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"Smart Grid" designed to prevent major blackouts

Remember that huge blackout in the summer of 2003? 45 million people in the Midwest and Northeast US, as well as 10 million in Canada, lost power. Government and utilities are spending billions of dollars on what's called a "Smart Grid," in part, so we don't have more large scale blackouts. But there's a lot more to the emerging system. Julie Grant has more.  Go to full article

No paperless office yet

When the computer-age took off in the 1990s, lots of people thought we'd use a lot less paper. But that hasn't happened. Julie Grant reports on why environmentalists are so concerned about all the paper we're still using in our offices and homes.  Go to full article

Green businesses in the black

When the banks failed and the recession hit last fall, lots of people predicted that the burgeoning green economy would get nipped in the bud. But that's not what happened. Julie Grant spoke with some business experts about the status of green companies.  Go to full article
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American uses two pounds of wrapping paper a year. Photo: 5ko at Wikimedia Commons
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American uses two pounds of wrapping paper a year. Photo: 5ko at Wikimedia Commons

Reducing gift wrap waste

There may be nothing prettier than beautifully wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree. But some environmentalists say the cost of that beauty is too high - and they want people to stop wasting so much paper on gift-wrapping. Julie Grant has more.  Go to full article

School lunches, pt 2: choices in the cafeteria

When we hear about kids and obesity, a lot of people point the finger at schools. Most kids today eat about half their meals at school, and many cafeterias are filled with junk food. In the second half of our school lunch series, Julie Grant reports that some districts are trying to improve what they serve - but there are a lot of challenges.  Go to full article

School lunches and super donuts

We hear a lot about American kids and obesity. Many children eat half their meals at school - and some parents question whether those meals are teaching kids healthy eating habits. In the first part of a series on school lunch programs, Julie Grant reports on the push for change in the cafeteria.  Go to full article

Companies for, against, climate bill

As Congress begins debate on climate change legislation, American businesses are watching very closely. Some are worried that a new law could bankrupt them with energy costs. But others see a bright future under carbon limits. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Risk the shot or risk the flu

Public health officials want people to get vaccinated for swine flu. But only half of parents nationwide say they plan to get their kids vaccinated. Many say they're worried about vaccine side-effects. Julie Grant reports some government policies may have inadvertently made people concerned about vaccine safety.  Go to full article
The blight hitting tomatoes is the same blight responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-19 century.  (Photo courtesy of Cornell University)
The blight hitting tomatoes is the same blight responsible for the Irish potato famine in the mid-19 century. (Photo courtesy of Cornell University)

Tomato blight spreading

One of the quintessential tastes of late summer, a juicy, perfectly ripe garden tomato, is hard to come by this year. This year a tomato blight swept across the Northeast and it's moving into Midwestern gardens and farms. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Whose lawn is lusher?

Lots of people love a full, lush lawn. Personal green space for the kids, a tidy, open vista around the house, but it isn't easy, keeping a monoculture like grass. Lawns DO like a rainy summer like this one. And fertilizers and herbicides might help. But there's concern about water pollution from lawn chemicals. Julie Grant reports that some experts say you can use them, just don't over-use them.  Go to full article

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