News headlines for “Biodiversity”

Big polluting lobbyists may be forced to declare interests at UN talks

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ABU DHABI, UAE, May 25 (IPS) - Is the presence of the fossil fuel industry necessary in global climate change negotiations, or does their presence in these talks represent a conflict of interest and undermine global progress?

Q&A: “It’s a Crime” that 35 Million Latin Americans Still Suffer from Hunger

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ocean Conference: An Integrated Vision that must be Delivered

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (IPS) - In March 2015 at the Sendai World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, the then President of Kirbati, Anote Tong, made it very clear how vulnerable his country was to climate and disaster risk, when he informed the room (which was sadly less than half full) that his country had purchased land in Fiji.

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ROME, May 24 (IPS) - Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase.

Community Seed Banks: Securing Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ROME, May 23 (IPS) - For thousands of years, farmers have used genetic diversity to cope with weather variability and changing climate conditions. They have stored, planted, selected and improved seeds to continue producing food in a dynamic environment.

World to Cut Emissions With or Without Trump

Monday, May 22, 2017

BERLIN, May 22 (IPS) - In a last-ditch effort, Germany and China are trying to influence the United States not to walk away from the Paris accord it signed along with 194 nations.

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

Friday, May 19, 2017

BARACOA, Cuba, May 19 (IPS) - A battered bridge connects the centre of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.

At the UN Oceans Forum in June, Will the US Play a Bit Part?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (IPS) - In just a few weeks, the United Nations is convening a world gathering to discuss the health of the world's oceans and seas, with member states, government and nongovernmental organizations, corporations and members of the scientific community and academia signed up to take part.

Mapping and Responding to Climate-Induced Migration

Thursday, May 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (IPS) - As the world focuses on conflict-related migration and displacement, with an unprecedented 60 million fleeing from war and persecution, others are pointing to a less discussed trigger of population movements: climate change.

Defence of Right to Water Drives Call for Land Reform in Chile

Thursday, May 18, 2017

SANTIAGO, May 18 (IPS) - Water at high prices, sold as a market good, and small farmers almost a species in extinction, replaced by seasonal workers, are the visible effects of the crisis in rural Chile, 50 years after a land reform which postulated that "the land is for those who work it."

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