News headlines in December 2019, page 3

  1. 2019: A Year in Review

    Dec 16 (IPS) - 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate crisis shook us all. Hopefully, it will also be remembered for the fight back manifested in the spread of mass protests and civic movements against governments and industries failing to respond.

  2. Industrial Energy Efficiency is a Climate Solution

    VIENNA, Dec 13 (IPS) - At a time when the world is battling unprecedented drought, bushfires, rising sea levels and water shortages, reducing energy use across industry is one powerful way to fight climate change in the immediate term.

  3. AUDIO: If We Are to Achieve Zero-leprosy by 2030, This Is the Best Time and Opportunity

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 13 (IPS) - Dr Rahat Chawdhury is the Deputy Program Manager at the National Leprosy Program of Bangladesh. His is the umbrella organization of hundreds of doctors, technical experts, counsellors, strategists, health advocates, field workers and thousands of leprosy-affected people as the beneficiaries.

  4. Haiti’s Cry for Help as Climate Change is Compared to an Act of Violence against the Island Nation

    MADRID, Dec 13 (IPS) - Haiti's Environment Minister Joseph Jouthe has compared the climate emergency to a violent act and appealed to the international community for help to fight climate change.

  5. How Climate Change is Fuelling the Insurgency of Nigeria's Armed Group Boko Haram

    MAUDUGURI, Borno State, Nigeria, Dec 13 (IPS) - In this edition of Voices from the Global South, Sam Olukoya goes to Maiduguri, Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, and reports on how climate change is fuelling Boko Haram's insurgency.

    Experts say climate change is a key factor fuelling the insurgency of the armed group Boko Haram. The insurgency, which is aimed at creating an Islamic State in North East Nigeria, is responsible for one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

  6. Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) - When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the deep-seated prejudice in her society that the disease is a curse from Allah (God).

  7. The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 12 (IPS) - Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2017 crackdown.

  8. Commonwealth: Commitment to Limit Global Warming or Face Irreversible Impacts

    MADRID, Dec 12 (IPS) - Commonwealth countries, including those in the Caribbean, continue to push for more ambition, following reports that a few very influential parties have stymied efforts to respond to the climate emergency.

  9. Sasakawa Vows to Continue Support for Fighting Leprosy in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) - Chairman of The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Health Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, has assured Bangladesh of continuing support for the Zero Leprosy Initiative announced by the country's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, aimed at eliminating leprosy by 2030.

  10. Coordinated Global Action Is the Best Way to Control the Fall Armyworm Pest

    ROME, Dec 11 (IPS) - A new USD 500 million initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is leading the way.

    Dealing with transboundary pests is tricky at the best of times. Standards, practices, capacity levels and engagement vary across countries and regions, and responses are often ad hoc and ineffective.

    However, matters become even more complex when the pest in question flies over borders, threatens the food security and livelihoods of millions, and causes severe environmental and economic damage along the way. Fall Armyworm is such a pest.