News headlines for “Biodiversity”, page 3

  1. Ghana’s Contribution to Plastic Waste Can Be Reduced with the Right Investment

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    ACCRA, Dec 21 (IPS) - Twelve-year-old Naa Adjeley lives in Glefe, a waterlogged area that is one of the biggest slums along the west coast of Accra, Ghana. The sixth grade student, his parents and three siblings use 30 single-use plastic bags per day for breakfast.

  2. Mercury Contamination Threat Gravitates into Outer Space

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (IPS) - The dangers of mercury contamination have escalated from the dental chair to the realm of outer space.

    First, it was the hazardous use of mercury in dentistry, then in cosmetics, particularly skin-lightening creams, and now it is threatening to make its way into satellite propulsion systems.

  3. Restoring Ghana's Mangroves and Depleted Fish Stock

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    ACCRA, Dec 20 (IPS) - It was just three and a half years ago that the Sanwoma fishing village, which sits between the sea and the mouth of the Ankobra River on the west coast of Ghana, experienced perpetual flooding that resulted in a loss of property and life.

  4. What the COP24 Needs: A New Emerging Mindset

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    William Mebane, former Director of Energy Efficiency Department, ENEA

    An alternative framework of international development and new forms of consumption of good/services are implicit in achieving the goals of UN climate conference recently held in Poland.

  5. As Climate Change Pummels Agriculture, Irrigation Offers the Best Protection

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 19 (IPS) - The changing climate and extreme weather events are affecting agricultural productivity in Africa to such an extent that a panel of experts are urging governments to prioritise and invest in irrigation to ensure food security.

  6. Of Cockroaches and Humans

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title "The imperfect brain". There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach. In the growing fog that envelops the planet and its inhabitants, looking at things from the point of view of a cockroach would probably give us a new perspective. Also because the cockroach survived the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, it is 300 million years old, and it is distributed around the planet in over 4,000 species. All things that give it a great advantage over man.

  7. Investors Turn Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 19 (IPS) - Currently 30 square kilometres of Lake Victoria, which stretches to approximately 375 kilometres and links Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, is covered with the evasive water hyacinth that has paralysed transport in the area.

    But scientists are harvesting and fermenting the weed, and one intrepid chemistry teacher has built a business out of it.

  8. For Vietnam, the Quality of Economic Growth is Starting to Matter

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    PHNOM PENH, Dec 18 (IPS) - Vietnam's shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country. And while it is now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in Southeast Asia, this has sometimes been at the expense of the environment. But the country has begun to prioritise green growth.

  9. Local Communities Question Benefits of Mayan Train in Southern Mexico

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico, Dec 17 (IPS) - "If thousands of people flock to this town, how will we be able to service them? I'm afraid of that growth," ZendyEuán, spokeswoman for a community organisation,said in reference to the Mayan Train (TM) project, a railway network that will run through five states in southern Mexico.

  10. African Media Poorly Represented at the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 (IPS) - As negotiations at the United Nations conference on climate change come to a close, the highest expectation is that finally, there will be a rulebook to guide countries on what should be done to slow down greenhouse gas emissions that make the earth warmer than necessary, and how countries can adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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