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Central American Drought Leading To Rising Food Insecurity, Hunger

Reuters: Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis “Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region’s poor…” (Moloney, 8/14).

USAID’s Commitment To Nature Protection Benefits Development

Huffington Post: Bringing Conservation and Development Together Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy “Development and conservation are often viewed as separate or even opposing needs. The truth is, we simply won’t be successful in addressing either the world’s economic or environmental challenges unless we bring them together…

Climate Change Action To Be Stand-Alone Goal In SDGs

IRIN: Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs “Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…” (Kindra, 8/26).

U.N. Experts Call For Action On Climate-Related Health Risks At Global Conference

News outlets report on the WHO’s call for action on climate and health-related activities at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened Wednesday in Geneva. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Act now on climate change or face growing health risks – U.N. “Swift action to tackle climate change would…

IPCC Report Demands Action On Climate Change

Washington Post: The new IPCC report shows that work to limit climate change must begin now Noting the findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “its first comprehensive report since 2007 on the changes that might accompany a rising global temperature and on humanity’s…

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…

Issue Brief Discusses Integration Of WASH, Water Conservation, Climate Resilience

National Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard”: USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance Elizabeth Shope, an advocate with the NRDC, discusses an issue brief she authored, titled “Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate…

IPCC Report Warns World Must Work To Reduce Climate Change

News outlets discuss the release of a new report from the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urging nations to take action on climate change. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. climate report: Window closing for lowest-cost solutions “If countries hope to achieve their economic aspirations without pushing the global climate system…

Tanzania To Employ Climate Data To Fight Malaria

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Better climate data could help Tanzania curb malaria “Tanzania is enlisting climate data in a new approach to curbing malaria. Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS), a system established by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency in conjunction with the U.S.-based International Research Institute for Climate and Society, is designed…