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New Technology Boosts Fisherfolk Security

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NAGAPATTINAM, India, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the United Nations gears up to launch its newest set of poverty-reduction targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the words ‘sustainable development' have been on the lips of policymakers the world over.

Will Climate Change Denialism Help the Russian Economy?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MOSCOW, Aug 30 (IPS) - The recent call from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for "tightening belts" has convinced even optimists that something is deeply wrong with the Russian economy.

Large Dams “Highly Correlated” with Poor Water Quality

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (IPS) - Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.

IPS at 50, Leads That Don't Bleed

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (IPS) - Tarzie Vittachi, a renowned Sri Lankan newspaper editor and one-time deputy executive director of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, once recounted the oft-quoted story of an African diplomat who sought his help to get coverage in the U.S. media for his prime minister's address to the General Assembly.

Mexico’s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules

Thursday, August 28, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Aug 28 (IPS) - Four wind farm projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, operated or financed by European investors, could violate Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rules, say activists.

Brazil to Monitor Improvement of Water Quality in Latin America

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27 (IPS) - Problems in access to quality drinking water, supply shortages and inadequate sanitation are challenges facing development and the fight against poverty in Latin America. A new regional centre based in Brazil will monitor water to improve its management.

Climate Policy Goes Hand-in-Hand with Water Policy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 27 (IPS) - Concerned that climate change could lead to an intensification of the global hydrological cycle, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region's plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

OPINION: Building a Sustainable Future: The Compact Between Business and Society

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - Can we envision a day when a critical mass of companies is investing in a better world? Where business is delivering value for the long-term – not just financially, but also socially, environmentally and ethically? Over a decade ago, it was hard to imagine, but we can now say with confidence that a global movement is underway.

Nepal Landslide Leaves Women and Children Vulnerable

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DABI, Nepal, Aug 27 (IPS) - Living in a makeshift tarpaulin shelter, which barely protects her family from the torrential rainfall or scorching heat of this remote village in southern Nepal, 36-year-old Kamala Pari is under immense stress, worrying about her financial security and children's safety.

Threat of Hydropower Dams Still Looms in Chile’s Patagonia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

COYHAIQUE, Chile, Aug 26 (IPS) - After its victory in a nearly decade-long struggle against HidroAysén, a project that would have built five large hydroelectric dams on wilderness rivers, Chile's Patagonia region is gearing up for a new battle: blocking a quiet attempt to build a dam on the Cuervo River.

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