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Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

CALI, Colombia, Dec 06 (IPS) - A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems.

Europe to Decide on Use of Mercury in Dentistry

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 06 (IPS) - Europe will soon decide the future of a common but controversial dental practice: mercury in tooth fillings.

Three major European institutions, namely the European Commission, Parliament and Council, are due to meet on 6 December to discuss regulations on mercury, particularly its use in dentistry.

Nicaraguan Women Push for Access to Land, Not Just on Paper

Monday, December 05, 2016

MANAGUA, Dec 05 (IPS) - A group of women farmers who organised to fight a centuries-old monopoly over land ownership by men are seeking plots of land to farm in order to contribute to the food security of their families and of the population at large.

Soil: Keeping Nutrients in Food and Carbon in the Ground

Monday, December 05, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 05 (IPS) - Healthy soil not only makes food more nutritious it also helps keep carbon out of the atmosphere by storing it underground.

Initial Global Effects of Trump Even Before Taking Office

Thursday, November 24, 2016

PENANG, Nov 24 (IPS) - Even before taking office, President-Elect Donald Trump and the policies he promised during his campaign are already having a worldwide impact in at least three areas --  global finance, trade and climate change.

The Potential Cost of U.S. Climate Inaction

Thursday, November 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 (IPS) - Although U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has hinted he may be softening his stance on climate change, many are still uncertain of what lies ahead concerning climate action within and beyond the United States.

Coal Mine Threatens Ecological Paradise in Chile's Patagonia Region

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SANTIAGO, Nov 22 (IPS) - An open-pit coal mine in the southern island of Riesco, a paradise of biological diversity in Chile's southern Patagonia wilderness region, is a reflection of the weakness of the country's environmental laws, which are criticised by local residents, activists, scientists and lawmakers.

Battle of the Desert (II): A ‘Great Green Wall for Africa’

Sunday, November 20, 2016

ROME, Nov 20 (IPS) - Desertification, land degradation, drought, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, loss of biodiversity, forced migration and conflicts, are some of the key challenges facing Africa—a giant continent home to 1,2 billion people living in 54 countries.

New Fund Aims to Help Build Resilience to Climate Change

Friday, November 18, 2016

MARRAKECH, Nov 18 (IPS) - The world has been too slow in responding to climate events such as El Niño and La Niña, and those who are the "least responsible are the ones suffering most", Mary Robinson, the special envoy on El Niño and Climate, told IPS at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22).

Phosphate Mining Firms Set Sights on Southern Africa's Sea Floor

Thursday, November 17, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 17 (IPS) - A persistent fear of diminishing phosphorus reserves has pushed mining companies to search far and wide for new sources. Companies identified phosphate deposits on the ocean floor and are fighting for mining rights around the world.

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