Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere have received an emergency food drop after running out of supplies on their way back from the South Pole. They set off last October in an attempt to retrace the ill-fated steps of Antartic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Saunders and L'Herpiniere have been planning and training for ten years in preparation for 110 days in temperatures as low as -50 degrees. Their goal was to make it to the South-Pole and back unassisted, but ultimately they ran into similar difficulties to Scott, who died after running out of supplies.
Becky asked Paul Rose, Vice President of the Royal Geographic Society, whether this meant that their mission had failed.
"I think it's a great, unqualified success. It's a tremendous journey, 18,000 miles, and the fact that they had to get an air drop support, I mean you could almost have counted on it. It's so ambitious to do that journey totally unsupported that if I was a betting man I probably would have even betted on a bit of support. I mean why not? If Scott and his men had been in those circumstances they would have accepted an air drop too"
They're expected to complete their epic trip in mid-February.
Every day, 100 African elephants are killed for their ivory. In an unprecedented move, China destroyed more than 6 tonnes of it last week in an attempt to clamp down on this predominantly illegal trade.
On the Chinese black market ivory can fetch up to $3,000 per kilogram. It’s not just elephants that are affected. Believed to have healing properties, rhino ivory is used in traditional Chinese medicine.
On Friday, Becky spoke to Heather Sohl, the World Wildlife Fund’s chief species adviser in the UK, about the actions of the Chinese government.
“It was absolutely a fantastic sign to see. It shows that they are wanting to address this as a serious issue, recognizing that most of the illegal ivory that is coming from Africa is heading to China where it’s used in carvings and sold as ornaments, jewelry, and very often requested as gifts.”
“It’s making huge amounts of profits for these criminal syndicates, and yet the risk of being caught is very low.”
This February the UK government will hold a global summit on illegal trade in wildlife, which David Cameron will be attending, along with high-level representatives from as many as 50 states.
Becky speaks to economist Mohamed El-Erian about the latest U.S. Jobs Report.