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The World Faces a Historic Opportunity to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Friday, March 24, 2017

VIENNA/Oxford/LONDON, Mar 24 (IPS) - Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War.

A Carbon Law to Protect the Climate

Friday, March 24, 2017

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 24 (IPS) - The Carbon Law says human carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be reduced by half each decade starting in 2020. By following this "law" humanity can achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by mid-century to protect the global climate for current and future generations.

Under Fire, Journalism Explores Self-Preservation

Friday, March 24, 2017

PARIS, Mar 24 (IPS) - With widespread attacks on professional journalists and the rise of a fake-news industry, media experts agree that journalism is increasingly under fire. But how can the press fight back and ensure its survival?

Women and Tribal Leaders Call for “Balanced” Libyan Peace Process

Thursday, March 23, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 (IPS) - A delegation of Libyan tribal leaders and women leaders has called on the UN to take a balanced approach to the Libyan peace process.

New Approach Needed for Peace in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NEW YORK, Mar 22 (IPS) - When the United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban's despicable treatment of women was cited by First Lady Laura Bush as one of the main reasons for going to war. Yet, since that regime fell 15 years ago, the Afghan government has neither included women in the peacebuilding process, nor has it stemmed the endemic rate of violence against them.

Civil Society Representatives: “Water is the Foundation of our Life”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 22 (IPS) - "Water is life"—a slogan that arose from the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement is one that resonates not only in the U.S., but around the world as millions still lack access to clean, safe water.

Climate Breaks All Records: Hottest Year, Lowest Ice, Highest Sea Level

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ROME, Mar 22 (IPS) - Climate has, once more, broken all records, with the year 2016 making history-highest-ever global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, unabated sea level rise and ocean heat. And what is even worse-- extreme and unusual trends continue in 2017.

Don't Understand Clouds? But You Should!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ROME, Mar 22 (IPS) - Obviously, there are so many issues and phenomena that have been brought up by growing impact of climate change that one would likely not think about. Some of them, however, are essential and would be good to learn about. For instance, the fact that clouds play a "pivotal role" in weather forecasts and warnings.

Sweetened Research, Sugared Recommendations

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 (IPS) - In 2015, Coca Cola's chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity and ill health, while marginalizing the role of dietary consumption. Coca-Cola, the world's largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided millions of dollars to fund researchers to downplay the links between sugar and obesity, tooth decay and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Water, the Great Enabler

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STOCKHOLM, Mar 21 (IPS) - I listened to a Haitian farmer share solutions with neighbouring water users on how best to allocate scarce water resources. I learned about the resolution of inter-village water conflicts after sitting in a longboat for hours on the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh. On the dry floodplains of Ethiopia, I heard how local solutions benefitted women and outperformed ‘imported' ones.

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