The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) said on Wednesday it has joined the Global Research Alliance, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase access to food worldwide, Reuters reports. “The USDA will increase its spending on agricultural climate change mitigation research by $90 million to more than $130 million during the next four years,” the news service writes.
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U.S. Pledges $26.5M Over 4 Years To Fight HIV/AIDS In Kenya U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Wednesday announced the U.S. would provide $26.5 million (2.7 billion Kenyan shillings) between 2009 and 2013 to fight HIV/AIDS in Kenya, the Daily Nation reports (Sinundu, 12/16). In related news, the Standard reports the…
HIV Prevention Strategies Are Essential “For nearly 30 years scientists have been trying to break the back of the AIDS epidemic,” but the recent microbicide gel study and an AIDS vaccine trial in Thailand “show just how difficult and how distant that goal is,” according to a Washington Post editorial.…
Data Shows Drop In Natural Disaster-Related Deaths, Growing Economic Losses; Sen. Murkowski Moves To Halt EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation
New data from the WHO and the Belgian Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters Deaths and released at the U.N. climate conference show the number of people dying in climate-related disasters has decreased, but that economic losses from natural disasters are growing, Reuters AlertNet reports.
News Outlets Examine Reaction To Uganda’sÂ Anti-Gay Legislation Effect On HIV/AIDS Efforts The Daily Monitor reports on a statement released Friday by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), chair of the Senateâ€™s Committee on Africa, on Uganda’s anti-gay legislation. “Its passage would hurt the close working relationship between our two countries, especially…
Lancet Comment Examines Connection Between Climate Change, Health A Lancet Comment examines the connection between climate change and human health and highlights the role health professionals can play in dealing with the future effects of climate change. “The only heartening aspect of this bleak terrain is the gathering awareness that…
Agricultural Alliance Releases Report Calling For Efforts To Prevent Climate Change From Affecting Global Food Security
The “food-security arm of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR], a global alliance of agricultural experts,” launched a report Friday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen that “calls for an intensive effort to speed the implementation of dozens of agriculture-related technologies in developing countries, which are the most vulnerable to climate change,” the Globe and Mail reports.
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Bloomberg Reports Uganda To Drop Death Penalty, Life SentenceÂ FromÂ Anti-Gay Bill “Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti-gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said”…
In its latest report, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday said the agency’s Food Price Index had been increasing for four consecutive months and reached a 14-month high in November, Reuters reports.
U.N. Weather Agency Predicts Heightened Disease Spread With Rising Temps; Globe And Mail Examines Potential Health Effects Of Climate Change In Africa
The decade 2000-2009 “is very likely to be the warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years,” the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, the Associated Press reports.