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Few Families Overcome Forced Displacement by Hydropower Plants in Brazil

Monday, October 10, 2016

PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Oct 10 (IPS) - The construction of mega-hydropower plants in Brazil has been a tragedy for thousands of families that have been displaced, and a nightmare for the companies that have to relocate them as required by local law.

Making Policy out of Scientific Bricks, not Straw

Monday, October 03, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 03 (IPS) - Given the enormity of the challenges confronting humanity, the world's investment in science, technology and innovation is woefully inadequate.

Wave Energy on the Horizon in the Pacific Islands

Friday, September 30, 2016

CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 30 (IPS) - Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But only this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, are they now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region.

Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

OSLO, Sep 07 (IPS) - We often read comparisons between the prices of solar energy or wind energy with the prices of fossil fuels. It is encouraging to see that renewables are rapidly becoming competitive, and are often cheaper than coal or oil. In fact, if coal, oil and natural gas were given their correct prices renewables would be recognized as being incomparably cheaper than fossil fuels.

Olympic Games End Decade of Giant Mega-projects in Brazil

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 03 (IPS) - An era of mega-events and mega-projects is coming to a close in Brazil with the Olympic Games to be hosted Aug. 5-21 by Rio de Janeiro. But the country's taste for massive construction undertakings helped fuel the economic and political crisis that has it in its grip.

New Alliance to Shore Up Food Security Launched in Africa

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

CAPE TOWN, Aug 02 (IPS) - As over 20 million sub-Saharan Africans face a shortage of food because of drought and development issues, representatives of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) met in Johannesburg to forge a new parliamentary alliance focusing on food and nutritional security.

Lessons from Germany for Latin America’s Energy Transition

Monday, August 01, 2016

DÃœSSELDORF, Germany, Aug 01 (IPS) - Germany has been undergoing an energy transition for over 20 years, and it can offer valuable lessons to Latin America with regard to promoting renewable energy and moving towards a low-carbon economy.

Newly Empowered Black Farmers Ruined by South Africa’s Drought

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CAPETOWN, Jul 30 (IPS) - Almost half a decade of drought across most of South Africa has led to small towns in crisis and food imports for the first time in over 20 years, as well as severely hampering the government's planned land redistribution programme.

Chronic Hunger Lingers in the Midst of Plenty

Thursday, July 28, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jul 28 (IPS) - In a fraught global economic environment, exacerbated by climate change and shrinking resources, ensuring food and nutrition security is a daunting challenge for many nations. India, Asia's third largest economy and the world's second most populous nation after China with 1.3 billion people, is no exception.

​Indian Climate Activist Ponders the 'Unthinkable'

Monday, July 25, 2016

TAIPEI, Jul 25 (IPS) - For acclaimed Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh, the future of humankind as global warming impact events spread worldwide looks grim. So grim that the 60-year-old pamphleteer has titled his new book of three climate-related essays "The Great Derangement."

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