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"Date with History" contest winner to address Rio+20

Rio+20 is soliciting advice from the general public in the form of "Date with History," a contest that challenges people to write a two-minute speech about the future of the planet and read it on video. Judges include United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Don Cheadle as well as members of the band Linkin Park. The contest runs through May 6. Learn more on the contest website. Mother Nature Network (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Ban: If we don't address climate change properly/quickly, we will be heading towards a tipping point for the planet #energy4all #UNSG


"Another day, another few steps closer to all out war [between Sudan and South Sudan]. This time, Darfur Rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement have apparently joined some sort of tactical alliance with the South. The Darfur rebels sacked Sudanese army outposts near the disputed Heglig oil field, which was captured last week by the South."

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  • Ban looks to quash Sudan conflict
    The governments of Sudan and South Sudan were urged Thursday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to withdraw armed forces from border areas where fighting has brought the countries to the brink of war. The Arab League called an emergency meeting on the escalating violence, and South Sudan said it would pull out from the oil region of Heglig within three days. Google/The Associated Press (4/19), Reuters (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UN urged to send more monitors, quickly, to Syria
    Envoy Kofi Annan on Thursday urged the United Nations Security Council to approve the swift deployment of more monitors after the world body and the regime of President Bashar Assad signed a preliminary agreement on the terms of the UN mission to observe a tenuous ceasefire. Conditions had yet to be agreed upon governing the use of aircraft, however, while sectarian kidnappings were on the rise in the province of Idlib. Reuters (4/20), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Health and Development
  • Sachs: How Malawi used "smart subsidies"
    Before his sudden death earlier this month Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika engineered an agriculture-led turnaround -- against the advice of the foreign aid community at the time -- that could serve as a model in Africa for overcoming chronic hunger, food insecurity, and famines, writes Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Sachs details the program, which revolved around targeting small landholders with subsidies to purchase enough fertilizer and seed to improve soil health and ramp up production. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Development aid pulled from post-coup Guinea-Bissau
    Millions of dollars in assistance to Guinea-Bissau have been suspended by the World Bank and African Development Bank after military leaders staged a coup, scuttling presidential elections and detaining the leading candidate. Elections next would be held in two years, said the coup leaders, who chose the former vice president of the National Assembly, Manuel Serifo Nhamajo, to lead a transition government. AlertNet/Reuters (4/19), National Public Radio/The Associated Press (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • The economic toll of bias against women
    The underutilization of the 2 billion women across Asia is tantamount to annual losses in productivity of $89 billion, according to a survey by the global nonprofit organization Asia Society. Sex-selective abortions and infanticide, particularly in China and India, highlight a bias in favor of sons that means girls in some countries receive worse education, health care and nutrition. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Water everywhere in new Africa map
    Scientists have analyzed below-ground water resources across the African continent, and they have discovered aquifers that could provide for many of the estimated 300 million living without safe drinking water. Huge stores of groundwater in aquifers were found especially in Libya, Algeria and Chad. The researchers caution that because these desert aquifers are no longer being replenished from rainfall, they could be quickly depleted if tapped too rapidly. BBC (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Electric vehicles gain popularity across China
    Fleets of three-wheeled electric cars -- ranging in cost from $600 to $1,500 and topping out at speeds of 30 kilometers per hour -- are gaining footholds in rural China, while slightly more expensive and faster electric-powered vehicles not even recognized officially as cars by the government are also gaining in popularity. The government recently announced it would provide financial support and individual subsidies to encourage the use of some 500,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2015 and 5 million by 2020. BBC (4/19), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (4/19), Bloomberg (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Peacekeeping and Security
  • Groups warn on Kony's response campaign
    Hundreds of thousands of people across the world, mobilized by the record-breaking online campaign by U.S. charity Invisible Children, were expected today to paste urban centers with posters highlighting the abuses committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, which is operating primarily in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But aid agencies working in central Africa warned that military efforts to capture Kony likely would lead to retaliatory attacks, and endanger child soldiers. The Guardian (London) (4/19), The Wall Street Journal (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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