News headlines in January 2015

  1. OPINION: The Future of Wetlands, the Future of Waterbirds – an Intercontinental Connection

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    BONN, Jan 31 (IPS) - The first global treaty dealing with biodiversity was the Ramsar Convention – predating the Rio processes by 20 years.

  2. Ecological Latrines Catch on in Rural Cuba

    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    BABINEY, Cuba, Jan 31 (IPS) - Most people in Cuba without toilets use the traditional outhouse. But an innovative, ecological alternative is catching on in remote rural communities.

  3. People's Tribunal Hopes Verdict on Mining Abuses Gains Traction

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (IPS) - A recent case study on Canadian mining abuses in Latin America has woven one more thread of justice in the tapestry of international law.

  4. Dying in Childbirth Still a National Trend in Zimbabwe

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    HARARE, Jan 30 (IPS) - For 47-year-old Albert Mangwendere from Mutoko, a district 143 kilometres east of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, transporting his three pregnant wives using a wheelbarrow to a local clinic has become routine, with his wives delivering babies one after the other.

  5. Fighting Hunger from the Pitch

    Friday, January 30, 2015

  6. Dumped, Abandoned, Abused: Women in India’s Mental Health Institutions

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    MUMBAI, Jan 30 (IPS) - Following the birth of her third child, Delhi-based entrepreneur Smita* found herself feeling "disconnected and depressed", often for days at a stretch. "Much later I was told it was severe post-partum depression but at the time it wasn't properly diagnosed," she told IPS.

  7. Missing Students Case Also Highlights Racism in Mexico

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    MEXICO CITY, Jan 29 (IPS) - The mother tongue of Celso García, a 51-year-old indigenous Mexican, is Mixteca. As a boy, García, the father of one of the 43 students forcibly disappeared four months ago, had to learn Spanish to make his way in mainstream society in this country where most people are of mixed-race heritage.

  8. Marine Resources in High Seas Should be Shared Equitably

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (IPS) - After almost 10 years of often frustrating negotiations, the U.N. ad hoc committee on BBNJ decided, by consensus, to set in motion a process that will result in work commencing on a legally binding international instrument on the conservation and sustainable use, including benefit sharing, of Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction.

  9. Good Harvest Fails to Dent Rising Hunger in Zimbabwe

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 29 (IPS) - With agriculture as one of the drivers of economic growth, Zimbabwe needs to invest in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who keep the country fed, experts say.

  10. Kurdish Civil Society Against Use of Arms to Gain Autonomy

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 29 (IPS) - A rupture inside the movement for the creation of an independent state of Kurdistan has given new impetus to the voices of those condemning the use of weapons as the way to autonomy.