Who would see promise in a bankrupt Detroit and invest in an infamous factory abandoned 60 years ago? A Spanish developer who lost everything in 2008 and proved he could rebuild himself and a city, in Peru.
Leaf rust is eating away at coffee trees in Central and South America. Hundreds of thousands of people are out of work because of it. Now, an unlikely coalition of American coffee chains, coffee shops and bankers are coming to the rescue.
For years, national leaders have failed to create sustainable climate change solutions, and poorer nations and communities have borne the brunt of inaction. Now human rights issues are getting much more attention.
The global climate talks in Lima, Peru, were a disappointment for activists. But, for the first time, almost 200 countries, rich and poor, agreed in principle to cut their emissions. And there could be reason for optimism about next year's even-bigger talks in Paris.
Not all publicity is good publicity. Greenpeace learned that last month when activists placed yellow letters next to Peru's Nazca Lines. The stunt outraged Peruvians. Now Greenpeace has named the members behind the stunt.