For the past eight years, an international ban has protected Brazil's forests from being cleared to grow soybeans. But that ban expires in December, and some people in Brazil fear that soy farmers are coming soon for their forests.
Air conditioning is responsible for some 15 percent of building energy use. What if that could be eliminated completely — using mirrors? Scientists at Stanford University think they may have found a way. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
Thaisi Da Silva left Brazil for the U.S. with her adoptive parents at the age of 4. Since then, she's returned twice to try to reconnect with her birth mother. But her journey has been more about finding peace for her adoptive mother than for herself.
Swine flu has hit one of the largest isolated indigenous groups in the Amazon. We speak with Fiona Watson, research and field director for Survival International, about the situation. From PRI's The World.
You don't need a musical instrument to make music. The human body is a musical instrument. A Brazilian body music group called Barbatuques performed in New York recently and as The World's Alex Gallafent discovered, their approach is infectious.