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How Norway fuelled the electric vehicle revolution

Electric vehicles could be integral to the world improving its environmental performance. GlobalData’s power technology writer, JP Casey says: “Thanks to improvements in operational efficiency and reductions in the production of harmful pollutants compared to combustion engine-powered vehicles, hope has grown that replacing existing car models with newer, electric equivalents could lead to positive change in the world’s pollution levels. Read More »

The EU’s Risky Green Taxonomy

by Stan Dupré PARIS – European Union member states and the European Parliament are soon expected to adopt a so-called “taxonomy” for classifying green investments, after reaching an agreement last month on a list of “sustainable” economic activities. Once the new system enters into force, most likely this year, the European Commission will use this list to determine which financial ... Read More »

As China sneezes, global economy gets the chills

Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong hit hardest, bottlenecks in low-value parts threaten downstream units By Umesh Desai The coronavirus outbreak in China, which started in the city of Wuhan, has had analysts scrambling to lower growth forecasts across the board, underlining the country’s dominant role in the global economy. Read More »

Food security and nutrition: ‘Organic is the Future’

By Sapna Gopal HIMALAYAS, India, Jan 30 2020 (IPS) – Vandana Shiva, a pioneer of organic farming in India, is incensed by the 2019 draft law to compulsorily register all seeds used by farmers. On a wintry afternoon, at her farm Navdanya in the Himalayan foothills, the noted ecologist spoke on the future of the organic farming movement in India. Read More »

Similar, but different nonetheless

Sudhirendar Sharma In their quest to create an identity distinct from India, Islamic identity has only proved regressive for a vibrant plural society. For the people of any country engagement with their lived reality plays a significant role in renegotiating an identity that is distinct from the political identity thrust upon them by the nation-state. Such an identity describes the ... Read More »

UN Report: Rising inequality affects more than 70% of Globe

NEW YORK, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) – Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international level, says a flagship study released by the UN on Tuesday. Read More »

Climate change and financial risk

By Pierpaolo Grippa, Jochen Schmittmann, and Felix Suntheim WASHINGTON DC, Jan 16 2020 (IPS) – Climate change is already a reality. Ever-more-ferocious cyclones and extended droughts lead to the destruction of infrastructure and the disruption of livelihoods and contribute to mass migration. Read More »

Population: Pro-Growth Demographic Dogma

By Joseph Chamie NEW YORK, Jan 20 2020 (IPS) – Whenever the issue of population comes up, pro-growth demographic dogma invariably dominates. Governments, political parties, businesses, the media and many others typically praise population growth and lament population slowdown, stabilization or decline. The demographic dogma basically advocates maintaining robust population growth and a larger and youthful population. Read More »

Unbelievable sight of the Everest in a cloudy evening

Mostafa Kamal Majumder It was a partially cloudy afternoon at the Nepali resort of Nagarkot where I along with more than a dozen men associated with the Panos institute South Asia stayed for several nights doing a workshop. Sponsors were from Panos North East India. Tourists coming to this resort without fail try to have a glimpse of the Everest ... Read More »

Corporal punishment has no virtues

The greatest birthday present ‘teachers’ and Imams in Bangladesh can give Bangabandhu on his 100th birthday anniversary this March 17, would be to amend their ways, abolish corporal punishment in its many forms, and stop damaging his children – the future of Bangladesh… the supreme assets of the nation. Read More »

US’ Latest Bombing Shows US Lost Iraq War

January 4, 2020 MISES By Ryan McMaken The US government tells us that Iraq is harbouring anti-US Iranian forces and must be bombed. Yesterday, the US bombed Baghdad International Airport, killing seven people, including an Iranian general and two Iraqi politicians. Meanwhile, US marines invaded Iraqi sovereign territory — in a move euphemistically called “arrest raids” — in an effort ... Read More »

Reflections for a New Year

By Roberto Savio Rome, Jan 3 2020 (IPS) – In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – ... Read More »

How our rivers fared in 2019

Nazrul Islam The year 2019 saw both good and bad developments for our rivers. On the good side, the first thing to be mentioned is the High Court’s judgement of February 3, declaring rivers as a “legal entity,” having rights similar to a living person. The High Court appointed the National River Protection Commission as the guardian of rivers and ... Read More »

Natural-born climate commitments

By Sally Jewell Washington, DC – As world leaders gathered at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid from December 2-13, the discussed concrete steps for meeting and increasing national emissions-reduction targets. But equally important, COP25 offered an opportunity to elevate one of the most powerful tools we have to address climate change: nature. Read More »

A new hope for US climate action

By Jules Kortenhorst and Andrew Steer Boulder, Colorado – The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) took place in Madrid was supposed to prepare the ground for more ambitious national climate commitments. Nowhere was this more important than in the country where national leadership on climate change is least likely: the United States. Read More »

Address malnutrition, not just food security

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Wan Manan Muda and Tan Zhai Gen KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 17 2019 (IPS) – Malnutrition remains a formidable challenge in most societies, with less than a tenth of countries in the world not experiencing at least one major malnutrition problem. Read More »

2019: A Year in Review

By IPS World Desk Dec 16 2019 (IPS) – 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate crisis shook us all. Hopefully, it will also be remembered for the fightback manifested in the spread of mass protests and civic movements against governments and industries failing to respond. Read More »