News headlines for “Environmental Issues”, page 2

  1. ITUC: The Global Economic Model has Failed

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    BRUSSELS, Sep 18 (IPS) - Sharan Burrow has just returned from a long weekend in Latin America. In Panama she met with laborers. Out in the real world. That is where she is most at home. Where working conditions are poor. Conditions that she has spent her life trying to change.

  2. World Hunger on the Rise Again

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    ROME, Sep 15 (IPS) - Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed.

  3. Caribbean Picks Up the Pieces After Monster Storm

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, Sep 15 (IPS) - When Hurricane Irma ripped through the British Virgins Islands on Sept. 6, claiming seven lives, injuring an unknown number of people and destroying built infrastructure as well as significantly damaging the natural environment, the ferocity of the storm shocked many of the islands' residents, including 72-year-old Egbert Smith, who has lived through plenty of severe storms.

  4. At Key Finance Meet, Mongolia Seeks Path to a Greener Economy

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    ULAANBAATAR, Sep 14 (IPS) - Rapid growth of a coal-fired economy often leads to environmental degradation, and Mongolia is a case in point.

  5. Fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific – Immense Opportunities, Critical Challenges

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    BRUXELLES, Sep 13 (IPS) - Fish is big business. The latest figures show that more than 165 million tonnes of fish are either captured or harvested in a year, with each person consuming more than 20kg of fish annually, according to the world average. Roughly US$ 140 billion worth of fish is traded globally per annum, with millions of people relying on jobs in fishing and fish-farming, not to mention the seafood industry which involves processing, transport, retail and restaurants.

  6. Alert: Nature, on the Verge of Bankruptcy

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    ROME, Sep 12 (IPS) - Pressures on global land resources are now greater than ever, as a rapidly increasing population coupled with rising levels of consumption is placing ever-larger demands on the world's land-based natural capital, warns a new United Nations report.

  7. Hurricanes, Human Rights and Fiji

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 12 (IPS) - When people ask me what rising sea levels and hurricanes have to do with human rights, I tell them about my work trip to the Maldives back in 2008. At the time, the small island nation was undertaking democratic reforms and leading the diplomatic efforts at the UN to portray the human face of climate change. Vivid in my memory is an image of a man piling up sand bags to keep the rising sea from taking his house. Vivid also are the faces of elderly islanders, wracked with despair and disbelief, after huge storm surges had forced people to relocate. 

  8. Much more climate finance now!

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 12 (IPS) - Funding developing countries' climate change mitigation and adaption efforts was never going to be easy. But it has become more uncertain with President Trump's decision to leave the Paris Accord. As a candidate, he threatened not to fulfil the modest US pledge of US$3 billion towards the 2020 target of US$100 billion yearly for the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

  9. 2050 is Now

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 11 (IPS) - The reality of daily life is that we try to fix the problems that are staring us in the face. In many ways, the desire for short-term results defines the rhythm of both public and private life. So the idea that decisions today will define where we end up in a couple of decades is difficult to grasp, and may even appear outlandish.

  10. Taking Stock of SDG Actions on UN’s Development Agenda

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 11 (IPS) - Taken together, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, provide humanity with a masterplan for a sustainable way of life on this planet.

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