News headlines for “Human Population”

The Lesser Sex

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ROME, Aug 24 (IPS) - Sakina's  glare is empty. Her defeated, glassy eyes scan the room passively. The subdued silence and withered frame expose her fragility.

Smart Technologies Key to Youth Involvement in Agriculture

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BONN, Germany, Aug 23 (IPS) - She is only 24 and already running her father's farm with 110 milking cows. Cornelia Flatten sees herself as a farmer for the rest of her life.

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Monday, August 22, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (IPS) - In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about the profit-oriented approach to biodiversity.

Breaking the Silence on Gender-Blind Transport

Monday, August 22, 2016

ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In today's "Post-Feminist" world, it is time to pose a fundamental question. If we are really raking in the liberating outcomes of a "gender-just" 21st century, why do the vast majority of young girls and women, the world over, continuously refuse to speak out in the face of verbal, sexual and physical harassment on public transport?

India's New Maternity Benefits Act Criticised as Elitist

Friday, August 19, 2016

NEW DELHI, Aug 19 (IPS) - The passage of the landmark Maternity Benefits Act 1961 by the Indian Parliament, which mandates 26 weeks of paid leave for mothers as against the existing 12, has generated more heartburn than hurrahs due to its skewed nature.

Olympic Games – More Media Show than Sports Event

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 18 (IPS) - Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics gave it a new multipurpose heroine, Rafaela Silva, whose defeat of the favourites in judo has made her a strong voice against racism and homophobia. Not only is she black and poor, but she just came out as gay.

Humanitarian Crises: Business Called to Take a Lead

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Aug 17 (IPS) - With more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes due to violence and armed conflicts, this year's Wold Humanitarian Day on August 19 will call on all governments and social sectors to work together to tackle this unprecedented human crisis.

Time for a Woman to Lead the UN

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (IPS) - Judging by the latest polls it now seems more likely that the United States will have a female President in 2016, than the United Nations will have a female Secretary-General.

Dhaka Could Be Underwater in a Decade

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DHAKA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Like many other fast-growing megacities, the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka faces severe water and sanitation problems, chiefly the annual flooding during monsoon season due to unplanned urbanisation, destruction of wetlands and poor city governance.

Arable Land Lost at Unprecedented Rate: 33,000 Hectares… a Day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - Humankind is a witness every single day to a new, unprecedented challenge. One of them is the very fact that the world's arable lands are being lost at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Each year, 12 million hectares are lost. That means 33,000 hectares a day!

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