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18 Sep2017

Empowering Girls

Published by Project Syndicate

In the lottery of life, being born female in a poor country places one at a double disadvantage. Women in poor countries have the highest global incidence of poverty of any demographic group, along with the worst health conditions, the least access to education, and the highest likelihood of being victims of violence. Gender inequality – through workplace exclusion and lower pay – costs the world a staggering 15.5% of GDP. Denying women opportunities to develop their potential means that societies forego their contribution. Yet the frustrating reality is that effective solutions to address...

14 Sep2017

O investimento no desenvolvimento que durará décadas

Published by Negócios

Mesmo com dezenas de investimentos atractivos por onde escolher, economistas laureados com o Nobel analisaram os dados e descobriram que as medidas para combater a desnutrição estão entre as opções mais poderosas. A desnutrição recebe menos atenção do que a maioria dos outros grandes desafios mundiais. Ainda assim, é uma área onde um investimento relativamente pequeno pode ter um impacto muito poderoso.

9 Sep2017

Ett större hot än uppvärmning

Published by Svenska Dagbladet

Så här års är det svårt att undkomma hettan, och då talar vi bara om medierna. ”Klimatändringar gör dödliga värmeböljor vanligare”, förklarar CNN. ”Extrema värmeböljor kommer att förändra våra liv. Vi är oförberedda”, varnar Time. Somliga historier är mer sensationsdoftande än andra, men det finns ett gemensamt tema: farliga värmeböljor kommer att öka i antal och grymhet till följd av jordens uppvärmning.

8 Sep2017

Don’t link climate change to increasing costs of disasters

Published by Hindustan Times

While the world focuses on the devastating storms in South Asia and the US, it is timely to ask ourselves two broad, related questions. First, how do we prevent such disasters from being so devastating in the future? And second, how do we best help the vulnerable people who are most affected? When big weather events happen, often the first thing talked about is climate change. Perhaps it’s a matter of trying to pin blame for a natural disaster. “South Asia is also suffering the horrors of climate change” was one recent American headline. This claim has some justification, but ultimately...

7 Sep2017

The Climate-Change Distraction

Published by The Wall Street Journal

Climate change has been blamed for a dizzying array of absurd woes, from the dwindling number of customers at Bulgarian brothels to the death of the Loch Ness monster. Most of us can see through these silly headlines, but it’s far harder to parse the more serious claims when they’re repeated in good faith by well-meaning campaigners. Consider the recent assertion by Unicef’s Bangladesh head of mission that climate change leads to an increase in child marriages. Between 2011 and 2020 globally, more than 140 million girls under the age of 18 will become brides, leading to curtailed education...

26 Aug2017

How alarmist rhetoric warps climate policy

Published by The Australian

Promoting his climate change film An Inconvenient Sequel, former US vice-president Al Gore likes to say that the nightly news has become “a nature hike through the Book of Revelations”. He’s not the only one touting an apocalypse. In a much-shared story, New York magazine warned that famine, economic collapse and “a sun that cooks us” will happen as soon as the end of this century, as “parts of the Earth will likely become uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable”.

25 Aug2017

Ungedeckte Schecks

Published by Cicero

Donald Trumps Kündigung des Pariser Klimavertrags ist ein Problem. Jedoch lassen sich auch so erhebliche Mängel am abkommen feststellen. Langfristig wird die Welt so oder so effizientere und tragbarere Alternativen finden müssen. An der Ankündigung des amerikanischen Präsidenten, die Beteiligung der USA an der einzig wirklichen globalen Klimaschutzpolitik, dem Pariser Vertrag, zu widerrufen, gibt es viel zu kritisieren. Donald Trump erkennt nicht an, dass die globale Erwärmung real ist. Er lag falsch, als er behauptete, China und Indien seien „die größten Umweltverschmutzer weltweit“. (China...

24 Aug2017

La comida ecológica, hasta 660 euros más cara al año

Published by El Comercio

La nutricionista Rocío Pastor enumera los pros y contras de un estilo de vida que «comenzó con la cultura hippie» y que ahora «tiene un público con un nivel económico medio-alto». Los productos ecológicos son alimentos que no presentan ninguna alteración genética. Se cultivan respetando la naturaleza. No utilizan pesticidas, fungicidas o productos químicos. Por moda, por concienciación medio ambiental o por salud, «cada vez más gente se une a esta corriente», según cuenta la nutricionista Rocío Pastor. Un estilo de vida que ha evolucionado desde su auge en los años 70, gracias al movimiento...

22 Aug2017

Aprender com a malária

Published by Los Negócios

Num mundo onde não há falta de boas causas, fazer o melhor bem possível exige que nos concentremos nas melhores oportunidades primeiro. É uma das melhores histórias não contadas nos anais do desenvolvimento: foram feitos grandes avanços contra a malária, uma doença outrora endémica em todo o mundo e que, mais recentemente, continua a ser um flagelo nos países em desenvolvimento. Ao longo dos últimos 15 anos, foram salvos mais de seis milhões de vidas. Melhor ainda, as lições desse sucesso podem – e devem - ser aplicadas a outros grandes desafios do desenvolvimento. A malária é provocada por...

17 Aug2017

A Development Investment for the Ages

Published by Project Syndicate

Malnutrition receives less attention than most of the world’s other major challenges. Yet it is one area where a relatively small investment can have the most powerful impact. An estimated two billion people do not receive the essential vitamins and minerals they need to grow and thrive – notably, iron, iodine, vitamin A, and zinc. Worse, malnutrition and undernutrition are part of a cruel cycle, in that they are both causes and effects of poverty. This cycle disproportionately affects infants and young children, who suffer devastating consequences from malnutrition, including mental...

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