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Climate Victims – Every Second, One Person Is Displaced by Disaster

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ROME, Jul 27 (IPS) - Climate change and related extreme weather events have devastated the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of most vulnerable people worldwide-- by far exceeding the total of all the unfortunate and unjustifiable victims of all terrorist attacks combined. However, the unstoppable climate crisis receives just a tiny fraction of mainstream media attention. See these dramatic facts.

Narrow National Interests Threaten Historic Refugee Agreement

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - Narrow national interests are threatening to derail an upcoming UN summit which aims to bring countries together to find a more humane and coordinated approach to large movements of refugees and migrants.

Climate Migrants Lead Mass Migration to India's Cities

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (IPS) - Deepa Kumari, a 36-year-old farmer from Pithoragarh district in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, lives in a one-room tenement in south Delhi's Mongolpuri slum with her three children. Fleeing devastating floods which killed her husband last year, the widow landed up in the national capital city last week after selling off her farm and two cows at cut-rate prices.

Forests and Crops grow Hand-by-Hand in Costa Rica

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SAN JOSE, Jul 26 (IPS) - While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, took a different path and it's now a role-model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.

How Did We Arrive at This Chaos?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROME, Jul 26 (IPS) - A Chinese curse is "May you live in interesting times". That meant that too many events would disrupt the essential elements of harmony, on which the Chinese pantheon is based.

We certainly live in very interesting times where every day dramatic events pile on us, from terrorism to coup d'etat, from climate disaster to the decline of institutions and ever increasing social turmoil. It would be important, even if very difficult, to look in a nutshell why we are in this situation now - "lack of harmony" . So here goes a dramatically compressed explanation.

400 Million People Live with Hepatitis But They Do Not Know

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROME, Jul 26 (IPS) - With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B or C, mostly without being aware, the United Nations top health agency encourages countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need to combat the 'ignored perils' of this disease.

Fertilizer Access Grows Farmers, Food and Finance

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LOUIS TRICHARDT, South Africa, Jul 26 (IPS) - Brightly coloured cans, bags of fertilizer and packets containing all types of seeds catch the eye upon entering Nancy Khorommbi's agro dealer shop tucked at the corner of a roadside service station.

Modern-day Slavery in Oman? Domestic Workers in Peril

Monday, July 25, 2016

ROME, Jul 25 (IPS) - In order to escape poverty and support their families back home, thousands of domestic workers from South and South-East Asia migrate to Oman with the promise of stable employment in local households.

Uganda Ill-Equipped for Growing Cancer Burden

Monday, July 25, 2016

KAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 25 (IPS) - Lying on a dirty bed in a crowded, squalid hostel in Kampala, emaciated Jovia, 29, managed a weak smile as a doctor delivered her a small green bottle containing a liquid.

Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘Critical’ to Combat Climate Change

Monday, July 25, 2016

ROME, Jul 25 (IPS) - No longer it is about restoring the legitimate rights of over 370 indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide, many of them living in dire situation, but now about their central, critical role in combating climate change.

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