Blame Haiti’s deaths on shoddy construction

The blame for Haiti's staggering death toll from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12—the toll is expected to rise to over 200,000— lies at the feet of that country's c0nstruction industry, says a Berkeley, Calif. engineer.

In California’s high desert, a solar gamble

The California Owens Valley, the scene of decades of intense environmental hostilities and the subject of the famous Roman Polanski film "Chinatown," once more finds itself at center stage. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which turned Owens Lake into a dry wasteland and created one of the most prodigious polluters in America, wants to turn its lake bed into one of largest sources of solar power in America.