Environment

 
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  Seeds of progress: How urban farming is changing Detroit’s future

Detroit’s urban farming movement is thriving, supplying fresh produce, jobs and revived communities. Desiree Cooper examines this new food-based economy and the issues holding it back.

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  A solution for nuclear waste?

As the U.S. continues to try to resolve the decades old issue of what to do with nuclear waste, Need to Know visits a possible solution a half mile below the desert in New Mexico. Alison Stewart goes underground for a tour.

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  Standing room only

As the world steadily marches toward record-breaking population figures, Need to Know time travels to the late ’60s/early ’70s, when “overpopulation” was a frightening issue that occupied a substantial slice of the American psyche.

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A modest proposal for a new population debate

What caused the disappearances of not only “population bomb” rhetoric but also the milder quality of life critique, asks Professor Derek Hoff.

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  Double fault: Nuclear safety at Diablo Canyon

The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant is situated near two fault lines, and at least one critic is questioning whether the utility that owns the plant is doing all it needs to to ensure that it can safely withstand the kind of earthquake some seismologists believe is possible.

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Inkjet printing solar panels: cheap and almost green

Solar energy is one of the easiest and greenest of the renewable energy sources, but its high price is holding it back. One of the most promising new research developments involves printing thinner, cheaper panels with an inkjet.

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  Before and after the Minot flood, and a plan to rebuild

After flooding in the past two weeks, the city of Minot, North Dakota, is still largely underwater, but an ambitious plan is unfolding to protect it the next time. See interactive satellite images.

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  The sea also rises: What climate change means for coastal communities

The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is already experiencing the effects of sea-level rise. We explore how one American city is dealing with a problem that may soon be on all our doorsteps.

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  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on ‘The Last Mountain’ and ‘moments’ of environmental concern

Jon Meacham discusses a new documentary, “The Last Mountain,” about the destructiveness of the West Virginia coal mining industry, and argues for a consensus on a national energy plan.