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Europe to Decide on Use of Mercury in Dentistry

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 06 (IPS) - Europe will soon decide the future of a common but controversial dental practice: mercury in tooth fillings.

Three major European institutions, namely the European Commission, Parliament and Council, are due to meet on 6 December to discuss regulations on mercury, particularly its use in dentistry.

Climate Finance for Farmers Key to Avert One Billion Hungry

Monday, November 21, 2016

MARRAKECH, Nov 21 (IPS) - With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns.

New Fund Aims to Help Build Resilience to Climate Change

Friday, November 18, 2016

MARRAKECH, Nov 18 (IPS) - The world has been too slow in responding to climate events such as El Niño and La Niña, and those who are the "least responsible are the ones suffering most", Mary Robinson, the special envoy on El Niño and Climate, told IPS at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22).

The Perils of Writing about Toilets in India

Sunday, November 06, 2016

NEW YORK, Nov 06 (IPS) - Journalist Stella Paul was midway through an interview about toilets when she found herself, and the women she was speaking to, under attack from four angry men.

Funding Lags to Combat Land Degradation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NAIROBI, Oct 26 (IPS) - Land degradation already affects millions of people, bringing biodiversity loss, reduced availability of clean water, food insecurity and greater vulnerability to the harsh impacts of climate change.

Kenya Greens Drylands to Combat Land Degradation

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NAIROBI, Oct 25 (IPS) - Faced with growing degradation that is swallowing large swathes of land in arid and semiarid areas, Kenya is heavily investing in rehabilitation efforts to stave off the threat of desertification.

Water Bodies Central to Urban Flood Planning

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CHENNAI, India, Oct 19 (IPS) - "The rain was our nemesis as well as our saviour," says Kanniappan, recalling the first week of December 2015 when Chennai was flooded.

Private Interests Valued over Human Lives in Flint, Michigan

Sunday, October 16, 2016

NEW YORK, Oct 16 (IPS) - When the water in FlintMichigan was found to be eroding the engines of cars at a General Motors' (GM) factory, government officials agreed to change the factory's water source, yet the same water source continued to poison the residents of Flint for another year.

Hit by Extreme Weather, South Asia Balances Growth and Food Security

Thursday, October 13, 2016

POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, Oct 13 (IPS) - Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.

The Beating Pulse of Food Security in Africa

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe, Oct 12 (IPS) - Elizabeth Mpofu is a fighter. She is one of a select group of farmers who equate food security with the war against hunger and shun poor agricultural practices which destroy the environment and impoverish farmers, especially women.

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