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U.S. to Create National Plan on Responsible Business Practices

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 30 (IPS) - The United States will begin developing a national action plan on responsible business practices, following on several years of related advocacy from civil society.

Outgunned by Rich Polluters, Africa to Bring United Front to Climate Talks

Monday, September 29, 2014

YAOUNDE, Sep 29 (IPS) - As climate change interest groups raise their voices across Africa to call for action at the COP20 climate meeting in December and the crucial COP21 in Paris in 2015, many worry that the continent may never have fair representation at the talks.

Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

Monday, September 29, 2014

COLOMBO, Sep 29 (IPS) - The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

Championing Ocean Conservation Or Paying Lip Service to the Seas?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 (IPS) - President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover.

Côte d’Ivoire Chokes on its Plastic Shopping Bags

Friday, September 26, 2014

ABDIJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Sep 26 (IPS) - In the middle of downtown Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the aisles of a thriving supermarket are full of customers. But as they line up to pay for their items, there is one line to a cashier's till that remains empty. It's the "green cash register", where the cashier does not provide plastic bags as this supermarket tries to implement a green policy. 

Climate Summit: Much Talk, A Bit of Walk

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 (IPS) - Speaking to more than 120 heads of state at the U.N. Climate Summit, actor and newly appointed U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio made clear the long-ranging impact of the attendees' decisions.

Obama Mandates Climate Resilience in All U.S. Development Projects

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 24 (IPS) - All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 24 (IPS) - On the sidelines of the U.N.'s heavily hyped Climate Summit, the newly-launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture announced plans to protect some 500 million farmers worldwide from climate change and "help achieve sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes."

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear: that water will be one of the defining issues of the coming decade.

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