January 17, 2017 /
Tom Hundley
This week: nuclear power's role in combatting global warming, the hidden lives of migrant workers, and what America gave El Salvador.
Cherries, the fruit of the coffee tree, generally contain two coffee beans--actually two seeds, each with one flat side--inside. Tanzania is famous for its peaberry coffee, produced by a rare mutation that creates only a single seed with no flat part. Image by Dan Grossman. Tanzania, 2016.
January 11, 2017 / WBUR
Dan Grossman
Global warming is heating things up, causing all sorts of problems — including for coffee growers. In northern Tanzania, growers are finding weather conditions increasingly unsuitable.
Nuclear power
January 10, 2017 /
Rachel Bronson, John Mecklin
Can and should nuclear power play a significant role in combating climate change?
Interactive visualization on nuclear power reactor construction. A special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.
January 10, 2017 / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Rachel Bronson, John Mecklin
Nuclear power advocates claim that nuclear power is essential for a low-carbon future, but critics say otherwise.
Lake Urmia in the Sharafkhaneh Port. Image by Ako Salemi. Iran, 2016.
January 10, 2017
Tom Hundley
This week: Climate change in Iran observed, Chinese immigrants are reversing course, and Robert Mugabe's legacy in Zimbabwe.
January 9, 2017 / New Security Beat
Nikita Sampath
Rising sea levels and intense cyclones have turned the drinking water saline in coastal Bangladesh. The villagers cope the best they can.
Two researchers observe a bird up close. Both hold the animal in place as one takes a measurement using calipers.
January 5, 2017 / Labocine
Dan Grossman
Gustavo Londoño hunts birds' nests in the Manú National Park in Peru. He rigs them with cameras to identify what predators eat eggs and chicks.
January 3, 2017 / Untold Stories
Mark Olalde
South Africa has historically failed to properly regulate closure of the mines that helped build its economy. These photos chronicle the country's attempt to play catch up.
Fishermen in Kangan, Iran, near the South Pars field. Image by Ako Salemi. Iran, 2016.
January 2, 2017 / The New Yorker
Ako Salemi
Ako Salemi photographs climate change in Iran.
Mbolwa Divele fears a mine would endanger his way of life by destroying grazing land. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
January 2, 2017 / Saturday Star - IOL
Mark Olalde
Communal land rights often hamper South Africans' claims to the profits from some regions. In the villages around Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape, this battle continues over a proposed titanium mine.
January 1, 2017 / Inter Press Service
Mark Olalde
Abandoned mines, a shrinking minerals extraction workforce and traditional practices combine to produce small-scale miners in South Africa.
December 30, 2016 / Forbes
Esha Chhabra
What is the best time to talk about a company's impact? Dipali Patwa founded a clothing brand that uses organic cotton and artisan-based crafts. Impact, she says, is often misused.
Natural Dyes
December 30, 2016 / The Washington Post
Esha Chhabra
Conventional textile manufacturing is tough on both the people who work in it and their land. But a new crop of entrepreneurs are looking to change that harsh reality.