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  1. Freezing Inside UAE’s High Rise Buildings While Temperatures Soar Outside

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 20 (IPS) - "Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid brick by brick," says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Akhtar has seen the evolution of Dubai's skyline over time. "It has been an overwhelming journey."  When asked what has changed in the last 10 years, Akhtar smiles and says the weather.

  2. First Steps Towards a Global Agreement on the High Seas

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    LONDON, Sep 20 (IPS) - Andrew Norton is director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)The world's first efforts to develop a way to govern the high seas – international waters beyond the 200 nautical mile national boundary – is truly underway. The initial round of negotiations at the United Nations has just ended after two weeks of talks.

  3. Indigenous Peoples Link Their Development to Clean Energies

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Sep 20 (IPS) - Achuar indigenous communities in Ecuador are turning to the sun to generate electricity for their homes and transport themselves in canoes with solar panels along the rivers of their territory in the Amazon rainforest, just one illustration of how indigenous people are seeking clean energies as a partner for sustainable development.

  4. Between Drought and Floods, Cuba Seeks to Improve Water Management

    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    HAVANA, Sep 15 (IPS) - If you enjoy a good daily shower and water comes out every time you turn on the taps in your home, you should feel privileged. There are places in the world where this vital resource for life is becoming scarcer by the day and the forecasts for the future are grim.

  5. Worldwide Effects of Asbestos Use

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    WALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 14 (IPS) - Emily Walsh is the Community Outreach Director with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

    Earlier this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States (EPA) issued a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is also a known carcinogen. Asbestos is the only definitive cause of mesothelioma, a cancer which affects the linings of internal organs.

  6. Preservation of the Klamath River - a Life or Death Matter for the Yurok People

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    KLAMATH, California, USA, Sep 13 (IPS) - Fishermen are scarce in the Klamath River delta, unlike other fishing season, because climate change has driven up water temperatures which kills off the salmon, the flagship species of this region in northern California.

  7. Global Warming Threatens Europe's Public Health

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    VIENNA, Sep 13 (IPS) - Climate change and health experts are warning of the growing threat to public health in Europe from global warming as rising temperatures help potentially lethal diseases spread easily across the continent.

  8. Q&A: Achieving Sustainable Goals: “In the End it is All About People. If People Want, it Will Happen.”

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sep 12 (IPS) - Manipadma Jena interviews the Deputy Director and Water Sector Lead at the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) Investment and Policy Solutions Division, PETER VOS.Today just over two billion people live without readily available, safe water supplies at home. And more than half the world's population, roughly 4.3 billion people, live in areas where demand for water resources outstrips sustainable supplies for at least part of the year.

  9. “Running Out Of Time” - Local Communities Mobilise for the Climate

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 (IPS) - Local communities across the globe have risen up to demand commitments on climate change, as frustration mounts over the lack of action.

  10. Q&A: As Water Scarcity Becomes the New Normal How Do We Manage This Scarce Resource?

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sep 11 (IPS) - Manipadma Jena interviews the executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute, Torgyn Holmgren.

    Growing economies are thirsty economies. And water scarcity has become "the new normal" in many parts of the world, according to Torgyn Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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