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  1. Production Diversity, Diet Diversity and Nutrition in Sub -Saharan Africa

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Dec 19 (IPS) - Lack of diet diversity is viewed as the major cause of micronutrient malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa. Imbalanced diets resulting from consumption of mainly high carbohydrate based-diets also contribute to productivity losses and reduced educational attainment and income. Consequently, micronutrient malnutrition is currently the most critical for food and nutritional security problem as most diets are often deficient in essential vitamins and minerals. In Tanzania, for example, most rural and urban households consume mainly staples as their main food, which are high in carbohydrates, but low in micronutrients and vitamins. Staple food items increase energy availability but do not improve nutritional outcomes if not consumed together with micro-nutrient rich foods.

  2. Long Maligned for Deforestation, Charcoal Emerges from the Shadows

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    CHOMA, Zambia, Dec 18 (IPS) - "We have various financial obligations that push us to charcoal making. Top on the list is farming inputs and school fees," explains Arclay Moonga, a charcoal producer and chairperson of the recently formed Choma District Charcoal Association in Southern Zambia.

  3. Civil Society Meeting Calls for Solidarity, Radical Change to Deal with Global Crises

    Friday, December 15, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 15 (IPS) - Our strategies have failed us. We can no longer respond to the crises facing us in the same way. We have to be more radical, more creative — together — to build the future we want.

    This was one of the resounding messages to emerge from a key global gathering of more than 700 leading thinkers, influencers and doers from more than 100 countries in Suva, Fiji in early December.

  4. Climate Change Threatens Mexican Agriculture

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    MEXICO CITY, Dec 14 (IPS) - Azael Meléndez recalls the tornado that in May 2015 struck his hometown of San Gregorio Atlapulco, in Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City.

  5. Money Talks at One Planet Summit in Paris

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    PARIS, Dec 14 (IPS) - As funding to combat climate change has lagged behind lofty words, the One Planet Summit in France this week invited governments and business leaders to put money on the table.

  6. Bangladesh Aims at Middle-Income Status by 2021

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13 (IPS) - The environmental challenges facing Bangladesh, described by the United Nations as one of the world's "least developed countries" (LDCs), are monumental, including recurrent cyclones, perennial floods, widespread riverbank erosion and a potential sea level rise predicted to put about 27 million people at risk over the next two decades.

  7. A Voice of Inspiration

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 13 (IPS) - More than 700 activists gathered in Suva, Fiji's capital, to explore the latest trends – from climate change to human rights, from innovation to social justice. Anything that can help empower and mobilise citizens. The lively debates in panel discussions, workshops and lectures made the event look like a carnival of creative new ideas and tested knowledge.

  8. Can Korea Power Past Coal? A New World in Which “Solar+Batteries” Becomes the Cheapest Form of Energy

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    SEOUL, Dec 13 (IPS) - Renewable energy became the cheapest form of electricity in 58 emerging economies last year. This year, the 11th Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 11.0) showed that solar and wind energy generation costs (at $46 to $53 per megawatt-hour of generation) easily beat coal and gas (at $60-68).  

  9. Central America Builds Interconnected Clean Energy Corridor

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR, Dec 12 (IPS) - Countries in Central America are working to strengthen their regional electricity infrastructure to boost their exchange of electricity generated from renewable sources, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

  10. The Journey to Oslo

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    OSLO, Dec 12 (IPS) - On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN started as a grassroots campaign in 2007. Its aim was to shift the paradigm of discussion about nuclear weapons from security and deterrence to the environmental and humanitarian effects of nuclear explosions. As the prize demonstrates, ICAN has succeeded brilliantly. But, as ICAN acknowledges, this is still only the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons.

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