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Climate Negotiators “Sleepwalking” in Bonn

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BONN, Oct 22 (IPS) - The 410,000 people who took to the streets for climate action in New York City during the U.N. Climate Summit would have been outraged by the 90-minute delay and same-old political posturing at the first day of a crucial round of climate treaty negotiations in Bonn at the World Congress Center.

The Nagoya Protocol: A Treaty Waiting to Happen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 22 (IPS) - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal's western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla' - a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers.

OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (IPS) - To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity's relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing. Only a persuasive "why" resonating throughout society will successfully get us to urgently needed negotiations of who, what, where, when and how to halt disastrous biodiversity loss.

OPINION: Europe is Positioning Itself Outside the International Race

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ROME, Oct 22 (IPS) - The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs.

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger.

We Must Think of “Security” in New Ways

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HAMILTON, Canada, Oct 21 (IPS) - Recent events in the Arab world and elsewhere have underscored the point that traditional notions of security being dependent solely on military and related apparatus are outmoded.

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (IPS) - Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country's economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this growth.

Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (IPS) - The recent blockade of ships entering the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change.

Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists

Monday, October 20, 2014

NAIROBI, Oct 20 (IPS) - Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and "it is a cash-making business." 

OPINION: Innovation Needed to Help Family Farms Thrive

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ROME, Oct 19 (IPS) - Family farms have been contributing to food security and nutrition for centuries, if not millennia. But with changing demand for food as well as increasingly scarce natural resources and growing demographic pressures, family farms will need to innovate rapidly to thrive.

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