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Socialists Could Turn to Enviromentalist after Candidate’s Death

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 (IPS) - The death of socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos opens up an unexpected opportunity for environmental leader Marina Silva to return with renewed strength to the struggle to govern Brazil, offering a "third way" in a highly polarised campaign.

Protecting America's Underwater Serengeti

Friday, August 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the world's no-fishing areas to protect what some call America's underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays around underwater mountains filled with rare or unique species.

Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats

Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (IPS) - Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle - this time against death threats received by him and his family.

U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (IPS) - Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmar's timber sector for one year.

Adaptation Gaps Mean African Farmers Fork Out More Money for Reduced Harvests

Thursday, August 14, 2014

YAOUNDE, Aug 14 (IPS) - In Cameroon's Northwest Region, Judith Muma walks 9km from her home to her 300-square-metre farm. The vegetables she grows here are flourishing thanks to the money she has borrowed from her njangi (thrift group) and a local credit union to finance a small artisanal irrigation scheme.

Mining Firms in Peru Mount Legal Offensive Against Inspection Tax

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LIMA, Aug 14 (IPS) - The leading mining companies in Peru have brought a rash of lawsuits to fight an increase in the tax they pay to cover the costs of inspections and oversight of their potentially environmentally damaging activities.

It Takes More than Two to Tango – or to Clean up Argentina’s Riachuelo River

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 13 (IPS) - Immortalised by a famous tango, the "Niebla del riachuelo" (Mist over the Riachuelo river) has begun to dissipate over Argentina's most polluted river, much of which is lined by factories and slums. But two centuries of neglect and a complex web of political and economic interests are hindering a clean-up plan that requires a broad, concerted effort.

Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MALAGA, Spain, Aug 12 (IPS) - José María Gómez squats and pulls up a bunch of carrots from the soil as well as a few leeks. This farmer from southern Spain believes organic farming is more than just not using pesticides and other chemicals – it's a way of life, he says, which requires creativity and respect for nature.

Putting the Littlest Disaster Victims on the Caribbean’s Climate Agenda

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble.

Chile’s Patagonia Seeks Small-Scale Energy Autonomy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

COYHAIQUE, Chile, Aug 12 (IPS) - The southern region of Aysén in Chile's Patagonian wilderness has the highest energy costs in the entire country. And the regional capital, Coyhaique, is the most polluted city in the nation, even though it has huge potential for hydroelectricity and wind power.

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