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Only Half of Global Banks Have Policy to Respect Human Rights

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dic 09 (IPS) - Just half of major global banks have in place a public policy to respect human rights, according to new research, despite this being a foundational mandate of an international convention on multinational business practice.

Divestment Campaign Aims to Bleed Dry the Fossil Fuel Industry

Monday, December 08, 2014

LIMA, Dic 08 (IPS) - Even as the presence of major oil and gas corporations is nearly ubiquitous at the U.N. climate talks in the Peruvian capital known as COP20, fossil fuel divestment campaigns have gained ground in various countries and are moving to counter the influence of the "dirty energy" lobby here.

OPINION: Women Must Be Partners and Drivers of Climate Change Decision-Making

Monday, December 08, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Dic 08 (IPS) - As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will struggle to feed her family from a farm plot that produces less each season.

Climate Neutrality – the Lifeboat Launched by Lima

Monday, December 08, 2014

LIMA, Dic 08 (IPS) - Packed into stifling meeting rooms in the Peruvian capital, delegates from 195 countries are trying to find a path that would make it possible for the planet to reach climate neutrality in the second half of this century – the only way to avoid irreversible damage, scientists warn.

OPINION: Addressing Climate Change Requires Real Solutions, Not Blind Faith in the Magic of Markets

Monday, December 08, 2014

BRISBANE, Dic 08 (IPS) - Norwegians know something of life in a climate change world. Migratory birds arrive earlier in spring, trees come into leaf before previously expected, and palsa mires (wetlands) are being lost as permafrost thaws.

“Indigenous Peoples Are the Owners of the Land” Say Activists at COP20

Saturday, December 06, 2014

LIMA, Dic 06 (IPS) - The clamor of indigenous peoples for recognition of their ancestral lands resounded among the delegates of 195 countries at the climate summit taking place in the Peruvian capital. "I want my land…that's where I live and eat, and it's where my saintly grandparents lie," Diana Ríos shouted with rage.

Indonesia’s New President Puts Rainforests Before Palm Oil Plantations

Friday, December 05, 2014

JAKARTA, Dic 05 (IPS) - Last week, Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, ordered the country's Ministry of Environment and Forestry to review the licenses of all companies that have converted peatlands to oil palm plantations.

U.N.'s 17 Sustainable Development Goals Remain Intact

Thursday, December 04, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Dic 04 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has refused to jettison any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an Open Working Group of member states: goals aimed at launching the U.N.'s new post-2015 development agenda through 2030.

Q&A: Why Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism is at a Crossroads

Thursday, December 04, 2014

LIMA, Dic 04 (IPS) - The U.N. mechanism for supporting carbon emissions projects in developing countries – the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – is in crisis as a result of a dramatic slump in the prices being paid for carbon credits.

OPINION: To Conserve Arctic Species, Take Action in Africa

Thursday, December 04, 2014

BONN, Dic 04 (IPS) - So great are the contrasts between the frozen empty expanses of the far north and Africa's baking deserts, steamy rain forests and savannahs that any direct connections between the two seem far-fetched - if they indeed exist at all.

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