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A Salty Dilemma

A desalination plant. Across 177 countries, there are now 16,000 desalination plants, many of which are concentrated in the Middle East and North Africa where water scarcity is already a reality.As desalination plants continue to pop up, so does a hypersaline, ...

Why We Should Care about Vulnerable Coastal Communities

Meity Masipuang is a member of an enterprise group in Papusungan village, Lembeh island, Indonesia. Their women’s group purchases fish to smoke and resell. They are participants of the IFAD-funded Coastal Community Development project in Indonesia. ...

Honduran Crisis Produces New Caravan

The first caravan of Central American migrants reached the town of Matías Romero in Oaxaca state on November 1, 2018. The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs estimates that 4,000 people spent the night there. Credit: IOM / Rafael Rodríguez By Jan ...

Acts of Terror Will Not Undermine Our Resolve

President Kenyatta addresses the Nation on 16 Jan 2019. “I also commend the civilians who looked after one another. For every act of evil that led to injury yesterday, there were a dozen acts of compassion, overflowing patriotism and individual courage,” ...

Climate Change-Induced Salinity Affecting Soil Across Coastal Bangladesh

In Satkhira, Bangladesh as salinity has spread to freshwater sources, a private water seller fills his 20-litre cans with public water supply to sell in islands. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS By Reaz HaiderDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 15 2019 (UNB and IPS) As ...

Building Mongolia’s Green Future

January 2018 alone saw temperatures drop to -50 degrees Celsius. This has had vast impacts on Mongolia’s herders. Credit: Michelle Tolson/IPS By Tharanga Yakupitiyage and IPS CorrespondentUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) The landlocked country of ...

Gloom Ahead of World Economic Storm

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) In light of the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war, the IMF expects the US economic growth to slow from a three-year high of 2.9 per cent in 2018 to 2.5 per ...

Bridging the Infrastructure Financing Gap in the Asia Pacific Region

Credit: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) By Tientip Subhanij and Daniel W. LinBANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) Infrastructure development is undoubtedly critical for a country’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness ...

UN Lambasted on High-Level Appointments

António Guterres takes the oath of office for his five-year term as UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 2019 (IPS) The world’s developing countries, comprising over two-thirds of the 193 UN member ...

Interview with Brian Hook: We call Iran regime what it is – a ‘kleptocracy’

Brian Hook at the State department in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2018. (AFP) By Ehtesham ShahidJan 14 2019 (Al Arabiya) Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, was in Abu Dhabi as part ...
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