Two-thirds of Tropical Forests ‘Under Threat in Next Decade’

Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sabah, Borneo. Copyright: Dr. Lindsay F. Banin By Bruno de PierroSÃO PAULO, Brazil, Jun 1 2020 – Tropical forests can develop resistance to a warmer climate, but 71 per cent will come under threat in ...

The Consequential Effects of Covid-19 on the Climate Crisis

Credit: UNDP, Ghana By Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin OkyenheneACCRA Ghana, Jun 1 2020 – The tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated challenges have thrown our world into chaos, with the virus destroying lives and livelihoods ...

COVID 19 – Conspiracy or Apocalypse? – Part I

By Daud Khan and Leila Yasmine KhanAMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 1 2020 – As the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the globe, so did various theories about what caused the pandemic. According to the standard scientific theory, the virus probably ...

For Love or Land – The Debate about Kenyan Women’s Rights to Matrimonial Property

Kenya’s Matrimonial Property Act, which is discriminatory towards women and inconsistent with the country’s constitution, means few married women own land. Less than five percent of all land title deeds in Kenya are held jointly ...

Young People are Key to a Nicotine-free Future: Five Steps to Stop them Smoking

Credit: Bigstock By External SourceCAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 31 2020 – Tobacco use kills more than 8 million people each year. Most adult smokers start smoking before the age of 20. This implies that if one can get through adolescence ...

Elimination of Leprosy

Traveling man: the Goodwill Ambassador shares a joke with two residents of a leprosarium in Krantau, Uzbekistan during a visit in 2013. By External SourceMay 29 2020 (IPS-Partners)   Warm greetings from Sasakawa Health Foundation in ...

COVID-19 – UN Urges World Leaders to Act Now to Avert ‘Unimaginable Devastation’

COVID-19 has resulted in hunger and famine at historic proportions, with some 60 million people pushed into extreme poverty and half the global workforce — 1.6 billion people — left without work, and $8.5 trillion in global output ...

An Appeal to UN’s Budget Committee: It’s no Time to Cut Back on Child Protection

UNICEF installation on the North Lawn at the UN Headquarters in New York highlights the grave scale of child deaths in armed conflicts during 2018. Credit: UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi By Dragica MikavicaNEW YORK, May 29 2020 – On February ...

COVID19 and Its Impact on Pacific Island States

Regional efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 have so far proven successful. Image Credit: Pacific Community By William W. EllisTORONTO, May 29 2020 – By now, the impact of COVID19 on our daily lives has been well documented, especially ...

Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls Under Lockdown

Protest against anti-abortion law in Opole, Poland. Credit: Iga Lubczańska. By External SourceBEIRUT / GENEVA, May 28 2020 – Health systems around the world are prioritising health care services and equipment to treat people diagnosed ...