Wednesday , May 12th , 2021  

Montauk Renewables, Inc. Expands Agricultural Waste Segment Through Technology Acquisition

PITTSBURGH, May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Montauk Renewables, Inc. (Montauk) (NASDAQ: MNTK) announces the acquisition of privately–held NR3, LLC, (NR3) a pioneering environmental technology and renewable energy company, based in Greensboro, NC, that specializes in the recovery, refining, and recycling of natural resources from the waste streams of modern agriculture. Montauk, historically...

Pakistanis in Italy: Against All Odds

Daud Khan, Ahmed Raza and Mahnoor Malik speak to a young immigrant in Italy about his journey to Europe By Daud KhanROME, May 11 2021 – We met 22-year old Ali B. in a park in Rome’s city center on a rather cold and windy April evening. We could not share a meal, or even a coffee, as all restaurants were shut due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions. He had travelled down from Cerveteri (a...

Kenya’s Dryland Farmers Embrace Regenerative Farming to Brave Tough Climate

Justus Kimeu on his farm in Kithiani village, Makueni County, Kenya. By using the regenerative agriculture (RA) technique this farmer produced a bumper maize harvest during a very dry season. Almost 900 farmers in Kenya’s two dryland counties of Embu and Makueni are participating in a pilot project to see how regenerative agriculture can be used to improve food productivity. Credit: Isaiah...

US Support for Vaccine Waiver Welcome, but More Needed

Credit: UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 11 2021 – Thanks to President Biden, the US now supports a suspension of intellectual property (IP) rights to increase vaccine supplies. However, without vaccine developers sharing tacit technical knowledge for safe vaccine mass production, it will be difficult to rapidly scale up vaccine output. Waiver delayed...

Equipped by US & Israeli Firms, Police in Botswana Search Phones for Sources

Justice Motlhabani, left, and Letsogile Barupi, followed by Oratile Dikologang, leave the magistrate’s court in Gaborone, Botswana, on April 14, 2020. (Mmegi/Thalefang Charles via Committee to Protect Journalists, New York) By Jonathan RozenNEW YORK, May 11 2021 – Oratile Dikologang was naked when police officers pulled black plastic over his head during his detention in April 2020. It was...

India Under Siege From Covid-19: The Worst Yet to Come

A relative wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) attends the funeral of his family member who died from Covid, at one of the biggest cremation grounds in New Delhi on 26 April. (Seemapuri Cremation Ground/File-Amit Sharma) By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, May 11 2021 – The Coronavirus infections and deaths in India recorded a daily high on Monday, 10 May, with 366,161 new infections...

Biogas in Argentina: Turning an Environmental Problem into a Solution

The biodigester of the Monje Agricultural and Livestock Cooperative, which brings together 550 small farmers in this town in northeastern Argentina on the banks of the Paraná River, produces biogas that feeds electricity to its oil plant and biofertilisers used on the crops. CREDIT: Courtesy of CopMonje By Daniel GutmanBUENOS AIRES, May 11 2021 – “Until five years ago, we didn’t...

One Health Approach Key to Tackling Africa’s Challenges

COVID-19 has shown that we need to act fast as changes at the interface of humans, livestock and wildlife are driving increased risk of emerging disease threats across the globe. Credit: Marc-André Boisvert/IPS By Olanike AdeyemoIBADAN, Nigeria, May 11 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that global health challenges cannot be solved only by health sector interventions. Many of the...

ECW Interviews Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-secretary-general for Global Communications

By External SourceMay 10 2021 (IPS-Partners) Melissa Fleming is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Global Communications – taking up her functions as of 1 September 2019 – and oversees operations in 60 countries and platforms that reach millions of people in multiple languages. From 2009 until August 2019, Ms. Fleming served UNHCR as Head of Global Communications...

Bridging the Digital Divide Will Save Our Planet

By Benjamin Larroquette and Reina OtsukaNEW YORK, May 10 2021 – Data, analysis and information are essential building blocks in our race to save humanity from the clear and present risks posed by the climate crisis. We are headed on a crash course with oblivion, and we need take definitive and far-reaching action if we are going to protect our people and our planet from the devastating impacts...