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

Environment and Health

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the 2015 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, in the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Audio Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons

“Can we really create a future in which nuclear weapons exist only within the pages of history books? The answer is yes.” More

FILE - Smoke rising from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kansas.

Audio Leading the Effort to Mitigate Climate Change

The target is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels in the year 2025. More

An iceberg melts near the arctic circle, Kulusuk, Greenland.

Audio Managing Changes in the Arctic

The Arctic is changing. It is warming faster than any other region on earth, twice the rate of the global average. More

A health care worker receives training from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instructors in preparation for the response to the current Ebola outbreak.

Audio Helping Africa Combat Epidemic Disease

In agreement between the AU and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, will establish an African Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More

In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014,  mothers wait inline for their children to be vaccinated by heath workers at the Pipeline Community Health Center, situated on the outskirts of  Monrovia, Liberia.  The Ebola outbreak has spawned a “silent kill

Audio Next Steps Toward Eliminating Malaria

Over the past decade the United States and its partners have helped the target countries make significant strides toward controlling malaria. More

More Environment and Health Editorials

Audio Earth Day 2015

On April 22, the United States observes Earth Day, an opportunity to reflect on the impact of humans on the earth, and to consider how we as individuals can ensure that our impact is positive.

Audio Obama at Summit of the Americas

At his first Summit of the Americas in 2009, President Barack Obama promised a new chapter of engagement in Latin America based on equal partnerships to address shared challenges.

Audio Combatting Illegal FIshing

Illegal and fraudulent seafood is threatening the world’s fisheries, food security, economic welfare and even people’s health.

Audio Plastic Waste and Protection of the Ocean

“There is a greater need than ever for global cooperation to combat marine debris."

Audio US Aid Helps Bring Solar Power to Rwanda

Our nation’s campaign to double the number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to electrical power is starting to make real progress.

Audio Improving The Air That We Breathe

Fine particulate matter is the leading cause of air pollution-related deaths, and can also worsen some health conditions such as asthma, heart and lung diseases, and some auto-immune diseases.

Audio New Strategy to Protect Wildlife

U.S. plans to strengthen enforcement.

Audio The New Silk Road Post-2014

The New Silk Road initiative is a reflection of the United States’ enduring commitment to South and Central Asia.

Audio Expanding Treatment for Children with HIV/AIDS

Two-year, $200 million program aims to double the number of children receiving anti-retroviral treatment.

Audio Obama's State of the Union

The key to American leadership, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech, is to combine military power with strong diplomacy.

Audio Climate Change - From Economic Burden To Opportunity

By moving toward a clean energy base, we can create jobs, save lives, reduce damage caused by climate change, and make a profit at the same time, said Secretary Kerry.

Audio U.S. Action to Cut Carbon Pollution

In support of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Energy Department recently announced two new energy efficiency standards.

Audio Engaging with Southeast Asia on Science

Dr. Geraldine Richmond, a professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon and an expert on women in science, will travel as a U.S. Science Envoy to Thailand and Vietnam this month.

Audio Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Young people are instrumental in plotting the course of Southeast Asia’s future. Sign up today to become a leader.

Audio Energy for North America and the World

North American Energy Ministers met last month to advance an agenda that expands the region’s leadership in energy, strengthens energy security, and supports shared economic prosperity and environmental performance.

Audio Supporting Education in Ghana

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded its flagship education project in Ghana, Partnership for Education: Learning, to FHI 360, an international human development NGO.

Audio Safe Water for the World's Poor

Law's aims are to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene funding remains a U.S. foreign policy priority.

Audio Fighting Ebola - Still Much to Do

“In Liberia, the outbreak has slowed dramatically ... but the outbreak continues to surge in Sierra Leone."

Audio U.S. Will Accept More Syrian Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency calls the crisis in Syria “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”.

Audio New Free Trade Agreement with EU Will Benefit Georgia

For over a decade, Georgia has worked toward strengthening its ties with the European Union. The country’s government has made it clear that it believes its future lies in the West.