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Global climate change policy is in a state of flux, with all other countries waiting for the United States to decide whether to leave or remain in the Paris Agreement, Martin Khor, Executive Director of the Geneva-based South Center told IPS. That treaty, adopted by 195 countries with great fanfare…

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BY DR. HANIF HASSAN AL QASSIM GENEVA: This year’s theme for the 2017 World Press Freedom Day “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies” is one of the most important days honoring press freedom. Inevitably, the impact of media has the power to…

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KINGSTON, Jamaica: There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in late November 2016 that mosquitoes were not only living longer, but were “breeding in septic tanks underground.” For many, it explained why…

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NEW DELHI: “It’s not what you say that prompts it—it’s the fact that you are saying it,” says Mary Beard, a Cambridge University classics professor about online trolling. “If you venture into traditional male territory, the abuse comes anyway. It is the many ways that men have silenced outspoken women…

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UNITED NATIONS: Indigenous women, while experiencing the first and worst effects of climate change globally, are often in the frontline in struggles to protect the environment. A forum organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (Wecan) brought together indigenous women from around the world to discuss the effects…

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DOHA: Taha avoids giving his last name to journalists, but not out fear of the Sudanese government, whose harassment he fled in 2015. “I don’t want any of the people I worked with to know I’m here,” he tells Al Jazeera, writing by instant messaging from a temporary residence for…

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VICTORIA, BC, Canada – When the United Nations resumes negotiations in June for an international treaty against nuclear weapons, there must be a treaty that should cover every single aspect of the devastating weapons — and leading eventually to their total elimination from the world’s military arsenals. As envisaged, the…

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PARIS/FRANKFURT/LONDON: The price of renewable energy — especially solar power — continues to tumble, and the result is more green power generating capacity for fewer dollars. That’s the bottom line message from the latest figures on world investment in clean technologies. In 2016, record levels of new renewable energy generating…

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UNITED NATIONS: The Group of 77 is calling for the creation of a new and dedicated Trust Fund for the implementation of the UN’s strategic plan on forests for the period 2017-2030. The proposed Trust Fund is expected to be under the management of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network…

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ROME/BERLIN: The governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US need to close glaring legal loopholes to prevent the corrupt elite from laundering the proceeds of grand corruption in their local real estate markets, a major anti-corruption watchdog urges. The Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), a global anti-corruption movement working…