News headlines in 2018, page 2

  1. Power and Sexual Abuse: The Danger of Doubling

    Monday, December 10, 2018

    Stockholm/Rome, Dec 10 (IPS) - Several celebrities use their power to insult or take advantage of women. We read about sexual abuse from men like Harvey Weinsten, Bill O´Reilly, Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Dennis Hastert, Robert Packwood, Roger Ailes, James Levine, Hans Hermann Groër, Marcial Maciel, Justin Forsyth, Ruud Lubbers, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi and Donald Trump. The list is just a sample of an extensive catalogue of Western men accused of abusing women, using their fame, fortune and power to exploit and humiliate them. Unfortunately, misogynycontempt of and prejudice against women and girls, may even be characterized as a cultural universalan element, pattern, trait, or institution that is common to all human cultures worldwide.

  2. Poor Progress and No Finance Commitments at COP24 in Katowice

    Saturday, December 08, 2018

    KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 08 (IPS) - Implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change is in a limbo as developed countries remain noncommittal to financial obligations at the ongoing negotiations in Katowice, Poland.

  3. Water, an Environmental Product of Agriculture in Brazil

    Saturday, December 08, 2018

    BRASILIA, Dec 08 (IPS) - For the first time in her life, retired physical education teacher Elizabeth Ribeiro planted a tree, thorny papaya, native to Brazil's central savanna.

  4. A UN Conference Undermined by 11th Hour Withdrawals

    Friday, December 07, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 07 (IPS) - When the long-awaited UN conference focusing on the rights and safety of migrants and refugees takes off in Morocco, it will be a rare, if not an unprecedented meeting, for one reason: the withdrawal of at least seven member states almost at the 59th minute of the eleventh hour.

  5. Middle Eastern Countries Can Overcome Pressing Challenges By Developing a Blue Economy

    Friday, December 07, 2018

    ROME, Dec 07 (IPS) - The Blue Economy is becoming an ‘El Dorado', a new frontier for traditionally arid and water-stressed nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to Christian Averous, Vice President of Plan Bleu, one of the Regional Activity Centres of the Mediterranean Action Plan developed under the United Environment Regional Seas Programme.

  6. Is Africa Ready for Nuclear Energy?

    Friday, December 07, 2018

    VIENNA, Dec 07 (IPS) - Laura Gil, Africa Renewal Years back, nuclear energy was a fancy option limited to the industrialized world. In due course, nuclear could be an energy source for much of Africa, where only South Africa currently has a nuclear power plant.

  7. Ending Sexual Harassment in the Work Place

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

    YAOUNDÉ, Dec 06 (IPS) - Ten years ago when I set out on a career in media, my dream was to work for a TV station. The first prospective employer I came across invited me to an interview in his hotel room.

  8. Citizen Action in Europe’s Periphery: “An Antidote to Powerlessness”

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

    GHENT, Belguim, Dec 06 (IPS) - Unjustified extra charges on drinking water, exploitation of labourers in the countryside and uncontrolled property speculation. In Europe's periphery, citizens' initiatives show how all too prevalent modern-day ailments can be tackled successfully. More often than not with the help of artists.

  9. The Revolution of Renewable Energy Needs Political Leadership

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 06 (IPS) - *Interview with Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. She was also the World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group's efforts to campaign for the Paris Agreement.The cost of renewable energy is low, and at times, less than fossil fuels. What are the barriers to switching to renewables?

    Where current energy systems exist, they will need to be upgraded to be able to draw power from modern renewables and to exploit storage solutions that they require.

  10. Looking Beyond Fossil Fuels To Reduce Emissions

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 06 (IPS) - In midst of the 24th United Nations climate change conference (COP24), many are trying to double down in the search for practical, actionable solutions to the climate crisis: land itself.