Steve Baragona is an award-winning multimedia journalist covering science, environment and health.
He spent eight years in molecular biology and infectious disease research before deciding that writing about science was more fun than doing it. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in journalism in 2002.
It sent a shudder through the community late last year when PacifiCorp, the Naughton Power Plant’s owner, announced that closing the plant early would save its customers nearly $200 million on fuel and maintenance costs
Around the world, an energy transition is underway. Concerns about climate change are helping wind and solar power move into markets once dominated by coal. But what's good for the climate is trouble for communities where coal is the backbone of their economy. The western U.S. state of Colorado is taking pioneering steps to help cushion the blow for those left behind in the energy transition. VOA's Steve Baragona visited the town of Craig for a look.
Coal has powered progress since the Industrial Revolution. While coal-fired power is on the rise in Asia, it's declining in the United States and much of Europe as cheaper alternatives and climate concerns push it out of the market. While the fall has hit coal towns hard in the Appalachian region of the eastern United States, the Western state of Wyoming is the nation's leading coal producer. Now, coal's troubles have arrived in this energy-rich state, too. VOA's Steve Baragona has a look.
As governments around the world try to tackle air pollution problems, some cities are looking to ban fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. But cars and tractor trailers are not the only things that run on dirty fuels. A new vehicle will hit the market to tackle another source of emissions: ice cream trucks. VOA's Steve Baragona has more.