U.N. forecasts slower global growth this year. Thanks, trade war.

by Kimberly Adams 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.

by , and 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

by Mitchell Hartman 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…

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

by Tracey Samuelson 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…

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

by Andy Uhler 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…

New leaders want to add their states to carbon trading program

by Jed Kim 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…

Global hunger is on the rise

by Annie Baxter 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.

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Looking at North Korea across a "gulf of misperception"

by Kai Ryssdal and Emily Henderson 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…

Immigrants around the world sent $445 billion back to their home countries last year

by Jana Kasperkevic Jun 15, 2017
It’s not just Mexico and the U.S. that are affected by remittances, the UN reports.
It's not just U.S. money that makes its way around the globe in remittances. 
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Wastewater: our most overlooked water source?

by Andy Uhler Mar 22, 2017
March 22 is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is wastewater. The United Nations is hoping to shed light on the value of all the water we literally flush down the toilet. Other countries use wastewater, but the idea…

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