China is suffering through its fourth bout of extreme air pollution in the past month. It’s gotten so bad that people online are calling for a China version of the Clean Air Act.
Antarctica has long been considered a last redoubt of cold in a warming globe. But new science suggests that a key part of Antarctica is warming up fast. As Sam Eaton reports, the finding could cause scientists to rethink their sea level projections for later this century.
The growing demand for Africa’s natural resources has meant work for experienced energy industry experts, including many from the US and Canada.
The southern Pacific is home to some of the last healthy tuna populations, but they’re coming under intense pressure from international fishing fleets.
Soot from diesel engines and coal smoke was a main culprit in the recent Beijing smog crisis. Now a new report says soot is also a much bigger contributor to global warming than had been thought. Host Marco Werman gets the latest on soot from The World’s environment editor Peter Thomson.
Off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing has affected all residents of the Chinese capital in recent days, including The World’s Mary Kay Magistad. She speaks with anchor Jeb Sharp about what life in Beijing is like when the air becomes unbreathable.
Stargazers in the UK are compiling a list of “dark sky ” locations around England, Scotland, and Wales where its dark enough for anyone to enjoy a good view of the night sky.
The mayor of a Chinese city is apologizing for waiting five days to report a chemical leak at a local factory. By then nearly nine tons of a toxic chemical had spilled into a local river and contaminated the water supply of a neighboring city.
As millions of more Chinese enter the middle class, many are demanding a key passport to that lifestyle: a car. Millions throughout the developing world have the same demand. The world can’t sustain this. One possible solution: car sharing.
The New York Times’ Jeffrey Gettleman talks about the latest massacre of 11 elephants — killed by poachers for their ivory tusks in Kenya. He said that as a pound of ivory can fetch upwards of $1,000 in Beijing, there is little chance this violent and illegal trade will slow down anytime soon in Central Africa.
Australia’s southeastern region is suffering from soaring high temperatures and hundreds of scattered bushfires that are burning thousands of acres of forests and farmland.
A vast network of tunnels is being constructed beneath the Nordic countryside in Finland. It’s intended to safely store nuclear waste for up to a thousand centuries. Eventually, officials say, there will be no surface trace of the tunnels below.
We are looking for the name of the biblical body of water that stretches between northern Africa and the Arabian peninsula where you can brightly-colored sea slugs.
From record Arctic ice melt to freak storms, droughts and heat waves, 2012 was the year when climate change became almost daily news. The World’s environment editor Peter Thomson joins host Marco Werman for a look back at the year just ended and ahead at what to watch for in 2013.
Marco Werman’s Christmas week conversation with Jonathan Mazower of Survival International about the importance of real-life reindeer for many northern people brought a flashback to my own trip to the far north 15 years ago to report on reindeer (also known as caribou), oil, native people and a rapidly changing Arctic for the public radio program Living on Earth.