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

Environment and Health

Australian Institute of Marine Science image shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Audio Coral Bleaching a Growing Threat in Ocean Waters

Scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect greater bleaching of corals of Northern Hemisphere reefs through October. More

Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus.

Audio Medical Research Keeps Up Fight Against Ebola

While there’s been much encouraging news about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in recent months, new infections with the virus continue, and the United States remains committed to doing what it takes to stop them. More

FILE - President Barack Obama tours solar panels on the roof of the Energy Department in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Investing in Clean Energy

U.S. Department of Energy announces new and expanding initiatives to finance clean energy. More

.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe, center, and U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, right, prepare to select confiscated illegal ivory to crush.

Audio Protecting Africa's Elephants

Destruction of one ton of confiscated elephant ivory in New York’s Times Square, sends clear message that the United States will not tolerate wildlife crimes. More

A man casts a fishing net on the Mekong riverbank in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Audio Promoting Clean Energy in the Lower Mekong Region

U.S. Assistance focuses on agriculture and food security, connectivity, education, energy security, environment and water, and health. More

More Environment and Health Editorials

Audio ISIL Destroying World Heritage

ISIL has been engaged in the destruction and theft of some of the world’s most important heritage sites and antiquities, dating back thousands of years.

Audio Increased Protection for a Threatened Species

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe recently announced a final rule to classify all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, or ESA.

Audio Helping the Most Vulnerable Prepare for Climate Change

The question is not whether the Earth’s climate is changing, but how are we going to adjust to the effects of climate change.

Audio U.S. Priorities in the Arctic

As the new chair of the Arctic Council, the United States has made cooperation to reduce emissions, protection of communities from the impacts of climate change, and the building of foundational climate science key pillars of its agenda.

Audio World Oceans Day 2015

What will YOU do to protect our ocean? Tell us on social media using hashtag #OurOcean2015.

Treating Diseases of the Poorest

Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, are chronic disabling illnesses that thrive in areas with poor sanitation, lack of clean drinking water and scant access to medication.

Combatting Wildlife Trafficking in Laos

The governments of the United States and Lao PDR presented a Multilateral Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in Vientiane from May 6-8.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.