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Mercury: Chasing the Quicksilver

Five hundred years after Spanish conquistadors arrived, gold is still a driving economic force in South America's Guiana Shield. But the industry depends on another element, one with deadly side effects for miners and rainforests: mercury.

Bosnia Prepares for First Post-War Census

A national census in Bosnia in October 2013 may reveal an increasingly ethnic Bosnian population, but getting minorities to officially declare their often-stigmatized identities will be difficult.

The Future of Xcel Energy in Colorado

Boulder, known for its green ideology, is preparing to take over the town's electrical utility in an effort to become more sustainable and bring the power of choice back to the public.

Capturing the ‘I’iwi

Hawaii's ‘i’iwi honeycreeper may not last another generation and its extinction would change the biological diversity and culture of the islands.

Does Congo Really Need Us?

Some of the biggest criticisms of international aid are coming from self-reflective aid workers who question their role and the role of their employers in developing nations.

Labor Policy in the 2012 Farm Bill

Every five years the federal government passes a Farm Bill to outline agriculture and food policy. This year, interest groups are trying to get a policy protecting farmworker rights included.

The Future of Democracy in China

Coming off of adventures in Asia during summer 2011, one traveler's questions shifted from whether China is ready for an Arab Spring to what the future of democracy looks like there.