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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Week with IPS 4/14/2017

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Climate Funds for World's Poorest Slow to Materialise
Lyndal Rowlands
Climate change is making poor countries poorer, yet funding meant to address its economic consequences has been slow to materialise. Instead funding bodies are choosing to invest in green energy projects in middle-income countries. The trend continued last week when the Green Climate Fund ... MORE > >

Financing Key to Reaching Everyone, Everywhere with Water & Sanitation
John Garrett
Eighteen months ago, UN member-states pledged a new set of goals on eradicating extreme poverty and creating a fairer, more sustainable planet by 2030. This week, we have alarming evidence that at least one of those goals – Sustainable Development Goal 6, to reach everyone everywhere with access to ... MORE > >

Reflections on World Health Day
Martin Khor
What’s the most precious thing in the world which unfortunately we take for granted and realise it true value when it is impaired? Good health, of course. That’s something many people must have reminded themselves as they celebrated World Health Day on 7 April. Attaining good health and ... MORE > >

Did You Know that the Oceans Have It All?
Baher Kamal
Perhaps you are not aware enough of the fact the oceans have it all! What is “all”? Well, oceans have from microscopic life to the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, from the colourless to the shimmering, from the frozen to the boiling and from the sunlit to the mysterious dark of the ... MORE > >

From Research to Entrepreneurship: Fishing Youth and Women out of Poverty
Friday Phiri
Ivy Nyambe Inonge, 35, is the treasurer of Mbeta Island Integrated Fish Farm in Senanga district. Her group won the first prize in Zambia under the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) Expanding Business Opportunities for African Youth in Agricultural Value Chains in Southern Africa. She is excited ... MORE > >

Fishing Village Fights Iron Mine in Northern Chile
Orlando Milesi
In Punta de Choros, a hidden cove on Chile’s Pacific coast, some 900 fishers do not yet dare celebrate the decision by regional authorities to deny the Dominga port mining project a permit due to environmental reasons. The fishers, from the northern region of Coquimbo, are afraid that the ... MORE > >

World Must Act Now on Lake Chad Basin Crisis: FAO DG Graziano da Silva
Eva Donelli
Food assistance is a priority and the only way to prevent the crisis from worsening in the Lake Chad Basin, is to support food production according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We need to take action now and ... MORE > >

Economic Recovery Crucial to Sustainable Development
Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram
More than eight years after the global financial crisis exploded in late 2008, economic growth remains generally tepid, while ostensible recovery measures appear to have exacerbated income and other inequalities. Yet, despite the G-20 group of the world’s largest economies raising the level, ... MORE > >

Women’s Health Policies Should Focus on NCDs
Neena Bhandari
Science and medicine were not subjects of dinnertime conversations in the Norton household in Christchurch, New Zealand, but Professor Robyn Norton grew up observing her parents’ commitment to equity and social justice in improving people’s lives. It left an indelible impression on her young ... MORE > >

Malala Yousafzai Becomes UN's Youngest Messenger of Peace
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. During a designation ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres selected and honoured Yousafzai as the organisation’s Messenger of Peace. "You are the ... MORE > >

Breast Milk is Exported to the US
Erik Larsson
In a shed made of boards and tarps, one-year old Nune is in deep sleep as his mother Check Srey-Toy gently rocks his hammock. Then she tells me that she sells her breast milk to the US. They have no front door. Privacy is a sheet of cloth drawn across an opening. A gas burner on the ground. A ... MORE > >

Microbes, New Weapon Against Agricultural Pests in Africa
Busani Bafana
Microscopic soil organisms could be an environmentally friendly way to control crop pests and diseases and even protect agriculture against the impacts of climate change, a leading researcher says. Africa is battling an outbreak of trans-boundary pests and diseases like the invasive South ... MORE > >

Poland, New Player in Islamophobia Game
Claudia Ciobanu
Ameer Alkhawlany moved to Poland in September 2014 to pursue a Master's in biology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland's second largest city. Two years later, the Polish state awarded him a scholarship to complete a PhD in the same faculty. Pawel Koteja, his professor at the ... MORE > >

Gold Mine Aggravates Tensions in Brazil’s Amazon Region
Mario Osava
The decline of this town is seen in the rundown houses and shuttered stores, and the few people along the streets on a Sunday when the scorching sun alternates with frequent rains at this time of year in Brazil’s Amazon region. “There is still a lot of gold here,” said Valdomiro Pereira Lima, ... MORE > >

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