Europe is poised to adopt some of the world's toughest controls on pesticides. But the makers and users of many pesticides warn the move could put the squeeze on Europe's food supply. The World's Gerry Hadden reports.
Among the more creative ways the White House plans to pay for its spending is a carbon emissions cap that the President says will produce $150 billion. The money would finance renewable energy projects and pay for middle-class tax credits.
NASA scientists say two satellites have collided in space...about 600 miles above Siberia. The collision has created two huge clouds of debris. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from John Logsdon, former director of the Space Policy Institute.
President Obama called for the EPA to consider allowing California and other states to impose stricter emissions standards for cars than the federal government. How will the auto industry cope with more stringent environmental requirements?
Continuing his string of reversals of Bush administration policies, President Obama is set to allow California to opt out of federal regulations and set stricter standards to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
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.
With 2009 likely to be a crucial year for international climate change negotiations, there's increased attention on the role agriculture may play in driving up global temperatures. Cows and sheep produce a LOT of methane, and scientists are looking at new ways to cut such "emissions". The BBC's Matt McGrath reports from Dublin.
Federal courts rarely overturn EPA rules. Typically, the law gives EPA a great deal of authority and courts show EPA a great deal of deference in cases of disputed scientists. But this time, not so much.
China's taken a lot of flak for its smog and climate-changing emissions. But change is underway. China's reducing its reliance on coal, increasing energy efficiency and looking more to renewables. With glaciers melting and climate change advancing, could China's turnaround make a difference?
Many chemicals in common use have made everyday life easier and more convenient for many people — from detergents and industrial lubricants to insecticides and flame retardants. But exposure to some of these same products might be working against our health.
Beijing is experiencing its worst air pollution yet as heavy smog chokes the capital city for the fifth day. Schools are closed and residents are being told to stay indoors. All of this while President Xi Jinping is in Paris for the UN Global Conference on Climate Change.
Ghanaian reggae musician Rocky Dawuni is in Paris this week for the climate change summit. He's there to raise awareness how the carbon in smoke aggravates climate change. And he points out that in many parts of the world, a kitchen consists of three stones with a wood or charcoal fire below, and a pot on top to cook in. This setup is not only bad for the environment, but it's also deadly.
Since October, a leaking underground natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles has released vast amounts of methane into the atmosphere, becoming one of the nation’s worst environmental accidents. Some experts believe this disaster may be a harbinger of what's ahead for these aging storage facilities.