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A Game-Changing Week on Climate Change

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (IPS) - - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change.

Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CAMPO MARIPE, Argentina, Nov 18 (IPS) - The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both "above and below ground."

G20 Seeks to Streamline Private Investment in Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (IPS) - Industrialised countries have agreed to collaborate on a new programme aimed at funnelling significant private-sector investment into global infrastructure projects, particularly in developing countries.

Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?

Monday, November 17, 2014

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 (IPS) - This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.

Building Disaster Resilience Amidst Rampant Poverty

Monday, November 17, 2014

COLOMBO, Nov 17 (IPS) - Of the thousands of landslide-prone villages he has visited and worked with, R M S Bandara, a high-ranking official from Sri Lanka's National Building Resources Organisation (NBRO), says only one has made him sit up and take note.

Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy

Friday, November 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 14 (IPS) - When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in "decarbonising development".

OPINION: Now Is the Time to Tackle Malnutrition and Its Massive Human Costs

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ROME/GENEVA, Nov 13 (IPS) - The scourge of malnutrition affects the most vulnerable in society, and it hurts most in the earliest stages of life. Today, more than 800 million people are chronically hungry, about 11 percent of the global population.

How a Small Tribe Turned Tragedy into Opportunity

Thursday, November 13, 2014

PICHAVARAM, India, Nov 13 (IPS) - When the Asian tsunami washed over several Indian Ocean Rim countries on Boxing Day 2004, it left a trail of destruction in its wake, including a death toll that touched 230,000.

Legal Vacuum Fuels Conflicts Over Water in El Salvador

Thursday, November 13, 2014

TACUBA, El Salvador, Nov 13 (IPS) - Rural communities and social organisations in El Salvador agree that the lack of specific laws is one of the main hurdles to resolving disputes over water in the country.

How SADC is Fighting Wildlife Crime

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LILONGWE, Nov 12 (IPS) - "We are underpaid, have no guns and in most instances are outnumbered by the poachers," says Stain Phiri, a ranger at Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve — a 986 km reserve said to have the most abundant and a variety of wildlife in Malawi —  which also happens to be one of the country's biggest game parks under siege by poachers.

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