News headlines in April 2015, page 5

  1. East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.

  2. Water Politics Polarised in Mexico

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    MEXICO CITY, Apr 22 (IPS) - Laura Romero has piped water in her home for only a few hours a day, and at least once a week she is cut off completely. Like the rest of the residents in her neighbourhood in the north of the Mexican capital, she has to store water in containers like drums or jerrycans.

  3. Shift to Renewables Seems a Forgone Conclusion, But Is It Fast Enough?

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    NEW YORK, Apr 21 (IPS) - Climate change may be one of the most divisive issues in the U.S. Congress today, but despite the staunch denialism of Republicans, experts say the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables is already well underway.

  4. Backlash Follows South Africa’s Xenophobic Attacks on Africans

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - Shocking images of South Africans beating foreign-born residents residing in Durban, Johannesburg and other parts stunned the continent which had taken a message of brotherhood from former president Nelson Mandela.

  5. U.N. Helpless as Crises Rage in 10 Critical Hot Spots

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against a rash of political and humanitarian crises in 10 of the world's critical "hot spots."

  6. The U.N. at 70: A View from Outer Space

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - When the founding fathers of the United Nations met in San Francisco 70 years ago, an American banker named Beardsley Ruml made a remark:

  7. Tailings Ponds Pose a Threat to Chilean Communities

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Apr 21 (IPS) - Chile lives under the constant threat of spillage from tailings ponds, which became even more marked in late March after heavy rains fell in the desert region of Atacama leaving over two dozen people dead and missing and thousands without a home.

  8. From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    BELLARY, India, Apr 21 (IPS) - HuligeAmma, a Dalit woman in her mid-forties, bends over a sewing machine, carefully running the needle over the hem of a shirt. Sitting nearby is Roopa, her 22-year-old daughter, who reads an amusing message on her cell phone and laughs heartily.

  9. To Defend the Environment, Support Social Movements Like Berta Cáceres and COPINH

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    BERKELEY, California, Apr 20 (IPS) - The 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for Central and South America has been awarded to Berta Cáceres, an indigenous Honduran woman who co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH.

  10. Opinion: Pillar of Neoliberal Thinking is Vacillating

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    ROME, Apr 20 (IPS) - This month's World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) only confirms that consequences of the collapse of the financial system, which started six years ago, are serious. And they are accentuated by the aging of the population, not only in Europe but also in Asia, the slowing of productivity and weak private investment.