Sunday , August 19th , 2018  

Use of Water for Electricity Generation Triggers Outcry in Mexico

Non-governmental organisations in Mexico are promoting a citizen water law to guarantee the human right to water. In the picture, social activists take part in a national workshop on watersheds on Aug. 11-12 in Tlalmanalco, a city in the south-central part of the country. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS By Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Aug 18 2018 (IPS) One of the fears of the people of the Sierra Huasteca mountains...

UN Agencies, Government Distribute LPG Stoves to Rohingya Refugees, Bangladeshi Villagers to Save Remaining Forests

UN agencies and Bangladesh government launch alternative fuel project in Cox’s Bazar to help reduce deforestation linked to Rohingya crisis. Photos: Patrick Shepherd FAO/IOM By International Organization for MigrationCox’s Bazar, Aug 17 2018 (IOM) A major environmental project to provide around 250,000 families with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and gas cylinders has been launched by UN agencies...

Take Charge of Your Food: Your Health is Your Business

Credit: IPS By Sunita NarainNEW DELHI, Aug 17 2018 (IPS) The minimum we expect from the government is to differentiate between right and wrong. But when it comes to regulating our food, it’s like asking for too much. Our latest investigation vouches for this. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)’s pollution monitoring laboratory tested 65 samples of processed food for presence of genetically...

How Ghana’s Rapid Population Growth Could Become an Emergency and Outpace Both Food Production and Economic Growth

Paul Ayormah and his friends on his maize farm in Donkorkrom in the Kwahu Afram Plains District of Ghana’s Eastern Region. Credit: Jamila Akweley Okertchiri/IPS By Jamila Akweley OkertchiriACCRA and DONKORKROM, Ghana, Aug 17 2018 (IPS) Paul Ayormah and his fellow farmers make their way home after hours spent manually weeding a friend’s one-acre maize farm in Ghana’s Eastern Region. “Tomorrow...

Chairman of the Geneva Centre highlights the need to protect civilians in armed conflicts

Syrian boy brings bread back from underground bakery in severly damaged area of Aleppo. Credit Shelly KittlesonIPS By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Aug 17 2018 (Geneva Centre) On the occasion of the 2018 World Humanitarian Day – observed annually on 19 August -, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim calls for increased solidarity with...

SLIDESHOW: Planet Earth, The Only Home We Have

The melting polar ice cap in July 2018, at 80 degrees North, inside the Arctic Circle between Svalbard, Norway and Greenland. Climate change is warming polar regions twice as fast as other parts of the world. Credit: Trevor Page By Trevor PageROME, Aug 17 2018 (IPS) Climate change is on us. Parts of the planet are burning up. Heatwaves across the northern hemisphere have dried vegetation and withered...

Music: Nigeria’s New Cultural Export

Wizkid performs in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Alamy/Michael Tubi By Franck Kuwonu, Africa Renewal*UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 2018 (IPS) It is a cold evening in Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, famous for diamonds, beer, art and high-end fashion. Inside a small restaurant, a mix of the latest American pop and rap—clearly enjoyed by diners—is playing on a radio. Nigerians Olalekan Adetiran...

ERC conducts urgent rescue operations for flood-hit people in Sudan, India, Indonesia

By WAMABU DHABI, Aug 16 2018 (WAM) Responding to urgent international appeals, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has provided shelters, tents, covers and food to those stricken by the floods that hit many provinces in Eastern Sudan and Kerala, India, as well as those affected by the earthquake that catapulted the province of Lombok, Indonesia. The ERC’s rapid humanitarian and rescue response aims...

A Detained Migrant, Nurse and Humanitarian: IOM Staff takes Inspiration from a Migrant he meets in Libyan Detention Centre

Hmouzi/IOM Libya By Mohammad Ibrahim Al-HmouziAug 16 2018 (IOM) It has been two years since I started working with IOM and I would not even call it ‘work’. These have been two of the best years of my life – building great experiences and relationships with colleagues and migrants from many different cultures and backgrounds. I have documented many touching stories through the lens of my camera...

Joint Action Needed to Reform our Food System

Smallholder coffee farmers. Credit: SAFE Platform By Carol GribnauAug 15 2018 (IPS) While participating in this year’s High-level Political Forum (HLPF), one thing became crystal clear to me. Come 2030, we will not have healthy and affordable food if we continue with business as usual. But no one institution can single handedly change the course of our food system. The key to ensuring a sustainable...