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Growing Calls for Reforms of El Salvador’s Privatised Pension System

Friday, August 29, 2014

SAN SALVADOR, Aug 29 (IPS) - Two of the promises made 16 years ago when El Salvador's pension system was privatised have failed to materialise: There was no expansion of social security coverage and no improvement in pensions. Now pressure is growing for a reform of the system.

Large Dams “Highly Correlated” with Poor Water Quality

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (IPS) - Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.

IPS at 50, Leads That Don't Bleed

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (IPS) - Tarzie Vittachi, a renowned Sri Lankan newspaper editor and one-time deputy executive director of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, once recounted the oft-quoted story of an African diplomat who sought his help to get coverage in the U.S. media for his prime minister's address to the General Assembly.

Mexico’s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules

Thursday, August 28, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Aug 28 (IPS) - Four wind farm projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, operated or financed by European investors, could violate Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rules, say activists.

India: A Race to the Bottom with Antibiotic Overuse

Thursday, August 28, 2014

KOLKATA, India, Aug 28 (IPS) - In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned: "Combat Drug Resistance - No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow." The slogan was coined in honour of World Health Day, urging governments to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in order to prevent drug-resistant viruses and bacteria, or ‘super bugs'.

Climate Policy Goes Hand-in-Hand with Water Policy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 27 (IPS) - Concerned that climate change could lead to an intensification of the global hydrological cycle, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region's plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

OPINION: Building a Sustainable Future: The Compact Between Business and Society

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) - Can we envision a day when a critical mass of companies is investing in a better world? Where business is delivering value for the long-term – not just financially, but also socially, environmentally and ethically? Over a decade ago, it was hard to imagine, but we can now say with confidence that a global movement is underway.

Amid Crisis, Puerto Rico’s Retirees Face Uncertain Future

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SAN JUAN, Aug 27 (IPS) - A feeling of insecurity has overtaken broad sectors of Puerto Rican society as the economy worsens, public sector debt spirals out of control, and the island's creditworthiness is put in doubt.

Nepal Landslide Leaves Women and Children Vulnerable

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DABI, Nepal, Aug 27 (IPS) - Living in a makeshift tarpaulin shelter, which barely protects her family from the torrential rainfall or scorching heat of this remote village in southern Nepal, 36-year-old Kamala Pari is under immense stress, worrying about her financial security and children's safety.

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