Oil Boom in Canada: Health and environmental damage at Lake Athabasca - In the community of Fort Chipewyan in the far northern tip of the province of Alberta, cancer rates have become unusually high in recent years. The region is located downriver from the Athabasca oil sands. Studies have confirmed that some of the highly-toxic waste produced during the oil extraction process has entered the water system and has contaminated fish supplies. For years, the government has brushed aside concerns about the consequences to the environment and human health. But local residents, physicians who work in the community, and environmental researchers say that studies bear out their concerns. Change in Liberia: Journalists in the battle against corruption - After nearly 20 years of instability and brutal civil war, the western African nation of Liberia has been working toward social, political and economic recovery for some time now. But the battle against corruption has only just begun, as journalist and newspaper editor Rodney Sieh discovered. In a newspaper account, Sieh accused a former agriculture minister of corruption. Sieh was imprisoned and later placed under house arrest. In the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan - Reforestation in the Philippines - The Philippine island of Panay suffered severe damage as a result of last year's Typhoon Haiyan. Although the storm left the ancient trees largely unscathed, younger forests and many agricultural areas were devastated. For many decades, the ancient tropical forests have been subjected to uncontrolled logging. Local residents cleared forests to obtain land for agriculture. As a result, biodiversity is under serious threat and the land is now even more vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and local NGOs are working to raise awareness of the importance of forest preservation among the local population. Saudi Arabia: Courageous women at the forefront of change - In Saudi Arabia, women are forbidden from driving and from appearing in public without a male guardian. Madiha al Ajroush has defied that ban. The photographer and activist is a veteran of the campaign to lift the ban on women's driving. She's often frustrated by the slow pace of change in her country, both in popular attitudes and in laws.
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Episode #610 / Length: 26 minutes