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Seoul Highlights Environmental Investments at Climate Change Conference

Seoul Highlights Environmental Investments at Climate Change Conference

04/09/2015
At a major climate change conference in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul showcases its efforts to greatly reduce air pollution, increase energy efficiency and improve urban environments. More

Video San Francisco Artists Make Art From Trash

It is said that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That idea helped inspire a program in San Francisco, in which recycled materials are used to create works of art.

Video Report: State of Black America a 'Tale of Two Nations'

The National Urban League "State of Black America" report is described as a "tale of two nations." The annual report found that under an equality index African Americans had only 72% parity compared to whites in areas such as education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement.

Video New Girls' Clothing Line Challenges Gender Stereotypes

Many little girls like dolls, flowers, butterflies and ponies. A lot of them also like cars, robots, dinosaurs, and spaceships. Two mothers decided to make clothes that reflect all the things that little girls are, and do, and love.

Video With New Perks, New York Aims to Keep Garment Industry in City

Many of the world's most revered designers create their fashions in New York City. But often those designs are manufactured overseas to save money. Now, New York is providing economic incentives to encourage more manufacturing in the city and entice emerging designers to take root there.

Video Archaeologists, Law Enforcement on Lookout for Looted Artifacts

The looting and destruction of historic sites and artifacts by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has sparked outrage around the world. Archaeologists are concerned that important and sensitive sites may have been permanently damaged by extremists.

Video Saharan Dust Feeds Amazon Rainforest

The world’s largest desert and the world’s largest rainforest are linked by a transoceanic stream of dust. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more on this tale of global interconnectedness.

Video Yearlong Space Mission Will Provide Unique Opportunity for Medical Study

U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to go to the International Space Station for the second time. Scientists hope the yearlong mission will provide important information about the physical and mental effects of living in space for a long period.

Video War in Ukraine Leaves Many Elderly in a Vulnerable Position

In eastern Ukraine, the elderly are left especially vulnerable by the conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. The UN estimates that more than half of those displaced by the fighting are seniors, who often suffer from ill health, anxiety and a lack of basic services.

Video Horseback Riders Kick Off Rodeo Season in Houston

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of its kind in the world, kicked off on Saturday with a downtown parade featuring trail riders from all over Texas and even as far as the Mexican border region. The trail rides are themselves part of a tradition that dates back to 1952.

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet.

Video Scientists Go to Extremes to Save Crops' Wild Relatives

With the global population growing and temperatures climbing, experts say feeding the world will be a major challenge in the coming decades. Scientists are searching the globe for ways to adapt our crops for an uncertain future. They are finding help in some unusual places.

Video Hawaii Scientists Study Threatened Shark Species

Many shark species are endangered or threatened, the result of fishing, climate change and ocean pollution. Mike O’Sullivan reports from Honolulu that scientists are getting a shark’s-eye view of their environment to better understand the threats that face this important predator.

Video US Farmers Support End to Cuba Embargo

A Pew Research poll conducted in January shows that more than 60 percent of Americans support President Obama’s decision in December to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Among the strongest supporters for ending the embargo are American farmers.

Video US Farmers Support End to Cuba Embargo

A Pew Research poll conducted in January shows that more than 60 percent of Americans support President Obama’s decision in December to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba - Among the strongest supporters for ending the embargo are American farmers.

Video Satellite Launched to Monitor Space Weather

A new satellite is on a 1.5-million-kilometer, 110-day journey toward the sun. Once it reaches its orbit, DSCOVR - the Deep Space Climate Observatory - will replace an aging craft to monitor space weather.

Video Animal Weapons Offer Lessons For Human Arms Race

In their fight for mates, food and territory, animals use the weapons they were born with - teeth and claws, horns and hooves. Human animals can use fists and feet, but we have been able to augment our arsenal with sticks and guns and bombs.

Video 'Eyes on the Sea' Curtail Illegal Fishing

Illegal fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global market -- one out of every five fish caught. That’s worth $23.5 billion a year. "Fishing Piracy" on the high seas -- as some call it -- hastens fishery decline, threatens food security, depletes economic resources and harms the environment.

Video Brewer Combines Loves of Paleontology, Beer

There may not seem to be much of connection between paleontology and beer. But a brewery in the Washington suburbs would not agree. The brewers teamed up with a microbiologist and a paleontologist to create a beer with an unusual ingredient: yeast from a millions-year-old fossil.

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  • World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is seen speaking at a news conference.

    Audio World Bank Head Sees Other Development Banks as Allies

    Slowing economic growth around the world is endangering the World Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. Mr. Kim said the goal remains within reach. But he thinks extreme poverty will disappear only if world leaders and financial and development agencies do their part. More

  • Children playing on the shores of Guanabara Bay

    Audio Brazil Working to Clean Dirty Olympic Bay

    Around the world, people are excited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The host city for the events is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is known as Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvelous City – because of its beautiful landscapes. But one body of water in Rio, Guanabara Bay, is not so marvelous. More

  • Video New Movie Shows an Unseen Underwater World

    Jean-Michael Cousteau and his team used an IMAX camera to produce a 40-minute documentary about the world’s oceans. The film shows how the smallest life in the sea is important to the survival of all life on the planet. There are also thousands, maybe millions of species not yet identified. More

  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Women in Combat

    Video Women Seek to Join US Army Rangers

    Army expects nearly 20 women will begin the difficult training on Monday; it says they will have to meet the same standards as men to graduate from course. Opinion study of male troops finds many do not think women should be Rangers. The Army says those who graduate will be Rangers. More

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  • Audio Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language

    This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one. There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard! Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station! More

  • Everyday Grammar - Gerunds and Infinitives

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives

    English learners have difficulty with gerunds and infinitives. A gerund is the –ing form of a verb that functions the same as a noun. For example, “Running is fun.” In this sentence, “running” is the gerund. It acts just like a noun. More

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    Video Mother, Son, Co-Write Children’s Book on Autism

    ‘If You Were Me’ tells the story of 18-year-old Burnie Rollinson’s story. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at age three. He has few friends but he enjoys a full and productive life. He and his mother, Anita Rollinson, created their book together. She wrote the words and Burnie drew the pictures. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Two

    Last week, we told how African slaves on a Spanish ship rebelled in seventeen ninety-nine. They killed most of the Spanish sailors. Only the captain, Benito Cereno and a few others survived. The story continues - what happened on Captain Cereno's ship? Read the second of three part More

  • Video Motor-Free Device Reduces Stress from Walking

    Devices that help people walk were once thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to design. Until recently, such a device required electricity from an external power supply. Now, American scientists have built a small, wearable addition to normal shoes. More

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