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Plant in Chile Opens South America’s Doors to Geothermal Energy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OLLAGÃœE, Chile, Aug 26 (IPS) - Chile, a land of volcanoes and geysers, has started building South America's first geothermal plant, which would open a door to this kind of renewable energy in this country that depends largely on fossil fuels.

Native Protest Camp in Argentine Capital Fights for Land and Visibility

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 19 (IPS) - The indigenous camp installed six months ago in the Argentine capital is virtually invisible to passersby who drive or walk quickly around it. The protesters are demanding the return of their land in the northeastern province of Formosa, which has not been fully demarcated and is caught in a web of conflicting economic interests.

Zimbabwe's Forest Carbon Programme Not All It Seems

Friday, August 14, 2015

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 14 (IPS) - The efficacy of attempts to sustainably manage forests and conserve and enhance forest carbon stocks in Zimbabwe is increasingly coming under scrutiny as new research warns that the politics of access and control over forests and their carbon is challenging conventional understanding.

Making the World's Indigenous Visible in the SDGs

Thursday, August 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 06 (IPS) - As the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples approaches on Sunday, Aug. 9, concerns are growing that they will not fully benefit from the newly drafted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Belo Monte Dam Marks a Before and After for Energy Projects in Brazil

Friday, July 31, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jul 31 (IPS) - Paulo de Oliveira drives a taxi in the northern Brazilian city of Altamira, but only when he is out of work in what he considers his true profession: operator of heavy vehicles like trucks, mixers or tractor loaders.

Museums Taking Stand for Human Rights, Rejecting ‘Neutrality’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LIVERPOOL, England, Jul 21 (IPS) - An exhibition on modern-day slavery at the International Slavery Museum in this northern English town is just one example of a museum choosing to focus on human rights, and being "upfront" about it.

Indigenous People in Brazil’s Amazon – Crushed by the Belo Monte Dam?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ALTAMIRA, Brazil, Jul 16 (IPS) - Ethnocide, the new accusation leveled against the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, brings to light deeper underlying aspects of the conflicts and controversies unleashed by megaprojects in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

New Census Paints Grim Picture of Inequality in India

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NEW DELHI, Jul 14 (IPS) - Despite being Asia's third-largest economy, positioning itself as a major geopolitical player under a new nationalist government, India's first ever Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) paints a grim picture of poverty and deprivation despite billions of dollars being funneled into state-sponsored welfare schemes.

Earthquakes Don’t Kill, Buildings Do – Or Is It Inequity?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

KATHMANDU, Jul 12 (IPS) - 70-year-old Chiute Tamang was working in his field when the earth shook on Apr 25. He grabbed a tree. His wife and daughter were inside the house at the time, but managed to run out. In the blink of an eye, the building turned into a heap of stones. They were the lucky ones.

On Kenya’s Coast, a Struggle for the Sacred

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

, Jun 23 (IPS) - Travel into the heart of Kenya's southern Coast Province, nearly 500 km from the capital city of Nairobi, and you will come across one of the planet's most curious World Heritage Sites: the remains of several fortified villages, revered by the indigenous Mijikenda people as the sacred abodes of their ancestors.

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