News headlines in January 2016, page 4

  1. Jamaica’s Climate Change Fight Fuels Investments in Renewables

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    KINGSTON, Jan 18 (IPS) - By year's end, Jamaica will add 115 mega watts (MW) of renewable capacity to the power grid, in its quest to reduce energy costs and diversify the energy mix in electricity generation to 30 per cent by 2030.

  2. Declining Oil Prices May Undermine Development and Humanitarian Aid

    Monday, January 18, 2016

  3. Maternal and Child Health Key to Kenya’s Economic Growth

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    Mandera County, Kenya, Jan 18 (IPS) - On Friday, 06 November 2015, we had the honor of meeting the First Lady of Kenya Ms Margaret Kenyatta, a tireless advocate for "every woman and every child", during the launch of the Beyond Zero campaign in Mandera County, North-Eastern Kenya, a place which has often been described as ‘the worst place on earth to give birth'.

  4. Thousands Face Hunger and Pray for Enough Rain in Malawi

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    BLANTYRE, Jan 18 (IPS) - It is 9 am in the morning but the scorching sun makes it feel like mid-afternoon. This type of weather is what experts are calling El Nino; a heat wave that is affecting countries in southern and eastern Africa.

  5. Innovative Project to Provide Renewable Energy 24/7 in Chilean Village

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    SANTIAGO, Jan 15 (IPS) - A novel energy project in Chile will combine a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant operating on seawater and a solar plant, to provide a steady supply of clean energy to a fishing village in the Atacama Desert, the world's driest.

  6. Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Teen Mother Fights the Odds and Wants to be a Nurse

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    BLANTYRE, Jan 15 (IPS) - Being a single mother at the age of 19 is not what most teenage girls want for themselves. But this is the life Esther Mkwakwasa is living in Namphungo village in Mulanje District. Orphaned at the age of 14, Esther saw herself being moved from one foster home to another until she got pregnant.

  7. Western Powers Protect Arms Markets Ignoring Civilian Killings

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (IPS) - The West continues its strong political and military support to one of its longstanding allies in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia –- despite withering criticism of the kingdom's battlefield excesses in the ongoing war in neighbouring Yemen.

  8. 57 Million Deaths in Perspective

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

    NEW YORK, Jan 14 (IPS) - The number of deaths worldwide in 2015 was approximately 57 million. Those deaths represent 0.78 percent of the world's population of 7.3 billion. In comparison, 140 million births occurred in 2015, resulting in a global population increase of 83 million people.

  9. CoP 21: The Start of a Long Journey

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

    NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (IPS) - The agreement reached in December, 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a major step forward in dealing with the challenge of climate change. The very fact that almost every country in the world signed off on this agreement is a major achievement, credit for which must go in substantial measure to the Government of France and its leadership. However, in scientific terms, while this agreement certainly brings all the Parties together in moving ahead, in itself the commitments that have been made under the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are quite inadequate for limiting temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century relative to pre-industrial levels.

  10. The Role of SDGs in Achieving Zero Hunger

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (IPS) - It is a well-known fact that 795 million or one in nine are undernourished in our world today. This figure only goes up to more than one in eight for the developing world. Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined. At the same time, the food industry is a major source of jobs and livelihoods.