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Defense Sector Contributions Locked In On Committee Members

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Niv Sultan You couldn’t blame defense contractors for being in a great mood this week. In his speech to Congress on Tuesday, President Donald T...

These Photos Capture a Disappearing Folk Art in Peru

Chandran Nair | Posted 03.25.2017 | Home
Chandran Nair

Mabilón Jiménez Quispe survives in one of Lima's poorest areas thanks to his handicraft -- making retablos -- a folk art derived from traditional Catholic church art. Mabilón sells his work in Peru and overseas. But the earnings from this time-consuming craft are meager, and many other retablo-makers have abandoned the craft to take up other work. Today, only around 50 families in Lima make retablos, just half of them working by hand as Mabilón does.

Compassionate Policeman Stops Traffic To Save Stranded Kitten

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 02.25.2016 | Good News

Highways are dangerous places in general, but infinitely more so for defenseless baby animals. So when a frightened kitten somehow got stuck on a busy...

Cities Can Lead, Cities Want To Lead, So Let Them!

Carl Pope | Posted 12.03.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

While oil and coal interests can tie down national governments and prevent them from decarbonizing quickly, cities want to get on with the job -- and they are.

Watch Otto The Skateboarding Bulldog Totally Shred A World Record

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 11.12.2015 | Good News

He was a sk8er pup, he said seeya l8er pup. Otto the Bulldog just set a totally sweet new world record -- longest human tunnel travelled through by a ...

The World Needs A New IMF Head, Obama Should Act Now

Peter Doyle | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Peter Doyle

While outstanding IMF lending is overwhelmingly to Europe, European candidacies for MD, even if professionally sound, give rise to very apparent if not very real conflicts of interest.

Local Taste: A Pisco Pilgrimage

Jacada Travel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Travel
Jacada Travel

From Peru to Chile, travel to the origin of this South American specialty to discover what exactly what makes it so appealing.

Peru: Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest

David Code | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
David Code

Exploring Peru is more like adventure-travel than it is relaxing-travel, but these few tips can save you a ton of money and aggravation: don't hike the Inca Trail, visit Machu Picchu in the late afternoon, and leave Peru's complex logistics to Kuoda Travel and Rainforest Expeditions.

The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism

Salena Tramel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Salena Tramel

A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record.

Canadian Provinces Take Lead on Climate Protection

Antonia Sohns | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Antonia Sohns

Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia all use different economic, environmental and political instruments to achieve their climate goal but have helped Canada lower GHG emissions over the years and tackle climate change at the national level.

US-China Bilateral Climate Agreement--Troubling Aspects

John J. Berger | Posted 03.11.2015 | Home
John J. Berger

The U.S.-China accord has glaring shortcomings that illustrate the perils of voluntary pledges, each nation operating in its own autonomous emissions bubble and on its own schedule, impervious to any absolute global emission and temperature limit.

Why Voluntary Pledges Won't Save the Climate

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Global GHG emissions are rising ever more rapidly today, and carbon dioxide concentrations are already at their highest levels in millions of years, far above any ever encountered in human history.

The Turbulent Lima Climate Talks: Voluntarism Won't Save the Climate

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Home
John J. Berger

The turbulent UN global climate talks that ended last December 14th in Lima, Peru without setting firm global GHG emissions limitations left the future of the world's climate in limbo.

Green Is The New Black Part 2: Human Tide

David Saddington | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
David Saddington

The suggestions of migrants from the developing world swamping borders of the EU and USA have a very determinist view of the future. These predictions do not appreciate the huge complexity of future climate change and the even larger complexity of humans.

The COP20 Climate Talks Disaster Movie

Jamie Henn | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

Watching the final debates of COP20, I'm reminded of that scene in every disaster movie where the hero warns those in power that if they don't step outside of the usual protocol and take urgent action the catastrophic (e.g. meteor, monster, aliens) will take place. The good news is, we too are reaching tipping points.

At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage

Bianca Jagger | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Bianca Jagger

Over the past thirteen days world leaders and representatives from 195 countries, members of the business community, academics, NGOs, indigenous and grassroots organisations, a total of over 12,000 international visitors have descended on Lima.

John Kerry Slams Climate Deniers at COP 20, Emphasizes 97 Percent Consensus, Mum on KXL

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

In his speech today, Sec. Kerry was mum about the Keystone XL pipeline decision that his State Department is responsible for making a recommendation to the President on whether to approve or deny.

The Climate Talks Find an Enemy at COP20: The Fossil Fuel Industry

Jamie Henn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

One theme is emerging loud and clear: if the world is serious about addressing the climate crisis, we must get off fossil fuels--completely. This is a new frame for the climate negotiations and it's revolutionary in its implications.

Don't Forget Family Farmers in the Battle Against Climate Change at COP 20

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Farmers, in addition to producing calories, also preserve biodiversity around the world. Delegates need to recognize that farmers are not just food producers -- but entrepreneurs, teachers and stewards of the land who are on the front lines in the battle against climate change.

The Widows of Saweto

The Verb | Posted 02.07.2015 | Home
The Verb

A small delegation of Indigenous women have picked up the flag in place of their late husbands in the fight against illegal loggers encroaching on the their land for timber. They are the new lobbyists to the Peruvian government for land rights.

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

The Power Of Women In The Face Of Climate Change

Ariana Childs Graham | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Ariana Childs Graham

Sustainable development, climate change, population, and reproductive health are interconnected and the solutions must match this complexity. A successful climate action plan must include a strong commitment to women's empowerment and reproductive health as one of the pillars to address the great climate change and environmental challenges of our generation.

What Do Birds Have to Do With Anything?

Diane Husic | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Diane Husic

Birds may be just one canary in the climate change "mine." They are important signals of not only environmental disruption, but also of risks to humans.

Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.

A Force Awakens

Lou Leonard | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Lou Leonard

Okay so, negotiations over a new global climate pact won't break the internet like the new Star Wars trailer. But maybe they should. We are now one year away from the deadline for a new agreement to slow the growing climate crisis.