Jeff Young

Turning On Tidal Power

In honor of Earth Month we are updating some of our favorite stories. This week, we hear about the potential for ocean tides to create electricity to power the grid.

Capitol Hill Pollution Under Fire

In 2009, Jeff Young reported on protests against the use of coal at the Capitol Power plant, which supplies energy to Capitol Hill. Although the plant has taken steps to transition towards natural gas, today it still burns small amounts of coal. Now, DC City Councilman Tommy Wells wants to pass legislation that would prohibit the burning of coal inside the city limits.

Weatherization Projects

Home weatherization and energy efficiency are called the "low hanging fruit" in the effort to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But at the ground level in Boston, efficiency advocates struggle to overcome language barriers, layers of bureaucracy and other complications.

Toxic Tide - Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Disaster, Part 2

Gulf Coast residents wonder if their health complaints are connected to BP’s oil spill. In part two of this special report, scientists explain their search for answers in their data from the Deepwater disaster. They’re finding a number of ways people might have been exposed, from fumes rising off the oil and dispersants to a rare phenomenon known as "oil rain."


Judging Roberts

An environmental law professor looks at Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts through a green lens.

Historic Climate Bill Passes House Committee

A conversation with Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), coauthor of the clean energy and climate bill that has cleared its first hurdle by passing 33-25 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill, H.R. 2454, is expected to be addressed by other Hou


Muslim scholars and leaders recently gathered in Istanbul to discuss and approve a 7-year action plan to address climate change, which includes plans for sustainable Muslim cities, reduced fossil fuel consumption, and a green Hajj.

Wet and Wild

To alert the world to the threat sea level rise due to climate change poses to the low-lying Maldive Islands, the President and his cabinet will hold their next meeting underwater.

Coastal Carbon Sink

A new report put out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) demonstrates that coastal marine environments are highly efficient at sequestering carbon, so are vitally important to protect.

Seeds of Discontent

The world's biggest seed company, Monsanto, is under fire from the Department of Justice and from its competitor DuPont, which says its stifling competition to keep prices high.

The Smallest Clean Up Crew

The search is on for the best way to remove oil from the Gulf of Mexico. Bacteria that live in the ocean are effective at clean-up, but some companies are developing "super bacteria" to try to speed up the process.