Signs of Life

Small stories about big change

The New Face of Hunger: How Statistics Underestimate the Food Problem
by Frances Moore Lappé
Today, 800 million of us are considered “hungry,” but we produce enough calories to feed us all. Rather than a lack of food, we’re dealing with a lack of democracy.
Georgia Professors Teach Undocumented Students—for Free
by Chris Francis
Georgia is one of three states that exclude undocumented students from full access to higher education. "Freedom University" operates on the principle that “you can stop me from going to a UGA classroom, but you can’t stop a UGA professor from teaching me.”
California Teachers Divest Pension Fund from Assault Weapons
by Chris Francis
Just hours after Sandy Hook, the managers of the teachers’ pension fund sold off their stock in a manufacturer of semi-automatic rifles.
Protecting the Ozone: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol
by Heidi Bruce
How a universal treaty is still working to protect the ozone layer a quarter-century later.
NASA Climate Expert James Hansen: The Future Is Now—and It Is Hot
by Jeff Raderstrong
Climate change is already increasing the likelihood of weather extremes—like the droughts and heat waves we’ve seen in recent years—according to a new report by one of NASA’s top climate scientists.
Next Leaders in the Climate Movement: Insurance Companies?
by Jeff Raderstrong
Insurance companies are likely to pay out billions in claims due to events caused by climate change—which makes them well-poised to lead the way to a low-carbon economy.
Full Speed Ahead for Coal Train Opposition
by KC Golden
The battle over exporting coal is a crossroads for the Pacific Northwest. Will the region stay its course toward clean energy, or become a global trafficking hub for the most dangerous fossil fuel?
A Bill of Rights—for Homeowners
by Seth Sandronsky
California’s new law gives increased protection to people threatened with foreclosure. Will other states follow?
WTO Rules Against Labeling Meat
by Lauren Hardy
Now the U.S. has to gut a law that protects consumers from imported mystery meat—or pay the price.
Climate Experts: More Extreme Weather to Come
by Heidi Bruce
It's official. Droughts, floods, heatwaves, and hurricanes can, indeed, be tied to a climate made increasingly chaotic by human activity.
After the Drought: Will Climate Reporting Take Off?
by Heidi Bruce
After the release of a report on links between extreme weather and climate change, Americans may get what polls show 80 percent of us want: more environmental reporting in mainstream news.
Feedback from the Melting Arctic
by Valerie Schloredt
NASA completed a cross-institutional study on rising methane levels in the Arctic. The results, we're afraid, do not look good.
How a Tiny Group of Activists Blocked a Giant New Plutonium Facility
by Stuart Glascock
From New Mexico, a victory in the fight against nuclear proliferation.
Germany Swaps Nuclear for Solar and Wind Power
by Oliver Lazenby
In response to the Fukushima meltdown—which did $50 billion in damage to Japan’s economy—Germany aims to close all its reactors by 2022.
A Fair Trade iPad? How Apple Could Change the Industry's Game
by Heidi Bruce
This year's public outcry against Apple and Foxconn factory conditions might finally point electronics production in a fairer direction.