Starting over Bangkok and flying over Hanoi, the Hainan Islands, Hong Kong and more, these spectacular nighttime views of the major Asia cities were captured from the ISS. With the exception of Pyongong, most of North Korea is dark.
Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA-Johnson Space Center
Presentation and panel discussion from the July 25, 2014 launch of “Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change”, a report by WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative. Find out more at http://www.wri.org/events/securing-ri…
Plans are underway to bring back the two American aid workers sick with Ebola from Africa. The U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are helping to arrange the evacuation. (Aug. 1)
The Great Recession of 2008 was officially over in 2009, but in 2011 U.S. unemployment remains above 9%, consumer confidence is low, European and Asian economies are nervous, and there is recurrent talk of a double-dip recession. James Galbraith, calls this “One Great Crisis,” examining how it came about and why economists did not understand what was at stake or warn us to modify our troubled economic structures in time to avoid the crisis itself.
Most citizens are not experts in economic theory, yet the prevailing theories can have a profound impact on our individual well-being. Why didn’t current theory predict the economic melt-down? How could the public – from investors to employees to retirees – have been better served? What theories can best lead us out of the Great Recession?
Proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
According to farmers in Brazil, GMO Bt corn seeds made by Monsanto, Dow Chemical, DuPont, and Syngenta are no longer resisting pests, namely the corn leafworm, or Spodoptera frugiperda. The farmers want the companies to reimburse them for the three rounds of pesticides they’ve had to spray on top of their GMO crops, since the companies’ products failed to deliver on their promises. The Brazilian government is wary of how dependent its farmers have become on toxic chemicals, and the farmers are worried they’ll no longer be able to plant anything but GMO seeds. When is humanity going to learn that it has to co-exist with some bugs – that when you fight bugs, they will fight back…and will most likely win?
In the United States, proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
Environmentalists in India are fighting to extend a ban on coal mining in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. The National Green Tribunal put a stop to the lucrative industry in April because of pollution and concerns over working conditions. Villagers complained that rampant and unregulated mining had poisoned the rivers, allowing heavy metals such as iron, and sulfuric acid to seep into the surrounding environment. But despite communities reeling from the impact, the government’s environment minister is fighting against the move. Al Jazeera’s Karishma Vyas reports from Meghalaya state.
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