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  • The Price of Water: Is Higher Better? Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 3:11 PM ET

    San Diego County may be known for its famous coastline, but when it comes to fresh water, it has very little supply.  Residents pay for water to be imported from the Colorado River and other areas. But some believe even higher prices are needed, which would encourage conservation and reduce water use.

  • BP Dividends to Be Reinstated: New CEO Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 12:53 PM ET

    BP, which is in the midst of selling off $30 billion in assets, hopes to reinstate dividends early in 2011, its incoming CEO, Bob Dudley, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Where America's Trash Comes From—And Where It Goes Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    A report by the Environmental Protection Agency describes the contents of all the garbage produced in a single year.  According to the 2008 report, approximately 250 million tons of municipal solid waste is created, which excludes hazardous waste, industrial waste, and construction waste.

  • Top Performing Trash Stocks of 2010 Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 9:35 AM ET

    Trash generates cash—lots of it—for companies that collect, recycle or destroy the tons of garbage generated by our world's population. Here's a look at three of 2010's top-performing publicly-traded waste companies.

  • Water Crisis Hits Western Cities and States Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 2:32 PM ET

    A boom in population and development, particularly in the Southwest, has created higher than expected demand for water, and an 11 year drought has siphoned off the supply.

  • Using Oil Spill Model to Clean Up Trash from Oceans Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 12:20 PM ET
    Mary Crowley of Project Kaisei, with some of the plastic trash picked up on a voyage

    With an estimated 100 million tons of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean already, ocean-borne plastics are a huge environmental problem. But new technology, consumer education and a long-term vision could be coming to the rescue.

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    Film star DiCaprio and billionaire philanthropist/investor Soros came together to discuss the economics of climate change.

  • How Much Water Does it Take to Make Beer? Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 12:21 PM ET

    MillerCoors is trying to reduce the amount of water it uses to produce beer, through conservation on farms to changes in the manufacturing process.

  • Garbage Gauge Pointing Up for Trash Stocks Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 9:54 AM ET

    The latest garbage gauge is pointing to a slow but steady recovery that should see trash volumes turn positive this quarter or next for the first time since 2008.  That should propel profits of trash haulers who’ve been able to maintain pricing power through the recession thanks to long-term, customer-specific contracts.

  • Scrap as an Economic Indicator: Don't Call it Junk! Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 1:33 PM ET

    If the market in scrap is any indication, the US can recycle the fear of a second recession into a more positive economic outlook.

  • How Green Companies Navigate Complex Trash Laws Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 9:50 AM ET

    Recycling is now possible across much of the country, but a complex web of rules—along with corporate and local government desires to be seen being as “green” as possible—can make it hard to figure out what’s really happening to all that rescued waste.  Some companies, like Starbucks, are working to navigate those rules.

  • Forget Finance, New York is Trash Capital of the World Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 3:49 PM ET
    City of New York Department of Sanitation

    New York City’s quasi-military $1.2 billion Department of Sanitation is the largest such municipal operation in the world.

  • Ted Turner Puts Conservation Money Where His Mouth Is Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 10:28 AM ET
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    It wasn't long after Ted Turner started amassing a sizable real estate portfolio that he had an unusual idea on how to make some money from it.  Today, at nearly 72, he is the nation's largest private landholder — he holds about 2 million acres —and he's been able to use his land and money to make those childhood dreams a reality.

  • Tamminen: America’s Secret Economic Weapon Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 9:30 AM ET
    Water vapor rising from a Progress Energy coal plant.

    The US may have a secret weapon against rivals like China and even economies closer to ours, such as Canada in the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • The BP Well Is Dead, but Challenges Live On Sunday, 19 Sep 2010 | 3:03 PM ET
    Al Gros looks listens to Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, speak at a town hall meeting about the $20 billion fund set up to pay damage claims from the BP oil spill July 15, 2010 in Lafitte, Louisiana.

    Federal officials declared Sunday that the well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded had finally been killed. The "nightmare well" is dead. But the Gulf coast's bad dream is far from over.

  • The Real Cost of Managing Society’s Trash Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 12:57 PM ET

    Although most people don’t think about it, the management of solid waste is one of the most critical issues facing municipalities throughout the United States. Challenges arise every day as society tosses out more and more wastes, the number of landfills available for use continues to decline, regulations grow and the cost of providing services increases. Financially and logistically, the management of solid waste is becoming ever more difficult.

  • Tamminen: Water for a Wife Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 1:27 PM ET

    In parts of Ghana, water has become so scarce that young women ask suitors about the distance to sources of clean water in their communities before accepting marriage proposals.

  • Oil Should Be Half Its Current Price: Analyst Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 12:33 PM ET

    If the oil market focused on fundamentals, instead of equities and currencies, it would be half the price of what it is now, Peter Beutel, president and founder of energy risk management research firm Cameron Hanover, told CNBC.

  • Don't Be Burned by Solar Stocks Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | 6:43 PM ET

    Why the "Mad Money" host isn't hot on solar energy plays right now.

  • BP’s Report Sparks Backlash From Contractors, US Thursday, 9 Sep 2010 | 2:45 AM ET
    Simulated oil splatter on a BP gas station sign in Manhattan, New York.

    BP’s internal inquiry into the causes of the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill provoked an immediate backlash from contractors and  U.S. politicians who said the British group was “happy to slice up blame, as long as it gets the smallest piece”. The FT reports.