News headlines for “Natural Disasters”

  1. Floods Havoc in North Bangladesh

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    GUTHAIL, JAMALPUR, Bangladesh, Jul 23 (IPS) - Floods are quite common in Bangladesh - blame it on climate change, the control and discharge of river waters at source or poor disaster management. The damage to property & livestock is colossal.

  2. How Best to Tackle Inequality in the 21st Century? Start with Climate Change

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    DUBLIN, Jul 23 (IPS) - Lyndsay Walsh of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is currently studying for a Master's in development practice, and received her Bachelor's degree in natural sciences with a focus on zoology*

    Do you prefer to hear good news or bad news first? I will begin by giving you the (unsurprisingly) bad news. Today's world is an unequal place. Standards of living vary massively both between and within countries.

  3. Treaty Violators Make Mockery of Refugee Convention

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23 (IPS) - With the rise of rightwing nationalism, primarily in the Western world, an increasingly large number of countries are not only abandoning multilateralism but also violating international treaties and conventions signed and ratified in a bygone era.

  4. Here’s How the World Can Be Better Prepared to Handle Epidemics

    Friday, July 19, 2019

    ABUJA, Jul 19 (IPS) - The 2019 G20 Summit was held recently in Osaka, Japan. The Summit ended with the "G20 Osaka Leaders' Declaration", which identifies health as a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and the leaders committed to various efforts to improve epidemic preparedness. 

  5. Parts of Kenya are Already Above 1.5˚C

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    NAIROBI, Jul 18 (IPS) - Kenya's getting hotter. Much hotter than the 1.5˚C increase that has been deemed acceptable by global leaders, and it is too hot for livestock, wildlife and plants to survive. Thousands of households, dependent on farming and livestock, are at risk too.

  6. Heatwaves are a ‘New Normal’, Says Red Cross

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 (IPS) - It is barely the middle of the month, but the verdict is in: July has been hot.

  7. Desperation and Fear on the Mexican Border

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, Jul 18 (IPS) - Ariana Sawyer is with the US program at Human Rights Watch

    On the 2,000-mile journey from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to the US-Mexico border, the 20-year-old asylum seeker and her 16-year-old brother took turns sleeping every time they managed to catch a ride or get on a bus. She told me they kept each other safe that way.

  8. Growing African Agriculture One Byte at a Time

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 17 (IPS) - Ella Mazani is a mobile phone farmer.

    "My mobile phone is part of my farming. It supports my farming and my family's welfare through the services I get via the phone," the smallholder maize farmer from Shurugwi in central Zimbabwe quips. 

  9. How NGOs in Rich Countries Control their Counterparts in Poor Countries...and Why they Refuse to Resolve it

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    NAIROBI, Jul 12 (IPS) - Paul Okumu is head of secretariat for the Africa Platform on Governance, Responsible Business and the Social Contract. He is also head of strategy at the Internet of Things Solutions Africa.

    Many NGOs around the world are fighting inequality between the rich and the poor, between the policies that make rich countries richer, and poor countries poorer. So while Civil Society Organizations claim to be equal and are are fighting together to secure space for engagement and to work, the bigger NGOs should also ask themselves why they are unwilling to let others who are less resourced take up the space where their voice can be heard. Why are they unwilling to fight policies that keep rich NGOs richer?

  10. Migrants, Militias & the Mediterranean Sea

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    BERLIN, Jul 11 (IPS) - Marco Funk is a Policy Officer at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office, where he is responsible for the foundation's Brussels-based activities related to EU migration and home affairs. He previously worked as a Policy Analyst for the European Policy Centre, where he focused on EU migration and asylum policy.

    When the Italian police recently arrested Carola Rackete, captain of the Sea-Watch 3 search and rescue vessel, the Central Mediterranean Sea suddenly entered the international limelight once again.

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