Ecology and Environment

18.12.2013

Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages

By Amy Fallon  for IPS News LUSAKA, Dec 17 2013 (IPS) – It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars. On a street corner in… »

16.12.2013

Radioactivity Rises in Japanese Forests near Fukushima

Tokyo, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Levels of radioactive cesium rose in forested areas of northeastern Japan after the nuclear accident which ravaged the Fukushima plant, published Nikkei daily today. According to the note, the prefecture of Miyagi showed the results of a probe that showed how the radioactive isotopo… »

09.12.2013

The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

By Jayantha Dhanapala* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – Even cynics must admit that the time comes in international relations when long frozen situations suddenly thaw causing positive change for international peace and security. Examples of such “game-changers” are many but outstanding are (in chronological… »

27.11.2013

‘We Are Suffering A Slow-Motion Nuclear War’

‘We Are Suffering A Slow-Motion Nuclear War’

[clear][divide] By Julio Godoy* | IDN-InDepth NewsInterview BERLIN (IDN) – Robert Jacobs was born 53 years ago, at the height of the cold war, amidst the then reigning paranoia of nuclear annihilation of humankind. In school, he was eight years old. “We learned about how to survive a nuclear… »

23.11.2013

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

[divide] WARSAW, Poland—The United Nations is holding this year’s climate conference in Warsaw, a city steeped in history. Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous Polish astronomer who first posited that the Earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa, is celebrated here. The Frederic Chopin Airport is named for the brilliant… »

22.11.2013

Storm Brews at U.N. Climate Talks

Storm Brews at U.N. Climate Talks

By Wambi Michael for IPS WARSAW, Nov 21 2013 (IPS) – Hundreds of representatives from various NGOs walked out of the negotiating rooms at the United Nations climate talks in Poland on Thursday in protest against the reluctance by developed nations to commit towards achieving… »

21.11.2013

“Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions”

“Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions”

According to a study published today in The Guardian by US environment correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg, “Between them, the 90 companies on the list of top emitters produced 63% of the cumulative global emissions of industrial carbon dioxide and methane between 1751 to 2010, amounting to about… »

20.11.2013

“Civil Society Isn’t Welcome & Corporations Are”: Youth Activist on Being Banned from Climate Talks

“Civil Society Isn’t Welcome & Corporations Are”: Youth Activist on Being Banned from Climate Talks

By Democracy Now! After the Philippines lead climate negotiator, Naderev “Yeb” Saño, delivered an emotional speech to delegates at the U.N. climate summit, he was greeted by youth activists who held up a banner that read, “2012 Bopha 1,067; 2013 Haiyan 10,000+?” As a result, they were banned from the… »

18.11.2013

Climate change driving weather off the charts

Climate change driving weather off the charts

Meteorologists are calling the typhoon that slammed into the Philippines with 195-mile-an-hour winds on November 8, 2013, the most powerful tropical storm to make landfall on record. Super Typhoon Haiyan had gusts reaching 235 miles per hour and a storm surge swelling as high as 20 feet, so the destruction… »

16.11.2013

Iran. Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”

Iran. Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 2013 (IPS) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week’s nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement. Lavrov said the United States circulated a draft that had been… »

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