GlobalPost's Julia Kumari Drapkin traveled to the remote region of Patagonia, on the southern tip of Argentina, to visit with biologists studying the penguin population. The scientists are examining the impact of the 150,000 tourists who visit the penguins. So far, the effects appear to be largely benign.
Ushahidi, which is Swahili for “testimony,” is an innovative computer platform that crowd-sources crisis information. Worldfocus spoke with Ushahidi about their efforts in Haiti to map out reports from the ground and help disaster relief organizations to provide aid to those in need.
Jens Kristensen, a senior humanitarian officer with the UN's peacekeeping force in Haiti, survived for five days under the rubble of the UN headquarters. Since he was largely unharmed, Mr. Kristensen chose to stay in Haiti to help with the rescue mission. Listen to our interview with him from Port-au-Prince.
It's been 10 days since the quake in Haiti. Increasingly, the focus is on recovering the dead -- and improving conditions for many hundreds of thousands just trying to get by. Officials say that 200,000 people have left the ruined capital, reversing decades of migration into Port-au-Prince. Rob Reynolds and Tony Birtley of Al Jazeera English have more.
Dozens of countries are contributing to the relief effort in Haiti. China's mission is using life detectors and snake-eye cameras to find survivors. According to China Central TV, the Chinese team has found 15 bodies in 23 collapsed buildings.
Christopher Sabatini, the senior director of policy for the Council of the Americas, and Shannon O’Neil, a fellow in Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, join Martin Savidge to discuss U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. They discuss natural resources, relations with Cuba, Venezuela and the war on drugs.
An aftershock hit Haiti as the country tries to recover from last week's 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Wednesday's aftershock registered a 5.9 magnitude, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince. Reports and blogs are coming from around the world on the crisis in Haiti and the global impact.
For more on the relief effort in Haiti, Martin Savidge interviews Tom Arnold, chief executive of Concern Worldwide and Concern Worldwide in the U.S. Arnold was in Haiti earlier this week. And Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English has more on the devastated Haitian government's recovery.
Worldfocus spoke to Margaret Aguirre of the International Medical Corps, who is on the ground in Haiti, about the organization's work there. Aid workers are struggling to provide healthcare and safeguard against crippling disease as the aftermath of the disaster drags into its second week.
High-speed train travel is set to take over in China. New lines linking major cities are providing faster and faster routes. China has committed almost $300 billion over the next decade to build the planet's most expansive high-speed network. The world's fastest train covers the 664-mile Guangzhou-Wuhan trip in just three hours -- an average speed of 217 mph.