The Dominican Republic is using creative ideas to help protect the environment. Just outside the capital, Santo Domingo, a cement factory generates the energy it needs by burning car tires instead of oil.
And, with a little help from some worms, a hotel in the tourist destination of Punta Cana uses biomass to power its laundry service. The Caribbean country is pursuing the ambitious target of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% in the coming years -- and is receiving support from the International Climate Initiative.
Deutsche Welle (Feb. 11, 2013) The Dominican Republic aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030 - an ambitious goal that has made the country one of the global leaders in the effort to combat climate change. ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 15, 2013) Some climate researchers now say that the earth's atmosphere hasn't heated up significantly during the past 15 years. This has sparked a debate about whether climate change has come to a halt. ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 30, 2013) The climate of central Africa is determined in the seemingly endless forests of the Congo Basin. The region in the heart of Africa has been called the earth's second-largest green lung, after the ... watch video
TheStreet (May 6, 2014) A new report from the federal government says changes in climate are causing harm to Americans and the economy. The National Climate Assessment concludes the nation has already suffered billions of ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 23, 2013) Sebastian Jenal, better known as zi, is a cartoonist and environmental activist. He's initiated the "Bonn Climate Ambassador" program to get young children interested in protecting the ... watch video
Celeb TV (Oct. 23, 2013) Celebrities and politicians are joining together to change the planet. Former Vice President Al Gore is doing his part for the planet with 24 Hours Of Reality. Joining together with the Climate ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Sep. 27, 2012) Inaction on global climate change caused 1.2 trillion dollars in global damages in 2010 and will lead to millions of deaths.
That's according to a new Climate Vulnerability Monitor report presented ... watch video
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Aug. 17, 2015 A salamander found preserved in amber from the Dominican Republic is the first-ever fossil of its kind, and also shows that salamanders once lived in the Caribbean region, where they now are all ... read more
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