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Rare Zambian Tree Faces Exploitation Because of Legal Loophole

Friday, September 19, 2014

RUFUNSA, Zambia, Sep 19 (IPS) - Steven Nyambose used to sell charcoal for a living until he discovered that the trees could be more lucrative in another way - through cutting them down and selling the logs to international buyers.

New Fund to Build on “Unprecedented Convergence” Around Land Rights

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - Starting next year, a new grant-making initiative will aim to fill what organisers say has been a longstanding gap in international coordination and funding around the recognition of community land rights.

Latin America at a Climate Crossroads

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilise political will and advance solutions to climate change.

U.N. Pushes Climate-Smart Agriculture – But Are the Farmers Willing to Change?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KARNAL, India, Sep 17 (IPS) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to make a strong pitch to world political leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York on Sep. 23 to accept new emissions targets and their timelines.

As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KAMPALA, Sep 17 (IPS) - When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda's Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family's harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles.

Pushing for Cities to Take Lead on Climate Change

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PARIS, Sep 17 (IPS) - If former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had used the Vélib' - Paris' public bicycle sharing system - to arrive at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development here Wednesday, he might have sent a stronger message about the need for cities to be "empowered to take the lead in combating climate change".

Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth.

Will the Upcoming Climate Summit be Another Talkathon?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PENANG, Sep 17 (IPS) - As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit Sep. 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.

OPINION: A Climate Summit to Spark Action

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - On Sep. 23, I have invited world leaders from government, business, finance and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York so they can show the world how they will advance action on climate change and move towards a meaningful universal new agreement next year at the December climate negotiations in Paris.

Organic Farmers Cultivate Rural Success in Samoa

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SALELOLOGA, Samoa, Sep 17 (IPS) - Rural farming families in Samoa, a small island developing state in the central South Pacific Ocean, are reaping the rewards of supplying produce to the international organic market with the help of a local women's business organisation.

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