By Mario Osava* RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 24, 2012 (Tierramérica) – Large-scale social mobilisation, including street protests and parallel activities, is the only thing can save the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) from ending in nothing but frustration, according to activists and analysts.
By Stephen Leahy DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 11, 2011 (IPS) – The world is increasingly committed to dangerous levels of global warming with yet another failure by nations of the world to agree to needed reductions in carbon emissions here in Durban. However, as the 17th Conference of Parties ended early Sunday morning, members did [...]
By Kristin Palitza CAPE TOWN , Dec 6, 2011 (IPS) – Counting on responsible travellers who increasingly seek environmentally friendly alternatives for their holidays, South Africa’s tourism sector wants to conserve its biggest asset – nature – while fighting climate change at the same time.
By Athar Parvaiz* SRINAGAR, Nov 30, 2011 (IPS) – Sammad Sheikh of Tangchekh village in north Kashmir cannot understand why the rice fields that his family cultivated for generations are drying up.
By Kristin Palitza * CAPE TOWN , Nov 24, 2011 (IPS) – South Africa’s Rooibos tea has become a popular drink all around the globe. But prices of the herbal brew could shoot up within the next decade, as the Rooibos plant can only grow in one small region in the world – which is [...]
By Alice Marcondes * SÃO PAULO, Nov 9, 2011 (Tierramérica) – The term “green jobs”, coined to describe employment that contributes in some way to preserving or restoring the environment, is increasingly entering the vocabulary of companies keen to respond to the social demand for a cleaner economy. Brazil has not been left behind by [...]
By Mario Osava SALGUEIRO, Brazil, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) – The visual impact is harsh: flattened hills, valleys full of mud, and kilometres and kilometres of bulldozed land – the modification of nature in Brazil’s semiarid Northeast region is disturbing due to the enormous dimensions involved.
By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 11, 2011 (IPS) – The Bolsa Verde or Green Grant programme, which gives financial assistance to poor families that help preserve Brazil’s Amazon jungle, may turn out to be only a drop in the ocean if legislation that undermines forest protection is adopted.
Fabíola Ortiz interviews Brazilian climate expert CARLOS NOBRE * – Tierramérica PORTO DE GALINHAS, Brazil, Oct 4 (IPS) – Brazil could play a leading role in a new global agenda for sustainable development and become an “environmental power”, says Carlos Nobre, one of the world’s foremost climate change experts.
Kristin Palitza CAPE TOWN , Sep 1 (IPS) – While many scientists, academics and politicians still theorise about ways to adapt to climate change, a South African civil society organisation has launched a hands-on project that mobilises communities to take easy steps to reduce carbon emissions.