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Money, Knowledge and Controversy in Brazil’s Development Bank

Saturday, August 08, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 08 (IPS) - Brazil's rush to build hydroelectric dams, refineries, railways, ports and other megaprojects since the last decade, not only at home but in other countries as well, has been fueled by the sheer volume of financing from its development bank.

Opinion: The Road to Paris and the Path to Renewable Energy

Friday, August 07, 2015

MANILA, Aug 07 (IPS) - Renewable energy is now being seen by many people around the world as a cost-effective development solution both for developed and developing nations. Countries have slowly been realising that the use of coal and the huge amount of carbon emissions it generates harms the environment and impacts our daily activities.

Obama Takes Lead on Climate Change Ahead of U.N. Talks in Paris

Friday, August 07, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 07 (IPS) - This week, U.S. President Barack Obama formally unveiled the details of his Clean Power Plan (CPP), a comprehensive carbon-cutting strategy he described as "the biggest and most important step…ever taken to combat climate change" in a prior video address posted on Facebook.

Unique Alliance Between Gauchos and Environmentalists Protects Argentina’s Pampas

Friday, August 07, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 07 (IPS) - The traditions of Argentina's gauchos or cowboys have joined together with modern agricultural technology in a unique alliance between stockbreeders and environmentalists aimed at preserving biodiversity in the pampas, boosting productivity, and enhancing the flavour of this South America's country's famous beef.

U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda Adopted Amidst Closed-Door Deals

Friday, August 07, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 07 (IPS) - At about a quarter to seven on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 2, the member states of the United Nations adopted the post-2015 development agenda outcome document, titled "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda."

Making the World's Indigenous Visible in the SDGs

Thursday, August 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 06 (IPS) - As the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples approaches on Sunday, Aug. 9, concerns are growing that they will not fully benefit from the newly drafted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Trans Fat Substitute May Lead to More Deforestation

Thursday, August 06, 2015

WASHINGTON, Aug 06 (IPS) - Following growing concerns in the United States about the risks of trans fat since 1999, demand for palm oil, a cheap substitute for trans fat, more than doubled over the last decade and is expected to increase, eliciting concerns about deforestation in several Southeast Asian countries that provide 85 percent of the world's palm oil.

U.N. Taps Private Sector to Fund Development, Advocate Social Causes

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 05 (IPS) - When the United Nations seeks outside financial assistance either for development needs or to advocate social causes, it invariably turns to the private sector these days.

Fish Farming Now a Big Hit in Africa

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

HARARE, Aug 05 (IPS) - Hillary Thompson, aged 62, throws some grains of left-over rice from his last meal, mixed with some beer dregs from his sorghum brew, into a swimming pool that he has converted into a fish pond.

U.N. Targets Trillions of Dollars to Implement Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday, August 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 03 (IPS) - After more than two years of intense negotiations, the U.N.'s 193 member states have unanimously agreed on a new Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) with 17 goals -- including the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger -- to be reached by 2030.

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