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Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HARARE, Feb 28 (IPS) - Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands.

Tobacco Workers in Cuba Dubious About Opening of U.S. Market

Saturday, February 28, 2015

SAN JUAN Y MARTÍNEZ, Cuba, Feb 28 (IPS) - "We have to wait and see," "There isn't a lot of talk about it," are the responses from tobacco workers in this rural area in western Cuba when asked about the prospect of an opening of the U.S. market to Cuban cigars.

A New Forensic Weapon to Track Illegal Ivory Trade

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - The wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, is deploying a new forensic weapon - DNA testing - to track illegal ivory products responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of endangered elephants in Asia and Africa.

Big Trouble in the Air in India

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (IPS) - Like many others of her age, 15-year-old Aastha Sharma, a Class 10 student at a private school in India's capital, New Delhi, loves being outdoors, going for walks with her friends and enjoying an occasional ice-cream. But the young girl can't indulge in any of these activities.

Tackling Corruption at its Root in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SYDNEY, Feb 24 (IPS) - Corruption, the single largest obstacle to socioeconomic development worldwide, has had a grave impact on the southwest Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea. While mineral resource wealth drove high gross domestic product (GDP) growth of eight percent in 2012, the country is today ranked 157th out of 187 countries in terms of human development.

At the Margins of a Hot War, Somalis Are ‘Hanging on by a Thread’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (IPS) - After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the assassins, the motives and the official response.

Argentina Moves Towards Marriage of Convenience with China

Monday, February 23, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23 (IPS) - The government of Argentina is building a marriage of convenience with China, which some see as uneven and others see as an indispensable alliance for a new level of insertion in the global economy.

Analysis: Economic Growth Is Not Enough

Monday, February 23, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb 23 (IPS) - Recent new data show a worrying picture of Latin America and the Caribbean. Income poverty reduction has stagnated and the number of poor has risen — for the first time in a decade — according to recent figures from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Hidden Billions Behind Economic Inequality in Africa

Saturday, February 21, 2015

HARARE, Feb 21 (IPS) - Reports this year of illicit moneys from African countries stashed in a Swiss bank – indicating that corruption lies behind much of the income inequality that affects the continent – have grabbed international news headlines.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NEW DELHI, Feb 19 (IPS) - So much information about climate change now abounds that it is hard to differentiate fact from fiction. Scientific reports appear alongside conspiracy theories, data is interspersed with drastic predictions about the future, and everywhere one turns, the bad news just seems to be getting worse.

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