By Mario Osava Scale model of a small-scale Tecbio biodiesel plant. Credit:Credit: Mario Osava/IPS Buy this picture FORTALEZA, Brazil, Aug 18, 2011 (IPS) – Biofuels are an alternative energy source that can drive local development by generating jobs, know-how and technology. But they can also cause social damage, as locals fear in the case of [...]
By Peter Costantini SEATTLE, U.S., Aug 2 (IPS) – Jean Ronel Noël, a young Haitian engineer, stood in a centuries-old fort on a small island just off Dakar and looked out at the Atlantic through a portal that once led enslaved Africans to the ships of the Middle Passage.
By Stephen Leahy BONN, Jun 17 (IPS) – Negotiations over a new international climate agreement are on the brink as new analyses show that carbon emission reduction promises by industrialised nations are actually lower than those made by China, India, Brazil and other developing nations. Even with all the promises or pledges added together they [...]
By Servaas van den Bosch WINDHOEK, May 31, 2011 (IPS) – A radical rethink of current energy policy can cut South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in 2050 compared to 1990 levels. More than that – after an initial spike in investment – South Africans four decades down the line would pay 23 [...]
Ranjit Devraj NEW DELHI, May 11 (IPS) – A waste-to-energy (WtE) project in the heart of the Indian capital and run by a powerful industrial family is testing the enforceability of the country’s environmental and zoning laws.
K. S. Harikrishnan KASARGOD, India, Apr 25, 2011 (IPS) – Ajith, a nine-year old boy from Badiyadukka village in the southern Indian state of Kerala, waits patiently for his mother to return from the market and take him to the toilet. His bones are so deformed, he is totally immobile.
By IPS Correspondent WINDHOEK, Apr 3, 2011 (IPS) – As water resources in Southern Africa come under pressure from growing population, climate change and increasing industrial and agricultural use, economic accounting for water is among the tools that could aid better management.
By Mario Osava* – Tierramérica RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 11 (IPS) – The current rise in agricultural prices, which now overshadows the increase seen in 2008, highlights the contribution that Brazil could make towards curbing the growing hunger and inflation that are threatening the world once again.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 3, 2011 (IPS) – Thousands of women farmers in Brazil demonstrated this week against the use of toxic weedkillers and pesticides on crops and in favour of agricultural techniques that protect their families’ health.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 28, 2011 (IPS) – A protestor held out a handful of metal dust, part of the “silvery rain” falling that day in Santa Cruz, a low-income neighbourhood on the west side of this Brazilian city, as proof of the environmental nightmare affecting the area ever since a German [...]