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14 May2018

Diabetes and heart disease should be top health priorities

Published by Hindustan Times

Chronic diseases claim more Indian lives than infectious diseases, and take a huge toll: Between 2012 and 2030, non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions are expected to cost India $4.58 trillion. The government supports states to respond, but much more needs to be done. New research for India Consensus, a collaboration between Tata Trusts and Copenhagen Consensus, reveals some strategies should be prioritised against specific diseases. The analysis by Professor Shreelata Rao Seshadri of Azim Premji University with Vijayalakshmi Hebbare fills evidence gaps by identifying the...

13 May2018

More than one Mother’s Day: Time to further reduce maternal mortality rate

Published by The Economic Times

Life expectancy in India has increased almost four years in the last decade. Every 24 hours, India added more than nine hours to the life of a newborn — thereby ‘allowing’ a baby born today four more years of life. To a large extent, this progress is due to substantial reductions in infant and maternal mortality, dropping a quarter and a third over the last decade. Yet, India can do better. It ranks 145th out of 193 nations on infant mortality, and 129 of 184 nations on maternal mortality, according to the World Bank. New research by US India Policy Institute’s Abusaleh Shariff and People...

11 May2018

Nein, die Welt ist nicht dem Untergang geweiht

Published by Die Presse

Der Mensch hat eine Schwäche für schlechte Nachrichten. Die Medien reflektieren und prägen diese Vorliebe, indem sie Sorgen und panischen Ängsten Nahrung geben. Längere, langsame, positive Trends schaffen es weder auf die Titelseiten, noch liefern sie Stoff für einen Plausch am Arbeitsplatz. Also entwickeln wir eigenartige Fehlannahmen, insbesondere die Vorstellung, dass die überwiegende Mehrheit der Dinge im Begriff sei schiefzulaufen.

23 Apr2018

The Sky Is Not Falling

Published by Project Syndicate

Humans are partial to bad news. Media outlets reflect and shape this preference, feeding us woe and panic. Long, slow, positive trends don’t make it to the front page or to water-cooler conversations. So we develop peculiar misperceptions, especially the idea that a preponderance of things are going wrong. When I published The Skeptical Environmentalist in 2001, I pointed out that the world was getting better in many respects. Back then, this was viewed as heresy, as it punctured several common and cherished misperceptions, such as the idea that natural resources were running out, that an...

22 Apr2018

Una celebración eficaz para el Día de la Tierra

Published by Milenio

El Día de la Tierra es una idea noble para garantizar que apreciamos y mejoramos nuestro medio ambiente. Pero tenemos que asegurarnos de que no sea solo simbolismo y gestos para sentirnos bien. Debemos centrarnos en las cuestiones medioambientales más importantes y no solo en las que reciben más atención. https://www.milenio.com/opinion/bjorn-lomborg/columna-bjorn-lomborg/una-celebracion-eficaz-para-el-dia-de-la-tierra

16 Apr2018

El alto costo del abuso doméstico en el mundo

Published by Listin Diario

Los tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos han impulsado a las fuerzas de seguridad y medios de comunicación a buscar patrones comunes, y uno de ellos ha sido que un número inquietante de perpetradores fueron previamente acusados de abuso doméstico.

12 Apr2018

Building India’s talent base

Published by The Hindu

When India found itself at the 103rd position in the recent World Economic Forum ranking of 130 nations on the preparedness of talent, it was just another indication of the skills challenge. In just five years, the government’s skill gap analysis report estimates that an extra 40 crore workers need to be skilled, reskilled or upskilled. The current official estimate is that slightly more than half a crore people are being trained annually. Policymakers are responding swiftly. But with limited resources and time, which skills policies will make the biggest impact? New research commissioned by...

4 Apr2018

El alto costo del abuso doméstico en el mundo

Published by Milenio

Los tiroteos masivos en Estados Unidos han impulsado a las fuerzas de seguridad y medios de comunicación a buscar patrones comunes, y uno de ellos ha sido que un número inquietante de perpetradores fueron previamente acusados de abuso doméstico

4 Apr2018

Bjørn Lomborg om den globale klimaløsning: “Det kommer aldrig til at ske”

Published by Raeson

"Tænk, hvis man endte med ikke at sætte et barn i verden, fordi man var sikker på, at det hele ville ende rigtig grimt – når sandheden er, at det højst bliver en lille smule værre i en i øvrigt meget, meget bedre verden”

4 Apr2018

Fighting TB matters since one case treated saves many others

Published by Hindustan Times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the impressive goal of eradicating tuberculosis (TB) in India by 2025. TB claims the lives of more than four lakh Indians every year. The prime minister has made it clear that now is not the time for the status quo to prevail. New economic evidence commissioned by India Consensus, a collaboration between Tata Trusts and the Copenhagen Consensus, shows that Prime Minister Modi is entirely right to focus on tuberculosis. In Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, Tata Trusts and the Copenhagen Consensus have worked with hundreds of stakeholders to identify the best...

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