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  1. On Gender Day at Climate Meet, Some Progress, Many Hurdles

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 15 (IPS) - "Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, ‘Why gender?' Today, they are asking, ‘How do we include gender?' That's the progress we have seen since Doha," said Kalyani Raj.

  2. How to Ensure Farming is More Than Just a Footnote in Climate Talks

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 14 (IPS) - If change comes from within, then climate action in agriculture must logically start with farmers. They need to find ways to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

    But when that involves 800 million of the world's poorest people, they are going to require systematic and dedicated support.

  3. The Mekong, Dammed to Die

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    PHNOM PENH, Nov 14 (IPS) - In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

  4. The Harsh Plight of 152 Million Child Labourers

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    ROME, Nov 14 (IPS) - While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily –and much less expensively—resolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labour.

  5. Are Prospects of Rural Youth Employment in Africa a Mirage?

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Nov 13 (IPS) - Many recent accounts tend to dismiss productive employment of youth in rural areas in Africa as a mirage largely because they exhibit strong resistance to eking out a bare subsistence in dismal working and living conditions. We argue below on recent evidence of agricultural transformation that this view is overly pessimistic, if not largely mistaken.

  6. How US Is Taking Climate Action Without Trump

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    WASHINGTON DC, Nov 13 (IPS) - Even after President Trump announced his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, much of the country is moving forward with climate action anyway. According to new analysismore than 2,500 non-federal actors representing more than half the U.S. economy—including cities, counties, states, businesses and more—have pledged their support for the Paris Agreement goals. If these actors were their own country, they'd be the world's third-largest economy.

  7. Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) - A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world.

  8. Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn.

  9. Economic Development vs. Climate Action: Rebutting Deniers and Wafflers

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, Nov 12 (IPS) - As negotiators meet in Bonn to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, stressed that economic development and climate change mitigation and adaptation are not ‘either-or' but must be pursued together.

  10. Climate Change Poses Alarming Threat to Food Security in Pacific Islands

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    ROME, Nov 12 (IPS) - A high-level meeting of political leaders -– hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) -– sounded an ominous warning: that climate change poses an "alarming threat to food systems and food security in the Pacific islands."

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