On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.
Months before both this year's record Arctic ice melt and Hurricane Sandy, a climatologist identified changing weather patterns that suggest links between the two seemingly separate events. Sam Eaton reports from New Jersey. In the first of two special reports for The World and the PBS program NOVA, Sam Eaton reports from New Jersey.
Last year's tsuanami virtually destroyed many northern Japanese fishing communities. A year later, residents are struggling to rebuild, but as Sam Eaton reports, some are finding that the disaster has given them the opportunity to chart a new course.
The World's Sam Eaton has been reporting from Japan for The World on the legacy of the triple disasters to hit that country a year ago. He talks with host Marco Werman about the cultural impact of the eathquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Climate scientists say that as the world is warming up, polar ice is melting a lot faster than expected. And many of the world's coastal regions are at grave risk.