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Report Details Potential Damaging Effects Of Climate Change

News outlets discuss a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailing the potentially devastating consequences of global warming. Agence France-Presse: Weather extremes ‘consistent’ with man-made climate change: U.N. “The Philippines’ devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia are among recent weather extremes consistent with man-made climate change,…

Air Pollution Kills 7M People Worldwide Each Year, WHO Estimates Show

According to media sources, new WHO estimates show air pollution kills seven million people worldwide annually. Associated Press: WHO: Pollution kills 7 million people every year “Air pollution kills about seven million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according…

Contraception Access Can Change Course Of Population Growth, Climate Change

Al Jazeera America: Family planning for climate change Malcolm Potts, director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and J. Brian Atwood, chair of global policy studies at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs…

U.N.-Backed Summit Commits To Improving World’s Oceans, Food Security

U.N. News Centre: Participants at U.N.-backed summit commit to improve ocean health, secure food security “A United Nations-backed summit wrapped up in the Netherlands today with a set of concrete actions to turn around the health of the world’s oceans and food security for millions by tackling key threats such…

Climate Change Is A Food Security Issue

Al Jazeera: Climate change and the food security dimension Hilal Elver, research professor in global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Climate Change Project “The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report made clear that climate change will be harmful for…

Action Now Can Prevent Worsening Hunger, Malnutrition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Is more hunger and malnutrition inevitable? Not necessarily Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR “…Investment in agricultural innovation is key. And we need to do more of it — soon. Some of the most effective ways to deal with climate change, such as adapting crop varieties and livestock…

Also In Global Health News: Infectious Disease; Aid Money Needed For Afghanistan, Haiti; Increasing Rice Production; Family Planning In Rwanda

Species Extinction Could Lead Humans To Become More Vulnerable To Infectious Diseases “[T]he loss of biodiversity may make humans more vulnerable to infectious diseases,” according to a review article published Thursday in the journal Nature, VOA News reports (DeCapua, 12/6). “The review analyses studies of 12 diseases, including West Nile…

Also In Global Health News: Drought In Middle East; HIV/AIDS, TB In Indonesia; MSF Warnings Over Needs Of HIV/AIDS Patients; Non-Profit At Work In Uganda

IPS Examines Impact Of Drought On Farmers In Middle East Inter Press Service examines the effects a “devastating drought this fall” has had on farmers in the Middle East, particularly those living in Syria. Once “[a] large wheat exporter, the drought’s impact has now forced the agriculturally self-reliant Syrian government…

Africa Can Produce Enough Food To Feed Itself, Study Says

Africa is capable of producing enough food to feed itself within a single generation, according a “study released to coincide with a meeting of several African leaders in Tanzania on Thursday, as well as U.N. talks on slowing climate change in Cancun, Mexico,” Reuters reports (Doyle, 12/2).

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