- WHO Report: Preventing Diarrhea Through Better Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
The World Health Organization released a report on the global burden of diarrheal disease showing that deaths of children under five years old was down from 1.5 million in 1990 to 622,000 in 2012. Of these, 361,000 could be prevented with improved water, sanitation, and hygiene. Achieving universal access is an essential first step. The findings are based, in part, on collaborative research undertaken by WHO, the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and 13 other institutions. In addition, raising the quality of service levels through Water Safety Plans, household water treatment and safe storage, and well-managed sanitation systems is expected to yield substantial additional improvements in health.
- Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
The new "Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030" was agreed upon in March at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. The new framework includes seven global targets and notes the importance of resilience in a changing climate.
- White House Climate Change - Ask Dr. Holdren
As part of an outreach effort from the White House, the President's Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren has been answering questions about climate change sent using the Twitter hashtag #AskDrH. In this short YouTube Video, Dr. Holdren responds to many questions submitted.