Bobby Bascomb is a freelance producer based in South Africa. Formerly she was a producer and reporter for the public radio program Living on Earth since 2006. With a background in environmental studies and geography, her reporting focuses on the often-complicated relationship between human development and environmental conservation. She has reported on critical environmental issues ranging from indigenous land rights to climate change.
Bobby has collaborated on a series of reports focused on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, including an hour-long documentary. That work explored a United Nations mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing tropical deforestation. She also reported on the construction of a highly controversial dam installation on the Madeira River at the border between Brazil and Bolivia.
Every three years or so, the Convention on International Trade Of Endangered Species (CITES) meets to determine the best way to protect plants and animals traded across borders. The most recent meeting was deemed a great success by most of the participants.
This year's powerful El Niño has led to extreme drought in southern Africa, causing food prices to skyrocket and making life difficult for vulnerable people. But nature has its own purposes: Over time drought adjusts the balances among prey and predators.
The current drought in southern Africa is the worst in decades, and likely a harbinger of things to come as the region warms up and dries out as its climate changes. The drought is having real impact on one resident in a Pretoria township, and what governments in the region can do to help prepare for a hotter and drier future.
When Trevor Noah takes over as host of The Daily Show, some of his South African fans wonder whether Americans will get the joke.
A rhino can cost a wildlife park more than $20,000 at auction — but its horn alone can be worth 10 times that much. Many parks and wildlife reserves are buying insurance to protect their investments, and that means an unusual requirement: poisoning the rhinos' horns to ward off poachers.
A reforestation project in southern Madagascar is looking to rebuild the region's forests, lemur populations and even the economy. And it turns out the secret ingredient for regenerating the once-abundant landscape is lemur poop.
Gleaning is an ancient tradition. In the Torah and Old Testament farmers are instructed to leave some food in their fields for the poor to collect. Today volunteer gleaners can go to farmers fields at the end of the season to harvest the last of the bounty and then deliver the produce to food pantries for the food insecure.
Bali, Indonesia is home for the school of dreams for antsy school children and environmentalists alike. The Green Schools buildings are made of local grass and bamboo, there are gardens scattered around campus to mimic a natural forest ecosystem and its on track to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Living on Earths Bobby Bascomb takes us there.
Rumors are flying that a new toad that has shown up in a part of Madagascar can kill people and even cows. It's not true, but the imported amphibians could mean big trouble for what's left of the island's unique plants and animals.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but most in American supermarkets also come spiked with a cocktail of residual chemical pesticides. We compared the choices of some shoppers to the Environmental Working Groups 2014 list of the fruits and vegetables with the most and least amount of detectible pesticide residues.