Deutsche Welle's weekly magazine explores the intersection of global development with the social and natural environments of the many cultures on our planet. In each program, host Michaela Kufner presents 3 to 4 video rich segments profiling a different part of the world where man's quest for economic growth is jeopardizing the ecosystems and everyday lives of people from many cultures, from the explosive economic growth in China to the garbage pickers of Rio. The program provides in-depth analysis, investigative reporting, and portraits of people making a difference on the planet. Included: Ideas For a Cooler World, showcasing passionate individuals and innovative projects aimed at combating global climate change.
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USA Sinkholes: Silent Threat from Below (Episode #646)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 8:00 AM
USA: Sinkholes: Silent Threat from Below - The ground beneath our feet is not as firm as we'd like to believe. Nearly everywhere in the world is under threat from the earth simply opening up and swallowing everything: roads, cars, entire buildings. Various factors can lead to the formation of sinkholes, including mining, water-soluble rock layers, or subterranean undercutting after heavy rainfalls. Both natural and man-made processes can cause spaces to open up under the surface that grow until the top layer of soil collapses. Biodiversity: Why is it Important? An estimated fourteen million species of animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms populate the Earth. Do we really need all of them? For humans at least, living amidst a very wide diversity of organisms is one of the most important bases of existence. Extensive biodiversity is important for a diverse diet, for instance. It also contributes to the balance of the ecosystem, including keeping air and water clean. Of vital importance is genetic diversity within species, which helps ensure that individual species can keep adapting and don't drop out of the food chain. But current estimates say as many as 130 species go extinct each day. Democratic Republic of the Congo: Forest Surveyor - The biodiversity of the Congo rain forests is unique. The forests are home to more than 400 mammal species, more than 1,000 bird species, and at least 10,000 plant species. But in the savannas of the lower reaches of the Congo River, the formerly rich fauna is almost extinct. The civil war and bushmeat hunting have greatly reduced the number of animals. Now the environmental organization WWF is sending biologists there to find out just how much biomass and biodiversity still exists in the Congo basin. Every sign of life, including hoof prints, is recorded in addition to collecting data from the air. Global Questionnaire: Emperatriz Garcia from Ecuador - Emperatriz Garcia is a vendor at a market in Quito. The sixty-six-year-old was born in Ecuador, and she thinks it's the most beautiful country in the world. She considers environmental pollution to be a negative consequence of globalization. She thinks there's too much plastic and harmful exhaust, and not just in Ecuador. Cameroon: Dreaming of a Career in Music - Artists such as Petit Pays, Mathematik, Sonny, and Mony Eka have made their mark with the West African style of music called Makossa. The rest of the world learned about Makossa thanks to jazz star Manu Dibango, who's now 80 years old. In the 1990s, Dibango created a new World Music genre by combining Makossa with jazz. Twenty-five-year-old Armel has his sights set on a similarly groundbreaking career. He lives with his siblings on the outskirts of the city of Douala. He says his greatest joy is playing in the band Sans Visa, which is mentored by musician Petit Pays.
China's Female Shortage: Stealing Girls for Wives (Episode #645)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 8:00 AM
*China's one-child policy encourages human trafficking.
*And, Hawksbill sea turtles are one of the main attractions on the island of St. Lucia. But these large sea turtles are at risk of extinction. Poachers have almost wiped them out. To protect the island's natural beauty and resources, ecotourism is being encouraged on the island.
Biodiversity: Threats from Overfishing and Invasive Species (Episode #644)
KQED World: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 8:00 AM
Turkey: Threats to Marine Biodiversity - Gokova Bay in southwestern Turkey is renowned for its marine biodiversity, but this is now under threat from invasive species and overfishing. The Mediterranean Conservation Society is a Turkish NGO which aims to conserve natural habitats and restore degraded coastal ecosystems in Turkey. Now, swathes of Gokova Bay have been turned into protected areas where fishing is banned. Fiji: Peer Control of Papaya Farms - In many developing countries and emerging nations farmers are finding that there's money to be made from going organic. But the main obstacle they face is securing organic certification, which can prove costly. Now that Participatory Guarantee Systems are officially recognized as organic certification in over 20 countries worldwide, peer review committees consisting of members from local groups are responsible for monitoring and inspecting the fields of the farmers in the group. Info-film: How harmful to the climate is transporting food by air? Importing food from overseas leaves a shocking carbon footprint. Global Snack: Churrasco from Argentina - Argentinians love to eat meat, and that's good news for snackbar owner Sandra Sanchez. Her speciality is Churrasco. Sandra Sanchez's grill stand can be found on the Costanera Sur on the east side of the district of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. Kenya: Transforming Lives with Social Lending - More than 380 million people in Africa don't have bank accounts and therefore can't take out loans. Danish entrepreneur Mads Kjaer founded a social lending platform that matches people who need money with people who want to lend it. The online marketplace MYC4 was founded in 2006. It allows investors to lend directly to small businesses in Africa.