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January 26th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Journey inside Japan's nuclear exclusion zone

It's a grim reminder of Japan's tragedy. Signs warning people to "Keep Out," "Don't Enter," and to avoid the 20 kilometer exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

78,000 people lived there. Now, they're all gone after they were forced to leave because of dangerous radiation coming from the crippled nuclear plant.

Radiation levels have gradually decreased since the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011, but they're still too high for any prolonged human exposure.

CNN's Kyung Lah shows us what precautions people have to take before going into the exclusion zone.

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Filed under: asia • backstory • environment • Japan • journalists
Sheep farming in Argentina
August 5th, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Sheep farming in Argentina

Sheep grazing has become an important part of the effort to protect the environment in the Patagonia area of southern Argentina. CNN's Brian Byrnes recently traveled to the wind-swept landscape of Monte Dinero to visit an Irish-Argentinian sheep farmer and his family.

You can see Brian's report on how the sheep keep these area of Argentina from turning into a desert HERE.

Read Brian's blog about the trip HERE.

Also, be sure to check out his Back|Story where he gives you a little slice of life on the farm around the bottom of South America HERE.

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Filed under: backstory • environment • journalists • Latin America