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Policymakers Must Acknowledge Climate Change, Storms, Food Security Connections

“While directly connecting climate change and specific storms has always been difficult, it is easy to see the impact of these super storms on food security,” Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Copenhagen, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” blog,…

Climate Talks Close With Last-Minute Compromise

“Developed countries and fast-growing economies have reached a last-minute compromise to avert a breakdown of climate talks in Warsaw, working towards the outline of a new United Nations pact in 2015 to slow down global warming,” Al Jazeera America reports (11/24). “Under the agreement, settled in the early hours of…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

Climate Change’s Effect On Health Systems To Be Top Issue At World Health Summit

EurActiv: Climate change rivals Ebola at World Health Summit “Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems — a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health…

Global Population Growth Will Outpace Wars, Pandemics, Report Says

The Guardian: Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters, and disease’ “The pace of population growth is so quick that even draconian restrictions of childbirth, pandemics, or a third world war would still leave the world with too many people for the planet to sustain, according to a study. Rather than…

Brazil Experiencing Severe Drought, Water Shortages

Washington Post: In Brazil, 20 million people may not have enough water “Southeastern Brazil is experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades. The country’s water supply has almost run dry. Satellite images released by NASA’s Earth Observatory show Brazil’s reservoirs reduced to as little as three percent of their…

Family Planning, Contraception Play Important Roles In Development, Climate Change

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding family planning and contraceptives. Huffington Post U.K.: Hopes and Dreams: It’s Time to Act Michael Holscher, deputy chief executive officer at Marie Stopes International “…Contraception brings about hope. It brings health — for women and for entire families. It brings choice and personal…

Nearly 1M Somalis Need Urgent Food Aid Following Floods, U.N. Says

Wall Street Journal: Some One Million Somalis in Urgent Need of Food Aid, Says U.N. “Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are in urgent need of food assistance as floods have destroyed crops and eroded an already precarious food supply, aid officials said Monday…” (Bariyo, 11/3).

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