• October 29, 2003  

    A giant geometric flare unleashed by the sun threatened to disrupt airline and satellite communications and trigger shutdowns on electrical power grids Wednesday. Margaret Warner talks to an expert about what causes solar flares and how they affect Earth. Continue reading

  • October 28, 2003  

    Wind-swept wildfires have consumed 522,000 acres of Southern California, destroyed 1,552 homes and claimed 17 lives. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-Los Angeles provides a firsthand view of the devastation from the fireline in San Bernadino. Continue reading

  • October 27, 2003  

    Wildfires continued to rage out of control in parts of Southern California on Monday. Ray Suarez speaks with San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy about the battle against the fires that have already taken 13 lives and destroyed more than 850 homes. Continue reading

  • October 17, 2003  

    China’s mammoth Yangtse River will soon be controlled by the largest dam ever built, but the edifice is still not strong enough to quell the tide of corruption. Ian Williams of Independent Television News reports on some of the human consequences of the immense engineering and construction project. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2003  

    Western regions of the United States continue to cope with the decimation caused by the lack of rain. Ted Robbins of KUAT in Tucson, Ariz., provides an update on the drought. Continue reading

  • September 17, 2003  

    Hurricane Isabel is closing in on the East Coast. Jeffrey Brown gets the latest on the storm from Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Continue reading

  • August 27, 2003  

    The Environmental Protection Agency revised an emissions rule to benefit older power plants. An EPA official and an environmentalist debate the rule’s merits. Continue reading

  • August 25, 2003  

    Upgrading the U.S. electric transmission grid to prevent future blackouts could cost $100 billion, according to an industry report released Monday. Experts discuss these proposed improvements to the grid system and the investigation into the cause of the August 14 blackout. Continue reading

  • August 22, 2003  

    Growing levels of coastal erosion are washing away California’s beaches. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET Los Angeles explores the problem and restoration efforts. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2003  

    Last week’s sweeping power outages heated up the debate over the country’s energy policies. Experts discuss how to improve the reliability of the nation’s electric power grid. Continue reading