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20 Apr 2018 description

Lanzamiento de la colección conjunta El Estado del Planeta

20 de abril de 2018, Roma – ¿Estamos a tiempo de salvar nuestro planeta? Con esa pregunta arranca la colección conjunta El Estado del Planeta presentada hoy por la FAO y el diario español EL PAÍS para explicar, desde una perspectiva divulgativa, los grandes retos a los que se enfrenta la humanidad en las próximas décadas.

20 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Daniel Gutman

BUENOS AIRES, Apr 20 2018 (IPS) - As president this year of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and emerging nations, Argentina has now formally begun the task of trying to rebuild a consensus around climate change. It will be an uphill climb, since the position taken by the United States in 2017 led to a noisy failure in the group with regard to the issue.

The G20 Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) held its first meeting of the year on Apr. 17-18 in Buenos Aires, in the middle of a balancing act.

19 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

DUBAI, Apr 18 2018 (WAM) - Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Summit, SCCCS, will be organised by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, in partnership with the Dubai Land Department and Majid Al Futtaim, on 22nd April in Dubai.

19 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

BUENOS AIRES, 19 abr 2018 (IPS) - Como presidente este año del Grupo de los 20 (G20), Argentina acaba de dar por comenzada formalmente la tarea de intentar reconstruir los consensos alrededor del cambio climático. Se trata de una tarea difícil, considerando que en 2017 la posición de Estados Unidos llevó a un ruidoso fracaso en este tema.

17 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

INONGO, Democratic Republic of Congo, Apr 17 2018 (IPS) - Thousands of logs loaded into makeshift boats at the port of Inongo at Lake Mai-Ndombe stand ready to be transported to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Inongo is the provincial capital of the Mai-Ndombe Province, a 13-million-hectare area located some 650 km northeast of Kinshasa. The logs have been illegally cut from the Mai-Ndombe forest, an area of 10 million hectares, which has some trees measuring between 35 and 45 meters.

12 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 12 2018 (IPS) - The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) also known as the 5Cs, is looking for ways to boost the region’s access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The Centre is on the hunt for proposals from the private and public sector organisations around the region that want to work with the Centre to develop their ideas into successful projects that are in line with their country’s national priorities to build resilience to climate change.

04 Apr 2018 description
report Frontier Post

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan issued a statement regarding heat wave. He said that I want to take this opportunity to elucidate the issue pertaining to severe heat wave incidents. Heat-wave is a prevalent climate related natural hazard. Heat-waves are understood as unusual period of hot and humid or hot and dry conditions which prevail from three to five day during a summer season.

31 Mar 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News By MEKONG DELTA – Lê Tấn, a farmer in Kiên Giang Province’s An Biên District, is making the best of a bad situation.

As the effects of climate change and salinity intrusioncontinue to plague farmers in the Mekong Delta, they have begun to restructure their cultivation plans.

“The saltwater has damaged thousands of hectares of rice in An Biên and An Minh districts, and other Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces. So, farmers in An Minh and An Biên districts are now breeding shrimp along with rice,” Tấn said.

28 Mar 2018 description

After 2015, authorities proposed and implemented strategies to manage the effects of heatwaves. But are they enough?

By Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Summer has only just begun but most parts of Karachi have already started to bake.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned citizens to brace themselves for temperatures that are likely to be more than one degree Celsius above average.

This, however, will hardly be the first heatwave to hit the city.

In 2015, 'an unending queue of corpses'

27 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ahn Mi Young

SEOUL, Mar 27 2018 (IPS) - In the face of climate change and growing energy demand in developing countries, Ban Ki-moon, the new president and chair of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), unveiled his vision for a more sustainable path by helping countries in their transition to greener economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

26 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

KARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 26 2018 (IPS) - As shifting weather patterns and extreme climates become the norm, access to climate funds are deemed essential for developing countries, such as Pakistan, that are facing the brunt of climate change.

Based on the ADB Climate Change profile of Pakistan, a number of mitigation and adaptation measures have been taken by the government using domestic resources.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

BRASILIA, Mar 21 2018 (IPS) - Confidence in large rivers and giant aquifers plummeted in many parts of the world, in the face of the expansion of water crises after intense and prolonged droughts in the last decade.

Water resources in the soil and subsoil do not hold up if the dry season lasts longer than usual for several years, as seen in several parts of Brazil and in other countries such as India, South Africa and Australia.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Matthias Schmale

Matthias Schmale is Director of Operations in Gaza for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22.

21 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Torgny Holmgren is Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22.

STOCKHOLM, Mar 20 2018 (IPS) - Going into World Water Day, I have an ambivalent feeling. This year’s theme The Answer is in Nature can sound almost like mockery considering how badly parts of the world have been hit in recent years due to water-related natural disasters, be it floods, storms or droughts.

20 Mar 2018 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- China's oceanic authority on Monday called for measures to cope with rising sea levels.

A report released by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said that the average sea level along China's coast in 2017 was 58 mm higher than the average level between 1993 and 2011.

In the past six years, the sea level along China's coast had remained at a high level compared with the pervious 24 years.

19 Mar 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam is struggling to find solutions, especially ‘green’ solutions to address challenges in water resources management with environmental damage, climate change and unsustainable water exploitation driving the water-related crisis.

The statement was made at a workshop themed ‘Green solutions for water resources’ held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment yesterday in Hà Nội.

Deputy Minister Trần Quý Kiên said the negative impacts of climate change and unreasonable exploitation of water resources seriously affected water resources.

15 Mar 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Sopho Kharazi

ROME, Mar 15 2018 (IPS) - This year, World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March, is themed “Nature for Water”, examining nature-based solutions (NBS) to the world’s water problems.

The campaign – “The Answer is in Nature” – promotes a sustainable way to normalize the cycle of water, reduce harms of climate change and improve human health through planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands.

14 Mar 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Mike Muller, Visiting Adjunct Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

07 Mar 2018 description
report Times of India

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand which is considered reservoir for Indian subcontinent has faced drought in 10 out of 13 districts for two years from 2007-09 . With scant rainfall in winter, the state is likely to go through the situation of severe water crisis and forest fire. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has laid bare the findings of its more intensified Drill Down Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRS) conducted till December last year with regard to water crisis in the state.