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Pollution Kills More In Developing World Than Disease, Analysis Shows

News outlets report on an analysis released by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) that states pollution, rather than disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world. Inter Press Service: In Developing World, Pollution Kills More Than Disease “Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the…

New Development Framework Should Tackle Inequality, Climate Change

Inter Press Service: Op-Ed: Overcoming the Twin Hurdles of Inequality and Climate Change Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International “…Laudable progress has been made under the MDGs, which are set to expire next year. … Yet the twin challenges of inequality and climate change have not been adequately tackled.…

African Union Leaders Must Bolster Agricultural Sector To Achieve Peace, Food Security

The Guardian: A healthy, peaceful and secure Africa is now within our grasp Kanayo Nwanze, president of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development “…African economies have grown impressively. But it is time to stop focusing on GDP figures and instead focus on people. The majority of our people are…

Chronic Kidney Disease Spreads Through Central America Sugar Belt

Al Jazeera: Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt “…[T]ens of thousands [of people are] cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains of Central America’s sugar belt from Mexico to Costa Rica. … Dubbed chronic kidney disease of…

U.N. SG Ban Urges Strong Voice For New Body Focused On Sustainability

U.N. News Centre: Saying ‘change is in the air,’ Ban urges new U.N. body to galvanize global sustainability agenda “With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course…

U.N. Agencies Establish Office To Prepare For Climate-Related Crises, Disease Outbreaks

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. moves to bring climate information into health planning “The World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization have created a joint office to prepare better for weather-driven health emergencies and shifting outbreaks of climate-linked diseases such as cholera and dengue fever…” (Rowling, 7/8).

Air Pollution Kills 7M People Worldwide Each Year, WHO Estimates Show

According to media sources, new WHO estimates show air pollution kills seven million people worldwide annually. Associated Press: WHO: Pollution kills 7 million people every year “Air pollution kills about seven million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according…

Climate Change Already Affecting Food Security In East Africa

Foreign Policy: Big Trouble in Farmville Richard Schiffman, author and journalist “…Food production all over the globe is in the crosshairs, but East Africa is the prime target. The impacts of climate change are already serious here, and expected to get a lot harsher in coming decades. … In fact,…

Climate Change To Increase Risk Of Conflict, Natural Disaster, Hunger, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says climate change will adversely affect health, food security, and economic and political stability. Agence France-Presse: Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: U.N. “Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods…