There's a project underway to identify a type of American Elm that's resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people across the country to help them identify healthy trees.
One year after the earthquake, farmer Mitsuo Sato still hasn't been able return home. Dick spoke with Mr. Sato last spring, and today producer Cori Princell finds out what has - and hasn't - changed for him since.
More than 150 vultures mysteriously moved into a two-block radius of Shelby, N.C. Kristen Duren, the woman charged with running the birds out of town, says the best deterrent was to hang vulture effigies upside down.
When JR Shute and Pat Rakes go fishing, they’re not looking for bass or trout. They use very small nets to collect fish that are on the verge of extinction. Also: Victor Vangelakos is a firefighter from New Jersey who bought a condo in South Florida as the real estate market was collapsing. For the past couple of years, Victor's family were the only people living in a 32-story condo high rise. And, the first Torah in the world created entirely by female scribes as part of the Women's Torah Project.
Ehsan Samei is a U.S. citizen, and a professor at Duke University. But during his college days, he attended university in Tehran with some of Iran's brightest scientists. While he chose nuclear medicine, some of his classmates were recruited by the Iranian military to build a rocket. Ehsan talks with Dick about his home country's nuclear ambitions.
When Brad and Tonya Clement are asked the question “How did you two meet?,” they have quite an answer - on Mount Everest. Brad and Tonya were all business when their Everest expedition group first got together. With a ten percent death rate for those attempting to summit, they couldn’t afford any distractions.
Right now, all over the world, projects are underway to store seeds. Biodiversity has plummeted in the last 50 years, and scientists fear climate change will kill varieties of apples, yams and many fruits and vegetables. Dick talks with seed collectors.
Ben Flanner is a pioneer of rooftop farming in Queens, New York. Preparing his one-acre farm required a lot of trips up the elevator, but he saw a good harvest last fall, and he says he's ready to plant again.