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  1. Cycles of Wealth in Brazil’s Amazon: Gold, Lumber, Cattle and Now, Energy

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    PARANAITA, Brazil, Oct 21 (IPS) - The burning down of the local forest, on Jun. 29, 1979, was the first step towards the creation of the city of Paranaita, in a municipality that is now trying to shed its reputation as a major deforester of Brazil's Amazon rainforest and has named itself "the energy capital."

  2. World Campaign to Clean Torrents of Plastic Dumped in the Oceans

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ROME, Oct 20 (IPS) - With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth's main buffer against climate change.

  3. Can Index Insurance Make African Farmers Climate-resilient?

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.

  4. The Future for Financing Africa’s Renewable Energy

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 19 (IPS) - Lack of energy access presents a formidable challenge to Africa and lack of access to financing has been singled out as the biggest reason why over 620 million people living on the continent are stuck in energy poverty.

  5. To Eliminate Poverty, Better Understanding Needed

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (IPS) - As the United Nations' Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) comes to an end, more self-congratulation is likely. Claims of victory in the war against poverty will be backed by recently released poverty estimates from the World Bank, entrusted by the UN system to monitor poverty.

  6. What Do You Really Eat When You Order a Steak, Fish or Chicken Filet?

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    ROME, Oct 18 (IPS) - The world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned while announcing the World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13-19 November.

  7. Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Oct 18 (IPS) - The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the United States and Europe and doubts in the international scenario about the environmental impact of these fuels based on agricultural products.

  8. New Villages Bloom in the Shadow of a Mountain’s Wrath

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    MEDAN, Indonesia, Oct 17 (IPS) - Repeated volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung since 2010 have displaced thousands of people, leaving villages around the mountain deserted, with volcanic ash, lava and mud covering the soil, trees and empty houses.

  9. Driven to Extremes–How Poverty Fuels Extremism, and How to Help Africa’s Youth

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 (IPS) - Poverty is a blight, and one that disproportionately affects sub-Saharan Africa. It is a vast and complex issue whose tentacles reach into many areas, including climate change, sustainable development and–crucially–global security. The link between poverty and violent extremism is compelling, and means that if we want to address extremism, we must fight inequality too.

  10. International Day of Rural Women

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    ROME, Oct 16 (IPS) - On this International Day of Rural Women, the world celebrates women and girls in rural areas and the critical role they play in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

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