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  1. PPPs Likely to Undermine Public Health Commitments

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 (IPS) - The United Nations Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is being touted in financial circles as offering huge investment opportunities requiring trillions of dollars. In 67 low- and middle-income countries, achieving SDG 3 — healthy lives and well-being for all, at all ages — is estimated to require new investments increasing over time, from an initial $134 billion annually to $371 billion yearly by 2030, according to recent estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in The Lancet.

  2. 40% of India’s Thermal Power Plants in Water-Scarce Areas, Threatening Shutdowns

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 17 (IPS) - New WRI research finds that 40 percent of the country's thermal power plants are located in areas facing high water stress, a problem since these plants use water for cooling. Scarce water is already hampering electricity generation in these regions—14 of India's 20 largest thermal utilities experienced at least one shutdown due to water shortages between 2013-2016, costing the companies $1.4 billion.

  3. Policy Support Gap for “Climate-Smart” Agriculture

    Tuesday, January 09, 2018

    JOHANNESBURG, Jan 09 (IPS) - Conditioned that ploughing is the sure way to produce crops, Zimbabwean farmer Handrixious Zvomarima surprised himself by trying a different method. He planted cowpea seeds directly without tilling the land. It worked.

  4. Disasters Bring Upheaval to Sri Lanka’s Rural Economy

    Friday, January 05, 2018

    PERIYAKULAM/ADIGAMA, Jan 05 (IPS) - Last year was an annus horribilis for 52-year-old Newton Gunathileka. A paddy smallholder from Sri Lanka's northwestern Puttalam District, 2017 saw Gunathileka abandon his two acres of paddy for the first time in over three and half decades, leaving his family almost destitute.

  5. The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    ROME, Dec 27 (IPS) - On 20 December, Europe's 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

  6. Central America Hashes Out Agenda for Sustainable Use of Water

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR, Dec 21 (IPS) - The countries of Central America are striving to define a plan to promote the sustainable use of water, a crucial need in a region that is already suffering the impacts of climate change.

  7. Long Maligned for Deforestation, Charcoal Emerges from the Shadows

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    CHOMA, Zambia, Dec 18 (IPS) - "We have various financial obligations that push us to charcoal making. Top on the list is farming inputs and school fees," explains Arclay Moonga, a charcoal producer and chairperson of the recently formed Choma District Charcoal Association in Southern Zambia.

  8. Water, Water Everywhere, Costs More Than You Might Think

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    WASHINTON DC, Dec 18 (IPS) - Without reliable access to water, human beings cannot survive. Yet 3 out of 10 people do not have a safely managed water supply, and 6 out of 10 lack safely managed sanitation. Over 2 billion people drank water that was fecally contaminated in 2015, and the World Bank estimates that the annual cost of poor sanitation is in excess of $260 billion annually.

  9. Money Talks at One Planet Summit in Paris

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    PARIS, Dec 14 (IPS) - As funding to combat climate change has lagged behind lofty words, the One Planet Summit in France this week invited governments and business leaders to put money on the table.

  10. Build Back Better: The Tiny Island of Dominica Faces New Climate Reality

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    ROSEAU, Dominica, Dec 04 (IPS) - McCarthy Marie has been living in the Fond Cani community, a few kilometres east of the Dominica capital Roseau, for 38 years. The 68-year-old economist moved to the area in 1979 following the decimation of the island by Hurricane David.

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