News headlines for “Natural Disasters”

  1. Helping St. Vincent’s Fishers Maintain an Essential Industry in a Changing Climate

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    KINGSTOWN, Mar 14 (IPS) - From an influx of sargassum in near-shore waters, to fish venturing further out to sea to find cooler, more oxygenated water, fishers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are battling the vagaries of climate change. The country is doing what it can to respond.

  2. Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 (IPS) - Wendell Balderas is Media & Communications Manager & Mary Assunta is Senior Policy Advisor, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)*

    International Women's Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated the progress women are making globally. The day also acknowledged the risks, exploitation and suffering many continue to endure.

  3. Syrian Crisis Enters Ninth Year with 11 Million Refugees Overseas & 6 Million Home

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    GENEVA, Mar 13 (IPS) - Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson UN World Food Programme*

    The bell rings and the halls erupt with the sounds of chatter and excitement as hundreds of children run to the dusty courtyard for recess. I joined them to play football but the game instead turned into a round of questions.

  4. Q&A: Inventor from a Small Fishing Village in Saint Lucia Provides Hope for Water Woes

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    CASTRIES, Mar 11 (IPS) - Karlis Noel spends his days in his lab in the small, picturesque community of Laborie in St. Lucia. The former fisherman's story might sound like an overnight success, but his present accolades in the field of engineering are the result of years of hard work and an unceasing drive to make life easier for communities in the throes of a water crisis.

  5. Nigeria Mourns the Loss of Leading African Academic Who Was in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    LAGOS, Nigeria, Mar 11 (IPS) - Nigeria is mourning along with the rest of the world after the downing of Ethiopian Airlines Flight, which claimed all of the 157 lives onboard. The fatalities included people from 35 countries, 19 United Nations officials and two Nigerians, one of whom was regarded as Africa's leading academic and labelled a genius by many. 

  6. Millions of Venezuelans in Need of Protections

    Saturday, March 09, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 09 (IPS) - The international community must extend protections for Venezuelans in light of a growing humanitarian crisis with no end in sight.

    Human Rights Watch has urged governments in the Americas to provide temporary protection to the millions of Venezuelans fleeing a severe humanitarian crisis.

  7. Environmental Funding For Guyana Must Cater for Mangroves Too

    Friday, March 08, 2019

    GEORGETOWN, Mar 08 (IPS) - For several decades, Guyana has been using mangroves to protect its coasts against natural hazards, and the country believes its mangrove forests should be included in programmes like the REDD+ of United Nations, in order to access financing to continue their restoration and maintenance, as they complement miles of seawalls that help to prevent flooding.

  8. Women as Forerunners of Change: When Financial Inclusion Meets Digital Transformation

    Friday, March 08, 2019

    MADRID, Mar 08 (IPS) - Karessa Ramos is Social Media Data Analyst for BBVA Microfinance Foundation.

    Imagine a world where women fully participate in society, and enjoy equal access to resources and opportunities. Most probably, the 2030 Agenda would be nearing its fulfillment and we would be closer to achieving the better planet we wish to build.

  9. Break the Menstrual Taboo

    Friday, March 08, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Mar 08 (IPS) - It is time to rise up and fight a long neglected taboo: menstruation.

    Marking International Women's Day, United Nations human rights experts called on the international community to break taboos around menstruation, noting its impacts on women and girls' human rights.

  10. Island Women Take the Lead in Peatland Restoration

    Thursday, March 07, 2019

    LEYTE ISLAND, Philippines, Mar 07 (IPS) - This feature part of IPS coverage of International Women's Day on Mar. 8

    Eluminada Roca has lived all her life next to the  Leyte Sab-a Basin peatlands. The grandmother from of San Isidro village in Philippines' Leyte island grew up looking at the green hills that feed water to the peatland, she harvested tikog—a peatland grass to weave mats—and ate the delicious fish that was once in abundant in the waters.

    But today, the land is losing its water, the grass is disappearing and the fish stock has drastically decreased.

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