World Environment Day solutions to plastic pollution. global issues

About 19-23 million tons of plastic enters lakes, rivers and seas every year. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPS Opinion: author: Lara Van Leet, Akilah Davit (Tempe, Arizona, us) Monday, June 5, 2023 Inter press service TEMPE, Arizona, USA, Jun 05 (IPS) – It’s time to come together and celebrate the environment. June 5 is the 50th World … Read more

The smoking ban in the US was undermined by the tobacco industry

Grow food, not tobacco. Credit: PAHO By Talif Dean (United Nations) Thursday, June 01, 2023 Inter press service On May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health institutions celebrated World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This year’s theme was: “We need food, not cigarettes.” WNTD was established by WHO member states in 1987 to … Read more

Girls are redefining the future of artificial intelligence. global issues

Opinion: By Diana Gutierrez (United Nations) Wednesday, May 31, 2023 Inter press service UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (IPS) – A few weeks ago we celebrated Girl’s ICT Day and I’m thinking about how we can continue to move the digital equality needle so that more than 259 million women who are disconnected today can access … Read more

Things can only get worse – global problems

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has now reported a “staggering” increase in climate emergencies over the past 20 years. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS By Baher Kamal (Rome) Monday, May 29, 2023 Inter press service ROME, May 29 (IPS) – Please stop with all these watered-down formulations like climate change, climate-related hazards, climate crisis or … Read more

Climate change gets its day in court: global issues

Opinion: By Ines M Pusadela (Montevideo, Uruguay) Thursday, May 25, 2023 Inter press service MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, May 25 (IPS) – For global justice, the climate crisis has rightly made its way to the world’s highest court. On March 29, 2023, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the International Court of … Read more

The end of the dominance of the dollar. global issues

The supremacy of the US dollar in the international financial system has long been unquestionable. But countries like Brazil are trying to break away. Opinion: by Monica Hurst, Juan Gabriel Tocatlian (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Buenos Aires, Argentina) Wednesday, May 17, 2023 Inter press service RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil / BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May … Read more

A young woman is sparking a 3D printing revolution in The Gambia. global issues

Opinion: By Abdul Baji (Banjul, The Gambia) Thursday, May 11, 2023 Inter press service BANJUL, The Gambia, May 11 (IPS) – In the heart of The Gambia, a brave young woman named Fatu Juka Darbor is blazing a trail for women fueled by her fiery passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). His remarkable … Read more

Tuberculosis risk factors exacerbated by climate change. global issues

A doctor talks to a tuberculosis survivor at a clinic in Manila, Philippines. Credit: Getty Images for TB Alliance by Ed Holt (Bratislava) Tuesday, May 02, 2023 Inter press service BRATISLAVA, May 02 (IPS) – Although there is no established causal link between climate change and tuberculosis (TB), studies have begun to highlight the potential … Read more

Media freedom is vital, but have we passed peak press? – World problems

Opinion: By Farhana Haque Rahman (Toronto, Canada) Sunday, April 30, 2023 Inter press service TORONTO, Canada, Apr 30 (IPS) – First came peak oil, followed by gas, gold and others, as if the world were running out of natural resources like toilet rolls panicking at a closed supermarket. But should we worry about Peak Press … Read more