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The next pandemic is inevitable. Are we prepared?

There is no way to completely stop a pandemic from coming, says former United Nations medical officer and a key player in the World Health Organization's (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia, Larry Brilliant. Being prepared and having a good public health infrastructure are necessary to reduce impact.Pandemics like ebola are more likely to start at the edges of poor countries, away from the main hub and away from major cities, but without isolation and containment protocols they c...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Government, Africa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, United Nations, World Health Organization, Health Care, Humanity, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Global Issues


7 gripping, powerful and original books that bring the UN's sustainable development goals to life

Reading, studies show, increases empathy and charitable thinking. Fiction has even been credited with helping readers improve their understanding of others and make changes in their own lives. The UN has identified 17 interconnected goals for a sustainable future, from tackling poverty to climate action. The aim is to achieve all of these goals by 2030. Unesco's Cities of Literature have picked books to reflect each goal. Knowing the power of reading, a network of cities around the glo...
Tags: Books, UK, England, Education, Australia, Iraq, Economics, Sustainability, Unesco, United Kingdom, Innovation, Global development, New Zealand, Nottingham, Un, Melbourne


7 powerful books that bring the UN's sustainable development goals to life

Reading, studies show, increases empathy and charitable thinking. Fiction has even been credited with helping readers improve their understanding of others and make changes in their own lives. The UN has identified 17 interconnected goals for a sustainable future, from tackling poverty to climate action. The aim is to achieve all of these goals by 2030. Unesco's Cities of Literature have picked books to reflect each goal. Knowing the power of reading, a network of cities around the glo...
Tags: Books, UK, England, Education, Australia, Iraq, Economics, Sustainability, Unesco, United Kingdom, Innovation, Global development, New Zealand, Nottingham, Un, Melbourne


Permafrost is thawing so fast it’s gouging holes in the Arctic

Residents of the small Alaskan town Kongiganak can no longer bury their dead. Their cemetery has become a marshy swamp, sucking graves into the once frozen ground. On the island of Sarichef near the Bering Strait, the village of Shishmaref is shrinking so fast locals are considering relocating it entirely. Global warming has shown that permafrost is not so permanent after all. And as it begins to melt, it is reshaping the Arctic. The rapidly thawing ice layer is creating great sinkhol...
Tags: Weather, Resources, Climate Change, Environment, Sustainability, Innovation, Arctic, Bering Strait, Nature Geoscience, Shishmaref, Global Issues, Kongiganak, Sarichef, David Olefeldt


Could genomics solve the climate change crisis?

Genomics is the study of genes and their functions. The branch of molecular biology presents the idea that the genome can be manipulated for added resilience against harm.Yale professor and editor Daniel C. Esty argues that genetic modification in nature as a way to improve sustainability should be seriously considered.In the book A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future, Esty and several authors offer actionable solutions for dealing with greenhouse gases, including genomic in...
Tags: Technology, Biology, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Sustainability, Genetics, Yale, Innovation, Plants, Genomics, Global Issues, Daniel C Esty, Sustainable Future Esty


Cancer drugs are the most profitable for Big Pharma

A recent report from Evaluate shows oncological therapies were the most profitable in 2018. The report projects cancer drug sales to nearly double by 2024, pocketing a tidy $236.6 billion in profit. These projections come at a time when 42 percent of cancer patients lose their life savings to afford treatment. The pharmaceutical industry's top earners are cancer drugs — a sentence that will be read to the surprise of no one. When sussing out why oncological therapies cost so much, the usual ...
Tags: Health, Cancer, Markets, Merck, Humira, Public Health, Capitalism, Innovation, Fda, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Inequality, Consumerism, Roche, Big Pharma, JAMA


Is the global economy sexist?

Worldwide, women and girls contribute an estimated $10.8 trillion to the global economy for care work that they are not paid for.Women around the globe do more than 75 percent of all unpaid care work.Women make up only 18 percent of cabinet ministers around the world and 24 percent of parliamentarians. You may have heard the news that the richest 22 men in the world have more combined wealth than all 325 million women in Africa. This is according to a widely reported recent Oxfam study that h...
Tags: Work, Government, Africa, Women, Economics, Society, Poverty, Infrastructure, United States, Innovation, Oxfam, Health Care, Rivers, Social Change, Global Issues, Captialism


Theory vs. practice: How is liberalism criticized?

