Amsterdam already has excellent public transportation options ranging from fast trains to canal boats. Now, in addition to buses, taxis, and bicycles, you can catch a ride on a bright green electric scooter called a Hopper.
One year after Fukushima, The government has promised a major shift toward cleaner renewable energy to help fill the gap. But as Sam Eaton reports, the country's clean energy revolution has yet to get much traction.
The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador plans to build two huge new hydroelectric dams on the Churchill river. Backers say the dams will be an important source of low-carbon electricity while opponents warn against it.
Michigan Congressman John Dingell has long looked out for Detroit's carmakers on Capitol Hill fighting fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions standards. But now Dingell faces a challenge from one of the greenest Democrats ? California's Henry Waxman.
Jeff Young visits an energy-efficient, solar powered house in Maine. Its owner uses technology he calls "state of the shelf," rather than state of the art. The goal is a green house that's as economically affordable as it is environmentally sustainable.
The private, nonprofit development group Enterprise pledged four billion dollars to make low-income housing more energy efficient and healthy. We talk about how those at the lower end of the economic spectrum are hit hardest by home energy prices.
American taxpayers have pumped more than two billion dollars into electric drive vehicles. What are U.S. car companies doing? Host Jeff Young talks with car rider and writer Jim Motavalli about what's down the road for electric vehicles.
Living on Earth's Jeff Young visits the lab of a MIT scientist who got support to develop batteries made from molten metals. If it works, it could allow for massive storage of renewable energy for times when there's not enough sun or wind.
The city of Boulder, Colorado has a few smart grid homes already up and running. Host Steve Curwood talks with Kara Mertz, the Local Environmental Action Division Manager for Boulder about her city's smart grid plan.
Capitol Hill's bailout money is electrifying the Motor City. Car writer Jim Motavalli is at the Detroit Auto Show and tells host Jeff Young about the rollout of hybrids and plug-ins. From Living on Earth.
More than a half a billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa don't have access to electricity. But now, a non-profit organization that has had success with its wind-up radio is using the same technology to turn on the lights. The World's Clark Boyd reports.