pollution

Science, Tech & Environment

Rising carbon dioxide levels may reduce the nutritional value of important foods

Rising levels of atmospheric CO2 are already having significant impacts on climate, weather patterns and water supplies. Scientists expect increased carbon dioxide levels will also affect agriculture across the world, in ways we can't predict. The results of a recent study suggest that one of those affects could be quite alarming.

Global Politics

Arctic warming

Arctic temperatures in the 1990s reached their warmest level in at least 2,000 years A new study being published in Science Magazine concludes that cooling was reversed because of increased emissions of green house gases. The World's Katy Clark reports.

Conflict & Justice

Rethinking biofuels in Europe

Biofuels have been touted as the best hope for reducing reliance on fossil fuels and limiting greenhouse gases. Now many scientists are raising doubts about that. Reporter Kathleen Schalch examines the debate over the costs and benefits of biofuels.

Global Politics

Europe's high speed rail

President Obama's stimulus plan includes billions to help jump-start a new network of high-speed trains. But the future of rail is already a reality in other parts of the world, including Japan, China and as Kathleen Schalch reports, the European Union.

Arts, Culture & Media

Science Forum: Urban Raptors

Birds of prey are thriving in places like New York, London, and Berlin. We talk to Canadian wildlife biologist David Bird, our guest in the latest World Science Forum, about the surprisingly good raptor habitat to be found in some major cities.

Global Politics

Gulf recovery hits language barrier

Vietnamese-American fishermen want to be involved in the Gulf Coast recovery effort. But BP and Coast Guard officials are finding out that interpreters are few and far between and some information isn't easy to translate. Julia Kumari Drapkin explains.