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Future Of Energy Storage For Europe Lies In Norway

series: Global 3000

air date: 7/30/14 6:30 PM

Pakistan: World capital of the football makers - Sialkot in Pakistan: It all began with a few clever artisans who made footballs for British soldiers when Pakistan was still a part of India under British rule. Over time, Sialkot has become the global market leader in hand-stitched soccer balls. Some 35 million footballs a year are sent out from Pakistan to places all over the world. For the people who sew them it has, at least, brought some stability. Most of the balls are made in workers' homes. It used to be mainly children who had to stitch the balls. Now monitors make unannounced checks to make sure that's no longer the case. Global Snack from Israel: Sabich - The popular vegetarian snack consists of fried aubergines, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, lettuce, parsley and amba - a tangy mango sauce - in pita bread. Norway: Energy storage for Europe - Norway derives almost 100 percent of its energy from hydropower. For Germany's planned transition to renewable energy, a close partnership is crucially important, because Norwegian pumped storage power stations could balance out variations in renewable energy sources. But do Norwegians actually want to their country to become Europe's storage battery? The state energy companies scent a market worth billions, but many Norwegians view an extension of hydropower with concern. Of the country's 28 large waterfalls, only two remain untouched by electricity production. Will gigantic power lines spoil the view of the romantic fjords in future? Democratic Republic of the Congo: A medical boat to protect nature - The Congo River and the forests along its banks are a good as dead. The reason: people are going hungry and hunt anything they can catch. Many species have already disappeared. The rainforest that grows there is central Africa's largest water supply and should be a habitat of enormous biodiversity. It was recently declared a protected area. A WWF project aims to explain to people who live in the nature reserve how to use resources sustainably. To awaken their understanding of nature protection, a floating medical practice is plying the Congo and Ubangi Rivers.

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