Wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick has written check after check to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s political campaigns. He’s hosted a party in her honor at his Beverly Hills mansion, and he’s entertained her at his second home in Aspen. And in September, when Resnick asked Feinstein to weigh in on the side of agribusiness in
In the new economy created by global warming, forests are turning into a valuable commodity. Promising not to cut them down is one of the most popular ways companies would like to offset their emissions. Correspondent Mark Schapiro follows the trail of one of those offset projects deep into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. This multimedia feature
On Brazil's Atlantic coast, people with some of the world's lowest carbon footprints are being displaced—so their forests can become offsets for US corporations. CIR's Mark Schapiro reports for Mother Jones. The media NGO Project Word provided support for this article. >> Read the full article on MotherJones.com.
Most of the current reporting on climate change is neglecting to ask a critical question: What should we do to prepare ourselves to live in a warmed world? “Plan B: Adapting to Warmer World,” a six-part radio series by Marketplace in association with CIR, begins to answer this question. If the investments, lifestyle changes and
New evidence seems to arrive daily—from stories about tainted pet food to toxic toys— of the dangerous consequences that lax environmental policies are having on the consumer products that we, and our children, use daily thanks to lobbying efforts by the U.S. chemical industry. Meanwhile, the European Union is forcing these global corporate giants to
An interview with Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. How did you become interested in the topics in Exposed? What inspired you to write this book? As a journalist, I’ve spent much of my career working and living in Europe and following the
Media companies funded by ExxonMobil have produced low-budget web videos satirizing Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. "An Inconvenient Story" This web-only video was produced by Competitive Enterprise Institute to criticize Al Gore’s travel in the promotion of “An Inconvenient Truth.” "Al Gore's Penguin Army" Another group influencing public opinion and receiving money from ExxonMobil is
The controversial practice of releasing “fake” news stories and sending them for free to content-starved small local news stations is common in many industries. These Video News Releases (called VNRs) are often aired on these stations as real news, often without any attribution or disclaimers to reveal that the stories were paid for and produced