Mark Hertsgaard

Lifestyle & Belief

Quiet greening of West Africa

The Sahel region of West Africa is being hit hard by climate change. But from the country of Burkina Faso, Mark Hertsgaard spotlights a small green miracle that's helping farmers fight the warming trend. The secret, he says, is trees. On PRI's The World.

Environment

Farming the Flu

In the midst of the H1N1 crisis, host Jeff Young talks with Johns Hopkins Public Health Professor Ellen Silbergeld who says crowded, filthy conditions at factory farms could speed the mutation and transfer of viruses from pigs to people.

Environment

Water and Women in Kenya

In the developing world, women walk miles each day to find water. Deborah Katina founded the group "Yang'at" which has partnered with the World Church Service to introduce a method of catching water in the rainy season and conserving it for drier times.

Environment

Poznan Preview

International leaders will meet in Poznan, Poland next week to lay the groundwork for a renewed commitment to cutting CO2 emissions, adapting to climate change and fostering renewable energy. Jennifer Morgan, director of the Global Climate Program for the think tank E3G, tells host Bruce Gellerman that she's cautiously optimistic that the U.S., with Barack Obama at the helm, will play a strong role in the fight against climate change.

Environment

Walmart's Wishes

The world's largest retailer says it won't do business with suppliers who violate environmental laws. But can Wal-Mart's low-cost mission align with its lofty goals for sustainability? Host Bruce Gellerman talks with green business consultant Andrew Winston about how Wal-Mart can clean up its act while cleaning up the environment.

German Politics

The Greens lose their place in government as a new coalition between the conservatives and the Social Democrats forms in Germany.

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Environment

REDD Corruption

The plan to pay developing nations to save their forests and the carbon in them is potentially worth billions of dollars under the UN scheme called REDD, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. Nearly $4 billion dollars is already on the table, and this cash has attracted both conservationists and criminals.

Lifestyle & Belief

Quiet greening of West Africa

The Sahel region of West Africa is being hit hard by climate change. But from the country of Burkina Faso, Mark Hertsgaard spotlights a small green miracle that's helping farmers fight the warming trend. The secret, he says, is trees. On PRI's The World.