transportation

Environment

Geo answer: Belgium

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Belgium. The World's David Leveille explains that the country's national airline has decided to slow down their airplanes to cut fuel consumption.

Environment

Power Cart

Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who's always been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances. Ada Lee Halofsky hit the New York City streets with Andraos to see Power Cart in action.

Environment

Urban visionary

Curitiba, Brazil's model sustainable city, was largely the brainchild of Jaime Lerner. As three-time mayor of the city, he created a rapid transit bus system, increased the amount of green space, and encouraged children and adults alike to recycle. Jaime Lerner joins host Steve Curwood and says all cities have the potential for environmental success.

Environment

Coney Island Sunshine

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof. Kurt checked it out with architect Greg Kiss.

Conflict & Justice

Israel's gender-segregated buses

The World's Quil Lawrence reports that some public buses in Israel are segregated by gender -- men in front, women in the back, and some Israelis like the practice because it discourages unwanted contact between men and women

Environment

Population versus consumption

We often blame rising population for the depletion of natural resources, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond tells host Bruce Gellerman that we should really be more concerned about increased rates of consumption, especially in affluent Western societies.

Environment

World's cheapest car, The

Host Steve Curwood talks with Sunita Narain, director of the Center for Science and the Environment in Delhi, about what the Nano Car could mean for the developing world and how India should handle its transportation issues.

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