Environment

Leaked Records Reveal Offshore’s Role In Forest Destruction
Scilla Alecci · November 8, 2017

How lawyers and big banks help one of Asia’s largest paper companies expand despite poor environmental record and social conflicts.

Children Suffer as Bank’s Borrowers Upend Their Lives
Jocelyn C. Zuckerman and Michael Hudson · October 9, 2015

In the disappearing rainforests of Indonesia, a 9-year-old boy and his family cope with the trauma of eviction.

No net, no say for online mining survey with surprising results
Will Fitzgibbon · April 11, 2014

A new World Bank survey has surprised experts by showing strong public support for the extractive industries in resource-rich nations, but its methodology has come under question.

Sri Lanka delays herbicide ban as kidney disease origin remains elusive
Sasha Chavkin · April 11, 2014

Facing political opposition and questions about scientific evidence, Sri Lanka has placed on hold its ban on top-selling Monsanto herbicide.

Corruption warning looms for public natural resource funds
Hamish Boland-Rudder · April 9, 2014

Sovereign funds set up to help stabilize national economies going through resource booms could instead fall into the hands of corrupt officials, according to a new report.

UN expert expects pushback over air pollution death report
Sasha Chavkin · March 27, 2014

An alarming new report from a UN agency has again warned about the dangers of burning carbon-based fuels; but this time, it’s not coming from the environmentalists.

Sri Lanka bans leading Monsanto herbicide citing deadly disease fears
Sasha Chavkin · March 13, 2014

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Report names most toxic places on the planet
Sasha Chavkin · November 5, 2013

A new report identified ten of the world’s most polluted sites, and found that the greatest hazards to human health are increasingly coming from small-scale production rather than multinational companies.

Money, research target mystery kidney disease in Americas
Sasha Chavkin · October 11, 2013

In a reversal of its position two years ago, the Pan American Health Organization formally recognized a mysterious form of kidney disease as a major public health threat and pledged $1.7 million to combat it.

Convention Offers Fresh Hope For Jack Mackerel
Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra · September 11, 2012

Jack mackerel, decimated by years of free-for-all overfishing in the southern Pacific, now stands a strong chance of recovery with new legally binding measures to protect it.