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Gas and Sun Light the Way for Energy Industry in El Salvador

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SAN SALVADOR, Jul 29 (IPS) - El Salvador is making steady progress towards diversifying its energy sources, with a plan to bolster the use of cleaner sources and achieve a substantial change in its energy mix by 2018.

Antigua Weighs High Cost of Fossil Fuels

Monday, July 28, 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jul 28 (IPS) - Caught between its quest to grow the economy, create jobs and cut electricity costs, and the negative impacts associated with building an oil refinery, the Antigua and Barbuda government is looking to a mix of clean energy and fossil fuels to address its energy needs.

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

Monday, July 28, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 28 (IPS) - In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through the city to supply hundreds of homes and shops.

Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CAIRO, Jul 26 (IPS) - Less than four percent of Egypt's land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation's population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and raising nutritional standards.

Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COLOMBO, Jul 24 (IPS) - Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed.

Cameroon’s Rising Sea Drowns Tourism

Thursday, July 24, 2014

KRIBI, Cameroon, Jul 24 (IPS) - Pierre Zambo is a hotel manager in Kribi, a sea resort town in Cameroon's South Region. In the past his hotel would have "more than 100 tourists each week. But today if I manage to have 50 people registered into my hotel weekly, then it's good business."

Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests.

Disasters Poised to Sweep Away Development Gains

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jul 22 (IPS) - Ending extreme poverty and hunger will be impossible on a rapidly overheating planet plagued by punishing droughts, catastrophic floods and ever wilder weather, said climate activists involved in talks to set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 21 (IPS) - Pressure is building here for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa's electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities.

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