News headlines in 2017

Trump to Pull Out of the UN, Expel It from the US?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ROME, Jan 24 (IPS) - So far, Donald Trump's first decisions as president of the United States have left no doubt that he intends to implement his electoral threats, while most likely not fulfilling the promises he made as a candidate.

Philippines Joins Space Race

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MANILA, Jan 24 (IPS) - The Philippines, a tiny developing country, has joined the colossal world of space technology, building its second microsatellite that it plans to launch late this year or in early 2018 -- not to study other planets, but to monitor weather patterns and climate change to protect the country's natural resources and improve disaster risk management.

Learning Alliances Help Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices Take Root

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

IBADAN, Nigeria, Jan 24 (IPS) - Development advocates and professionals are very keen on harnessing the power of agriculture to promote the cause of climate change these days. And rightly so, because agriculture is both a major emitter of greenhouse gases and so a potential force for mitigation, and because billions of people will need to eat, and so adaptation is an absolute necessity.

Guess How Much Water Your Daily Food Consumes

Monday, January 23, 2017

ROME/BERLIN, Jan 23 (IPS) - The facts are clear. So are the consequences. And the facts are that it takes between one and three tonnes of water to grow one kilogramme of cereal; that a kilogramme of beef takes up to 15 tonnes of water to produce; and that it is estimated that between 2,000 and 5,000 litres of water are needed to produce a person's daily food.

A Crisis of Overweight and Obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 23, 2017

SANTIAGO, Jan 23 (IPS) - Obesity and overweight have spread like a wildfire throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, threatening the health, well-being and food and nutritional security of millions of people.

Zambia’s Armyworm Outbreak: Is Climate Change to Blame?

Monday, January 23, 2017

PEMBA, Zambia, Jan 23 (IPS) - Surrender Hamufuba of Mwanamambo village in Pemba district recalls how he battled Armyworms in 2012. Fast-forward to 2016 and it is a similar story -- another pest infestation on an even larger scale.

Harvesting Peace: How Rural Development Works for Conflict Prevention

Monday, January 23, 2017

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic and ROME, Jan 23 (IPS) - The year 2016 has seen a massive population flow, unprecedented in its range and reach. Millions of people have fled war-torn communities, natural disasters and violence, some overflowing neighboring countries' refugee camps, some crossing perilous seas and walking hundreds of miles to reach safer grounds, others seeking refuge in countries half a world away. Thousands have died on their way to safety, countless more were victims of violence and abuse, among them many women and children.

Please, Do Not Get Offended, But:

Sunday, January 22, 2017

ROME, Jan 22 (IPS) - a) Those who voted Trump are generally totally unaware of what happens beyond their immediate surroundings. So it will take a long time before they will realize that Trump is not about their real interest. This means that the polarization and the division of the U.S. will continue for a long time to come. And in the end, disillusionment and frustration will result in a further decline of democracy, and with a possible new populism coming up.

360 Million of 625 Million People Are Overweight in Latin America and Caribbean

Friday, January 20, 2017

SANTIAGO, Jan 20 (IPS) - In Latin America and the Caribbean 360 million people are overweight, and 140 million are obese, warned the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Panamerican Health Organisation (PAHO).

Regional Solutions Key for Asia-pacific’s Transition to Sustainable Energy

Friday, January 20, 2017

BANGKOK, Jan 20 (IPS) - The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point in its energy trajectory. The energy solutions that have fuelled growth in the region over the past few decades are no longer compatible with the sustainable development aspirations of our nations and their people. In transitioning to a new era of sustainable energy, policymakers across the region face complex decisions. Supplies must be secure and affordable, and they must fill the energy access gap which leaves half a billion people across the region without access to electricity. At the same time mitigating the local impacts of energy generation and use will be vital in resolving problems such as the air pollution choking our cities and the global consequences of greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Solutions exist, but only through regional cooperation and integration can Asia and the Pacific transition to sustainable energy in time to meet the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals.