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Disaster Strikes Pakistan’s Khyber Region, Aid Efforts Slow in Coming

Monday, November 09, 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 09 (IPS) - Jauhar Shah lost everything. His house came tumbling down while his family was sleeping. He survived but his wife and daughter did not. The October 26 tremor measuring 8.1 Richter scale changed his life forever.

Urgently Needed: Studies Linking Land Degradation, Migration, Conflict and Political Instability

Thursday, November 05, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov 05 (IPS) - Some 135 million people could be displaced by 2045 as a result of land desertification, according to a recent UK ministry of defence report. This figure could rise to 200 million who are displaced by other climate change impacts like natural disasters by 2050, said British environment refugee specialist Norman Myers.

Climate Change Threatens Flavours of Argentine Wine

Thursday, November 05, 2015

MENDOZA, Argentina, Nov 05 (IPS) - Purple garlic that is losing its color? More translucent wine? Climate change will also affect the flavours of our food in the absence of measures to mitigate the impacts of global warming, which are already being felt in crops that are basic to local economies, such as in the Argentine province of Mendoza.

Open Data - Still Closed to Latin American Communities

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Nov 04 (IPS) - Open data policies in Latin America have not yet enabled communities to exercise their right to access to information, consultation and participation with regard to mining or infrastructure projects that affect their surroundings and way of life.

Zimbabwe's Mega Dam Project Could Flounder in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE, Nov 03 (IPS) - Zimbabwe's planned Batoka Gorge power project on the Zambezi River is expected to generate 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity, upward from an initial 1,600 MW, but the worsening power cuts that are being blamed on low water levels have renewed concerns about the effects of climate change on mega dams.

Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Canal, a Nightmare for Environmentalists

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

MANAGUA, Nov 03 (IPS) - The international scientific community's fears about the damage that will be caused by Nicaragua's future interoceanic canal have been reinforced by the environmental impact assessment, which warns of serious environmental threats posed by the megaproject.

Interview: “‘We’re Not Independent Enough,” says ASEAN Rights Commission Chair

Monday, November 02, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 02 (IPS) - (IPS Asia-Pacific) – Although it is six years old, few know what the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) does. It has been called toothless, though its creation was seen as a step forward given the principle of non-interference in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Central America Seeks Recognition of Its Vulnerability to Climate Change

Friday, October 30, 2015

SAN JOSE, Oct 30 (IPS) - For decades, the countries of Central America have borne the heavy impact of extreme climate phenomena like hurricanes and severe drought. Now, six of them are demanding that the entire planet recognise their climate vulnerability.

Medicinal Plants Popular and Unprotected in Mexico

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Oct 28 (IPS) - "This plant heals 150 ailments, like diabetes, high blood pressure and gastritis. It's prepared as an infusion or blended with water, and you take it every day," says Clemente Calixto, a traditional indigenous healer in Mexico, holding up a green leafy branch.

Civil Society Activists Cold-Shouldered at Climate Talks

Monday, October 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 (IPS) - A former UN Secretary-General once paid a supreme compliment to the work of civil society groups when he described non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the world's "third super power" –- presumably ranking behind the United States and Russia.

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