Global Goods, Local Costs

Local farmers are seen at the so-called market, a collection center for cotton, in a village near Dano. Image by Jošt Franko. Burkina Faso, 2015.
December 14, 2016 by Meta Krese, Jošt Franko

From cotton farms in Burkina Faso to sweatshops in Bangladesh and Romania, a story of the real costs of our globalized economy.

Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
October 13, 2016 by Mark Olalde

More than 6,000 abandoned mines pierce South African soil, and the nation is now left to deal with the environmental and social rehabilitation from what was once its most important industry.

October 11, 2016 by Rachel Nuwer

Demand for animals vastly outstrips availability. What are the forces driving the current poaching crisis, what we stand to lose if species fall, and what is being done to stop the killing?

July 29, 2016 by Vince Beiser

Concrete. Glass. Silicon. Our civilization is built on the most important yet most overlooked commodity in the world: sand. And we are starting to run out.

Image by Camila DeChalus. Colombia, 2016.
July 28, 2016 by Camila DeChalus

Camila DeChalus directed and produced a video for her project about how, with help from the Catholic Church, coffee farmers in rural Colombia are fighting against the impacts of climate change.

One of the artisans Oshadi works with to produce naturally-dyed clothes. Image courtesy of Oshadi. India, 2016.
June 21, 2016 by Esha Chhabra

Media and customers are pushing brands to rethink their supply chains, especially in fashion and beauty. Can India deliver new inventive business models that are people and planet friendly?

April 25, 2016 by Michael Holtz, Ann Hermes

Brick making across India and Nepal has long relied on bonded and child labor. What will it take to clean up an industry so rife with abuse?

November 13, 2015 by Fred de Sam Lazaro, Shi Lihong

In Beijing a tiny NGO is taking on global corporations and harnessing people power in a campaign to clean up polluting factories in China.

Image by Diana Crandall. Costa Rica, 2015.
October 7, 2015 by Rebecca Gibian, Diana Crandall

In the mountains of Costa Rica, the indigenous Bribri struggle to maintain their culture as an influx of technology transforms their community.

Image by Daniel Black. Angola, 2015.
July 15, 2015 by Daniel Black

As Angola progresses further away from its devastating civil war, foreign companies are overly eager to construct the infrastructure the country needs to join the modern-era. Is this a good thing?

July 10, 2015 by Will Fitzgibbon, Eleanor Bell Fox

Belying Australia's positive international reputation, mining companies from Down Under are accused of killing, maiming and polluting communities across Africa.

Image by Beth Gardiner. Poland, 2015.
April 13, 2015 by Beth Gardiner

Poland gets 90 percent of its power and much of its heat by burning coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels. The consequences for Poles' health are severe, and one polluted city is now pushing back