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.
Published on Aug 26, 2012 by AsianDevelopmentBank
In Lao People’s Democratic, women and girls are faced with the hardship of collecting water for multiple purposes. They travel far distances and make numerous trips—often across uneven terrains. Ms. Buakham’s story is one of many whose life has changed as a result of an ADB-financed water supply system in Sing district. It has helped to ease women’s domestic burden and enhance their economic role through local markets and ecotourism opportunities. The system supplies piped water to more than 1,700 homes and businesses since it began operations in 2010.
Published on Apr 18, 2012 by uscensusbureau
Feb. 1, 2012 at 9 a.m. (EST) — The U.S. Census Bureau hosted a forum with the National Urban League on the black population at Black Entertainment Television studios. This event highlighted statistics from the 2010 Census, providing a portrait of the black population in the U.S. Following the presentation, an expert panel discussed the statistics and their implications.
Published on May 22, 2012 by deutschewelleenglish
The Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range is one of Mexico’s most precious natural treasures, boasting lush forests with rich biodiversity. It also serves as a vital carbon sink for the country. The corridor, which is under threat, has long been designated a natural reserve. Now, authorities are doubling their efforts to protect the area, teaching local communities and villages, too, how to take responsibility for their land. Reporter Michael Wetzel shows us the region’s rich diversity, from its cloud forests to wetlands to pine groves and arid zones, and he shows us how authorities are educating the locals on the urgency of protecting the nature around them.
Published on May 16, 2012 by PBS
Our earliest descendants were hunter/gatherers who foraged for their food, were in tune with their surroundings, and ate with the seasons. After foraging was essentially replaced by agriculture, people became increasingly detached from where their food came from. Foraging offers people a way to reconnect with nature and shows that food is all around us.
Uploaded by VOAvideo on Jul 22, 2010
Honeybees, which are very important to agriculture, continue to disappear at alarming rates in the United States. And the cause of this disappearance is still elusive. While at least one recent study seems to point to pesticides as the problem, the US Agriculture Department has also found parasites causing general weakness among bee colonies. Producer Zulima Palacio spent some time with both scientists and beekeepers and brings us this story — narrated by Elizabeth Lee.
Feb 20, 2012
Organic waste from fields and parks in South Africa’s metropolis have been rotting away in landfills. But now a local company has turned the smelly business into big business by using the waste to produce high quality compost. The farmers are happy – the compost helps them improve soil quality without the aid of expensive fertilisers and chemical pesticides. The climate also benefits – composting the waste reduces the emission of large quantities of methane, a climate killer and by-product of rotting waste.
A 1952 documentary showing small town 50′s America from morning to evening. Many kinds of people doing many kinds of work, and then bowling. 1952, B/W.
Nov 25, 2011
The image of a Native American warrior racing across the Western plains on horseback is an iconic one. The animal’s long relationship with some native tribes is celebrated in a new exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. VOA’s Susan Logue reports.