Group of people wearing protective gear as they launch initiative to mitigate malaria in the Apac District of Uganda.
Malaria Launch in Apac District, Uganda

Climatelinks June Newsletter Recap

By Climatelinks

Did you miss the Climatelinks June newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the June 2021 health and climate change theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.


In June, Climatelinks explored the important linkages between health and climate change. 

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. USAID’s programs help people, communities, governments, and institutions become more resilient to the effects of climate change on health through preparedness and response assistance. In June, Climatelinks featured work taking place at the intersection of health and climate change.

We featured USAID’s effort with the President’s Malaria Initiative to work towards eradicating malaria in the midst of a changing climate. Another blog sheds light on the connections between climate change, water, and nutrition. Finally, the importance of resilient and sustainable agricultural value chains is detailed in a blog supporting the Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge.

The 2021 Climatelinks photo contest is also underway! This year’s photo contest theme explores Climate Change and People: The Challenges and Opportunities. We’re looking for submissions that capture the human dimension of climate change, in particular, social and economic responses to global change. Submit your photos today!

June Blogs

Fighting Malaria in a Changing Climate

Malaria remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases, threatening nearly half of the global population. This blog features the work of the President’s Malaria Initiative and other USAID-funded global health efforts to expand global access to health services and ultimately eradicate malaria.

Energy Efficiency Should be the “First Fuel” Powering the Global Climate Initiative

Addressing climate change will require a near complete transformation in the ways we generate, distribute, and use energy. This blog provides insights on how the Energy Efficiency for Development (EE4D) program is providing solutions that help USAID optimize climate action and economic development in countries struggling to meet climate goals.

The Connections Between Climate Change, Water, and Nutrition

Given the essential role that clean and safe water has in sustaining life, lack of access to it has dramatic effects on sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, and health. This blog highlights findings from a recent USAID technical brief that links nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).


Malaria Early Warning in Ethiopia: A Roadmap for Scaling to the National Level

Climate change presents a significant threat to reducing the burden of malaria globally and in sub-Saharan Africa. This report presents a roadmap for scaling up the Epidemic Prognosis Incorporating Disease and Environmental Monitoring for Integrated Assessment (EPIDEMIA) tool, a malaria early warning system in Ethiopia.

Read more

Environment and Energy Landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Analysis of Trends 2020-2030

This analysis details key environmental and energy trends that will affect Latin America and the Caribbean from 2020 to 2030. Trends covered include challenges and solutions that are pan-regional and local, existing and emerging or expected, and contain either a large or a very small number of participating players.

Read more

Productive Landscapes (ProLand): Using Shade to Reduce the Impact of Cocoa Cultivation on Forests: A Synthesis of the Evidence and a Case Study from Indonesia

Over the last few decades, smallholder cocoa farmers in West Africa and Southeast Asia have increasingly turned to full-sun production systems. This report provides evidence of the short-lived benefits of full-sun cocoa, as well as a case study from Sulawesi, Indonesia, showing how rapidly full-sun systems can take hold.

Read more

Climate Risk Management Spotlight

Climate Risk Screening and Management: Health

USAID developed a suite of tools to support climate risk screening and management in strategy, project, and activity design. Along with the tools, sector-specific annexes like this one provide users with more information on the implications of climate change, in this case, for the health sector.

Read more  


On the Horizon

Share your resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! In July, we are exploring Air Pollution. Keep an eye out for our August theme on Climate Justice and September’s theme on Climate Finance. Let us know if your climate change work relates to these themes. We would love to feature your work and share your resources.

Send us a resource or blog

Submit to the 2021 Climatelinks Photo Contest!

We have a great selection of photos in the Climatelinks photo gallery, and we are accepting photos for the 2021 Climatelinks Photo Contest. Take a look at our latest Postcard from the Field: Students Investigate Weather, Climate, and Malaria. This could be you! Send us your photos from the field to be featured.

Submit your photo

Strategic Objective
Climate Change Integration, Climate Risk Management, Health



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

More on the Blog

Across the globe, people are struggling to improve air quality, but the sources of pollution that cause the most harm are a moving target. They can differ by location, time of year, and time of day. Frequent exposure to air pollution causes many health problems for community members, and children are at the most risk. Furthermore, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies shows that in order to successfully address climate change, a reduction in air pollutants like black carbon is necessary. One solution to improve air quality and promote positive climate outcomes is to uplift the voices and increase awareness of those who live with the sources of pollution. 
After its success with improving solid waste and water management, the city of Indore, India has consistently been ranked the cleanest city in that country by the government’s annual Swachh Survekshan survey. Now, Indore is focused on having cleaner skies.
March marks the onset of the dry and hot season in Thailand. In the region, dry vegetation coupled with small human-made fires often result in uncontrolled forest fires. Agricultural burning and forest fires, including transboundary haze, contribute to high levels of pollution. Forest fires release particulate matter (PM) into the atmosphere including PM2.5 which are microscopic particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less – 30 times smaller than the diameter of the human hair.