This is the prepared text of the keynote address Richard E. Pates, the bishop of the Des Moines Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, delivered Tuesday at the Iowa Hunger Summit.
“We could be the last Latin American and Caribbean generation living together with hunger.”
On the night starting on the 19th of September 2014, at least 15 armed employees of the company Cementos Progreso fired on people from the El Pajoques community in San Juan de Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. They were peacefully resisting the destruction of their environment by a cement plant.
As a practising climate diplomat, I very much welcome the debate on Climate Diplomacy as an opportunity to reflect on how my Government and I can improve on our craft, and edge the world closer towards a safer climate.
The United Nations Small Island States conference (UNSIDS 2014) held in Apia Samoa in early September this year was a momentous gathering of international donors held after 10 years to focus global attention on the predicamen
The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests.
Recent attacks against the Cańo Limon-Coveńas pipeline cut the daily production by 7 percent, a setback as Colombia seeks to increase its oil exports.
It is no longer a question of addressing if climate change is affecting the world we are living in, but it is focusing on, what is going on, and how we are to alleviate the unfolding impacts around us.
Conflicts with local communities over mining, oil and gas development are costing companies billions of dollars a year.
Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year’s disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.
Unusually heavy rainfall, climate change, deforestation and two dams across the border in Brazil were cited by sources who spoke to IPS as the causes of the heaviest flooding in Bolivia's Amazon region since records have been kept.
The most recent IPCC report included a chapter on security – the first time this has happened. The report pointed to a range of security threats associated with climate change, including ill-health, food shortages and natural disasters; and increased conflict, displacement and migration.
Coffee farmers in Central America are struggling to tackle the worst epidemic in nearly 40 years of coffee leaf rust, a climate change-linked disease that has slashed coffee production by hundreds of millions of dollars, cut wages and put coffee pickers out of work.
Ricardo Vásquez Sánchez glances up at the dry thatched roof on the wood-framed platform that is his home in Peru’s sweltering Amazon lowlands.
“If a spark lands there, it’ll go up in flames,” he says.