Rats are a problem in towns and cities world-wide. But they're also causing huge damage to the world's embattled coral reefs, according to a new study published in the Nature International Journal of Science. VOA Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports.
Around the world plant based diets are on the rise. Statistics from the research firm Global Data say that six percent of Americans now identify as Vegan. That's not a huge number but it's jumped from one percent in the last couples years, and continues to go up and up. So it's no surprise one California food company is working to meet the growing demand. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Children in Yemen are dying from malnutrition. Officials from the U.N. Children’s Fund say the three-and-a-half year war has pushed the Arab world’s poorest country to the verge of famine. There are 1.8 million malnourished children there, and warring sides block the humanitarian aid these children desperately need to survive. VOA's Arash Arabasadi reports.
According to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency data, about 262 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated in the U.S. in 2015. But while trash proliferation remains a global problem, there is a growing trend to help combat it. Repair Cafés are cropping up around the world, building community while teaching people how to fix their broken items instead of tossing them out. VOA's Jill Craig recently visited the Twins ACE hardware store in Fairfax, Virginia.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, fires and earthquakes are not a rare occurrence in California. Julia Vassey introduces us to people who are trying to be prepared to not only survive these cataclysms themselves, but help others do so as well. Anna Rice narrates her report.
A prosthetic center in Iraq's holy city of Karbala is introducing highly advanced robotic limbs, offering amputees a new beginning by enabling them to regain mobility and independence. VOA's Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports.
Aquaculture is the world's fastest growing food industry and now accounts for more than 50 percent of the total global seafood supply, according to the World Economic Forum. But farming fish requires food for those fish, and currently, it relies on a lot of ingredients that could be feeding people, including soybean, corn, rice and wheat. Faith Lapidus reports on some new sustainable ideas about feeding farmed fish, from Norway.
At first, it may seem that the small cold city of Barrow, Alaska, 515 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, is in the heart of endless empty tundra. But, as Natasha Mozgovaya discovered on a visit to the northern-most city in the U.S., now known as Utqiagvik, that's not the case. Anna Rice narrates her story.