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.

Sustainability

'Mission Possible': Can green growth solve the climate crisis?

Powerful players are lining up to propel talk into action, hoping to decarbonise the economy faster and further.

'Mission Possible': Can green growth solve the climate crisis?

Global Warming

Subnational ambition: Climate movements merge from Brazil to US

With some national governments dragging their feet on emissions reductions, states and cities step in with new plans.

Subnational ambition: Climate movements merge from Brazil to US

Fossil Fuels

'More fuel to the flames': Climate advocates shun UN inaction

With underwhelming commitments made at the Climate Action Summit, activists say that more needs to happen soon.

'More fuel to the flames': Climate advocates shun UN inaction

United Nations

Greta Thunberg to UN Climate Summit: 'How dare you?'

World leaders gather for one-day event to discuss measures to try to reverse global warming and cope with its effects.

Greta Thunberg to UN Climate Summit: 'How dare you?'

United Nations

Voices for the Future urges climate action at UN

Immersive art installation on United Nations buildings in New York calls for drastic measures to stop global warming.

Voices for the Future urges climate action at UN

Climate Change

Global Climate Strike: Tens of thousands rally across the US

At least 60,000 join teen activist Greta Thunberg's campaign in New York City, other US cities before UN summits

Global Climate Strike: Tens of thousands rally across the US

Sustainability

Can 'climate finance' fund a transition to a low-carbon economy?

UN Climate Action Summit hopes to catalyse the private sector to lead global shift away from fossil fuels to renewables.

Can 'climate finance' fund a transition to a low-carbon economy?

Human Rights

Human rights groups take climate fight to big corporations

Peoples' Summit issues landmark declaration in New York, unleashing new resources to wage financial and legal campaign.

Human rights groups take climate fight to big corporations

Sustainability

Climate restoration: Environmental coalition launches 2050 push

New global campaign kick-started at the UN aims for scalable and financeable solutions to repair Earth's ecosystems.

Climate restoration: Environmental coalition launches 2050 push

Poverty & Development

'Frontier finance' is scaling up to achieve United Nations goals

New report on impact investment shows that big opportunities exist to make money and achieve global development targets.

'Frontier finance' is scaling up to achieve United Nations goals

Global Warming

Profits or Paris: Are oil giants betting against climate goals?

Six big fossil-fuel companies have plans inconsistent with keeping global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius.

Profits or Paris: Are oil giants betting against climate goals?

Global Warming

Which 2020 Democrat has the strongest climate platform?

At first-ever town hall on climate crisis, candidates vie for voter attention on plans to stop global warming.

Which 2020 Democrat has the strongest climate platform?