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In African Slum, Dreaming About Things So Close, Yet So Far

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

Being poor and young in Africa does not mean that you cannot dream.

Bracing For Flooding at Hurricane Time in Already Soggy Florida

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

A few feet of water may push into houses and offices. The costs can get into the hundreds of millions of dollars, but deaths are rare. Trouble at Lake Okeechobee, however, could be a nightmare.

Telling it Like it Is on Killing Power of Weakest Hurricanes

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

After 40 years of describing hurricanes in the dispassionate, clinical terms of engineers and meteorologists forecasters have now rewritten the guidelines on hurricanes to make the impact of high winds more vivid.

Drinking Water Filthy But Big Money Goes To Build New Stadium

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Out of South Africa came the news that an expensive new soccer stadium had been built in a city where drinking water is often dirty and many people have neither electric lights nor toilets.

A Dying African Lake, Polluted, Overfished; Bad And Getting Worse

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Lake Victoria, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, is suffering. It is polluted with raw sewage and it is muddy from the erosion of soil from nearby hills that have lost trees and shrubs to people in search of firewood.

Haiti's Fish and Coral, An Untold Story Of Environmental Loss

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

Some aid projects have focused on restoring the country's forests, but few have tried to fix the generations of harm that has been done to Haiti's coral, its mangroves, its beaches and, most of all, its fish.

Africa Water Project Captures Difficulty Of Global Struggle

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Strong leadership is missing. A few members of Congress have been working on the water problem and Matt Damon, the actor, has made it his cause. But the issue is not getting traction.

Post Earthquake, Some Nasty Voices On Battered Haiti

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

Most of the country's trees had long since been chopped down for firewood. Much of the topsoil had washed away and when the rain got heavy, the bare hills and mountains became launch pads for floods.

Fixing the Everglades: Looking for Wisdom in An Artificial Swamp

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Joseph B. Treaster

Researchers have designed open-air laboratories that are big enough for birds and fish to come in and react to what is going on. They become part of the experiment.

Haiti's Tomorrow May Be Rooted In Trees, Fertilizer

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

The task of restoring Haiti's countryside is extremely difficult and could even be impossible. But the restoration work for a healthy countryside would provide more food and jobs, and make flooding less severe.

Haiti Earthquake: Greening of Hillsides Can Bolster Recovery

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Now with parts of Haiti in ruin and perhaps 200,000 people dead, the tree-planting and the soil sampling have halted. But the catastrophe makes it more critical than ever that Haiti be re-greened.

Long Before Earthquake Destruction in Haiti, A Drinking Water Crisis

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

As the rebuilding of Haiti gets underway, billions of dollars are going to be spent. Some of those dollars, perhaps a billion or more, should be dedicated to cleaning up the country's drinking water.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Please do Something about Deadly Drinking Water

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Greg Allgood will do almost anything to draw attention to the huge number of poor people - more than 1 billion - whose only drinking water is loaded with bacteria and viruses.

Jessic Biel and Pals Climbing Kilimanjaro to Highlight Unsafe Drinking Water

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Kenna was born in Ethiopia in East Africa and came to the United States with his parents when he was three. Africa is the part of the world where the most people are struggling with unhealthy drinking water.

Why Jessica Biel is Climbing Kilimanjaro without Justin Timberlake

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph B. Treaster

It was stories like that, said Mr. Zemedkun's son, the singer-song writer Kenna, that inspired him to organize an expedition of Hollywood entertainers and others to climb the highest mountain in Africa.

The Texas Drought, The Florida Chill -- Climate Change?

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Widespread confusion over short-term fluctuations in temperature and long-term trends is causing concern among the majority of scientists who are convinced that climate change is happening.