News headlines in August 2020, page 2

  1. Amazon ‘Women Warriors’ Show Gender Equality, Forest Conservation Go Hand in Hand

    NEW YORK, Aug 27 (IPS) - On an early December morning last year in the state of Maranhão, Brazil, half a dozen members of the Indigenous Guajajara people packed their bags with food, maps and drone equipment to get ready for a patrol. They said goodbye to their children, uncertain when, or whether, they would see them again. Then, they hoisted their bags over their shoulders and set out to patrol a section of the 173,000 hectares (428,000 acres) of the primary rainforest they call home.

  2. Firing Up India’s Clean Cooking Fuel Plan

    HONG KONG, Aug 27 (IPS) - Usage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in rural Indian households has surged, partly due to India's flagship clean cooking programme, but beneficiaries of the scheme consume less LPG than general customers per year, reports a new study.

  3. What Will It Take to Prioritise Climate Change?

    NEW DELHI, Aug 26 (IPS) - India ranks third in terms of absolute levels of carbon emissions after China and the United States. In a business as usual scenario, by 2030, emission levels are predicted to reach more than 4.4 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GTCO2) equivalent of greenhouse gas—up from 3 GTCO2 today—overtaking the United States as the second-largest emitting country.

  4. Standing Up to Myths and Misinformation in Nigeria During the Pandemic

    LAGOS, Aug 26 (IPS) - ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a common and seemingly harmless saying. But what happens when commonly eaten foods like pepper, garlic and ginger are wrongfully said to prevent COVID-19? What can we do to fight harmful misinformation?

  5. Katiba at 10: A Landmark Constitution and a Blueprint for Deepening Democracy

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 (IPS) - On 27 August 2020, we mark the tenth anniversary of the New Constitution of Kenya – a landmark social contract inspired by citizens' desire for a country characterised by participatory governance, inclusive development, human rights and the rule of law.

  6. The Recent Mauritius Oil Spill in Policy and Historical Context

    CANBERRA, Australia, Aug 26 (IPS) - On July 25 2020 the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio with 3,894 tonnes of fuel aboard ran aground off the cost of Mauritius. By 9 August over 1000 tonnes of oil had seeped into the pristine waters off the coast of this beautiful island haven. This spill was so large that it was even visible from space

  7. Covid is a Great Unequaliser, But the Crisis Could Enable us to Build a More Equal Future

    ROME, Aug 26 (IPS) - Any of the first names that the media reported as having Covid were those of the rich and powerful, from movie stars to political leaders. Be ye ever so high, the virus is above thee – or so it seemed.

  8. Defying Predictions, Nepal’s Remittances Still High

    KATHMANDU, Aug 25 (IPS) - Despite dire predictions about a drastic drop in remittances that Nepal gets from its workers abroad due to the Covid-19 induced economic downturn, money transfers have hit Rs875 billion which is only 0.5% less than the preceding year.

  9. Approval of a Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just the Beginning – Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays

    Aug 25 (IPS) - The race for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is well underway. It's tempting to assume that once the first vaccine is approved for human use, all the problems of this pandemic will be immediately solved. Unfortunately, that is not exactly the case.

  10. Covid-19 Pandemic Another Threat to Indigenous Communities

    PARIS, Aug 25 (IPS) - The voices of indigenous people worldwide are being silenced and their lives made invisible. Stewards of the earth, they are left at the fringes of public discourse in countries around the globe. Indigenous people are not "extinct", they exist, and they are building innovative networks and solutions, that could be the key to many of our world's problems.