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Genetic Bank, Monitoring the Planet, Silicon Wafers

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Green Matters: Genetic Bank, Monitoring the Planet, Silicon Wafers (2007)

Episode 19
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Trying to save animal species from extinction, the Buenos Aires Zoo created an international program to freeze genetic material. A small coastal village in Flanders is the last place in the world where shrimpers on horseback carry on their 500-year-old tradition. The city of Inverness, Scotland, is repairing unclaimed bikes that were lost or stolen and making them available for free public use around the city. The Group on Earth Observations, or GEO, held a summit in South Africa on how to better monitor and record climate change across the globe. A house in northeast Kiev was built entirely from empty alcohol bottles, all retrieved from the banks of the nearby Dnieper River. Every year millions of monarch butterflies migrate thousands of kilometers to reach Mexico’s mountains. Until recently, 3 million silicon wafers were discarded each year, many of them destroyed because of the intellectual property etched on their surface even though silicon is in tight supply, but now IBM has developed a way to reclaim the used wafers.

Abbe Holmes
Paul Drane


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