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Policymakers Should Help Improve Food Security In Urban Areas, Report Says

“Tackling hunger is not only a question of producing more food in rural areas, but requires looking at why poor urban populations struggle to eat enough — a problem aggravated by climate change, a report from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said on Thursday,” AlertNet reports. “Cecilia Tacoli, the…

Diarrhea Incidence Higher In Dry Seasons, Study Shows

“Diarrhea, killer of 1.5 million children annually, is likely to become more prevalent in many developing countries as the climate changes, a report says,” the Daily Climate/Scientific American reports. However, unlike conventional beliefs that diarrhea incidence increases during rainy and wet seasons, the researchers, led by Kathleen Alexander, an associate professor…

WFP Director Says Food Security Crisis In Sahel Is Not Over

The World Food Programme (WFP) “is helping feed more than 10 million people in eight countries” in the Sahel, but WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin “stressed the crisis was not over,” AlertNet reports. Conflict in Mali “has forced around 340,000 people to flee their homes, compounding a hunger crisis in Mali and neighboring countries…

Guardian Examines African Environmental Outlook Report

The Guardian highlights the African Environment Outlook-3 [.pdf], a report released last month by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that examines “[t]he multifaceted connection between environmental and human health.” The report is the third in a series, with the first published in 2002 and the second in 2006, the…

Scientists Call For Leaders To Combine Poverty, Environmental Goals

Writing in the journal Nature, 10 scientists from around the world “say the only chance of achieving global prosperity is for all countries to combine poverty and environmental targets,” and they ask “[w]orld leaders [to] set six goals around universal clean energy, an end to water and food shortages, thriving…

Blog Examines Survival Of Feed The Future Initiative Under Sequestration

“While the [Feed the Future] program took a few years to get off the ground, and is probably not all that well known to the public, it is a favorite of USAID Administrator Raj Shah — and also a go-to program budget hawks now want to cut back,” development blogger…

IRIN Examines Issues Surrounding Implementation Of National Drought Policies

“There is quite a leap to be made between a country’s declared intent to draw up a drought policy and actually making it happen on the ground,” according to “several participants at the recent High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy in Geneva,” IRIN reports. “Drought is the world’s costliest natural…

Climate Change Could Worsen Global Hunger; Upcoming Conference To Explore Links

“The links between climate, hunger and poor nutrition are becoming increasingly clear: a recent report for the Committee on World Food Security warned that climate change could significantly change the amount and quality of food consumed — with potentially devastating consequences for those most at risk of hunger,” Irish Deputy…

U.N. Report Examines Links Between Man-Made Chemicals, Health Issues

“Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a U.N.-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “The international group, academic experts working under the umbrella of the United Nations environmental and health agencies…

Secretary Clinton Announces New Partnerships At Event Celebrating Power Of Collaboration

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [on Thursday] hosted over 200 representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, and civil society groups to celebrate the power of collaboration,” Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Kris Balderston, the special representative for global partnerships, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “We…

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