Liberalism as a political ideology has many detractors. Criticisms typically fall into two categories: objections to liberal theory and ideas, and objections to the practice.Political theorist Chandran Kukathas argues that many who criticize liberalism actually "depend on certain liberal understandings simply for the freedom to practice their own particular distinctive ways of living and for the freedom to advance their particular views about how we should all live."How contradictory the ideas o...
Tags: Politics, Identity, Democracy, Government, Religion, Society, Christianity, Innovation, Morality, Global Issues, Theory of Diversity and Freedom Oxford, Chandran Kukathas


Is it too late to halt climate change? No, no, and no.

Disheartened, many are convinced there's no fighting climate change at this point. There's no single on/off switch, however, so we can still lessen its effects. It's up to us to make the crisis our leaders' priority. With unprecedented extreme weather buffeting basically everyone everywhere, with places like idyllic Kirbati disappearing beneath the rising seas, and with Australia on fire for goodness sake, it's easy to get the feeling that humanity has already failed to meet the greatest chal...
Tags: Science, Education, Climate Change, Australia, Washington Post, Washington, Government, Ipcc, Sustainability, Earth, Innovation, University of Oxford, Stanford University, University Of Vermont, Rob Jackson, Biosphere


Tyranny comes home: How the 'boomerang effect' impacts civilian life in the U.S.

Methods used in foreign intervention often resurface domestically, whether that's in the form of skills or technology.University of Tampa professor Abigail Blanco calls this the boomerang effect. It's a consequence not often thought about when we discuss foreign intervention.The three channels to consider when examining the boomerang effect include human capital in the form of skills, administrative dynamics, and physical capital in the form of tools and technology. ...
Tags: Technology, Democracy, Government, War, Surveillance, Policy, Military, United States, Foreign Policy, Innovation, Justice System, University of Tampa, Global Issues, Abigail Blanco


Cultural accommodation: How to navigate societal diversity

While it is good to recognize societal diversity, it is difficult to argue in favor of creating cultural accommodations to preserve and protect specific groups. Creating protections for people who belong to certain traditions can result in the creation of cultures that did not previously exist. The challenge would be to find a way to provide protections that are not too explicit while also being careful not to advantage one internal group and disadvantage another.The classical liberal response i...
Tags: Identity, Religion, Society, History, Policy, Culture, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Humanity, Global Issues, Theory of Diversity and Freedom Oxford


What do people around the world think about climate change?

Climate change is reversible – that's the view of 80% of Chinese people, according to a report from the European Investment Bank (EIB). That level of optimism isn't, however, a global phenomenon. Large numbers of people in the EU and US believe there is nothing that can be done. Northern Europeans, in particular, share this concern; approximately 40% of people in France and Poland think we have gone beyond the tipping point, compared to just over one-quarter in Italy and Spain. Percent of c...
Tags: Europe, Weather, Resources, Climate Change, France, China, US, Eu, Spain, Society, Italy, Healthcare, Netherlands, Innovation, Poland, Bangladesh


Why generational pressure is the key to climate change policy

With figures like Greta Thunberg and demonstrations like the global climate strike, it's become apparent that young people are driving the effort to stop climate change.This generational pressure is the key to change. In the same way that smoking became less accepted in society, even frowned upon, so too can the behaviors that have sped up climate change.Moving forward, energy companies will play a major role if they can reimagine themselves as part of the solution to this crisis and forge a bet...
Tags: Politics, Activism, Climate Change, Government, Youth, Future, Global Warming, Policy, United States, Innovation, Environmentalism, Social Change, Global Issues, Greta Thunberg


War is an ecological catastrophe

In times of war, otherwise atrocious crimes against nature become routine.The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest consumers of fossil fuels in the world.By polluting the earth to prepare for war, the Pentagon prepares a world in which war becomes more likely. None The '20s came roaring in with two explosive headlines: reports of Australia's inferno, and the speculation that the United States could be hurtling towards another war in the Middle East after the government's assassinat...
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Australia, Iraq, Oil, Iran, Policy, Peace, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Taliban, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Innovation, Denmark


Is globalization actually disempowering?

