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Don't Understand Clouds? But You Should!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ROME, Mar 22 (IPS) - Obviously, there are so many issues and phenomena that have been brought up by growing impact of climate change that one would likely not think about. Some of them, however, are essential and would be good to learn about. For instance, the fact that clouds play a "pivotal role" in weather forecasts and warnings.

Investing in Zimbabwe’s Smallholder Farmers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HARARE, Mar 22 (IPS) - To take his mangoes to Shurugwi, 230 kms south of Harare, requires Edward Madzokere to hire a cart and wake up at dawn. The fruit farmer sells his produce at the nearest "growth point" at Tongogara (the term for areas targeted for development) where the prices are not stable.

Sweetened Research, Sugared Recommendations

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 (IPS) - In 2015, Coca Cola's chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity and ill health, while marginalizing the role of dietary consumption. Coca-Cola, the world's largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided millions of dollars to fund researchers to downplay the links between sugar and obesity, tooth decay and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Discrimination Compounds Global Inequality: UN Report

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 22 (IPS) - Despite 25 years of impressive global development, many people are not benefiting from progress due to persistent discrimination, according to a UN report released Tuesday.

Water, the Great Enabler

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STOCKHOLM, Mar 21 (IPS) - I listened to a Haitian farmer share solutions with neighbouring water users on how best to allocate scarce water resources. I learned about the resolution of inter-village water conflicts after sitting in a longboat for hours on the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh. On the dry floodplains of Ethiopia, I heard how local solutions benefitted women and outperformed ‘imported' ones.

Cities: a Hub for Wastewater Innovation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STOCKHOLM, Mar 21 (IPS) - Water is a finite resource. With a growing population, an expanding global middle class and a rise in energy and industrial production, the demand for water is reaching new levels. According to the OECD, global demand for freshwater will increase by 55 percent between 2000 and 2050. By 2050 it is expected that roughly 6.4 billion people will live in cities, making urban water management an essential building block for resilience and sustainable growth.

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel of professors-examiners: If scientists discover that there is water in Planet Mars, how would you announce this news, what would be your title? The student did not hesitate a second: "There is life in Mars!" The student was graduated with the highest score.

‘Words of Fear and Loathing Can -and Do- Have Real Consequences’

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - "Politics of division and the rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and migrants and refugees. Words of fear and loathing can, and do, have real consequences," warns the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Asia's Water Politics Near the Boiling Point

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (IPS) - In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars.

Three Times as Many Mobile Phones as Toilets in Africa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Mar 21 (IPS) - Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions.

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