Window on Eurasia: Ussuri Activist, Now in US Exile, Recalls First Real Elections in His Home Region in 1987

Paul Goble Staunton, November 8 — It is easy to forget if one lives in a country where voting in multiple candidate elections have taken place for decades or even centuries how new that idea is in the Russian Federation where the first genuinely…

Navajo Teen Harnesses Solar Energy, Wins An Award

New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition. Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs…

Canada’s 1st Indigenous coast guard auxiliary has launched in B.C.

Indigenous members bring extensive knowledge of their territorial waters, says auxiliary director First Nations along B.C.’s West Coast have a long history of responding to emergencies in the Pacific. Now, more than four years since it was announced, the Indigenous Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary has fully launched in…

Russia’s technical agency says melting permafrost did not cause summer oil spill in Arctic

Russia’s technical oversight agency has said that last summer’s massive spill of diesel fuel into the waters of northern Siberia, which was widely blamed on melting permafrost, was instead caused by a poorly maintained reservoir riddled with technical faults. The reservoir, owned by a…

Harmful algae bloom behind mass die off of marine animals in Russia’s Far East, scientists say

Scientists have determined that a mysterious die-off of marine animals off the coast of Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East earlier this month was caused by a harmful algae bloom, officially laying to rest theories that a manmade chemical spill was to blame, Russian media…

How far can President-elect Joe Biden go to salvage US climate efforts?

Joe Biden, the projected winner of the US presidency, plans to restore dozens of environmental rollbacks enacted by the administration of Donald Trump and launch  the most ambitious climate agenda ever forwarded by an American president. Though his most progressive policies will face pushback…

Haaland being vetted by Biden team for Interior secretary

The Biden transition team is in the process of vetting Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) for the Interior secretary post, sources told The Hill on Tuesday. The development came after Haaland dropped out of the three-way leadership race for House Democratic Caucus vice chairwoman. If Haaland is…

The scarred landscapes created by humanity’s material thirst

The world’s desire for electronics, fuel and geological riches is etched in devastating shapes and colours all over the globe. In the latest of BBC Future’s Anthropo-Scene series, we show the striking ways that mining has rewritten the surface of the Earth.W When we…

“We have hope”: Speech from Jo Seoka

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to participate in your AGM. I am Johannes Seoka, former Bishop of the Anglican Church in Diocese of Pretoria in the Anglican Church of South Africa for 18 years. I am here representing and speaking on…

Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel

Russia is watering down a block on heavy fuel oil — a toxic pollutant — in the Arctic. That could be a dangerous mistake. n recent years, Russia has emerged as a global leader in the production and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG). …