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  • Homelessness fell 24% in three years. How did Connecticut do it?

     It’s been more than two decades since Alison Cunningham joined the effort to tackle homelessness in New Haven. To say much has changed since her work began would be an understatement. As CEO of New Haven’s oldest homeless shelter for single adults, Columbus House, she led its dramatic transformation into a modern facility in her first years. The three-story, 81-bed complex that became the shelter’s new home in 2002 stands in stark contrast [...]

    2017-06-24 | ctmirror.org

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  • We’ve all heard the staggering statistics about food waste. A new study says they’re wrong.

    Say you’re a journalist, and you’ve been assigned a story about food waste. You’re on a deadline, and you need some handy numbers to put a sprawling, overwhelming issue into context. Whether you’re writing about the relationship between hunger and wasted food, the latest scrappy startups, freegans, or the trash generated by social media-induced body shame, odds are good that two factoids will find their way into your work: First, Americans [...]

    2017-06-24 | newfoodeconomy.com

     

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  • The prospects and challenges of urban development

    The global rise of cities has been unprecedented. Every week, nearly 1.5 million people become urban dwellers. By 2050, the urban population will account for more than two-thirds of the world's population. "Cities are evolving faster than ever and encountering unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic and social challenges. Sustainable urban development is the current global priority. However, most cities lack the capacity and [...]

    2017-06-25 | thefinancialexpress-bd.com

     

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  • 2 out of 3 in Africa and South Asia can escape poverty if they finish high school

     As kids, they missed the chance to go to school. Later as teens, they weren’t required to go to high school and for a myriad of reasons, chose to or were forced to work instead. If not for these unfortunate circumstances holding back adults from completing their secondary education, more than half the world’s poor wouldn’t be poverty-stricken, according to a new United Nations agency paper. The effect of secondary education on poverty is [...]

    2017-06-24 | studyinternational.com

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  • AIDSVu Maps Illustrate Disproportionate Burden of New HIV Infection among Youth and Communities of Color

    Today, AIDSVu released new interactive maps illustrating the impact of HIV across the United States, showing that two-thirds of all new HIV diagnoses in 2015 occurred in two-and-a-half percent of U.S. counties. Using the latest publicly available data at the city-, county-, and state-levels, these new maps visualize disparities in HIV infections and mortality, both geographically and across different demographic groups. AIDSVu maps illustrate [...]

    2017-06-23 | prnewswire.com

     

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  • Does microcredit reduce poverty?

     The idea of microcredit as a ‘magical solution to poverty’ got momentum after the United Nations declared 2005 as the year of microfinance, and particularly when the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Dr Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank. Microfinance institutions innately started with double bottom line objectives — this is, they sought financial sustainability while reaching out to the poorest of the poor and targeting women clients [...]

    2017-06-23 | dailytimes.com.pk

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  • Alcohol makers brace for EU-wide mandatory labelling

     Makers of spirits and beer are exploring self-regulatory solutions to show consumers the ingredients contained in the alcohol they drink. However, they find the Commission’s timeline “too tight” and fear mandatory rules will eventually be imposed on them. When it comes to advertising and sponsoring, the alcohol industry is already heavily regulated. The vast majority of EU member states have put several restrictions especially focused on [...]

    2017-06-23 | euractiv.com

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  • Scots buying enough alcohol to push population over drinking guidelines Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/scots-buying-enough-alcohol-to-push-population-over-drinking-guidelines-1-4481504

    Enough alcohol is bought in Scotland weekly for every person in the country to exceed the drinking guidelines substantially, according to the latest NHS Health Scotland report. The report found that last year 10.5 litres of pure alcohol were sold per adult in Scotland, equivalent to 20.2 units for every individual each week. The UK Chief Medical Officers’ low risk alcohol guidelines advise against anyone drinking more than 14 units a week on [...]

    2017-06-22 | scotsman.com

     

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  • Why Asthma Is a Housing Issue

     Mold has been growing in Fabian Bravo’s apartment in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn for years. Because his landlord has failed to fix the problem, Bravo has repeatedly notified New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which puts pressure on landlords to make repairs and issues violations if they don’t. Bravo has even gone to Housing Court over the issue. But the mold has yet to be resolved. “The landlord just has [...]

    2017-06-22 | citylab.com

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  • The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

    Bringing down the rate of HIV infection in one of the United States’ great public health triumphs of the past quarter-century. Now, thanks to the opioid epidemic, some of those hard-won gains may be reversed. Opioids, as well as being harmful on their own, also increase the risk of HIV outbreaks, as users sometimes inject the drugs using shared, infected syringes. That drove a clustered outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, where then-Governor [...]

    2017-06-21 | washingtonpost.com

     

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  • Food waste - a tremendous economic waste

    One of the main challenges we need to solve as soon as possible is food waste and loss. We not only need to, but the good news is, we can. The prize is not only a huge societal impact, and impact on possibly every Sustainable Development Goal, it is also an enormous economic prize. A prize for the western world, but more importantly a prize for the developing countries that of course, need it the most. Roughly one third of all food produced [...]

    2017-06-20 | huffingtonpost.com

     

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  • The World Bank reinvents itself – and puts poverty reduction at risk

    The World Bank’s relationship with US president Donald Trump has raised concerns about its political neutrality in recent weeks, but a larger and potentially much more important shift in how the Bank operates is underway. The World Bank is reinventing itself, from a lender for major development projects, to a broker for private sector investment. In April 2017, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim outlined his vision in a speech given at [...]

    2017-06-20 | theconversation.com

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