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Native Seeds Sustain Brazil’s Semi-Arid Northeast

Friday, January 06, 2017

APODI, Brazil, Jan 06 (IPS) - In his 76 years of life, Raimundo Pinheiro de Melo has endured a number of droughts in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast region. And he remembers every one of them since 1958.

No More Mass Deaths from Drought in Northeast Brazil

Friday, December 30, 2016

OURICURI, Brazil, Dec 30 (IPS) - The drought that has plagued Brazil's semiarid Northeast region since 2012 is already more severe than the 1979-1983 drought, the longest in the 20th century. But prolonged dry spells no longer cause the tragedies of the past.

Managing Bangladesh’s Dwindling Water Resources

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DHAKA, Dec 28 (IPS) - Experts at Bangladesh's National Water Convention 2016 in Dhaka urged the sustainable management and conservation of water as the country braces for a water crisis due to wastage, river pollution, declining groundwater tables and intrusion of salinity.

Quality Water for All a Life and Death Issue in Bangladesh

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

DHAKA, Dec 27 (IPS) - There is no exaggerating how crucial water is for human survival, particularly in countries like Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by rivers. The level of water in a river here directly affects the lifestyles and livelihoods of the people living on its two sides, so much so that rivers and water bodies of varied sizes are an inseparable part of Bengali culture and heritage.

Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea

Monday, December 12, 2016

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec 12 (IPS) - "We don't have access to marine areas, because most are protected areas or are in private hands. We indigenous people have been losing access to our territories, as this decision became a privilege of the state," complained Donald Rojas, a member of the Brunka indigenous community in Costa Rica.

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.

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