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Climate Negotiators “Sleepwalking” in Bonn

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BONN, Oct 22 (IPS) - The 410,000 people who took to the streets for climate action in New York City during the U.N. Climate Summit would have been outraged by the 90-minute delay and same-old political posturing at the first day of a crucial round of climate treaty negotiations in Bonn at the World Congress Center.

The Nagoya Protocol: A Treaty Waiting to Happen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 22 (IPS) - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal's western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla' - a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers.

OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (IPS) - To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity's relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing. Only a persuasive "why" resonating throughout society will successfully get us to urgently needed negotiations of who, what, where, when and how to halt disastrous biodiversity loss.

Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (IPS) - Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least "fairly" confident in the authorities' ability to deal with the virus.

OPINION: Europe is Positioning Itself Outside the International Race

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ROME, Oct 22 (IPS) - The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs.

U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (IPS) - The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger.

We Must Think of “Security” in New Ways

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HAMILTON, Canada, Oct 21 (IPS) - Recent events in the Arab world and elsewhere have underscored the point that traditional notions of security being dependent solely on military and related apparatus are outmoded.

OPINION: Al Baghdadi and the Doctrine Behind the Name

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OXFORD, Oct 21 (IPS) - When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu'minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. 

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (IPS) - Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country's economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this growth.

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