Stories: Environment

  • From colorful mayor to presidente?

    Fernanda Santos reports from Colombia. BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – At a time when a half-dozen people were killed on average every day in the Colombian capital, former mayor and presidential candidate Antanas Mockus tossed a glass of water in the face of a political opponent to show that conflict doesn't always need to be settled with blows or bloodshed. This...

  • Water crisis deepens India’s rural-urban rift

    BAWADI, India – The last time Jamku Mali saw her husband alive was the day of the demonstration. Early on the morning of June 13, 2005, he left their dusty village in Rajasthan, a desert state in western India, to join thousands of other farmers in a desperate protest for water. Local and state authorities had rebuffed their pleas to divert water...

  • Learning lesson from past, Indians build traditional dams

    BHAONTA-KOLYALA, India – The old farmer stepped onto the stone lip of the well, crouched down on one knee and scooped up a handful of clear water. "In my father's lifetime, this well was empty. Now, you see, it is full," Arjun Gujjar said, a crooked smile creasing his dark, weathered face. For 60 years, the Arvari River, which supplies water...

  • A harvest of despair

    Recently widowed Gourakka and her son,Ganesh, 6, conduct a religious ceremony in memory of her husband. KARIMNAGAR, India – At midmorning, the woman named Gourakka stood watching her son wade into the waters of the Godavari River to release the ashes of her husband, another farmer who had given up. She left his favorite meal of rice and egg curry...

  • Colorado and Mongolia Grassland Alliance

    Panoka interviewed nomadic herders including 77-year-old Adiyasuren (above) in central Mongolia When Mongolian grasslands became threatened, government leaders and environmentalists found help in Colorado. Producer Anna Panoka recently traveled to Mongolia, where many rely on herding for survival. She spoke with herders about the impact on their lifestyle and the environment. Then Ryan Warner speaks with Chris Pague, senior conservation...

  • Traffickers threaten Honduras’s forests (English version)

    May 22, 2007 Brus Laguna, Honduras — In his half-finished office in a wooden hut, Snyder Paisano, one of the six forestry technicians that protect the 800,000 hectares of the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, in the Honduran forest, lists his resources to fight illegal wood trafficking: two tables, two chairs, a motorboat with a broken engine and a computer...

  • War in the Honduran forests (English version)

    Award Winner May 21, 2007 Salamá, Honduras — As Father Andrés Tamayo puts his cassock on to celebrate Mass, a group of soldiers with M16 rifles take their positions in the small colonial church. Once at the pulpit, the slight-framed priest from Salamá rebukes illegal loggers before a congregation of farmers that have got used to seeing him...

  • Guerra en los bosques de Honduras

    Award Winner Padre Andres Tamayo Salamá, Honduras — Mientras el padre Andrés Tamayo se pone la sotana para dar la misa, un grupo de soldados con rifles M16 toma posiciones en la pequeña iglesia colonial. Una vez en el púlpito, el menudo cura de Salamá fustiga a los taladores ilegales ante una...

  • Traficantes amenazan selva de Honduras

    Honduran solders and officials of the Ministerio Publico de Honduras. Photo courtesy of the Ministerio Publico de Honduras. 22 de Mayo, 2007 Brus Laguna, Honduras — En su oficina a medio construir en una choza de madera, Snyder Paisano, uno de los seis técnicos forestales que protegen las 800,000 hectáreas de la Biosfera de Río Plá...

  • Iran’s Pollution Worries Come by Air and Water

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing a growing domestic problem: pollution. The air quality in Tehran was recently called a "collective suicide" by an Iranian environmental official. But air pollution is just one of Iran's environmental woes. In its northern region, the Caspian Sea — the world's largest lake — is so contaminated that delicate ecological areas...