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sundays with seema episode 70

Sundays with SEEMA: Hena Doba

For episode #70 of Sundays with SEEMA, we’re sitting down with Cheddar Inc. anchor and news correspondent Hena Doba

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Where Biodiversity Rules

Human life has always depended on ecosystems. The earliest civilizations of the world formed around natural resources: rivers and other water bodies and fertile lands — here, a fragile network of microorganisms and endemic animals, plants, reptiles, underwater creatures, and amphibians maintained fresh (drinkable) water, ensured soil fertility and stability, pollinated food crops and provided folk medicine. The most advanced cities still rely on the same resources for people to survive. Resources that are continually coming under strain as the little organisms working round the clock to maintain them, vanish. Over half the world’s GDP is derived from biological resources— so the very creatures most city-dwellers will likely never see in their lives are quite crucial to our survival.

In the fight against climate change, South Asia and island communities seem to be getting the worst end of the stick. Data shows that our children and future generations are going to brave the deadliest of its long-term consequences. Our coastal lands and mountainous areas are under great threat from rising sea levels and soaring temperatures.

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BURANO: An Island Dabbed With Paints and Legends

I board the Vaporetto from San Zaccaria near St. Mark’s square. The large, express ferry slices its way through the placid waters of Canal Grande, spread like a gigantic, semi-transparent aluminum sheet in the morning sun. Majestic mansions and medieval cathedrals, with their ornate facades, flank the shoreline.
I am in Venice, and after three days of wandering through its warren of alleyways, feeding the pigeons in the expansive Piazza San Marco, exploring some of the smaller canals that veer their way into the quaint, less-touristy neighborhoods and hopping over endless cafes for the perfect cup of joe or a fine glass of Italian Chardonnay, I decided to break free of the enduring allure of Venezia in favor of the seductive charm of Burano – Italy’s rainbow island.

Italy is dotted with its fair share of incredibly beautiful islands, but Burano is the most prismatic of them all with the kaleidoscopic facades of dainty, medieval houses lining the shores of this small island. Legend has it that the vibrant colors made it easier for the fishermen to find their way home amid the dense fog that enveloped the lagoon when they were returning with their day’s catch. The rainbow palette was synchronized in a way so they could distinguish their own house from that of their neighbors. In fact, laws are still in place whereby the residents of Burano need to adhere to a prefixed color scheme when they repaint their houses, so that no house sticks out as an eyesore in a color-coded neighborhood. A thriving tourism scene can well be the underlying reason for this, but it has definitely helped retain the island its fairy tale charm with its intense palette.

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Solo Trips for Women

Solo travel for women is not just about the experience. It is also about empowerment, education, and excitement! It frees you up to do the things you want in the places you want, without being bound by the constraints of home or office.

Check out this list of the best places for solo female travel!

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