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Nice, Fuzzy, Positive Language on Aid

By IPS correspondents

ACCRA, Sep 3 (IPS) – Ministers and senior government officials from around the world have reportedly agreed an action plan to make the system of aid more effective after days of hard negotiations that pitted some of the world’s poorest nations against donor giants.

But a negotiator for developing countries who did not want to be named told IPS the text agreed was entirely devoid of any time-bound measurable goals, due to objections from the United States and Japan. Continue reading Nice, Fuzzy, Positive Language on Aid

Climate change: How quest for zero waste community means sorting the rubbish 34 ways

The Guardian

Japanese village’s strict recycling regime looks to a future free of incinerators and landfill

Justin McCurry in Kamikatsu

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Sonae Fujii at the waste recycling centre in Kamikatsu, Japan

The inhabitants of Kamikatsi intend to do away with incinerators by 2020, to become Japan’s first zero-waste community. Photograph: Robert Gilhooly

It was not that long ago that life in Kamikatsu revolved around the state of the rice crop and the number of tourists arriving to soak in the restorative waters of the local hot spring. Now the tiny village, in the densely wooded mountains of Shikoku island in south-west Japan, has a new obsession: rubbish. Continue reading Climate change: How quest for zero waste community means sorting the rubbish 34 ways