News headlines for “Biodiversity”

  1. A Global Plastics Treaty Can End the Age of Plastic

    - Inter Press Service

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand, May 31 (IPS) - Climate-crisis-fuelled storms have hit New Zealand hard this year. In January, we suffered unprecedented extreme weather and flooding, followed by Cyclone Gabrielle in February - the worst storm in 55 years—which triggered a national state of emergency. In total, we had 5.5 times more rain than Auckland summers typically receive.

  2. Climate Carnage: Things Can Only Get Worse

    - Inter Press Service

    ROME, May 29 (IPS) - Please stop repeating all this softened wording, such as climate change, climate-related hazards, climate crisis, or extreme weather events... And just call it what it really is: climate carnage.

  3. Carbon Tax: A Surprisingly Simple Contribution to Fight Climate Change

    - Inter Press Service

    May 29 (IPS) - Reducing carbon emissions is critical for combating climate change. And one effective way to do this is through the use of carbon taxes.

  4. UN Human Rights Office Remains Under-Funded & Under-Resourced

    - Inter Press Service

    GENEVA, May 26 (IPS) - In December last year, I launched our year-long commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have since issued a series of initiatives calling on States and all others to make pledges, and to take clear steps to fulfil the promises of the Universal Declaration.

  5. Cooperatives in Argentina Help Drive Expansion of Renewable Energy

    - Inter Press Service

    BUENOS AIRES, May 26 (IPS) - When the residents of Armstrong, a town of 15,000 in western Argentina, began to meet to discuss a renewable energy project, they agreed that there could be many positive effects and that it was not just a question of doing their bit in the global effort to mitigate climate change.

  6. Climate Change Gets Its Day in Court

    - Inter Press Service

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, May 25 (IPS) - As a matter of global justice, the climate crisis has rightfully made its way to the world’s highest court.

    On 29 March 2023, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on the obligations of states on climate change. The initiative was led by the Pacific Island state of Vanuatuone of several at risk of disappearing under rising sea levels. It was co-sponsored by 132 states and actively supported by networks of grassroots youth groups from the Pacific and around the world.

  7. The Lead-Free Water Pledge: Steps Towards a Future of Lead-Free Drinking Water

    - Inter Press Service

    Chapel Hill, NC, US, May 23 (IPS) - At the UN Water Conference in March 2023, the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) along with several key partners, including UNICEF, Water Aid, the World Health Organization, and the governments of Ghana, Uganda, and South Africa, among others, organized a session centered around the elimination of lead in drinking water across the globe.

  8. Governments Are Changing Fisheries Management for the Better, but More Action Is Still Needed

    - Inter Press Service

    WASHINGTON DC, May 23 (IPS) - Global fisheries are worth more than US$140 billion each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. But this hefty sum does not capture the true value of fish to ocean health, and to the food security and cultures of communities around the world.

  9. Rainwater Harvesting Brings Hope for Central Americas Dry Corridor - Video

    - Inter Press Service

    SAN SALVADOR, May 22 (IPS) - Chronic water shortages make life increasingly difficult for the more than 10.5 million people who live in the Central American Dry Corridor, an arid strip that covers 35 percent of that region.

  10. G7 Has Failed the Global South in Hiroshima

    - Inter Press Service

    LONDON, May 22 (IPS) - "G7 countries have failed the Global South here in Hiroshima. They failed to cancel debts, and they failed to find what is really required to end the huge increase in hunger worldwide. They can find untold billions to fight the war but can’t even provide half of what is needed by the UN for the most critical humanitarian crises."

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