News headlines in May 2014, page 5

  1. Hemp Defies Hurdles to Make a Comeback in Spain

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    MALAGA, Spain, May 22 (IPS) - Spain is experiencing a resurgence of hemp, one of the species of cannabis with the lowest THC content, which has been used for millennia to produce textile, medicinal and food products.

  2. Hawaii to Host 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    HONOLULU, Hawaii, U.S., May 22 (IPS) - The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council announced Wednesday that the 2016 World Conservation Congress (WCC) will meet in Hawaii - the first time in its 66-year history that the world's largest conservation conference will be hosted by the United States.

  3. Sanctioning Venezuela Unlikely to Defuse Tensions

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON, May 22 (IPS) - Pending legislation calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to impose sanctions against key Venezuelan officials is unlikely to defuse the ongoing crisis there and could prove counter-productive, according to both the administration and independent experts here.

  4. Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    FREEPORT, Trinidad and Tobago, May 22 (IPS) - Erle Rahaman-Noronha is not a revolutionary, not in any radical sense at least. He is not even that exciting. In truth, Rahaman-Noronha is merely a man with a shovel, a small farm, and a big dream. But that dream is poised to conquer the Caribbean.

  5. Climate Change Legislation Faltering in Costa Rica

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    SAN JOSE, May 21 (IPS) - Eight months after it was introduced in the Costa Rican legislature, a bill to create a framework law on climate change is faltering after undergoing modifications that have run into criticism from environmentalists and experts – a situation made even more complex by the recent change of government.

  6. Sri Lankan Youth Desperate for Change

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    COLOMBO, May 21 (IPS) - It has been five years since Sri Lanka's brutal three-decades-long civil conflict came to an end in May 2009, but for the country's youth, true national reconciliation is still a long way off.

  7. Caribbean Forced to Choose Between Climate Change Impact and MDGs

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, May 21 (IPS) - Climate change is forcing the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to choose between expending scarce resources to deal with its impact or other pressing development goals.

  8. Russia: Critics Continue To Attack “Hypocrisy” Over HIV/AIDS

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    MOSCOW, May 21 (IPS) - International bodies and local campaign groups have repeatedly criticised Russia for not doing anywhere near enough in terms of providing prevention services or access to medical treatment for HIV/AIDS sufferers. The fourth Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) HIV/AIDS Conference, which finished in Moscow last week, has not put a stop to that criticism.

  9. OP-ED: The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    BONN, May 21 (IPS) - Some of the Earth's most delicate tropical paradises are being disfigured by the by-products of the modern age - marine debris: plastic bottles, carrier bags and discarded fishing gear. 

  10. Balkans: Floods Reunite Former Yugoslavs

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    BELGRADE, May 21 (IPS) - The Balkans region is living one of its most horrible springs ever, after the worst flooding in 120 years took 47 lives and witnessed evacuation of dozens of thousands of Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs in a matter of days last week.