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Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WARSAW, Aug 21 (IPS) - Polish farmer Slawek Dobrodziej has probably the world's strangest triathlon training regime: he swims across the lake at the back of his house, then runs across his some 11 hectares of land to check the state of the crops, and at the end of the day bikes close to 40 kilometres to and back from a nearby town for some shopping.

Zambia’s Cash Transfer Schemes Cushion Needy Against Climate Shocks

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PEMBA DISTRICT, Zambia, Aug 21 (IPS) - "Last season, I lost an entire hectare of groundnuts because of a prolonged drought. Groundnuts are my hope for income," says Josephine Chaaba, 60, from Pemba district in southern Zambia.

Churches at the Frontline of Climate Action

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LUSATIA, Germany, Aug 20 (IPS) - Johannes Kapelle has been playing the organ in the Protestant church of Proschim since he was 14. The 78-year-old is actively involved in his community, produces his own solar power and has raised three children with his wife on their farm in Proschim, a small village of 360 inhabitants in Lusatia, Germany.

In Saving a Forest, Kenyans Find a Better Quality of Life

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KASIGAU, Kenya, Aug 20 (IPS) - When Mercy Ngaruiya first settled in Kasigau in south eastern Kenya a decade ago, she found a depleted forest that was the result of years of tree felling and bush clearing.

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 (IPS) - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India's eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country's most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.

Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet

Monday, August 18, 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.

Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?

Monday, August 18, 2014

REYKJAVIK, Aug 18 (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.

Socialists Could Turn to Enviromentalist after Candidate’s Death

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 (IPS) - The death of socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos opens up an unexpected opportunity for environmental leader Marina Silva to return with renewed strength to the struggle to govern Brazil, offering a "third way" in a highly polarised campaign.

Protecting America's Underwater Serengeti

Friday, August 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the world's no-fishing areas to protect what some call America's underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays around underwater mountains filled with rare or unique species.

Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats

Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14 (IPS) - Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle - this time against death threats received by him and his family.

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