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Cyclone hits Australia

Our Geo Quiz comes straight out of the news this time: a massive cyclone is battering northeastern Australia. The storm is impacting a part of the state to the north of areas hit by massive flooding recently. What's the name of the Australian state?

Development & Education

Earthquake hits New Zealand

New Zealand's second biggest city, Christchurch, has suffered its second earthquake in the past five months. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Peter Mitchell of the National Civil Defence Centre, who's coordinating the response to the crisis.

Arts, Culture & Media

Ice breaks off glacier in New Zealand

Following an earthquake in Christchurch, a 30-million ton chunk of ice broke off the Tasman Glacier into the Tasman Lake. Tourists were on a pontoon boat just as the ice broke off. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the boat's skipper, Mark Bascand.

Conflict & Justice

Hundreds missing after New Zealand quake

About 300 people remain missing in New Zealand in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake. 75 people are known dead, with the toll expected to rise. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Ian Maclean of the NZ Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management.

Conflict & Justice

Slowing down in Australia

Slow down or you'll miss today's Geo Quiz: We are looking for a little town in southeast Australia. It's located in the state of Victoria. The commission has convinced the town to change its name for a month in order to raise awareness about road safety.

Environment

Lower-emitting livestock

In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations, New Zealand must limit greenhouse gases from its biggest contributors, sheep and cattle. Mark Aspin (Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium) is developing livestock that produce less methane.

Environment

Making the world a Better Place

Better Place, an electric car company, aims to put electric cars -- and the infrastructure to power them -- on roads in the next four years. Living on Earth talks with Wired magazine's Daniel Roth about the startup's unique approach to greening roadways.

Geo answer

Today's answer is the Australian state of New South Wales, where an exodus of sheep shearers is adding to the woes of an already troubled wool industry. Reporter Phil Mercer has the story.

Geo quiz and answer

Today's answer is the Australian city of Sydney, where a summer arts festival is fully underway. Reporter Sheri Fink sends us an audio postcard.

Citizenship questions

Australians are questioning whether their national citizenship test contains appropriate questions, and some think they smack of racism, as The World's Alex Gallafent reports on what the questions on citizenship tests say about various countries.