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Saving Caribbean Tourism from the Sea

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 16 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them - from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.

Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon “Tsunami”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year's disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.

Uzbekistan’s Dying Aral Sea Resurrected as Tourist Attraction

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BISHKEK, Apr 15 (IPS) - "I'm going for a swim," says Pelle Bendz, a 52-year-old Swede, as he rummages in the jeep for his bathing trunks. The other tourists look at him, bewildered. What's left of the Aral Sea is reputed to be a toxic stew, contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals.

IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 14 (IPS) - Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world's top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions.

Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste

Monday, April 14, 2014

YAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S., Apr 14 (IPS) - The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: "We'll tell them."

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

Monday, April 14, 2014

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica, Apr 14 (IPS) - The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can't fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.

Whales Find Good Company

Monday, April 14, 2014

REYKJAVIK, Apr 14 (IPS) - Posters with the words "Do you know who caught your seafood" are now appearing on buses, trains and other venues in Boston. They are part of a campaign organised by a coalition of U.S. environmental groups called Whales Need Us, to draw attention to the links between Icelandic whalers and fish sold in the U.S.

'Sanitation for All' a Rapidly Receding Goal

Saturday, April 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 12 (IPS) - World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate.

U.S. Urged to Push World Bank on Human Rights Safeguards

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 10 (IPS) - Rights advocates and community leaders, together with some U.S. lawmakers, are urging the United States to take a more robust role in pushing the World Bank to explicitly incorporate human rights into policies that dictate how and when the bank can engage in project lending and technical assistance.

OP-ED: The World Bank’s Waste of Energy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 10 (IPS) - The World Bank's job is to fight poverty. Key to lifting people out of poverty is access to reliable modern energy. It makes sense.

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