Scientists have warned that water temperatures are increasing far faster than expected, which drives rising sea levels. Many suggest Brazil's large mangrove forest, a vital protection against climate change, are on the front lines.
New research shows how recent laws have slowly eroded the role of nongovernmental agencies all over the world . Experts have said that these actions threaten democracy in countries where institutions have already become weak. See where and how laws like these have had their biggest impact.
Tensions between Brazil and Venezuela intensified last month after violent clashes broke out on the border over a botched humanitarian aid delivery plan. While tensions have subsided and the possibility of armed conflict has been ruled out, relations remain strained.
Two well-known musicians in their respective countries have a new CD out - American guitarist Bill Frisell and Brazilian singer-songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria. Betto Arcos tells us about their recent collaboration.
Director Paulo Morelli talks to Faith about his new film, City of Men, the sequel to City of God, his 2002 Academy Award-nominated film that delved into the culture of Rio De Janiero's sprawling "favela" slums.
Creating green jobs in the next decade will spur the American economy towards future growth. That's according to Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, a 2001 Nobel Prize winner and economics professor at Columbia University, who talked with host Steve Curwood.
More and more companies are finding ways to make economic growth with environmental benchmarks part of their mandates. Fred Krupp, author of 'Earth: The Sequel' and president of Environmental Defense Fund, tells host Steve Curwood, the profit motive that helped create global warming can also help solve it.
In honor of Earth Day, we revisit some of our favorite stories. When reporter Cecilia Vaisman visited Curitiba, Brazil in 1994, she learned how a city with a growing population and outdated infrastructure transformed into a sustainable and wonderfully livable city, with lots of green space, recycling programs, and an efficient rapid transit system.
Curitiba, Brazil's model sustainable city, was largely the brainchild of Jaime Lerner. As three-time mayor of the city, he created a rapid transit bus system, increased the amount of green space, and encouraged children and adults alike to recycle. Jaime Lerner joins host Steve Curwood and says all cities have the potential for environmental success.