Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico nearly three years ago – and highlighted its dependence on imported food. The spread of the new coronavirus could lead to similar food shortages. Green-thumb residents are trying to fix the imbalance by growing and marketing local produce.
After civil war devastated the country’s forests, Sri Lanka needs more trees. An informal group of activists is trying to encourage environmental awareness and make reforestation fun and easy with one simple method.
On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.
Regular droughts in Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, make it hard for farmers to grow traditional staple crops. Many are turning to dragon fruit, which can adapt to the dry conditions, as a revenue alternative.
Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.
Puerto Rico’s coral reefs, already in danger of extinction, are now further threatened by bacteria from fecal matter. Experts and activists say that the problem is coming from an overwhelmed sewage system in a popular tourist area, and that if not addressed, the damage will soon be irreversible.
The Ugandan economy relies on agriculture, but widespread soil infertility threatens the future of farming. Now, an organization of scientists has an unlikely solution – and it’s joining forces with the community to put it to the test.