Key African elephant range states including Gabon, Kenya, Niger and Zambia and ivory transit states Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia, and ivory destination states, including China and Thailand, have agreed to treat the illegal ivory trade as a "serious crime." This will add international cooperation in the punishment of traffickers, and is just part of the pledge announced Wednesday.
Congress is again fighting over the budget, as Republicans are now demanding cuts in federal employee benefits. Is this really about the budget? Or is it about destroying government? Meanwhile hundreds of billions of taxes owed by corporations remain uncollected.
The picturesque La Boca district draws hordes of tourists to stroll its narrow streets lined with colorful buildings and eat at outdoor restaurants. Now it has a new, unwanted claim to fame: The Riachuelo river that flows through the neighborhood has been named one of the planet's 10 dirtiest places.
Sallie Mae and other large student-loan servicers — the companies that act as a go-between for borrowers and lenders — will soon be getting some regular oversight from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog agency announced this week.
Unlike excessive military spending, the benefits to our culture, society and future are clearly understood for every NASA mission that widens our view of the universe. No one ever had to ask the value of studying the soil on Mars, or the need to fund a telescope that can catalogue the very beginnings of our universe.
A provision in the military spending bill for 2014 would require companies selling textile goods on military bases around the world to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The good faith (but legally binding) measure aims to prevent another disaster like the Rana Plaza factory collapse from happening again. However, Sen. Bob Corker isn't too keen on the idea and wrote a letter this week asking for the language to be stripped from the spending bill.