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Episode #504

KQED World: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 7:30 AM

The Scavenger Children of the Philippines (Episode #503)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 7:30 AM

A LISTENING POST THAT STRETCHES FROM THE ARID KAROO IN SOUTH AFRICA TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN - 21 countries have joined in a global research project to pick up radio waves from outer space. It will be the world's largest radio astronomy station, using 4000 special antennae built across the southern hemisphere - from southern Africa to Australia and New Zealand.
PROTECTING THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST IN PERU - Peru has the fourth-largest area of tropical rainforest in the world, but it is also vulnerable to illegal logging - losing up to a million hectares in the past decade. 6 reserves have now been set up to provide living space for the indigenous people and protect the forest. In the El Sira reserve, 600 kilometers northeast of the capital Lima, indigenous people live from growing and harvesting rubber. Up to now, these people have lived from their own products, almost entirely autonomously. But their home region is threatened. International companies and illegal loggers are looking for new tracts of forest to exploit.
PHILIPPINES: THE SCAVENGER CHILDREN - Evelin and her brothers and sisters are what people call "scavenger children." Their home - Umapad, a suburb of Mandaue City on the island of Cebu - is not so much a village as a garbage dump. The dump provides everything people need to live: wood for their huts, clothes for the children, rice, meat, salad for lunch - and even medicine. The trash is both a curse and a blessing for these families. On the plus side the discarded metal and plastic they collect can be exchanged for cash.

Episode #502

KQED World: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 7:30 AM

AUSTRALIA: FARMERS RISE UP AGAINST THE COMMODITIES BOOM - Australia is the world's number one exporter of iron ore and coke. And there's no end in sight to the boom. The next export hit is waiting in the wings: coal seam gas. The state of Queensland is known for its productive agricultural land. But recently gas wells have been installed everywhere. A handful of international energy giants have divided the country up among themselves. 90 percent of the fertile farmland in southeast Queensland has been approved for gas production in recent years. There'd be nothing standing in the way of the raw materials boom down under - if it weren't for the region's defiant farmers. Many say there's a basic issue at stake: Should Australia focus on feeding the world's hunger for raw materials - or the hunger for locally-grown food?
SEOUL'S SUPERSIZED REFUSE SOLUTIONS: MEGACITIES PRODUCE MEGA-MOUNDS OF TRASH - The growing industrial conurbations of Asia, in particular, are having difficulty coping with the masses of refuse resulting from booming consumerism. The greater metropolitan area of Seoul, for example, comprises 20 million people producing around 12,000 tons of trash every day. The city has resolved to tackle the problem head-on. South Korea is currently pumping 28 billion euros into what is known as the "Green Deal" - a program of projects focusing on sustainability and green energy generation. One of the key projects generates power as it recycles trash. That enabled the authorities to reduce its use of crude oil by 1.3 million barrels last year.
KENYA: PROFIT WITH A PURPOSE - Climate protection projects are most successful when they also benefit the local population. One such project was launched by the Vestergaard Frandsen company. It distributes water filters to people in Kenya, so they now no longer need to purify their water over wood-burning fires. In return for donating the filters, Vestergaard Frandsen receives carbon credits, which it can then re-sell a profit. The company has already distributed around 900,000 water filters in western Kenya, providing over four million people with access to clean water. Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen calls the business model "humanitarian entrepreneurship", and it is benefitting all who are involved. The company also reinvests a portion of its profits locally, for example to carry out environmental education programs, launch a reforestation campaign and build new service centers run by local people to repair the filters.

Episode #501

KQED World: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 7:30 AM

Social Entrepreneur Helps Turn Autism into a Vocational Advantage: Danish social entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne set up an IT company called "Specialisterne" in 2004. It's a consulting company, that employs people with autism. Their difficulties are often accompanied by unique talents, such as razor-sharp memories, great powers of concentration, precision and an eye for detail. Such skills make them particularly suited to working for computer or software companies. Sonne thought it was unfair that people with autism were practically locked out of the labor market and set himself the ambitious goal of creating one million jobs for them worldwide. Climate: Peruvian Farmers Battle Climate Change: Peru's northern coastline is increasingly being battered by storms and other extreme weather linked to climate change. Now together with a local financial establishment, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) has set up an insurance system that helps compensate farmers in the case of damage. Valentin Ruiz, the chairman of the Cooperative of Banana Producers in the region, is worried by the effects that storms and flooding have on the banana crop. To protect banana producers from the effects of El Nino, he and his members have collected money for dams and levees. Climate - Biodiesel Makes Life Easier for Women in Benin: Seventy percent of people in the West African state of Benin live in the countryside. Most of them don't have any electricity. North of the capital Porto Novo, the French organization Geres is overseeing a project that makes life a bit easier, by helping people to process their food with the help of machines. The project is primarily targeted at women in the Zou region, who have got together to form cooperatives. Geres has set up 35 plants where women can process their foodstuffs. As diesel is expensive, the machines are run on biodiesel.

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