Cutting down trees releases CO2 and reduces the amount of CO2 absorbed from the air every year. Now, the regional leaders of some tropical and industrialized countries are finding common ground on ways to curb climate change. Living on Earth reports.
One of the ways Congress is considering raising the 1.6 trillion dollars needed to repair the nation's transportation infrastructure is through tolls on federal roads. Host Bruce Gellerman speaks with the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Conkey.
Researchers discover that maple trees generate small, detectable amounts of electricity. Nirja Parekh reports on how tree power is the newest low-cost, green technology.
Indonesia planted millions of trees to absorb the greenhouse gases caused by the December 2007 Bali climate conference, but the nation's record on tree conservation has been dismal. Java used to be home to one of the world's oldest teak forests, but illegal logging, fires, and government mis-management have destroyed the trees.
Economist Sara Scherr, CEO of Ecoagriculture Parters, says it's time to start looking at farmers as environmental stewards, not just food producers. She speaks with Steve Curwood about techniques that help farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change.
President Bush's veto of the massive farm bill was plowed under by Congressional members eager to bring home some election year bacon. Guest: Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill," for the big picture.
Scientists are finding new uses for the fibrous husks of coconuts. Living on Earth's Liz Gross reports.
Sixty-three years after the nuclear genie was let out of the bottle with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the threat of nuclear warfare persists. But Dr. Bernard Lown, cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, has a prescription for survival.
Experts are questioning whether the seafood with the "sustainable" labels from the Marine Stewardship Council is really environmentally responsible.
In honor of Earth Day, we revisit some of our favorite stories. When reporter Cecilia Vaisman visited Curitiba, Brazil in 1994, she learned how a city with a growing population and outdated infrastructure transformed into a sustainable and wonderfully livable city, with lots of green space, recycling programs, and an efficient rapid transit system.