Arturo the polar bear is one depressed bear. He lives in a climate that's too warm, in a space that's too small and he's going stir crazy. Now, people are rallying to help him get to a healthier home. Meanwhile, the US is spending a million dollars on ads to convince Central Americans not to leave home for the US. That and more in today's Global Scan.
A trillion dollars' worth of heavy crude oil has attracted the world's oil titans to western Canada — and they're making a mess. The World and GlobalPost's GroundTruth Project head to the skies for a look at the sweeping impact of oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.
At the World Cup in Brazil, the pitches have been taking a beating. Imagine how your back yard would look after all that foot traffic and slide tackling. But Brazil has a secret — hardy, perennial ryegrass seed from Manitoba, Canada.
Canada’s federal government recently approved energy company Enbridge’s proposed pipeline to bring Tar Sands oil from Alberta to Canada’s West Coast. But the coastal First Nations strongly oppose the plan, and the British Columbia premier has yet to agree.
Caribbean coral reefs provide food, create jobs and draw millions of tourists every year, but they are disappearing. Parrotfish are one key to their survival. Parents in China have a way to ensure success for their children: pay to get them into the army. And ISIS militants in Iraq want to head to Rome next, all in today's Global Scan.
There was another exodus from Central America. It happened in the 1980s, when almost one million Guatemalans and Salvadorans fled to the US to escape civil war. And a group of American activists and religious leaders took big risks to help them stay.
The Washington Redskins face growing demands to change their team's nickname, which many Native Americans say is offensive. The public debate is also putting pressure on other teams, like the Edmonton Eskimos, that also use native imagery.