News headlines in 2015, page 5

  1. Cities Emerge as Urgent Climate Solution at COP21

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    PARIS, France, Dec 10 (IPS) - As the climate conference advances into its final stages amid the colossal challenge of having 195 countries agree on a single and unified global policy on climate change, urban areas appear a a different issue but complementary solution for all.

  2. Women Leaders agree COP21 Must Have “Gender-Responsive” Deal.

    Tuesday, December 08, 2015

    PARIS, France, Dec 08 (IPS) - 53-year old Aleta Baun of Indonesia's West Timor province is a proud climate warrior. From 1995 to 2005 she successfully led a citizens' movement to shut down 4 large marble mining companies that polluted and damaged the ecosystem of a mountain her community considered sacred. After their closure in 2006, she became a conservationist and restored 15 hectares of degraded mountain land, reviving dozens of dried springs and resettling 6,000 people who were displaced by the mining.

  3. Vertical Farming – Agriculture of the Future

    Saturday, December 05, 2015

    RÍO HATO, Panama, Dec 05 (IPS) - Infrared thermometer in hand, Nelson Pérez checks the water temperature in the trays where dozens of small lettuce plants are growing in a nutrient-rich liquid in this vertical farm in Panama.

  4. Nicaragua: “Only Way to 1.5 – 2 Degrees is out of Top 10 Emitters”

    Friday, December 04, 2015

    PARIS, Dec 04 (IPS) - On the first day of the 2015 Climate Conference, Nicaragua became the first country openly refusing to comply with the United Nations mandate to submit a climate pledge.

  5. Blackmail Politics Is the Name of the Game in Brazil

    Friday, December 04, 2015

    Dec 04 (IPS) - The aim to impeach President Dilma Rousseff is no longer merely a threat that was poisoning politics in Brazil. Now it may be a traumatic battle, but in the light of day.

  6. Aspects of Dualism in the Gulf

    Thursday, December 03, 2015

    NEW DELHI, Dec 03 (IPS) - The crash in oil prices is not the only challenge confronting the Gulf States in West Asia. Economic disorder and lack of opportunity are contributing to instability in the region, stated Bahrain's minister for industry, commerce and tourism, Zayed Al Zayani, while kicking off the recent IISS Bahrain Bay Forum. He emphasized the need for "unprecedented" economic reform across the Gulf in the wake of the lower oil revenues. These policies include the generation of millions of jobs for the youth in these economies that continue to depend heavily on expatriate labour from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Philippines.

  7. Addressing Climate Change and Poverty as one in Malawi

    Thursday, December 03, 2015

    LILONGWE, MALAWI, Dec 03 (IPS) - The government of Malawi has been struggling to end poverty since independence in 1964, banking its strategies on the proceeds from its agro based economy. Sadly, climate change entered the scene and dramatically disrupted the farming sector.

  8. Climate Deal Needs Enough Public Financing

    Thursday, December 03, 2015

    ROME, Dec 03 (IPS) - Investing in a low carbon infrastructure, particularly renewable energy, is key to addressing climate change. The really big investment challenges are in the developing world where access to modern energy services is far below what is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; indeed, almost two billion people still lack access to electricity.

  9. The Over-Written, Under-Reported Middle East - Part I: Of Arabs and Muslims

    Thursday, December 03, 2015

    MADRID, Dec 03 (IPS) - Of all over-written, under-reported issues and regions, the Middle East is perhaps one of the oldest, outstanding ones.

  10. Saving the Arctic Requires Action on Climate Change and Air Pollution

    Wednesday, December 02, 2015

    GENEVA, Dec 02 (IPS) - Arctic temperatures have increased twice as much as the global average in the past 100 years. Recent photos show that thousands of walruses normally resting on sea ice between dives to find food have been forced to crowd ashore because of extreme sea ice melt in Alaska. Such photos have once again reminded us that it is high time we take serious action on climate change if we want to save the Arctic.