Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

Environment and Health

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to Chinese President Xi Jinping during their joint press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

Audio U.S. - China Climate Change Announcement

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have made an ambitious announcement to fight climate change, with both countries setting significant goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More

FILE - A nurse gears up to enter a high-risk zone of an Ebola treatment unit run by Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres in Monrovia, Liberia.

Audio World Leaders Step Up the Fight Against Ebola

Heads of state said they were committed to do what is necessary to ensure a coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak and address its medium-term economic and humanitarian costs. More

Project Manager Ruslan Aliev, right, explains a successful restoration process to Ambassador George Krol at the Bukhara State Archeological and History Museum “Ark” in Bukhara.

Audio Preserving Uzbekistan's Cultural Heritage

The U.S. Embassy supports exhibition of restored archaeological artifacts. More

From left, Minister of State for Envionment of Peru Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, UN Sec. General Ban Ki-moon, Chairman of the IPCC Rajendra K. Pachauri and Secretary of the IPCC Renata Christ, present a report by the UN climate panel, Nov. 2. 2014, in Copenhagen.

Audio Global Effort Needed to Prevent Climate Change

According to the recent synthesis report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, our planet is in deep trouble. More

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers perform enhanced passenger screening of an international traveler, who recently visited Guinea, at Atlanta's International Airport Oct. 16, 2014.

Audio Travel Ban is No Answer in Ebola Crisis

Amid concern by many in the United States over the possible spread of Ebola fever, government officials have begun limiting flights carrying passengers from three West African nations to arrival at five U.S. airports. More

More Environment and Health Editorials

Audio Confronting Ebola a Top U.S. Priority

The U.S. is actively engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak. It has deployed more than 750 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. response to a global health crisis.

Audio Bold Commitment Needed To Stem Climate Change

Countries are working to reach a global climate agreement at the 2015 climate conference in Paris, France.

Audio International Effort Needed to Fight Ebola

The United States calls on the international community to join us in this fight.

Audio Observing International Day of the Girl Child

We believe that every girl in the world deserves to have a chance to live up to her dreams and aspirations.

Audio For Healthier Oceans, Responsible Stewardship Needed

The United States is committed to improving the health of our ocean.

Audio World Heritage in Peril

ISIL and other violent militant groups rampaging in Syria and Iraq are doing their best to erase the history of this, the cradle of civilization.

Audio Obama Welcomes Modi to U.S.

President Barack Obama recently welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House.

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio Building a More Resilient Nepal

Three new programs with up to $70 million in funds that will help communities more quickly recover from natural disasters and other stressors.

Audio U.S. Mobilizes Response to Ebola Crisis

President Barack Obama announced that the United States will soon send 3,000 military personnel and stepped-up medical aid to West Africa.

Audio Capturing Carbon For A Cleaner Planet

A coal-fired power plant in Texas is on its way to capturing 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide, or CO2 that previously would have been released into the air.

Audio Helping Vulnerable Children, Improving Africa's Future

Given that half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 18, it is not surprising that the continent’s population is expected to exceed four billion by the year 2100.

Audio Mobilizing Health Workers to Fight Ebola

The United States has spent more than $100 million responding to the Ebola outbreak.

Audio Working Together to Defeat Ebola

The United States and our partners around the world are working with African governments, hospitals, courageous health workers and ordinary citizens to stop Ebola and save lives.

Audio Protecting Wilderness Areas in the U.S.

September marks 50 years for landmark conservation bill.

Audio NGOs Look Beyond Millennium Development Goals

Representatives from 117 countries meet at 65th NGO Conference, to discuss post-2015, post-MDG development agenda.

Audio Aiding Africa Through Climate-Smart Farming

International alliance will include governments, farm groups, civil society organizations, research bodies, businesses and United Nations agencies.

Audio More U.S. Resources To Child Marriage Prevention

USAID commits an additional $4.8 million to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage.

Audio Our Common Responsibility To Protect The Ocean

Today, some 12 percent of the global population makes its livelihood from the sea. And therein lies the problem: we humans are killing the ocean.

Audio U.S. Helps Boost Medical Education in Africa

The U.S. government is assisting the international response to the outbreak with financial aid and medical expertise, but there is no substitute for trained local healthcare professionals.