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  1. Using Climate-Smart Solutions to Promote Peace in South Sudan

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    YAMBIO, South Sudan, Mar 13 (IPS) - Almost a month to go ahead of the traditional rainy season in Gbudue State, 430 kilometres west of South Sudan's capital, Juba, smallholder farmers are already tilling their land as they prepare to plant purer, drought-tolerant seeds.

  2. REISSUE: When Environmental Crises Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 (IPS) - IPS is reissuing this piece that appeared in Mar 5, 2018 in memory of the author Victor Tsang, who tragically passed away on Sunday in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, along with 156 others. There were 21 United Nations officials on board the flight. The fatalities included people from 35 countries, including 32 Kenyan citizens, 18 from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight from Italy, China and the US, and seven from the UK and France.

    This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day on March 8.

    Victor Tsang is UN Environment gender expert and Shari Nijman, UN Environment communication officerWhen Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan, her community saw crops failing and cattle dying. Children stopped going to school because of hunger and women and girls had to walk up to five hours every day to collect water.

  3. Innovative Sustainable Business: A Three Trillion-Dollar Opportunity that UN Environment Wants People to Develop

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019

    NAIROBI, Mar 12 (IPS) - In the East African region, communities around the continent's largest water body, Lake Victoria, regard the water hyacinth as a great menace that clogs the lake and hampers their fishing activities. But in Lagos, Nigeria, some groups of women have learned how to convert the invasive weed into a resource, providing them with the raw material needed to make handicrafts.

  4. The Rising Trend of Zero Waste Lifestyles

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    MELBOURNE, Mar 11 (IPS) - Leyla Acaroglu is an Australian designer, sustainability innovator, and educator. She is the founder of two design agencies, Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators. Not too long ago, the term "zero waste" was just one of those boring policy directives or catchphrases thrown around by governments.

    But in the last few years, ‘going zero waste' has taken on a new direction as a lifestyle trend of the insta-famous, who are helping to make zero waste a movement that anyone can get involved in.

  5. Access to Water Is a Daily Battle in Poor Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Mar 11 (IPS) - "Look at this water. Would you drink it?" asks José Pablo Zubieta, as he shows a glass he has just filled from a faucet, where yellow and brown sediment float, in his home in Villa La Cava, a shantytown on the outskirts of Argentina's capital.

  6. Q&A: Inventor from a Small Fishing Village in Saint Lucia Provides Hope for Water Woes

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    CASTRIES, Mar 11 (IPS) - Karlis Noel spends his days in his lab in the small, picturesque community of Laborie in St. Lucia. The former fisherman's story might sound like an overnight success, but his present accolades in the field of engineering are the result of years of hard work and an unceasing drive to make life easier for communities in the throes of a water crisis.

  7. Environmental Funding For Guyana Must Cater for Mangroves Too

    Friday, March 08, 2019

    GEORGETOWN, Mar 08 (IPS) - For several decades, Guyana has been using mangroves to protect its coasts against natural hazards, and the country believes its mangrove forests should be included in programmes like the REDD+ of United Nations, in order to access financing to continue their restoration and maintenance, as they complement miles of seawalls that help to prevent flooding.

  8. Island Women Take the Lead in Peatland Restoration

    Thursday, March 07, 2019

    LEYTE ISLAND, Philippines, Mar 07 (IPS) - This feature part of IPS coverage of International Women's Day on Mar. 8

    Eluminada Roca has lived all her life next to the  Leyte Sab-a Basin peatlands. The grandmother from of San Isidro village in Philippines' Leyte island grew up looking at the green hills that feed water to the peatland, she harvested tikog—a peatland grass to weave mats—and ate the delicious fish that was once in abundant in the waters.

    But today, the land is losing its water, the grass is disappearing and the fish stock has drastically decreased.

  9. Smart Tech Will Only Work for Women When the Fundamentals for Its Uptake Are in Place

    Thursday, March 07, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 07 (IPS) - Ibrahim Thiaw is Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

    Science and technology offer exciting pathways for rural women to tackle the challenges they face daily. Innovative solutions for rural women can, for example, reduce their workload, raise food production and increase their participation in the paid labour market. But even the very best innovative, gender-appropriate technology makes no sense without access to other critical resources, especially secure land rights, which women in rural areas need to flourish.

  10. Industrial Jobs in Danger When the Climate is to be Saved

    Tuesday, March 05, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Mar 05 (IPS) - The trade unions' solution for a greener world is new jobs with good working conditions. The critics argue that there's not enough time. "We can either protect industrial jobs in the global north or save the climate", says political scientist Tadzio Müller.

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