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Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear: that water will be one of the defining issues of the coming decade.

Urban Population to Reach 3.9 Billion by Year End

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 (IPS) - People living in cities already outnumber those in rural areas and the trend does not appear to be reversing, according to UN-Habitat, the Nairobi-based agency for human settlements, which has warned that planning is crucial to achieve sustainable urban growth.

World Bank Unveils Major Global Support for Carbon Pricing

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 23 (IPS) - Seventy-three countries and 22 lower-level governments offered formal support Monday for a global price on carbon dioxide emissions, including China, Russia and the European Union.

U.N. High-Level Summits Ignore World's Political Crises

Monday, September 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 (IPS) - As the 69th session of the General Assembly took off with the usual political pageantry, the United Nations will be hosting as many as seven "high-level meetings", "summits" and "special sessions" compressed into a single week - the largest number in living memory.

Climate Change an 'Existential Threat' for the Caribbean

Monday, September 22, 2014

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sep 22 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn't mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Green Economy Isn't Rocket Science – And It's Not Even Costly

Monday, September 22, 2014

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 22 (IPS) - Acting on climate change will not hurt domestic economic growth, and in fact is more likely to boost growth, most analyses now show.

Only the Crazy and Economists Believe Growth is Endless

Monday, September 22, 2014

LEIPZIG, Sep 22 (IPS) - From the mid-20th century onwards, economic growth has come to count as a self-evident goal in economic policies and GDP to be seen as the most important index for measuring economic activities.

French Add Voice to Global Climate Action

Sunday, September 21, 2014

PARIS, Sep 21 (IPS) - As if to highlight the reality of climate change, the rain came pouring down here as demonstrators prepared to rally for political action to combat global warming.

Boosting the Natural Disaster Immunity of Caribbean Hospitals

Sunday, September 21, 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21 (IPS) - When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent's new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of "remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disaster."

Africa Seeks Commitment to Adaptation in Climate Deal

Sunday, September 21, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 21 (IPS) - It is a critical time for international climate change negotiations. By December 2015, world leaders are due to decide on an international climate change agreement covering all countries that will take effect in 2020. 

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