Some 1,000 U.S. dams have been dismantled in the past 100 years — but the pace has definitely been accelerating in recent years. Now, there's a major initiative underway to take apart old dams that serve little purpose as a way of restoring fish habitat and rebuilding aquatic ecosystems.
Just roughly 3 percent of America's historic landmarks document the history of women, African-Americans and Native Americans. But an effort is underway as part of the Obama administration to broaden that historical reach, and include more locations important to Americans from diverse backgrounds.
Energy reforms are on the minds of politicians following the collapse of the Deepwater Horizons oil rig. Historically, regulatory and environmental laws follow disasters, and regulatory changes, from equipment upgrades to increasing legal liability, are already on the table.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar warned that it could take up to 90 days before solving the oil rig leak off the coast of Louisiana. We talk to a business professor and a seafood wholesaler about how the spill affects the region's fishing industry.
On Thursday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the federal government would green light construction of Cape Wind, the nation's first off shore wind farm. The project has polarized Nantucket residents.
The Florida Everglades might be known for alligators and crocodiles, but there's another reptile snaking through those wetlands: the Burmese python. And Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is calling on volunteers to hunt down and remove the invasive species,
In Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson paints a portrait of the Interior Department under President Bush as an environment of "cronyism" and "corruption" that will have a lasting effect on the environment and America's pocketbook. He joins The Takeaway.
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