Stories written by Adrianne Appel
Adrianne Appel has written for IPS since 2006 about U.S. domestic issues, including the environment, politics and economics. Formerly a politics reporter in Washington, D.C., she now reports from Boston. In 2010 she was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship.


In U.S., Corporate Cash Pouring into State Campaigns

Local and state campaigns have become a moneyed battleground this year for corporations and special interest groups hoping to sway the results of elections for local and state offices on Nov. 6.

U.S.: Trekking for Wild Florida

There was a time when big, yellow cats freely roamed the length of a wild Florida. Today, three medium-sized humans are trekking the length of this southeastern U.S. state - 1,000 miles of swamp, forest, ranchland and blistered feet - in hopes that panthers may one day be able to safely tread the same path.

Immokalee Farm Workers Still Fighting for One More Penny

Dozens of Immokalee Florida farm workers left tomato fields behind last week and set up camp on the lush, corporate grounds of Publix supermarket to fast and protest the company's refusal to pay a penny more per pound for tomatoes.

Oil platform in the Sonda de Campeche, Mexico, a country with more than 200 rigs in the Gulf. Credit: Photostock

Environmental Forensics for BP Gulf Spill

Stealthy submarine gliders slide through the depths of the Gulf of Mexico with the precision of birds of prey. Robot-like rovers search for droplets of oil thousands of metres under the surface. Powerful computerised analysers send instant results to scientists on board the ship above. All of this to assess the impact of disaster.

Wealthy Reap Rewards While Those Who Work Lose

Times are tough for workers in the U.S. where a recession has a stranglehold on much of the economy, but life is perfectly rosy for those at the top.

More than 932,000 foreclosure filings were made through April 2010, on top of 2.8 million in 2009. Credit: respres/creative commons license

Six Million U.S. Homeowners Looking into the Abyss

A crisis of foreclosures is twisting through neighbourhood after neighbourhood here, separating thousands of U.S. families from their homes each day and further unraveling the social fabric of low-income communities.

Homeowners, corporations and schools are catching on to the idea of creating a wild space where nature can thrive. Credit: Adrianne Appel/IPS

U.S. Lawns Getting an Eco-Makeover

A radical, underground movement is growing in the suburbs of the United States.

U.S.: Climate Policy Derailed by Corporate Interests

As the U.S. climate delegation arrives in Copenhagen nearly empty-handed, watchdog groups back at home say they know why: a political system gone astray due to the influence of huge amounts of corporate cash.

U.S.: Secret Bailouts for Giant Failing Banks of the Future?

Big banks will not be forced to downsize and the public will be the last to know when they fail, a controversial bill unveiled by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Congressman Barney Frank proposes.

Scientists aboard the Lake Guardian research vessel prepare to sample water from Lake Michigan. Credit: Adrianne Appel/IPS

ENVIRONMENT-US: Greatest of Lakes Hit by Climate Change

The weather was right for swimming this summer along the shores of Lake Michigan, but on many days, the only living things seen on the beach were gulls, picking away at zebra mussels ensnared in a thick, green slime that covered every rock, pebble and grain of sand for miles.

FINANCE: IMF Loan Policies Worsening Crisis, NGOs Say

While world leaders banter about International Monetary Fund and World Bank business in Istanbul, NGOs critical of the way the Bretton Woods institutions operate are not letting up pressure.

Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her gas mask brassiere for a raucous crowd of scientists at Harvard University.  Credit: Alexey Eliseev

SCIENCE: Icelandic Banks Finally Get Some Good News

Economics Nobel laureate Paul Krugman helped unveil a new, lifesaving invention at the 2009 Ig Nobel awards ceremony last week - a pink brassiere that doubles as a pair of filtering gas masks.

HEALTH-US: State’s ‘Model’ Reforms May Be Anything But

As all factions of the U.S. Congress continue a bruising debate about how to change the U.S. health system, one state, Massachusetts, seems to point the way clear, but activists say the Massachusetts plan is already troubled and doomed by skyrocketing costs.

ECONOMY-US: Activists Demand Real Change as Foreclosures Mount

Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. continue to lose their homes each month in an ongoing crisis that is wreaking chaos on communities, advocates say.

U.S.: Sky’s the Limit for Bank Fees

Banks bailed out with U.S. taxpayer money, like Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp, are raking in money by charging 150 percent interest and more on short-term, payday loans to people with no savings, consumer advocates say.

ECONOMY-US: Trillions to Banks as Taxpayers Left in the Dark

The U.S. Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury have doled out trillions in taxpayer dollars to banks and corporations and now the boom may be falling on what lawmakers say is a shroud of secrecy that surrounds their actions.

U.S.: GM Gets Billions, Says No Money for Crash Victims

U.S. taxpayers have given 50 billion to rescue General Motors, but the company says it should not have to pay a penny to people harmed by known defects in its vehicles.

ECONOMY-US: Banks in Recovery as Home Foreclosures Hit Record

Just months after getting a massive handout from Uncle Sam to prevent the collapse of Wall Street, big banks say they are back on solid ground and ready to repay the money.

The world

ENVIRONMENT: Scientists Shepherd Dwindling Right Whales

When a North Atlantic right whale swimming near Boston bellows at 3 a.m., a phone rings in a small town in upstate New York.

ECONOMY-US: Workers Win and Lose in Chrysler Retooling

The U.S. government will invest billions in Chrysler and the United Auto Workers (UAW) trade union will become majority owners of the company, in a financial rescue deal announced Thursday by the White House.

Protesters rally against corporate excess and CEO bonuses in front of AIG headquarters in Washington DC Mar. 19, 2009.  Credit: Jobs With Justice

ECONOMY-US: At Failed Firms, No Bad Deed Goes Unrewarded

Thousands of angry U.S. workers took to the streets Thursday to protest some major banks and insurance companies that have handed out extravagant bonuses on the taxpayers' dime, as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to get some of the bonus money back.

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