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Climate Change To Increase Risk Of Conflict, Natural Disaster, Hunger, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says climate change will adversely affect health, food security, and economic and political stability. Agence France-Presse: Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: U.N. “Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods…

Climate Change Already Affecting Food Security In East Africa

Foreign Policy: Big Trouble in Farmville Richard Schiffman, author and journalist “…Food production all over the globe is in the crosshairs, but East Africa is the prime target. The impacts of climate change are already serious here, and expected to get a lot harsher in coming decades. … In fact,…

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…

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,…

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).

Blog Notes Impact Of Fossil-Fuel Industry On U.N. Climate Negotiations

Alicia Pawluk, a medical student at the University of Manchester, argues in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog that fossil-fuel producers have too much influence over U.N. climate negotiations. “Rising sea levels, warmer global temperatures, and extreme weather events will all have a widespread global effect. International governmental measures must…

Gold Mining Farmers In Northern Nigeria Choose Lead Poisoning Over Poverty

The Guardian: Nigerian gold mining: farmers choose death by lead poisoning over poverty “… Villagers who make 10 times as much money mining as they do from farming have told [environmental scientist, Simba] Tirima they would rather die of lead poisoning than poverty. ‘They are not going to stop. I…

Gender Equality Necessary For Food Security

IRIN: How equal rights boost food security “Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change. ‘For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change,…

Fiji Health Department Taking Steps To Address Dengue Fever Outbreak

ABC News Australia: 11 people confirmed dead, 10,000 infected in Fiji dengue fever outbreak “Fiji’s Health Department has confirmed 11 people have died and over 10,000 others have been infected during an outbreak of dengue fever. The department’s launched a major campaign to get rid of possible breeding areas for…