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3 U.S. Events to Watch at U.N. Climate Talks in Lima

Crops like cacao can help forest-dependent people earn more using less land, improving livelihoods and conserving forests. / Hanz Rippe

The 2014 U.N. climate conference has kicked off in Lima, Peru, and negotiators are working hard to reach agreement on global climate targets. Tune in to three key events to show off some of the ground-breaking work U.S. Government agencies are doing on climate change.

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Obama Administration Launches Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

A boy and a woman struggle with the dusty wind looking for water in Wajir, Kenya

From record droughts in Kansas to deadly wildfires in California, the United States is feeling the effects of climate change. These same conditions have a dire impact across the developing world, especially for poor, rural smallholder farmers whose very lives are threatened every time the rains arrive late, the floods rush in, or the temperature soars.

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The U.N. World Conference on Indigenous People: An Opportunity for Real Change

Supported by USAID, the Cofan indigenous people of Ecuador are working to become more united and stronger to continue conserving biodiversity within their territories.

Although they make up less than 5 percent of the global population, indigenous peoples are guardians of nearly two thirds of the world’s languages, over 80 percent of its biodiversity, and most of the genetic diversity of the planet’s seed crops. As we struggle to find solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges, the importance of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge cannot be overestimated.

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Mapping Change in the Amazon: How Satellite Images are Halting Deforestation

In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a group of scientists have become unconventional crusaders in the battle to halt deforestation.

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Forest Success Stories Draw Crowd at U.N. Climate Talks in Warsaw

Forestry and development experts gather in Warsaw to discuss successes and challenges in advancing forest conservation. Read more >>

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U.S. AID Supports Disaster Risk Reduction, Resiliency and Climate Adapation Engagement in Asia Pacific

Last month, we were honored to have Greg Beck, deputy assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), visit the group to share details about USAID ‘s on-going disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience, and climate adaptation related-engagement in the Asia Pacific and the related State-USAI Joint Regional Strategy for East Asia and the Pacific.

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How Partnership is Combating Deforestation in the Amazon

The map shows deforestation and degradation in the Amazon rainforest. The State of Paráa has experienced some of the heaviest rates of deforestation in Brazil. / Imazon

About 17 percent of the Amazon has been lost to deforestation, which intensifies the effects of climate change. Imazon, a nonprofit research institution, uses real-time satellite imagery and mapping technology to help combat the problem.

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From the Household Hearth to Global Health: Creating a Healthier Planet Starts with a Cookstove

USAID initiatives to expand the use of clean cookstoves help reduce household air pollution and promote health for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Global health and climate change are highly interconnected, and global health considerations deserve a place at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

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New Policy Guides USAID’s Cooperation with Department of Defense

Students in the village of Atome, Togo oversee the construction of a new school built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with USAID’s West Africa Regional Mission. / Jennifer Aldridge, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

From youth outreach and extremism to combating climate change, USAID and the Department of Defense work alongside each other to address critical global issues. Discover the nuts and bolts of the policy that guides this vital interagency partnership.

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Aid Pushed to the Forefront of U.S. Foreign Policy

USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt delivers remarks at the briefing on the 2015 QDDR at the State Department. / Robb Hohmann, USAID

The State Department and USAID released the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a blueprint for advancing America’s interests in global security, inclusive economic growth, climate change, accountable governance and freedom for all.

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