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USAID’s Commitment To Nature Protection Benefits Development

Huffington Post: Bringing Conservation and Development Together Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy “Development and conservation are often viewed as separate or even opposing needs. The truth is, we simply won’t be successful in addressing either the world’s economic or environmental challenges unless we bring them together…

Climate Change Action To Be Stand-Alone Goal In SDGs

IRIN: Higher profile for climate change in new SDGs “Following months of lobbying by poor island states and NGOs, action on climate change is to be a stand-alone goal among the 17 newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…” (Kindra, 8/26).

U.N. Experts Call For Action On Climate-Related Health Risks At Global Conference

News outlets report on the WHO’s call for action on climate and health-related activities at the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opened Wednesday in Geneva. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Act now on climate change or face growing health risks – U.N. “Swift action to tackle climate change would…

Awareness Should Be Raised On Climate Change’s Impact On Human Health, WHO Official Says

Deutsche Welle: Climate change’s health toll: ‘We can save millions of lives, even now’ “While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there’s a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO’s Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be addressed…” (Rasper,…

Issue Brief Discusses Integration Of WASH, Water Conservation, Climate Resilience

National Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard”: USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance Elizabeth Shope, an advocate with the NRDC, discusses an issue brief she authored, titled “Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate…

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).

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…

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).

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…

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