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.

CORRUPTION-US: Homeowner Rip-Offs Spark Scores of Lawsuits

Many of the biggest mortgage lenders in the U.S. have engaged in widespread, systematic schemes that ripped off hundreds of thousands of families seeking to buy a home, refinance or foreclose, according to lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers.

ECONOMY-US: Poverty Safety Nets Fraying Nationwide

The global economy is barely showing a pulse, and the world's poor are especially at risk, the International Monetary Fund declared Wednesday.

U.S.: Economy Goes Down, Congressional Pay Goes Up

U.S. workers are losing jobs in record numbers, scores of businesses are shuttering and hundreds of thousands of families are newly homeless - and Congress just gave itself a generous pay raise.

Magellan penguins in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic. Credit: Photo Stock

ENVIRONMENT: Climate Change Forcing Penguins North?

Warm ocean currents may have confused some 2,500 penguins from Argentina's Patagonia region that washed up - dead and alive - on Brazil's northern coast.

Magellan penguins in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic. - Photo Stock

Climate Change Forcing Penguins North?

Climate change could be the cauBOSTONse of an unprecedented stranding of thousands of penguins on the coast of Brazil, say researchers.

ECONOMY-US: Obama to Inherit Legacy of Free Market Free Fall

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars thrown at banks large and small, the U.S. economy is in a free fall, just weeks before President-elect Barack Obama takes office, analysts say.

ECONOMY-US: Where Have the Bailout Billions Gone?

A new U.S. investigative panel is demanding answers from the U.S. Treasury about how the agency has spent money from the 700-billion-dollar bailout fund.

ECONOMY-US: Congress Blames Treasury as Foreclosures Mount

A congressional banking leader Tuesday blew hot air and blame at the U.S. treasury secretary about the ongoing home foreclosure crisis, but neither made a commitment to help stressed homeowners.

ECONOMY-US: Weeks After Bank Bailout, No Help for Homeowners

Nearly five weeks after Congress gave the nod to a 700-billion-dollar bailout fund, and as the economy sinks deep into a recession, no definite plan is in sight for struggling U.S. homeowners.

Women celebrate Obama's victory in Washington DC. Credit: scottmontreal

POLITICS-US: Feminists Say the Work Has Just Begun

Women's right activists see an open door to the White House of President-elect Barack Obama, and they plan to walk right in and take a seat.

A crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) floats on ice near Mount Shackleton on the Antarctic Peninsula.  Credit: Photo Stock

CLIMATE CHANGE: Science Proves Warming of Antarctica

The Antarctic holds the world’s largest amount of fresh water in its icy grip, and it is most certainly warming as a result of greenhouse gases, say new scientific studies.

A crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus), floats on ice near Mount Shackleton on the Antarctic Peninsula. - Photo Stock

Science Proves Warming of Antarctica

Since 1950, a temperature increase of as much as three degrees Celsius has been recorded on the Antarctic Peninsula -- one of the largest temperature hikes on Earth.

An Obama supporter. Photo taken one week before the election. Credit: Bekit

US: Don't Be Afraid to Spend, Economists Tell Obama

President-elect Barack Obama will inherit an ailing economy and the way to help right it is to spend - and spend some more, independent economists say.

ECONOMY-US: Congress Gives a Nod to Anxious “Main Street”

U.S. consumers are in no mood to spend, and that calls for action, Congress and the George W. Bush administration said this week.

ECONOMY-US: Millions Lose Homes, As Families Plead for Help

Bank crashes in Iceland, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout of Ukraine and volatile stock markets the world over - it all links back to the U.S. communities where hundreds of thousands of families are losing their homes with no let up in sight, those on the frontlines say.

ECONOMY-US: From the Guys Who Brought You Enron…

The global credit agencies Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch propelled the financial meltdown by giving high marks to failing financial companies and their risky, sub-prime investments, lawmakers said Wednesday.

ECONOMY-US: No Golden Parachutes for the Working Poor

High-rolling Wall Street executives have won pay bonanzas in recent years while the lives of millions of working poor families have gotten worse, a new study shows.

ECONOMY-US: Banks Reap Whirlwind of Govt Spending

The George W. Bush administration handed 125 billion dollars to nine of Wall Street's richest banks, but this will do little to help the economy that is crumbling around ordinary U.S. citizens, independent experts and activists say.

ECONOMY-US: Terms Secret for Bank Hired to Manage Bailout

The George W. Bush administration has hired a Wall Street firm to lead its 700-billion-dollar bailout plan, but how much the U.S. is paying the firm is being kept secret.

ECONOMY: U.S. Bows to Pressure, Will Buy Banks

The George W. Bush administration announced Friday evening it would buy shares in troubled U.S. banks, a move that upstages its own rigid, free-market ideology, and answers calls for the action by European leaders.

ECONOMY: It’s a U.S. Mess for the World to Mop Up

As leaders of nations around the globe tried frantically to address their ailing economies, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown paused long enough to comment about how Britain may have gotten into this mess.

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