News headlines in September 2014, page 4

  1. OPINION: The Fight Against the Long-Term Affects of Child Hunger Reaches Fever Pitch

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    JOHANNESBURG, Sep 24 (IPS) - Eric Turyasingura chases after a ball made from plastic bags outside his mud-brick home in the mountains of southern Uganda. Yelling in his tribal tongue, Nkore, "Arsenal with the ball! Arsenal with the ball!" he jostles with his younger brothers for possession.

  2. Mission Midwife: The Case for Trained Birth Attendants in Senegal

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    DAKAR, Sep 24 (IPS) - Diouma Tine is a 50-year-old vegetable seller and a mother of six boys. In her native Senegal, she tells IPS, motherhood isn't a choice. "If you're married, then you must have children. If you don't, then you don't get to stay in your husband's house, and no one will respect you."

  3. Obama Mandates Climate Resilience in All U.S. Development Projects

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Sep 24 (IPS) - All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

  4. Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 (IPS) - On the sidelines of the U.N.'s heavily hyped Climate Summit, the newly-launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture announced plans to protect some 500 million farmers worldwide from climate change and "help achieve sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes."

  5. Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear: that water will be one of the defining issues of the coming decade.

  6. Urban Population to Reach 3.9 Billion by Year End

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 (IPS) - People living in cities already outnumber those in rural areas and the trend does not appear to be reversing, according to UN-Habitat, the Nairobi-based agency for human settlements, which has warned that planning is crucial to achieve sustainable urban growth.

  7. On Sri Lanka’s Tea Estates, Maternal Health Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    COLOMBO, Sep 23 (IPS) - A mud path winds its up way uphill, offering views on either side of row after row of dense bushes and eventually giving way to a cluster of humble homes, surrounded by ragged, playful children.

  8. Saving the Lives of Cameroonian Mothers and their Babies with an SMS

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    YAOUNDE, Sep 23 (IPS) - "You can't measure the joy in my heart," Marceline Duba, from Lagdo in Cameroon's Far North Region, tells IPS as she holds her grandson in her arms.  

  9. Experts Warn of Dire Consequences as Lake Victoria's Water Levels Drop Further

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    KAMPALA, Sep 23 (IPS) - Over the years, Cassius Ntege, a fisherman from Kasenyi landing site on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria has observed the waters of the lake receding. And as one of the many who depend on the lake for their livelihoods, he has had to endure the disastrous consequences of the depleting lake.

  10. World Bank Unveils Major Global Support for Carbon Pricing

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Sep 23 (IPS) - Seventy-three countries and 22 lower-level governments offered formal support Monday for a global price on carbon dioxide emissions, including China, Russia and the European Union.