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.

European Union

EU firms fall short on environmental and social impact data

Alliance for Corporate Transparency: EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive does not produce enough ESG risk information.

EU firms fall short on environmental and social impact data

US Elections 2020

Focus on Nevada, South Carolina after Sanders wins New Hampshire

Sanders, Buttigieg and Klobuchar have momentum while Warren and Biden scramble after losing steam.

Focus on Nevada, South Carolina after Sanders wins New Hampshire

US Elections 2020

Sanders wins in New Hampshire, narrowly beating Buttigieg

US Senator Bernie Sanders says victory in New Hampshire primary 'is the beginning of end of Donald Trump'.

Sanders wins in New Hampshire, narrowly beating Buttigieg

US Elections 2020

Voters head to polls in key New Hampshire presidential primary

Democratic Party looks to recover after chaotic Iowa caucuses as voters cast ballots in US state of New Hampshire.

Voters head to polls in key New Hampshire presidential primary

US Elections 2020

Sanders-Buttigieg rivalry escalates ahead of New Hampshire

With Biden dipping in the polls, race between Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg heats up before US state's primary.

Sanders-Buttigieg rivalry escalates ahead of New Hampshire

Global Warming

EU power sector emissions drop as coal collapses across Europe

The year 2019 saw record decline in CO2 emitted from electricity generation as renewable sources rose to a new high.

EU power sector emissions drop as coal collapses across Europe

Global Warming

$18 trillion investor group calls out industry giants on climate

New research reveals just one-fifth of cement, aluminium, steel and paper firms are in line with Paris climate goals.

$18 trillion investor group calls out industry giants on climate

Sport

Battle of the billionaires: Bloomberg & Trump duel in Super Bowl

Incumbent US president and wealthy Democratic candidate spend over $10m each on rival commercials for the Big Game.

Battle of the billionaires: Bloomberg & Trump duel in Super Bowl

Middle East

Trump plan for Palestine could deal blow to Israel's economy

US 'peace to prosperity' proposal could stoke conflict in Middle East, with annexation likely to have negative effects.

Trump plan for Palestine could deal blow to Israel's economy

Basketball

After death, Kobe Inc lives on in Los Angeles and far beyond

Despite the NBA star's untimely passing in a fiery chopper crash, Bryant's business and investment legacy survives.

After death, Kobe Inc lives on in Los Angeles and far beyond

Climate Change

Will trillion-tree opportunity really revive the green planet?

In California, climate restoration initiatives combine public-sector leadership with private capital and technology.

Will trillion-tree opportunity really revive the green planet?

Climate Change

LA activist: 'Real climate solutions won't come out of Davos'

Swedish teen Greta Thunberg returned to the economic powwow in Switzerland after an advocacy tour across the pond.

LA activist: 'Real climate solutions won't come out of Davos'