Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  1. Climate Change at Ground Zero

    Issa Martin Bikienga

    Climate Change at Ground Zero


     describes how sustainable practices are transforming agriculture in Burkina Faso.

    Climate Change Farming John Hogg/World Bank photo

    Burkina Faso's farmers may know little of the physical causes of climate change, but they know about its effects – not least the huge variability in rainfall patterns, from droughts to flooding, which lead to lost harvests, the erosion of pastureland, and food crises. Can sustainable agriculture make a difference? READ MORE

  2. Women’s Development Goals

    Yetnayet Asfaw

    Women’s Development Goals


     wants to hold governments accountable for failing to meet their commitments to women's health.

    Woman collecting water World Bank/Flickr

    As the 2015 deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals approaches, world leaders will face a choice: move the goal posts back another decade or two, or hold accountable those who have failed to deliver on their commitments. For women, the choice is clear. READ MORE

  3. The People’s Climate

    Monica Araya

    The People’s Climate

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    &  say that the People's Climate March was just the start of popular pressure on world leaders.

    People's Climate March NYC Mat McDermott/Flickr

    The People’s Climate March on September 21 was a watershed for the emerging global climate movement, with more than 400,000 people taking to the streets of New York City. But New York was only the tip of an iceberg, and popular pressure on governments to take credible action is unlikely to diminish. READ MORE

  4. Burning Down the House

    Donald Kaberuka

    Burning Down the House


     urges global leaders gathering at the UN to make four commitments on climate change.

    Coal fired power plant Guy Gorek/Flickr

    World leaders must act on all global challenges when they recognize them. Preventing bank failures and stopping terrorist attacks are important goals; unless we get serious about addressing climate change, we are likely to have more of both. READ MORE

  5. Ice Buckets and Ebola

    Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed

    Ice Buckets and Ebola


     compares Western responses to the summer's two top health stories.

    Ice bucket challenge and ebola Martin | CDC Global/Flickr

    The contrast between the Ice Bucket Challenge and this summer’s other major health story, the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history, could not be more striking. While thousands of Americans soak themselves to benefit ALS research, Ebola has become a public-health catastrophe in West Africa, one of the world’s poorest regions. READ MORE

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