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Against the Odds, Caribbean Doubles Down for 1.5 Degree Deal in Paris

Monday, November 23, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 23 (IPS) - Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts their discussions in jeopardy.

Asia Wants Paris Climate Talks to Tackle Historic Emissions and Make Some Real Change

Sunday, November 22, 2015

NEW DELHI, India, Nov 22 (IPS) - On a late Friday afternoon as choking smog descended on the Indian Capital, Francois Richier, the French ambassador to India , took some hard questions from scores of journalists about the upcoming climate change talks in Paris this month.

Aflatoxins: Poisoning Health and Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Nov 20 (IPS) - Aflatoxin contamination is a growing threat to trade, food and health security in sub-Saharan Africa, where smallholder farmers are challenged by food production and now climate change, researchers said.

Private Nature Reserves in Latin America Seek a Bigger Role

Friday, November 20, 2015

PUNTA LEONA, Costa Rica, Nov 20 (IPS) - Private voluntary nature reserves in Latin America should be seen as allies in policies on the environment, climate change mitigation and the preservation of biological diversity in rainforests, say experts.

The Challenge of Climate Change: an Indian perspective

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NEW DELHI, INDIA, Nov 19 (IPS) - Few countries in the world are as vulnerable to the effects of climate change as India is with its vast population (of over 1.2 billion) that is dependent on the growth of its agrarian economy, its expansive coastal areas and the Himalayan region and islands.

Jamaica’s Aging Water Systems Falter Under Intense Heat and Drought

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 18 (IPS) - This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts.

When the Rains Came in Dokolo and Karamoja

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DOKOLO, UGANDA, Nov 17 (IPS) - Households in Northern Uganda are recovering from a prolonged dry spell which has devastated harvests and led to food shortages. Long-awaited rains are expected to replenish pastures, and communities are being encouraged to plant short-term crops. But those that can, fear losing their produce again, when the rains stop.

Opinion: Risks? What Risks?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MIAMI, Florida, Nov 17 (IPS) - We humans are acutely aware of risks. From our earliest times, the risks we faced were from hunger, predatory animals, extreme environmental conditions and, as our numbers grew, from other human tribes.

Zimbabweans Align with Climate-Smart Agriculture Amid Food Deficits

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Nov 17 (IPS) - With droughts wreaking havoc in vast areas of Zimbabwe, a majority of people here are fast falling in line with climate-smart agriculture (CSA) as food deficits continue.

Uruguay Puts High Priority on Renewable Energies

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MONTEVIDEO, Nov 17 (IPS) - Uruguay is modifying its energy mix with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, by means of a strategy that bolsters non-conventional clean energy sources through public-private partnerships and new investment. A majority of this South American country's energy already comes from renewable sources.

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