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China's Toxic Fog

series: Global 3000

air date: 4/19/13 7:30 AM

Dying Forests - The High Cost of Paraguay's Economic Upswing - Alberto Yanosky is the head of the NGO Guyra Paraguay. Since 1997, the environmental organization has led the struggle to protect the country's natural habitats and their inhabitants. Yanosky is trying to prevent the deforestation of the rain forest in Paraguay. The environmentalist estimates that some 1,000 hectares of forest are cut down each day to make way for cattle ranches and soybean fields. Yanosky tries to step in when land deals are being made in order to save at least some of the trees. Clearing the Air - China's Toxic Fog - Smog affects thirteen percent of China, an area four times the size of Germany. The air pollution is caused by the growing number of cars on the roads as well as the country's extensive use of coal. The world's second-largest economy uses nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Seven of the ten cities with the worst air pollution are in China. Now the country's population is starting to protest and to call for radical measures to reduce pollutants. Suddenly, environmental protection has become an important topic in China. A Nation Awakes - India's "Red Brigades" Combat Violence Against Women - For woman in many parts of India, the threat of sexual assaults and violence have made them afraid to be in public alone. In Lucknow, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, women are fighting for their rights and safety. Some 24,000 rapes were reported in India in 2011, but activists believe the real number is much higher. India's politicians are slow to respond, despite promises of new legislation ensuring women's rights. Across the country, increasing numbers of groups are protesting against the mistreatment of women and girls by men - and by the Indian government.

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