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Friday, September 9, 2016

The week with IPS 9/9/2016


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Japan and South Africa Try to Block Proposed Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade
Guy Dinmore
Japan and South Africa have ignited a furore at a major conservation congress by coming out against a proposed appeal to all governments to ban domestic trade in elephant ivory. Elephants in Africa are being killed by poachers for their tusks at the rate of one every 15 minutes, according to the ... MORE > >

Poverty Cut by Growth Despite Policy Failure
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
At the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000, world leaders committed to halve the share of people living on less than a dollar a day by 2015. The World Bank’s poverty line, set at /day in 1985, was adjusted to .25/day in 2005, an increase of 25% after two decades. This was then re-adjusted to ... MORE > >

India and China, a New Era of Strategic Partners?
Neeta Lal
Despite bilateral dissonances and an unresolved boundary issue, India and China -- two of the world's most ancient civilisations -- are engaged in vigorous cooperation at various levels. The Asian neighbours' relationship has also focussed global attention in recent years on Asia's demographically ... MORE > >

When It Comes to Conservation, Size Matters
Emilio Godoy
When the communities living in the Tatamá y Serranía de los Paraguas Natural National Park in the west of Colombia organised in 1996 to defend their land and preserve the ecosystem, they were fighting deforestation, soil degradation and poaching. Twenty years later, local residents, farmers and ... MORE > >

U.A.E Stands By Conflicted Yemen
Rose Delaney
As unrest and chaos plague Yemen, the U.A.E is not waiting in silence. Recognising that in spite of being impoverished Yemen has always been strategically important for U.A.E and the region, the warfare and conflict will not only gravely affect the region itself but could also obstruct the ... MORE > >

Communities See Tourism Gold in Derelict Bougainville Mine
Catherine Wilson
The Panguna copper mine, located in the mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, has been derelict for 27 years since an armed campaign by local landowners forced its shutdown and triggered a decade-long civil war in the late ... MORE > >

Believe It or Not, Pulses Reduce Gas Emissions!
Baher Kamal
Lentils, beans, chick peas, and other pulses often produce negative “collateral social effects" on people hanging around, just a couple of hours after eating them. But, believe it or not, they contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How come? See the facts: it is estimated that ... MORE > >

Finding the Sweet Spot of Africa’s Agriculture
Maria Andrade
Africa is a continent where, at least outwardly, we like to celebrate our diversity—the rich variety that can be found in our many cultures, languages, fashions, flora and fauna. That’s why it’s perplexing to see such a large segment of the African population depending on a very small number of ... MORE > >

Yemeni Refugees Still Stuck on Wrong Side of the Water
James Jeffrey
Tears emerge from the slit of 20-year-old Gada’s black niqab face veil. After more than a minute’s silence she still can’t answer the question: How bad was it in Yemen before you left? During 2015, escalation of fighting in Yemen led to a mass exodus. The UN refugee agency estimates that more ... MORE > >

Without Indigenous People, Conservation Is a Halfway Measure
Emilio Godoy
“You don't convert your own house in a tourist site,” said Oussou Lio Appolinaire, an activist from Benin, wearing a traditional outfit in vivid yellows and greens. He was referring to opening up to tourists places that are sacred to indigenous people. Appolinaire, who belongs to the Gun people ... MORE > >

Big Oil and Activists Unite to Protect Endangered Whales
Guy Dinmore
A rare case of intensive and decade-long collaboration between Big Oil, scientists and environmental activists has been hailed as a success story in protecting an endangered species of whale from extinction. In the early 2000s, the western grey whale was thought to number about 115 off the ... MORE > >

Female Political Leaders like Hillary Clinton Still Extremely Rare
Lyndal Rowlands
Despite their prominence on the world stage, female political leaders like Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel are part of a tiny minority of women who have risen to the top of politics. Women “who achieve the highest office are highly visible and extremely impressive (but) they’re still ... MORE > >

Livestock – Opportunity and Threat for a Sustainable Latin America
Orlando Milesi
Stockbreeding generates enormous profits in Latin America, but it also has a broad and varied impact on the environment, which means it must urgently be turned into a sustainable, green-friendly, socially accepted and profitable activity. “Latin America cannot continue to ignore, from a public ... MORE > >

At the Nexus of Water and Climate Change
Justus Wanzala
With the clock counting down towards the November climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where parties to the climate treaty agreed in Paris will negotiate implementation, it's clear that managing water resources will be a key aspect of any effective deal. Here at World Water Week, which ... MORE > >

Yemen’s Children Deserve Better
Rose Delaney
In Yemen, conflict, violence, and bloodshed are now a daily occurrence. In spite of ongoing human rights violations global media outlets have chosen to take a back seat and remain silent. Why has  the grave severity of Yemen’s rising conflict been kept in the shadows rather than exposed  as a ... MORE > >

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