News headlines in January 2016

  1. Core Principals of Climate Finance to Realize the Paris Agreement

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 (IPS) - The Paris climate change conference brought together 197 countries and over 150 Heads of State – the largest convening of world leaders in history – to agree on measures and work together to limit the global average temperature rise.

  2. Response to Ethiopia’s Drought: A Story of Success or Anguish?

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    IDAGA HAMUS, Ethiopia, Jan 29 (IPS) - Inside a health clinic run by the Catholic Daughters of Saint Anne, a nurse wraps a special tape measure around the upper arm of 2-year-old Rodas cradled in her mother's arms. The tape reads yellow, meaning "moderately" malnourished, according to the attending nurse.

  3. The UAE’s Journey Towards Clean Energy

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    ABU DHABI, Jan 29 (IPS) - (WAM) - The discovery of hydrocarbon reserves brought tremendous prosperity for the UAE and made it a central player in the global energy market. With one of the highest gross domestic product per capita levels in the world, the UAE has generally used its wealth wisely to stimulate sustainable economic growth. However, volatility in oil markets, growing unrest across the region and the growing threat of climate change has concentrated minds on the need for immediate and decisive action.

  4. A Peaceful Decade but Pacific Islanders Warn Against Complacency

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 29 (IPS) - The Pacific Islands conjures pictures of swaying palm trees and unspoiled beaches. But, after civil wars and unrest since the 1980's, experts in the region are clear that Pacific Islanders cannot afford to be complacent about the future, even after almost a decade of relative peace and stability. And preventing conflict goes beyond ensuring law and order.

  5. Global Renewable Energy Investments a Win-Win Scenario

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    ABU DHABI, Jan 28 (IPS) - The Paris climate change agreement adopted at the end of 2015 has put renewable energy at the heart of global energy system with investments expected to grow further even amidst the decline in fossil fuels.

  6. Energy from All Sources, a Game of Chance in Brazil

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 28 (IPS) - Brazil, which boasts that it has one of the cleanest energy mixes in the world, is now plagued by corruption, poor market conditions, and bad decisions – a near fatal combination.

  7. The Lesson from Davos: No Connection to Reality

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    ROME, Jan 27 (IPS) - The rich and the powerful, who meet every year at the World Economic Forum (WEF), were in a gloomy mood this time. Not only because the day they met close to eight trillion dollars has been wiped off global equity markets by a "correction". But because no leader could be in a buoyant mood.

  8. UN Fighting Losing Battle Over Global Humanitarian Crises

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 (IPS) - As the global refugee crises continues to worsen by the hour, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is quick to point out that when he took office in January 2007, the international appeal for funds for humanitarian emergencies was only about 4.0 billion dollars annually.

  9. WFP’s Chief Calls for Support for Those Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    PEMBA, Zambia, Jan 27 (IPS) - With El Nino affecting countries in southern Africa, threatening agricultural production due to a massive heat wave, the World Food Programme has urged the international community to support the upscaling of climate smart agricultural technology for resilience.

  10. ICFP 2016 begins in Bali amidst unmet needs of many

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    BALI, Indonesia, Jan 27 (IPS) - Porter Ngengh Tike is in her late thirties, but looks well over 50. For 8 hours every day, she carries around a large bamboo basket on her head, delivering supplies to local traders in the biggest traditional market of Bali – Pasar Badung. At the end of the week, she earns about 18 dollars - a sum that Tike uses for food, household expenses and her 10- year old son's education. So, when it comes to seeing a doctor, there is no money, says Tike who suffers from genital infections.