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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Claire Provost
A Filipino boy washes his face in murky waters in Manila. Inaction on the environment will accelerate global poverty, warns the UN. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA
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The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.

The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution could end gains in the world's poorest countries and communities. ... Read more about Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Energy poverty deprives 1 billion of adequate healthcare, says report

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Claire Provost
Young Guineans, without access to electricity, study under carpark lights at G'bessi airport in Conakry, Guinea. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP
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Energy poverty has left more than 1 billion people in developing countries without access to adequate healthcare, with staff forced to treat emergency patients in the dark, and health centres lacking the power they need to store vaccines or sterilise medical supplies, according to a report. ... Read more about Energy poverty deprives 1 billion of adequate healthcare, says report

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Mark Kersey

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Mark Kersey

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Councilman - City of San Diego

Councilmember Mark Kersey represents City of San Diego's 5th District.  He is currently the Chair of the Council's standing Committee on Infrastructure and Vice Chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  He is also a member of the Charger Review Committee, and the Budget & Government Efficiency Committee. ... Read more about Mark Kersey

Michael Russell

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Walter Phillips

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Walter Phillips

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Chief Executive Officer - San Diego Youth Services

Walter Philips has been at the helm of San Diego Youth Services as its Chief Executive Officer since July of 2000. The agency is a major provider of comprehensive services for homeless, abused and at-risk youth, their families and communities. ... Read more about Walter Phillips

Joe LaCava

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Joe LaCava

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Founder, Senior Associate, Interra

Joe focuses on land use and public policy for private clients, public agencies, and neighborhoods. He draws from over 30 years of experience as a civil engineer, development manager, community advocate, and public policy practitioner. He started his career designing public infrastructure in the City of San Diego and at military facilities throughout the southwest. As a land development consultant he has provided creative problem-solving on complex land development projects in California, the western United States and internationally in Canada, China and Papua New Guinea. ... Read more about Joe LaCava

Christina Luhn

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Christina Luhn

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Executive Director, Mega-Region Initiative - San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

The Cali Baja Mega-Region Initiative for the first time articulates the intimately enmeshed international economies of San Diego and Imperial Counties (USA) and Baja California (Mexico) as a distinctly advantageous development zone for global commerce. This positions CaliBaja as the emerging 12th economic "mega region" in North America, with distinct advantages compared to the Southern California Region immediately to the north, centered on Los Angeles County. ... Read more about Christina Luhn

Cary Lowe

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Cary Lowe

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Attorney & Mediator – Law Office of Cary Lowe

Cary D. Lowe co-chaired the Water Policy Implementation Task Force and is a California land use lawyer with 35 years of experience representing property owners, land developers, builders, public agencies, Indian tribes, citizen groups and non-profit organizations, in connection with a broad range of land use and environmental issues. In addition to being an attorney, Mr. Lowe holds a Ph.D. in urban planning and has been admitted to the American Institute of Certified Planners. ... Read more about Cary Lowe

Carl Nettleton

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Carl Nettleton

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Founder - Nettleton Strategies

Carl is a communications and government affairs professional known for his ability to provide critical insight and strategic problem solving to both old and new issues. He regularly brings clients innovative ideas and fresh ways to look at their issues. ... Read more about Carl Nettleton

Craig Jones

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Craig Jones

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Chief Operating Officer – Interfaith Community Services

In his work career Craig has been a city planner for several California cities, and has also worked at United Way of San Diego. Craig continues to volunteer his private time for community needs including transportation system improvement, quality of life in his own neighborhood, and peace/social justice initiatives. ... Read more about Craig Jones

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