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IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 14 (IPS) - Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world's top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions.

Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste

Monday, April 14, 2014

YAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S., Apr 14 (IPS) - The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: "We'll tell them."

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

Monday, April 14, 2014

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica, Apr 14 (IPS) - The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can't fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.

Emerging Nations Opt for Arms Spending Over Development

Monday, April 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has relentlessly advocated drastic cuts in global military spending in favour of sustainable development, will be sorely disappointed by the latest findings in a report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Q&A: Malawi’s President Banda Confident ‘I Will Win this Election’

Monday, April 14, 2014

, Apr 14 (IPS) - Malawi's President Joyce Banda is campaigning ahead of next month's elections to extend her term of office. But many believe that the massive public service corruption scandal here has weakened her chances of winning.

World Cuts Back Military Spending, But Not Asia

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 14 (IPS) - For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia, however, has failed to get the memo. The region is spending more at a time when many others are spending less.

Whales Find Good Company

Monday, April 14, 2014

REYKJAVIK, Apr 14 (IPS) - Posters with the words "Do you know who caught your seafood" are now appearing on buses, trains and other venues in Boston. They are part of a campaign organised by a coalition of U.S. environmental groups called Whales Need Us, to draw attention to the links between Icelandic whalers and fish sold in the U.S.

Taliban Back On The Scene

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Apr 13 (IPS) - Mushfiq Wali, a 22-year-old shoemaker, loves watching films in the local Pashto language. But he says the Taliban are a killjoy: their bomb attacks have led to the closure of movie theatres, again. "They don't spare anything that brings happiness."

Iraqi Sunnis Seek a Say

Saturday, April 12, 2014

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan, Apr 12 (IPS) - Sunni Muslims have set up a new party amidst uncertainties whether elections can be held as scheduled in the troubled western regions of Iraq. Polling for the 328-seat Iraqi parliament is due Apr. 30.

The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programme That Wasn't

Saturday, April 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 12 (IPS) - When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new U.S. accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons programme.

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