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World Must Act On Climate Change

Project Syndicate: Our Last Chance for a Safe Planet Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on the Millennium Development Goals “…The last chance for action [on climate change] has arrived. That chance lies in Paris in December 2015,…

Global Alliance Working To Bring Clean Cookstoves To Billions Of People

Nature: Global health: Deadly dinners “…[T]he urgency to transition billions of people around the world to cleaner forms of cooking has never been greater, in light of recent research revealing that emissions from traditional cooking-stoves pose a bigger threat than previously thought. … Environmental organizations, development groups and others have…

Innovation, Cooperation Needed To Urgently Address Climate Change, Food Security

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in the Face of Climate Change Pamela Anderson, director of the agricultural development program at the Gates Foundation, discusses the impacts of climate change on food security and the urgent need to address the situation through cooperation and…

Blogs Highlight Connections Between Climate Change, Sustainable Development

Blog posts address the connection between climate change and sustainable development, including health and food security. Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought”: Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate “The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report (.pdf) urging the U.S. government…

USAID Launches Program To Reduce Child Stunting By 2M Over 5 Years

Inter Press Service: U.S. Pledges to Reduce Child Stunting by Two Million Globally “The U.S. government has pledged to reduce the number of chronically malnourished children around the world by at least two million over the next half decade, receiving an initial positive response from the development community…” (Tullo, 5/23).

Africa Launches Risk Pool Insurance Scheme To Address Climatic Disasters

Reuters: Africa assumes onus on disaster relief with catastrophe insurance pool “…On May 1, Africa launched its first sovereign risk pool insurance scheme, marking a major policy shift in the way climatic events such as droughts, and from next year floods, will be tackled by the world’s poorest continent. 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).

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…