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Saturday, November 01, 2014   8:06 GMT


OPINION
The Pentagon Comes Up Short on Climate
Eric Bonds
Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA, 1 Nov (IPS) -

The Pentagon recently released a new report sounding the alarm on the national security threats posed by climate change. Like previous reports on the subject, this one makes clear that Department of Defence (DoD) planners believe that global warming will seriously challenge our nation’s military forces.
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Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 31 Oct (IPS) - The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country’s massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.
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Good Twins or Evil Twins? U.S., China Could Tip the Climate Balance
Stephen Leahy
BONN, 27 Oct (IPS) - China and the United States are responsible for 35 percent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees C by adopting best energy efficiency standards, a new analysis shows.
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U.S. Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 Oct (IPS) - When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: "We hope the Americans would honour their agreements and service our helicopters."
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U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 22 Oct (IPS) - The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.
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Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 17 Oct (IPS) - President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.
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Despite Public’s War Weariness, U.S. Defence Budget May Rise
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Despite the public’s persistent war weariness, the U.S. defence budget – the world’s biggest by far – may be set to rise again, according to a new study released here this week by the Center for International Policy (CIP).
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Ahead of Myanmar Trip, Obama Urged to Demand Extractives Transparency
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Lawmakers here are urging President Barack Obama to put transparency in the extractives sector at the centre of an upcoming trip to Myanmar.
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Most Nations Reducing Worst Forms of Child Labour
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 8 Oct (IPS) - Most of the world’s governments are taking measures to reduce the worst and most hazardous forms of child labour, according to a major report released here Tuesday by the U.S. Labour Department.
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U.S. Investigation into Illegal Timber Imports a “Sea Change”
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - A year after a U.S. company was accused of engaging in the systematic importing of flooring made from illegally harvested timber, pressure is mounting on federal agencies currently investigating the allegations.
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