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Meeting Examines Intersection Of Population, Health, Environment

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Vicky Markham, founding director of the Center for Environment and Population (CEP), reports on a recent U.N. General Assembly side event, a Women Delivering Development meeting organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Aspen Institute, Sierra Club and…

Addressing Global Hunger Involves More Than Increasing Food Production Yields

“It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy spoke of ending world hunger, yet on the eve of World Food Day, October 16, the situation remains dire,” New York Times columnist Mark Bittman writes in an International New York Times opinion piece. In the current system, “a third [of…

Opinion Pieces Address World Food Day

October 16 is recognized as World Food Day, with this year’s theme of “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.” The following summarizes several opinion pieces addressing issues surrounding food production, distribution and security. Chris Brett, The Guardian’s “Sustainable Business” blog: “According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture…

WHO Cancer Agency Classifies Air Pollution As Carcinogen

“The International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC] declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation,” the Associated Press reports. “The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the [WHO],…

IPCC Report Demands Action On Climate Change

Washington Post: The new IPCC report shows that work to limit climate change must begin now Noting the findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “its first comprehensive report since 2007 on the changes that might accompany a rising global temperature and on humanity’s…

Climate Change Brings Risk Of Malaria In Previously Unaffected Regions

Motherboard: The Burden of Malaria Is Shifting with the Changing Climate “Thanks to warming climates, malaria will likely spread its influence to places where it hasn’t been a problem before. That means the burden of treating one of the world’s most resilient illnesses will shift to locales that aren’t necessarily…

New Virus In China May Be Cause Of Death Of 3 Mine Workers

Science News: A New Killer Virus in China? “In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking…

Scientists To Use Climate Factors To Forecast Disease Outbreaks In Sahel

Reuters: Wind and dust can predict Sahel meningitis outbreaks — scientists “Scientists may soon be able to forecast disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan African’s ‘meningitis belt’ using weather data — and use that to plan early vaccination drives to prevent or limit casualties…” (Mintz, 3/20).

Report Details Potential Damaging Effects Of Climate Change

News outlets discuss a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailing the potentially devastating consequences of global warming. Agence France-Presse: Weather extremes ‘consistent’ with man-made climate change: U.N. “The Philippines’ devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia are among recent weather extremes consistent with man-made climate change,…

Air Pollution Kills 7M People Worldwide Each Year, WHO Estimates Show

According to media sources, new WHO estimates show air pollution kills seven million people worldwide annually. Associated Press: WHO: Pollution kills 7 million people every year “Air pollution kills about seven million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according…

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