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Wind power gets a boost

2009 was a bumper year for new windmills. But as Mark Brush reports, if it weren't for government money, it might have been a bad year.  Go to full article

"Clean coal" technology test underway

"Clean coal" got a mention in President Obama's State of the Union address this week. Along with nuclear power and alternative energy sources, the President listed clean coal as an important sources for energy for the country.

He also promised to move forward on climate change reductions. And here, America is in a bind. Almost half of our electricity comes from coal. But compared to other power sources, coal produces the most carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

Industry is testing new technology in hopes of fulfilling the promise of "clean coal." Shawn Allee has this update on a test project that has some hard work left to do.  Go to full article

Wind power potential

A new study says wind power could meet 20% of the energy needs of the eastern United States. But to get there, the nation needs to invest in a lot of infrastructure. Samara Freemark reports.  Go to full article

Farmland back into wetland

The government's Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to return a certain amount of agricultural fields to their original wetlands. As Tanya Ott reports, a new study finds those efforts might be paying off.  Go to full article
Asian carp. Photo: The Environment Report
Asian carp. Photo: The Environment Report

Asian Carp update

A big monster of a fish is at the center of a US Supreme Court case. Asian Carp are making their way up the Mississippi towards the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Michigan's Attorney General - along with New York and several other Great Lakes states - filed a lawsuit asking the Court to close a Chicago canal in order to keep the carp out. The shipping industry says the consequences would be devastating. Jennifer Guerra has a closer look at what's at stake.  Go to full article

The state of the nation's lakes

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its first comprehensive survey of the nation's lakes. Samara Freemark tells us what the study turned up.  Go to full article

Wind on the water

A big shift to alternative energies such as wind and solar will take a change in thinking. One example is the Cape Wind project. Cape Wind plans to build 130 windmills in the water. It would be the country's first off-shore wind farm, but not everybody likes it. Mark Brush reports the fight over this wind farm could clear the path for others.  Go to full article

Genetically engineered crops in your stuff

The soda-pop you drink, the t-shirt you wear, the cooking oil you use - all might contain genetically engineered material. Lester Graham reports on a continuing trend in agriculture.  Go to full article

Ag department giving dairy farmers money for methane

The US Department of Agriculture is planning to give dairy farmers more money to cut some of their greenhouse gas emissions. Rebecca Williams has more.  Go to full article
Lauren and her potted tree. It will stay outdoors until Christmas Eve, when it will be brought in for 14 hours. Photo: Jennifer Guerra
Lauren and her potted tree. It will stay outdoors until Christmas Eve, when it will be brought in for 14 hours. Photo: Jennifer Guerra

O Christmas tree

It's the holidays... which for some of us means time to deck the halls with boughs of holly and, oh yeah, pick out a Christmas tree. We sent reporter Jennifer Guerra to find out which tree is greener - real or artificial.  Go to full article

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