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Family-Centered Farming Policies Critical To Achieving Food Security, U.N.’s Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Pro-family farming policies key in anti-hunger fight, U.N. officials tell Budapest expo “Financial and infrastructure support for small-scale family farmers is crucial to winning the fight against hunger around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday], urging governments to create polices conducive for equitable and…

Lancet Publishes ‘Manifesto For Planetary Health’

The Lancet has published a manifesto for planetary health, stating, “This manifesto for transforming public health calls for a social movement to support collective public health action at all levels of society — personal, community, national, regional, global, and planetary. Our aim is to respond to the threats we face:…

Fiji Health Department Taking Steps To Address Dengue Fever Outbreak

ABC News Australia: 11 people confirmed dead, 10,000 infected in Fiji dengue fever outbreak “Fiji’s Health Department has confirmed 11 people have died and over 10,000 others have been infected during an outbreak of dengue fever. The department’s launched a major campaign to get rid of possible breeding areas for…

Gender Equality Necessary For Food Security

IRIN: How equal rights boost food security “Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change. ‘For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change,…

Blog Notes Impact Of Fossil-Fuel Industry On U.N. Climate Negotiations

Alicia Pawluk, a medical student at the University of Manchester, argues in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog that fossil-fuel producers have too much influence over U.N. climate negotiations. “Rising sea levels, warmer global temperatures, and extreme weather events will all have a widespread global effect. International governmental measures must…

Gold Mining Farmers In Northern Nigeria Choose Lead Poisoning Over Poverty

The Guardian: Nigerian gold mining: farmers choose death by lead poisoning over poverty “… Villagers who make 10 times as much money mining as they do from farming have told [environmental scientist, Simba] Tirima they would rather die of lead poisoning than poverty. ‘They are not going to stop. I…

Addressing Health, Climate Changes Together Has Mutual Benefits, Experts Say

“Attacking health and climate change problems together makes sense, experts said Saturday at a climate and health summit on the sidelines of the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “But changing behavior that causes global warming can be just as difficult as changing behavior that leads to…

Talks At U.N. Climate Change Meeting Continue; Ban Urges Attendees To Act

“Poor countries have thrown down the gauntlet as the U.N. climate talks under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered their final week, when government ministers take over the negotiations in Poland,” IRIN reports. “Recognition of the impact climate change is having on food security, a mechanism to…

Climate Change, Population Growth Threaten Population In Low-Lying Areas

“Unfortunately, catastrophes like [Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines] are likely to become more common in the coming years” as a result of climate change and population growth, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog. He notes that as sea levels rise as a…