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COVID-19: The latest from The World

Harvard grad student creates a new PPE supply chain from China to Boston

The coronavirus pandemic is creating an insatiable demand for medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) that has overwhelmed the world market. China has ramped up the production of needed supplies by bringing new manufacturers online. In an international marketplace where companies, federal and state agencies are fighting for equipment, Harvard business student Sophie Bai and her colleagues are creating a new supply chain.

Belief

Buddhist nun recommends calming the mind to cope with pandemic

Buddhists believe the path to enlightenment requires periods of detachment from the world — so self-quarantine offers an opportunity. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a Buddhist nun and social activist, speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the role of meditation and reflection during the spread of COVID-19.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Grilled cheese

Tim Walker, founder of the First Sixth Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, and Evan George, one of the winners of this year's competition, explain what it takes to participate in a grilled cheese showdown.

Environment

From toilet to tap

Orange County, CA has opened what is likely the largest sewage purification plant for drinking water in the world. The community is on board, and the idea is already being copied elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Living on Earth's Ingrid Lobet reports.

Environment

Charging for carbon

San Francisco Bay air officials are about to assess 1.2 million dollars in fees on businesses for emitting greenhouse gases. It's one of the first instances of a carbon tax in the United States, and the real motive may be to keep the idea of a carbon tax in play.

Environment

Out of this world art

In one Napa, California classroom, art means giving away energy-efficient light bulbs, videotaping green public service announcements, and powering up courtesy of student bicyclists. Guest: art teacher-extraordinaire, Sharon Campbell.

Environment

Out of the box, housing

The increasing push to reuse materials has given one entrepreneur overnight success he says was 20 years in the making. Living on Earth's Ingrid Lobet reports on a company that turns steel cargo shipping containers into housing.

Environment

Green jobs hot topic

Host Steve Curwood talks with Phil Angelides, chairman of the board of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor, and environmental groups that promotes clean energy technology and the creation of green jobs.

Environment

What Wall Street wants

The clean energy future Republicans describe in their platform will require big investments in renewable energy sources. Host Steve Curwood talks with Michael Hoffman, managing director for Riverstone Holdings LLC, about the Republicans' green pledges.

Environment

Food is fuel

Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Professor David Pimentel of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University about his new study which calculates the fossil fuel calories of the food we consume.

Global Politics

California greening

California is the only state in the nation to put a hard limit on its carbon emissions in the absence of a federal policy. Now, the details of how much each part of the economy will have to clean up are becoming clear.