News headlines for “Environmental Issues”, page 4

  1. A Pragmatic Shift Needed, to Deliver the Potential of Blue Economy

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    NAIROBI, Jan 24 (IPS) - Ngele Ali is Head of Communications, UNDP Kenya.

    It's estimated that 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Unfortunately, our water resources are under serious threats attributable to uncontrolled human activities that are severely impacting livelihoods and the ecosystem.

  2. Sum & Substance of Climate Diplomacy

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    NEW DELHI, Jan 23 (IPS) - As I was attending the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—to create a rulebook to operationalise the Paris Agreement—in Katowice, Poland, it dawned on me, like never before, that the negotiations were taking place in a make-believe world.

  3. Bringing Greener Pastures Back Home

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 (IPS) - One month on since the Global Compact for Migration was approved, civil society has highlighted the need to turn words into action, supporting those who have been displaced or forced to migrate as a result of environmental degradation.

  4. Moving Beyond Just Building Toilets

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    PUNE, India, Jan 21 (IPS) - One of the most laudable initiatives of the current government's regime is the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) that was launched on Oct 2, 2014, with a larger vision of a clean India. The critical aspect of the mission was that—unlike many of the movements that preceded it—this had a measurable outcome (making India open defecation free) and a firm timeline (by 2019).

  5. Eat Plants, Save the Planet

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 21 (IPS) - While the modern agricultural system has helped stave off famines and feed the world's 7 billion residents, the way we eat and produce food is posing a threat to future populations' food security.

  6. Family Farming Wages a Difficult Battle in Argentina

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan 21 (IPS) - "Our philosophy is based on two principles: zero tolerance of pesticides or bosses," says Leandro Ladrú, while he puts tomatoes and carrots in the ecological bag held by a customer, in a large market in the Argentine capital, located between warehouses and rusty old railroad cars.

  7. Quenching Humanity’s Freshwater Thirst Creates a Salty Threat

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    HAMILTON, Canada, Jan 18 (IPS) - Vladimir Smakhtin is Director, and Manzoor Qadir is Assistant Director, of the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Canada, hosted by the Government of Canada and McMaster University. Edward Jones, who worked on the paper at UNU-INWEH, is now a researcher at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    Starting from a few, mostly Middle Eastern facilities in the 1960s, today almost 16,000 desalination plants are in operation in 177 countries, producing 95 million cubic meters of freshwater every day - equal to about half the flow over Niagara Falls.

  8. Q&A: 17 Percent of the Problem, but 30 Percent of the Solution

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Tharanga Yakupitiyage interviews United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Coordinator of Freshwater, Land, and Climate Branch TIM CHRISTOPHERSENFrom expansive evergreen forests to lush tropical forests, the Earth's forests are disappearing on a massive scale. While deforestation poses a significant problem to the environment and climate, trees also offer a solution.

  9. Wasting & Dining: the New Water Dilemma

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan 17 (IPS) - Professor Jan Lundqvist is Senior Advisor at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

    Concerns about the supply side of food systems are shifting from insufficient production and supply, to issues likely to affect food production in the medium and long term, such as water risks, global warming and environmental consequences.

  10. Climate Change Threatens Mexico's Atlantic Coast

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico, Jan 17 (IPS) - "I couldn't plant my cornfield in May, because it rained too early. I lost everything," lamented Marcos Canté, an indigenous farmer, as he recounted the ravages that climate change is wreaking on this municipality on Mexico's Caribbean coast.

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