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Microfinance was meant to help the world’s poor, but in Cambodia, it’s plunging people deeper into debt

Microfinance was hailed as a way to change the lives of hundreds of millions of people without access to credit. It worked so well that Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus was awarded a Nobel Prize. But then, banks jumped in to get in on the profits. To manage high debt levels, Cambodians are migrating for work, eating less and even pulling their children out of school.

a man standing in front of a colorful bottle cap mural

Venezuelan artist uses recycled bottle caps to create large eco-murals

Pakistanis shops in a weekly pet market in Lahore, Pakistan, Nov. 13, 2022.

As Earth surpasses 8 billion people, ‘the planet can feed and sustain billions more,’ demographer says

Empty green desks and chairs in a classroom with a chalkboard at the front

Gunmen abduct 150 schoolgirls in Nigeria

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Mossbrae Falls in the Shasta Cascade area in Dunsmuir, California. In many spiritual traditions, like the Lakota in the US, water represents “the living relationship between you and I and all things."

Spiritual leaders seek to spur an ‘ecological conversion’

Building reads "climate emergency" with flares of red and orange hues on the front of the building

UN climate chief on coronavirus and climate change: We must ‘address these two fundamental, existential crises together’

Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, continues to wrangle world leaders to make and meet ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions — even amid the pandemic.

Rep. Castor tours National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Global response to COVID-19 should be a model for action on climate


As Washington starts to talk infrastructure as a way to put people back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, a team led by congressional Democrats is working to develop long-term solutions to climate change that will help rebuild the economy.


After Maria, Puerto Rican women farmers work together to build resilience


Hurricane Maria decimated many of Puerto Rico’s small farms. But soon afterward, a group of mostly women farmers came together to start helping each other learn how to farm more sustainably.


What Munich’s coffee houses learned about waste from beer culture


Take-out coffee cups are a popular American import that are filling up the country’s trash bins. Now there’s an effort in Munich to replace throwaway cups with cups you borrow and return, inspired by the longstanding practice at the city’s famous beer gardens.

Members of environmental groups hold up banners calling for renewable energy at the United Nations climate talks that took place in Bonn, Germany in 2015. Bonn was the site of the last United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2017, in which co

As latest UN climate change summit looms, delegates have plenty of work to do

Climate Change

Creating the Paris Agreement in 2015 was a monumental accomplishment. Establishing an actionable work plan has proved to be an even tougher task, but that is the goal at the latest United Nations climate summit to be held in Poland in December.