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  • Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Be Very Underestimated

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    From the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED):
    Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

    UN climate negotiations should aim for substantially more funding

    Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of […]

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    The Disease Burden Associated with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

    Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) released, without much fanfare, Safer Water, Better Health, its estimate of how many deaths or how much “disease burden” can be attributed to deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene (WSH).
    Access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation is key to improving health conditions in developing countries. Water-related diseases […]

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    Country Profiles of Environmental Burden of Disease for LAC

    Friday, August 3rd, 2007

    Several weeks ago the World Health Organization (WHO) released what it billed as "the first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact environmental factors have on health."  It phrased it that way ("country-by-country") because it released a more global analysis of the issue last year — in fact, that report was the subject of one of […]

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    A Health Agenda for the Americas

    Saturday, June 9th, 2007

    The annual General Assembly (GA) of the Organization of American States (OAS), held this year in Panama just last week, was used as the venue for formally rolling out the “Health Agenda for the Americas” developed over the last two years by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). […]

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    The Costs of Vaccinating and of Not Vaccinating: The Case of Pneumococcal Disease in LAC

    Friday, April 20th, 2007

    This has been sitting in the backlog queue since December, I am ashamed to say. I wanted to reshape this into a true Temas article (hence the delay), but simply do not have the time. Yet I still consider the issue important and relevant enough to reprint the PAHO press […]

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    Quantifying the Health Impact of Poor Environmental Management

    Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

    The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) recently released an interesting report on the linkages between environmental conditions and public health. It should be required reading for health, environment and aid officials and policymakers in all nations, but particularly in developing nations such as those in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It certainly […]

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