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Wind Power a New Course for Heligoland Part 2

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Deutsche Welle (Oct. 8, 2013) — Three huge wind farms are being set up 23 kilometers off the island of Heligoland -- in the middle of the North Sea. So Heligoland is undergoing a revamp: to become the worlds "first offshore service island" and serve as a base for people involved in the construction and maintenance of the wind farms. Mayor Jrg Singer has invested heavily in the project and incurred debts: the expansion of the harbor alone is costing islanders 8 million euros. Many here say the money would be better invested in promoting tourism, Heligoland's main source of income for decades. Our series looks at the controversial changes taking place on the picturesque island of Heligoland.
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Brazilian Inventor Sows Seeds for Farmers' Success

Brazilian Inventor Sows Seeds for Farmers' Success

Reuters (Jan. 12, 2014) — A Brazilian agronomist and entrepreneur has developed a seed-planting system that promises to significantly boost the productivity of small farms. With a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mateus Marrafon is testing his design in the hopes of eventually commercializing it for use in developing nations around the world. Tara Cleary has more.
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Pig Population Explosion Fuels an Environmental Scandal

Pig Population Explosion Fuels an Environmental Scandal

Reuters (Apr. 24, 2013) — A boom in illegal farms is one cause behind a rash of pig carcasses appearing in a river close to Shanghai, official documents show. Jane Lanhee Lee visits one of the operations being dismantled.
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Cross-Border Water Management

Cross-Border Water Management

Deutsche Welle (June 24, 2013) — The Sixaola River runs along the border between Costa Rica and Panama. For many people, it forms a crucial part of their livelihood, but climate change has caused extreme fluctuations in the water level. In the rainy season masses of water flow down from the mountains, causing the river to burst its banks. That causes damage to nearby farms, and sometimes even changes national borders. After heavy flooding, a farm that was once in Costa Rica had suddenly 'moved' to Panama, with far-reaching consequences for local people.
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