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‘All Countries Stand To Benefit From Climate Action’

Inter Press Service: A Climate Summit to Spark Action Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general “On Sep. 23, I have invited world leaders from government, business, finance, and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York so they can show the world how they will advance action on climate change…

Number Of Hungry People Down Worldwide But Work Remains To Reach MDG, U.N. Report Says

News outlets continue coverage of a U.N. report released Tuesday showing the number of hungry people worldwide has dropped but many still face a threat of malnourishment. The Guardian: More than 200 million people no longer extremely malnourished “The number of chronically undernourished people in the world’s poorest countries has…

Improved, Healthier Cookstoves Fail To Sell In Rwanda

VOA News: Rwandans Balk at Price of Improved Cooking Stoves “A campaign to persuade people in Rwanda to buy a new improved type of cooking stove — which uses less fuel and is less smoky — hasn’t succeeded, according to the stoves’ manufacturers. They say the public still doesn’t realize…

Kashmir Flood Waters Threaten Risk Of Disease, Health Experts Say

Associated Press/The Guardian: People of Kashmir face risk of serious disease in wake of devastating floods “The floodwaters are finally receding in much of Kashmir, but health experts worry a crisis could be looming with countless bloated livestock floating across the waterlogged region and hundreds of thousands of people living…

Climate Change Must Be At Center Of Development Agenda

The following opinion pieces discuss the role of climate change in public health and global development. Huffington Post: To End Poverty, Act on Climate Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “Climate change threatens to undermine the United Nations’ progress in both of its critical missions –…

Uganda Faces Food Shortage Threats Due To Floods

Wall Street Journal: Uganda Floods Destroy Crops “Floods sweeping across eastern Uganda have destroyed thousands of hectares of crops, aid officials said Tuesday, warning that tens of thousands of people in the East African nation could face a severe food shortage in the coming months…” (Bariyo, 9/16).

Stockholm Water Meeting Ends With Call To Focus On Water, Sanitation

Bloomberg News: Stockholm Water Week Ends With Plea to Join U.N. in Talks “One of the premier water events of the year ended today with a plea to the energy and agricultural industry to curb waste while improving efficiencies ahead of U.N. climate talks…” (Hackley, 9/5).

2.81M Affected By Drought In Central America, WFP Says

Reuters: Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America: U.N. “A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, though the region’s coffee crop has been…

Nearly 3B Risk Ill Health From Household Air Pollution

Agence France-Presse: 2.8 bln risk ill health from home air pollution “Nearly three billion people risk ill health and early death merely from breathing the air in their homes that is polluted by fires made for cooking and heating, researchers said…”(9/3).