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October 10 2013

Science Podcast - Gaps in evidence for newborn screenings, the formation of the moon, removing phosphorus and nitrogen from lakes, and more (11 Oct 2013)

The gaps in evidence for newborn screening with Bridget Wilcken, Daniel Clery discusses new theories on the formation of the moon; Jacques Finlay describes the unintended consequences of current strategies to reduce nutrient pollution in lakes.

August 16 2013

TERRA 817: Silencing the Thunder

Silencing the Thunder exposes the controversy surrounding the disease brucellosis and whether or not Yellowstone National Park’s bison population should be heavily managed because of it. Produced by Eddie Roqueta.

September 14 2012

TERRA 717: Whiteout

Whiteout explores the mystery behind the White Nose Syndrome epidemic. Since 2006, over six million bats have been infected and died from the disease. Though it is still a mystery that befuddles many scientists, it is increasingly evident that these incredible creatures are quickly disappearing from the night sky at rates never before witnessed. We follow the filmmaker as she sets out to understand the vital importance of a healthy bat population and how our fate and that of the bats are more closely related than we may think.

October 31 2011

TERRA 614: Feeding the Problem

What began in 1912 as a gracious effort to save the Jackson Hole elk herd from harsh winters, shrinking habitat, and dwindling forage, has morphed into a century-long feeding program on what is now the National Elk Refuge and 22 other State-run feed grounds. This biological experiment has created a petri dish for wildlife disease and is now one of the most contentious, fiercely debated issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Feeding the Problem is a balanced and in-depth exploration of this unique conservation dilemma from the people most intimately connected to it.

March 31 2011

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Pest tötet in Madagaskar 60 Menschen

 
Seuche grassiert in Inselstaat
 
In Madagaskar steigen die Opferzahlen durch die grassierende Pest. Offiziellen Angaben zufolge starben seit Jahresbeginn bereits 60 Menschen an der hochgradig ansteckenden Infektionskrankheit. Etwa 200 Menschen seien zudem mit der Pest infiziert, teilte die Gesundheitsbehörde in Antananarivo.  "Wir sind sehr besorgt", sagte Bruno Maes vom UN-Kinderhilfswerk UNICEF in der Hauptstadt Madagaskars über die rasche Ausbreitung der Pest. "Vielfach kommen die infizierten Menschen zu spät zum Arzt - aus Furcht, die - grundsätzlich kostenlosen - Medikamente nicht zahlen zu können", erklärten Ärzte.  

Übertragung durch Rattenflöhe

Ratte (foto: picture alliance / dpa) Großansicht des bildes

[Bildunterschrift: Ratte und Rattenflöhe verbreiten die Pest in Madagaskar. ]
Mittlerweile sind fast alle Regionen des Inselstaats im Südosten Afrikas von der Krankheit betroffen. Die Pest wird vor allem durch den Biss von Rattenflöhen auf Menschen übertragen. Viele Ratten flüchten sich in der Regenzeit und bei den regelmäßigen Überschwemmungen zwischen November und April in die Dörfer und Städte. Bisher wurde davon ausgegangen, dass sich die Krankheit in der Regel wirkungsvoll mit Antibiotika behandeln lasse. Inzwischen gibt es aber erste Berichte, dass die vermeintlich einfache medikamentöse Behandlung der Seuche nicht mehr wirkt.

Die Gesundheitsversorgung in Madagaskar verschlechtert sich seit dem Militärputsch zusehends. Die Bewohner leben unter sehr ärmlichen Bedingungen. Nur jeder zweite hat nach UN-Berechnungen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser. Jährlich sterben der UNESCO zufolge mehr als 70.000 Kinder vor dem fünften Geburtstag an vermeidbaren Krankheiten wie Durchfall, Atemwegsentzündungen und Malaria.

Weltatlas

October 08 2010

TERRA 540: Feeding the Problem

Feeding the problem explores the historical and ecological impacts of the century-old artificial feeding program for elk in Western Wyoming. What began in 1912 as a gracious effort to save the Jackson Hole elk herd from harsh winters, shrinking habitat, and dwindling forage, has morphed into the largest wildlife feeding program in the United States. This biological experiment has created a petri dish for wildlife disease and is now one of the most contentious, fiercely debated issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
TERRA 540: Feeding the Problem

Feeding the problem explores the historical and ecological impacts of the century-old artificial feeding program for elk in Western Wyoming. What began in 1912 as a gracious effort to save the Jackson Hole elk herd from harsh winters, shrinking habitat, and dwindling forage, has morphed into the largest wildlife feeding program in the United States. This biological experiment has created a petri dish for wildlife disease and is now one of the most contentious, fiercely debated issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

April 06 2010

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