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More than twenty million people go on cruises each year. Cruise ships burn heavy oil full of pollutants, which are emitted unfiltered into the atmosphere. It does not have to be this way. If the vessels burned diesel instead, the emissions would be significantly reduced, though the fuel costs would rise.
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In the poorer parts of the United States it can be hard for poor people to get good treatment or any treatment at all if they are HIV positive or have full-blown AIDS. Budget cuts mean some authorities are providing reduced care. Clinics in remote areas can be understaffed.
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Christina lives with her two daughters and her niece in a two-room apartment. She collects bottles of liquer from around the world, though she does not like to drink. Her daughter Xena introduces us to some of the fruits that grow in the region.
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Indonesia is pursuing a policy of eco-friendly sustainable tourism. It is also trying to undo the damage caused to coastal areas of Java by a tsunami in 2006. The two aims come together in a mangrove reforestation and coral reef seeding project near the resort of Pangandaran. It is organised by an NGO called INDECON and funded by Germany. Local people have already planted 35,000 young mangrove plants along the coast. School children monitor their growth and learn to care about the environment. Mangroves protect the shoreline from poweful waves and provide shelter for fish. Coral reefs also sustain many forms of life and help protect the shoreline.
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Damira Dushenova runs a snack bar that's located high in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, along what was once the famous Silk Road. She serves a traditional Kyrgyz dish called "Beshparmak," which translates into "eat with five fingers." The dish is made with lamb, beef, noodles, and a hearty broth.
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The Bolivian highlands are home to a very special plant: Quinoa, the "golden grain of the Andes”. It’s rich in protein and minerals, and is extremely hardy and nutritious. With the International Year of Quinoa, the United Nations is hoping to raise awareness of the plant as a viable alternative crop for farmers in many parts of the world. It can even grow at altitudes of 4500 meters and endure extreme drought, thin air and frost. It’s already being grown in Pakistan, Nepal and India.
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Firewood is still a primary energy source in Nepal - especially in rural areas, where it’s used for cooking and heating. But the forests are disappearing and the land where they stood is eroding away. An orphanage on the outskirts of the capital is trying something new. About ten kilometers south of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu is the Jharuwarashi orphanage. The children trample dead leaves into a fine dust, shred their own school papers, mix it all together with water and press it into molds to make their own bio-briquettes - and extra cash. The orphanage is financed from private donations, and conventional firewood is expensive.
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While the EU's policies on climate change aren't very popular in Europe, the commissioners in charge of climate policy and humanitarian aid have traveled to Ethiopia to try to improve things there. Kristalina Georgieva and Connie Hedegaard saw first-hand how EU development programs are benefitting local herders and farmers, by promoting more efficient use of resources. The programs are aimed at helping more people to provide for themselves.
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South Africa’s economic growth is powered by fossil fuels. Electricity is produced mainly by environmentally unfriendly, coal-fired power plants. But some people are trying to change that. In the hamlet of Greyton, about 150 kilometers northeast of Cape Town, 100 activists have joined forces to make their town more sustainable and energy-independent, by turning it into a Transition Town. They want to revamp the entire local infrastructure, increase the use of solar power, and promote the use of regional products. They're also trying to educate local young people about the importance of protecting the environment.
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Her company, Human Nature, aims to fight poverty in the Philippines while producing cosmetics sustainably. More than 90 percent of the country's population live on the equivalent of less than two euros a day. Prices are rising -- particularly for basic foods such as rice. Meloto's company pays fair prices for the raw materials it uses to produce its cosmetics -- and provides an important source of income for many farmers.