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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…

Most Cities Fail To Meet WHO Air Quality Standards, New Data Show

News outlets report on new data from the WHO showing deteriorating air quality worldwide. BBC News: Air pollution ‘too high’ in most of world’s cities “The World Health Organization says air pollution in many of the world’s cities is breaching its guidelines. Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries…

Electrification Can Help Curb Deaths From Indoor Air Pollution

Forbes: The World’s Biggest Environmental Killer: Indoor Air Pollution Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “Political heavyweights such as Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon name climate change the ‘defining issue of our times’ and ‘perhaps the…

Immediate Needs Overlooked In Clean Cookstove Projects, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Ignoring users’ needs ‘harms take-up of clean stoves’ “Projects to encourage a switch to clean cookstoves that cut fuel use and pollution-related deaths in developing nations often fail to meet local people’s immediate needs, according to a review study…” (Khan-Ruf, 5/13).

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…

Silo-Based Approach To Development Will Undermine Food Security, Nutrition Goals

The Guardian: People first: green goals should not override ending hunger Shenggen Fan, director general at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Continuing a silo-based approach to sustainable development will undermine the food security and nutrition of poor people and vulnerable groups. … The post-2015 development agenda must work to…

African Women Farmers Need Support From Leaders, Policymakers

Forbes: Supporting Women Farmers Is The Key To Africa’s Continued Progress Uyen Kim Huynh, senior research scientist at the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University “…Given the critical role that women farmers play in Africa with respect to agricultural production and securing livelihoods for their families, further…

Namibian Government Taking Action Against Country’s Worst Drought In 30 Years

Think Africa Press reports on a drought in Namibia, the worst the country has seen in 30 years, writing, “In the Kunene region in the north, rain has not fallen for two years, and the U.N. recently estimated that 778,000 people — approximately one-third of the population — are either…