Wimbledon isn't the only big tournament to captivate the sports world this summer. Soccer fans will have three weeks worth of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, starting Sunday. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Two children from the Machiguenga village of Shimaa play in the nearby river. Pollution from the Camisea natural gas pipeline has caused problems for native fish and has affected food security in Shimaa.
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An aerial view of the Mipaya gas exploration camp, part of the Camisea project in the Amazon jungle near Cuzco, Peru.
Several days' travel from the ruins at Machu Picchu, dropping into the thick heat and greenery of the upper Amazon, lies the Peruvian village of Shimaa. Dozens of simple buildings hug a hillside above a river. Far below, a few children play on a soccer field at the water's edge.
The nearby Camisea gas fields hold over 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The pipeline that carries it out lies right under Shimaa, home to the indigenous Machiguenga.
Mariana Masuyu, a slender, freckled mother of four, says her life is getting harder because of the gas.
The latest surveys show that both business owners and consumers have been losing confidence in the U.S. economy. That pessimism is just the latest blow to hopes for a speedy recovery.
Last week, even Federal Reserve officials said they have grown more pessimistic about the economic outlook this year. The policy makers cut their forecast for 2011 to a growth rate of just 2.7 to 2.9 percent — down from their April estimate of 3.1 to 3.3 percent.