All animals operate on empirical senses to survive. With technology, humans have so increased our sensorial capacity that we maintain a high stress level without necessarily being in danger.Globalization creates a sense of unity in that we are aware of what's going on in the world without being empowered to do something about the tragedy that occurs.By narrowing that focus, we can actually have an impact. The High Mountains of Portugal: ...
Tags: Technology, News, Activism, Social Media, Culture, Innovation, Portugal, Global development, Inequality, Global Issues


#8: Technology doesn't win wars. Why the US pretends it does. | Top 10 2019

Number eight on Big Think's list this year says the future will not even look like wars to the traditional mind. The worst threat is systemic. It's growing entropy in the global system.Today, when Russia wants to shake up Europe — the world — its operatives weaponize refugees. That is, by bombing civilian centers, they create an avalanche of refugees, which, in turn, creates Brexit and the rise of right-wing national parties that want to disembowel the European Union.High-tech is not the savior ...
Tags: Europe, Technology, China, Russia, US, War, United States, Foreign Policy, Innovation, Brexit, Global Issues, Sean McFate, McFate, European Union High


Global emissions slowed down in 2019, but still reached a record high

A series of studies concluded that the growth in emissions have slowed to 0.6 percent in 2019.Despite this, 2019 was another record year, with 37 gigatons of CO2 released into the atmosphere.The U.S. and E.U. actually reduced their emissions in 2019, but this was offset by the growth in emissions from the developing world. The findings highlight the importance of developing renewable energy infrastructure in these countries. None New research offers the very dimmest of good news in the global ...
Tags: Europe, Climate Change, China, India, Sustainability, United States, Innovation, Solar Energy, U K, U S, Global Issues


Greta Thunberg, climate change activist, wins Time Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, has been named Time's Person of the Year.The award is given to "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse."Considering the magnitude of directly inspired protest movements and real-world impacts she has had, the award seems to be merited, although not everybody is pleased about this. None She seems like a very happy young ...
Tags: News, Sweden, Activism, Protest, Time, Eu, Policy, Innovation, European Commission, New York Magazine, Joan, Social Change, Donald J Trump, Greensboro, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Vaclav Smil


Climate change: Why we need 70% of U.S. politicians to unite

When it comes to politically addressing the climate crisis, we need politicians from both sides of the aisle to work together to create policies that bring about a more sustainable tomorrow. If we enact policies that require companies to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, we would see an immediate change of behavior from them, in regard to how much they contribute to climate change. There's growing agreement that the climate crisis is real among both Republicans and Democrats. The main con...
Tags: Politics, Science, Activism, Climate Change, Environment, Future, Economics, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Humanity, Global Issues, Daniel esty


Only 9% of 15-year-olds can tell when facts are really facts — not opinions

International reading tests administered in 79 countries find most teens to be gullible when consuming information. As learning has moved online, absolutely reliable sources have become scarce. Most teens can't detect the validity of supposed "facts" from contextual clues. None Teen: Dad! This site has those $159 earbuds I want for just $49.99!Parent: That doesn't sound right.Teen: I know! Isn't it a great deal?Parent: I don't see an actual brand name here.Teen: But they're $49.99!! Less than ...
Tags: Education, Internet, China, Fiction, Communication, Society, Reading, Policy, United States, Innovation, OECD, Ai, Fact, Organisation for Economic Co, Pisa, Global Issues


War of words: Why should we protect civil discourse?

Universities are places where there academic freedom thrives. Such open exchange of ideas creates an environments conducive to civil discourse — dialog with one another with the goal of reaching the truth. Philanthropists should, ideally, provide resources to institutions that promote scholarly work. The reason for this is because such work benefits society at large. When you engage with people who don't agree with you, you learn how to understand viewpoints from different angles. The learning t...
Tags: Sponsored, Politics, Learning, Education, Teaching, Innovation, Debate, Social Change, Charles Koch Foundation, Global Issues, Ckf, Ryan stowers


How has the internet splintered our democracy?

The intention of the internet was not to threaten democracy, but it's becoming clear that's exactly what it's doing.To fix this problem, we must broaden the scope — politically, socially, and culturally — of who has power and governance over our digital technologies.The most vulnerable communities should be involved in a solution that can coexist with Silicon Valley. Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow (Th...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Internet, Democracy, Future, Social Media, Economics, Innovation, Algorithm, MIT Press, Global Issues, Silicon Valley Beyond the Valley


To build a circular economy, we need to put recycling in the bin

Too often the concept of a circular economy is muddled up with some kind of advanced recycling process that would mean keeping our industrial system as it is and preserving a growing consumption model. This idea is based on a belief that recycling will take care of everything. One of the most startling examples of this is the part of the European Union's Circular Economy Action Plan which aims to increase recycling rates: up to 70% of all packaging waste by 2030 and 65% of all municipal wast...
Tags: Resources, Environment, Economics, Sustainability, European Union, Innovation, Consumerism, Global Issues, Walter R Stahel


The right to know: How does censorship affect academics?

