Published on Nov 28, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
Marshes restored after they were drained under Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980′s are now under the risk of being completely destroyed due to rising temperatures and drought. Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf reports from Iraq’s southern marshes.
Published on Nov 19, 2012 by linktv
Pollination is key to the US economy, but US bee keepers say that colony collapse disorder — massive bee death — is claiming up to 80 percent of us bee colonies each year. Pesticide Action Network’s Paul Towers states that “we rely on pollinators for one in every three bits of food that we eat.” Towers talks with Earth Focus about why US agriculture and economy are at stake.
Published on Nov 23, 2012 by VOAvideo
Technology is moving fast when it comes to “autonomous systems”, intelligent machines that perform tasks with little or no human guidance. In modern warfare, drones and other unmanned vehicles are playing an increasing role, with militaries embracing a technology that they say makes war safer and more effective. But human rights campaigners fear what might be to come — fully autonomous weapons that could select and engage targets without human intervention — and they want a new global treaty to stop that from happening. Selah Hennessy reports for VOA from London.
Published on Oct 20, 2012 by NTDTV
It’s being called “abhorrent” and a “crime against humanity.” Allegations of forced organ harvesting in China started to surface in 2006. Since then, mounting evidence suggests these allegations are true—and even worse than originally suspected.
Prisoners of conscience—especially Falun Gong—are being killed for their organs.
Starting in 1999, the number of transplant centers in China increased by 300% in just 8 years, even though China has no effective national organ donation system. 1999 was the year the Chinese regime began persecuting adherents of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, sending hundreds of thousands to labor camps. Many of them were never seen again.
Transplant medicine was developed to save lives. But in China, innocent people are being killed for their organs—so they can be sold for profit.
Increasingly, doctors, congressmen, international politicians, human rights lawyers, journalists, and people around the world are raising awareness about forced organ harvesting.
Published on Sep 15, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
Since white settlers arrived in the American heartland of Nebraska in the 19th century, less than one per cent of the original tall grass prairie has survived an onslaught of plowing and grazing.
The prairie is home to some rare species endangered birds, flowers, and butterflies, that do not flourish anywhere else.
Nebraska’s Nine-Mile Prairie was preserved by the Cold War, its borders which were once nuclear weapon bunkers.
The prairie is now preserved by the University of Nebraska.
Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Lincoln, Nebraska.
A new study indicates that over half of the adult dogs and cats kept as pets in America are overweight or obese, and that the problem has gotten worse over the past year. This is, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, partly due to the fact that owners are not aware that their pets are overweight.
Otters can now be seen in every English county just 30 years after they came close to extinction.
Pesticides nearly destroyed the otter, but new environmental regulations saved the day.
An experiment in Guatemala in the 1940s that included U.S. doctors now has victims there seeking legal recourse. People were infected with syphilis to test the effectiveness of penicillin. (May 27, 2011)
A 2003 Dutch commercial for O’reilly’s.
Artificial insemination ? Not as good as the real thing !
Fish pedicures are the latest health craze to hit cities around the Western world. But is dunking your feet into a pool of ‘doctor fish’ really good for you?
At the ‘Sole Sensation’ foot spa clients dunk their feet in water full of tiny fish that nibble away impurities. With the same healing enzymes in their mouths as man-made medicines, these fish have the capability to help heal both eczema and psoriasis in an organic way. One happy client says, “It’s not putting anything into your body, it’s just taking away the dead skin naturally”.
Once an icon of Indian culture, snake charmers today are struggling for survival. The exotic sight of the mystical men who have enticed cobras and vipers to dance to the soulful music of flutes for centuries has now become the victim of wildlife protection laws.
Skit in which police officers interrogate a fetus. The expectant mother is an afterthought. Illustrates an argument against fetal personhood.