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Drought Threatens Maize Production, Food Security In Southern Africa, WFP Warns

Reuters: Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage — WFP “Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months due to a severe drought in the ‘maize belt’ of South Africa, where a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of over 50 percent, the World…

USAID, State Department’s 2015 QDDR Reinforces Importance Of Diplomacy In Achieving Development Goals

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Aid Pushed to the Forefront of U.S. Foreign Policy Alex Thier, USAID’s assistant to the administrator for policy, planning and learning, discusses the release of the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which “provides a blueprint for advancing America’s interests in global security, inclusive economic growth, climate…

Air Pollution-Related Death, Disease Costing Europe $1.6T Annually, U.N. Report Shows

U.N. News Centre: Air pollution in Europe costs $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, U.N. study shows “The United Nations health agency reported today in a first-of-its-kind study that air pollution across Europe is costing ‘a staggering’ $1.6 trillion a year in deaths and diseases, which amounts to…

Access To Family Planning Will Help Tackle Climate Change

Huffington Post: On This Earth Day, Invest in Family Planning Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “…While reaching remote communities is helping to treat the side effects of climate change, the heart of our work — providing contraception — is tackling the root of climate change. We’ve…

Climate Change Requires More R&D Into Neglected Infectious Diseases

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Could climate change lead to chikungunya? Examining the link between climate change and health Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, discusses the relationship between climate change and infectious diseases, writing, “Mitigating the risk of climate change will require investment in research and development for neglected,…