Argentina lawmakers have passed a bill to legalize abortion. A major and unprecedented step for the fourth country to make abortion legal in Latin America. As issues around climate, democracy and human rights are being fought over, solutions are also implemented.

Women’s rights: Argentina moves toward legal abortion [ARTICLE]
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Women’s rights: Argentina moves toward legal abortion

On Friday the 11, Argentina’s lower house of Congress approved a bill to legalize abortion by a margin of 131 votes to 117 votes. The abortion pill would make it legal to end pregnancies up to 14 weeks. A legislative victory for the women’s movement of Argentina.

Argentina's lower house passes bill to allow abortion  ” , The Guardian, December 11, 2020

In India, “No Farmers. No Food. No Future” [OPINION]
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In India, “No Farmers. No Food. No Future”

In India, farmers have taken to the streets to denounce the politics of Narendra Modi’s government. The cause: legislation that will further deregulate agriculture. The revolt is raising debates on the current democratic system’s regard for the poorest.

India: striking farmers close down Delhi in a show of popular democracy  ” , The Conversation, December 14, 2020

CO2 capture technology: a hoax or a viable solution ? [ARTICLE]
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CO2 capture technology: a hoax or a viable solution ?

In the fight against climate change, the method of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is seen as a major tool. But for environmental organizations, it will keep us dependent on fossil fuels. CCS techniques: a miraculous technology to save the planet or a “false solution” with too many disadvantages?

Carbon capture heralded as key tool in climate fight, but at what cost?  ” , The Japan Times, December 14, 2020

 Access to water facilities: COVID-19, the wake-up call [ARTICLE]
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Access to water facilities: COVID-19, the wake-up call

According to the World Health Organization, one in four health care facilities lacks basic water services. An issue made blatant by the COVID-19 crisis. A total of $3.6 billion is needed between 2020 and 2030. For Bruce Gordon, unit head of WASH at WHO: “It’s a very manageable, modest figure.”

Wanted: A 'modest' $3.6B to give hospitals access to water  ” , Devex, December 15, 2020

Toward sustainable jobs and businesses in Tunisia [ARTICLE]
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Toward sustainable jobs and businesses in Tunisia

In Tunisia, a project partially financed by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and NGOS helps workers in the embroidery sector become majority partners of their company. Directly impacted by the environmental consequences of the textile industry, they now work to build a sustainable economy.

Tunisia experiments with a gradual transition to more sustainable jobs and businesses  ” , Equal Times, December 13, 2020

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