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Facing Storms Without the Mangrove Wall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ATHENS, Oct 15 (IPS) - As the cyclonic storm Hudhud ripped through India's eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, home to two million people, at a land speed of over 190 kilometres per hour on Sunday, it destroyed electricity and telephone infrastructure, damaged the airport, and laid waste to thousands of thatched houses, as well as rice fields, banana plantations and sugarcane crops throughout the state.

Ahead of Myanmar Trip, Obama Urged to Demand Extractives Transparency

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - Lawmakers here are urging President Barack Obama to put transparency in the extractives sector at the centre of an upcoming trip to Myanmar.

Biodiversity, Climate Change Solutions Inextricably Linked

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 14 (IPS) - The remarkable biodiversity of the countries of the Caribbean, already under stress from human impacts like land use, pollution, invasive species, and over-harvesting of commercially valuable species, now faces an additional threat from climate change.

Istanbul’s Citizens Discover Green Solidarity

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ISTANBUL, Oct 14 (IPS) - A year after the Gezi Park uprising – a protest that began as an act to save trees – exploded into anti-government riots around the country, sparking cohesive community efforts to fight urban sprawl, the face of environmental activism and awareness in Turkey has changed.

Curbing the Illegal Wildlife Trade Crucial to Preserving Biodiversity

Monday, October 13, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 13 (IPS) - For over five years, 33-year-old Maheshwar Basumatary, a member of the indigenous Bodo community, made a living by killing wild animals in the protected forests of the Manas National Park, a tiger reserve, elephant sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the India-Bhutan border.

Drought Plagues Brazil’s Richest Metropolis

Friday, October 10, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 10 (IPS) - Agricultural losses are no longer the most visible effect of the drought plaguing Brazil's most developed region. Now the energy crisis and the threat of water shortages in the city of São Paulo are painful reminders of just how dependent Brazilians are on regular rainfall.

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide

Friday, October 10, 2014

ATHENS, Oct 10 (IPS) - Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its propeller. Multiply these scenarios a thousand-fold, and you get a glimpse of the state of the world's oceans.

World Bank Pushes Private Sector for Major Investments in Infrastructure

Thursday, October 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 09 (IPS) - The World Bank has initiated a major call to action for private sector investors around infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Family Farmers Don’t Need Climate-Smart Agriculture

Thursday, October 09, 2014

NAPLES, Italy, Oct 09 (IPS) - Small farmers can look to options like agroecological intensification and innovation, without necessarily turning to climate-smart agriculture, which is promoted by the United Nations but has awakened doubts among global experts meeting in this Italian city.

Acid Oceans Could Deal Heavy Blow to Fishing-Dependant Nations

Thursday, October 09, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 09 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.

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