with clean air standards.
Former residents of Northview Heights in Pittsburgh remember marching bands and days at the recreation center. But that was before shootings and drugs became commonplace for some 1,600 residents of the public housing project.
A photo exhibit with the portraits of some 70 Holocaust survivors have been on display at the Boston Common for two weeks, but have become especially relevant in the wake of the deadly synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh.