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$90tn Infrastructure Investment Could Combat Climate Change: Report

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 12 (IPS) - The world will need to more than double its current infrastructure stock over the next 15 years - a massive undertaking which could either contribute to or combat catastrophic climate change - according to a new report.

Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline: “This Is Not The End”  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NEW YORK, Oct 11 (IPS) - Resistance towards the controversial Dakota Access pipeline continues after a federal court rejected requests to halt construction on Monday.

Few Families Overcome Forced Displacement by Hydropower Plants in Brazil

Monday, October 10, 2016

PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Oct 10 (IPS) - The construction of mega-hydropower plants in Brazil has been a tragedy for thousands of families that have been displaced, and a nightmare for the companies that have to relocate them as required by local law.

Coffee Producers in Costa Rica Use Science to Tackle Climate Change

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

LLANO BONITO, Costa Rica, Oct 05 (IPS) - "Our coffee production per hectare has dropped due to early ripening of the fruit and diseases," Maritza Cal coffee farmer in the mountains in southern Costa Rica, told IPS.

Amid South Africa's Drought, Proposed Mine Raises Fears of Wetlands Impact

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 04 (IPS) - The dam supplying Johannesburg's water sits less than 30 percent full. Water restrictions have been in place since November and taxes on high water use since August. Food prices across South Africa have risen about 10 percent from last year, in large part due to water shortages.

Making Policy out of Scientific Bricks, not Straw

Monday, October 03, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 03 (IPS) - Given the enormity of the challenges confronting humanity, the world's investment in science, technology and innovation is woefully inadequate.

Environmental Crimes Could Warrant International Criminal Court Prosecutions

Saturday, October 01, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 01 (IPS) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will pay more attention to crimes of environmental destruction and land-grabs, according to a new policy paper published by the court.

To Effectively Combat Climate Change, Involve Women

Friday, September 30, 2016

ATLANTA, Georgia, Sep 30 (IPS) - London's Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames is famously known as the "Ladies Bridge," for it was built largely by women during the height of World War II.  On another continent, women fighting a different war have built an equally remarkable structure: a 3,300-meter anti-salt dyke constructed by a women's association in Senegal to reclaim land affected by rising levels of salt water.

Wave Energy on the Horizon in the Pacific Islands

Friday, September 30, 2016

CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 30 (IPS) - Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But only this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, are they now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region.

Take a Deep Breath? But 9 in 10 People Worldwide Live with Excessive Air Pollution!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

ROME, Sep 29 (IPS) - The warning is sharp and the facts, alarming: 92 per cent of the world's population live in places where levels exceed recommended limits. And 6.5 million people die annually from air pollution.

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