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Beijing Grapples with Record Air Pollution

Last weekend, air pollution in Beijing reached record highs, raising concerns about the cost of China's rapid industrialization. David Pettit, of the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses the pollution problem in China's capital, and why severe smog can be deadly.

Experts Urge Caution As $50 Billion In Sandy Aid Passes House

More than two months after the storm, the House of Representatives passed a bill to spend $50 billion to help Eastern states struck by Hurricane Sandy. But some scientists and engineers say there's danger in rushing ahead to rebuild a coastline that's sure to get hit again.

Understanding Climate Change, With Help From Thoreau

Some of the most beloved nature writers of all time, Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, are helping scientists learn how global warming will affect spring. Using historical records, the scientists are able to predict when flowers will bloom during especially hot years.
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Virginia Man Creates Elaborate System To Reduce Food Waste

Joel Thevoz is a local caterer who's created a vegetable patch/fish farm/compost system that doesn't create any waste.


Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

Land that isn't in good enough condition to grow crops could be used to produce substantial amounts of liquid biofuels, a new study claims. But there are many concerns about the study, and about the future of advanced biofuels in the U.S. and abroad.
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Air Pollution In China

Air pollution across China is forcing authorities to cancel flights, close highways and suspend work at some factories. Guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR and his guests explore the cost of growth in China.

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Virginia Business Leaders Split On Uranium Mining

Business leaders in Virginia are largely split on whether the state should lift a ban on uranium mining, according to a new report released by a state task force. Allowing uranium mining in Pittsylvania County is expected to be the subject of much debate in the General Assembly this year.