Full story - April 12, 2019
mayor pete
The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, is running for president. His fans call him Mayor Pete and he was virtually unknown until recently, but this Rhodes Scholar and veteran of Navy intelligence is riding high on a wave of media attention, in part because of his relentless focus on the future instead of the past.
Full story - April 05, 2019
Romeo and Juliet, two Sehuencas frogs
Until recently, Sehuencas water frogs were among the more than 500 species of frogs and other amphibians on the brink of extinction. Just one male, named Romeo, was living in a lab in Bolivia, assumed to be the last of his species. But researchers recently found five more of these frogs in a cloud forest in the mountains of Bolivia. They took one of the females, named her Juliet, and brought her to meet Romeo.
Full story - April 05, 2019
Women sit on the ground wearing colorful head wraps waiting for aid.
Last month, Cyclone Idai devastated southeastern African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The World Bank has estimated more than $2 billion will be needed for recovery. Mozambique's $337 million humanitarian response plan, largely made up of an appeal for $281 million after the cyclone hit, was only 23% funded as of April 15, 2019.
Full story - March 29, 2019
Amazon rainforest
A constitutional crisis looms in Brazil as its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, seeks to open the Amazon rainforest to more development.
Full story - March 15, 2019
AOC Green New Deal
The Green New Deal resolution recently introduced by Democrats in Congress calls for the US to quickly decarbonize its economy, but does not mention carbon pricing, a strategy supported by many economists. In a recent editorial, The Washington Post laid out its case for putting a high price on carbon to encourage decarbonization rather than imposing government mandates.
Full story - March 15, 2019
Nairobi youth climate strike
When Anna Grace Hottinger, from Shoreview, Minnesota, heard her sister was evacuated due to the California wildfires, she knew she had to do something to fight against climate change. She joined Minnesota Can't Wait, a climate advocacy group.
Full story - February 22, 2019
Bioacoustics device
A technique called bioacoustic monitoring is helping scientists get a better picture of the biodiversity of forests.
Full story - February 22, 2019
Dead cactus on the ground.
President Donald Trump’s push for a wall on the US-Mexico border has stirred up strong feelings on the immigration issue. But the wall would also have an environmental impact, which many experts say would be quite substantial.
Full story - March 25, 2019
Bangladesh flooded farms.
In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people are being displaced from their coastal homes and are moving into the slums of cities unprepared to handle the influx. What’s new is the frequency of climate-related catastrophes and the scale of their impact.
Full story - February 01, 2019
A brick building with hand-painted sign: End Eminent Domain Abuse
The government’s ability to exert eminent domain powers has literally paved the way for much of America’s fundamental infrastructure. Pipelines, highways, railroads, high-voltage transmission lines — all of these projects tend to require long paths across the landscape. Farms and even suburban neighborhoods can be caught in the middle.