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Global Politics

Is Venezuela on the precipice of presidential change?

A few months earlier, Maduro was re-elected for a second term amid hyperinflation, international sanctions, mass migration and few signs that conditions would improve. The European Union questioned the fairness of the election process, and 19 member states of the Organization of American States, including the United States, issued a statement declaring Maduro's second term as illegitimate.

World hunger is on the rise again, and climate change is a culprit

Some 821 million people now face food insecurity, raising numbers to the same level as almost a decade ago. The situation is worsening in South America, Central Asia and most regions of Africa, according to the UN's annual food security report. A resurgence in the use of "cover crop" and nanotechnologies may mitigate climate change impacts.

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Science, Tech & Environment

Java trees

Indonesia planted millions of trees to absorb the greenhouse gases caused by the December 2007 Bali climate conference, but the nation's record on tree conservation has been dismal. Java used to be home to one of the world's oldest teak forests, but illegal logging, fires, and government mis-management have destroyed the trees.

Science, Tech & Environment

Allergic reaction to climate change

Alaska used to be a great place to live if you have allergies as pollen counts are low on a tundra. But with climate change, n tundra giving way to flora and insects are moving in. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jeffrey Demain, founder/director of the Alaska Allergy Asthma and Immunology Center, about climate change and allergy development.

New report ranks environmental efforts

A new report was released today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2008 Environmental Performance Index ranks countries for their efforts in addressing environmental issues

Global Hit

Global hit - Iron Maiden

Ruxandra Guidi reports on an unusual musical club in Bolivia. It's a club for fans of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. One of their goals is to get Iron Maiden to tour in Bolivia.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer

Today's Geo Quiz focused in the ancestral home of the potato. The answer is Peru. The BBC's Dan Collyns reports the Peruvian government is promoting the potato as a cheap, stable alternative to more expensive food crops like corn or wheat.

Science, Tech & Environment

Geo answer

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with paleontologist Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago about his discovery of a new kind of dinosaur fossil. The discovery took place in Africa's Sahara Desert -- which is the answer to today's Geo Quiz.