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Fans Instead Of Fish In Fiji
series: Global 3000
air date: 12/20/13 5:00 PM
Climate Conference in the Shadow of the Super Typhoon - Heat waves, hurricanes and floods - natural disasters and weather phenomena are repeatedly causing immense damage. The UN Climate Conference in Warsaw was overshadowed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. While individual weather events say little about long-term climate change, it's a fact that storms, for example, are growing in intensity. Scientists suspect that's due to the warming of the oceans. Earth 2100 - What happens if we don't change our ways? - More than 34 billion tons of carbon dioxide were emitted into the atmosphere last year. Despite all warnings, the amount is growing each year and our climate keeps changing. By some estimates, global temperatures will rise as much as 6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The potential scenario: the glaciers and polar ice caps would melt, sea levels would rise. Entire archipelagos and land areas could be permanently flooded. Oases in the Megacity - Singapore aims to become the world's greenest metropolis - With a population that's grown by some 70 percent since the 1980s and no natural resources of its own, the financial center Singapore can only remain competitive by offering its citizens the best possible quality of life. So the city-state has embarked on an ambitious project. It wants to turn the concrete jungle into the world's greenest city. Green areas are sprouting up in the most crowded places: vertically, horizontally, on building fascades, and in and atop buildings. Fans instead of Fish - How women in Fiji have saved their village - The tiny village of Daku on the Fijian island of Viti Levu is fighting climate change. While the men of the village can no longer catch enough fish and shrimp, the women have stepped in. They're selling hand-made fans made of palm leaves. Some men are having trouble dealing with the fact that their wives are now the breadwinners. With the clearing of the mangroves, the Rewa River is now clogged with sediment and the number of fish has declined dramatically. The village's 400 residents are making up for the economic loss through the sale of fans. Global Living Rooms: Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas - Ana Valerie Mandri lives with her family in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Nearly all of the pictures in her home were painted by Ana's mother or her mother-in-law.
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