For most of us, when we want to make a major purchase, we apply for a loan. But what if you have no credit score? That's the case for many immigrants living in the US. One non-profit in San Francisco has adopted a novel way to try and change that.
Oil-rich Qatar invests extensively around the world. France is one of the largest recipients of Qatari money. But a plan for Qatar to fund business opportunities in the heavily Muslim suburbs near Paris is controversial.
In the past few years, Medellin, Colombia has seemingly been transformed from a blighted haven for drug trafficking to an award-winning place of smart urban design. The man who gets a lot of the credit for that is the former mayor, Sergio Fajardo.
A baker in the region around Valencia, Spain, has his own answer to the national economic crisis. He's selling loaves of bread for just 20 euro cents. Other bakers are furious, claiming he's selling below cost to put them out of business.
Colombia's second largest city was once dominated by the drug cartel of Pablo Escobar. Crime remains high. Which is why several groups in the city are determined to provide peaceful alternatives for young people through art and music.
Members of Indian Sikh communities from around New York have organized to help those hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Sikh volunteers are in Queens, providing hot food for displaced people in need of a meal.
The World's Gerry Hadden reports on a potential European Marshall Plan for North Africa. Europe has been giving billions of dollars for decades already. It set up the Union for the Mediterranean to foster cooperation; But the Union has all but failed.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. President Kennedy started the program March 1st, 1961. Since then, more than 200,000 Americans have served. The World's Marco Werman is a veteran. Were you a Peace Corps volunteer, too?
March 22nd is Water Day, designated by the United Nations as a time to call attention to water woes around the world. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Paul Faeth, executive director of Global Water Challenge, about some of the work non-profits are doing to bring water to communities in the developing world.
Sociologist Joe Trainor of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware says it's important to consider societal and cultural norms to figure out how best to provide aid to those suffering from the effects of a catastrophe.
Rice genetically modified to produce Vitamin A could be the answer to some developing world childhood health problems. But some are voicing concerns. In a story originally produced for 'The DNA files' Julie Grant reports for Living On Earth.
Cutting down trees releases CO2 and reduces the amount of CO2 absorbed from the air every year. Now, the regional leaders of some tropical and industrialized countries are finding common ground on ways to curb climate change. Living on Earth reports.
Will Bradshaw of Green Coast Enterprises tells Living on Earth about Project Sprout, a test plot of sunflowers in New Orleans. The sunflowers will remove heavy metals from contaminated soils and the sunflower seeds will be pressed to make biofuels.
Generations of experts have dedicated their careers to finding ways to make sure children around the world have enough to eat. As Beth Hoffman reports from Uganda, some are turning to an overlooked bird to provide food and income. From Living on Earth.
With funding from the World Bank, villagers in southwestern Uganda will receive money for storing carbon in newly-planted trees. But as Beth Hoffman reports, the project could have unintended consequences. From Living on Earth.