UN forum set to focus on economic rights of Indigenous peoples

Apr 25, 2022
Tribal law experts say corporations working in Indigenous territories should seek consent rather than mere consultation.
Activists protest against the the Dakota Access Pipeline in Washington, D.C. in 2017. The pipeline, said University of Colorado professor Kristen Carpenter, is a prime example of the importance of affirmative consent by Indigenous people.
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Need for climate finance front and center at U.N. General Assembly

Sep 22, 2021
Developed countries pledged $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poorer nations mitigate and adapt to climate change.
President Joe Biden addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He pledged to increase the U.S. contribution to international climate funding.
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U.N. forecasts slower global growth this year. Thanks, trade war.

May 23, 2019
Analysts see the largest geopolitical risk coming from U.S.-China trade tensions.
Workers stand in line next to a container ship at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province earlier this month.
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That U.N. extinction report? There are real economic costs.

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May 7, 2019
We could lose a million species on this planet because of human activity, according to the study.
An endangered Bornean orangutan at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia.
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What Japan and the U.S. hope to get from holding bilateral trade talks

Sep 27, 2018
Japan has agreed to start talking to the United States about trade on a bilateral basis. That’s the word from both countries after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with President Donald Trump at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday. Japan, up until this point, has favored pursuing multilateral trade deals including the […]

As Trump prepares for NATO summit, we ask: What’s our NATO ROI?

Jul 9, 2018
President Donald Trump frequently complains about NATO. Just this morning he was tweeting about how NATO allies aren’t spending enough; that the U.S. pays an unfair share. It’s true that NATO members are supposed to spend 2 percent of their GDP on their military. It’s also true that only about eight of NATO’s 29 members […]

U.S. officials tout cleaner fossil fuels, nuclear power at international talks

Nov 14, 2017
At the United Nations climate talks in Germany, White House officials are talking about plans to make fossil fuels cleaner or more efficient, and to expand nuclear power, as approaches to reducing emissions. While the rest of the world may be more into discussing renewable energy, the focus of the current U.S. delegation would reduce […]

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New leaders want to add their states to carbon trading program

Nov 9, 2017
As the United Nations climate change talks continue in Germany, the U.S. could see an increase in commitments to the cause — from states, not federal programs. The governors-elect of Virginia and New Jersey want to add their states to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The cap-and-trade program includes nine states already, and the addition […]

Global hunger is on the rise

Sep 15, 2017
A UN report says violence and climate change contribute to growing food shortages around the world, affecting millions of people who don’t have enough to eat. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Looking at North Korea across a "gulf of misperception"

Sep 14, 2017
Things aren’t getting better between North Korea and the rest of the world. The United Nations imposed another round of sanctions this week. In response, North Korea said it would “sink” Japan using nuclear weapons and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness.” Evan Osnos is a staff writer at the New Yorker and […]