Q&A: A Green Economy Without a Pricetag on Nature?

Manipadma Jena interviews ACHIM STEINER, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) YEOSU, South Korea, May 26 2012 (IPS) – As thousands gear up for the 2012 Earth Summit, Rio+20, scheduled to...

SOUTH KOREA: Preventing Desertification Better Than Cure

CHANGWON, Oct 16 2011 (IPS) – “Humanity is the only desert-making species and we’ve been degrading usable land at one percent per year,” says Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat...

Q&A: ‘Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security’

CHANGWON, Oct 21 2011 (IPS) – Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the...

Q&A: “Grabbing of Drylands is a Serious Concern”

NEW DELHI, Nov 13 2011 (IPS) – Designated Drylands Ambassador, United Nations Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD), at its 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10) in South Korea in October, Dennis Garrity is mandated...

INDIA: ‘Seed-Mothers’ Confront Climate Insecurity

BHUBANESWAR, India, Jul 1 2011 (IPS) – In eastern Orissa state’s tribal hinterlands about 200 ‘seed-mothers’ are on mission mode – identifying, collecting and conserving traditional seed varieties and motivating farming families to use...

NOT A SINGLE DROP TO DRINK

The ‘war’ over water between India and Pakistan can jeopardize joint efforts to conserve the precious resource, writes Manipadma Jena In recent months, Pakistan’s politicians have been ratcheting up the rhetoric on water scarcity...

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Creeping Deserts and Crouching Hunger

ANANTAPUR, Andhra Pradesh, India, Jan 5 2010 (IPS) – It is just the beginning of the year, but M. Manju Laxmi already feels anxious. In four months or so, she will be back to...

INDIA: Climate Change Fuels Rural Out-Migration, Rising Farm Debt

BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 30 2009 (IPS) – Under a shed made of bamboo and corrugated sheet metal, Purusottam Sur feeds his two bullocks and a cow with a bundle each of dry paddy plant....

Indian cyclone exposes need for safer housing

Hundreds of thousands of people are returning to their homes along India’s eastern coast, after being evacuated from the destructive path of Cyclone Phailin a few days ago, only to find their mud and...

India’s first solar home complex has admirers but few imitators

From afar you can spot the domes reflecting the rays of the afternoon sun. But in a country known for the splendours of its ancient buildings, this sight is something rather more contemporary: roof-integrated...