Steve Curwood

Extreme Weather-Colorado Floods

In an event described as "biblical" by the National Weather Service, a tropical monsoon dumped more than 17 inches of rain on the Front Range of Colorado, leaving a wide swath of death and destruction.. Just last year the same area experienced devastating forest fires, which scientists say made the flooding and landslides even worse.

Oil and Gas Wells Under Water

Weld County Colorado is home to more than 20,000 oil and gas well, and related storage facilities. At least two installations are now known to have spilled nearly 19,000 gallons of crude onto the flood plain. Authorities are scrambling to assess just how much pollution may have spilled into the surrounding environment.

Power From Food Scraps

Massachusetts recently announced that it will soon ban large businesses and institutions from sending food waste to the dump. Instead much of the waste food will be sent to anaerobic digesters and made into a type of gas that can run electric generators.