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Socioenvironmental Catastrophe Emerges from the Ashes of Patagonia’s Forests

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 17 (IPS) - In the wake of the fire that destroyed more than 34,000 hectares of forests, some of them ancient, in Argentina's southern Patagonia region, the authorities will have to put out flames that are no less serious: the new socio-environmental catastrophe that will emerge from the ashes.

Indonesia’s Palm Oil Industry in Need of a Makeover

Monday, March 16, 2015

BALI, Indonesia, Mar 16 (IPS) - Over the past three decades, 50 percent of the 544,150 square kilometres that comprise Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, has been taken over by the palm oil industry.

Cyclone Pam Prompts Action for Vanuatu at Sendai Conference

Monday, March 16, 2015

SENDAI, Japan, Mar 16 (IPS) - Cyclone Pam has not only caused unprecedented damages to the Pacific island of Vanuatu but also lent urgency to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plea that disaster risk reduction is in "everybody's interest".

Canada’s Waste Still Rotting in a Philippine Port

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MANILA, Mar 15 (IPS) - Filipino Catholic priest and activist Reverend Father Robert Reyes, dubbed by media as the "running priest", joined a protest of environmental and public health activists last week by running along the streets of the Makati Business District, the Philippines' financial capital, to urge the government to immediately re-export the 50 Canadian containers filled with hazardous wastes that have been in the Port of Manila for 600 days now.

Anger Seethes in Gabon after Wood Company Sacks Protesting Workers

Friday, March 13, 2015

MBOMAO, Gabon, Mar 13 (IPS) - There is rising anger among trade unionists, environmentalists and civil society groups in Gabon after a wood company, Rain Forest Management (RFM), sacked 38 fixed-term workers last month in Mbomao, Ogooué-Ivindo province.

Sendai Conference to Move From Managing Disasters to Risk Prevention

Friday, March 13, 2015

SENDAI, Japan, Mar 13 (IPS) - As the world inched towards a crucial United Nations Conference in Sendai, Japan, Margareta Wahlström, head of the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), assured that there was "general agreement" on the need to "move from managing disasters to managing disaster risk". 

Feeding a Warmer, Riskier World

Friday, March 13, 2015

ROME, Mar 13 (IPS) - Artificial meat. Indoor aquaculture. Vertical farms. Irrigation drones. Once the realm of science fiction, these things are now fact. Food production is going high tech – at least, in some places.

Safeguarding Africa’s Wetlands a Daunting Task

Thursday, March 12, 2015

HARARE, Mar 12 (IPS) - African wetlands are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the continent, covering more than 131 million hectares, according to the Senegalese-based Wetlands International Africa (WIA).

The Dilemma of Soy in Argentina

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 12 (IPS) - Industrial soy production continues to expand in Argentina, pushing small farmers out of the countryside and replacing other crops and cattle. It presents a challenge in a country where 70 percent of the food consumed comes from family farms, but which also needs the foreign exchange brought in by what has been dubbed "green gold".

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