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Green Matters: Liechtenstein, Golden Poison Frog, Kenya Glass (2007)
Tiny Liechtenstein is a world leader on environmental issues. The last of the 86 mines near Skinningrove closed 40 years ago but still ochre stains the rivers a reddish color and coats vegetation, clogs fish gills and encroaches on the town water supply. Known as one of China’s coldest cities, Harbin is home to the Ice Lantern Festival and Snow Sculpture Show. The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, or LIMA, is expected revolutionize research and the public’s understanding of the continent. The Golden Poison Frog is probably the most poisonous animal in the world, but like many species it is under threat of extinction – fortunately, frogs of all kinds have good friends on their side. In many countries, water has been squandered and neglected, but now, finding water, making it clean and protecting it are shaping up as big issues involving big money. At an extraordinary art studio bordering Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, Richard Koitumet Ogeli works as a glass blower – probably the first Masai glass blower in the world.