(TimesOnline) Green groups in Britain are urging the British government to block a $3.7 billion World Bank loan for a coal plant in South Africa. Though the proposed coal plant would help South Africa’s economy and stability by providing electricity for millions of South Africans, it would also emit some 25 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Christian Aid say that the damage to the environment far outweighs the benefits of the coal plant, and the British government is now hesitating about its decision to approve the loan, especially with upcoming elections. Votes will be cast this Thursday in Washington.
(Voice of America News) Congress is pushing USAID to help aid what is known as “the neglected diseases”— leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and Buruli ulcer—found in places with poor sanitation, dirty water, and other environmental health concerns. Jana Armstrong, executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, is “absolutely thrilled” about the prospect. There are fourteen neglected diseases in the world, reports The World Health Organization, and some billion people are affected by these diseases. Ms. Armstrong hopes that USAID will approve funding for the rest of the neglected diseases in the near future.