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Want to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake? Cancel its Debt, Says Rights Group

Monday, April 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 (IPS) - The death toll has now passed 3,300, and there is no telling how much farther it will climb. Search and rescue operations in Nepal entered their third day Monday, as the government and international aid agencies scramble to cope with the aftermath of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck this South Asian nation on Apr. 25.

The U.N. at 70: A Time for Compliance

Monday, April 27, 2015

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, Apr 27 (IPS) - At key anniversaries of the U.N., there have been calls for compliance with international instruments.

Kenyan Pastoralists Protest Wanton Destruction of Indigenous Forest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 25 (IPS) - Armed with twigs and placards, enraged residents from a semi-pastoral community 360 km north of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, protested this week against wanton destruction of indigenous forest – their alternative source of livelihood.

Planned Mega-Port in Brazil Threatens Rich Ecological Region

Friday, April 24, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 24 (IPS) - Activists and local residents have brought legal action aimed at blocking the construction of a nearly 50 sq km port terminal in the Northeast Brazilian state of Bahia because of the huge environmental and social impacts it will have.

Opinion: To Solve Hunger, Start with Soil

Friday, April 24, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 24 (IPS) - Peter looked confused as he recounted how he'd painstakingly planted potatoes to sell and to feed his family of eight, only to find that when harvest time rolled around he had been greeted with tiny tubers not much bigger than golf balls.

Riches in World’s Oceans Estimated at Staggering 24 Trillion Dollars

Thursday, April 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 23 (IPS) - The untapped riches in the world's oceans are estimated at nearly 24 trillion dollars – the size of the world's leading economies, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Opinion: Has the World Reached Peak Plutocracy?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 23 (IPS) - Parents in despair because they can't pay the fees at the privatised neighbourhood school…

East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.

Water Politics Polarised in Mexico

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Apr 22 (IPS) - Laura Romero has piped water in her home for only a few hours a day, and at least once a week she is cut off completely. Like the rest of the residents in her neighbourhood in the north of the Mexican capital, she has to store water in containers like drums or jerrycans.

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