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Re-elected FAO Head Outlines Agency’s Priorities; Assistant Director-General Says Price Speculation Hurting Global Food Security

Reuters: Financial speculation on food hurting world’s hungry: U.N. “Food has increasingly become a target for opportunist investors looking for easy profit, hurting the world’s poor and fuelling instability, [Jomo Sundaram, an assistant director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] said on Monday…” (Arsenault, 6/8). U.N. News Centre: Ending…

Global Pollution Adversely Affects Global Public Health, Development

Humanosphere: Fighting pollution critical to fight against diseases of poverty Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses pollution’s adverse effects on global health and development, including a recent seminar on the topic held at IHME (6/5).

G7 Will Play Important Role In Global Development

Council on Foreign Relations’ “The Internationalist”: The G7 Summit: An Exclusive Club — But a Global Role Stewart Patrick, senior fellow and director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at CFR, discusses the upcoming G7 Summit’s role in global development, particularly its role in “tackling global growth…

India’s Air Pollution Causing Lung Damage Among Millions Of Children

New York Times: Holding Your Breath in India Gardiner Harris, Washington correspondent for the New York Times “…When I became a South Asia correspondent for the New York Times three years ago, my wife and I were both excited and prepared for difficulties — insistent beggars, endemic dengue, and summertime…

Conflict, Drought Creating Tenuous Food Security Situation In West Africa

Humanosphere: Sahel: Drought, displacement, and conflict leave 20 million food insecure Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy writes, “Conflict and drought are working in tandem to leave more than 23 million people food insecure in West Africa. Yet again, there are concerns that the region is on the brink of crisis. And…

New Issue Of USAID’s ‘FrontLines’ Available Online

USAID’s “Impact”: FrontLines: Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships FrontLines Production Editor Angela Rucker previews the latest edition of the USAID publication, including articles on mobile banking in sub-Saharan Africa, drought resiliency in Jamaica, and maternal health in Timor-Leste (6/1).

More Than 2K People Die In India Heat Wave; Water Supplies Tested

Al Jazeera: India heat wave tests water supply as deaths near 2,000 “Dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826, officials have said…” (5/30). Wall…

Clean Cooking Technologies Can Improve Women’s Health, ‘Create Community Change’

Nature: Sustainability: Clean cooking empowers women Laura S. Brown, program coordinator, and William F. Lankford, founder and president of the Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP) “…For nearly 25 years, [the Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP)] has provided financial and technical assistance to thousands of poor, rural women for…