The Vatican recently called pollution of the environment a modern-day sin. Kurt calls Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, to ask what kind of penance polluters are in for.
(Originally aired: April 18, 2008)
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.
This afternoon in New York City, Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and former Vice President Al Gore will answer questions about deforestation and rainforest preservation at a private roundtable moderated by Dan Rather.
China imposed traffic restrictions for the duration of the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics to control pollution. Drivers are only allowed to use their cars every other day. It's been difficult for some.
BBC sports reporter Tom Fordyce put his own lungs on the line to sample the effects that air pollution could have on runners competing in the Beijing Olympics, and his 10-K run through the Chinese capital left him with a serious cough.
The Environmental Protection Agency has set a new standard for the chief component of smog - ozone pollution. But EPA's new standard is under attack from both industry, who wanted no change, and public health advocates who wanted a much stronger rule. Living on Earth's Jeff Young tells us what's behind the decision and what it means for air quality.
Coal-fired power plants in the US are working to comply with new EPA rules limiting mercury and sulfur dioxide. New equipment and other measures are being taken because of clean air rules the Obama administration imposed on the coal industry. It is a massive undertaking.
The water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan has exposed thousands of the city’s residents to dangerous lead levels. But Flint is hardly unique. Many other American cities have faced lead contamination in water supplies, and an expanding list of common substances, including some pesticides and flame retardants, may also be linked to significant developmental and neurological problems. Get the latest on this largely hidden crisis at a live forum from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, PRI’s The World and WGBH.
Imagine a city where a rush-hour backup might involve just a few cars, and the air is clean because just about everything runs on zero-carbon energy. That's the goal for the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Environmental campaigns often court trouble when they oppose global companies that want to extract lucrative resources, and there’s no more extreme example than the Niger Delta, where oil companies have drilled since the 1950s.