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‘Action/2015′ Campaign Seeks To Spur World Leaders To Move On Climate Change, Poverty

Financial Times: Advocacy groups launch global anti-poverty campaign “A thousand organizations around the world are launching a high-profile campaign named ‘Action/2015’ on Thursday, as they seek to put pressure on world leaders to make progress in the fight against climate change and global poverty ahead of two crucial summits this…

Severe Flooding Displaces Thousands, Destroys Crops In Mozambique, Malawi

Associated Press: 10 people killed, thousands displaced, in Mozambique floods “…Mozambique’s government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground…” (Camillo, 1/14). The Guardian: Half of Malawi declared disaster zone…

Chikungunya Spreads Throughout Americas

CNN: The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas “…This was the first outbreak of the debilitating disease [chikungunya] in the Western Hemisphere, health officials said. All countries in Central America have now reported local transmission of chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-GOON-ya), and the United States had 11 confirmed cases of local infection this…

Health, Climate Change Should Be ‘Fully Integrated’ Into Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Lancet: Health and climate change: the end of the beginning? Maria Neira, director of the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, and WHO colleagues “…In September, the Climate Summit hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brought together 125 heads of state in New York,…

2015 Holds Best Opportunity To Work Toward Sustainable Development

Project Syndicate: The Year of Sustainable Development 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 year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development. … In July 2015,…

Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves Partners Announce Funding Pledges At Conference

Media sources report on pledges made during the Cookstoves Future Summit that took place in New York last week. Devex: Partners pledge $413M for clean cookstoves “…[T]he Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to deliver clean cookstoves to 100 million people by 2020, and at the recent Cookstoves for Future…

World Clean Cookstove Conference Aims To Reduce Pollution Deaths

Newsweek: The Stoves Used by Millions in Developing Countries Are a Silent Killer “As many as four million people in developing countries die every year from illnesses caused by smoke and other pollutants that fill their homes every time they fire up the stove to cook a meal for their…

Drowning Is ‘Serious And Neglected’ Global Health Threat, WHO Report Says

Media sources report on findings from a recently released WHO report on drowning. U.N. News Centre: Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in ‘needless loss of life’ — U.N. report “The first United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report on drowning released [Monday] reveals that more than 370,000 people drown…