Congo

Preserving the Congo Basin’s Trees, Part 1

Protecting forests could play a critical role in the fight against climate change. Many of the world’s nations are banking on a scheme called REDD which puts a price on trees so they’re more valuable standing than cut down. Living on Earth continues its series "REDD Path to a Green Planet" with a visit to Central Africa. Producers Alex Chadwick and Christopher Johnson travel to the Congo Basin and find a forest that’s largely untouched and biologically rich and diverse. Some environmentalists and investors are betting that big money can be made in the emerging global carbon market if the region’s trees are protected.

Global Politics

Rape as a weapon of war

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to tackle a particularly disturbing tactic of war this week: the use of rape as a weapon. Jeb Sharp talks with Anne-Marie Goetz of UNIFEM, the UN's development agency for women.

Conflict & Justice

Congo's rebel leader

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country again in turmoil. The latest violence involves a rebel general named Laurent Nkunda. Nkunda's managed to take over large swathes of eastern Congo with a small band of well-trained soldiers.

Global Politics

Cell phones and conflict minerals

There's growing concern in the US that minerals used in the manufacture of electronics are linked to criminal activity in eastern Congo. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with two experts on the matter, Mike Loch of Motorola, and Mike Davis with Global Witness.