Finding a solution to climate change will involve a balancing act that addresses human and economic needs and ensures the long-term future of the natural world. The debate is often portrayed as an "either-or" proposition in which economic needs trump nature. For a closer look at the impact of climate change on nature, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Steve Sanderson.
To help developing nations deal with global warming, Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would join other countries in raising $100 billion per year. But the economic impact of cleaning up the environment is preventing many nations from committing to a regulatory blueprint. Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera English reports from Shanxi province in the coal belt of northern China.
The international standoff with Iran over its nuclear ambitions seemed to go from bad to worse today, as the country test-fired a new version of its longest-range Sajjil-2 missile -- capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and parts of Europe. This drew quick reaction from western governments. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Ervand Abrahamian.
Although political leaders in China have not reached a consensus about emissions caps, the international community would like to see more concessions. With multimedia content from the Green China project at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, Worldfocus takes a deeper look at both sides of China's role in the climate change debate.
The Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations has been extensively covering China's environmental shift for the China Green project. Worldfocus has selected four multimedia pieces from "Tibetan Plateau in Peril" that address climate change in Tibet, where glacial melting threatens Asia's water supply -- leading to potentially disastrous consequences.
China and the U.S. are involved in a showdown at the international climate change conference in Copenhagen. At the heart of the dispute, the U.S. wants China to cut its greenhouse gas emissions more than China has proposed. Orville Schell, the director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue.
Will China accept lower growth and higher energy costs that could result from the Copenhagen summit? While virtually no one in China denies climate change, debate focuses on the speed and selection of renewable energy alternatives. Martin Savidge hosts Julian Wong and Rashid Kang to discuss how China is developing its alternative energy programs.
As part of our Beyond the Headlines series, Arieh O'Sullivan of The Media Line reports from the Palestinian town of Qalqilyah about a project on which Israelis and Palestinians are working together. Agriculture liaisons from both sides are cooperating to make strawberry fields blossom -- and as one Beatle might say, to give peace a chance.
Worldfocus' John Larson has been reporting on Denmark's forward-thinking energy policy in the weeks leading up to the Copenhagen summit. Here, he visits a housing development outside of of Copenhagen where residents use astonishingly little energy.
The high-tech industry has become the backbone of Israel's economy with 46 percent of exports coming from the industrial high tech sector. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Himel takes a look at the businesses and entrepreneurial players of the Middle East's Silicon Valley.