Lifestyle & Belief

Forgive Me Father

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)


Cleaner coal experiment

The US presidential and vice candidates have all touted so-called "clean coal" as an energy solution. The World's Jason Margolis takes a look at what the term actually means.

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.


Running through China's pollution

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.


Pollution in Beijing

Host Marco Werman talks to The World's Beijing Correspondent, Mary Kay Magistad, whose view from her apartment window stretches only one block, thanks to the smog that's enveloping the city.


Smog standard still hazy

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.


Ozone's harsh harvest

Ground-level ozone doesn't just hurt people, it's bad for plants, too. MIT researcher John Reilly tells host Steve Curwood about ozone's global and rural reach on crops.



This is your brain on lead, and lots of other nasty pollutants

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.