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Saving Caribbean Tourism from the Sea

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 16 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them - from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.

Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon “Tsunami”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year's disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.

CEOs at Big U.S. Companies Paid 331 Times Average Worker

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (IPS) - In new data certain to fuel the growing public debate over economic inequality, a survey released Tuesday by the biggest U.S. trade-union federation found that the CEOs of top U.S. corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average U.S. worker in 2013.

Court Upholds Most of U.S. “Conflict Minerals” Law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 15 (IPS) - The United States' second-highest court has upheld most of a landmark U.S. law requiring companies to ascertain and publicly disclose whether proceeds from minerals used to manufacture their products may be funding conflict in central Africa.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Tech Solutions to Local Problems

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ABIDJAN, Apr 15 (IPS) - When Ivorian Thierry N'Doufou saw local school kids suffering under the weight of their backpacks full of textbooks, it sparked an idea of how to close the digital gap where it is the largest — in local schoolrooms.

Is Puerto Rico Going the Way of Greece and Detroit?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SAN JUAN, Apr 15 (IPS) - Puerto Rican society has been shaken to its foundations by the announcement in February by Standard & Poor's and Moody's credit rating agencies that they had downgraded the island's creditworthiness to junk status.

Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KANKER, India, Apr 15 (IPS) - Early in the morning, 14-year-old Sumari Varda puts on her blue school uniform, but heads for the village pond to fetch water. "I miss school. I wish I could go back," she whispers, scared of being heard by her employer.

IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 14 (IPS) - Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world's top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions.

Emerging Nations Opt for Arms Spending Over Development

Monday, April 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has relentlessly advocated drastic cuts in global military spending in favour of sustainable development, will be sorely disappointed by the latest findings in a report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Q&A: Malawi’s President Banda Confident ‘I Will Win this Election’

Monday, April 14, 2014

, Apr 14 (IPS) - Malawi's President Joyce Banda is campaigning ahead of next month's elections to extend her term of office. But many believe that the massive public service corruption scandal here has weakened her chances of winning.

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