Human Rights Science and Culture

Current Regulations Unable to Control Trade in Products from Slave Labor, Expert Says

By Ana Aranha and João Diaz – Repórter Brasil Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Kevin Bales is co-founder of the advocacy group Free the Slaves and professor of Contemporary Slavery […]

Modern Science

For scientists, research cuts proposed by Trump are alarming – and deeply personal

The Trump administration’s call on Thursday to slash almost 20 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget led scientists to warn that such cuts would sap biomedical research in the United States. But it also left many of them with more personal feelings: Anxiety. Fear. Sadness. The NIH has bipartisan defenders in Congress who […]

Deforestation Human Rights

Suppliers of Lowe’s in the U.S. and Walmart in Brazil Linked to Slave Labor in the Amazon

By André Campos – Repórter Brasil An investigation has revealed U.S.-based companies bought timber from Brazilian traders that sourced forest products from several sawmills in the Amazon where loggers worked under slave labor conditions. HIGHLIGHTS: Slave labor-analogous conditions were revealed by investigation of logging camps in Pará, Brazil. A supply chain investigation of the timber harvested […]

Conservation Spotlight

Getting there: The rush to turn the Amazon into a soy transport corridor

The Amazon’s rivers once were sufficient for commerce; now international commodities traders want to build roads, railways and industrial waterways thru the Amazon’s heart. By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres Top photo by Mauricio Torres: The Bunge commodities terminal in Miritituba on the Tapajós River. Tapajós basin fishermen have complained that the Miritituba port has polluted […]

Climate Change Science and Culture

What do gorilla suits and blowfish fallacies have to do with climate change?

Article by John Cook, George Mason University Image: Pardon me while I blow this out of proportion. Blowfish image via www.shutterstock.com. A famous psychology experiment instructed participants to watch a short video, counting the number of times players in white shirts passed the ball. If you haven’t seen it before, I encourage you to give the following […]

Science and Culture

Allison Davis: Forgotten black scholar studied – and faced – structural racism in 1940s America

Article by David Varel, Case Western Reserve University Photo: Allison Davis, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Davis family. When black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926 (expanded to Black History Month in 1976), the prevailing sentiment was that black people had no history. They were little more than the hewers of wood and […]

Climate Change Science and Culture

Puerto Rico: A “Canary in the Coal Mine” for Climate Change

By Janice Cantieri This article originally appeared in Medill Reports Chicago, December 7, 2016. Republished with permission. In Alexi Correa’s coastal town of Loiza, Puerto Rico, families are raising their furniture on milk crates and building second floors onto their concrete homes to adapt to frequent flooding caused by sea level rise. They are witnessing […]

Science and Culture

The Rise of Next Gen Science

Interview with Aaron Pomerantz By Kristina Aluzaite Investigating obscure and undiscovered insect species deep within rainforests with a portable Next Generation sequencer, studying colorful butterfly wing nanostructures, and talking science – that’s how Aaron Pomerantz, the Next Gen Scientist lives. Currently pursuing his PhD in Entomology at UC Berkeley on the topic of structural coloration […]