March 26, 2017

Tag Archives: Inequality

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Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »

Global Inequality Reaches New Extremes: Report

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The richest 1% now own more wealth than the rest of the world combined while the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in the past five years. Read More »

$248 a Minute

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Raising wages alone won’t turn America into the happiest place on earth, but it’s an important step toward creating an economy that works for us all. Read More »

A Budget Plan for the People

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Obama’s plan is a populist political agenda very much aligned with his recent State of the Union speech. It’s ambitious and bold and will leave many Republicans scrambling to explain why they don’t support it. Read More »

Is Europe Going the Yugoslavia Way?

Marine Le Pen at a National Front rally in France. (Photo by Ernest Morales, Creative Commons License)

Europe should be the world's superpower. So why is it on the verge of collapse? Why its growth is anemic at best and socio-economic inequality is on the rise. Read More »

Putting a Price-Tag on Inequality

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America’s most typical adults would be three-times richer if the United States distributed wealth as equally as France does. Read More »

Hunger in the Land of Plenty — South Africa

A harvester at a farm just outside of Magaliesburg, South Africa. (Photo by StormSignal, Creative Commons License)

Despite being a middle-income country, South Africa has a long and shameful history of those in power ignoring the needs and the interests of the majority. Colonial and subsequent Apartheid laws reduced black people in South Africa to merely being cheap labor to service the needs of these economies. Poverty, inequality and hunger, while visible in the faces and cupped hands of people at traffic lights in middle-class neighborhoods, largely continue to be felt most in townships, informal settlements and rural areas which are often located far away from economic and suburban hubs. Read More »

Latin America Inequality Stays Despite Economic Growth

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Despite the achievements in human development matters, Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be the region of the world with the highest income inequality. Read More »

A Better Yardstick for Measuring Inequality

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Just 85 of the world’s billionaires, the anti-poverty group Oxfam reported earlier this year, hold as much wealth as the entire bottom half of the world’s population, 3.5 billion people in all.   Seven of every ten people on earth today, Oxfam added, live in nations where inequality has jumped since the 1980s. Our richest global 1 percent currently own a whopping ... Read More »

A Silver Anniversary for the World Wide Web

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Exactly 25 years ago, the British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee conceptually “invented” the World Wide Web — and set in motion a process that would rapidly make the online world an essential part of our daily lives.   By 1995, 14 percent of Americans were surfing the Web. The level today: 87 percent. And among young adults, the Pew Research ... Read More »