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  »  Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20
     Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit. In the months leading up to COP20 ? the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to […]
  »  Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina
     The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighourhoods. In the 1990s a high-end property boom led to the construction of private neighbourhoods in vital ecosystems, and the emergence of barriers ? actual walls – […]
  »  OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo
     Arturo Lopez-Levy is a visiting lecturer at Mills College, California and a PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
  »  Lessons from Jamaica?s Billion-Dollar Drought
     As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change. ?The disparity between the very rich and the very poor in Jamaica means that persons living in poverty, persons living below the […]
  »  To Fight Inequality, Latin America Needs Transparency?and More
     As public policy, political transparency and open data need an active ingredient to bring about social change that would reduce inequality in Latin America: citizen participation, said regional experts consulted by IPS. That is the link that ties together open data and the transformation of society and that democratises access to rights and opportunities, said […]
  »  Mexico?s Undead Rise Up
     Charlotte María Sáenz is a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus. She teaches Global Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. A longer version of this piece originally appeared at Other Worlds.
  »  Inequality in Mexico Is All About Wages
     Sandra G. works Monday through Saturday in a beauty salon on the south side of Mexico City, where she earns slightly more than the minimum wage, which in this country is just five dollars a day. The 30-year-old, who studied cosmetology and asked that her last name not be published, does beauty treatments and sells […]
  »  Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina
     The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both ?above and below ground.? Albino Campo, ?logko? or chief of […]
  »  Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?
     This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement. However, this is like writing a book with […]
  »  Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy
     When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in ?decarbonising development?. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of […]
  »  Legal Vacuum Fuels Conflicts Over Water in El Salvador
     Rural communities and social organisations in El Salvador agree that the lack of specific laws is one of the main hurdles to resolving disputes over water in the country. ?If the right to water was regulated in the constitution, we wouldn?t be caught up in this conflict,? David Díaz, a representative of the Asociación de […]
  »  A Fair Climate Treaty or None at All, Jamaica Warns
     As the clock counts down to the last major climate change meeting of the year, before countries must agree on a definitive new treaty in 2015, a senior United Nations official says members of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) ?need to be innovative and think outside the box? if they hope to […]
  »  Massachussetts Schools Welcome New Students Who Fled Danger
     Pedro sought a safer life. He traveled to Somerville from Chalantenango, El Salvador on foot, by bus, car, and in the back of a tractor-trailer truck. Now he?s one of 60 new students from Central America who have enrolled in Somerville Public Schools after making it to the Texas border on their own or with […]
  »  More Economic Equality Brings Greater Political Polarisation in Brazil
     ?If I had to choose today I would stay back home, I wouldn?t come to look for work here,? said Josefa Gomes, who 30 years ago moved from Serra Redonda, a small town in Brazil?s semiarid northeast, to the city of Rio de Janeiro, 2,400 km away. She reached that conclusion as a result of […]
  »  Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up
     As concern mounts over food security, two community groups are on a drive to mobilise average people across Antigua and Barbuda to mitigate and adapt in the wake of global climate change, which is affecting local weather patterns and by extension, agricultural production. ?I want at least 10,000 people in Antigua and Barbuda to join […]
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