News headlines in 2018, page 2

  1. Ghana’s Contribution to Plastic Waste Can Be Reduced with the Right Investment

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    ACCRA, Dec 21 (IPS) - Twelve-year-old Naa Adjeley lives in Glefe, a waterlogged area that is one of the biggest slums along the west coast of Accra, Ghana. The sixth grade student, his parents and three siblings use 30 single-use plastic bags per day for breakfast.

  2. Mercury Contamination Threat Gravitates into Outer Space

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (IPS) - The dangers of mercury contamination have escalated from the dental chair to the realm of outer space.

    First, it was the hazardous use of mercury in dentistry, then in cosmetics, particularly skin-lightening creams, and now it is threatening to make its way into satellite propulsion systems.

  3. Stemming Waste of Human Talent

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    ROME, Dec 20 (IPS) - IPS Director General's Year end message

    The year now closing, 2018, culminates an extraordinary period in the quest for a world where sexual harassment and assault are, as the words indicate they should be, rare and punished.

  4. The Movement Fighting Inequality is Growing

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    JOHANNESBURG, Dec 20 (IPS) - Jenny Ricks is the global convenor of the Fight Inequality Alliance.The world's political and economic elites, that will once again gather at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) 22-25 January, have become all too predictable. It's not difficult to predict what they will say, because they always say what's in their interests.

  5. ‘Men-streaming’ Women’s Economic Empowerment

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Dec 20 (IPS) - Most initiatives around Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) are largely myopic in their approach. Failure to recognise the role of men and masculinities in this context can pose a significant barrier to both women and men's economic well-being.

  6. For Love of the Game: Using Football to Educate Nigerians About the Dangers of Irregular Migration

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    BENIN CITY, Nigeria, Dec 20 (IPS) - Hundreds of desperate young Nigerians die yearly in the Sahara Desert or at sea while making irregular journeys to Europe. The desperation to reach Europe at all cost, irrespective of the risks, is a major social problem in Africa's most populous country.

  7. Restoring Ghana's Mangroves and Depleted Fish Stock

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    ACCRA, Dec 20 (IPS) - It was just three and a half years ago that the Sanwoma fishing village, which sits between the sea and the mouth of the Ankobra River on the west coast of Ghana, experienced perpetual flooding that resulted in a loss of property and life.

  8. Global Pact Gives Dignity and Rights to Latin American Migrants

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    SANTI, Dec 20 (IPS) - A landmark global migration pact provides dignity and rights to migrants in every situation and context, stressed representatives of non-governmental organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean, where some 30 million people live outside their countries, forced by economic, social, security, political and now also climatic reasons.

  9. What the COP24 Needs: A New Emerging Mindset

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    William Mebane, former Director of Energy Efficiency Department, ENEA

    An alternative framework of international development and new forms of consumption of good/services are implicit in achieving the goals of UN climate conference recently held in Poland.

  10. As Climate Change Pummels Agriculture, Irrigation Offers the Best Protection

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 19 (IPS) - The changing climate and extreme weather events are affecting agricultural productivity in Africa to such an extent that a panel of experts are urging governments to prioritise and invest in irrigation to ensure food security.