Homes Are Getting Smaller While the Wealth Gap Gets Larger

Homes Are Getting Smaller While the Wealth Gap Gets Larger

Have you been keeping your own personal list of issues that should have received some attention in this year’s election campaigns but didn’t? Here’s one issue you may have overlooked: America’s incredible housing squeeze. We’re not talking just the household budget...
Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change

Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change

“It’s not being taken seriously enough,” Janet Redman said about the DNC’s policy agenda on climate change. “The fact that they’ve said no to different financial tools for cutting carbon, the fact that they’ve said no to...

IPS Statement on Donald Trump’s Energy Advisor Pick

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. Janet Redman, Climate Policy Program Director at the Institute for Policy Studies, had this...
Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

Why Some Leaders in Poorer Countries are Championing the Environment

We have heard surprise expressed that two religious leaders from poorer countries, Pope Francis from Argentina and Cardinal Turskon from Ghana, have emerged as leading voices for action on the environment with their compelling June 2015 encyclical.  The surprise comes...
Forcing an Island of Peace to Host a Billion-Dollar Military Base

Forcing an Island of Peace to Host a Billion-Dollar Military Base

Back in the spring, an Asian tragedy fleetingly made headlines when an overloaded ferryboat sank on its way to South Korea’s Jeju Island. Nearly 300 people aboard the Sewol ferry perished, mostly children. We’ve been hearing way less about the tragedy unfolding on the...
Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

The fate of millions of Salvadoran people is being debated behind doors at the World Bank’s ICSID – a tribunal that few know exist — on September 15, ironically El Salvador’s independence anniversary day. Join the Institute for Policy Studies’...
Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Since 2009, Canadian mining company Pacific Rim has been suing the government of El Salvador for not having granted it a mining permit since a presidential ban was adopted. There is widespread opposition to mining across El Salvador: Polling data shows that a majority...
Film: Vanishing Pearls

Film: Vanishing Pearls

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson’s Vanishing Pearls chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. The filmmaker delves into the worst...

World Bank Phasing Out Coal, Ramping up Support for “Fracking”

Washington DC – Shortly after a major speech in which President Barack Obama announced his plans to shift public funding away from coal and move the U.S. electrical fleet away from coal and toward greater reliance on natural gas, a document leaked from within the...
Celebration of  2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners!

Celebration of 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners!

GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration. GAIA and the...
Impacts of Mining in  El Salvador

Impacts of Mining in El Salvador

El Salvador is the most water starved country in Central America, 92% of our rivers are unusable for drinking. We are the most deforested country in continental America. According to the United Nations, El Salvador is the most vulnerable nation on earth. Now we face...