Academic freedom is what makes a university space work as a setting to develop students' capacities. It is the permission to think freely, and have contrarian discussions, that leads to new insights.There are whole zones of knowledge that we never get to because of intimidation put on academics: "We simply don't know what we haven't even thought to ask." Self-censorship, especially regarding sensitive topics, is the dark matter of the academic freedom universe. Out of fear of being attacked, or ...
Tags: Sponsored, Activism, Learning, Education, Iraq, Society, Syria, Teaching, Innovation, Robert Quinn, Charles Koch Foundation, Global Issues, Ckf


We can halve most forms of violence by 2030. Here's how.

Violence has always been one of humanity's most serious global challenges. This is because for most of history, we were natural born killers. Hundreds of millions of men, women and children have been killed or maimed by armed conflict, crime, extremism and sexual and gender-based violence.Not only does violence exact a massive social and economic toll, it also corrodes democratic institutions and undermines fundamental human rights. There is also a risk of certain forms of collective violence es...
Tags: Mexico, US, War, Peace, Colombia, Innovation, Brazil, Violence, Un, World Bank, Medellin, Yemen, Unicef, Latin America, Caribbean, Sao Paulo


A note from Pakistan: Why Gandhi matters beyond India’s borders

A contested figure in Pakistan’s discourse, Gandhi’s ideas and humanism retain relevance for both nations   Nation-states write their own histories. Pakistan is no different. Mahatma Gandhi was always an odd figure in national discourses: A rival of the country’s founder MA Jinnah, peculiar in manner and appearance, but certainly not a hero. What we... Read More The post A note from Pakistan: Why Gandhi matters beyond India’s borders appeared first on Jahane Rumi.
Tags: Human Rights, India, Religion, History, Peace, Pakistan, Kashmir, Rumi, Gandhi, Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi, Ghandi, Jinnah Institute, Aman Ki Asha, Global Issues, Pakitan


'The West' is, in fact, the world's biggest gated community

Trump's border wall is only one puzzle piece of a global picture.Similar anxieties are raising similar border defenses elsewhere.This map shows how, as a result, "the West" is in fact one large gated community. World-wide fence This map is a decade old, but it feels increasingly topical with every passing year. More than ever, we live in a Walled World.Even though the stats on the map may have changed somewhat, its shocking main point still stands: the rich countries of the world are, in fac...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, UK, Greece, Obama, Australia, China, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Singapore, India, Israel, Immigration, US, Eu, Spain


Why do the good guys have to beat the climate cheats?

Filthy-fuel suffering is here today: 95% of humans breathe "dangerously polluted air," and globally "1 in 6 deaths are caused by air pollution." Paying extra for cleaner energy buys reduced suffering for today's kids and all future humans. For more "moral clarity" always look under "the numbers," and put their abstract tacit tradeoffs in concrete and personal terms. None Like the kid in the emperor's new clothes tale, Greta Thunberg sees through the "smart" games that blind us to clear, presen...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming, Earth, Innovation, Global Issues, Thunberg, Greta Thunberg, Thunberg Again, David Wallace Welles


Can we create an empathic alternative to the capitalist system?

Any attempt to propose a detailed alternative to the capitalist economic system in a short article could be seen as somewhat presumptuous. How different economic models are established and how they work around the globe in distinct realities and societies is enormously complex. But, whatever the difficulties in envisioning an alternative, there seems to be a growing consensus on the existing situation: the capitalist system is not working for everyone. The current model Capitalism has brought im...
Tags: Google, Japan, Money, US, Economics, Development, Compassion, Earth, Empathy, Innovation, Marx, Wilkinson, Engels, Zygmunt Bauman, Global Issues, United Nations World Bank


Why the biggest pledges on emissions are from the smallest countries

Several small countries have joined a pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050, despite the difficulties. While the larger countries have promised some emissions cuts and funding for green energy, they have yet to match the pledges of the small countries. Several studies have found that poorer countries will be hit harder by climate change than the richer ones. In case you haven't heard, climate change is real, terrible, and coming for us all. The costs in both money and human misery are climb...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Policy, Innovation, Global Issues