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Sustainable Settlements to Combat Urban Slums in Africa

Thursday, September 03, 2015

LUANDA, Sep 03 (IPS) - Slums are a curse and blessing in fast urbanising Africa. They have challenged Africa's progress towards better living and working spaces but they also provide shelter for the swelling populations seeking a life in cities.

Two Indigenous Solar Engineers Changed Their Village in Chile

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

CASPANA, Chile, Sep 02 (IPS) - Liliana and Luisa Terán, two indigenous women from northern Chile who travelled to India for training in installing solar panels, have not only changed their own future but that of Caspana, their remote village nestled in a stunning valley in the Atacama desert.

Killing of Aid Workers Threatens Humanitarian Response in Yemen

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 02 (IPS) - With 21 million Yemeni civilians caught in the grips of a conflict that has been escalating since March, the killing of two local aid workers Wednesday could worsen their misery, as a major humanitarian organisation considers the future of its operations in parts of the war-torn country.

Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

BONN, Sep 02 (IPS) - After surviving the storm surge wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, women in evacuation centres found themselves again fighting for survival … at times from rape. Many became victims of human trafficking while many more did anything they could to feed their families before themselves.

Who Will Pay the Price for Australia’s Climate Change Policies?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

SYDNEY, Sep 02 (IPS) - Rowan Foley has spent many years as a ranger and park manager, caring for Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park Aboriginal lands in the spiritual heart of Australia's Red Centre in the Northern Territory. He has been observing the effects of soaring temperatures and extreme weather events on his people, residing in some of the hottest regions of the country.

Urban Farming Mushrooms in Africa Amid Food Deficits

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

HARARE, Sep 02 (IPS) - There is a scramble for unoccupied land in Africa, but this time it is not British, Portuguese, French or other colonialists racing to occupy the continent's vacant land – it is the continent's urban dwellers fast turning to urban farming amid the rampant food shortages that have not spared them.

Latin American Scientists Call for More Human Climate Science

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Sep 02 (IPS) - With the effects of global warming becoming more and more visible and the complicated socio-economic decisions indispensable to address this planetary crisis, science needs a new breed of experts: social scientists who specialise in climate change.

Impeachment Motion Stirs Political Waters in Somalia

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 01 (IPS) - The impeachment motion Somali parliamentarians filed against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Aug. 12 has created a political standoff that might further threaten the country's stability shortly ahead of planned elections in 2016.

Despite Treaty, Conventional Arms Fuel Ongoing Conflicts

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 01 (IPS) - Despite last year's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the proliferation of conventional weapons, both legally and illegally, continues to help fuel military conflicts in several countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Syria, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.

OECD Paving Way for Costa Rica’s Membership

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

PARIS, Sep 01 (IPS) - The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), once a domain of the rich countries, is keen to extend its global membership and has set out a clear path for Costa Rica's membership, within months of launching accession discussions with Colombia and Latvia.

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