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Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SAN JOSE, Nov 25 (IPS) - Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding

Monday, November 24, 2014

LONDON, Nov 24 (IPS) - The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.

Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina

Monday, November 24, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 24 (IPS) - The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighourhoods.

Lessons from Jamaica's Billion-Dollar Drought

Monday, November 24, 2014

MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov 24 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change.

Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BUDAPEST/BARCELONA, Nov 22 (IPS) - For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development.

The Future of the Planet and the Irresponsibility of Governments

Friday, November 21, 2014

ROME, Nov 21 (IPS) - Less than a week after everybody celebrated the historical agreement on Nov. 17 between the United States and China on reduction of CO2 emissions, a very cold shower has come from India.

A Game-Changing Week on Climate Change

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (IPS) - - In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change.

Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CAMPO MARIPE, Argentina, Nov 18 (IPS) - The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both "above and below ground."

G20 Seeks to Streamline Private Investment in Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (IPS) - Industrialised countries have agreed to collaborate on a new programme aimed at funnelling significant private-sector investment into global infrastructure projects, particularly in developing countries.

Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?

Monday, November 17, 2014

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 (IPS) - This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.

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