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  1. Climate Change: Complex Challenges for Agriculture

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan 08 (IPS) - Peter Lüthi is in Communications at the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development, ZurichThe unusually hot summer of 2018 showed that climate change affects a central part of our lives: agriculture. The severe drought in Liechtenstein led to large losses in the hay harvest.

  2. Time for a new Paradigm

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    ROME, Jan 08 (IPS) - Roberto Savio is founder of IPS Inter Press Service and President EmeritusThe person most qualified to write the foreword for this latest work by Riccardo Petrella, In the Name of Humanity, would actually be Pope Francis, who, using other words but speaking of values and making denouncements, has often argued what the reader will find in the following pages. I quote him, because words like "solidarity", "equality", "social justice" or "participation" – now used only by Pope Francis I – have now disappeared from today's political vocabulary. I was called to this task because I have spent my life in favour of information that would give citizens the tools to be conscious actors. But the reason why from a "professional" I have become an "activist" in the campaign for world governance is precisely because I see information as directly responsible for the drift in which we find ourselves.

  3. Local Innovation Facilitates Solidarity-Based Biogas Networks in Cuba

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    HAVANA, Jan 08 (IPS) - Black plastic pipes, readily available on the mainly empty shelves of Cuba's shops, distribute biogas to homes in the rural town of La Macuca, buried under the ground or running through the grass and stones in people's yards.

  4. Stopping Criminals from Laundering Their Trillions

    Monday, January 07, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 07 (IPS) - Rhoda Weeks-Brown is general counsel and director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    Al Capone had a problem: he needed a way to disguise the enormous amounts of cash generated by his criminal empire as legitimate income. His solution was to buy all-cash laundromats, mix dirty money in with clean, and then claim that washing ordinary Americans' shirts and socks, rather than gambling and bootlegging, was the source of his riches.

  5. Turning Mangrove Trees into Sustainable Assets for Myanmar

    Monday, January 07, 2019

    SHWE THAUNG YAN, Myanmar, Jan 07 (IPS) - In 2015, Worldview International Foundation began a mangrove restoration project, planting saplings of the trees on about 121 hectares of land in Myanmar's Ayyerwady region.

  6. Designer Babies can Lead to Growth of Homogenous Individuals

    Monday, January 07, 2019

    NEW DELHI, Jan 07 (IPS) - Jagriti Gangopadhyay is a post-doctoral fellow at the Manipal Center for Humanities, Manipal, India.

    A Chinese researcher has claimed that he helped make world's first genetically edited babies but the development may come at a heavy cost. A designer baby is a GM human embryo with appropriate qualities which have been shaped as per the instructions received from the parents.

  7. Solar Energy Crowns Social Housing Programme in Brazil

    Friday, January 04, 2019

    PALMEIRAS DE GOIÁS, Brazil, Jan 04 (IPS) - "Solar energy makes my happiness complete," said Divina Cardoso dos Santos, owner of one of 740 houses with photovoltaic panels on the rooftops in a settlement on the outskirts of this central Brazilian city.

  8. Global Warming: Severe Consequences for Africa

    Friday, January 04, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 04 (IPS) - Dan Shepard is a UN public information officer specializing in sustainability issues--including SDGs, biodiversity & climate change. Africa Renewal*

    Record global greenhouse gas emissions are putting the world on a path toward unacceptable warming, with serious implications for development prospects in Africa. "Limiting warming to 1.5° C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes," said Jim Skea, cochair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III.

  9. Sprouting Mangroves Restore Hopes in Coastal Myanmar

    Friday, January 04, 2019

    SHWE THAUNG YAN, Myanmar, Jan 04 (IPS) - Htay Aung is having a moment. The 63-year-old retired professor of Marine Science sits at the foot of a Buddha statue atop a hill on Shwe Thaung Yan sub township, in Myanmar's Ayyerwady region, almost in meditation. Below him, a vast thicket of mangrove glistens in the gold of a setting sun. For Aung, this stretch of mangroves—known as the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park—is a symbol of joy, hope and all things good.

  10. Mexico’s Forests, Both Victim of and Solution to Climate Change

    Thursday, January 03, 2019

    IXTLÁN DE JUÁREZ, Mexico, Jan 03 (IPS) - "I dream of a healthy, sustainable, well-managed forest," says Rogelio Ruiz, a silviculturist from southern Mexico, who insists that "we have to clean it up, take advantage of the wood, and reforest."

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