The illegal charcoal trade is a big contributor to deforestation in countries like Tanzania. After trying and failing once to curb the business, the country is now trying a new approach. The World's Sam Eaton has the story.
When the rains come to Bangalore, India, residents have to navigate a bizarre urban hazard — a lake that froths up and fills the city with a toxic and sometimes flammable foam.
Coral reefs support a quarter of the life in the sea and the livelihoods of half a billion people. But they're facing a serious threat from rising ocean temperatures.
Researchers believe that artificial photosynthesis that sucks excess CO2 out of the air could one day help fight climate change. But capturing the gas is only half the challenge. The other half is what to do with it once you've got it. Lauren Sommer reports on a potentially breakthrough technology that uses artificial photsynthesis to turn CO2 from the air into industrial chemicals and natural gas.
Trees are nature's tool for pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, but there aren't enough trees in the world to suck up all the CO2 humans are putting there. That's why researchers are pushing to create artificial leaves to help fight climate change. The World's Ari Daniel visits with two teams of researchers pursuing different approaches to the formidable challenge.
The current crisis is only the beginning for residents displaced by devastating explosions at the Chinese port of Tianjin. Traces of cyanide and other toxic chemicals have been reported in the air, which have prompted further questions and concerns.
With storms intensifying and sea levels rising, the lessons of Katrina are lessons for all of us.
Chemical blasts kill scores of people and destroy a section of an important Chinese port. What safety precautions should be in place to prevent this from happening again — in China or elsewhere.
China is one place where leader don't have to grapple with politics to implement such rules.
One year ahead of the 2016 Summer Games, Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay remains a polluted mess and a serious health hazard for Olympic athletes who are due to compete there. But one biologist in Rio, who says this pollution is a "disruption of the force," isn't giving up on efforts to clean up the bay.