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Family-Centered Farming Policies Critical To Achieving Food Security, U.N.’s Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Pro-family farming policies key in anti-hunger fight, U.N. officials tell Budapest expo “Financial and infrastructure support for small-scale family farmers is crucial to winning the fight against hunger around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday], urging governments to create polices conducive for equitable and…

WHO Warns China Over Unhealthy Air Pollution In Beijing

News outlets report on unhealthy levels of air pollution in Beijing, China. BBC News: China pollution: Beijing smog masks tallest building “As smog once again blankets Beijing, the BBC’s Martin Patience looks at the impact on China’s capital and its residents. Smog levels regularly top levels considered hazardous by the…

Kerry Says Climate Change Threatens National Security

The Hill: Kerry doubles down on climate change “Secretary of State John Kerry doubled down Wednesday on his comments calling climate change a major national security threat. … ‘It is increasingly going to provide major challenges to food security; to water security; to refugee populations, which it’s going to create;…

FAO Outlines Critical Food Security Issues In Near East, North Africa

U.N. News Centre: Water scarcity among critical food security issues in Near East and North Africa — U.N. “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [Thursday] warned that water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with…

Climate Change Impacting Spread Of Infectious Diseases

News outlets report on how climate change is impacting the spread of infectious diseases. ClimateWire/Scientific American: How the Spreading Symptoms of Climate Change Can be Deadly “The hallmarks of a warming climate, heavier rains, more severe droughts, rising sea levels and longer growing seasons, are spreading a variety of pathogens…

Experts Call For Urgent Action On Clean Cookstoves

SciDev.Net: Urgent action ‘needed for clean cooking, heating fuels’ “Urgent measures are needed to reduce exposure to smoke from traditional cooking and heating methods such as using solid fuels, which contribute to more than four million deaths a year globally, a conference has heard. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves…

India’s Supreme Court Can Help Country Prioritize Pollution Reduction

New York Times: India’s Air Pollution Emergency “…More people die of asthma in India than anywhere else in the world. Indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking fires, and outdoor air pollution are the third and fifth leading causes of death in India. … The best hope for reining in air…