Saturday, April 19, 2014
KOLKATA, Apr 19 (IPS) - In large parts of rural India, the absence of separate toilets for growing girls is taking a toll on their education. Many are unable to attend school during the menstrual cycle.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year's disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
BISHKEK, Apr 15 (IPS) - "I'm going for a swim," says Pelle Bendz, a 52-year-old Swede, as he rummages in the jeep for his bathing trunks. The other tourists look at him, bewildered. What's left of the Aral Sea is reputed to be a toxic stew, contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals.
Monday, April 14, 2014
YAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S., Apr 14 (IPS) - The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: "We'll tell them."
Saturday, April 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, Apr 12 (IPS) - World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
WASHINGTON, Apr 09 (IPS) - Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
KATHMANDU, Apr 01 (IPS) - Water is a critical resource in Nepal's economic development as agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depends on it. The good news is the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news - water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to September.
Monday, March 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 24 (IPS) - Can Caribbean governments take legal action against other countries that they believe are warming the planet with devastating consequences?
Friday, March 21, 2014
SÃƒO LUIS, Brazil, Mar 21 (IPS) - "We are victims of progress,"complained Osmar Santos Coelho, known as Santico. His fishing community has disappeared, displaced to make way for a port complex on São Marcos bay, to the west of São Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhão in Brazil's northeast.
Friday, March 21, 2014
CAIRO, Mar 21 (IPS) - When Egypt's then-president Mohamed Morsi said in June 2013 that "all options" including military intervention, were on the table if Ethiopia continued to develop dams on the Nile River, many dismissed it as posturing. But experts claim Cairo is deadly serious about defending its historic water allotment, and if Ethiopia proceeds with construction of what is set to become Africa's largest hydroelectric dam, a military strike is not out of the question.
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