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1. NATIONS:

Is Haiti condemned to dirty air, denuded hills, blackouts and dangerous flooding?

CANAPÉ VERTE, Haiti -- Robert Naylor walks the perimeter of an electricity substation high above Port-au-Prince, pointing out new equipment his company, Perini Management Corp., installed here as part of a $12.7 million U.S. Agency for International Development project to strengthen Haiti's energy infrastructure. This substation and others were damaged in the 2010 earthquake, and the United States is investing in repairs to the transmission and distribution systems as well as the installation of new equipment and worker training. But below the substation's fence, a jumble of cut and spliced wires snake from the overhead power line toward a cluster of makeshift shacks. Naylor points to it and shakes his head.

2. COAL:

Should federal coal leasing take climate costs into account?

As the single largest coal-producing region in the United States, the Powder River Basin plays an outsized role in the country's contribution to climate change. Supplying 40 percent of U.S. coal, it adds nearly 13 percent to national greenhouse gas emissions, eventually lending force to extreme weather, sea-level rise and other issues of public concern. Yet these external costs are largely ignored by the federal regulators who oversee coal leasing in the basin, according to environmental groups and some legal experts.

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