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14 Oct2018

Fight Tuberculosis Not Climate Change To Save Lives

Published by The Australian

Global leaders recently swept into New York for the United Nations General Assembly, trailed by thousands of media, activists and protestors. During the high-level get-together, two very different meetings held at the exactly same time revealed much about their priorities—and their flawed approach to the planet’s biggest problems. At a glittering gala event, the heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Google, and the world's largest asset manager BlackRock joined leaders from Denmark, France, New Zealand and beyond to pledge support for the acceleration of the implementation of...

14 Oct2018

Os custos globais da violência doméstica

Published by Jornal de Negocios

custo da violência doméstica chega a uns impressionantes 5,2% do PIB mundial todos os anos. Ainda assim, a quantidade de investigação e financiamento destinados a resolver o problema é pequena se comparada com o que é gasto na busca da paz internacional.

10 Oct2018

Don't panic over U.N. climate change report

Published by USA Today

The new United Nations report is being talked about as though it portends the end of the world: To avoid catastrophe, we must instantly transform the entire economy no matter the costs. This is unjustified. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its latest major global analysis, estimated that the total impact of unmitigated climate change from extreme weather, changes in agriculture, rising sea levels and so on would be equivalent to reducing the average person’s income by between 0.2 and 2 percent in the 2070s.

10 Oct2018

U.N. Ignores Economics Of Climate

Published by Wall Street Journal

The global economy must be transformed immediately to avoid catastrophic climate damage, a new United Nations report declares. Climate economist William Nordhaus has been made a Nobel laureate. The events are being reported as two parts of the same story, but they reveal the contradictions inherent in climate policy—and why economics matters more than ever. Limiting temperatures to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels, as the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges, is economically and practically impossible—as Mr. Nordhaus’s work shows. The IPCC report...

9 Oct2018

Permettre aux filles de maîtriser leur destin

Published by Le Quotidien D' Oran

À la loterie de la vie, naître femme dans un pays pauvre vous expose à un double handicap. Dans les pays pauvres, le nombre de personnes pauvres est plus important chez les femmes que dans tout autre groupe démographique, et les femmes y sont aussi en moins bonne santé, ont plus difficilement accès à l’éducation, et ont plus de chance d’être victimes de violences. L’inégalité des sexes – résultant de la discrimination au travail et des inégalités de rémunération – coûte au monde l’équivalent exorbitant de 15,5 % du PIB global. En refusant aux femmes les possibilités de déployer leurs talents...

29 Sep2018

El panorama actual del desarrollo: un mundo mejor está aquí

Published by El Tiempo

Es muy fácil formarse la visión de que el mundo moderno se está desmoronando. Nos enfrentamos a una arremetida de negatividad: titulares alarmantes, hallazgos de investigación alarmantes y estadísticas miserables. De hecho, hay muchas cosas en el planeta por las que deberíamos estar preocupados. Pero fijarse en las historias de ‘terror’ significa que perdemos el panorama completo.

25 Sep2018

The Global Cost of Domestic Violence

Published by Project Syndicate

Domestic violence costs the world 25 times more than war and terrorism, according to research conducted by James Fearon of Stanford University and Anke Hoeffler of Oxford University on behalf of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. By looking at different kinds of violence, Fearon and Hoeffler find that the global costs of conflict – including the economic toll of deaths from wars and terrorism, refugee-related outlays, and general pecuniary damage – add up to around 0.2% of global GDP each year.

24 Sep2018

The moral and economic case for action to end tuberculosis

Published by The Globe and Mail

This week, heads of state will gather at the United Nations for their first-ever meeting dedicated to ending tuberculosis as a public-health threat. This is expected to result in the adoption of an ambitious political statement. This high-level attention is long overdue, but there is a compelling moral and economic case for this to be matched by resources, which are currently sorely lacking. Over the past two centuries, tuberculosis has caused far more deaths than smallpox, malaria, the plague, influenza, cholera and AIDS combined. This year, the toll from TB surpasses that of HIV/AIDS,...

20 Sep2018

Políticas inteligentes contra el cambio climático

Published by Milenio

Cuando una “solución” a un problema causa más daño que el problema, el diseño de políticas ha fallado. Este es el lugar en el que nos encontramos a menudo respecto al calentamiento global.

19 Sep2018

No, global warming isn’t causing worse hurricanes

Published by New York Post

It’s human nature to assign blame for catastrophic events. In medieval times, witches were blamed for weather woes. Trials and burnings increased when weather got worse. In hurricane season today, many find a scapegoat in global warming. Pundits tell us “ignoring the science of climate change will hurt us” (Kristina Ball at NBC) and a Washington Post editorial declares the Trump administration complicit. It’s a familiar drumbeat, recognizable from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Sandy. For years, Al Gore and others emphasized the need to connect extreme weather to climate change to encourage...

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