Stories for July 11, 2011
From overfishing to pollution to climate change, the world’s oceans are under siege. But there’s cause for hope. In this new series from the producers of "Scientific American Frontiers," renowned marine biologist and author Carl Safina takes viewers around the globe to spotlight innovations and successes in marine conservation. In Zanzibar, Carl discovers how teachings from the Koran helped save vital fishing grounds. In Belize, he learns how marine reserves are protecting sharks threatened by the global shark fin trade.
In this episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels with his team to the high Arctic to determine why some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing. There's a clear connection between human activity and the beluga's future. The beluga's world is now ground zero for climate change; what threatens them is not confined to the Arctic - it's global. What lies ahead for the beluga could become prophecy for many species everywhere, including our own.
Rape kits are used to collect semen, hair, and other physical evidence from survivors of sexual assaults. But law enforcement doesn't test all of the kits. A measure in the state legislature aims to change that.
America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. In this episode: Why did the Civil War soldier behind this letter want to lead an African American unit? If these are really the signatures of Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky, what aircraft did this fabric come from? And, did African American artists create this 1950s comic book, Negro Romance?
Interstate-5 is closed between Interstate 805 and State Route 52 by brush fire.
Public-safety officials want to change criteria for take-home city vehicles in order to save money.
About two dozen firefighters quickly tackled a fire in a large San Diego Zoo gift shop early today, authorities said.
A controversial business fee could be increasing in the city of San Diego. The money is used to fund affordable housing.