public health


Clean water for Kenya

In Kibera, a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, clean water is too scarce. But a new technology that takes just a plastic bottle and six hours in the sun is helping reduce sickness and diarrhea in the community, and in other developing countries around the world. Jessica Partnow reports.


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.

Arts, Culture & Media

On the trail of the hot tomato

Nearly two months have passed since an outbreak of salmonella in tomatoes, leaving consumers uneasy and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration scrambling to find the source of the contamination. FDA field investigators are the agricultural detectives on the case. Guest: Christine Humphrey, former FDA investigator.


Poverty and dirty diesel

It's been an intractable problem - the dirtiest diesel trucks are often owned by drivers who can't afford to replace or even maintain them. But the Sea Port of Los Angeles thinks it has a solution. Living on Earth's Ingrid Lobet reports.

Business, Economics and Jobs

The end of food

The signs are all around us: salmonella outbreaks, riots over food shortages, fears over mad cow disease, water shortages, skyrocketing global food prices. These are portents for the end of easily accessible food. Paul Roberts, author of The End of Food and The End of Oil sees the potential cataclysm ahead.