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Why Disaster Preparedness Cannot Wait

By Jagan Chapagain and Andrew Steer GENEVA/WASHINGTON, DC – The world has been planning for the future in the mistaken belief that it will resemble the past. But as COVID-19 coincides with cyclones in South Asia and the Pacific and vast locust swarms in East Africa, the need to prepare for a world of unexpected shocks has become clearer than ... Read More »

Why food system gives me hope in this difficult time for all

Danielle Nierenberg Every day, I feel I wake up to a world that is just a little bit more surreal than the day before, as COVID-19 changes day-to-day life. I’m spending time at home with my husband, and I hope you’re practicing social distancing, too. Hunker down at home, keep space between you and other people, and please be sure ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Ten reasons why you ought not to panic

By Ignacio López-Goñi Mar 7 2020 (IPS) – Regardless of whether we classify the new coronavirus as a pandemic, it is a serious issue. In less than two months, it has spread over several continents. Pandemic means the sustained and continuous transmission of the disease, simultaneously in more than three different geographical regions. Pandemic does not refer to the lethality ... Read More »

Why We Need Wetlands

by Martha Rojas Urrego GLAND, SWITZERLAND – It’s called the Extinction Wing. Located in a dark corner of the Paris Museum of Natural History, it houses a haunting collection of species that have long vanished from the natural world. With biodiversity declining faster than at any time in human history, what size museum will future generations need? Read More »

Why the Coronavirus should worry us all

By Ifeanyi Nsofor Reprint ABUJA, Jan 21 2020 (IPS) – The coronavirus outbreak — which began in Wuhan, China, and causes a pneumonia-like illness — is raging across Asia, infecting close to 300 people and killing four. It was initially known to be transmitted from animals to humans and was just confirmed to be transmitted from human to human. Read More »

Why We Strike Again

by Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Angela Valenzuela MADRID – For more than a year, children and young people from around the world have been striking for the climate. We launched a movement that defied all expectations, with millions of people lending their voices – and their bodies – to the cause. Read More »

Why radical right no longer exclusive domain of older, male voters

by Caroline Marie Lancaster on 26th September 2019 The typical radical-right voter is often assumed to be older and male, with conservative views on women’s and LGBT rights—an assumption which should now be reassessed. Today’s European radical right is rife with contradiction. Once the electoral home of working-class men, disillusioned with the decline of industry and the rapid entry of ... Read More »

Why we support Global Climate Strike: 4 Mayors C40 cities

20 September 2019 — Mayor of Paris & Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo; Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio; Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen today released the following statement in support of the Global Climate Strikes called for September 20th. Why we support the Global Climate Strikes Read More »

Why can’t dynamic Asia-Pacific beat poverty?

By Shuvojit Banerjee and Poh Lynn Ng Bangkok, Aug 2019 (IPS) – Asia and the Pacific is lauded globally for its rapid economic growth over recent decades and has lifted 1.1 billion people out of extreme poverty since 1990. Nevertheless, the region continues to have the largest number of poor people in the world. Read More »

Let’s talk about sex – and why power matters

By Dr Natalia Kanem UN, Jul 11 2019 (IPS) – Every year on World Population Day (July 11), UNFPA receives queries from journalists about the total number of people around the world. Numbers are indeed important because they help governments develop policies that respond to evolving needs for services such as education and health. Read More »

Libya tragedy: Why lock up migrants in the first place?

By James Reinl UN, Jul 4 2019 (IPS) – A military strike on a detention centre for migrants in Libya that claimed dozens of lives on Tuesday, Jul. 2 has reignited a debate over the poor treatment of the mainly African people who transit through the turbulent country. The United Nations has called for an investigation into the strike on ... Read More »

Why environmental and humanitarian action must be linked

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jul 4 2019 (IPS) – Environmental and humanitarian action is often understood as two different sectors. However, the lack of awareness regarding its intersections could lead to further long-term devastation. With the growing number of crises around the world, humanitarian actors are essential. They are often the first responders during and after a crisis, providing urgent, ... Read More »

Why 52 substandard food items not removed from market: HC

Dhaka, May 23 – The High Court on Thursday summoned the chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) for not complying with its May 12 order to remove 52 substandard food products from the markets across the country. The HC bench asked Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, chairman of BFSA, to appear before it on June 16 to explain why he had ... Read More »

Why shooting of Janhvi ‘s next halted for a day?

Janhvi Kapoor is currently in Lucknow to shoot some important scenes of her next film that is based on the life of IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena. Angad Bedi has also joined the Dhadak actress in the city of Nawabs, as he’ll be playing her brother in the biopic. But yesterday because of the bad weather the shoot of the film ... Read More »

HC asks govt why wrongly imprisoned Arman not be released

Dhaka, April 23 – The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to release Md Arman, a technician at a Benarasi Palli in Dhaka’s Mirpur area, who has allegedly been suffering in jail for more than three years in a drug case in place of the real accused. The HC ... Read More »

Why is protecting biodiversity in Africa important?

Because climate change alone can cause the loss of over half of African bird and mammal species, trigger a 20-30% decline in lake productivity, and a significant loss of plant species. Africa is home to a rich and diverse animal, plant, and marine biodiversity that provide critical ecosystem services, driving the continent’s economy and serving as buffers to climate change. ... Read More »

2 MPs want probe why pregnant UNO made OSD

Dhaka, Feb 11 – Two ruling party MPs on Monday demanded departmental probe into why Sadar Upazila Nirhabi Officer (UNO) of Narayanganj Hosne Ara Begum Bina has been made an officer on special duty (OSD) during her pregnancy for unknown reasons. Taking floor on the point of order, former State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki raised ... Read More »