Full frame: climate policy

The impacts of climate change are already being felt around the world. However, political interests have blocked real climate policy reform.

“It’s just amazing that how far politicians will go to deny something that is absolutely proven by science to be true and totally true,” Dr Jagadish Shukla said in an interview with full frame host Mike Walter. “Why jthey depend on their contributions to the campaign. They depend on the funding they get for the elections… It’s a very complex issue that in some way is going to influence the future of humanity.

Shukla is a climatologist who was involved in several organizations dedicated to social justice, poverty reduction and rural development. He established Gandhi College in his village of India, for the education of rural students, especially women. At George Mason University, he studies the predictability of weather and climate variations.

Biodiversity in Ecuador

From the rainforests of the Amazon to the snow-capped mountains of the Andes, Ecuador is one of the most diverse wildlife havens in the world. But its ecosystem is beginning to show its vulnerability to rapid climate change.

In 2010, Ivonne Baki, the current Ecuadorian ambassador to the United States, became chief negotiator for Ecuador’s Yasuni Initiative, a plan to preserve the UNESCO biosphere reserve known as Yasuni national park. The park is home to thousands of species that are still being discovered today.

“If there is awareness in Ecuador for the environment, it is because of the Yasuni. Even now, if you’re asking what’s the best thing we’ve done, it’s Yasuni,” Baki said.

The Ancient Mayan Bees of Guatemala

Bees have been around for literally thousands of years, producing sweet honey but, more importantly, helping to ensure the sustainability of our planet.

In Guatemala, a particular species of honey bee dates back to the time of the ancient Mayan civilization, more than three thousand years ago.

Efforts are being made to preserve the Melipona bee, which has provided benefits to its human neighbors for thousands of years.

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