Ben Piven

Ben Piven

Ben reports on global economics and geopolitics for AJ Impact, the new business and finance vertical at Al Jazeera Digital. He often writes about international trade, climate change and urban policy.

He was previously a Planning Editor at Al Jazeera America in New York City and an Online Producer at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar.

Before joining Al Jazeera, Ben worked at PBS Worldfocus. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he researched the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Originally from Baltimore, he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music and travel.

Climate Change

As Trump walks away from climate pact, America's Pledge steps up

With COP25 underway, broad coalition of US businesses, states and cities pushes for 'prosperous, low carbon economy'.

As Trump walks away from climate pact, America's Pledge steps up

Energy

Supply chains could unlock one gigatonne of emissions savings

Large corporate buyers with trillions in procurement spending could use leverage to green their suppliers' energy.

Supply chains could unlock one gigatonne of emissions savings

Sustainability

From Nestle to Nike: Will the private sector deliver on climate?

Report says 285 companies are meeting 'science-based targets' by cutting 265 million tonnes of emissions.

From Nestle to Nike: Will the private sector deliver on climate?

Poverty & Development

#GivingTuesday: Millennials worldwide most likely to contribute

'It's grown into something we never expected, a generosity movement with global reach,' says nonprofit chief.

#GivingTuesday: Millennials worldwide most likely to contribute

Prescription drugs

US ranks #1 in the world for sky-high cost of vital medicines

New study on global drug prices finds that Americans have by far the most expensive medication - from Lipitor to Xanax.

US ranks #1 in the world for sky-high cost of vital medicines

Fossil Fuels

Paris climate goals are not being met, amid record global heating

'Production gap' is growing between emissions targets and countries' planned consumption of fossil fuels.

Paris climate goals are not being met, amid record global heating

Fossil Fuels

Hungry for change: Ivy League climate activists urge divestment

In global hunger strike, Columbia University students are fasting until Friday to force school to go carbon neutral.

Hungry for change: Ivy League climate activists urge divestment

Military

US military spending: Many Americans now believe less is more

Higher percentage show preference for non-military solutions like trade, investment, and diplomacy in a divided world.

US military spending: Many Americans now believe less is more

Cities

Mumbai ranks as the world's worst city for driving

Calgary, meanwhile, takes top spot for vehicular infrastructure, traffic safety, driver behaviour and road costs.

Mumbai ranks as the world's worst city for driving

Energy

'Rear-view mirror': Critics blast report by world energy watchdog

Climate groups say new IEA outlook down plays the speed at which the world can and should switch to renewable energy.

'Rear-view mirror': Critics blast report by world energy watchdog

Middle East

Turkey sanctions at stake as Trump meets Erdogan in Washington

The two leaders are meeting against a backdrop of strained diplomatic and military ties between Ankara and Washington.

Turkey sanctions at stake as Trump meets Erdogan in Washington

Inequality

Microsoft tops list of the most 'just' US corporations

In rankings of the best publicly traded companies for 'all stakeholders', the Seattle-based tech firm leads the pack.

Microsoft tops list of the most 'just' US corporations