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There is no Plan B to save Earth's populations from the build-up of greenhouse gasses.

A brief summary of the challenge and solutions involvedclimate change, decarbonization, geohacking, termination shock and 12-year warnings with a twist of Stonehenge. Read more»

Rising global temperatures, the spread of crop disease and extreme weather events have made coffee harvests unreliable in places like El Salvador and that could lead to millions leaving the region. Read more»

The Animas River runs yellow with toxin-tainted wastewater that was accidentally released from the abanoned Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado in 2015.

The world’s water challenges, messy as they are, can be neatly summarized: Too much, too little, too dirty. A recent World Bank report highlights extensive damage to health, ecosystems, and economies. Read more»

After dropping from $55 billion to $50 billion one year into the recession, remittances from the U.S. – money immigrants here send back home – has soared past pre-recession levels, to reach $66 billion in 2016.

The global scale of the so-called Great Recession that began 10 years ago in the United States may have been illustrated best by the steep drop in remittances, or money that immigrants send to family back home. Read more»

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that “in America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.” Not really. Sanders excludes nations such as Russia, Turkey and Brazil from his definition of “major.” Read more»

Clinton speaks in Maryland in October 2014.

Hillary Clinton repeatedly has said “more than half the nations in the world” have no laws on domestic violence. That’s wrong. The United Nations reports that 125 countries — two-thirds of all nations — had such laws on the books as of April 2011. Read more»

A güirisero, or illegal miner, shows off a small rock with a tiny gold deposit, mined near San Sebastian, El Salvador.

As Salvadorans debate a mining ban due to pollution concerns — 98 percent of the country's total surface water is contaminated — a large mining company has filed suit against the government, claiming a permit to open the proposed El Dorado goldmine was unjustly denied. Read more»

An already-tangled Internet governance system looks to be getting more complicated, and some fear without U.S. oversight the Internet, and its censorship, could fall into authoritarian hands. Read more»

Twenty years since the end of apartheid. The anniversary of that day, April 27, 1994, is now a public holiday — Freedom Day. This year South Africans are preparing to go to the polls again, with elections scheduled for May 7. It will be only the fifth general election held since the end of racist white minority rule, and the first since Mandela's death. Read more»

The human toll of Latin America’s violence is well documented. Now experts are gauging the loss in dollars and cents. Read more»

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden falsely claimed that U.S. workers “are three times as productive as any worker in the world.” He’s not even close. By the standard measure for productivity, American workers ranked third in the world behind Norway and Ireland in 2011. Read more»

Margaret Thatcher's Funeral in London - Preparing to receive the coffin at St Clement Danes Church, Aldwych.

Thatcher’s death on April 8 and the subsequent public reaction has forced into sharp relief the divide in the UK between those who have been swept along by London’s emergence as a global financial center and those who have been left out of the capital’s success. Read more»

Why did the IFC give a Saudi prince’s company an attractively priced $26 million loan to help build the Mövenpick, a hotel the prince was fully capable of financing himself? The answer is that the IFC’s portfolio of billions of dollars in loans and investments is not in fact primarily targeted at helping the impoverished. At least as important is the goal of making a profit for the World Bank. Read more»

High-rise condos sprout up after a construction boom in Brazil's upper-middle-class neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca (shown in the distance beyond the Joatinga district) in Rio de Janeiro.

Latin America has long been a case study in the social ills brought by sharp economic inequality, its class-stratified societies marked by too few haves and too many have-nots. As the region’s middle class grows, poverty falls. But who deserves the praise? Read more»

Every year, gangs and corrupt officials make $10 billion to $15 billion from illegal logging, according to a World Bank report. Read more»

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