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A 10-Year-Old Commitment to Biodiversity Misses Virtually All of its Targets
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A 10-Year-Old Commitment to Biodiversity Misses Virtually All of its Targets

Biodiversity, Climate Change, Featured, Global, Headlines, Sustainability, TerraViva United Nations Coral Reefs restoration at the coast of Banaire in the Caribbean. Credit: UN Environment ProgrammeUNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 2020 (IPS) - The coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide and destabilized the global economy, also upended the UN’s ambitious socio-economic goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. While extreme poverty rates have fallen in past years, says Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, “it is projected that between 70 and 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic”. And by the end of 2020, she warned, an additional 265 million people could face acute food s...
Community Hydropower Dam Illuminates Life in Salvadoran Villages
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Community Hydropower Dam Illuminates Life in Salvadoran Villages

Active Citizens, Civil Society, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Energy, Environment, Featured, Green Economy, Headlines, Integration and Development Brazilian-style, Latin America & the Caribbean, Projects, Regional Categories, Special Report, Water & Sanitation Energy Benilda Membreño and her son Jaime Márquez enjoy a television programme, a luxury before 2006, when the village of Potrerillos in the eastern Salvadoran department of San Miguel lacked electricity. With the technical and financial support of national and international organisations, the inhabitants of Potrerillos were able to install a mini community hydroelectric plant. CREDIT: Edgardo Ayala/IPSCAROLINA, El Salvador, Sep 30 2020 (IPS) - Ermelinda Lobos’s life has improved substantially...
Pivoting Through the Pandemic: A Global Problem with a Pacific Solution
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Pivoting Through the Pandemic: A Global Problem with a Pacific Solution

Asia-Pacific, Climate Change, Environment, Humanitarian Emergencies Credit: SPC technical and geodetic surveying team at the Majuro tide gauge station in the Marshall Islands (RMI)Sep 29 2020 - As the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) reported earlier this year, COVID-19 has caused massive disruptions to ocean observing systems around the globe, as research cruises, maintenance visits, and sensor deployments have been postponed or cancelled. According to IOC-UNESCO, “COVID-19 created an ocean data blindspot that could disrupt weather forecasts and hamper our understanding of climate change.” When borders closed around the Pacific in March as part of COVID-19 restrictions, it provided an opportunity to test the agility of the infrastructure maintenance program suppor...
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Press release – Increasing the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target is necessary and feasible

On Monday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety held a debate with Mr Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the Commission, on stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition.Mr Timmermans presented the Commission’s plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 % by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, as announced on 17 September in the State of the Union speech by the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Currently, emissions are not going down fast enough, Mr Timmermans said, but he underlined that becoming carbon neutral is both feasible and beneficial for the EU. He invited Parliament to confirm the proposed 55 % 2030-target as the EU's new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement, and to submit this to the UNFCCC by the ...
Q&A: How Fast Fashion Sits at the Crucial Intersection of Environmental & Gender Justice
Environment, Human Rights

Q&A: How Fast Fashion Sits at the Crucial Intersection of Environmental & Gender Justice

Climate Change, Development & Aid, Environment, Featured, Gender, Gender Identity, Global, Headlines, Human Rights, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, LGBTQ, Poverty & SDGs, Regional Categories, TerraViva United Nations Environment Fast fashion consumes vast resources, often polluting and devastating the natural world. Pictured here are garment workers in Bangladesh. Credit: Obaidul Arif/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 2020 (IPS) - Racism “keeps the global north oblivious to the effect of fast fashion addiction on the global south” say environmental and gender justice experts. Organisers and activists came together last week to discuss how the fast fashion industry sits at the intersection of environmental and gender justice. The industry, which discriminates against women from the produc...
Anne Larigauderie UN Biodiversity Summit #ForNature Video
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Anne Larigauderie UN Biodiversity Summit #ForNature Video

IPS is an international communication institution with a global news agency at its core, raising the voices of the South and civil society on issues of development, globalisation, human rights and the environment Copyright © 2020 IPS-Inter Press Service. All rights reserved. - Terms & Conditions #wpfront-notification-bar { background: #fad000; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #fad000 0%, #fad000 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#fad000), color-stop(100%,#fad000)); background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #fad000 0%,#fad000 100%); background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #fad000 0%,#fad000 100%); background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #fad000 0%,#fad000 100%); background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #fad000 0%, #fad000 100%); filter: pro...
‘Leave No one Behind’: How Inclusive is World Leaders’ Call to Climate Action?
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‘Leave No one Behind’: How Inclusive is World Leaders’ Call to Climate Action?

Active Citizens, Climate Change, Environment, Featured, Global, Headlines, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, TerraViva United Nations Climate Change How inclusive is activism and discussions on climate change? Most environmental movements and organisations in the United States and Europe are primarily white and middle class, and hold vast amount of resources and set the agenda for policy work and ecosystem recovery. This dated photo shows a landslide in central Kenya that resulted after intense rainfall - one of the consequences of climate change. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 2020 (IPS) - Wrapping up Climate Week at the United Nations General Assembly, global leaders called for climate action that may be “ambitious but achievable” and called for climate measures that w...
Intercontinental Energy Forum to Discuss Post-Covid Challenges
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Intercontinental Energy Forum to Discuss Post-Covid Challenges

Economy & Trade, Energy, Environment, Europe, Headlines, Latin America & the Caribbean Energy One of the largest photovoltaic installations in Central America, with 320,000 solar panels, located in the center of El Salvador. Latin American countries are betting on solar energy as the central pillar of the energy transition, reinforced by the commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS.MEXICO CITY, Sep 25 2020 (IPS) - The economic recovery after the covid-19 pandemic, renewable energy, the gas situation, regulations and investment; mobility and transport, as well as new technologies and the progress of the Paris Agreement will be discussed at the Madrid Energy Conference from 28 September to 2 October. Jeremy Martin, vice-president of the...
Ecology is Economy – ‘We Need an Integrated Approach Between Lives and Livelihoods’
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Ecology is Economy – ‘We Need an Integrated Approach Between Lives and Livelihoods’

Asia-Pacific, Biodiversity, Economy & Trade, Environment, Headlines, Natural Resources Opinion Forest restoration and rewilding must take centre stage, through programmes that also provide for community incomes. | Picture courtesy: Balipara FoundationGUWAHATI, India, Sep 25 2020 (IPS) - We usually think of livelihoods and lives separately, however, it is now time to imagine a more integrated approach. Consider these statistics: The 2019 UN-IPBES report—the most recent attempt to holistically assess the major threats to the world’s biodiversity, internationally and across stakeholders—estimates natural disasters caused by biodiversity loss and climate change cost the planet approximately USD 300 billion annually. In India, one-third of our GDP depends on nature, and another third is ...
Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution
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Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution

Africa, Climate Change, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Featured, Food & Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, Green Economy, Headlines, Health, Humanitarian Emergencies, TerraViva United Nations Opinion STOCKHOLM, CAMBRIDGE (US), Sep 23 2020 (IPS) - As COVID-19 threatens farming communities across Africa already struggling with climate change, the continent is at a crossroads. Will its people and their governments continue trying to replicate industrial farming models promoted by developed countries? Or will they move boldly into the uncertain future, embracing ecological agriculture? Million Belay It is time to choose. Africa is projected to overtake South Asia by 2030 as the region with the greatest number of hungry people. An alarming 250 million people in Africa ...