April 22, 2012 It's Earth Day! An excellent day to reflect upon the joys of connecting with other animals — and of working to keep them safe and well-treated.
Afghan refugee Shafiq Mohammed, 9, and other children look for items of use on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in December.
April 22, 2012 Around the globe, waste can tell both an environmental and social story. Here are some reports of communities living in, among and off of others' trash.
This hickory shad is fun to catch, but its cousin the American shad is the tastiest.
March 27, 2012 For centuries, the shad run signaled that spring had arrived. But pollution, dams and overfishing decimated the once-mighty American shad. Now young chefs are working to rekindle a taste for this seasonal, local treat.
Beef cattle stand in a barn on the Larson Farms feedlot in Maple Park, Ill.
February 1, 2012 A new study wants to rectify beef's image as an environmental miscreant. It says modern beef production is a lot kinder to the environment than it was 30 years ago.
Families displaced by drought line up for food this week in Mogadishu, Somalia.
January 20, 2012 Weather changes wreak havoc on the global food supply. But efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture haven't gotten much attention in climate change talks.
GED = gross external damages from pollution.
October 25, 2011 Economists love economic growth. And economic news — on Planet Money and elsewhere — presents growth as a good thing. But on today's show, we ask: Is economic growth bad for the planet?
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Fish feed contains fishmeal and fish oil
October 14, 2011 A new report from Food and Water Watch turns up the heat on how we feed farmed fish and the environmental toll it takes. It takes three pounds of wild fish to feed one pound of farmed salmon, so scientists are looking for alternatives.
Early morning view of an automated irrigation system in on a farm in Sudlersville, MD
October 12, 2011 A new study looks at whether we can feed the world without destroying the Earth. The answer is yes, but how to make it happen is complicated, and will require big changes in the way we practice agriculture.
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September 28, 2011 In sub-Saharan Africa, where agricultural productivity is lowest and food shortages are most common, "huge volumes of rainwater are lost or never used," says Alain Vidal, director of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, which commissioned the studies.
December 18, 2009 David Kestenbaum discusses how hard it is to price carbon, a main point of debate at this week's climate conference in Copenhagen.
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December 9, 2009 On today's Planet Money, David Kestenbaum tells us what all the fuss in Copenhagen is about. Hint — it's green.
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