News headlines for “Environmental Issues”

  1. Can Sustainable Bioeconomy be a Driver of Green Growth?

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Apr 24 (IPS) - Dr. Frank Rijsberman is Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)On April 19-20, I attended the second Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin. Bioeconomy is currently a hot topic for scientists and policymakers. Rapid advances in molecular biology combined with big data and artificial intelligence have resulted in big jumps in our understanding of living organisms as well as organic matter, the biomass produced by plants and animals, at the level of their DNA. That has gone hand in hand with technologies that allow scientists and industry to manipulate, easily, everything from enzymes to bacteria to plants and animals.

  2. From Mega to Micro, a Transition that Will Democratise Energy in Brazil

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 24 (IPS) - An energy transition is spreading around the globe. But in Brazil it will be characterised by sharp contrasts, with large hydroelectric plants being replaced by solar microgenerators and government decisions being replaced by family and community decision-making.

  3. Over to You, Children! Zambia’s ‘Plant a Million Trees’ Takes Root

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    LUSAKA, Apr 24 (IPS) - Trees are a vital component in the ecosystem—they not only give oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give refuge to wildlife, but also provide materials for tools, shelter and ultimately, food for both animals and human beings.

  4. What’s Changing As Countries Turn INDCs into NDCs?

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 23 (IPS) - Mengpin Ge is a Research Analyst and Kelly Levin, a Senior Associate at World Resources InstituteIn the lead up to the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015, more than 160 countries and the European Union submitted their own plans to address climate change, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

  5. Dreaming of A New Sustainable Economy

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - Officials from around the world came together to create and support a vision for a new, sustainable economy: a bioeconomy. Almost 1000 bioeconomy experts, from former heads of state to civil society leaders, convened in Berlin for the second Global BIoeconomy Summit to discuss best practices and challenges.

  6. FAO and El País Launch Series of Books on “The State of the Planet”

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    ROME, Apr 20 (IPS) - Today the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted an event at its headquarters in Rome, to present a set of eleven books jointly realized in collaboration with the Spanish newspaper El País.

  7. Argentina Aims for a Delicate Climate Balance in the G20

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Apr 20 (IPS) - As president this year of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and emerging nations, Argentina has now formally begun the task of trying to rebuild a consensus around climate change. It will be an uphill climb, since the position taken by the United States in 2017 led to a noisy failure in the group with regard to the issue.

  8. Latin America Faces Uphill Energy Transition

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    BERLIN, Apr 19 (IPS) - Latin America is facing challenges in energy efficiency, transportation and power generation to move towards a low carbon economy and thus accelerate that transition, which is essential to cut emissions in order to reduce global warming before it reaches a critical level.

  9. New GCF Project Signals Paradigm Shift for Water-Scarce Barbados

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    BRIDGETOWN, Apr 19 (IPS) - At the start of 2017, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPN) warned eastern Caribbean countries that they were facing "abnormal climate conditions" and possibly another full-blown drought. 



  10. After More Than a Decade, Rights of Indigenous Peoples Not Fully Realized

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - Miroslav Lajčák, is President of the UN General Assembly First, I want to talk about how we got here. It was nearly 100 years ago, when indigenous peoples first asserted their rights, on the international stage. But, they did not see much progress. At least until 1982 - when the first Working Group on Indigenous Populations was established.

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