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7:20am

Wed June 4, 2014
Energy

A New Frontier: Carbon Utilization, Rather Than Sequestration

Karen Wawrousek holding up a flask of chemoautotrophic (CAT) bacteria. The bacteria eat carbon dioxide and convert it to biodiesel.
Credit Stephanie May Joyce / Wyoming Public Media

While carbon is a byproduct of almost everything we do, capturing and storing it is expensive. For years, the goal has been to figure out how to make that process cheaper, but more recent efforts take a different approach - shifting the focus from storing carbon to using it.

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1:50pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Energy

Consumer Effect Of New EPA Rules Best Summed Up As Complicated

Valmont Power Station near Boulder, Colo., pictured in May 2010. The power plant can use both coal and natural gas in power generation.
Anders B Knudsen Flickr - Creative Commons

The Obama administration said Monday that it intends to aggressively reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gas pollution, produced by power plants in the United States. To boost these ambitions, the White House will partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce varying rules state-by-state to be carried out by power plants that produce the gases.

If successfully implemented, the regulations will deliver a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.

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7:16am

Mon June 2, 2014
Energy

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:52 am

The EPA is proposing rules that would govern carbon dioxide gas emissions by U.S. power plants. Here, coal is transported via conveyor belt to the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyo., in March.
Jim Urquhart Reuters /Landov

New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET: Proposed Rule Published

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8:23am

Sat May 31, 2014
All Tech Considered

With Beats, Apple Buys A Quick Start On Smart Headphones

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 1:39 pm

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks wears Beats headphones before a preseason football game last August.
John Froschauer AP

Apple's purchase of headphone maker Beats By Dre for $3 billion is a big payday for Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. But what's in it for Apple?

Beats By Dre headphones are flashy, cool, a fashion statement. One critic called them the Air Jordans of headwear. Most reviewers, however, say Beats headphones aren't actually that good.

"Every time I've listened to them, I think, 'Oh, right, I really don't like these,' " says Whitson Gordon, editor-in-chief of Lifehacker.com.

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12:52pm

Fri May 30, 2014
Planet Money

Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:50 am

There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky.

The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air?

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