News headlines for “Environmental Issues”, page 2

  1. Drought, Disease and War Hit Global Agriculture, Says U.N.

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 11 (IPS) - The United Nations has warned of drought, disease and war preventing farmers from producing enough food for millions of people across Africa and other regions, leading to the need for major aid operations.

  2. Today’s Menu: Pesticide Salad, Leaded Fish with Plastic, Chemical Fruit

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    MADRID, Jul 10 (IPS) - In case you were not aware or just do not remember: all you eat, drink, breathe, wear, take as a medicine, the cosmetics you use, the walls of your house, among others, is full of chemicals. And all is really ALL.

  3. What Should FAO's New Director General Focus on?

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    ROME, Jul 10 (IPS) - On 23 June 2019 Mr Qu Dongyu of China was elected as the new Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO is one of the largest UN specialized agencies with a budget for 2018-19 of  US$2.5  billion,  offices in over 130 countries and more than 11,000 employees.  

  4. Climate Change Victims: What Will You Do Next?

    Monday, July 08, 2019

    LONDON, Jul 08 (IPS) - Professor Joshua Castellino is Executive Director of the UK-based Minority Rights Group International.

    Contemporary politics generates a lot of noise and smoke, with little attention devoted to understanding, analysing and fixing the causes of the noise and smoke. The global public discourse is dominated by statements made by politicians and aspirants to power, designed to shock, awe and draw support.

  5. Climate Change Deniers Violate Human Rights

    Monday, July 08, 2019

    AMSTERDAM, Jul 08 (IPS) - Eco Matser is Hivos global Climate Change / Energy and Development Coordinator.

    Whoever still thinks climate change is purely an environmental issue, threatening only nature, needs to think again. Climate change is also essentially a human issue because of its devastating effect on human life – and rights. It exacerbates existing inequalities, undermines democracy and threatens development at large. Likewise, by far the greatest burden will fall on those already in poverty, while the rich will be able to buy their way out of rising heat and hunger.

  6. We Can Get the 2030 Agenda Back on Track – With More Empowered, Inclusive, & Equal Partnerships

    Friday, July 05, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 05 (IPS) - Ulrika Modeer* is Director of UN Development Programme's Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy & Susanna Moorehead* is Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentuniversally adopted in 2015, is a plan to create a better and more sustainable future for all in just 15 years, through 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs). It sounds implausible.

  7. Why Environmental and Humanitarian Action Must Be Linked

    Thursday, July 04, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 04 (IPS) - Environmental and humanitarian action is often understood as two different sectors. However, the lack of awareness regarding its intersections could lead to further long-term devastation.

  8. Chilean Schools Recycle Greywater to Combat Drought

    Thursday, July 04, 2019

    OVALLE, Chile, Jul 04 (IPS) - Children from the neighboring municipalities of Ovalle and Río Hurtado in northern Chile are harvesting rain and recycling greywater in their schools to irrigate fruit trees and vegetable gardens, in an initiative aimed at combating the shortage of water in this semi-arid region.

  9. Indigenous Communities Head Towards Energy Self-Sufficiency in Guatemala

    Wednesday, July 03, 2019

    USPANTÁN, Guatemala, Jul 03 (IPS) - Because the government has never provided them with electricity, indigenous communities in the mountains of northwest Guatemala had no choice but to generate their own energy.

  10. Paraguay Moves Towards Sustainable Commodities

    Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    ASUNCION, Paraguay, Jul 02 (IPS) - Silvia Morimoto is UNDP Resident Representative in Paraguay

    The statistics are alarming. By 2050, the world will require an estimated 60 percent growth in agricultural production to meet the food demand of a population of close to 9 billion people.

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