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  1. Outcry over Use of Water for Electricity Generation in Mexico

    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 (IPS) - One of the fears of the people of the Sierra Huasteca mountains in the state of San Luis Potosi in northeast Mexico is the construction of combined cycle power plants, which would threaten the availability of water.

  2. SLIDESHOW: Planet Earth, The Only Home We Have

    Friday, August 17, 2018

    ROME, Aug 17 (IPS) - Climate change is on us. Parts of the planet are burning up. Heatwaves across the northern hemisphere have dried vegetation and withered crops. Forests are ablaze in North America, Europe and Asia – even as far north as the Arctic Circle. The polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. Massive storms and floods have devastated communities. Deserts continue relentlessly to encroach. And the extraordinarily hot spells this summer followed on from the extraordinarily cold spells of last winter. In 2018, extreme weather is the order of the day.

  3. Let Food Be Thy Medicine

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    BRAZZAVILLE, Congo, Aug 14 (IPS) - Adelheid Onyango is Adviser for Nutrition at the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa and Bibi Giyose is Senior Nutrition and Food Systems officer, and Special Advisor to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).When faced with a crisis, our natural reaction is to deal with its immediate threats. Ateka* came to the make-shift clinic with profuse diarrhoea: they diagnosed cholera. The urgent concern in the midst of that humanitarian crisis was to treat the infection and send her home as quickly as possible. But she came back to the treatment centre a few days later – not for cholera, but because she was suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Doctors had saved her life but not restored her health. And there were others too, who like Ateka eventually succumbed to severe malnutrition.  

  4. When Salt Water Intrusion is Not Just a Threat But a Reality for Guyanese Farmers

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Aug 14 (IPS) - Mikesh Ram would watch his rice crops begin to rot during the dry season in Guyana, because salt water from the nearby Atlantic Ocean was displacing freshwater from the Mahaica River he and other farmers used to flood their rice paddies.

  5. Scientists Warn of the Imminent Depletion of Groundwater in Chile's Atacama Desert

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    OVALLE, Chile, Aug 14 (IPS) - Eighteen national science prize-winners in Chile have called for a halt to the over-extraction of water in the four regions over which the Atacama Desert spreads in the north of the country, a problem that threatens the future of 1.5 million people.

  6. New Agreement with China: Opportunity to Save Mozambique's Forests

    Thursday, August 09, 2018

    LONDON, Aug 09 (IPS) - Duncan Macqueen is a principal researcher on forests at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)*Mozambique's forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, with most of the destruction caused by excessive logging, corruption and weak laws.

  7. Indigenous Peoples Least Responsible for the Climate Crisis

    Thursday, August 09, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 09 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds initiated by IPS on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, on August 9.Indigenous peoples, who comprise less than five percent of the world's population, have the world's smallest carbon footprint, and are the least responsible for our climate crisis. Yet because their livelihoods and wellbeing are intimately bound with intact ecosystems, indigenous peoples disproportionately face the brunt of climate changewhich is fast becoming a leading driver of human displacement.

  8. Sousa, a Solar Power Capital in an Increasingly Arid Brazil

    Thursday, August 09, 2018

    SOUSA, Brazil, Aug 09 (IPS) - Sousa, a municipality of 70,000 people in the west of Paraíba, the state in Brazil most threatened by desertification, has become the country's capital of solar energy, with a Catholic church, various businesses, households and even a cemetery generating solar power.

  9. States Must Act Now to Protect Indigenous Peoples During Migration

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    GENEVA/NEW YORK, Aug 08 (IPS) - States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts. In a joint statement marking International day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the experts say it is crucial that the rights of indigenous peoples are realised when they migrate or are displaced from their lands:

  10. Why the Flooding in Grenada is a Clear Reminder of its Vulnerability to Climate Change

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    ST GEORGE’S, Aug 08 (IPS) - Grenada is still tallying the damage after heavy rainfall last week resulted in "wide and extensive" flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change.

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