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Silo-Based Approach To Development Will Undermine Food Security, Nutrition Goals

The Guardian: People first: green goals should not override ending hunger Shenggen Fan, director general at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Continuing a silo-based approach to sustainable development will undermine the food security and nutrition of poor people and vulnerable groups. … The post-2015 development agenda must work to…

Most Cities Fail To Meet WHO Air Quality Standards, New Data Show

News outlets report on new data from the WHO showing deteriorating air quality worldwide. BBC News: Air pollution ‘too high’ in most of world’s cities “The World Health Organization says air pollution in many of the world’s cities is breaching its guidelines. Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries…

Electrification Can Help Curb Deaths From Indoor Air Pollution

Forbes: The World’s Biggest Environmental Killer: Indoor Air Pollution Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “Political heavyweights such as Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon name climate change the ‘defining issue of our times’ and ‘perhaps the…

Immediate Needs Overlooked In Clean Cookstove Projects, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Ignoring users’ needs ‘harms take-up of clean stoves’ “Projects to encourage a switch to clean cookstoves that cut fuel use and pollution-related deaths in developing nations often fail to meet local people’s immediate needs, according to a review study…” (Khan-Ruf, 5/13).

Africa Launches Risk Pool Insurance Scheme To Address Climatic Disasters

Reuters: Africa assumes onus on disaster relief with catastrophe insurance pool “…On May 1, Africa launched its first sovereign risk pool insurance scheme, marking a major policy shift in the way climatic events such as droughts, and from next year floods, will be tackled by the world’s poorest continent. The…

USAID Launches Program To Reduce Child Stunting By 2M Over 5 Years

Inter Press Service: U.S. Pledges to Reduce Child Stunting by Two Million Globally “The U.S. government has pledged to reduce the number of chronically malnourished children around the world by at least two million over the next half decade, receiving an initial positive response from the development community…” (Tullo, 5/23).

IPCC Report Warns World Must Work To Reduce Climate Change

News outlets discuss the release of a new report from the U.N.-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urging nations to take action on climate change. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. climate report: Window closing for lowest-cost solutions “If countries hope to achieve their economic aspirations without pushing the global climate system…

Tanzania To Employ Climate Data To Fight Malaria

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Better climate data could help Tanzania curb malaria “Tanzania is enlisting climate data in a new approach to curbing malaria. Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS), a system established by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency in conjunction with the U.S.-based International Research Institute for Climate and Society, is designed…

Contraception Access Can Change Course Of Population Growth, Climate Change

Al Jazeera America: Family planning for climate change Malcolm Potts, director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and J. Brian Atwood, chair of global policy studies at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs…