News headlines in 2018, page 2

  1. Shipping and Industry Threaten Famed Home of the Bengal Tiger

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, May 19 (IPS) - Toxic chemical pollution in the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, is threatening thousands of marine and forest species and has environmentalists deeply concerned about the future of this World Heritage Site.

  2. “What do you Become When you Shoot to Kill Someone who is Unarmed, & not an Immediate Threat to You?”

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    GENEVA, May 18 (IPS) - Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, addressing a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including JerusalemAppalling recent events in Gaza have called this Council into Special Session. Since the protests began on 30 March, 87 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli security forces in the context of the demonstrations, including 12 children; 29 others, including three children, were killed in other circumstances. And over 12,000 people have been injured, more than 3,500 of them by live ammunition.

  3. Indigenous Peoples Recover Native Languages in Mexico

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    May 18 (IPS) - Ángel Santiago is a Mexican teenager who speaks one of the variations of the Zapotec language that exists in the state of Oaxaca, in the southwest of Mexico. Standing next to the presidential candidate who is the favorite for the July elections, he calls for an educational curriculum that "respects our culture and our languages."

  4. Will Climate Change Cause More Migrants than Wars?

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    May 17 (IPS) - Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises.

  5. Africa Gains Momentum in Green Climate Solutions

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 (IPS) - Promoting the widespread use of innovative technologies will be critical to combat the hostile effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and many African countries are already leading the way with science-based solutions.

  6. Research, for Whom?

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    May 16 (IPS) - Dr Abhay Bang (MD, MPH, D. Sc (Hon), D. Lit (Hon.) is a physician, an internationally recognised public health expert, and the founder director of SEARCHLooking back at some 30 years of working in the social sector, I believe that the most important milestone in my journey was the point when I started recognising the importance of research in development.

  7. White House Should State Opposition to Saudi Threat to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, May 16 (IPS) - Daryl G. Kimball is Executive Director, Arms Control Association & Thomas Countryman is Board of Directors, Chairman, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for NonproliferationWe are deeply disappointed by the counterproductive response from the Trump administration to the statements from senior Saudi officials threatening to pursue nuclear weapons in violation of their nonproliferation commitments.

  8. Chile, an Oasis for Haitians that Has Begun to Run Dry

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    SANTIAGO, May 16 (IPS) - A wave of Haitian migrants has arrived in Chile in recent years, changing the face of low-income neighbourhoods. But this oasis has begun to dry up, thanks to measures adopted by decree by the new government against the first massive immigration of people of African descent in this South American country.

  9. Climate Finance: The Paris Agreement’s "Lifeblood"

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    BONN, May 15 (IPS) - As negotiators concluded ten days of climate talks in Bonn last week, climate finance was underlined as a key element without which the Paris Agreement's operational guidelines would be meaningless.

  10. Fighting Inequality in Asia and the Pacific

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    BANGKOK, Thailand, May 15 (IPS) - Shamshad Akhtar is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region's remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor. A gap that's trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government will be considering this week at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). A strengthened regional approach to more sustainable, inclusive growth must be this Commission's outcome.