Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries’ Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Nairobi, Kenya – At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed further WTO expansion, and fortunately the effort by some developed countries to impose new pro-corporate issues on the agenda was defeated. However, the 162 WTO members also failed to affirm […]

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Don’t buy the spin: The WTO talks in Nairobi ended badly and India will pay a price

India’s Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, invited into a select group to negotiate the final text of the Nairobi agreement, let the rich countries have their way. Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A Wise; 24 December 2015  It didn’t take long for the spin masters to begin working their magic on the latest dismal World Trade Organisation summit […]

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Delhi November air quality threatened by Punjab farm fires

Since September 2015, an ecological and public health disaster has been unfolding in Indonesia, as fires burn out of control. Such fires spread a haze over the region every autumn; this year is different only in severity and because it has caught international attention, with Indonesia surpassing China and the USA for several weeks as […]

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Permanent solution on food security in WTO rules is must:India

6 Nov. 2014 In a stern message, India has told the UN General Assembly that developing countries must have the freedom to use food reserves to feed the poor “without the threat of sanctions” and a permanent solution on food security with necessary changes in WTO rules is a must. “The issue of food security is central to the […]

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Govt allows field trials for GM mustard, brinjal

New Delhi: The environment ministry has allowed field trials of two varieties of genetically modified (GM) brinjal and mustard, almost 18 months after the previous government ordered a freeze on such tests. In a reply to an RTI query early October, the ministry said on August 21, it permitted the Delhi University to hold trials for […]

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Food security tops agenda of FAO director general’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Food and Agriculture Organization director general Jose Graziano da Silva have agreed on how to strengthen efforts to promote India’s food security and sustainable agricultural development during talks held in New Delhi, stated an official statement. Tuesday’s meeting was Modi’s first with the FAO director general since he took office […]

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Insects’ gut microbes hint at biofuel breakthrough.

Deep inside insects’ guts may lie the key to one of the biofuel industry’s great challenges: how to cost-effectively turn tough plant waste into profit-making fuel.About 50 million tonnes of lignin are produced every year worldwide, mostly as waste after the sugar, or cellulose, in a plant has been converted into ethanol.Finding a way to […]

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Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests

Climate change has its sights on its next victim, and it’s one of America’s favorite vacation spots. Hawaii is known for its near perfect weather, but a new report from the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them […]

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