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MSU Extension Community Development





October 2017


News Reports and Resources


5 Facts About Government Debt Around the World

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

The United States has more government debt than any other country analyzed, with nearly $20 trillion in gross debt in 2016. Japan was second, with 1,285 trillion yen (more than $11 trillion in 2016 dollars), followed by China with 34.5 trillion yuan (nearly $5 trillion). (Gross debt refers to all public debt – including intragovernmental debt, or what the government owes itself. Net debt, by contrast, is gross debt minus government assets related to debt, such as pensions for government workers.).




New Research Reveals There Are More Than 40 Million Slaves Worldwide

Common Dreams | READ STORY

"Modern slavery occurred in every region of the world," according to two reports released on Tuesday during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, and produced by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Of the 40.3 million victims of modern slavery last year, 24.9 million were in forced labor and 15.4 million were in forced marriages.



This is Just the Start of the Solar Age- Seven Graphs Show Why

Renew Economy | READ STORY

The Energy Transition Outlook comes from DNV, a European-firm that provides independent assessments for both the fossil fuel industries (particularly oil and gas) and the renewable energy industry. You could say they have a foot in both camps. That makes its detailed forecast for the impending energy transition striking. It holds no good news for oil – it says that industrial production will peak in a few years and decline rapidly thereafter.



Plastic Fibres Found in Tap Water Around the World, Study Reveals

The Guardian | READ STORY

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analyzed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres. 



World Hunger Again on the Rise, Driven by Conflict and Climate Change, New UN Report Says

World Health Organization | READ STORY

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 percent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide.







MT CD Update

For Extension faculty in Montana, ID, UT, WA, and WY, please register for our upcoming Montana State University Extension Community Development Update, Dec. 5-7 at Chico Hot Springs - Register here. 

NACDEP is now recruiting new members for its Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted until November 10, 2017, and the ballot period will be open until December 13, 2017. Link to the Online Nominee Application Form here.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

Heartland Center's Annual Institute

October 17-19, 2017

Lincoln, Nebraska

Sponsor: Heartland Center for Leadership Development

2017 NAE4-HA Conference

November 12-17, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sponsor: Purdue Extension

Detroit 2018: Renaissance of Community

July 22-25, 2018

Detroit, Michigan

Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards & Jobs

Funding to Advance Justice and Opportunity for People in Need

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Public Welfare Foundation 

Service Area Competition

Deadline: October 10
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

School Garden Grants

Deadline: October 8

Funder: BirdSleuth K-1

Addressing Suicide Research Gaps: Understanding Mortality Outcomes (RO1)

Deadline: November 2
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Associate Dean, Research

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
University of Illinois Extension

National News

Aid Lags in Hurricane-Torn Puerto Rico

ABC News, September 27

Mexico Quake Death Toll Now 337, Including 198 in Capital

ABC News, September 27

How to Get Along With Sustainable Tourism's Government Gatekeepers

Devex, September 27

Three New Bridges for Crossing the L.A. River on Foot

Planetizen, September 27

Montana News

Drones, Fireworks, and More Keep Birds Out of Berkeley Pit

KBZK, September 27

Specialists, Parents React to Proposed Cuts for Special Needs Children

KULR, September 27

MDU Files Request to Increase Rates for Montana Customers

KXLF, September 27

Montana Aims to Financially Help People with Disabilities

Billings Gazette, September 27


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