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A deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on Aug. 23, 2019. Carl De SouzaA/FP via Getty Images

Brazil’s economic crisis, prolonged by COVID-19, poses an enormous challenge to the Amazon

Because Brazil's economic prosperity in the last two decades is increasingly linked to the Amazon's good health, restoring the country's economy is a critical first step toward ending deforestation.
A grant from the Chinese government will make way for a multimillion-dollar fishing port complex in Accra, Ghana. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 further exposes inequalities in the global financial system

Global economic policy excludes low-income countries from the spending options that developed nations use to buffer their economies in times of crisis, and the pandemic has inflamed that inequality.
A farmer harvest his soybean field in Loami, Ill. AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Why China’s soybean tariffs matter

There's a good reason China took aim at US soybean exports when it announced its latest list of retaliatory tariffs.
Climate change could severely impact the world’s coffee-producing nations and turn a cup of decent java into a luxury in the years to come. (Shutterstock)

How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change

By 2100, more than 50 per cent of the land now used to grow coffee will no longer be arable. Climate change is changing the game to such an extent that Canada could one day become a coffee producer.
Sparks fly: workers produce steel at a small plant in Shenyang, northeast China. EPA/MARK

Fact Check: is China dumping steel?

Politicians in Europe, the US and the UK have blamed steel industry woes on artificially cheap imports.

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