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Rachel Landman

Monday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a time when athletes, musicians, actors and actresses, faith leaders and many more advocates around the world will join together to call attention to fight against malaria. This day provides an important opportunity to raise awareness about a deadly disease that half of the world’s population faces every day. Since I returned from a semester studying abroad in Kenya and Tanzania in 2014, I have been engaged in the fight against malaria through the partnership between the Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets.

Prior to my time in Kenya...

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In June 2014, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new carbon pollution standards for power plants under the Clean Air Act. After more than two million public comments, the EPA issued the final rule for the Clean Power Plan in August 2015, setting the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce emissions from power plants, our nation’s largest source of carbon emissions, 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan has the potential to develop a clean energy...

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Refugees and displaced people face many challenges fleeing dangerous situations throughout the world. United Nations agencies, such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are having trouble meeting the needs of refugees as a result of the global refugee crisis. With more than 60 million people displaced worldwide, conditions in camps throughout the world are deteriorating, particularly as a result of a lack of food, clean water and healthcare. Refugees face many healthcare challenges, including high rates of malaria transmission, especially in countries...

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Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the second edition of a report Preventing Disease through Healthy Environments: a Global Assessment of the Burden of Disease from Environmental Risks, which was based on data from 2012. Here are five highlights from the report that show the great impact of environmental factors on our health.

Nearly one quarter of all deaths in 2012, 12.6 million, can be attributed to environmental factors such as pollution, chemical exposures and climate change. There has been a rise in deaths due to non-communicable diseases, while deaths... Read More

We were all deeply shocked and saddened to wake up to the news of the deadly attack in Belgium on Tuesday morning. In response, the World Union for Progressive Judaism issued a statement expressing support for the Jewish community in Brussels and highlighting, “in the spirit of Purim, as Esther and Mordecai stood up to the hatred by Haman, our thoughts turn to the safety and security of Reform Jewish communities, schools and members living across and near the city.”  

Three explosions in Brussels, two at the airport and one at the Maelbeek subway station, killed 31 people and...

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