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Drought Conditions Increasing Food Insecurity In Ethiopia, Northern Somalia, U.N. Says

Bloomberg: Food Emergency Spreads in Ethiopia as Drought Worsens, U.N. Says “…Consecutive missed rainy seasons last year caused by the ocean-warming effects of El Niño have left about a fifth of Ethiopia’s approximately 100 million population in need of food aid. A total of 443 districts were categorized as being…

Editorials, Opinion Piece Address U.S. Zika Response

Orlando Sentinel: Don’t play politics in Zika fight: Editorial Editorial Board “[T]here should be no patience with partisan brinkmanship when public health is at stake. It’s been nearly two months since Obama formally requested that Congress appropriate $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus. … Congress’ GOP leaders have refused…

Investments In Small Farmers Critical To Reach Many Development Goals

Huffington Post: Small Farmers Can Help Meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals — But They Need Our Support Shenggen Fan, economist and director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…[S]mall farmers can help us achieve many of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], but only if we bolster their…

Flooding Causing Food Insecurity In DRC’s Katanga Province; 40K Face Hunger

Humanosphere: 40,000 face hunger as floods hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Charlie Ensor, a freelance journalist and Humanosphere contributor, examines recent flooding in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically the Katanga Province, which “has destroyed houses, farms, and livelihoods, and it is thought that 40,000 people face food shortages.…

U.S. Must Prepare For Potential Spread Of Zika Virus

New York Times: Zika Is Coming Peter J. Hotez, pediatrician and microbiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine “…If mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus reach the United States later this spring or summer, [Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Biloxi,…

Global Food Waste Hampering Food Security, Increasing Climate Change, Study Says

Washington Post: Our wasted food is a huge environmental problem — and it’s only getting worse “…A study just out in the journal Environmental Science and Technology concludes that we’re already producing way more food than the world actually needs — but a lot of the excess is being wasted,…

Using ‘Cleaner, More Efficient’ Cookstoves Can Improve Global Health

Huffington Post: Five Ways Clean Cooking Improves Health Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves “…Cooking over open fires and smoky stoves … leads to a wide range of noncommunicable diseases, such as pneumonia, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The good news is it doesn’t have to…

Climate Change Poses Significant Threat To Human Health, U.S. Government Report Says

News outlets discuss findings from a U.S. government report on the impacts of climate change on human health. CQ News: Climate Change a Threat to Health, White House Report Says “Climate change is projected to cause hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions, and cases of acute respiratory illnesses…

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