In one of the most sparsely populated regions of the world, the hardy inhabitants are fighting for survival. Mongolia's three million people and forty million animals are now being tested by a brutal winter that followed a drought last summer. Tony Birtley of Al Jazeera English reports how grazing is under threat, and read what sources from Mongolia are saying.
In this Worldfocus signature story, we take another look at the drastic consequences of climate change. The Maldives, an island chain off the southwest coast of India, find themselves being consumed by rising sea levels. For a look at how the Maldives are trying to deal with the problem, Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson traveled there recently.
Israel today tightened security in Jerusalem and sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours to prevent a repeat of last Friday's clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, but there were nonetheless more scuffles. To discuss the tension in the region, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with James Rubin and Ian Bremmer in our weekly roundtable.
Mohammed Waheed Hassan was elected vice president in the Maldives' first democratic elections in 30 years. In this extended interview, he talks about why he believes his country faces grave danger from climate change -- and how the Maldives hopes to set a positive example by becoming the world's first carbon-neutral country.
In Pakistan, a series of deadly bombings shatter a period of relative clam that also saw the capture of several high-level Taliban officials. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Ahmad Kamal, and Hashem Ahelbarra of Al Jazeera English reports from the Swat Valley.
Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson recently traveled around the world in 18 days to see firsthand the effects of climate change on small island nations. In the Caribbean, she heard from residents of Grenada and Antigua how rising tides are dramatically effecting their livelihoods.
Forbes magazine released its annual list of the world's richest people, and the number of Chinese and Indian billionaires has doubled since last year. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Roben Farzad of Bloomberg BusinessWeek about the growing wealth in Asia. And Rob McBride of Al Jazeera English reports on labor shortages faced by some Chinese factories.
The Arab world has over 350 million people and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Most of its countries also share a set of demographic issues, including a youth population explosion and gender inequality. Martin Savidge hosts Magda Abu-Fadil and Bernard Haykel to discuss Arab demography.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about the controversy surrounding Chinese speed skater Zhou Yang, who won a gold medal in Vancouver. She argues that China's national program for training athletes is ripe for change.
China and India -- the world's two most populous countries -- have formally agreed this week to be part of the climate change accord that was worked at last December's climate change conference in Copenhagen. The nonbinding document calls for limiting the rise in global temperatures. Andrew Potter of Al Jazeera English reports on the significance of the news.